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:



182. Packstrap

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

iPhone 5 versus Samsung Galaxy S III, who's gonna win?

181. Packstrap

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I like the iPhone 4S because of its elegant form factor. Especially when you look at it from all sides you see the perfection. In this video you can see it from all sides: iPhone 4S wins it all in terms of design =)

180. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

looking at the galaxy S 3 head on it's shape is similar to the Iphone except it is a little more rounded at the top and bottom. after that they do not have any similar design the Samsung galaxy 3 has a thnner sleeker aerodynamic side profile totally different than the Iphone and the Galaxy's back does not look like an Ipad. Conclusion there is not enough similarities to the iphones design to merit it a copy cat

179. becazican

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

why does phone arena bother doing comparisons when they dont have the balls to state a clear winner.

174. ifaghaterzunite

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

You gotta be kidding me phonearena.... Who in there right mind would take an iphone over the s3?

173. Gov007

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

FORGET BOTH OF THESE PHONES!! Moto Razor HD running Nova launcher to get the stock experience is the way to go. Big battery, Kevlar back, louder speaker (just like all Motorola devices), NO BUTTON ON THE FRONT( ICS was made for all on screen navigation), and not to mention great call quality from Motorola and LTE available just about everywhere from Verizon. That sounds like the phone to wait for. No phone can touch that!!!

172. ferdaws2000

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

cute iphone 4s..........

170. jaydee

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

When you do a review, would it not make sense then to test those battery performances and not just rely on what manufacturer has stated in their spec. Fact is that most smart phones barely handle one day's use. The best power management being in the Symbian OS phones, while Anroid requires larger batteries to last and IOS eats batteries as well.

169. Mori_droid

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

iPhone 4S better designed? Shut f. up. Apple should not show their phone like we see in apple website because it just DOES NOT WORK! I have a Galaxy S I and my wife a iphone 4S. She needs to put a armour around the phone to protect it. I am not a regular customer. I am a designer and I can tell that iPhone it is not a good design. My wife just remove the "bullet" proof armour and dropped on the carpet and the phone just shattered. Just ridiculous.

164. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

Mr. Ray S., i'm totally disagree with your conclusion.. You said that iPhone 4s are your needs if you want limited basic phone stuff like surfing the web, occasional social network check and maybe even playing a game every now and then.. I call it bulls**t! Only 10 - 20 & of Android users root their phone to install custom ROM, kernels and other tweaks.. Android users can make their phone simple as iOS but with more functional capabilities.. And as far as i know, SGS III has the best web browsing performance (according to you, and many reviews) on any smartphone today, you can play all Gameloft & EA HD & many intensive games with it, Social apps like Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram, etc. is more integrated than iOS versions will ever be..

161. t3st001

Posts: 9; Member since: May 28, 2012

Why do people keep comparing every android devices with the iphone? It's not even worth to compare a high-end android device with an iphone until Apple release the iphone 6-7.

158. stunningsid

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 20, 2011

Why don't U compare Nokia windows phone like lumia 900 with gs3.That will be good and ppl will get clear idea of all the competing os in the market.Luking forward for tht review.thank you.

153. Tjey007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 22, 2012

combination of "Diego" and "Sid" if you agree...:)

152. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

CMIIW, I think the review sums up like this: Design: 4s Display: 4s Interface: S3 Messaging: Tie Internet: S3 Processor & Memory: S3 Camera: 4s Video: S3 Multimedia: S3 Performance: Tie Battery Life: 4s Apart for the fanboys I think the review will be helpful for those who's torn choosing which device they want to buy. It's a great review, But I find the last paragraph is sorta... biased?: "Are your needs limited to the basic phone stuff, surfing the web, occasional social network check and maybe even playing a game every now and then, but you have no intention of spending hours of rooting, flashing ROMs and searching for the ultimate widget set? Well, you guessed it you'll be better off with the iPhone 4S, as it's designed just for you, buddy." I don't think one should have the intention of: - spending hours of rooting, - flashing ROMs AND - searching for the ultimate widget set before buying the S3 over the 4S.

154. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

the SGS3 has better battery life and better camera as well

165. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

The Display is better on SGS III since it has better screen resolution with bigger screen display.. As well as Camera, you will not notice the difference on image quality, but i'm pretty sure SGS III's camera features (burst shot, best shot, zero shutter lag, social tag) is alot better than iPhone 4s could offer..

166. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Wow dude somebody really touched a nerve man! Try getting laid sometime, it'll take the edge away till the GS3 comes out, then u can make love to it. Their just phones, and people like, and choose the one they want man. Geeeeezzz dude calm down.

150. TMach unregistered

This is the same reviewer who did a poor and biased job trying to compare the One x and SGS3. It is generally accepted that both their specs are similar with the choice being a personal and on balance that both have their merits and de-merits. I doubt any one would consider the Iphone 4S, I own one and have not used it since acquiring a One x, a match for the One x and yet, this "professional" reviewer can't or does not seem able to separate the SGS3 and IP4s! PA - you need to get an objective, unbiased reviewer doing these tasks and not an ill concealed Apple fan boy! Hahaha

148. chunkybeats

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Cloud services are an instant fail because you rely onthe network and its signal full stop! With SD you still have your content whereever you go! So say your on a long haul flight and want to listen to your music on your phone, um how do you do that with cloud services? Ever hear of flight mode which rules out streaming to your phone. SD is king and will remain king for your own content. Cloud is simply Apple being lazy and thinking that their so called innovative ideas are innovative when they are not. As for this review, its phonearenas Apple biased reviews again, looks like nothing is ever going to touch their precious iphones, seriously the iphone 4s is seriously dated and boring looking. The screen is tooo small to watch content and its not even true 16:9 ratio which is the standard for movies so again they got it wrong. Im sticking with Android at least I know its fool proof and my content is my content on my phone not some dodgy server in Russia!! haha

149. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

just who told you that you had to choose between Cloud Storage and Physical Storage? that's my question to you and anybody else that questioned it's use in here. xD you know Cloud Storage is just as good for downloading your data as it is for streaming right? it's a real better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it kind of thing.

147. CDCraig123

Posts: 1; Member since: May 20, 2012

how much did apple pay you guys to do this compairson. its a 4G phone comparied to a 3G phone the iphone is old tec old screen old data service its to small and has a glass screen that will breakthe first time you drop it doesnt and it costs more hmm (apple zombies) we all know which phone is the better phone its Android its stupid to say this phone is to big if you dont like it then get a smaller android phone thats the great thing about android your not put into a one size/pirce/data service fits all. Personaly i have a droid RAZR and i love it and i would never think of switching to Apple. I just dont understand while people want apple so bad and will wait in line and pay so much. with an apple phone there is nothing a apple phone can do that android cant do and most the time it does it better and FREE!!!!. when i hold my search button and say call "mom mobile" i dont get a dinkiny cutesy noise and a voice that says ok we can do that it just calls my damn mother.

146. Vraser

Posts: 1; Member since: May 20, 2012

No offence but it is absolutly obvious that Ray S is an Apple Fanboy. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is far better than the Iphone 4s. Which screensize anyone prefers is totally subjective and should not have an influence on the ratings of a device. Sorry but this was my last review I have watched from Phonearena, they are just too bias, expecially Ray S. A reviewer should be objective...

145. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

Plain and simple the iphone is for people who feel the neeed to be kool. Who has NO knowledge of what technology really is and actually has no desire to learn. If you love music then YES purchase your fancy music player made out of glass that's the iphone rather it be the iphone4 or iphone 4s. If you are into entertainment at it's highest level love software at it's highest level and understand what a kernel, custom rom is and enjoy the openness of android then YES the Galaxy S3 is your choice. Specs wise apple will never have anything on Samsung or Htc for that matter they will be always looking up in the spec game. Apple products offer nothing of any enjoyment what so ever so the iphone is OLD NEWS in the technology world of today. Look around folks and be honest with yourself the BEST device on the market today are the GALAXY NOTE, GALAXY NEXUS, GALAXY S2, upcoming GALAXY S3 as well as the HTC EVO 4G LTE, HTC ONE X, and DROID RAZR MAXX no other devices on the market top these monsters. Don't fool yourself with this upcoming iphone 5 rather the screen is 4.0 or not rather they change the design or not just a little it's still going to be nothing more than an incremental update with LTE finally. Wow what an accomplishment. Samsung and Htc has been PISSING on apple since 2010.

139. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

SGS2 is better than Iphone 4S, so of course SGS3 is also better than iphone 4S , no doubt. Let`s wait iphone 5

144. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

iphone will give a tough time to GSIII I am droid fan but i feel something big is coming from Apple......... Still GS3 rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

138. ikkuh

Posts: 42; Member since: May 22, 2011

Perhaps the next iPhone has a chance against this gorgious SGSIII, but for now: no way.

133. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I will go S3... 4S is good, but S3 is better.. Even the S2 gives Apple a run for it´s money..

125. osamalone

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

s 3 beats iphone any day

124. Frnchrn

Posts: 1; Member since: May 19, 2012

If you are using a Galaxy can you facetime with someone using an iphone? Using google talk I suppose on the Galaxy?

127. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Skype works.

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