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iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 – Let’s Put Benchmarks Aside and Talk “Smart”

by Mihai Matei on October 21, 2012


During the past few weeks we’ve compared the iPhone 5 against the Samsung Galaxy S3 on numerous occasions. We’ve checked out browsing speeds, camera qualitybenchmark results, display quality and more. On many occasions, the iPhone 5 came out on top, but I believe there’s no mystery that we still prefer the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Now, this might sound pretty biased, right? I mean, once there’s no denial that Apple’s flagship phone is slightly faster in the real world, on the most part, how come we still think the Samsung is the better choice? Well, we think we have good reasons to believe that, and although we’ve dealt with facts when it came to numerous comparisons between these two gadgets, today we’re going to take the liberty of sharing some more personal opinions with you.

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 – Our Final Thoughts On The Matter

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 – Our Final Thoughts On The Matter

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

First things first, let’s get one thing straight: there’s a big difference between “fast” and “smart”, and although no computer really is smart, when it comes to smartphones, the larger variety of tasks on device can accomplish, the “smarter” it seems. Obviously, speed and overall high performance are vital as well, but because these smart features are not showcased in your regular benchmarks, we always say that synthetic tests are only showing one side of the story.

A smartphone needs to perform a wider range of tasks, from browsing the web, to making phone calls, taking pictures, record videos, offer voice recognition software or even pay for your groceries, and the list goes on. But here comes the harsh truth.

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

Unfortunately, Apple has lost the edge and its iPhone 5 is not really that smart anymore and lacks tons of features that we’re already experiencing with Android. It’s unable to offer the most basic customization options (like the ability to add widgets), attaching files to an email is primitively limited (photos and videos only), browsing comes with limitations (no desktop mode) and the list goes on.

The sad part is that, people wanted those things, even Apple enthusiasts. Many months ago there have been ridiculous rumors that the iPhone 5 will feature a hologram keyboard, hologram video projector and more. Clearly, tech enthusiasts and iPhone fans want their mind blown by innovations. However that’s not the case and in truth, the iPhone 5 is one of the most basic high-end smartphones we’ve seen in a while, but at least it’s slightly faster (for obvious reasons).


On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with loads of new clever features and we love it for that. To be able and slide your palm above the screen in order to take a screenshot might not seem like a vital component, but it’s there, and it adds up to a ton of other features in order to create a unique device with a strong, “smart” character.

In the end, both smartphones have their purpose on the market and as tech buffs and reviewers, we understand that. However, as consumers, we think the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a much better choice because personally, I would definitely give up half a second of loading time for some cool extra features, anytime.

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