Samsung Galaxy S III vs Apple iPhone 4S
In this comparison, we're using the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, which comes with a quad-core Exynos CPU and 1GB of RAM. The U.S. versions come with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU and 2GB of RAM, as well as LTE, except for T-Mobile's, which lacks LTE.


Always a difficult decision, choosing between the latest and greatest Android phone or the latest and greatest iPhone is a problem that every smartphone user faces at one point or another. Thankfully, the key to solving that problem isn't that far away when you know what to look for. Having both the Samsung Galaxy S III and Apple iPhone 4S here with us, we thought that we absolutely have to pit these two ambitious guys against each other in order to make it easier for you to determine if you are more of a Galaxy S or iPhone user.

Please let us kill the suspense from the very beginning – the Galaxy S III and iPhone 4S are so different and excellent in their own way, there isn't an ultimate “better” phone. For each of us, the better choice would be different as we're all looking for different things. Our comparison between the Galaxy S III and One X achieved its goal of pointing out the ultimate Android phone. However, it is now time to venture out of the Android zone and get the attention back to the notorious OS wars.


There can't be two handsets more different when it comes to their appearance than the Galaxy S III and iPhone 4S. There's no doubt that the iPhone excels with its solid glass and steel construction, which makes the GS III look a bit toyish compared to it.

Obviously, it's going to be much more comfortable to deal with a compact smartphone like the iPhone 4S, which allows you to reach even the opposite end of the screen just by using one hand only. In contrast, the large dimensions of the Galaxy S III make it more difficult to handle and operate. There's also the fact that with the GS III, you can often press its capacitive menu or back keys by accident, whereas such a thing is impossible to do on the iPhone, since it simply lacks such keys.


The Samsung Galaxy S III, being a Samsung handset, uses the HD Super AMOLED tech, while the Apple iPhone 4S sticks to the oldie-but-goodie IPS-LCD. Although the IPS-LCD panel of the iPhone is much better in terms of contrast and color, compared to the old LCD tech, it can't really compare with the absolutely amazing contrast level and ultra-saturation of the Super AMOLED screen, which looks much more striking. However, the IPS-LCD display is closer to reality, due to the cold color temperature of the AMOLED-powered Galaxy S III screen.

The screen size is one of the main differences between the Galaxy S III and iPhone 4S. Most of you probably know that the iPhone's display measures 3.5”, while the GS III comes with a gigantic 4.8” one. Obviously, if you consume a lot of multimedia on your phone, the Galaxy S III will have a great advantage thanks to its much bigger screen.

Even though it packs more pixels, the display of the GS III has a lower pixel density (306 ppi), compared to the iPhone 4S (330 ppi), due to the larger physical size. And while the iPhone's display is superior in this respect, the difference doesn't really have a dramatic effect on your viewing experience.

Samsung Galaxy S III 360-degrees View:

Apple iPhone 4S 360-degrees View:



2. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

dumb comment if you are going to post make sure you post something interesting. back to topic the galaxy S3 brings more to the table with their new added features, and of course it has higher specs overall.

4. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i know. just havin' fun.

3. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

wait, don't you think you should have included the camera software functions of the SIII? Hmm...

5. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

THE IPHONE 4S IS THE BEST PHONE EVER! Jk Jk lol now that I have your attention, I really think it is just a matter of opinion. I would prefer the galaxy s3.

159. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

and thats it it is ALL a mater of opinion. apple and android and windows and black berry fans all will find a reason to stay with what they like.

6. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Firstly, I choose Samsung Galaxy sIII. And i think these reviews are pretty shallow, phonearena should go for in-depth reviews.

7. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Well this whole article is opinion. The reason companies keep making different phones is because different people want different things out of a phone. But if you stick to specs and current trends, I think it's hands down the GSIII is the more desirable phone. I wouldn't buy either one personally, but I'm the minority with that statement.

8. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

I think the conclusion sums things up nicely. Both phones have pros and cons and its up to the consumer to decide what's best for them. Personally I'm not i love with the whole "giant screen" trend so the GS III is out for me. Maybe a One S...

99. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Ok, I will try to imagine... Review by KingShango: "Samsung Galaxy S III vs Apple iPhone 4S" Both phones have pros and cons and its up to the consumers to decide what's best for them. The End.

103. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

You're absolutely right. They should start paying me for reviews. Great idea, thanks.

104. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Sorry for that. :D +1

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ray, great review. I was interested to see just how you wrote this up. one nit pick though is on the syncing..when comparing the 2 you completely neglected the sgs3 's ability to use Google drive to back up everything, the fact that Gmail has always synced contacts or that g+ auto syncs your pix to privace folders online. the Samsung cloud services are not necessary.

12. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

You should replace ray, I am not even joking. Phones arena you should hire this guy

14. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

well the iPhone has iCloud and the iPhone can take advantage of Gmail and G+ features like that.

19. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Why do you guyz bother cloud when you have microsd card slot with support up to 64gigs I think 64+64=128 gigs are enough for a phone even if you wanna play games like GTA IV on it people can call me mad but as a matter of fact we can't enjoy as much privacy with (i)cloud than a SD card

38. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

because content in the Cloud is accessible from anything that'll take your password. phone, tablet, laptop, pc. it's available anywhere.

54. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

but what use is the cloud if you are not always guaranteed decent speed? not hating i use drive and dropbox but sometimes it is useless when i cant get decent speed where as with a sd card or built in memory,its always there regardless of your connection is not perfect but is great as you said its available if you got the connection and speed .its why i always buy phones with sd card slot.

89. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

you're right it's not guaranteed but if you're using a network like Verizon's 4G LTE or T-Mobile's HSPA+ then you'd just about think it is and besides most cloud services allow you to download your content so you don't HAVE to waste space on your phone with movies and music and such but you can if you want to.

116. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

I am in India and where i live i have no 3G service.......... BTW I used cloud through WiFi but that was damn slow. So, no sd card slot is a deal beaker for me..

135. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

okay, so use your SD Card. whatever man. the Cloud is useful for some and not useful for others.

136. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

exactly. Useful for me, useful for u... were in 4g heaven. I wouldnt sync if i was on 2g all the time.. lol.

137. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

good god man, you'd think they believed we were trying to force them to use the cloud and nothing else wouldn't you?

177. DanMarino13

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

The 4G LTE markets and man, i'm not even sure why you mention T-mobiles HSPA+, don't cover a majority of markets yet. Even then, you use more data on 4G and HSPA+, and nearly every carrier is not unlimited data, so you are just asking for overage charges on data usage.

63. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

exactly. and if someone steals my phone that's synced, I haven't lost a byte of info.. if someone steals your phone that u don't sync anything with.. you lost everything.

77. chapizzo

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

you know you can sync your phone with your computer as well right? What are the chances you lose both at the same time?

84. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ive been working in the industry for a while now and the one thing i can say, is that almost no one backs up their phone to their computer. iOS is/was fragmented to all heck and back because of the old requirement of having to wire it up to iTunes to get updates and do back ups, regardless of how much the media ignores it... RIM and WM5/6xx both had computer back ups and no one used them either. Syncing is thought free. It just happens and you dont need to worry about it.

141. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I used Activesync to back up my WinMo phones to my PC back in the day.

178. DanMarino13

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

The amount of customers that come into Best Buy and don't know if they have icloud or how to use it is staggering. Most consumers don't know to do either one, you should try being less biased.

85. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Cloud will in increase your payments because of huge traffic! Also what you gonna do with your Cloud when there is no internet connection?

90. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

well then don't lose Internet Connection there babe or is that just too much to ask? ;P the point is you have your stuff available if you want it. you're not obligated to use it but you can have more available to you when you have a solid Internet Connection which i'm not worried about on Verizon.

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