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Old 22-09-2012, 02:49   #1
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Title: Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5
Writer: PS3Wii360
Date: September 21st 2012

Now first off, I want to get a few things clear. I was not paid for this review from Samsung. It may seem a bit biased towards Samsung but it isn't.

I also want to add that I spent just a few hours with the iPhone 5 and numerous days with the S3. So the iPhone may have a disadvantage.





Design

The design of the iPhone 5 is a thing of beauty. The first thing you will notice when you first pick it up is how light it is. It is truly the lightest smartphone on the market. It is ultra slim. The case is built from aluminium.

When I had the S3 in my hand, first thing I noticed was how heavy it was. The design felt cheap and tacky and I would expect that considering it is made from plastic. I feel that is cheap.

Screen

The iPhone 5 screen size has been improved from 3.5 inches to 4 inches which I feel is a perfect update. The screen size fits your fingers perfectly. With the bigger screen, it has allowed for two more rows of apps. The retina display has been improved to 326ppi and a resolution of 1136x640. Web pages and movies are displayed wider.

The S3 has a very big 4.8 inch display. As we have heard many times, bigger is not greater. At 306 pixels per inch, the screen quality is not as good as expected. Even the iPhone 4s screen is much better.

Camera

Both phones come with a 8MP camera. iPhone 5 now detects faces and auto focuses in video, which allows you to capture stills in videos. The front camera has been improved to 720p. Both camera were similar. This part I'm not going to talk too much about as they are both very similar.

Power

The iPhone 5 has an impressive A6 processor. It is twice the fast as the 4s. Allows developers to develop console looking games. Apps launch much quicker and browsing is generally quicker too. The RAM has increased to 1GB.

The S3 is not much of an upgrade from its predecessor. Its predecessor used a 1GB and so does this one. Now I know there is a new version out soon with 2GB, but I'm comparing what I was using. The performance of the slow was generally slow. When I had quite a few apps open, I suffered from slowdowns. Which I never experienced on the iPhone 5.

On paper, you would think the Samsung has more power. But that isn't the case. Early geekbench results have shown that the iPhone is capable of performing way above its specifications and is much faster than the S3. It doesn't help that we are getting screwed from Samsung in the UK. As they released a 4g version with 2GB RAM in other countries. But they didn't over here and have decided to finally release one over here before the end of the year. So I feel sorry for the people who bought an S3 in July/August.

Operating System

This is one of the main ingredients in what makes a great phone. You can have all the power in the world, but if you don't have a great operating system then I am not interested.

So Apple have released a new operating system to coincide with iPhone 5 release. IOS 6, which gives you 200 extra features from the last update. This update is one of the best from Apple. Their are a few downers that I will admit, but those can be fixed.

So what is great about IOS 6? Let's start with Siri. Siri now has the abilities to launch apps. It will tell you what the best restaurant is in your local area. It will tell you the best film to watch.

FaceTime not only works over Wi-fi, it works on data networks too. The app store has had a makeover and looks much better. Another cool feature is downloading an app and being allowed to stay in the app store.

You can now reject unwanted calls with messages. Sharing photos has never been easier with Facebook, Twitter, message, email and a few other icons appearing.

One of the downsides of IOS 6 is the maps but Apple is fixing those issues, and Google will make their own map app. From what I used of it, it wasn't as bad as people made out to be. Obviously it isn't as good as Google who have been working on Google maps for quite a few years.

S3 comes with ice cream sandwich. Which is a awful name. It just felt very slow compared to the more fluid IOS 6. The apps took a long time to load. App store wasn't as good as the Apple one, where there are over 700,000 apps. Ice Cream Sandwich hasn't improved a lot over Honeycomb.

Battery life is hard to compare as I used one device for a few hours and the other for a few days. From the time I used both, I will say both are very good in terms of battery life.

Conclusion

Both phones are very powerful but one of them seems like their operating system is lagging behind. The S3 will be outdated in a month's time, when the new 4g version with 2GB RAM comes out. Would I recommend you buying current S3 model? No.

The S3 feels very cheap and slugglish. I can understand why some people may like it. But if you have an iPhone it feels like a big step down.

I would recommend the new iPhone. It is the best smartphone on the market. Obviously it is rather expensive. But the S3 retails around 400 and I expect the new one to be around 500 plus. Apple have done a brilliant job with the iPhone 5. Twice as fast as the previous version. Thinner. And of course a bigger screen that we been wanting. It is definitely the biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone. The redesign we been waiting for.

Overall I feel iPhone 5 offers the best experience, and if you have the money then definitely buy that. SG3 will be outdated soon and the operating system is slow. It simply is a phone with lots of power, but sadly Samsung are not making use of the power.
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Old 22-09-2012, 03:31   #2
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Thanks for writing the blog. Very well written and I am sure Apple appreciate your honest opinion
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Old 22-09-2012, 03:35   #3
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Thanks for writing the blog. Very well written and I am sure Apple appreciate your honest opinion
Cheers.

Like I said, I apologise if the blog may be slightly biased towards Samsung. But I used that more.
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Old 22-09-2012, 03:53   #4
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It is ok, I am sure Samsung appreciate your honesty too
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To back me up even more.



How you feeling Gunner?
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I'm so much in love with the Iphone 5, that I invested in two. One for each pocket. You got a problem with that Fandroids?

I will invest in another for my shirt pocket.



You jelly Gunner?

I love this phone so much, that I needed to get another one. To show Apple, how much I appreciate them.
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Also people are going to say why has he got two iphones? Well because I can.

People are waiting 3-4 weeks for these phones. But Apple love me so much, they give me another one just like that. The one on the left is the new one. The right one is for my right pocket.
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I can get one whenever I want More if I want. I know peoples and I has monies
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We can all get one if we wanted but nothing special to want me to get rid of my 4S.
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Not sure everyone can get one. Not financially and not dodging the 3-4 week wait. I was replying to PS3 anyway I've yet to get the iPhone 5 since I am too lazy to go and get it.
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Nice review. I seriously need a new phone but holy shit, I've been looking up different data plans available and all of them are just ridiculous. Cell carriers are charging an arm and a leg for almost nothing in return.
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iv decided to replace my crappy android phone but decided to go the windows phone route ( as cant really justify iphone as much as want one plus cant afford one lol)
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We can all get one if we wanted but nothing special to want me to get rid of my 4S.
Totally agree.

Played around with the 5 for a few hours and just wasn't impressed.

However i really like the new Nokia. Is it as good as the 5? No not yet but it's got potential.
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Windows 8 sucks. So any phone that uses it sucks. Sorry but that is true.
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Samsung are releasing a mini s3.

How many suckers are going to buy that? Most likely Gunner.

And the Lumia runs Windows operating system. It is no threat to the iPhone. Nokia is 6 years too late to the market.
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I've used a developer version of Windows 8. It is truly horrific. It is not even that Nokia is too late their phone might be amazing but Windows is disgusting on the phone.
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