iPhone 4S Vs. Samsung Galaxy S3

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iphone 4s vs samasung galaxy s3Every year, a new smartphone model seems to rise to challenge Apple’s latest iteration of the iPhone. Last year, Samsung answered the iPhone 4 with the popular Galaxy S2. Apple then upped the ante last October with the release of the iPhone 4S, making it undisputedly the best smartphone on the market for several months. Not anymore. Samsung has answered the bell yet again with the release of the impressive Galaxy S3. Below is a comparison of how these two powerhouse devices stack up.


The iPhone 4S has an almost identical design as its predecessor, the iPhone 4. Apple simply made a few modifications to address the antenna issues that plagued the iPhone 4 and slightly modified the location of the volume toggles. Aside from these subtleties, nothing has changed. But guess what? It is still the most beautifully designed smartphone ever. The front and back of the device is covered in glass, while a chrome trim wraps around the edges, and a single home button graces the device below the screen. The glass body does make it rather delicate, but users are likely to don their iPhones in a protective case anyway.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy S3 was designed to evoke a sense of nature. The device is available in a Marble White and Pebble Blue, and, like marbles or pebbles, has curved edges that feel great in the hand. With that said however, the Galaxy S3 simply does not rival the iPhone 4S in build quality. The plastic finish on the device gives it a decidedly flimsy feel.


In terms of pure visual quality, nothing comes close to the iPhone 4S and its retina display. With a staggering 326 ppi, colors are more rich and vibrant than on any other mobile display on the market today.

The Galaxy S3 may not have a retina display, but its Super AMOLED HD display is nothing to sneeze at. And what it lacks in quality in comparison to the iPhone 4S, it makes up for in its sheer size, dwarfing the 4S’ 3.5 inch screen with a 4.8 inch of its own.

Processor Performance

The iPhone 4S is equipped with Apple’s own 800 Mhz dual-core processor. In a vacuum, the Galaxy S3’s quad-core 1.4 Ghz processor is the greater of the two by miles. Instead, it is only greater by a nose. The Galaxy S3 gets by on the sheer brute power of its processor. Though not as powerful in this regard, the iPhone has the advantage of its hardware and software being produced by the same source. This means greater efficiency and optimization of power management. Both devices get the job done equally well, just in different ways.

Software and Apps

Apple famously quips that there’s an app for everything. And they’re probably right. The iOS app store now boasts over half a million apps that cater to nearly every conceivable niche. The OS itself now includes Siri, the first digital assistant that can understand and act on sophisticated human language.

The Galaxy S3 runs on Google’s Android which has far fewer apps available in its app store. But what it lacks in variety of apps the Galaxy S3 makes up for in customizability. Apple’s iOS has maintained the same unalterable 4×4 grid design since its release 5 years ago, an absurdly long time by the standards of modern technology.

With the release of the iPhone 5 (should Apple decide to call it that) looming ahead, the scales are likely to shift, but for the time being the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S3 are more or less on even footing. Each has areas in which it outperforms the other.

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