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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 (A Neophyte's Guide)

Updated on January 20, 2013

Subjectively Speaking...

So you've finally decided to embrace the ever expanding technological era, and you want a smart phone. Of course, it's between the Samsung galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5, the two hottest smartphones right now. So what's the jist? Which one's better? I own both these phones, and personally, I'd have to say that I like the Samsung Galaxy S3. Don't get me wrong, the iPhone was great-it's just that it's so user friendly that after a while, it simply gets boring. The S3 is much more customizable and versatile, with a much better screen as well. I won't get into the tech-y specs just yet; this is simply my subjective opinion. The iPhone is a very user friendly phone and perfect for those folks simply using it for the web, phone, and perhaps a few games here and there. The S3 is a lot "smarter" and comes with many cool features. Now, let's end this subjective nonsense and get down to the hard facts.

Operating Systems

The S3 uses an Android operating system-an infinitely customizable system that allows you to drag and drop widgets and apps, giving you a truly customizable interface. Apple operates on ios, which allows you to place your apps in neat rows. This is definitely a deal breaker for some folks. If you prefer having the interface organize itself into neat little rows, then the iPhone is right for you. On the other hand, if you enjoy the whole process of customization, the perhaps you should look into the Galaxy S3.


The iPhone is made largely of aluminum and glass. The S3 is made mostly of plastic. It's not hard to guess which one emanates a more expensive and luxurious feel. However, it really wouldn't be fair to classify these two phones in such a black and white manner. The S3 has a 4.8" screen compared to the iPhones 4" screen, and both look pretty darn good. The S3 would obviously be a better choice for watching videos and other visual activities, but the iPhone has a pretty darn good screen as well.


Ah, the wonderful apps. The glory of a smartphone. The iOS app store has always been rather ahead of the Android's, but fear not! The Google Play store is catching up and many of the "essential" apps are found in both stores now. Of course, the iOS store has many more apps specifically suited for the iPad, which really isn't a problem concerning the S3. Needless to say, with Android phones becoming more and more popular, the Google Play store is also stocked with more and more apps. Personally, I wouldn't consider the app stores as a deciding factor between these two phones.

For you techies: manufacturer's specs

Apple iPhone 5
Dimensions:123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
Weight:112 g
Screen:640 x 1136 pixels, 4.0 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)
SD Card slot: No
Memory: 16/32/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
Camera: 8 MP/1080p@30fps;1.2 MP/720p@30fps
CPU: Dual-core 1.2 GHz

Samsung Galaxy S3
SIM: Micro-SIM
Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
Weight: 133 g
Screen: 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.8 inches (~306 ppi pixel density)
SD Card slot: microSD, up to 64 GB
Memory: 16/32/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
Camera: 8 MP/1080p@30fps; 1.9 MP/720p@30fps
CPU: Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9

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