Learn more about the differences in specifications and size of these top mobile phones

In the constant battle for mobile phone supremacy, two models stand apart from the rest. The iPhone 5 was released on the 21st September this year, four months after its direct competitor the Samsung Galaxy S3. These two phones have divided tech diehards around the globe.

Has Apple been surpassed by Samsung after so many years at the top of the food chain? Has the iPhone 5 reaffirmed Apple’s standing as the best mobile phone developer in the business? We take a look at the specifications and features of the two phones to find out.

Specifications – iPhone vs. Samsung Galaxy S3

iPhone 5


iPhone 5: 7.6mm thick, metal casing

Samsung Galaxy S3: 8.6mm thick, plastic casing


iPhone 5: Non-removable 1440mAh

Samsung Galaxy S3: Removable 2100mAh


iPhone 5: 1GB RAM, A6 processor, power TBC

Samsung Galaxy S3: 1GB RAM, Exynos 4412, Quad-core 1.4GHz


iPhone 5: 8MP, LED flash

Samsung Galaxy S3: 8MP, LED flash

Screen size and display

iPhone 5: 4in IPS, 1,136 x 640 resolution

Samsung Galaxy S3: 4.8in Super AMOLED, 1,280 x 720 resolution


iPhone 5: iOS 6

Samsung Galaxy S3: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (4.1 incoming), TouchWiz UI


iPhone 5: New proprietary 8-pin connector, no microSD, microSIM

Samsung Galaxy S3: microUSB, microSD, microSIM

Key differences in features and specifications – quick wrap

Samsung Galaxy S3

The look and feel of the iPhone 5 compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3 are distinctly different. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a much larger screen, giving it a slightly miniature tablet feel. The screen size of the iPhone 5, whilst bigger than the iPhone 4S, is still a lot smaller than the S3. The iPhone 5 is also marginally thinner.

Battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is definitely superior to the iPhone 5. Figures say that the S3’s battery tops any rival by at least 20%. It is a poor showing from Apple in the battery stakes, with the 5’s battery only slightly better than what was offered with the 4S.

One of the biggest changes on the iPhone 5 is its move away from the 30 pin connecter towards a smaller 8 pin connecter. It is similar in style to a microUSB, which the Galaxy S3 adopts, but isn’t exactly the same. Any hardware that utilise the old 30 pin connecter have now been made redundant.

The cameras are very similar between the two models and the battle for superior operating software still sees Apple come out on top, but Samsung is closing quickly.

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