Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

With the launch of iPhone 5 many people wanted to compare different phones with iPhone 5. In this post we will be comparing Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3. Undoubtedly the comparison was highly awaited by many Android enthusiasts and that’s why we are coming up with this post.

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung and Apple are two major competitors rather we should call leaders in the smartphone market. Besides their leadership, the two companies are also well pronounced for their legal battles since they are in news from quite time now. But that’s a different story; right now lets start with comparison of features of these two handsets.

Display & Design

In the heat of comparison Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3, we will first compare display and design of both the handsets. Samsung Galaxy S3 is coming with 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD display with a resolution ratio of 1280 x 720 pixel and features 306ppi pixel density. As far as the display is concerned, Galaxy S3 is one of the best 720p display smartphone with vibrant colours and high contrast. Its Super AMOLED display definitely adds more spice compared against regular LCD display.

iPhone 5 on the other hand is coming with a longer display of 4 inch whereas all its predecessors were coming with 3.5 inch display. The screen resolution of iPhone 5 is 1136 x 640 pixel and it features 326ppi pixel density. As existing apps were never designed for such screen size so iPhone users will get letterboxed display which mean you’ll get 86 black pixels at the top and at the bottom.

As far as design is concerned, Samsung Galaxy S3 measures 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm weighing 133 gms whereas iPhone 5 measures 123.8 x 58.5 x 7.6mm weighing 112 gms. Clearly its visible that iPhone 5 scores good in dimension. The phone is quite slim where even the company claims it to be “Slimmest smartphone in the world” which is quite not right. Opp Finder – 6.65 mm thick is rather the slimmest smartphone in the world.

Verdict: If you a lover of big display with vivid colours ever produced by a display of 720p screen then surely you will love Samsung Galaxy S3. If you want slim design phone then iPhone 5 is right for you.


This is my favourite area of comparison. We will be comparing CPU, GPU & RAM of both the handsets.

Samsung Galaxy S3 features Exynos 4412 Quad SoC from Samsung. It packs together 1.4 GHz quad-core A9 processor and Mali 400MP GPU which is considerably faster than its US version featuring Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 SoC packing 1.5GHz dual-core Krait CPU and an Adreno 220 GPU.

iPhone 5 is geared with new Apple A6 SoC which is a quad-core processor but Apple claims that the dual core A6 CPU is twice as powerful as the dual core processor coming in iPhone 4S. The GPU inside iPhone 5 is also claimed to be twice as fast as the GPU used by iPhone 4S. The claims can only be checked by benchmark results which are possible only after hands on.

Even though I am an Android fan, the reality is that Apple iPhone 5 will provide graphics performance way beyond the best Android phone though CPU performance will be at par (considering the claims to be true) with international version of Samsung Galaxy S3.

Memory & Camera

As far as the comparison of Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 is concerned we can never miss the point of Memory & Camera comparison. Both Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 come in 3 memory variants of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB but only Android variants can extend their memory by addition of external SD card. Considering this fact, Android variants have an upper hand of extending memory space beyond the limits.

As far as Camera is concerned, there is nothing impressive here since both the devices will solve the purpose of basic point and shoot camera. Galaxy S3 is geared with 8MP primary camera and 2MP secondary camera while iPhone 5 uses 8MP sensor with a 5-element lens and f/2.4 aperture as the primary camera and 1.2MP secondary camera. Video capturing capability of both the handsets is same i.e. 1080p video.

Operating System

Final comparison between Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 surely involved the power of their OS. Samsung Galaxy S3 is currently running official Android 4.0 ICS with Samsung TouchWiz UI. The next upgrade is planned for Jelly Bean i.e. Android 4.1. Samsung Galaxy S3 enjoys clutter free and less complicated UI.

In addition to this there are few Smart features which were exclusively added to Samsung Galaxy S3; highlighted during its launch.

iPhone 5 will be coming up with iOS 6 where we can say that for Apple its an incremental leap towards modification/upgradation but iOS 6 is still a locked chest before it is actually made available.

Verdict: With Android users get a lot of tweaking options than available on any other mobile OS. iOS doesn’t give that much of liberty to users so as to tweak their handset as per their choice.


After major comparison between Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 I can say that these handsets are loaded with features to make our lives easier. Choosing one is purely about personal preference.

Samsung Galaxy S3 has the advantage of bigger display along with possibility of OS customization. Apple iPhone 5 has the advantage of better optimized ecosystem with slightly better internal specifications. But before we conclude this post, here is a quick comparison recap.

iPhone 5 vs galaxy S3 comparison chart

So what do you think? Which handset is better according to you?

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