Samsung Galaxy SIII vs. iPhone 4S – Spec Sheet comparison

Specs are not everything, but that’s not to say that they don’t bear at least some significance in the performance and experience of the device. With Android and iOS being so vastly different in design and in resourcefulness, it’s not always cut and dry. But, here’s a chart to compare the specs we care about the most.

In virtually every department, the GSIII out-specs the iPhone. Bigger battery, bigger display, faster processor, more RAM, lighter and slimmer. I don’t know what your priorities are, but, what’s of biggest importance to me is: display, camera and size.

Most of the advantages that the Samsung device has over the iPhone are there because they need to be. The display is huge and packed with pixels, and so it needs a big battery to ensure that you’ll get through a day of use. The processor is powerful, and is necessary to ensure that everything runs with a sense of fluidity. The iPhone’s battery and processor may be much smaller, and less powerful, but from comparing the two yesterday, I wouldn’t say that the GSIII performs noticeably quicker. I’d also go as far as saying that the Samsung device doesn’t at all feel like a quality/premium piece of hardware. It’s noticeably plasticcy, and feels flimsy compared to the solid Aluminum and glass make-up of the Apple smartphone.

What I do feel now though is that the iPhone does need a larger display. 3.5″ is very small by modern standards, and the 4/4S (although great devices) need a redesign, slimming down the form factor, and beefing up the display. If I was to compare the two handsets on first impressions, I’d still walk away with my iPhone. Partly because I feel 4.8″ is far too big, even on a slim phone one-handed use is not exactly comfortable. And partly because I’m invested in to Apple’s ecosystem, and they all work great together. (Also partly: I can’t stand TouchWiz.)

What are your thoughts? Do specs wow you, or is it all about experience? Comment below or tweet me: @TiP_Cam


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  • inf4m0us

    u dont like touch wiz, u dont like samsung, u dont like how they feel, and u perhaps dont even use android as ur primary os. dont u think its a bit unfair for u to comment on something that u doesnt like to start with.
    ok may be for u harware isnt anything(or may be u r denying it bec apple is outperformed here) but for many people hardware and the system architecture matters a lot. specially with ics the os has become very smooth and that exynos quad core of GS3 is going to make it buttery smooth.
    and i really dont think that u should comment on android phones saying that u dont like them bec u love apple when ur site name itself is “todaysiphone”!!

  • jonapunk

     you know I have had many android phones and I also had the iphone 4s for about seven days. it was a great phone and didnt seem to lag on anything I did however prefer android so i exchanged it for the galaxy s. this has been the best android phone I have used. the galaxy s3 is taking android to the next level, allow for more intense and power hungry apps, and to allow people to load there phones with widgets custom skins and LIVE WALLPAPERS. so for the people who prefer android over IOS this phone will be awesome for them (including myself).

  • solo973

    your words are bias so they mean nothing to me obviously the sg3 is a better phone proof is right in front of your face you say 4.8 in is too big NOO its NOT you just have small hands like a lil bitch and its flimsy? i bet the sg3 is more likely to survive a fall unlike the B.S iphone.

  • KarlPoe

    @TiP_Cam bigger battery – good. Everything else – meh.

  • boundtobeafraid

    These guys, I swear, calm down, it’s not like he insulted your mother.

  • TiP_Cam

     @boundtobeafraid lol It’s ridiculous. Unless I say I like every single phone, I’m bound to upset a few people. 

  • TiP_Cam

     @solo973 I apologise wholeheartedly for having my own personal opinion. Next time I’ll be sure to check with you to make sure I’m right. But first, let’s check the facts – a) I have actually held, and used the device, you haven’t. b) Unless you have a thumb that’s freakishly long, you also will have trouble reaching the top of the display without readjusting, c) The phone is made of plastic, and it does feel cheap compared to the iPhone. 

  • TiP_Cam

     @inf4m0us I guess you haven’t been following my 30 day challenge… you should look it up. Or my comparison with the Galaxy Nexus which was made by – that’s right – Samsung. I have actually had time with the phone, and used it. So, what’s really unfair is when someone comments about something being unfair, when all they’ve done is read some specs and watched the coverage. 

  • boundtobeafraid

     @TiP_Cam Yeah, at least you give your honest opinion and have actually had time with the phone unlike everyone else here.

  • Maybeiphoneswitch

    I read that in addition to the internal storage y ou could also get an sd card – so you could get 64gb + 32gb…

  • Bulgey

     @solo973 I know a lot of guys who don’t want a 4.8 in phone…Some of us fill in our pants quite nicely and don’t have room for large devices like that or the Galaxy Note in our jeans pocket.  Maybe it fits nicely in your purse

  • Steven

    Dont understand why all these Androidfanboys are complaining about an iOS blog…Why are you even here if you’re not curious about the iPhone.  Ive been using a midlevel Android/Samsung for six months.  If it didn’t have so many glitches and problems and if I weren’t troubleshooting all the time, Id be fine with Android.  But Im  now sincerely thinking about an iPhone.  At least Id have a company t hat would back it up – although on paper, Android is more attractive to me, and I can get a much cheaper prepaid plan.  But everyone I know with an iPhone (and thats about 95% of folks I know – in 4 different countries no less – all love their iPhones and never complain…They laugh at me with my Android problems.  Maybe I got a bum device but Im very close to going for an LTE iPhone.  I just wish the postpaid plans were a lot cheaper

  • inf4m0us

    na there u r wrong again my friend…
    its not just the specs and coverage that i have seen and saying all those. i have been using android as my primary os since quite a few time. yes when it came it was glitchy and laggy and used to get stuck. but with better hardware and newer version of os it has been reduced a lot. 
    ios isnt laggy or glitchy and thats bec its a os which works for a single hardware specifically made for it. if apple will sell ios and other manufacture will built device based on ios the fate will be the same as android.
    ok now all that said, previous year people started buying htc sensation(and i consider my self luck that i didnt) thinking that it has got good built quality and a better processor and all but when GS2 was release it blew sensation right out of the windows.
    even this time the same thing is goin to happen.
    exynos is much more powerfull and its a quad core as well. and the absence of compaion core will drain battery is what people are saying, but thats not true. individual core voltage can be adjusted in this A9 architecture as it is done in tegra 3. so it is more efficient.
    u r not happy with samsung GS3, fine, i am not aswell.
    but i just dont like ur article, thats all.

  • inf4m0us

     @TiP_Cam  @solo973 the new gs3 is bigger that iphone(check)
    gs3 has got a bigger screen(check)
    gs3 is LIGHTER than iphone(check as well)
    whats ur problem???
    its lighter and has got a bigger screen!!
    dude u were there so u got a hold of it and played with it for what an hour or two. and u have been using an iphone for a long time so obviously u will find a bigger screen less to ur liking. sart using a bigger sccreen and u wont be able to go back bec i have seen aron beker leaving iphone and taking galaxy note as his primary device bec of the sole reason that he misses a bigger screen when at first he was saying that the phone is freakishly large and very likely to succeed in the market.

  • Citlykeye

    if you had a galaxy s2 your complaints would be minimal at best. I know tons of people who complain about iphone after leaving phones like the evo. They hate how itunes runs on a windows computer, and hate they can’t change core options like like sms, the music player, or even how the ui functions without skipping updates and waiting on jailbreaks.

  • tcole1322

    hahaha so true!

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  • nikolai

    Had older generation iPhone (3gs)& Android(galaxy 1). iPhone better then, iphone better with current gen- 4s & galaxy s II. Why keep comparison? Android second tier device for people who not want be in mainstream. Gigantic phone for giant hand, I not Dikembe Mutombo, I avg guy
    I go to whorehouse, fall asleep on hooker bed. android dead in morning and can not call son to come bring money to pay. iphone? iphone strong with 19% battery left to come bail out old man.
    iphone win

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  • I was to compare the two handsets on first impressions.