PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S III vs iPhone 5

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench, BrowserMark 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, Standby time and Battery capacity

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 and battery life.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S III vs iPhone 5

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Galaxy S III
2,559
iPhone 5
3,467

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy S III
1,192 ms
iPhone 5
915 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S III
3.8 fps
iPhone 5
6.7 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

Galaxy S III
166 min
iPhone 5
126 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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Much faster web browser 2,543 vs 901 More than 2.8x better BrowserMark score
Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
Takes higher quality video 71 vs 70 Almost the same
Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
Bigger screen 4.8" vs 4" Around 20% bigger screen
Supports multitasking Yes vs No Somewhat common; Run multiple apps at once
More battery capacity 2,100 mA·h vs 1,440 mA·h More than 45% more battery capacity
Bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 825,000 apps Around 5% more apps; find an app for virtually any task
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
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Apple iPhone 5

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Faster graphics 6.7 fps vs 3.8 fps More than 75% better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Store more stuff 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Lighter 112 g vs 133 g More than 15% lighter
Thinner 7.6 mm vs 8.6 mm More than 10% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S III  vs iPhone 5 

8.0
9.0
While the 3.5" display on prior iPhones seemed downright old fashioned in terms of screen real estate, the 4", 1136 x 640 display feels like there's room to spread out and read web pages without chronic zooming.
iPhone 5

9.3
9.0
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

9.0
9.0
Google also wanted to get in on the act, enabling you to rent movies at a slightly high price from Play Movies - and the selection isn't brilliant either.
Galaxy S III

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S III  vs
iPhone 5 
Type AMOLED Super IPS LCD2
Size 4.8" 4"
Resolution 1280 x 720 1136 x 640
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 305 ppi 325 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No No

software

Operating system Android 4.3 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

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 5 
Weight 133 g 112 g
Thickness 8.6 mm 7.6 mm
Size 70.6 x 136.6 x 8.6 mm 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.3 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 2 GB 1 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 1.2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)

battery

Standby time 11,952 min 13,536 min
Capacity 2,100 mA·h 1,440 mA·h
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Comments

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Great point Mark, definitely a key consideration. It's pretty crazy how quickly it can cost to fix up a broken phone.
One other thing to consider is replacement costs of things like glass, cords, device plugs etc. I had to replace the glass on my phone and it cost me about $60.00 A friend had to do the same with his SIII, and it cost him $350.00+ All you have to do is drop your phone once... Cords, chargers and plugs are also a consideration. These add-ons will wear down over time and you might have to replace them. Consider the total cost of ownership, and realize that after a couple of years, your phone will be out of date. The availability of replacement parts is important if you want to save money.
Hey there, good suggestion. This is actually the North American, dual core version. You can see the International, quad core version, which notes the FM radio here: http://phonerocket.com/smartphone/Samsung-Galaxy-S-III-Quad-core-16-GB (you can switch between versions underneath the phone picture at the top of the individual product page, but maybe we could make this a little bit more accessible).
The international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III have FM Radio. Also consider posting the model of the tested phone, just a suggestion.
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