PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy Note 3 vs iPhone 5s


Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and BrowserMark


3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Standby time (3G), Standby time and Battery capacity


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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy Note 3 vs iPhone 5s

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPhone 5s

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

iPhone 5s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Has expandable storage SD, SDHC vs None Use storage cards to increase your phone's capacity for apps and data
Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
Much faster processor 2.3 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 75% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
Much bigger screen 5.7" vs 4" Around 45% bigger screen
Significantly more battery capacity 3,200 mA·h vs 1,560 mA·h More than 2x more battery capacity
Store significantly more stuff 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1136 x 640 More than 2.8x higher resolution
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
Much better theoretical download speed 150 Mb/s vs 100 Mb/s 50% better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Longer standby time 31,680 min vs 14,976 min More than 2x longer standby time
Higher resolution front camera 13 MP vs 8 MP Around 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
More RAM 3 GB vs 1 GB 3x more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Longer standby time (3G) 25,200 min vs 14,976 min Around 70% longer standby time (3G)
Sharper screen 386 ppi vs 325 ppi Around 20% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 825,000 apps Around 5% more apps; find an app for virtually any task
Records higher def video 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps vs 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 4x higher def video
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Significantly faster web browser 3,621 vs 2,783 More than 30% better BrowserMark score
Significantly better overall performance 2,523 vs 870 Around 3x better geekbench score
Significantly lighter 112 g vs 168 g Around 35% lighter
Thinner 7.6 mm vs 8.3 mm Around 10% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Note 3  vs iPhone 5s 

Without a doubt, it’s a pretty cool and slick feature, especially when the audio also receives the same slow motion treatment as well.
iPhone 5s

The camera has a 13-megapixel sensor, and you can choose to have 9.6-, 8-, 6- and 2.4-megapixel snaps too.
Galaxy Note 3


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8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Note 3  vs
iPhone 5s 
Size 5.7" 4"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1136 x 640
Multitouch N/A Yes
PPI 386 ppi 325 ppi


Clock speed 2.3 GHz 1.3 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
Internal storage 64 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats

photo & video

Camera 13 MP 8 MP
Resolution 13 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 1.2 MP
Video resolution 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G 4G
LTE Cat 4 (150/)
LTE Cat3
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time (3G) 1,260 min 600 min
Standby time 31,680 min 14,976 min
Standby time (3G) 25,200 min 14,976 min
Capacity 3,200 mA·h 1,560 mA·h

form factor

Galaxy Note 3  vs
iPhone 5s 
Weight 168 g 112 g
Thickness 8.3 mm 7.6 mm
Size 79.2 x 151.2 x 8.3 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 7
Multitasking Yes Yes
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 Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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