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Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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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.

UI of the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
UI of the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
UI of the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
UI of the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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.

Interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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.

The Note 3’s S Pen adds yet another element of functionality to the experience - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Note 3’s S Pen adds yet another element of functionality to the experience - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Note 3’s S Pen adds yet another element of functionality to the experience - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Note 3’s S Pen adds yet another element of functionality to the experience - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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.

On-screen keyboard of the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
On-screen keyboard of the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
On-screen keyboard of the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
On-screen keyboard of the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

On-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
On-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
On-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
On-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3


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.



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.

Web browsing with the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Web browsing with the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Web browsing with the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Web browsing with the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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.

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