Features Key features of the Galaxy A3  vs iPhone SE 

screen size

screen resolution

Galaxy A3
960 x 540
iPhone SE
1136 x 640


Galaxy A3
1.5 GB
iPhone SE
2 GB


Galaxy A3
Quad core
iPhone SE
Dual core

camera resolution

Galaxy A3
8 MP
iPhone SE
12 MP

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy A3

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Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
Is 4G Yes vs No Somewhat common; Supports the fastest, most reliable networks
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Supports multitasking Yes vs No Somewhat common; Run multiple apps at once
Significantly better theoretical download speed 42.2 Mb/s vs 7.2 Mb/s More than 5.8x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Bigger screen 4.5" vs 4" Around 15% bigger screen
Bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 825,000 apps Around 5% more apps; find an app for virtually any task
More battery capacity 1,900 mA·h vs 1,624 mA·h More than 15% more battery capacity
Thinner 6.9 mm vs 7.6 mm Around 10% thinner
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Store much more stuff 128 GB vs 16 GB 8x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes vs No Somewhat common; Share your cellphone's data plan with other devices
Significantly faster processor 1.84 GHz vs 1.2 GHz Around 55% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Higher resolution front camera 12 MP vs 8 MP 50% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Sharper screen 325 ppi vs 244 ppi Around 35% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Records higher def video 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps vs 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 4x higher def video

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy A3  vs
iPhone SE 
Size 4.5" 4"
Resolution 960 x 540 1136 x 640
Multitouch N/A N/A
PPI 244 ppi 325 ppi


Clock speed 1.2 GHz 1.84 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
RAM 1.5 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 128 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 12 MP
Resolution 8 MP 12 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 5 MP 1.2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G 3.5G
LTE Cat 4 (150/)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
HSPA (unspecified)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time (3G) 720 min 840 min
Capacity 1,900 mA·h 1,624 mA·h

form factor

Galaxy A3  vs
iPhone SE 
Weight 110 g 113 g
Thickness 6.9 mm 7.6 mm
Size 65.5 x 130.1 x 6.9 mm 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio No No


Operating system Android 5.0 iOS 10
Multitasking Yes No
App store Android Market Apple App Store
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 825,000 apps


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot No Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth
Samsung Galaxy A3
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