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Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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

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, 23:20

113. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

GS3 Screen costs $300 to replace :/

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 03:21

115. Mittal (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

yup u gotta compromise with a silicon case

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 06:26

120. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

I have the answer: One X

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 15:10

93. buccob (Posts: 2737; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

I am very pleased with this review except with 1 minor point. And that is that even though the screen on the S3 has its disadvantages and saturated looks... you CAN change the settings under "display" to allow for a more natural color, "movie", "dynamic" or standard mode.... So that alone makes it way better than the one on the iPhone...

Again even if it comes down to personal preference, Amoled screens can be used consciously to preserve battery life...
I.E. if you are reading a lot of web pages (white background) then hit the button to turn the screen "Negative" and invert colors for a while... and it will help a lot...

I use Waze in "night mode" all the time... and it is equally practical but more power efficient.

And so on...

Amoled has many advantages over regular LCD.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 07:18

137. alxcsb (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

I am so saving up the cash and buying the 920, that's if it will look in reality as it does in those pictures and if WP8 is all that it promises to be.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:21 4

4. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)

In a few moments from now, you'll all see about the biggest troll fight between iTroll and Fandroid in the history of Phone Arena ever.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:42 2

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

I doubt it. The more rabid and delusional iFans have left, which has mostly calmed the more outspoken Android fans down. A lot of back and forth, sure, but not as vehement.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:21 4

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

Great Review. BTW I am starting to like iPhone 5 more than the SGS3. But still the best phone according to is the HTC One X.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:27 1

12. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

actually all of those are equals. if you watch comparisons between the s3 and one x, judgements may vary too.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:56 2

83. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

I have an iPhone 4s but I'm really starting to like the SG3 because of the NFC and the video pop up thing. I don't like the curved back though, or how the camera and speaker are set up right in the middle.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 06:20

118. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

What about the One X. You still get the NFC plus you get a tough yet good looking unibody build and the awesome looking and fast Sense 4.0 skin. You may even want to go with the One X+ if you feel like waiting a few months for it to be released. It will have a Tegra 3 quad-core chipset and you'll still get the LTE, build quality and NFC.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:22 7

6. Vinayakn73 (Posts: 197; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

ios needs UI refreshment the old dull UI becomes so boring nowdays. apple must better concentrate on its idea than to sue other companies.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:29

32. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

What actually do you want to be refreshed. Maybe widgets are a possibility as the mac already uses widgets. I liked those videos about how widgets could be added to iOS discreetly. Otherwise iOS is a really good launcher for applications. Thats what an OS is at its core.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:20 2

39. redsox420 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

ios is a joke. Who likes a phone that is cluttered with rounded boxes all over the place? I have 1, yes 1 icon on my Samsung Infuse. I have nothing but widgets, from weather to flipboard to poweramp. etc. I have 5 pages to scroll through and only 5 widgets and 1 icon on them. I use Circle Launcher to access vital apps. If I need lesser used apps, I hit the app drawer and boom Im in..

Folders are for people who can't use a real phone. Iphoney is for people who pretend to be cool.

IOS will always fail because of the lack of widgets. Once they add widgets, Lawsuits will ensue. Such as with Big Fruitys inclusion of LTE..

The best phone will be the Note 2.. If you enjoy 4 inches of screen and a locked down user experience then get the iphoney.

sure the iphoney has a slight better advantage in low light, and a clearer screen, but I am a photographer, so my DSLR does the job when I want a high quality photo. I don't care what camera a phone has, its still subpar to anything on the market. .

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:23 2

7. bxbomber718 (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


posted on 28 Sep 2012, 06:22 1

119. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

You missed the X button. It's right underneath the one you pushed.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:24

8. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

Bobfreking55 you said the best honest thing I've seen posted in a long time.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:24

9. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

wow i completely agree with the conclusion! good job PA!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 14:20 1

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

Except for the part about the iphone being the "best" choice for easy-to-use smartphones, yeah

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:27 2

10. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)

In all honesty. The Iphone 5 is very nice. Even though I love android. But for one thing there is and I personally have found NO lag in the GS3, so in performance wise, there should be no difference, unless your running 720p youtube videos, will browsing and making a call.

But performing the same task there is NO DIFFERENCE in performace on either phone. So this is a little BIASED.

The average AMERICAN couldn't tell a difference in the quality of the screen to be honest, because I couldn't when viewing Phone arena, or even most youtube videos.

THe camera is where the phones stick out. Thats about it.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:27 2

11. rasinhussy (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)

Just as far as screens go, the SGS3 just seems to over-saturated.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:06 1

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

I'd rather have a nice 4.8" HD display than a sub-HD 4" display any day.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:40

64. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

John V stated, it comes down to personal preference. I prefer accuracy considering, when compared, the extra 0.8" diagonally is not much bigger

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:21

76. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Neither is 20% lighter or 17% thinner.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:58 1

124. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

a lighter phone has never been a determining factor for me. Doesnt make me run faster, doesnt take more effort to take out of my pocket. Thinner is nice because when you put a case over it, I dont want it to look bulky. But since its really not that much thinner than the GS3, that also is out of the equation.

Wish the iPhone ran Android would be perfect device! ...for me anyway

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 21:09 1

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

I agree, honestly I don't care how light a phone is, I would rather have a phone that felt sturdy in hand than light any day. Plus what really matters is performance.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 03:37

116. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

I've been saying it for the longest time that the colors are over-saturated. Sometimes it looks really good and other times its looks bad and gaudy

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:28 7

13. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Fair review pa. I think the sgs3 deserves the win but the iphone 5 is no doubt a close second. You can't go wrong with eiter of these two!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:31 16

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

1. scuffs easily
2. inaccurate maps
3. wifi problems
4. static lines on keyboards
5. costs an arm and a kidney

It doesn't take a genius...

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:59 2

24. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

1. You're gonna get a case. And at least the iPhone 5 is more durable then the sgs3. (and not made of cheap plastic)
2. You can still use google maps online or wait for the app. Plus maps is still improving (its in beta)
3. Will be fixed shortly (at least iPhone users can say that with confidence cough cough nexus) And not all users are experiencing this problem.
4. Should be fixed shortly also.
5. It costs 200 pretty fair. (no one buys unsubsidized)
It doesn't take a genius to spot a troll!!

As an aside I think the sgs3 is better but its close and its not a no brainer between the two.

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