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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Introduction

The Samsung Galaxy S III was an absolute smash-hit in 2012. Few were the Android smartphones that dared to challenge it, and even fewer were those that stood any chance at all. However, time has once again proved that nothing lasts forever, as we're now 2013, and the good old GS III is now much less impressive than it was a year ago. But that doesn't mean that another company is to steal the crown from Samsung. Nope. Sammy has been refining and improving its billion-dollar formula, and the results of its efforts are evident in the Galaxy S4 – a handset that seems absolutely worthy of succeeding the wonderful Galaxy S III.

OK, so the Galaxy S4 is an amazing smartphone worth every penny, but there certainly are a lot of folks out there who are still rocking the GS III. Should those guys think about upgrading to the GS 4, or are they OK with their GS IIIs for another year? Enough questions! Let's go get ourselves some answers!


Design

We've all heard people say that the GS III and GS4 are almost identical in terms of external design. Well, this is so not true! OK, the Galaxy S4 is certainly in the same style as the Galaxy S III, but it is significantly better. Not only does it look better, but it is actually a bit narrower and a bit thinner than its predecessor, while sporting a bigger screen at the same time! This alone is an extraordinary achievement by Samsung. And as we said, it actually looks way better with its thinner bezel, more symetric design and better key layout.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right)


Other than that, both devices are made of pretty much the same plastic material, which should be polycarbonate, though whatever it is, it sure isn't very tough, so you'll have to be extra careful with both of these guys.

Samsung Galaxy S4
5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S III
5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches
136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
4.69 oz (133 g)

Samsung Galaxy S III

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Both handsets have the same key layout, and unfortunately, the Galaxy S4's keys do not feel any better than those of its predecessor, so no major construction upgrades here. Samsung has also decided to keep its favorite touch-sensitive Menu and Back keys, positioned to the left and right of the Home button below the screen. We actually tend to like this configuration, as it doesn't take up precious screen space.

Left sides - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Right - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Top - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Left sides

Right

Top

Bottom - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Backs - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Rear cameras - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Bottom

Backs

Rear cameras

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (top, right)




Display

Even though the Galaxy S III's display looked amazing last year, it's now somewhat weird compared to the 1080p panels that start to overtake the market this year. That includes the screen of the Galaxy S4, which is so much better than the one of its predecessor. Not only is it higher-res, but it also boasts more natural colors that are still vibrant, but not to the point of being artificial and unpleasant.

It's not like the GS III's display is bad, even by today's standards, but the one of the GS4 is better in every aspect.



Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S III 294
(Poor)
20
(Poor)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
7990
(Average)
2.14
7.67
(Average)
6.11
(Average)
Samsung Galaxy S4 289
(Poor)
9
(Average)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
7316
(Good)
2.16
5.52
(Average)
7.31
(Average)
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Samsung Galaxy S4 360-Degrees View:



Samsung Galaxy S III 360-Degrees View:



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posted on 09 Apr 2013, 05:31 26

1. thethird (Posts: 72; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Two awesome devices. Built to last. :) [+]

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:07 14

9. samballik (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)


Sony and HTC and Samsung are the phones with most features, apps and games.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 20:53 6

41. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


Except any HTC root user will tell you that we really HATE sense.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 23:29 2

44. cezarepc (Posts: 572; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


True story.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 02:29 3

47. deacz (Posts: 155; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


sense is great!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 07:12 4

18. KParks23 (Posts: 452; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


I've made my mind up I'm waiting for the Verizon htc incredible one or whatever they want to call it but incredible one sounds tight.. At this point I'm so fed up with Sammy they can put a I7 processor in there phone and I still won't buy another 1 my s3 has been nothing but a paper weight!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 22:09 6

42. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


Which one is the S4?

Both are hideous...

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 16:14

50. chocolaking (Posts: 453; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Galaxy S3 and a Galaxy S3s ! LMAO!!!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 05:34 40

2. emadshiny (Posts: 1135; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


which one is S3 and which is S4?!
LOL

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 05:39 27

4. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


sony troll spotted :)

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 05:46 23

7. darkskoliro (Posts: 990; Member since: 07 May 2012)


doesnt matter if its sony fan, anyone would crack this joke xD

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:08 2

10. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Most phones have a big screen and rounded corners, so it makes the S4 look like a lot of others too following that logic. But it's texture, screen dominance and more rectangular build makes it noticeably more elegant than it predecessor.

http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/reviews/130431-image/Samsung-Galaxy-S4-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-S-III-06.jpg

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:26 14

12. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


One is the note 2 mini and one is the s3

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 22:11

43. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


On a real note, Samsung needs to start trying with their designs. The plastic is ok but we all know Samsung can do better.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:47 4

15. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


No this isn't the iphone 4, 4s which you can never tell the diffrence unless looking at the top where it doesn't have a line on the left side®

Why the Troll,,,,?
It's still using Android, like Htc Sony Lg Samsung and all other oems. Why the hate?

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 09:15 8

24. SleepingOz (unregistered)


'Coz Samsung haters(mostly Sony, HTC, Nokia fanboys) think that it's Samsung's fault why their fav oems are struggling to compete in the market.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 16:22

63. TMach (Posts: 372; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Typical fanboy speak! Did it occur to you that it is less about hate or market position but something as simple as customer satisfaction or different needs/desires about what people want to get out of their experiences with their handsets! I have no problem with the product but a mountain load with the manufacturer and its attitude to customers. That arrogance of Apple fanboys is seriously affecting Samsung fanboys. Our experiences inform our choices and I loathed my experience with Samsung and even if I bought its product, I will do so with eyes wide open and pray I do not have any problems as I would not want to deal with them! I do know this, HTC will listen, send out UPS to collect the product, examine the complaint/investigate and send you your phone back throuh UPS, no questions as will Sony. Samsung? Please take the product to an Independent Service Centre, authorised but not affiliated to Samsung. You get that way when your S3 cracks unexpectedly by the charger port and you end up paying £134 to fix it.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 16:25

64. TMach (Posts: 372; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


p.s. a work colleague has a similar crack in the same position on her White S3 but thought it was part of the design........disavowed her of the notion and she is now one unhappy customer!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 09:36 1

25. amansingal14 (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


"Why the Troll,,,,?"
Exactly, Why the TROLL?

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 16:08

33. amats69 (Posts: 1086; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Why the Troll? Why the Hate? oh i think that question is applicable to you after trolling to HTC Sony Nokia etc.LOL

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 09:12 5

23. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Oh, you're finally back?!
I thought you went back to your cave after losing too many arguments about your beloved XZ. lol

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 00:08 2

45. emadshiny (Posts: 1135; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


im always here bro
maybe you need to check your eyes.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 02:04

51. urth_key (Posts: 14; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


Hahahaha LOL.

which one is 4 and which is 4S?!
LOL

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 05:38 16

3. iluvsmartphonexpdx (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Galaxy S4 FTW!!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 05:41 15

5. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1145; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


damn thats very identical...

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:31 14

13. jo_Ny (Posts: 27; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


"The S4 excels in exterior design" LMAO

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:39 9

14. Diego! (Posts: 507; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


The pictures on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 look amazing! Amazing level of detail. Good job Sammy!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:49 3

16. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


S3 looks ugly, S3 and S2 looks much better™
S3 with those ugly curves™
Rectangular Candbar sharp edges look way much better, look stylish and contemporary©

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 07:01 4

17. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 165; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


GS3 users will realize how laggy the GS3 is when they try out the GS4. Android OS really do need the 4 cores running at full bore +2.00Ghz to feel right and run normal.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 07:17 1

19. wrm2013 (Posts: 182; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


And as soon as they push a os update to the s4 it too will be laggy

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 07:41 2

20. israinwet (Posts: 47; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


I'm not sold on the S4. I'll stick it out with my S3 and wait to see what the competition has to offer.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 07:43 9

21. supa_dupa (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


HTC One is better...

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 12:39 4

28. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


say's no one ever

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 16:10 4

35. Jonathan41 (Posts: 529; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


I can think of a few people. Starting with Ray S.

This isen't math class there is no right answer. I prefer the HTC One as well and I know for a fact me and supa_dupa (excuse his/her trolling) aren't the only ones.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 16:28

65. TMach (Posts: 372; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Me too! HTC One rules!! No, Xperia Z rules!!! Actually, couldn't choose so bought both!!!!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 08:02 2

22. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


There was an error please correct it. ( the Exynos 5 Octa is an octa-core CPU with two powerful A15 cores running at 1.6 GHz, and two low-power A7 cores running at up to 1.2 GHz)

As we all know Octa mean 8, so the correct version of writing should be ( the Exynos 5 Octa is an octa-core CPU with four powerful A15 cores running at 1.6 GHz, and four low-power A7 cores running at up to 1.2 GHz)

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 11:18

26. Doppiadi (Posts: 15; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)


I have always kept my mobile phones for at least two years (unless they were REALLY buggy. Anyone had a BENQ-SIEMENS back in the days??) because I really find it hard to justify an upgrade from one generation to the next one. I really don't think it makes sense to upgrade from a S3, to a S4, unless you like to collect them :)

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 11:49 7

27. Aeires (unregistered)


Bezel on the S4 is amazing, huge screen while keeping the phone smaller in the process.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 14:25

29. chistoefurpuffer (Posts: 139; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


Sadly I'm on a budget, so I'll likely have to settle with the s3.
But I don't mind at all, the s3 is a classic, and is still a great phone even in todays standards :D

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 15:03 1

30. Taters (Posts: 3259; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


It is actually quite sad that the HTC fan boys have resorted to calling the GS4 the GS3s when any moron or kid can see that they are quite different. I guess if you can't beat them, you pull out all the double standards that you can to discredit them.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 15:04

31. oister85 (Posts: 401; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Lg, Sony, Samsung, Htc, Nokia you can't go wrong with any of this phone makers.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 16:00 1

32. amats69 (Posts: 1086; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


twin?LOL

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 16:10 1

34. amats69 (Posts: 1086; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


identical twin to be specific :D

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 16:33

37. SleepingOz (unregistered)


One should be blind to see no difference between these two.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 17:10 2

38. amats69 (Posts: 1086; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


One should educate himself that even identical twins have little differences..but more on Similarities.LOL

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 01:20 2

46. darkskoliro (Posts: 990; Member since: 07 May 2012)


there are more freckles on the older brother.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 16:13

36. amats69 (Posts: 1086; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


but seriously...if Samsung only come up with new and fresh design with that specs. no doubt this would be my next phone.but but but but......

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 18:20

39. yetdoi (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Good comparison. Saw numerous mistakes throughout the article though.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 20:21

40. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Awesome Review. Already sold my N7000 & S2. Will sell my S3 & stay with the N7100 for a bit.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 02:40 1

48. Leo_MC (Posts: 551; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Didn't Phonearena said S3's display is the worse that the market offers if one were to choose between iPhone, 920, Xperia and others I don't remember now (maybe S4)?!
Call it as it is - because you're a technical site - S3's display is bad by both today and yesterday's standards.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 15:26

49. KashAli (Posts: 105; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


How is this working... You guys are on websites doing reviews and taking Galaxy S4 out and testing? I mean the phone is not even released yet! :-s

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 04:06

52. Andrewtst (Posts: 331; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


S4 surely better than S III ---- BUT - I won't buy it as it too similar look with S III, having it feel damn bored.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:40

53. tryingHARD (Posts: 64; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)


i thought they were the same. samsung what???

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 02:30

55. Jaemin (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)


Seems like iphone4 to iphone4s or iphone4s to iphone5.
little change of design but amazing development of speed and function

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 02:27

54. Jaemin (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)


increased display size but decreased width and becomes more lighter.. it is incredible to use that full hd display with amazing hardware.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:46

56. mightyillidan (Posts: 20; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


if any one wants phone arena to tell us if the s4 battery fits in the s3 give me thumbs up

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 00:21

58. X55526622233 (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)


TOO much lighting for the samsung GS4. I wanna buy it and compare it to my phones :) then throw it ayaw if it's ugly.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 19:30

59. gigaraga (Posts: 1211; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


SAMSUNG = BEST

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 08:13

60. recond9 (Posts: 49; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


If you are good with the 720p screen and the 8MP camera,the S3 is still a good (and cheap) alternative to the new s4.
The S3 will still be in business one or two years,before they will shut it down,thought it will be vanished in the next year by the new monsters that will be launched.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 11:44

61. rose_4_u43 (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


latest Game testing video review on both Samsung Galaxy S4 and S3 visit below site

gatechworld.blogspot.com/2013/04/samsung-galaxy-s4​-vs-samsung-galaxy-s3.html

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