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

25 October 2012
When 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 donít mix. But every now and then...

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  • S3

iPhone 13 S3 15. We have a winner

  • iDroid

in the end, you can't go wrong with either one. these two puppies are both awesome smartphones.

then there's Lumia 920 coming soon, and it has some serious hardware. WP8 is not my cup of tea, atleast not yet, but it has the potential to become a huge success.

  • iDroid

i'm extremely happy with my iPhone 5. switched from Android HTC, and i'm glad i did. not that Android is bad by any means.

i still hate the iTunes bullshit and some other Apple inconveniences, but overall it's all well worth it. it's such a stellar mobile device, and i like that they didn't go too big on the screen. i prefer smaller phone over larger screen.

btw, i personally wouldn't choose SGS3 if were to buy Android phone. i like HTC's and Sony's designs and build quality more. it doesn't matter to me if they are not quite as powerful as SGS3, and i'd like the phone to be a bit smaller. somewhere between 4"-4,3".

  • Anonymous

In others words iphone just managed to keep its nose close enough to the s3 so that its loyal flock wont feel too bad spending a fortune on something they could have had 5 months ago if they bought the s3. this race is now over, iphone should have been ahead with the release of the iphone5 to keep us interested. it is almost a given conclusion that samsung will be pulling ahead going into the future. iphone six will be a flop and then we will see massive earth shattering sales with the iphone7. the loyal flock wont be able to to keep their iphones 5 running any longer. they will stay loyal just like the toyota flock.

  • Mustfarhan

Apple Fan, 25 Oct 2012Love both but prefer the fruit!!!!Me too,. Apple all the way.. Rooted Android and jailbreak apple, then Apple all the way, waiting for jailbreak...

  • Mustfarhan

Blankman, 25 Oct 2012Throwing aside fanboy opinion, what we have here are two great s... moreVery well said

  • Mustfarhan

Cesar, 25 Oct 2012GSMARENA, Please, make another review like this when the Lumi... moreYes i agree. I need a future comparison of these twoo flagships with Lumia 920. Bye the way what a balanced and professional article... High 5 for GSMArena

  • phone master

Why iphone 5 wins in audio output and camera s3 is much better

  • Nishith

Depending on your use, requirements and preference of screen size, OS and build quality.. anyone of these devices can be the best choice right now in mobile industry.!! Now dont waste time in arguing which is better.. coz till you decide on taking a side.. these both giants will come up with next generation models.. So better pick one and enjoy it (flaunt it too) till it is the top notch handset..!!

  • didjital

Easy to pick, even with tied hands and closing eyes. SGS 3

  • HTC Desire HD

jim, 26 Oct 2012rooted s3 is better than iphone 6 periodWell said man..Rooted android device is very old DHD is better than an Iphone 4S..


As a gaming device, there is no comparison. The S3 with controller support. USB on the go is also now something I can't live without.

  • Alexis

I'm an android fan at heart, but I have to say the iphone is just as fast after a year of use, while androids just can't really keep up and get slow as in a few months (the price of freedom I guess). Not to mention the (resale) value of androids drop like bricks rapidly

  • phone expert

it has taken a long time to compare these two phones because there is no comparison. galaxy s3 is 10 leagues above the iphone.

  • Outer Haven

I think that iphone its a great ui but galaxy siii and another android phones are great hardware and compability any softwares... Android power is awesome. Iphone you died as proud as you are. Android will take care of you. Rest in peace....

  • harry

some people buy a phone just for its hype and trend, so one is better than the other doesn't mean it will sell more. It all depends on the consumer's taste.

  • jim

rooted s3 is better than iphone 6 period

  • V

Everybody can take a look at "Conclusions". The GSMArena Team did EXCELLENT on this one. It is exactly how you would like to read, and they are right, we buy the OBJECTS because WE like them, not because somebody says so, or that last model was the best seller, etc... Honestly speaking it's useless to buy the latest gadget if you don't know at least it's spec sheet, not to mention about visiting xda, doing some mods, rooting, etc...
Choose wisely!

  • Anonymous

File sharing was never mentioned.
Some major pawnage:
Expandable memory
USB OTG - multiple functionality
User replaceable batteries
Stereo Recording
"Customizable" (even the screen contrast so color accuracy is not an issue)
Heaven vs earth pricing of peripherals

  • user1

S3 ,there is not a single thing to comment here. What is Iphone 5? Nothing.Just flashy and marketing thing.This 2 shouldn't even be compared.