Difference between Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and iPhone 5

Key difference: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the latest smartphone by the Samsung Corporation. It was unveiled on September 4, 2013, at the IFA Berlin with the Galaxy Gear, a smart watch that is supposed to work as a companion device for the Galaxy phones. iPhone 5 was the predecessor of iPhone 5S. It originally came with Apple iOS 6 which will now be upgradeable to 7.

On September 4, 2013, at the IFA Berlin event, Samsung announced the launch of its latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The phone will be available in the market from September 25, 2013.

The Note 3 itself is considered to be bigger, faster, thinner, and lighter than the Note 2. It features a 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display; an internal memory of 32 GB, which is expandable with a micro SD card of up to 64 GB; and 3G of RAM. The phone is available in two variants, which differ mainly in the processor. The LTE model is available with a 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor, whereas the 3G variant is available with a 1.9GHz Big-core Quad + a 1.3GHz little-core Quad. The phone also features a 13 MP primary camera, and a 2 MP primary front-facing camera. The Note 3 is also the first phone on the market to feature the new USB 3.0 charger.

In true Samsung fashion, the phone also boasts various features, such as the Air Command, which comes on each time the stylus is extracted. The menu can also be accessed through by hovering the stylus above the display and clicking its built-in button. The stylus can also be paired with various S Pen features, such as Action Memos, Pen Window, S Finder, and Scrapbook. The phone also continues the Multi Window functionality, as seen in Samsung's previous phones.

At the same event, Samsung also announced the launch of the Galaxy Gear, a smart watch that is supposed to work as a companion device for the Galaxy phones. The Gear will initially only be pairable with the Galaxy Note 3, however updates are expected soon that will make the watch compatible to Galaxy S3, S4 and Note 2.

The Gear has a 1.63-inch, 320x320-pixel super AMOLED screen in a metal screen. It can be used to answer calls, control music, etc. An app called the Gear Manager is used to control the settings on the Gear. The Gear also has a 1.9-megapixel embedded camera, which can be used for photos or video recording. The Gear will be launched with 60 available apps, which will grow over time. The Gear will be available in black, grey, beige, rose gold, green and orange.

iPhone 5 was a phone by the Apple Corporation. It was first launched on September 21, 2012. As compared to the previous iPhones, it was slicker, thinner, lighter and packed with even more features. iPhone 5 originally came with Apple iOS 6 which will now be upgradeable to 7. It includes a 1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP3 and 1GB RAM. iPhone 5 has been discontinued in light of the release of iPhone 5S.

The phone was available with non-expandable 16, 32 or 64 GB internal storage capacity. The problem with the new OS was that many features that work only with the iOS 6 did not work in certain territories and Apple had a rolling program that it said will take time to implement across more regions. The phone could also act as a hotspot and can share internet connection over WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB.

Similar to the older versions, iPhone 5 is equipped with Siri that allows the user to operate the iPhone via vocal commands. However, Siri has been improved to and supports additional features such as being able to make restaurant reservations, launch apps, make twitter updates, search the internet for queries, etc. iOS 6 features several new and/or updated apps, which includes Apple Maps and Passbook. Apple Maps has faced hostility as it did not execute properly and has also been known to give wrong directions. The Passbook app is able to retrieve documents such as boarding passes, admission tickets, coupons and loyalty cards. The phone was also the first to offer the new charging port, called the lightening port, which is much smaller and more compact compared to the old chargers. They will also require a converter if you want to use them with the old charger, docks and other accessories.

Comparison between Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and iPhone 5:

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


Samsung Galaxy Note 3

iPhone 5

Launch Date

September 25, 2013

September 2012


Samsung Corporation

Apple Corporation


151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm


5.7 inch (144.3mm) Full HD Super AMOLED

4.0 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD


1920 x 1080, 16M colors (~386 ppi pixel density)

 640 x 1136 pixels, 16M colors



Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating




2G Network

GSM / GPRS / EDGE : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - GSM A1428

CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429

3G Network

HSPA+ 42Mbps: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - GSM A1428

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - CDMA A1429

4G Network

LTE Cat 4 150 /50Mbps: up to 6 different band sets (Dependent on market)

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - GSM A1428 or LTE 850 / 1800 / 2100 - GSM A1429

LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429


TouchWiz UI


CPU speed

LTE: 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor

3G: 1.9GHz Big-core Quad + 1.3GHz little-core Quad

1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6


LTE: Adreno 330

PowerVR SGX543MP3


Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean)

iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1


Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

Apple A6


3 GB

1 GB

SIM Size



Internal Memory

32 GB

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

Micro SD (Up to 64GB)



Gesture Sensor, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyro-sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Barometer Sensor/Temperature & Humidity Sensor, Hall Sensor

Accelerometer, three-axis gyro, proximity, compass, ambient light sensor.


WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (HT80), GPS / GLONASS,

NFC, Bluetooth v 4.0 (LE), IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, micro-USB v2.0.


GPRS, EDGE, Speed, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, Infrared port, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth and USB.


HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL

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


WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)

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


Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP


microUSB v3.0 (MHL 2), USB Host

micro-USB 2.0.

Primary Camera

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality

Secondary Camera

2 MP, 1080p@30fps

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


2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps (LTE model)/ 1080p@30fps (3G model)

1080p@30fps, LED video light, video stabilization, geo-tagging, check quality

Camera Features

  • Dual Camera
  • Dual Shot
  • Dual Recording
  • Dual Video Call
  • Drama Shot
  • Sound & Shot
  • Animated Photo
  • Eraser
  • Night
  • Best Photo
  • Best Face
  • Beauty Face
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • Panorma
  • Sports
  • Golf
  • Surround Shot
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • touch focus
  • geo-tagging
  • face detection
  • panorama
  • HDR

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic


Audio supported formats

Codec, MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, FLAC, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, WAV

Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC, 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

Video supported formats

Code, H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 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.

Battery Capacity

Li-ion 3,200 mAh

Non-removable Li-Po 1440 mAh battery


No official data available

Up to 8 hours on 3G


No official data available

Up to 225 hours

Available Colors

Black, White, Pink

Black & Slate and White & Silver.


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

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



HTML (Safari)





with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, A-GPS support and GLONASS


via Java MIDP emulator


Additional Features

  • S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
  • Air gestures
  • SNS integration
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Chrome, Search, Gmail, Google+, Maps, Play Books, Play Movies, Play Music, Play Store, Hangouts
  • Voice Search, YouTube, Google Settings, Play Games, Messenger memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Air Command, Action Memo, Scrapbook, S Finder, Pen Window, Multi Window, Direct Pen Input, Group Play, Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Share Video, Play Game
  • S Voice Hands Free, S Health , Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound, Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glow friendly), Safety Assistance, Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring, Samsung KNOX
  • Story Album, S Translator, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View, Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call Share Screen, 3 Way 


  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • 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

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