iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S III

By Allie Coyne, Chris Jager on Sep 13, 2012 8:53 AM
Filed under Mobility

New kid on the block versus flagship favourite.

After months of speculation, Apple this morning announced the launch of its hotly-awaited iPhone 5.

The end result is more or less in line with expectations, with highlights including a larger 4in "retina" display, an A6 CPU that purportedly runs twice as fast as its predecessor, a redesigned 'Lightning' dock and 4G support compatible with local LTE networks. 

It's also Apple’s thinnest and lightest smartphone yet, measuring 7mm at its thickest point and weighing 112 grams.

But how does it fare against Samsung's flagship offering? The two have been battling it out in the courts for months over who copied who, but there's no denying Samsung's Galaxy S III proved a popular offering. 

It received nine million pre-orders in less than a month after its launch, which helped it to overtake Apple as the biggest smartphone maker in the first quarter of this year.

Below are the specifications lists for each. Which do you think comes out on top?

Apple iPhone 5:

Network

  • GSM model A1428*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17)**
  • CDMA model A1429*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)**
  • GSM model A1429*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5)
Size & Weight
  • 123x58x7mm
  • 112g

Display

  • Retina display
  • 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
  • 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • 800:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • 500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front
  • Support for displaying multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Operating System

  • iOS 6

Camera

  • 8-megapixel iSight camera
  • Panorama
  • Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
  • FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second
  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus video or still images
  • Face detection in video or still images
  • LED flash
  • Improved video stabilisation
  • Photo and video geotagging

Power/Battery 

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
  • Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 225 hours
  • Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G; up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 10 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

Audio

  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

Price

  • A$799 RRP (16GB)
  • A$899 RRP (32GB)
  • A$999 RRP (64GB)

Colour

  • Black & slate
  • White & silver

System requirements

  • Apple ID (required for some features)
  • Internet access
  • Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires:
    • Mac: OS X v10.6.8 or later
    • PC: Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
    • iTunes 10.7 or later

Connectivity

  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Sensor

  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

Included accessories

  • iPhone 5
  • Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

Samsung Galaxy S III:

 

Network

  • 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • 3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
  • 4G

Display

  • 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED (1280x720) display

OS

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Camera

  • Main(Rear): 8 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
  • Sub (Front): 1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BIS

Video

  • Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark
  • Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p)

Audio

Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X

Additional Features

 

S Beam, Buddy photo share, Share shot, AllShare Play, AllShare Cast, Smart stay, Social tag, Group tag, Face zoom, Face slide show, Direct call, Smart alert, Tap to top, Camera quick access, Pop up play, S Voice, Burst shot & Best photo, Recording snapshot, HDR

Google Mobile Services

Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads

Connectivity

  • WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40
  • GPS/GLONASS
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth® 4.0(LE)

Sensor

Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer

Memory

  • 16/ 32GB User memory
  • microSD slot (up to 64GB)

Dimension

  • 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

133g

Battery

2,100 mAh

 
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