Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Operating System
Apple iPhone 5
New phone, new operating system. iOS 6 promises a slightly tweaked user interface with a new look App Store with iCloud support, a smarter Siri that will launch apps, FaceTime over 3G and plenty more. It's still one of the best mobile operating systems and the new features have certainly enhanced its capabilities. If you want to know what we made of the new mobile OS update you can read the iOS 6 review here.
Samsung Galaxy S3
The Galaxy S3 comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as standard. Like HTC, Samsung has taken Android 4.0 and overlayed their Touch Wiz UI - an interface that we already loved from it's Galaxy S2 days. It's been streamlined a little - the wealth of features remains, but things feel a little less cluttered.S Voice is essentially voice-activated control that will give you direct access to functions such as the camera, calls, text, the alarms, weather, calendar and music and it'll even work when music is playing. What it won't do is answer you back with pithy retorts, like Apple's Siri. An Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is expected to be available from October but it will be interesting to see how it compares to the version we have seen so far on the Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Battery
Apple iPhone 5
In our testing, real-world battery life doesn’t seem to have changed much since the iPhone 4S, which could be seen as a good thing considering the iPhone 5 is a more advanced product, but you’ll still need to charge it every night to give you enough juice for the next day.
You can watch a couple of films on a flight or listen to hours and hours of music on one charge, but talking and 3G surfing take a heavier toll, and 4G connectivity could be even more of a drain.
Samsung Galaxy S3
The Galaxy S3's 2100mah battery is a big improvement on that of the S2, and ought to be hefty enough to handle all the tech that has been packed into the S3. A bigger battery doesn't mean longer battery life, but we'll give the S3 the benefit of the doubt for the moment.
The battery in the Galaxy S2 was pretty good, and the extra power in the Galaxy S3 probably cancels out the bigger battery. The S2 outperformed the iPhone 4S in this category, so we'd expect the S3 to do the same.
Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Verdict
So does the iPhone 5 conquer the Samsung Galaxy S3? Well, we gave the Android smartphone a glowing five-star review and the latest Apple handset just four out of five, which indicates that it's this round to the S3.
There's no denying that the iPhone 5 is Apple's best handset to date and while the current Maps issues threatens to put some people off from upgrading, we fully expect the Apple smartphone to still fly off the shelves. The key of course is that many of the new features already appear on Android handsets and the Samsung Galaxy S3 covers most if not all the specs that would usually make the iPhone stand out from the crowd, from the camera, to the sizeable screen and Google's always improving Android operating system. As we said in our iPhone 5 review, It’s good, very good. But the iPhone is no longer the best around.
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