PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S III vs iPhone 5s

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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

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Apple iPhone 5s 

PhoneRocket recommends the Apple iPhone 5s  based on its performance, graphics and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S III vs iPhone 5s

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Galaxy S III
2,559
iPhone 5s
4,905

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy S III
2,543
iPhone 5s
3,621

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S III
3.8 fps
iPhone 5s
24.7 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S III
13.7 fps
iPhone 5s
53 fps

DxOMark photo quality How good is the phone's camera?

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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Has expandable storage SD, SDHC, SDXC, microSD 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
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
More battery capacity 2,100 mA·h vs 1,560 mA·h Around 35% more battery capacity
Bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 825,000 apps Around 5% more apps; find an app for virtually any task
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
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 5s

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Much faster graphics 24.7 fps vs 3.8 fps 6.5x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Significantly faster web browser 3,621 vs 2,543 More than 40% better BrowserMark score
Significantly better overall performance 2,523 vs 455 More than 5.5x better geekbench score
Takes higher quality photos 78 vs 73 More than 5% better DxOMark photo quality score
Takes higher quality video 72 vs 71 Almost the same
Much better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s 5x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
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 5s 

9.3
9.3
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

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S III  vs
iPhone 5s 
Type AMOLED IPS LCD
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 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

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 5s 
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 16 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
microSD
SDHC
SD

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
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 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)

battery

Standby time 11,952 min 14,976 min
Capacity 2,100 mA·h 1,560 mA·h
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