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Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

0. phoneArena 27 Sep 2012, 09:09 posted on

It’s the battle between the flagships! Two handsets enter, only one can leave claiming supremacy in the smartphone landscape. For a good while now, Samsung’s pride and joy in the Galaxy S III has been tearing up the scene, and when the Apple iPhone 5 finally became a reality, Samsung made sure to let everyone know that “the next big thing is already here.” Talking the talk, we’re taking these two hotshot smartphones and pitting them against one another, to unequivocally proclaim which device reigns supreme amongst the two...

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posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:11 4

25. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

2. actualy maps was not delivered as "beta" its one of the main features they stand on iOS... just wanted to make that point clear

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:26 1

30. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

They said its a cloud based solution so keep on using it and it will get better.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:26 3

31. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

1.what makes you think that ip5 is more durable that sgs3? apple failed miserably because they wanted to create a phone that is light and slim. Instead, they ended up making a phone that leaks light in the dark and many other problems and now you need to buy a case as soon as you get your phone which adds to weight and thickness
2."its in beta" - why should a we care if its in beta? if its an incomplete product then apple should have not released it in the first place. google maps are way better and you can simply get android instead of waiting for a version of it for ios.
3. again, why release a product with such major problems in the first place? they ask for such a high price for it and yet their phones have more problems than the cheaper ones
4. agree
5.it costs 200, yes, but look at the other phones on that category, almost every other phone on that price offer more features except perhaps camera.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:46 1

34. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

1. The multiple drop test videos prove that its more durable. iPhone 5 won every time!!! Also you don't need to carry a case but any phone you buy you should. And thirdly light leakage is a minor issue and doesn't even effect the black model. So if you are that concerned go buy the black one.
2. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither is a maps app. Its take time and for it to get better. And if you are that concerned just go ahead and use google maps online till maps come out. Not to mention an app is coming out soon most probably. Also apple maps isn't as bad as everyone is making it seem. It has problems but most of the time it is actually fine. Sure you can just get android but are you really going to change platforms because you can't wait a couple of weeks for an app to launch.
3. Phones have problems androids included (nexus). Apple has a good track record of fixing software problems fast (unlike android). Its unavoidable. Tech isn't perfect.
5. 200 is a average price for a high end smartphone these days such as the iPhone.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:30 1

43. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

1. i'm not talking about literally dropping device, iphone5 is more durable that way. what i'm talking about are the little marks that easily appear on iphone 5 so you definitely need a case.
2."Rome wasn't built in a day and neither is a maps app".
i never said that apple shouldhv been able to make maps in one day. what i'm saying is that if they werent ready, then apple shouldnt have released them in the first place. besides, if someone buys an iphone, they have every right to get a finished software and not a incomplete one because they are giving the full price for it and yet what they get is an beta software.

3. yes, phones have problems but so many problems in one phone? and thats when apple makes just one phone a year.

5.yes but others have bigger screens and pack more punch.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 15:09

90. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

1. Whats more important a drop or a little scuff? I rather have my phone together and have scuff marks then for it to break on a drop.
2. Android is the king of bringing beta software to the market and apple does it way less but when it does it its unacceptable but if android does it who cares? Double standard much.
3. There really hasn't been that many problems and considering they are one company doing everything software and hardware they have a lot on there plate. Not to mention since its apple all problems get publicized more.
5. And the iPhone has more expensive materials and packs quite the punch itself. Well worth 200 dollars. However if you want to say something is overpriced when it is priced similar to the competition how is it overpriced? Just because you think the competition packs more punch is irrelevant to the pricing of thing.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:35 3

44. tedkord (Posts: 11659; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

But, don't you remember a time when iOS users would bash Android for putting out half baked beta software, while proclaiming Apple only puts out functional, polished product?

My, how times have changed. Over a year after release, SIRI is still a beta POS that users are thinking of suing over. Now, their new map app is also an admitted beta.

And, where are those iOS users who made those comments before? Well, one is banned, though he shows up occasionally under s brand new name to throw out some lies. But what about the rest?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:36 3

45. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

exactly my point

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:49 1

66. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

that is actually a very valid point TEDKORD

I've been in this industry long enough to find out there will never be a perfect device.

Personally I HATE the new Maps on iOS6, And really REALLY miss the Navigation on Android. Also Siri is the biggest joke ever, Even Gingerbread had a better Voice solution.

However, I am sacrificing those big features in favor of many other small ones. Plus when sold a year from now will still be worth a good $400 on craigslist. This makes it posible for me to upgrade every year.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 15:14

94. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Apple does a lot less beta then its counterpart android however in some instances doing a beta is helpful and apple recognizes that. Plus the beta's apple does release works pretty well. Siri was a home run and actually made voice assistants useful. Yea it has time when it servers go down and the functionality isn't all there yet but so what. Its 100x better then its predecessors. And maps work pretty well gives new functionality and the old non beta version is still available online if users choice. Apple made smart calls on this one where they made a mistake was A) Going with google maps in the first place B) not paying more for better maps.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 17:15

100. tedkord (Posts: 11659; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Ah, so it's ok because they're doing less beta releases. So tell me, exactly what number of beta releases tips the scale from ok to not ok?

Oh, and Siri is a joke. Google now is also a joke, but it's so much more accurate and realistic and useful than Siri that it's laughable. So, not as funny a joke. (Actually, Siri was a better app before Apple purchased and dumbed it down)

At any rate, the point is that Apple releases beta, too. This was a haughty claim by iFans prior, and you don't hear from them now. But even more important, ask yourself why Apple are suddenly releasing beta software. The answer is they're getting left so far behind by the competition, they rush stuff out the door to give the appearance of keeping up. They heard about project Majel, so they rushed out, bought Nuance, and rushed it to market to give the impression that they insisted it first.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 21:02

109. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

First of all Beta in general isn't a bad thing. Beta releases as long as they are functional and aren't insanely glitchy give users more features. Releasing Beta software is part of google's strategy which is fine. Apple in general releases more polished software and beta software for major things when there is no way for it to be done on release. Maps are a huge endeavor it took google 7 years to get where they are at now. How do you expect apple to be at that level on there first try? Releasing a beta software was there only choice which is fine.

Siri isn't a joke if you looks at its potential. The idea of concept based voice assistants give users a new way to interact with there device making it easier to do things in less steps. Its not all there yet but as this tech matures it will be integral to your phone. It has some cool features already though. Such as booking a dinner reservation.

Also I'm not an iFan and your vendetta against them has nothing to do with me or apple or what necessary steps apple has to take to create a great phone. I'm not going to deny that apple has to keep pace with the competition but thats not the reason they are releasing beta. They are releasing beta software because its the best way to give users more features while still allowing for substantial improvement. Why make people wait for turn by turn or intelligent voice assistants. If they were to wait for a 100 percent complete version it would be years when they can already release a good version thats incomplete now and work on it. For huge endeavors like this apple's strategy is solid.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 19:59 1

104. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

As if aluminum is a precious metal? Fact: it's used as a disposable material for food packaging.

Maps will be fixed shortly? That's what they said with Siri. Still not working in most countries outside the US.

Are you sure no one buys unsubsidized? You must be living under a rock.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 20:52

107. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

We're talking about in the usa. This is a us based site you know. Plastics are also used in disposable material for food packaging you know.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 11:39

127. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

I know. I'm just wondering why the aluminum alloy on mountain bikes are really sturdy, while on iPhone 5 it easily dents like Coke cans? Quality?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 23:24

114. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

You can cash in when recycling Aluminum. You get a pat on the back when recycling Plastic.

...nuff said

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 11:20

126. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

You must not have heard of the plastics recycling industry.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 23:59

134. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

You must not have heard of the Aluminum recycling industry

can you imagine a DeLorean out of plastic O_o

...why am I even arguing this wow? :/

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 19:24

139. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)

for #5, remember not EVERYONE is AMERICAN and that in MOST of the world carriers dont sell subsidized or sell subsidized with ridicoulosly high prices like 50-70 dollars a month, and unsusidized it costs 700-900 (dont remember pretty well, just now its up there) and thats higher than 600 for 16gb s3

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:31

15. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)

When will the Sg3 be tested with JB instead of ICS against the I5 ,that the test i want to see ,since it wii prove more of a competition than ICS.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:31 3

16. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

Correction: the iPhone 5 has a 1.3 GHz processor.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:40 1

18. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3757; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Next: iPhone 5 vs One X
Following: iPhone 5 vs Motorola Droid RAZR HD
Coming soon: iPhone vs Nokia Lumia 920
Verdict? iPhone wins all!!!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:54 4

23. damienh28 (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Dec 2010)

Are you on crack my friend

"seems as though the Samsung Galaxy S III has the goods to stand out just a tad bit more."

"Ultimately, it’s the TouchWiz Nature UX experience and its extensive set of functionality that makes the SGSIII the more productive and complete handset between the two."

The GS3 clearly won
take a look over on phonedog the dogfight between the two, Aaron is a apple fanboy and even said the gs3 won.
Just like the Note 10.1, it is better than the ipad, but being apple it nothing can be better to the stupid consumer who doesnt know what theyre purshasing,

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:47 3

35. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3757; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

No, i just drank coffee...crack free!!
Sorry my friend, i meant all of that in a sarcastic tone...
iPhone 5 will now be a benchmark for all phone comparisons like the 4s last year so i'm trying to fun of it! My bad!! :)
I'm no iPhone lover...nor a hater. But i just don't like how it is over used here in PA.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:41 3

65. damienh28 (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Dec 2010)

Lol dude my fualt i thought yyou was a sheep for a sec,
But hundred percent correct, but lately im seeing a decline in worshipers, like editors are realizing iphone is not innovative at all, and its suprising me.

Siri was the last big thing, And that wasnt so big to me cause its a feature rarely used and voice command dates backs to flip phones, theres just highly advanced but still, i wouldnt use it much

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 16:41 1

97. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Next time use the /s at the end of your post, or /sarcasm. Won't get thumbed down for having a sense of humor.

...well not by rational folks with a sense of humor themselves.

...so not the apple fans.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 05:03

117. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3757; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Thanks man!!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:43 1

19. binerry (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Both are great phones, honestly. Highest in the market. I like to be able to use my phone one handed though without worrying about dropping it, and the iPhone wins in this case for me.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:37

46. tedkord (Posts: 11659; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

That's a valid reason to choose the iPhone. The Apple logo isn't a valid reason, but sadly is the reason for many.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:16

57. binerry (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

I'm sure the same could be said for the Android logo too.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:19 1

75. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

binerry your such a troll

if i put an apple logo on a piece of paper you would pay double......and why just so you could brag about how you have ipaper

the apple brand and the bragging rights you seem to think it gives you are whats keeping apple going right now not the exceptional product because face it the iphone 5 isnt top quality device

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 14:30 2

89. tedkord (Posts: 11659; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Nobody buys a device just for the Android logo.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 20:34

106. bkb01 (Posts: 43; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)

correct. plus you cant see an android logo. Unless you have a nexus which shows the Google Logo.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:45

20. issa8 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)

Page 2 at the bottom --> "easy sharing thanks to its S-Bean function."

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 10:01

125. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

Thats the new feature Samsung built into Jelly Bean.... its called Sammy Bean =D

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:51 1

21. jiraya (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

You forgot to mention the following- the galaxy s3 will play practically any format out there without the need for conversion whereas the iphone 5 is limited.
Many people have songs in flac format and the iphone can't play those formats either. Customisable EQ etc. In functionality, in my honest opinion, S3 wins.

Plus the s3 has the convenience of usb mass storage. One can easily connect it to any laptop and transfer files wheres for iphone we first have to authorize the laptop itunes. Again s3 wins.

The s3 has a many more options in the camera and video settings too.

Then there is the removable storage , removable back cover, and user replaceable battery in the s3. Another round in favour of s3.

The main thing the iphone 5 has going for it- ios 6. And the fact that it will be supported by prompt updates for abiut 3 more years. GS2 in india has yet to be updated to JB whereas 3GS has started recieving ios6. A BIG win for iphone.

Having owned a Gnote in the past i have experienced samsung INDIA's poor service response. It might be better in the US.
I am currently typing on an iPad and i can say that apple's service is fanatstic.

These last 2 points make the iphone a winner, despite it's huge shortcoming, atleast India. One point review sites fail to consider is that for people buying these phones off contract, service a few months down the road is extremely important. And updates too.

Also, i have noticed that phonearena seems to be following the mantra that bigger is better for display. The iphone 5 display analysis is out on anandtech. It is and i quote 'a quantum leap ahead of previous generations'. It has a nearly 100% sRGB coverage and anandtech says 'we would have given such a display a gold rating if it was a monitor display'. To many people color accuracy is more important than over saturated colours. In the display comparison, other than the display size, the author barely touches upon anything else. No colour accuracy, no gamut, nothing. I had observed this in the htc one x vs note2 comparison too.

The author has a obligation to present the comparision in an unbiased manner, stating the pros and cons of both. The quality of this comparison was extremely poor.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:11 2

26. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

first inbiased review. welldone

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:13

27. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I agree with this one almost entirely:

Show quoted text

iPhone 5 does hold a great potential, depending on the next iOS release

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:16

28. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)



posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:22 3

29. prdmshrl (Posts: 22; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

Very good article. I totally agree with PA. One point that was not compared is the capability of true multitasking. Coming from an iPhone to Galaxy S3 I do really appreciate the multitasking capabilities of the Galaxy S III. I think that should have been consider in this article too.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:49

36. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)

I have got to praise the author of this article for keeping the comparison as fair as possible in spite of the obvious bias for the iPhone. I agree w/ most that's written. What's unacceptable is the lack of emphasis in superiority of SGS 3 in multimedia: the phone has a radio tuner and transmitter, and a video player that supports multiple codecs w/o the need for a third party application.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:09 2

37. verty (Posts: 122; Member since: 07 May 2012)

I wonder why PA is always fighting for the Iphone. Admit it the S3 is miles ahead of your static overpriced Iphone. And please the Iphone is not a benchmark at all. On value per dollar the S3 gets a 9.5 and the Iphone gets a 6. Full stop please.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:11 2

38. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Somebody said it best... a close SECOND best. The iPhone is outclassed in every spec. For the price, you get tenfold more value and functionality with the GSIII.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:33

78. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)

I just wish the GS3 had a better camera and build material so people can stop saying we have a better camera and build material. If they can include those next time around they can really be the dominate phone.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 16:43

99. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

@izsbleach: so, ATIV S then?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:21 1

40. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

Retina display > super Amoled display. I have both these phones and I have compared them myself. I had a question though- doesn't an in cell touch screen mean even a slight bump to the front glass plate could spoil the retina display?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 17:17

101. tedkord (Posts: 11659; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

That's s matter of opinion. I have used both, and hands down I prefer the Super Amoled. The contrast and color make the retina look dull.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 12:50

129. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

so have I and if anything, the only thing going for the iPhone is the retina display

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:25 3

41. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Excellent article.

It's refreshing to see a writer on a tech website who describes the iPhone 5 without using such ludicrous terms as "Amazing", "Magical" and "revolutionary".

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:54 1

82. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

finally a decent comment from you...

+1 sir

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:53 1

50. xtian1103 (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

2 great phones. if i have enough money, i'm sure gonna buy both. oh, if there's extra... maybe i'll the lumia 920 and my holiday wish is complete!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:54

52. lucas162 (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

when you will leave the 360 Degree View of iPhone 5?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:04

53. romeo1 (Posts: 718; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

its weird that there is no video test in the multimedia part. maybe because the iphone has a weird resolution so it would lose?
about build quality shoudn't there be a notice on the easy to scratch back? the out of the box damage? the pink photos?
i'm not saying the gs3 is better cause i need to check the iphone 5 for a longer time but to be honest it looks cheap next to the big screen phones even though its made with better materials than the high-end phones. maybe iphone 6 with 4.3-4.5 inch screen and smaller top and bottom bezels?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:09 1

55. bubbadoes (Posts: 961; Member since: 03 May 2012)

r u all kidding @ PA? The iphone5 should be compared to a DroidX 2 or something...no comparison going up against the GSIII. Size, Battery, RAM, SD Storage, Processor, NFC, Google MAPS, do I need to keep going....

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:31 3

61. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

no. you dont. please stop.

this is THE obvious comparison. this is a very good one and spot on. you fandroids act more and more like google sheep everyday.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:21 1

77. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

that coming from a apple troll seriously stop moaning when you do the same thing

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:13 2

56. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

I'm happy PA picked a winner this time, before they wouldn't actually give a winner and just said it depends on your OS preference. Good job PA!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:33 2

63. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

I agree. kudos to John for actually saying one is better. that makes this one of the best reviews ive read on this site.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:23 1

58. jimjam (Posts: 257; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)

The SGS3 just looks so much better than the boxy iphone with large bezel. The iphone design just doesn't cut it anymore. The only reason it sells and stands a chance is because of ios which people are heavily invested it and it works to make things generally simple, visually appealing and it just works.

There are plenty of arguments about ios vs android but ignoring those the hardware design is a clear win to Samsung unless you hate the screen size.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:31

60. paulyyd (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)

so thats what john v looks like…

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