Difference between iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S3

Key difference: iPhone 5S is the latest smartphone by Apple. It features Apple OS 7 and is available in 3 colors: white, black and gold. Samsung Galaxy S3 was the successor of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the flagship phone of Samsung Corporation.

On September 10, 2013, Apple Inc. announced the launch of two its newest phones: the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. Apple executives sought to do something new with these phones, as the company’s latest releases had often been labeled as stale. In light of the new releases iPhone 5 has been discontinued; however, iPhone 4S will still be available.

iPhone 5S is the successor of the iPhone 5. It has been launched in three variants: 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB; each of which are available in three colors: silver, space grey and gold.

The whole itself hasn’t changed much, the device itself retain the 4-inch retina screen and its thin and light body. However, additional features of the phone include a fingerprint identity sensor; a better and faster camera; an operating system built specifically for 64-bit; Sapphire crystal in the home button and protecting the iSight camera.

 The Galaxy S3 is a slate-format multi-touch smartphone that was launched in May 2012 by the Samsung Corporation. It is the successor of Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S but abandons the rectangular design of the predecessors and opts for more rounded corners making it resemble the Galaxy Nexus. The company has since released the Samsung Galaxy S4, the successor of Galaxy S3.

The Galaxy S3 sports a 4.8 HD Super AMOLED screen with corning gorilla glass 2. It is offered with Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and can be upgraded to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). The Galaxy S III has a polycarbonate plastic chassis and is available in a variety of different colors.

When the phone was initially launched in May, the phone was considered to have been backed with innovative features and the TouchWiz "Nature UX" GUI was considered to be advanced. The GUI also included the “Water Lux” effect which can produce water ripples on contact. The phone also offered S Voice in response to Apple’s Siri, which enabled users to verbally control 20 functions on the phone. It was effectively considered as a iPhone killer. It also received additional publicity because of the patent infringement lawsuits against Apple.

Comparison between iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S3:

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Apple website, the Samsung website and GSMArena.com.


iPhone 5S

Samsung Galaxy S3

Launch Date

September 10, 2013

May 2012


Apple Inc.

Samsung Electronics


4.87 inches (123.8 mm) x 2.31 inches (58.6 mm) x 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm


4.0 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen

4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED


640 x 1136 pixels, 16M colors (~326 ppi pixel density)

1280x720 pixels


Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating

Corning Gorilla Glass 2,

oleophobic fingerprint-resistant coating.


3.95 ounces (112 grams)

133 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

A1453: CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - A1533 (CDMA)

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G Network

A1533 (GSM) and A1453: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

A1453: CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - A1533 (CDMA)

A1457 and A1530: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

(HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

4G Network


LTE availability depends on the market.



TouchWiz "Nature UX"

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.7 GHz

Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9


Apple A7



iOS 7

Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)


Apple A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor

Exynos 4412 Quad


No official data available

1 GB

SIM Size



Internal Memory

16/32/64 GB storage

16/32/64 GB (The 64GB model has been discontinued)

Expandable Memory


microSD up to 64 GB


Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Accelerometer, RGB light, digital compass, proximity, gyro, barometer


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology. USB v2.0

WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0(LE), microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go, wireless charging.


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB.


DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps


Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot


v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR.


USB v2.0

micro-USB 2.0; USB On-the-go.

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (True Tone) flash

8 megapixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BSI.

Secondary Camera

Yes, 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BSI


  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 30 fps
  • True Tone flash
  • Slo-mo video
  • Improved video stabilization
  • Take still photo while recording video
  • Face detection
  • 3x zoom
  • Video geotagging

1080p@30fps, zero shutter lag.

Camera Features

  • 8 megapixels with 1.5µ pixels
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • True Tone flash
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus
  • Face detection
  • Panorama
  • Burst mode
  • Photo geotagging
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • face and smile detection
  • image stabilization. Burst shot & Best photo
  • Recording snapshot
  • HDR

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.

Audio supported formats

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

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

Video supported formats

H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

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

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Po 1440 mAh battery (5.45 Wh)

2100 mAh battery

Available Colors

Silver, Space Grey and Gold

Pebble blue, Marble white, Amber brown, Garnet red, Sapphire black, Titanium grey, La Fleur


iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS


HTML (Safari)

HTML, Adobe Flash



Stereo FM radio with RDS


Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS support and GLONASS



Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
  • AirDrop file sharing
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • iBooks PDF reader
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/command
  • Predictive text input
  • Voice natural language commands and dictation
  • Smart Stay eye tracking
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
  • MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search
  • Maps
  • Gmail
  • YouTube
  • Calendar
  • Google Talk
  • Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

Image Courtesy: nydailynews.com, samsung.com

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