Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Interface and Functionality
Apple has done a swell job with the design of iOS 7, mainly because it has a more modern look than before and boasts some added functionality. Visually, we prefer it over the TouchWiz Nature UX experience running on top of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on the Note 3 – there’s just so much more eye candy and spiffy looking animations in play with Apple’s mobile platform. iOS 7 is simply more precise and pays more attention to the smallest of details, while TouchWiz continues to look cartoony by comparison.
When it comes to functionality and personalization though, it’s the Note 3 that blows away the iPhone 5s out of the water. In the functionality side of the platform, the two share some of the same basic functions, like how they execute notifications and multi-tasking, but the Note 3 take it to a higher level. For starters, its enhanced Multi Window feature combined with the its Pen Window feature enables us to juggle around several apps at once – giving us REAL multi-tasking, as opposed to task switching with the iPhone 5s. And of course, there’s far more personalization with the Note 3 too, seeing that we can select different widgets, icons, and live wallpapers to fill up its homescreen. Indeed, iOS 7 now offers live wallpapers, but the icons littering up its homescreen continue to be static – albeit, the clock icon is one of the few dynamic ones.
Certainly going to please business oriented individuals, or those who are all about organization, the Note 3’s unique S Pen adds yet another element of functionality to the experience. Not only is it great for obvious things, like jotting down notes or drawing, but it’s yet another tool we can use to interact with the phone – like using it in conjunction with the various Air View features.
On the organizer side of things, the two phones offer the same basic features with their respective apps, but the Note 3 continues to show its worth in the experience by offering us with several S Pen related functions. Sure, their respective calendar, calculator, notes, and clock apps function in the same manner, but as we dive deeper, it becomes evident that the Note 3 offers a deeper experience. The multi-tasking aspect of the Note 3 alone shows its worth, as we’re able to juggle between all apps with more organization than the iPhone 5s.
Mainly because it has the larger display, it’s only natural that we get a more spacious layout with the on-screen keyboard of the Note 3. On top of that, we’re given a dedicated row for numbers, and access to a variety of punctuations all from the main layout. Conversely, the iPhone 5s keyboard is far more simplified, which isn’t a bad thing at all considering that it’s responsive, employs a better auto-correct feature, and is more encompassing.
Processor and Memory
Being high-end smartphones and all, they’re endowed with some of the most impressive hardware under the hood. On the iPhone 5s, it’s sporting a one-of-a-kind dual-core 1.3GHz Apple A7 processor, which is based on 64-bit architecture – something that by itself is unique in the mobile landscape. Equally as tantalizing, the Note 3 packs its own impressive set of goodies, a mighty quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU. Apple’s new piece of silicon is totally new, but its true processing potential has yet to be seen, just because apps and games aren’t optimized for it yet. Despite that, we still continue to see a snappier performance with the iPhone 5s. We’re not blowing off the Note 3, which is still one powerful smartphone on its own, but it still exhibits a pinch of choppiness every now and then.
In standard fashion, there’s no storage expandability on the iPhone 5s – so you’ll have to choose from the available options: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB. As for the Note 3, it comes packaged with 32GB of storage, but it can be supplemented by inserting a card into its available microSD slot.
GFXBench T-Rex HD off-screen
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 26
Apple iPhone 5s 23
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 26
Apple iPhone 5s 35
Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 7917.6
Apple iPhone 5s 5931.8
Internet and Connectivity
More than capable of delivering us a fantastic web browsing experience, their performances are accentuated by their speedy 4G LTE speeds, instant page rendering, and butter smooth navigational controls. However, we’d gravitate more towards the Note 3, mainly because its larger display, higher resolution, and S Pen functionality provides us with the more ideal experience between the two.
Here in the US, both smartphones are available in different GSM and CDMA flavors. As for the rest of their connectivity features, they pack pretty much the same set of gear, which consists of aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Continuing to show us its more diverse portfolio, the Note 3 packs some additional niceties such as NFC and an IR blaster. Even though the iPhone 5s doesn’t offer NFC, it has something similar with its AirDrop functionality for quick sharing of content.
1. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2011; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Really phonearena.. iphone 5s? LoL smh.....
8. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 99; Member since: 04 May 2012)
"TouchWiz continues to look cartoony by comparison" lolz iphonearena
44. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1030; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Yeah man.... And they even changed the wallpaper into some kind of stupid cartoonish painting thingy to make their Statement believable and true.
85. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
You fool that is the official wallpaper of the note 3
It's too childish
53. shuaibhere (Posts: 1682; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
"iOS 7 is simply more precise and pays more attention to the smallest of details, while TouchWiz continues to look cartoony by comparison."
this one made me laugh
early today PA posted a article about how buggy and unfinished ios7 is...and now they are saying that ios7 pays more attention to small details....
yeah...touchwiz is cartoonish...but compared ios 7 it looks good....ios7 looks like it's made for teen girls...
106. moroninc (Posts: 190; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
Phonearena shouldnt be allowed to review iPhones... too much of a bias going on there... Pound for Pound a complete mismatch The Note 3 is also quite easy to use but not for your average grandpa (you got your iPhone for that) its unfair to be comparing to iPhone which is such a small phone that desperately needs a redesign. A marketing gimmick is what the iPhone is...
142. PhoneCritic (Posts: 375; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
I agree 100% John V's reviews are no longer valid. not because I favor Samsung over Apple but because the Reviews are inconsistent. PA has been reporting on the ugliness of iOS7 and in this review John v states
"iOS 7 is simply more precise and pays more attention to the smallest of details, while TouchWiz continues to look cartoony by comparison."
Overlapping and inconsistent text formats PA has been reporting all day and John V makes this statement. this is the third drop of the ball by John and to me his reviews are invalid because they contradict the reporting here ( PA is speaking out of both sides of its mouth).
67. Rkiller (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Lol i had enough of IPHONEARENA, stating the iphone as 'premium' because after one month your aluminium crap get brushed on the face and then it looks so premium lol Puke review again. Comparing a phablet and a small ass iphone and says the iphone fits more comfortably lol Hello noobs, as if you didn't know the Note 3 is a phablet. Instead of your puke review you should have stated that the Note 3 is an amazing job by samsung for making a bigger screen and keeping the size of the phablet unlike the SAME crap for the iphone!! And noobs when comparing screen, you must state also when watching videos on the smartphones. Because there is a BIG difference in details when watching full HD or HD videos on a bigger screen like 4.7> than the small ass screen of iphone. Concerning IOS 7, its a good job to begin with by apple but its still far away from Android. Congrats again Iphonearena for showing us your stupidity :D
86. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
Lol the plastic is too cheap
Samsung letters written on the back remove after 6 months
91. Rkiller (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
yes agree but dont say the iphone is great in terms of quality. And atleast samsung change the back cover. Now time will tell which is better. Am not a samsung fan. But you can see this review is biased. There are other reviews by Iphonearena itself where it critises the Ios7. I dont say the iphone 5S is not a good phone but am bored with the same thing each year. If you consider fingerprint scanner as useful you can buy it.
93. deewinc (Posts: 192; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
2yrz and they haven't scratched even an inch on my SII. Probably you have a hand with the grip of a sand paper.
124. GoogleSafariFox (banned) (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
No, big deal with plastic. Only Lame a$$ iFans like you hates it. And those Letters on the back of each Sammy's latest flagship phones doesn't fade. LOL. But that Aluminum gets fade after one month of use. LOL!! Truth hurts iSheeeep!
154. 123Andy (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)
I thought it was a weird comparison to make, but they are both around $800!!!!
102. Andy777 (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
You say that after a month aluminum scratch. But after a fall of Note 3 that cheap plastic and fake leather breaks, is a phablet should have more speed all phones, the iPhone 5S exceeded the speed. There is this garbage you say, overcame the S4 and Note 3 and Note uses this trick to change their outcome. IF the Note 3 is better should have better camera, better screen resolution HTC One has more pixels and the Sony Z1 beats on camera, and also not much unlike the Note 2, where this evolution, and your criticisms iOS 7, but samsung does not have its own OS, Android uses, as does other brands of phones, and android has many malwares that the President of the USA said that if they could improve on that, I wonder in what sense it is better Note only different is bigger screen but does not have the best resolution of the cell, ok have a pen but you say is a phablet and you can open two windows the only difference, and if you want bigger screen for that is what made Apple the iPad, but good Samsung is so good it is at number 8 of the top brands, I forget that Apple is in first place and sold 9 million iPhones in 3 days when Samsung takes more than 3 months.
112. Rkiller (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Dude why are talking about HTC and Sony z1? Its a comparison between note 3 and isame here. And when did i criticize the IOS7. I mentioned its a good job by apple. But it still lacks easiness of Android. Samsung and others do not have their own OS but thhey use better OS than apple. I TOTALLY AGREE with you that Android has malwares. Thats why apple is able to sell more iphones in America. And my son leather breaks? lol Did you miss that part when i said the Note 3 is a phablet comparing with isame? Concerning display resolution dude note 3 may not be the best but it is way better than the iphone :) Oh you mean you put the apple ipad in your pocket and use it as a phone? > what i am trying to say is ATLEAST Samsung did a good job by putting a bigger display, in the same compact body. Unlike your isame :) thats called an EFFORT. And let me correct you Apple is not in the first place because of iphone only. Dont try to be an inoob. I dont have any problem with apple. I have used an iphone 4S and was satisfied that time. But i do not agree with this totally biased comparison. You can see John trying to hide the disadvantages of isame here infront of the note 3. Dont talk nonsense, i am here for innovation and good product whether it is apple or samsung or others.
113. w84u2cy (unregistered)
Fanboy alert...Fanboy alert! BEEEP....BEEP...BEEP!
I made an account just to type that...
69. AnTuTu (Posts: 982; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
Hi guys Johnnnnnnnnnnnn VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV from iPhonearena and I am going to compare The Beast (Note 3) with Toy (iPhone 5same).
103. Andy777 (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
But in the benchmarks, the iPhone 5S already surpassed in speed and performance are in some youtube videos and think that the Note 3 is a samsung phablet and tricks used to manipulate the results but the iphone win.
107. moroninc (Posts: 190; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
seriously ?? Youtube on iphone 5s?! maybe if you squint! .. Who looks at benchmarks before buying a phone?? Apple never did it, They dont need to do it. not like my grandpa would want to know how fast the iphone runs.. kekeke it just works yeh
89. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
Now android fools will say that
The call quality of the note3 is better 3 vs 2
The stupid amoled display in front of the legend retina display
The pixels... Retina has 3 sub pixels in a pixel 326 by 3
The fingerprint scanner vs the s pen
EarPods vs quadbeats
A dual core 64 bit processor is better than octa core processor
The iOS 7's 3d icons appearance
Dual led flashlight vs 1
Now tell who's the winner
97. bbblader (Posts: 583; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
every pixel on anything with pixels has 3 subpixels you retard :D
what is so legendary with a retina display?how legendary old of a gimmick it is?
104. Andy777 (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
But in Pixels beats the HTC One to Note 3. And that the Note 3 is a phablet.
146. himynameismiika (Posts: 13; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)
hahaha, this made me laugh so hard I made an account just to comment. Stupid Amoled display vs retina? Come on! Note 3 has a 1080p display vs iPhone 640p, that's not even hd. ok, iphones retina display has a pixel density of 326, that's good, but the Note has a pixel density of 386 and a 1,7 inches bigger screen. Fingerprint scanner is cool, can't argue with that, but the S Pen is really good too. iPhone 5s has a Dual-core 1,3 Ghz processor... man, Note 3 has a gigantic 2,3 GHz Quad Core or an 1,9 Quad Core and a 1,3 Quad Core. The iPhone has a good camera, yes, but if you say that the camera is better just cause of a flash, man you're cheap... GET YOUR FACT STRAIGHT!!!
147. himynameismiika (Posts: 13; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)
If the Note 3 screen would be as small as the iPhone 5s screen (4 inches), the pixel density would be 550 dpi, when the iPhone 5s would only have 228 at a size of the Note 3 (5,7 inches) so you can tell me witch one has the betetr screen... So don't you argue with facts you don't know ANYTHING of. You might think I am a Android fan, but the reason I am saying this is 'cause you argue without knowing a crap of what you are talking about.
181. maxtremors (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Your comparison is completely irrelevant, and total nonsense. That a given resolution would have a higher or lower ppi at different screen sizes is obvious, but you get no meaningful information from the comparison you mentioned.
2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Wow, really? iPhone 5s looks like a toy next to the Note 3.
32. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Assassin compared to a tank. Both are deadly when used right my friend.
38. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
Note 3 looks like a toy next to Z Ultra. What's your point?
41. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
A 5.7 inch (Note 3) doesn't look like a toy next to a 6.4 inch (Z Ultra), but if you put a 4 inch iPhone 5s next to them, it looks like a toy.
48. darkkjedii (Posts: 12714; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
iPhone looks like a toy to you. Note 3 looks like a toy to him. See choice. You made your point, but refused his...fanboy stuff dude.
50. shuaibhere (Posts: 1682; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
lol...you said xperia droid as samsung fanboy????
hell you're regular to this site...how comw you did that???
54. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
except he is a supposed to be a unbiOSed writer for a major unbiOSed website. This article is so clearly biOSed it isn't even funny
88. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
Lol the xperia is so stupid
The android software buttons are lol
Sometimes we lie to throw it
70. Immolate (Posts: 290; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
Next to the Z Ultra, the Note 3 looks like a phone. Next to the Z Ultra, a box of twelve-guage double-ought-buck shells looks like a phone. You risk giving yourself a concussion slapping that tinted dual-pane window upside your head. It's the only phone I know of that has a UV protection rating. The only phone that will increase the energy efficiency of your house. I heard California passed a law to keep people from using the Ultra as a windshield on their Hummers. I hear it comes with a set of earphones, along with a squeegee and a bucket. If you search for accessories on Amazon, you have to choose with or without valance and sheers. Once I saw a guy talking on his ultra, and I thought he was being attacked by an oddly rectangular face-hugger from Aliens. The reason they made the Ultra water-proof was because people kept building aquariums out of them.
72. darkkjedii (Posts: 12714; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Nice try, but not funny dude +1 for the effort though.
114. saffant (Posts: 233; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)
Not funny? You serious? Get a sense of humor, buddy.
Or has that i$heep syndrome rendered that part of your cranium useless as well?
125. GoogleSafariFox (banned) (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Not Funny for your Delusional iFan. LOL! Hahaha But he was really Funny that he nailed another truth that hurts iFans like you Jed. HAHAHAHAHA!
87. sniperdroid (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 May 2013)
Lol! Dude you cracked me up, especially the aquarium bit and the windscreen for the hummer. +1
105. Andy777 (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
But that toy as you say it surpassed in speed and performance to Note 3.
148. himynameismiika (Posts: 13; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)
Tell me dear friend, how is a 1,3 Dual core better than a 2,3 Quad core. How is 1 GB RAM better than 3 GB RAM? The fact is that the Note 3 has a better processor AND 3 times more RAM. The Note 3 is alot faster.
182. maxtremors (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Man, you really have no idea what you're talking about. The number of cores and the clock speed of those cores is only part of the equation. The iPhone 5s IS faster than the Note 3, the proof is in the benchmarks. It's also worth noting that Samsung programs their phones to cheat benchmarks, they were caught doing it with the gs4 and they're still doing it with the note 3. Even with the cheating, the 5s was still faster on the benchmarks. You can read all about it on Anandtech (you actually have a lot of reading to do, as you clearly have no idea what you're talking about).
183. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 666; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Actually YOU have no idea. Let's dig in. The benchmarks that Samsung supposedly cheated on were lame tests that are suppose to show real world usage. Which means the hardware is suppose to perform based on real usage. So example...The Sun Spider test isn't about hardware. It's a Java rendering engine that is coded in the browser. APPLE has a better engine to handle java coding, but side by side tests show Samsung browser loads java faster due to faster clock speeds. AntuTu is also based on Web browsing. Side by side tests still show that Samsung was faster. That is real world...not some benchmark.
Next. What Samsung and others did is not chearing. In the test, Samsung used a scrip that white listed some benchmarking apps. When this app is used, it triggers the script. All the scrip did was force all the cores to run at their full clock speed. This isn't cheating. Bec on the GS4 and other devices, any app that takes up the full screen does this.
Next in the bench marks the with graphics, the Note 3 kills the 5S. What you didn't consider is the Note 3 is pushing a full HD display vs iPhone which isn't even 720P. Sure one test show offline mode where it forces the gpu to run full 1080. When the script was not used, Samsung still won...it was simply much closer.
You need to actually go look at the test.
As far as phone is really faster? If you actually take benchmarks seriously then your argument is already lost. Side by side tests have show the Galaxy devices have burned every model of the iPhone to the ground
Even the very first Galaxy S killed the iPhone 3GB in side by side comparison.
If you want to use your little 4" lame duck iPhone...found ahead. However specs don't mean mich. What does matter is what they are used for.
Look at the Note. I can multi - task lots of apps on the same screen at the same rime. In fact I can open over 15 instances of apps and still play a full hd movie on the screen and it still won't studder. Try tgat on tgat one app at a time iPhone. If u really think the iPhone is batter bec it was a couple tests than you are clueless.
The Note is all around better even without considering soecs. 1880p is better than 640p. 5.7" is better than 4". The camera is better to a point I can record 4 video and more. Be quiet now!!!!!
188. applehatter (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)
Techiexp1969 is right . By the way even if apple had better phones they are designed for old lady's you can't do anything on them where as to android the world is yours apple is lame and plane. What's the point of a super hi tech phone if u are limited to what you can do (apple) samsung put it where it counts as to apple makes it better by stupid things like a better speaker or simple stuff. Hell you can't even take ur battery out or add storage let alone I'm doing this while I have YouTube open and playing also Facebook open in the corner 3 things at once all able to control on the same screen. You got sacked in with the rest of the world to the most over rated phone ever
184. PhillipCabral (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
Yeah. I think no phone is perfect but the Note 3 is closer to perfection than the 5S.
3. ianbbaa (Posts: 228; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
dont need to read whole article, already know who wins on iPhone Arena....
former iPhone user, 2years Note1 + Note8 user....how can be iPhone as productive as any Note...i am just emailing noting, anotating things in matter of second....would never be able on iPhone. Iphone = just good for playing music.
31. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, some people call it the Note 8. It came out a long time ago.
42. darkkjedii (Posts: 12714; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I know, the note 8 just amount kinda funny though.
55. momonm1 (Posts: 23; Member since: 30 May 2011)
I can do that too on my iPhone 4S..., simple as 1...2...3...
By the way, can you do PowerPoint presentation from your note 3?
In my iPhone keynote..., it's flawless n beautiful..., how about that?
100. theaztech (unregistered)
mmmm actually yes, yes i can. On android its been possible for some time now.
4. chunky1x (Posts: 261; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)
This is iPhone Arena, so I am not surprise who will win.
5. Spartix (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Oct 2013)
No no no are u kidding me ?!
Now i can say iPhoneArena is here
6. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 258; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Cue the comments that phone arena is biased towards the iPhone even though there is an article (published moments ago) pointing out the many bugs found in iOS7 (that Android users are revelling in i might add) *sigh*.
Obviously the iPhone will take the victory here, its the better device :-) The Nexus 5 on the other hand, that will be a good battle..
9. chunky1x (Posts: 261; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)
Read the conclusion section and you will get it.