PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S III vs iPhone 4s

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

GLBenchmark 2.5 Battery, Talk time and Standby time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com, mobiletechreview.com and 2 more

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Samsung Galaxy S III 

PhoneRocket recommends the Samsung Galaxy S III  based on its performance, graphics, battery life and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S III vs iPhone 4s

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Galaxy S III
2,559
iPhone 4s
1,483

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy S III
1,192 ms
iPhone 4s
2,250 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S III
3.8 fps
iPhone 4s
2.7 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S III
13.7 fps
iPhone 4s
12 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

Galaxy S III
166 min
iPhone 4s
159 min

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy S III

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S III

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Significantly faster javascript execution 1,192 ms vs 2,250 ms More than 45% better SunSpider 0.9.1 score
Takes significantly higher quality video 71 vs 68 Around 5% better DxOMark video quality score
Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
Is 4G Yes vs No Somewhat common; Supports the fastest, most reliable networks
Noticeably bigger screen 4.8" vs 3.5" More than 35% bigger screen
Significantly faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 0.8 GHz More than 85% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Supports multitasking Yes vs No Somewhat common; Run multiple apps at once
Bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 825,000 apps Around 5% more apps; find an app for virtually any task
Higher resolution 1280 x 720 vs 960 x 640 50% higher resolution
Thinner 8.6 mm vs 9.3 mm Around 10% thinner
Slightly better theoretical download speed 20 Mb/s vs 14.4 Mb/s Around 40% better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Front view of Apple iPhone 4s

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Apple iPhone 4s

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Store more stuff 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S III  vs iPhone 4s 

8.0
10.0
It’s not AMOLED, but its 326 ppi pixel density and 800:1 contrast ratio are gorgeous and easily viewable both indoors and out.
iPhone 4s

9.3
8.5
When you combine the screen's vividness with the great contrast (black color that is completely black, not just very dark gray, as in LCD displays), multimedia consumption does get much more enjoyable, compared to the LCD experience.
Galaxy S III

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S III  vs
iPhone 4s 
Type AMOLED Super IPS LCD2
Size 4.8" 3.5"
Resolution 1280 x 720 960 x 640
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 305 ppi 329 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No No

software

Operating system Android 4.3 iOS 9
Multitasking Yes No
App store Android Market Apple App Store
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 825,000 apps

connectivity

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

form factor

Galaxy S III  vs
iPhone 4s 
Weight 133 g 140 g
Thickness 8.6 mm 9.3 mm
Size 70.6 x 136.6 x 8.6 mm 58.6 x 115.2 x 9.3 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.5 GHz 0.8 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 2 GB 0.5 GB
Internal storage 32 GB 64 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 1.9 MP 0.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 3.5G
Networks
HSDPA (14.4 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
Unknown (14.4 Mb/s)
EV-DO Rev.A
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 600 min 840 min
Standby time 11,952 min 11,952 min
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