Can the Samsung Galaxy S III beat the iPhone 5?

Features Richard Goodwin 15:06, 18 Apr 2012

The iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III are both poised to get a release date this summer — but which will be best? We investigate

The Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 will be arriving at some point this year. Most expect a summer release for the Galaxy S III and a slightly later release – potentially Q3 – for the iPhone 5, although there’s no definitive word on either just yet.

But while there’s plenty of uncertainty about the two device’s release dates, there’s absolutely none about just how huge they’re going to be once they get launched globally.Expect huge queues, loads of shipment delays, and hoards of people clamouring over one another to get their hands on the first batch of handsets on launch day. In other words: utter consumer madness.

But which is the one for you – the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S III?

Well that depends on a number of factors – what works for one user might not suit the other. There are also certain things that Android does better than iOS and vice versa. Generally speaking, though, the vast majority of differences between iOS and Android are mostly subjective, meaning they will not affect the average user too much.

The battle lines this time around are likely to be drawn along the lines of hardware – so, processor, RAM and display technology – and how the devices will look. We’d also expect bolt-on features like HSPA+, Bluetooth 4 and NFC to feature quite prominently in the marketing material too as we move towards 2013.

Here’s a breakdown of everything we know so far about the two up-and-coming handsets

Design
Apple’s iPhone 5, according to a multitude of reports, will be the update that everybody is waiting for. That means a redesigned chassis and a larger display – potentially 4-inches. Many, including us, expected to see both of these things included on the last iPhone update but instead we got the iPhone 4S.

Apple cannot make the same mistake twice – it needs to launch a new-look iPhone. Just what this new iPhone will look like is anyone’s guess, but we’d expect it to feature at least a 4-inch display, a thinner overall chassis and potentially curved aluminium back panel – as some mock-ups of the handset have suggested.

Latest word on the street suggests that Samsung’s Galaxy S III might not be the update everybody has been expecting. Some sources have claimed that the Galaxy S III will be more of an iPhone 4S-type update than a major one, meaning small incremental changes to hardware and software but very little on the actual design front.

Eldar Murtazin, who claims to have obtained a handset, says that it features an HD resolution screen, a 12-megapixel camera, and will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Other leaks suggest that it will be a lot bigger than last year’s Galaxy S2 and feature a 4.8-inch 'full HD' 1280x1024 pixels display and an ultra-slim chassis. At present though neither theories can be confirmed – both the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III are shrouded in secrecy.

Our money, however, would be on the iPhone 5. Apple will have been working steadily on the design of the iPhone 5 since the launch of the iPhone 4 in 2010. We don’t know what it will look like but Jonny Ive and his industrial design team are usually very much on the money.

Samsung, on the other hand, aren’t quiet as innovative as Apple in the design department. A mere glance at the company’s laptops and tablets reveals this point.

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