iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 – Full Comparison

by Abel Wike on March 12, 2013


The battle between Apple and Samsung has always been exciting. New launches, smarter phones, sleeker devices, it keeps getting better for the consumer. Since the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S3 were launched in the market, there has be a debate on which is a smarter device between the two.

Here, I want to show you a full comparison between iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3. This post will help you make a better and a more informed choice.

iphone 5 vs galaxy s3

It is easy to compare two similar devices if you know what you are looking for. However, in order to help you make the right decision before buying one of these particular smart devices, I want to show you a full list of specs and features for both of these devices.

However, at the end, after you weight the pros and cons of each device, you will be the only one deciding which device is better for you.

Appearance and Design

For those of you who enjoy a larger screen and a wider device, the Galaxy S3 might be right for you. Compared to iPhone 5, the S3 device measures 71 x 137 x 8,6 mm and it weights 133g. In the same time, the iPhone 5 is thicker and heavier measuring 59 x 124 x 7.6 mm and 112g.

As you know, the multimedia performance and usefulness corresponds to a bigger display. In this aspect, due to its impressive size, the Galaxy 3S measures a 4.8 display while the iPhone 5 measures only a 4 inch display. The iPhone offers the Retina display with 326-ppi density on a 640 x 1136 resolution while the S3 offers only a 306-pip density with a 720 x 1280 resolution.

While some users look for a smaller device to fit to their pockets, other search for a wider one, which is able to display more for their own entertainment.

galaxy s3 vs iphone 5

The Camera Feature

I know that this aspect will capture the interest for many of you. The mobile device has turned into a mobile camera for many users. The good thing is that you are able to take amazing pictured using each one of these devices. The difference is mostly about the way you see it. Both of them offer the same 8-megapixel camera and HD video on 1080 p but they offer different features and aspects.

In what concerns the front camera, each one of these two devices can record HD video at 30 fps, but the iPhone 5 own a smaller camera, namely a 1.2 Mp camera while the Galaxy S3 rates to 1.9 Mp.

Android versus iOS

It is hard to compare two smart devices, which are so different mostly because of their operating systems. One deals with the famous iOS 6 while the other runs on Android 4.1, the Jelly Bean version. You need to find out which operating system is suitable for your needs and tastes. In this respect, I want to show you some details concerning each OS.

So, the iOS is considered to be one of the most stable and safe operating system on the market. It does not require much knowledge to work with this particular operating system, and you have a wide variety of apps, mostly paid apps.

On the other hand, Android is very customizable, thing that makes many users pretty happy. Compared to the iOS, the Android offers plenty of free apps to choose from, and you are not locked down to a single apps store.

ios vs android

Hardware Specifications

The iPhone 5 has an A6 processor, which seems to be twice as fast as the iPhone 4S A5 chip. This detail includes also increased graphic performance. On the other hand, the S3 owns an Exynos 4 Quad chip, which offers 1.4 GHz. The S3 comes in two versions, a dual-core one and a quad-core a. If you ask me, this means a high difference.

In what concerns the batter life, both of these devices seems to last the same amount of time on paper, but in what concerns the experience, users confessed that the iPhone 5 is more reliable.

Now, in the storage aspect, you will have exactly how much you want; meaning that the iPhone 5 offers three storage options, 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. In the same time, the Samsung S3 also offers the possibility to add a micro SD card to expand your storage to 64 GB.


In what concerns the prices for both of these devices, you cannot tell for sure which one is cheaper. The price varies on the carrier you choose to sign with, on the part of the world you live in and on the storage, you want to buy for your device.

Generally, Samsung is slightly cheaper than the iPhone 5. When you choose to buy an unlocked device, you will see that in most places S3 is cheaper than iPhone 5.


There are so many things to be said concerning these two devices, but here, I have shown you only some of the most important aspects. When people search for comparison articles, the result might not be quite pleasant because it is hard to decide which product is better when you have so many different aspects to compare.

In this respect, I have showed you various details and aspects for each device, and it is up to you to decide, which one is better for your own needs. Hence, if you want a safer and secure device, you will definitely enjoy the iOS running on the new iPhone 5. In the same time, if you want more freedom for customization, you will definitely enjoy the new S3 offered by Samsung. Choose the device you want, like and enjoy better.

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Article by Abel Wike

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Jasmine March 13, 2013 at 2:36 am

Both are good devices. You are right, it’s difficult to decide which one is better for me… Maybe I will go with iPhone 5, since it’s easier to use in my opinion.

Hyptia@Private investigator in Kiev March 13, 2013 at 2:52 am

From my opinion nothing is difficult in today’s era. It’s true it will take some more time to operate it perfectly. But on other hands both gadgets are looking very cool.

Evan March 13, 2013 at 3:18 am

It’s all about battery life and power far as a work horse. My Galaxy note never had failed me when I needed it most. And when my clients see my unit Compared to their s3 are like.. I want that phone. I tell them if your not use to the size, stick w your s3. Which is good as the note.

PMG India March 13, 2013 at 7:33 am

Both are nice, features are nice.

Tazmir March 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Both phone are very nice in this world. This phone are very smarter and fashionable. We should this phone always with us.

Yasir Khan March 13, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Both smartphones are at their best and just varies in specs and features. Android phones like Samsung Galaxy III is way cheaper than the Apple product.

Adu88 March 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

If you want something cheap go for Android, but if you want quality i strongly recommend iPhone. Once you go iPhone, you never go back. :))

Server Hosting March 16, 2013 at 1:08 am

A great comparison between the two great mobile phones of this age. The features is been mentioned and discussed perfectly. This blog has many important aspects which will help a person to identify the best phone for himself.

iPhone App Developer March 17, 2013 at 10:39 pm

That’s life of the battery and power as a workhorse. Galaxy Note I failed my when I needed it. And when my clients see their unit compared to similar s3 .. I phone. I say, if your size stick w s3.

Veneers March 19, 2013 at 7:15 am

Galaxy S3 is better than Iphone 5…..

rental March 19, 2013 at 8:10 am

The iphone and Samsung both are exciting. The New smarter phones keep getting better for the consumer.

unmatched April 3, 2013 at 3:50 am

i phone and samsung both are the global brands…but i phone is the much better than the samsung galaxy S3. There is only one disadvantage of i phone is battery problem..

seanpual April 9, 2013 at 6:13 am

Samsung is better than iphone in my opinion. Coz its easy to use….

sobia April 12, 2013 at 5:29 am

Both smartphones are at their best and just varies in specs and features. But I love iphone.

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