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Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III vs. iPhone 5

17 Jan 2013

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Thinner. Lighter. Faster. The much-anticipated iPhone 5 is finally here. The hype and the wait are over.  The Samsung galaxy I9300 S III is regarded as a match for the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 is a superb piece of technology - and arguably the best smartphone on the market right now. It's certainly the best Apple has ever produced. It can rightly be said that Apple and Samsung has taken a phone that was already at the top of its class and undoubtedly made it even better in the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy I9300 SIII.

The iPhone 5 is here, and selling by the million. As expected, it features a larger screen, a faster processor and a slightly improved camera. But the real question is - which one should you buy, the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy I9300 S III?

iPhone 5 – was unveiled on the 12th September 2012, While the Samsung Galaxy S III was unveiled on the May 2012

The iPhone 5 is in the stores selling, pre-order was over 2 million units. Early demands were hilariously overwhelming, outstripping supply but looking at the numbers, it's no surprise.

iPhone 4S sold over five million units in its first weekend in the stores, and more than two million in its first 24 hours.

The Samsung Galaxy I9300 S III was released in May, and has done quite well. Responses from users are encouraging. Reports in August suggested that the phone Galaxy S III has sold over 10 million units, surpassing the original Galaxy S and Galaxy S II.

Independent analyst forecasts suggest the iPhone 5 will sell around 26 million units and Samsung Galaxy I9300 S III to sell 30 million by the end of the year. Let's not forget that the Samsung Galaxy S III has been on sale for a lot longer, though.

Design

iPhone 5: 7.6mm thick, metal casing, non-removable battery

Samsung Galaxy I9300 S III - 8.6mm thick, plastic casing, removable battery

Apple has put in a lot to make the new iPhone 5 as thin as possible, the phone uses a small nano-SIM. The screen is also lighter that its predecessor, As a result it's just 7.6mm thick, just a few millimeter less than the Samsung Galaxy I9300 S III - which is 8.6mm thick.

Apple has tweaked the design of the phone to make it feel a bit less severe in the hand, despite being mega-thin.

The Samsung Galaxy I9300 S III is larger than the iPhone 5, due to its large 4.8in screen. It's 71mm wide, while the iPhone 5 is around 58mm wide in diameter.

Display

iPhone 5:  4.0inches, 640 x 1136 resolution

Samsung Galaxy I9300 S III - 4.8inches Super AMOLED, 720 x 1280resolution

Previous models of the iPhone since 2007 has uses the same size screen - 3.5inch. Apple has finally changed that with the iPhone 5, which has a widescreen of 4.0inch display.

The Samsung Galaxy I9300 S III has a bigger screen of 4.8inch display, some users may consider the Galaxy S III to be bulky - it's a huge 7.6cm across.

Each phone uses quite a different screen tech type. The Samsung Galaxy I9300 S3 features a Super AMOLED panel, while the iPhone 5 uses the same technology that has been used in iPads.

In bright sunlight, Apple claims the iPhone 5 is less reflective, which offers greater maximum brightness, supplying much better visibility.

Software

iPhone 5:  iOS 6

Samsung Galaxy I9300 S III: Android 4.0 Ice Cream

Android offers more integrated features in flexibility than iOS. You can change the way your phone responds to basic functions, e.g. You can replace your default SMS application with a third-party form a different vendor. Apple doesn't let you do anything like this. And, of course, the home screens of Android give you much more control over how your phone looks than the rigid application menu layout of the iOS.

The Samsung Galaxy I9300 S III also benefits from a blunder made by Apple. The iOS got rid of the Google mapping solution that had been in use since the early days of iPhones, replacing it with Apple's own stab. At present, Apple's new Maps application doesn't work too well though. Its maps are out of date, with towns mis-named and many roads simply missing.

The Samsung Galaxy I9300 SIII uses good old Google Maps, which works fine. And actually features maps that is up-to-date.

Processor  vdfg

iPhone 5: 1GB RAM, A6 processor, Dual Core 1.2GHz

Samsung Galaxy I9300 S III: 1GB RAM, Exynos 4412 Quad-core 1.4GHz

One area where the Samsung Galaxy I9300 SIII might beat the next iPhone is its processor's figures. The Samsung Galaxy S III uses the impressive Exynos 4412 chip, which has four cores and runs at 1.4GHz. While the iPhone 5, runs on Dual Core.

Connectivity

iPhone 5: new proprietary 8-pin connector, no microSD or microSIM

Samsung Galaxy I9300 SIII: microUSB, microSD and microSIM

Apple has taken a swift change in the iPhone 5, it has rejected the 30-pin connector used across iPods, iPads and iPhones in favor of a much-smaller 8-pin model. This is comparable in size to the microUSB standard, although it's not exactly the same as microUSB.

The iPhone 5, don’t have expandable memory neither does the previous version of the iPhone. Till date Apple has not offered a memory card slot. You need to rely on iTunes when transferring content like music and pictures to the phone.

The Samsung Galaxy I9300 SIII is easier when managing and transferring contents to your phone. It lets you use microSD cards and uses the microUSB standard. Unlike the iPhone, the Samsung doesn't rely on sync software to transfer files directly you can drag and drop files when plugged into a computer over USB.

Cameras

iPhone 5 - 8MP, LED flash

Samsung Galaxy I9300 SIII - 8MP, LED flash

Although many elements of the iPhone 5 have been improved hugely over its predecessor, the camera has only been given an upgrade. It's still an 8-megapixel, and it still uses a standard LED flash. Simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR. LED video light, video stabilisation, geo-tagging.

The Samsung Galaxy I9300 S III has an 8-megapixel Camera, sensor and reams of features including image stabilization, touch focus, 1080p video capture and an LED flash. Simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, face and smile detection.

The iPhone 5 also offers an impressive looking panorama mode - just tap and pan to automatically create an image.

Battery

iPhone 5 - 1440mAh

Samsung Galaxy I9300 S III - 2100mAh

The iPhone 5 hasn't gotten a huge battery increase over its predecessor.  The iPhone 4S has a 1430mAh, and the iPhone 5 a 1440mAh. It last for 40 hours of audio playback, or up to eight hours of talk time, with 3G enabled.

Also, like previous iPhones you can't swap out the battery on the iPhone 5.

Samsung made a particularly strong effort with the latest Galaxy's battery, surpassing most of its rivals by about 20 per cent.

In spite of the larger screen and only slight capacity increase, the iPhone 5 betters the stamina offered by the iPhone 4S. Apple must have put some real effort into this.

Verdict

More than is often the case, the battle between the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy I9300 S3 is the very definition of the case between iOS and Android, between Apple and Google.

The Samsung Galaxy I9300 S3 is more flexible, with expandable memory faster processor Quad-Core Processing Power and a more malleable OS. However, the metal body of Apple's phone feels a lot more premium, and is a much friendlier design for those with less than giant hands. And with 4inch screen, it won't feel quite so tiny next to the Samsung Galaxy I9300 S3, either.

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