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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 4s Specs Comparison - Which one is better?

One is the Ferrari of Android Phones, the other is part of the royal family nonetheless, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4S have generated a lot of discussion and many people are comparing the two mobiles with one anther. It may not be fair to compare between Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4S as they are from two different times of the year, but till now they are the latest and greatest products from their manufacturer and if you are going to buy one of the phones now, a comparison should be very helpful.

 

 

Let just go through the comparison of legendary Steve Jobs last launched product in the form of iPhone 4S with the Android best mobile phone, Galaxy S III from the makers of Samsung Electronics. Let me tell you that this is not only the features and specifications comparison but also hand-ons with the device.

 

Fisrt of all, let's check out a handy chart (below) to see how the Galaxy S3's specs stack up against the iPhone 4s

 

 

APPLE IPHONE 4S

SAMSUNG GALAXY S III

Network

3G (HSPA+)

4G LTE

Display

3.5 inch Retina display, 960-by-640 pixels

4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED, 1280x720

Weight

140 grams

133 grams

Operating System

iOS 5

Android 4.0 with TouchWiz

Front Camera

VGA (less than 1 megapixel)

2 megapixels

Rear Camera

8 megapixels with LED flash

8 megapixels with LED flash

Camera Features

Touch-to-focus, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR

Touch-to-focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, burst photography with best photo selection, share with friends via face recognition

Storage/Memory

16/32/64GB, 512MB RAM

16/32/62GB, 1GB RAM

Talk Time*

7 hours, 41 minutes

10 hours, 20 minutes

Web Browsing Time*

6 hours, 56 minutes

5 hours, 17 minutes

SD Card Slot

No

Yes (up to 64GB)

Killer Feature

Siri, natural language voice assistant

S Voice voice commands, eye recognition

Price

$199 on contract (16GB storage)

$199 on contract (16GB), $279 from T-Mobile

Carriers

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular

Processors

Dual-Core

Dual-Core

 

Design Comparison

 

Before going to the specs war, design is a very important matter to many buyers. In that case, Galaxy S3 has failed to meet the expectation of the most of the consumers as Samsung has taken no risk in designing their flagship with anything exceptional. It is just an improvement of everything they had last year and the design which they claim to be inspired from nature is not an eye candy though in practical use it should feel comfortable. On the other hand, Apple has also disappointed their fans using the same design in the iPhone 4S as the previous iPhone 4. It is the same glass made phone which you should not dare to drop and better keep under some bumper or cover. Still if you like the look of iPhone 4, it is a good improvement over the iPhone 4.

 

Display Comparison

 

Comparison between the displays of Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4S is way too easy. Where Galaxy S3 features a 4.8-inch display of awesomeness, the display of iPhone 4S is still stuck at the practical 3.5-inch retina display. Of course, the retina display is a stunning one, but in the present time of high definition videos and games, it feels really small. Therefore, Galaxy S3 is the clear winner with its Super AMOLED screen, which is also a battery saver unlike the AMOLED Plus display of Galaxy S2.

 

Processor Comparison

 

In terms of processing power, Galaxy S3 looks way ahead of iPhone 4S. With its quad core Exynos chip with its 1.4GHz speed the Galaxy S3 easily ends the competition where iPhone 4S features only a dual core 1GHz chip. If you are going to play very high quality video, you will be able to differentiate between the two processors as the dual core processor of iPhone 4S does not do job as easily as Galaxy S3 does.

 

Camera Comparison

 

Both the phones use 8 megapixel cameras though there are lots of differences in terms of features. The camera of Galaxy S3 features burst shooting, face detection, best shot detection, auto sharing, etc. where the camera of iPhone 4S features HDR, built in editor and excellent quality which beats most of the latest 8 megapixel phone cameras till now. If you are too worried about the image quality, the winner should be iPhone 4S.

 

Software Comparison

 

In case of software, both the phones have some tricks up their sleeves. Besides other iOS features, iPhone 4S features Siri, the much hyped voice assistant that will do many things like setting alarms and schedules, texting people, telling you the weather, etc. by voice command. On the other hand, Galaxy S3 features a number of software improvements besides the Ice Cream Sandwich awesomeness. They are using Samsung's Touchwiz again, but with a different touch. As they call it, the theme is inspired from nature which also includes the sound effects. Another highly emphasized feature is the Smart Stay which does not let the screen to lock if you keep your eyes open. It also features S Voice, which does some functions similar to Siri.

 

Battery Comparison

 

Though battery life is not an important issue to talk about, we just thought of providing you a brief insight of phone batteries. With 2,100mAh battery on Galaxy S3, it can provide you 8 hours of talk time and same could be found on iPhone 4S with undisclosed battery specifications.

 

Price Comparison

 

No matter how good your phone is, pricing is what matters finally. Samsung Galaxy S3 is sold from $ 199 to $ 329.99 in contract with US carriers and unlocked device is priced at over $599.99. The iPhone 4S continues its trends and is available in various storage options, 16 GB at $ 199, 32 GB at $ 299, 64 GB priced at $ 399.

 

This is a war where you cannot decide a clear winner. There are many different and similar approaches in many elements of these two phones and each side has ups and downs. So the decision is yours and you should take it by judging the features you need.

 

Comparing Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Apple iPhone 4S 64GB -

19 Reasons for the Samsung Galaxy S3

Also known as: Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

os

Plays Adobe Flash

Yes

vs

No

Adobe Flash with Video and Sound is supported in the phone's browser

 

Has free navigation software

Yes

vs

No

Free navigation software with free map data and updates included, no need to buy an dedicated navigation device

 

power

Noticeably more battery power

2,100mAh

vs

1,418mAh

49% more battery power

 

Has a removable battery

Yes

vs

No

The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken

 

Can be charged via standard USB cable

Yes

vs

No

It can be charged with a standard USB cable with your computer or with USB power supplies

 

Wireless charging

Yes

vs

No

It can be charged w/o any plugs and wires similar to electric shavers or toothbrushes (as extra)

 

connectivity

Significantly faster downloads

21.0MBits/s

vs

14.4MBits/s

46% faster downloads

 

Has an HDMI output

Yes

vs

No

Video and movies can be watched on a TV with HDMI input

 

Has DLNA

Yes

vs

No

It can stream videos and movies to other devices over-the-air

 

Has NFC

Yes

vs

No

Near-field-communication (NFC) allows wireless transactions like payments

 

Has a MicroSD slot

Yes

vs

No

Internal Storage can be extended with MicroSD cards

 

camera

Clearly more megapixel (photo, front camera)

1.9

vs

0.3

6.3x more megapixel (photo, front camera)

 

memory

A fair bit more RAM memory

1.0GB

vs

0.5GB

0.5gb more RAM memory

 

screen

Measurably higher screen resolution

720 x 1280 px

vs

640 x 960 px

1.5x higher screen resolution

 

A fair bit bigger screen size

4.8"

vs

3.5"

37% bigger screen size

 

cpu

Explicitly faster CPU clock speed

4x 1.4Ghz

vs

2x 0.8Ghz

3.5x faster CPU clock speed

 

Significantly smaller semiconductor size/newer CPU

40nm

vs

45nm

11% smaller semiconductor size/newer CPU

 

physical

Slightly thinner

8.6mm

vs

9.3mm

0.7mm thinner

 

A thing lighter

133.0g

vs

140.0g

7.0g lighter

 

 

Comparing Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Apple iPhone 4S 64GB

Ten Reasons for the Apple iPhone 4S 64GB

os

A thing more apps available

425,000

vs

400,000

7% more apps available

 

Direct updates by OS vendor

Yes

vs

No

It can be updated directly by the OS vendor, so no need to wait until the manufacturer or network provider releases an update

 

camera

Has a dedicated camera button

Yes

vs

No

A dedicated camera button lets you taking snapshots more easily

 

physical

Measurably shorter

115.2mm

vs

136.6mm

21.4mm shorter

 

Vastly narrower

58.6mm

vs

70.6mm

12.0mm narrower

 

Significantly less body volume

60.6cm³

vs

82.9cm³

27% less body volume

 

memory

Vastly more internal storage

64.0GB

vs

16.0GB

48.0gb more internal storage

 

screen

A shade higher pixel density

326ppi

vs

313ppi

5% higher pixel density

 

Two pixels share one subpixel

No

vs

Yes

On some displays, especially AMOLED, two pixel share one subpixel like green; screens w/o sharing are crisper

 

connectivity

Explicitly faster uploads

5.76MBits/s

vs

3.0MBits/s

1.9x faster uploads