Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Display: Apple is smaller but still the best resolution
Size: Apple is smaller width, length and thickness
Weight: Apple is lightest
Battery: Samsung lasts longer
Storage: Samsung (micro-SD) will be same but cheaper to upgrade
Wireless: Samsung wins, hands down, with NFC
OS: Your call but new Android is very compelling!
Price: Samsung $20 better (at least for now)
Construction: Apple’s aluminum, glass and sapphire win
Screen repair: iPhone screen replacement takes less than twenty minutes
Cons of iPhone 5:
Apple’s new dock connector, “Lightning” makes their connections proprietary (again) and incompatible with old docks and accessories. The new iPhone does not have a micro-USB that the rest of the industry has adopted. This is big.
Apple backs itself further into a corner with it’s new processor (A6) and operating system (5.1.1. – 6 coming soon) ignoring that the rest of the smartphone market will agressively support Android and Windows Phone 8 apps and accessories. NFC is huge and Apple left it out of this model. There is no way to expand the memory on the iPhone 5, while the Samsung has a micro-SD slot which can take cards up to 64GB. The iPhone does not support FLAC audio playback – the Samsung does.
Pros of iPhone 5
iCloud is more mature and a slightly easier experience (though not really more capable). Cloud in the Android universe is and will be for some time to come more complicated when used to it’s outer boundries as an intelligent and intuitive storage for a user’s pc, laptop, pad, and telephones. Amazon will teach the masses how cloud use is beneficial; particularly in the realm of entertainment and on-line purchasing.
Apple’s camera upgrades are a welcome improvement. Though still 8mp the camera has a larger f/2.4 aperture and sapphire lens. BSI technology improves low light shooting. Apple’s three microphones and improved noise cancelling make for better telephony. A new panorama feature allows wider pics to be taken.
Speakers have been enhanced to sound more natural – good idea! But the carriers have some work to do to their networks to improve the sound for calls. Apple supports cellular wideband audio in anticipation of the carriers’ committments to same.
Apple’s display is re-engineered with less layers making the display a little more accurate and shaves the overall size (thickness) to the thinness we users want for the ultimate back-pocket fit. And, although the Apple display is not as big as Samsung, it is bigger than it’s predecessors which is a good thing.
Should you kill the iPhone’s front glass, you’ll be happy to know that it’s an reasonably easy repair – the screen is among the first parts to come off in the dis-assembly of the phone. You will, if you are going to affect the repair DIY, need to get the odd but available (check eBay and amazon.com) pentalobe screwdriver and a suction cup (yeah, really).
If you own a Samsung GS3 and have broken the screen, you’ll think twice before attempting the swap-out after watching it done on Youtube – it is a daunting, detailed one way trip down “god, I wish I never tried this” Chinese Puzzle Lane.
Apple EarPods (earbuds) have been improved to get the sound more directly into more peoples ears. Base response is said to be improved.
Inclusion of the new Bluetooth 4.0 spec is inspired. Smart watches are the first wave of handy devices that will take advantage. The industry will come up with others – to be sure.
Apple has leaked that they will sell unlocked 5s for $649. The phones will be available through AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint starting Sept. 21 for $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB), and $399 (64GB) with a two-year contract. Walmart is offering a $10 discount for the iPhone 5, selling the 16GB version for $189.97.