Galaxy S III vs iPhone 5 Review Before criticizing, note that this review has been completely created/compiled by myself, Squilly. Let's begin. I just so happen to own both an iPhone 5 and a Galaxy S III. I got my iPhone 5 a little less than a month ago and got my Galaxy S III about a week ago. I'm writing a formal review to help you make your decision on which to get. The review will be relatively brief, although it should ultimately help you make your decision. Operating System As it is known, the Samsung Galaxy S III runs on Android (currently on Jelly Bean for Sprint and T-Mobile and Ice Cream Sandwich on the other carriers. The iPhone 5 runs on their own operating system which is designed by the engineers that design the phone itself, known as iOS - currently iOS 6.0.1, fixing minor bugs in the OS. This decision is solely up to the consumer, and greatly varies with each. One of which is much more customizable than the other. iOS is a static operating system, meaning not much can ever be changed, without jail-breaking it, which I don't recommend. Android gives you a flat slate to customize it as you wish. Personally, I enjoy iOS over Android since I don't have a need to customize my phone to a specific liking. Winner: iPhone 5 Screen Size The Galaxy S III measures 4.8" diagonally and the iPhone 5 measures 4.0" diagonally. After using both for a brief period, I am in favor of the 4.8" display. 4.8" is large, probably the largest phones should be able to go (aside from the Galaxy Note(s)). Usually, with the Galaxy S III, you'll have to move your hand upwards in order to touch the top of the screen (or at least slant it). The iPhone 5 fits perfectly in your hand and maintains a 16:9 aspect ratio. It is definitely different from previous iPhones in a good way, although I prefer the larger screen of the Galaxy S III. Winner: Galaxy S III Voice Recognition Voice Recognition is a big part of a phone these days, used much more often than ever before. The Samsung Galaxy S III uses S-Voice and the Apple iPhone 5 uses their own software, Siri. I have played around with both of these voice recognition software's for a while. All in all, I'm in favor of Siri. Both software's have expanded greatly over the course of their existence, although Siri seems to be slightly faster and more accurate, with more capabilities. Sending a text is easier, navigating is easier (somewhat), even making a call. I'm not saying S-Voice is bad, I just prefer Siri. Winner: iPhone 5 Maps I find this to be absolutely crucial in a phone. The Samsung Galaxy S III uses Google Maps and the iPhone 5 uses a new mapping software after branching off of Google. Google Maps has been able to adapt over long periods of time, as Apple's Maps software is very new. The one thing I really enjoy about Apple's software is its ability to see buildings in 3D. This can't be done on Google Maps, although Google Maps is much faster, less laggy, and in my opinion, more accurate. Winner: Galaxy S III Physical Colors The Samsung Galaxy S III comes in dark blue, white, as well as red and black on some carriers, appealing to both parties (male and female). To note, I've only seen the dark blue and white colors on the Galaxy S III, so I'll stick with those colors in this review. The iPhone 5 comes in a slate black and white/grey color. I own a blue Galaxy S III and a black iPhone 5. Physically, I'm a fan of both. The iPhone 5 uses a two-tone color scheme and the Galaxy S III uses colors that appeal to the senses that aren't too bright, but not too dark. Winner: Both Cameras I've played with both cameras on both the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 for a long time, since I use my phone for pictures a lot. Both phones use an 8.0 MegaPixel camera on the rear facing camera and 5MP on the frontal camera. I don't notice much of a difference between the two, quality wise, although the added features to both are very important to me. The Galaxy S III has many options available that the iPhone 5 does not have (ie. smile shot, cartoon shot, and burst shot). Granted, effects are available in FaceTime effects, although I prefer it all in one application. Both phones have a Panorama option, with that I prefer iPhone 5, since it's a bit smoother. Overall, though, I prefer the Galaxy S III camera. Winner: Galaxy S III Weight and Size The Galaxy S III is both larger, thicker, and slightly heavier than the iPhone 5. There is not a noticeable different between the two (except for screen size, of course) nor do I care for it. Since the Galaxy S III does have a bigger screen in general, it would make most sense that it is heavier. On another note, the iPhone 5 is smaller, thinner, and slightly lighter. Again, I don't really care for it, although would make most sense that it's lighter, since the phone screen size is smaller. Winner: Neither Battery Life and Quality of Parts The Galaxy S III has a removable battery, which is also significantly larger than the battery on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 sustains a better battery life, since the parts it uses are less power-consuming. In the end, the battery life of both equal out and are not as advertised if used heavily. I use my phone heavily, so I get 4 to 5 hours out of it on a normal charge using 3G. I am not in a 4G area, thus am unsure of how battery life would correlate. On another note, the Galaxy S III uses a plastic casing and the iPhone 5 uses a glass and aluminum enclosure. I like the feel of the iPhone 5 much better, since the enclosure feels less cheap than it does on the Galaxy S III. If you were to drop both, the iPhone 5 would probably sustain less damage than the Galaxy S III (or feels like it would). Winner: iPhone 5 Conclusion After going over a variety of topics, both phones have their positives and negatives. Both phones have 4G capabilities on a variety of carriers, both have excellent displays as well. Apple's display is slightly better since the PPI (Pixels Per Inch) is greater than it is on the iPhone 5. I notice more vivid colors and more of a contrast in colors on the Galaxy S III, although better overall quality on the iPhone 5. The choice must be left up to the consumer, being you. A very large factor for you should be the operating system you prefer. If you don't like the Android operating system, go with the iPhone 5 - and vice versa. If your choice was mine to make, I would go with the Galaxy S III. Currently, I use the iPhone 5 since that's what I'm used to, since the iPod Touch 2nd Generation/iPhone 4S. The range of apps are greater on the iPhone 5, although the customizability of the Galaxy S III is far superior to the iPhone 5. What would you sacrifice for your phone of choice? I really hope you enjoyed this review. Hopefully, more are to come if you like it in the end. Thanks for reading and I hope I helped!