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Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III: All rise

25 October 2012 | Read the review | Post your comment
Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III: All rise - read the full textWhen we review phones we try to put them in context, and tie everything up with a snapshot of the market and the closest alternatives. Now, we usually keep droids and iPhones separate because honestly they just don’t mix. But every now and then...

 

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Why are these phones compared together? The s3 hardware is far supeior to the Iphone 5, if we was to match a handset it would be more fair on apple to compare the Iphone 5 to a samsung s2 or s3 mini.

If you want a phone with functionality go for an S3

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  • 2013-06-19 17:20
  • Mx@E

Samsung Galaxy S Released June Year 2010 - 2.3 Gingerbread
Apple Iphone 4 Released June Year 2010 - Update To iOS 7

Samsung Galaxy S II Released April Year 2011 - Update 4.1.1
Apple Iphone 4S Released October 2011 - Update To iOS 7

Samsung Galaxy S III Released April Year 2012 - Update 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Apple Iphone 5 Released September Year 2012 - Update To iOS 7

Samsung Galaxy S IV Released May 2013 - Update To Key Pie 5.0
New Apple Iphone Released August-September Year 2013 - No Update , iOS 7 In New Apple Iphone Released


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  • 2013-06-19 16:06
  • n4Wq

S3 is far better than an iphone 5

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  • 2013-06-13 20:51
  • fmR9

I like apple phones

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  • 2013-06-10 17:43
  • XuU$

> In reply to Common sense @ 2013-05-27 20:56 from 9xq9 - click to readThis so called well known fact that Iphones have always had poor reception issues does not seem to apply to the later model Iphones , there are very few complaints of issues with Iphone 5 compared to Galaxy S3 when you search online. I have owned both these phones but still prefer my HTC One X. Out of the three Iphone 5 would be my preference for making calls on as its call quality is better than Htc and reception is stronger than Galaxy S3.I am not sure why you put down the comments made by Dave when he has obviously tried both these phones on the same network and is speaking from his own experiences where you are stating that you never have and never will use an Iphone.I have owned many samsung phones including S2 and S3 and my only issue with them has been poor signal.Posting under the banner of common sense does not hide your bias against Iphones and does not seem very helpful to any one reading this forum hoping for some advice if trying to decide which one of these phones to purchase.

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  • 2013-05-30 08:12
  • uKck

> In reply to Common sense @ 2013-05-27 20:56 from 9xq9 - click to readI would like to add to these comments by saying that I moved into a new house recently and found I was getting very poor reception with my Samsung Galaxy S3. For two weeks I had to borrow my house mates Iphone 5 to make calls as his phone which is on the same network as mine has enough reception to make a call. I now have a land line for calling when at home so it does not worry me to much and I still prefer my Samsung but there is no doubt to me that the Iphone has better reception. It seems that Gsm Arena gave the Galaxy S3 a better rating for telephony based on the samsung having more features in this area , but I feel these features do not mean to much if you have a poor signal.To finish of I would like to say that my friends who have had many Iphones have all said that early models had reception issues but newer models have been very good in this area.

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  • 2013-05-29 04:29
  • uKYg

> In reply to Common sense @ 2013-05-27 20:56 from 9xq9 - click to readYou can go on many forums and find arguments to suit any point you are trying to make , but unless you have owned both these phones then you can not really compare. I have owned both galaxy s3 and iphone 5 and the iphone without a doubt has better reception. The galaxy s3 in some ways is better but when it comes to telephony the iphone is better. It is not that hard to find comments from people on the Internet who have had trouble with Samsung reception. Your comment that you never have and never will own an iphone just shows that your opinion is less valid than someone who has used both is not biased such as yourself.

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  • 2013-05-28 04:37
  • 7sHY

> In reply to Common sense @ 2013-05-27 20:56 from 9xq9 - click to readIf I have used both these phones with the same carrier then it does not matter who I am with . I am in Australia and am with Optus , 6 months ago I contacted their service department and was told that they had been receiving many complaints about galaxy s 3 reception issues. They were happy for me to upgrade for a free to the iPhone 5. I don't get perfect reception now but it's still a lot better than what I had with galaxy s3. Unlike you I am unbiased and don't care which phone I use , also unlike you I own both phones so am in better position to comment . Early model iPhones had reception problems but since the iPhone 4 they have been much better. A quick google search also shows how many people have had trouble with Samsung galaxy reception , I also can not find any connents about iPhone 5 reception being poor. What I question really is your intelligence.

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  • 2013-05-28 03:53
  • 7sHA

> In reply to Dave @ 2013-05-26 23:27 from w6m0 - click to readI don't think you've read the article in full.
These are GSM ARENA's ratings.
I have simply arranged them to be compared at a quick glance.
I personally own a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which has better specs than the S3 and in my opinion is far superior than the iPhone 5.
I have not owned any apple devices and im quite sure that i never will.
You state that you've had signal problems with 2 galaxy S3's, i havent seen any detailed information relating to that problem, you vaguely state that you've had reception issues in a lot of the places you go to, which country are you in ? which network is your phone working on ? these are very important details which directly impact the recpetion of a phone, yet you've neglected to mention these.
I have read the complaints from a lot of angry customers on Apples technical support site which contradicts your statements about the iPhone 5.
Its a well known fact that the iPhone's have always suffered from poor signal reception.
Therefore i question the credibility of your statements.

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  • 2013-05-27 20:56
  • 9xq9

"All rise" the greatest line on gsmarena

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  • 2013-05-27 12:02
  • ptPX

> In reply to Common sense @ 2013-05-24 21:30 from 9Ex3 - click to readHow are you rating them for telephony? I had two galaxy s3's that both had poor reception issues in a lot of the places I go to so I changed to Iphone 5 which is way better. I agree with some of your ratings but if you have owned both phones and use them a lot for making calls then you will know that the iphone is way ahead in this area.

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  • 2013-05-26 23:27
  • w6m0

I've tried editing my comment but it has not been updated for some reason, so here's the edited version.

1. Design and build quality - Winner: Apple iPhone 5
2. Display comparison - Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3
3. Battery life - Winner: Tie
4. Telephony - Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3
5. Messaging - Winner: Tie
6. Video playback - Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3
7. Audio playback and audio quality - Winner: Apple iPhone 5
8. Still cameras - Winner: Apple iPhone 5
9. Video camera - Winner: Tie
10. Photo viewing - Winner: Tie
11. Web browsing - Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3
12. Mobile gaming - Winner: Tie
13. Maps and navigation - Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3
14. Price - Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3
(This should be at the top of the list as it is one of the most important factors, if not the most important)

Samsung Galaxy S III = 6 (5 months older)

Apple iPhone 5 = 3 (latest edition)

Need i say more ?

And this comparison doesn't even include the flexibility of inexpensively increasing memory capacity and replacing batteries on the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Here are the facts, now make YOUR OWN choice!

To be fair, these ratings should be scaled 1-10 to give a more accurate representation as the results in some categories are too close.

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  • 2013-05-24 21:30
  • 9Ex3

2 important factors that are ignored,

1. "Some would say that the most damning verdict for the iPhone 5 is that it's trading blows with a smartphone that came to the market 5 months before it"

2. "SIM-free the iPhone 5 is probably the most expensive smartphone on the market right now, topping the Samsung Galaxy S III in Europe by almost 200 euros"

When you consider these facts, the Samsung galaxy S3 is NOT 200 Euros worse than the iPhone 5, so the S3 is far better value for money for a smartphone and therefore wins overall.

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  • 2013-05-24 20:21
  • 9Ex3

> In reply to Lisdogan @ 2013-03-31 23:07 from fXu1 - click to readso you bought iphone 5 just because of that?

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  • 2013-05-22 08:17
  • L5u3

> In reply to kelvin @ 2013-05-06 19:04 from t7PT - click to readiphone= whatsapp, mail, facebook, music, games, videos.
any android= whatsapp, mail, facebook, music, an all thing that you can do in a computer

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  • 2013-05-22 08:14
  • L5u3

abviously ios it will be more stable mas smoother than android because in ios u cant even download a miserable mp3 of browser, u cant download anything, u cant use bluetooth to transfer files, its 100 pecent closed, something that i realyzed is that my s3 was perfecly smooth at the begining but like 5 months later it had some lag, but i supposed that its because of the virus of all my downloads, my emulaors, apps, and things like that.

pd: a nokia 1100 also have no virus ;)

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  • 2013-05-22 08:08
  • L5u3

I am a bit confused: well, if the size of screen matters while surfing and those funtional features, ok. But then you cant also give a winner to the samsung against the technical specs in screen mostly while the screen is bigger

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  • 2013-05-17 21:27
  • 3KSk

Good quality

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  • 2013-05-14 12:41
  • N7DX

galaxy s3 wins against iphone 5 every time , no fanboy here just stating facts ;) , well no wonder steve jobs wanted a nuclear war against android too bad his empire is losing the war

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  • 2013-05-12 16:33
  • YQXZ

I've been using iPhone 2G-4 but when I experimentally use a Galaxy I was never gone wrong. Android technology is far beyond iOS and has plenty of features. If you wanna get in with the crowd get an iPhone but if you really want a smartphone go for Samsung. I've been using Galaxy Note II Quad Core 3,100mAh vs. iPhone 5 Dual Core 1440mAh almost half. :)

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  • 2013-05-06 19:23
  • t7PT

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