Whenever a new mobile phone has just come out, itâ€™s customary to compare it with the current leader of the pack to see how it measures up. The hottest, latest smartphone right now is Appleâ€™s iPhone 5, while the reigning champ is Samsungâ€™s Galaxy S3. Which one of these is better? Letâ€™s find out how each one stacks up.
Design and construction
At first glance, this category seemed like a no-brainer: the iPhone 5â€™s stunning industrial design and craftsmanship has certainly no equal. However, the Galaxy S3â€™s slightly curved rear end feels better to the touch, compared to the iPhoneâ€™s stark corners. However, the case for the S3 goes downhill when you pore over its cheap-looking plastic body, versus the iPhone 5â€™s aluminum construction.
Verdict: iPhone 5
As always, you can navigate around the iPhone 5 using one hand even if itâ€™s about half an inch larger than its predecessors. The Galaxy S3, on the other hand, takes a bit of effort to reach those far corners. However, to the naked eye, both screens seem well-matched in terms of brightness and sharpness, even if the iPhone 5 does have a higher pixel density. So basically, it boils down to preference. If you enjoy larger screens for your games and movies, then youâ€™d like the S3â€™s display. For ease of use with one hand, you canâ€™t go wrong with the iPhone 5.
On paper, the iPhone 5â€™s dual core 1.2GHz CPU and the Galaxy S3â€™s quad core 1.4GHz seems like a mismatch. In practice, however, the two seemed more evenly matched. When it comes to intensive visuals, you can attribute the iPhone 5â€™s power to its A6 chip, which is said to have the same performance as the iPad 3. In contrast, the Galaxy S3â€™s Mali-400MP graphics processing unit also did very well despite using the Androidâ€™s customised interface.
Much has been talked about in the Android versus iOS war, and yet, thereâ€™s no clear winner between the two, despite what each sideâ€™s rabid fans may vehemently proclaim. Again, your choice would be based on preference. Android provides a deep customised experience, while the iOS focuses on ease of use and simplicity.
The iPhone 5 comes with a sapphire glass lens and back-illuminated sensor that ups the quality significantly when compared with the earlier 4S. But despite these new-fangled upgrades, itâ€™s still a tightly fought category. Both smartphones have 8MP snappers, a panorama mode, and amazing image quality. The tiebreaker here is the panorama mode in iPhone 5, which performs admirably. Itâ€™s much easier to use and lets you take even larger images.
Verdict: iPhone 5
Despite Appleâ€™s pronouncements of an improved battery life, the iPhone 5 lasts just about an hour or so longer than its predecessor for a total of eight hours under moderate use. Itâ€™s not really bad, per se, but itâ€™s no match for the Galaxy S3â€™s 2,100mAh battery, which can easily last longer 10 to 11 hours.
Verdict: Galaxy S3
Both the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 are available in 16, 32 and 64GB variants. The Galaxy S3 gets the edge though, because you can upgrade its memory with a microSD card of up to 64GB in size. The S3 also has a whopping 50GB of free cloud storage courtesy of Dropbox. The iPhone 5 has its own cloudâ€”the aptly named iCloud, but it only provides 5GB of free memory.
Verdict: Galaxy S3
We were actually expecting the iPhone 5 to win because itâ€™s the newer phone. The S3 is older by four months, which is forever in smartphone years, but it can surprisingly go toe-to-toe with the iPhone 5. So what does this verdict mean? Since the phones are almost evenly matched, the choice of winner is on you. Since youâ€™re the one whoâ€™s buying, would you go for usability or customisation?