iPhone 5 Versus Samsung Galaxy S3: The Battle of the Big Boys

The iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 were both eagerly anticipated smartphones and after their release have the distinguished honor of being the flagship phone for their respective manufacturers.

Given their elevated status as the premiere smartphones on the market today, the real question is which one reigns supreme. Here’s a phone feature breakdown for each:

Samsung Galaxy S3:
Starting with price and memory size, the Galaxy S3 comes in a 16GB model for $199.99 and a 32GB for $249.50. The S3 also has a microSD card slot that allows expandable storage of up to 64GB. The S3 is also available on the four major cellular networks in the U.S., including AT&T, which offers unlimited long distance calling.

In terms of specs, the Galaxy S3 boasts a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, which offers 306 pixels per inch; runs Android 4.0; has a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor; and includes an 8-megapixel rear camera with a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.

iPhone 5:
The phone feature list for the iPhone 5 is similar in most regards to the Galaxy S3, but there are still a few divergent points. First off, the Apple device comes in three models — one more than the S3 — with the third option packing 64GB of internal storage. There isn’t, however, an SD card slot on the iPhone 5. In terms of screen size, the iPhone 5 is smaller at 4-inches, but it offers 326 pixels per inch, and at 3.95-ounces it weighs slightly less than the Galaxy’s 4.7-ounces.

The iPhone 5 runs Apple’s iOS 6 and carries their proprietary A6 processor. In terms of camera, the iPhone also has an 8-megapixel camera, but the front-facing camera falls short at 1.2-megapixels.

How They Compare
In terms of specs, the Galaxy S3 beats the iPhone 5 in screen size, megapixels in the front-facing camera and pricing. The iPhone 5, however, packs more pixels per inch, weighs less and is slimmer than the S3.

With software, many believe Apple’s iOS 6 falls short when compared to Android 4.0. The most glaring omissions in iOS 6 are extensive user customization options, the elimination of Google Maps and a quick access feature for utilities, information and oft-used apps as it exists in Android 4.0.

Additionally, the iPhone 5 is only available for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint customers, leaving T-Mobile in the dark. iPhone 5 users, however, do still have the option of including unlimited long distance calling in their plans.

Ultimately, the iPhone 5 is better in some aspects while the Galaxy S3 shines brighter in others, thus the final say of which phone is better boils down to user preference.


Author Bio: Residing in sunny Mission Viejo, California, Jennie is a self-described, “tech junkie”, who spends the majority of her days blogging about computers, cell phones and other tech related gadgets.  Away from her blogging activities, Jennie enjoys spending time at the beach with her young son and