iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3 benchmarking – which one is better?

September 24, 2012
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iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3

Now that the iPhone 5 has been officially launched in several markets, we’re able to compare it with the hottest Android handsets in town. In fact we have already pitted it against the Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Nexus, the HTC One X and the LG Optimus 4X HD. In case you’re also interested in durability tests, you’ll also have to see our iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3 drop test performed right on iPhone 5 launch day.

But what about benchmarking? Pre-release iPhone 5 benchmark tests revealed the iPhone 5 is by far one of the best performing iPhones out there, and that it can match and even surpass some of the hottest Android handsets in town, Galaxy S3 included.

Once the iPhone 5 was actually launched, several websites put the iPhone 5 through various tests to see what it’s capable of. Naturally, one of the Android devices that was immediately compared with the iPhone 5, when it comes to performance, was the Galaxy S3, the best-selling Android handset of the year, although other devices such as the HTC One X or the newly launched LG Optimus G popped up for comparison in some of the tests.

The results? Like it or not, the iPhone 5 is clearly one of the best phones of the year, even if it packs only a dual-core processor. But is it better than the Galaxy S3? As you expect, there’s plenty of disagreement on the matter. In what follows, we’ll take a look at various reports from AnandTech and PCMag, two publications that have independently tested the device. We’re also going to look at a CNET report mentioning those tests, although it’s worth saying that the latter has not actually performed the tests.

AnandTech tests

AnandTech put the iPhone 5 through a variety of tests including Geekbench, BrowserMark, SunSpider, Google’s V8 and Octane benchmarks and GLBenchmark 2.5. In every test (see screenshots attached in the gallery below) the iPhone 5 did a lot better than any of its predecessors.

Before showing the results, several explanations are offered on the A6 processor and its performance in tests:

As always, our performance analysis starts out on the CPU. Although we originally thought the A6 ran its two CPU cores at 1GHz, it looks like max clocks range between 800MHz and 1.2GHz depending on load. Geekbench reports clock speed at launch, which varied depending on CPU load. With an app download process in the background I got Geekbench to report a 1.2GHz clock speed, and with everything quiet in the background the A6 reported 800MHz after being queried. This isn’t anything new as dynamic voltage/frequency adjustment is in all smartphones, but we do now have a better idea of the range.

The other thing I noticed is that without a network active I’m able to get another ~10% performance boost over the standard results while on a network. Take the BrowserMark results below for example, the first two runs are without the iPhone 5 being active on AT&T’s network while the latter two are after I’d migrated my account over. The same was true for SunSpider performance, I saw numbers in the low 810ms range before I registered the device with AT&T.

The publication notes that the A6 chip inside the new iPhone is able to deliver twice the performance of the A5 found in the iPhone 4S. As for GPU performance, the iPhone 5 almost matches the iPad 3.

Unfortunately for Galaxy S3 fans that would like to hear the Galaxy S3 does better than the iPhone 5, the tests performed showed that in all cases the Galaxy S3 is mentioned, the iPhone 5 does better than the Android handset. It’s worth pointing out that the article was not a comparison with Android devices but rather testing against the previous-generation iPhone, which was also updated to iOS 6.

However, an other Android handsets surprised in tests, coming out ahead of the iPhone 5 in a few GLBenchmark 2.5 tests, but also ahead of the Galaxy S3.

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PCMag tests

Unlike AnandTech, which compared the iPhone 5 mostly to the iPhone 4S throughout its article, PCMag went ahead and declared the smartphone “the fastest smartphone in the land:”

We crown the iPhone 5 speed king after pitting it against every other iPhone we’ve tested, along with today’s top Android phones.

The iPhone 5 looks to be the fastest smartphone we’ve ever tested at PCMag.com.

The publication used five tests to measure the performance of the new iPhone 5: SunSpider, BrowserMark, GUIMark 3 Bitmap, Geekbench and GLBencmark 2.5 see the gallery below for actual results.

PCMag concludes:

A phone’s hardware performance can’t be taken in isolation, but it’s definitely a piece of the puzzle. Based on these benchmarks, the iPhone 5 lives up to the promise of being twice as fast as the iPhone 4S. It’s also, for now, the fastest handheld computer sold in the US.

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Controversy

A CNET iPhone 5 benchmark report stirred some controversy on Google Plus where xda-member Adam Outler called out the publication on Google+ for misrepresenting iPhone 5 tests:

CNET posted a bogus report on benchmarks. I had problems believing that a dual core from apple would be faster than every Android device so I decided to go to the source. Turns out the Galaxy S3 and the Nexus7 both score higher benchmarks than the iPhone 5.

You can see here for yourself. IPhone scores 1590, Galaxy S3 scores 1766. These are the benchmarks mentioned in the article below.
Android benchmarks: http://browser.primatelabs.com/android-benchmarks
iPhone benchmarks: http://browser.primatelabs.com/ios-benchmarks

He is right to question the tests in the article, but only because that CNET story hit the print, so to speak, on September 16, six days ahead of the iPhone 5 launch. However, the article titled “iPhone 5 benchmarks surface: Performance doubles” does not say the iPhone 5 is better than the Galaxy S3, or any other Android device, in tests, but it looks only at a then-unconfirmed Geekbench result, and compares the iPhone 5 with its predecessor:

The iPhone 5′s A6 processor appears to be roughly twice as fast as any chip in an existing iOS product, if results posted by Geekbench prove to be accurate.

The results show a score of 1,601, beating the dual-core A5 and A5X processors in the iPhone 4s and third-generation iPad (Retina), respectively. [...]

If these iPhone 5 benchmarks are legitimate, they would match Apple’s claims. “With the new A6 chip, just about everything you do on iPhone 5 is noticeably faster — up to twice as fast compared with the A5 chip,” Apple states on its iPhone 5 features page.

CNET’s story was (coincidentally or not) updated on the same day Outler posted his comments on Google Plus with this line:

For reference, the Samsung Galaxy S III with a Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core chip rated at 1.4GHz landed at the top of Android benchmarks. [Links to http://browser.primatelabs.com/android-benchmarks]

But CNET did not say the Galaxy S3 did better than the iPhone 5, just as it didn’t say the iPhone 5 did better than the Galaxy S3 either before the update.

Also the Geekbench browser Outler mentions and CNET links to (see above), do not offer such a huge performance variation. The iPhone 5 is at 1588 right now in that test compared to 1590 (Outler’s Google+ post), 1601 (CNET’s iPhone 5 pre-release test) and 1640 (AnandTech’s test).

As for the Galaxy S3, here are the current scores for the different Galaxy S3 versions:

  • 1753 – Samsung Exynos 4412 1400 MHz (4 cores)
  • 1674 – Samsung Exynos 4412 1400 MHz (4 cores)
  • 1583 – Samsung Exynos 4412 1400 MHz (4 cores, LTE)
  • 1429 – Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8960 1500 MHz (2 cores) – North America
  • 1395 – Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8960 1500 MHz (2 cores) – T-Mobile
  • 1388 – Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8960 1500 MHz (2 cores) – Sprint
  • 1370 – Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8960 1500 MHz (2 cores) – Verizon

So the quad-core Galaxy S3 seems to be better than the iPhone 5, or on par with it in Geekbench Browser tests, depending on what version we’re talking about. As for the dual-core Galaxy S3, it’s still trailing behind the iPhone 5. We’ll certainly keep an eye on those tests and see how the Galaxy S3 performs once it receives the Jelly Bean update.

In the same test, the Asus Nexus 7 currently has a score of 1526.

Conclusion

After we’ve seen the first iPhone 5 benchmarks, we can conclude that the new iPhone is going to be a tough handset to beat.

Does this mean the Galaxy S3 is a worse choice than the iPhone 5 and therefore should not be purchased? Absolutely not.

Does this mean you have to look at benchmarks before buying any device? Not unless you’re specifically interested in such tests – that means “absolutely not” for average users who will most likely not observe any significant changes performance-wise during their day-to-day smartphone-related activities.

Will more iPhone 5-related benchmark comparisons be made in the near future? Absolutely yes, just wait for Jelly Bean to come out for the Galaxy S3, not to mention the launch of the Galaxy Note 2 and the LG Optimus G.

Finally, we’ll also tell you that we haven’t performed any of these tests ourselves, and that we’re looking at what other people are saying about these devices, and their performance as shown by their tests, or existing tests performed by others.

Comments

  • Christopher Tranter

    why is the HTC OneX never used in these tests, you know, with it being better than the samsung in many ways?

    • http://twitter.com/George_av George av

      the htc one X is only better than the s3 in the build quality and it ends there the s3 kills the one X in everything and when the s3 gets JB it will rape the iphone 5

      • scottxoom

        “…it will RAPE the iPhone 5″. Using this word like it’s “cool” is either total ignorance of what rape is or total disregard for others. Seriously, this isn’t like, ” Our team is gonna kill yours!” This is different.

        • AstroBard

          Yes, ‘rape’. To completely dominate and have one’s way with. It’s actually perfectly comparable with the ‘kill’ example you gave. When used literally, both are forced physical acts with negative connotations and they can both be used in the context of one side of a competition/argument defeating another. You seem to be extra sensitive to ‘rape’ but if it is simply about discussing the idea or the possibility of a reader being offended due to a personal experience, then, logically, ‘kill’ should be just as generally offensive.

          • scottxoom

            Easy to intellectualize it. Try telling someone you’re playing against in any game “I’m going to rape you!” instead of “I’m going to kill you” and see what reaction you get. If it’s a guy, he’ll probably kick the crap out of you. If it’s a girl, she’ll probably be mortified and tell anybody who will listen what you said to her. It’s not the same. Why defend the indefensible? You can’t escape the overtly sexual psychotic nature of this word. This is not word to be subjugated to a relaxed colloquialism that is casually used. Ask your Mom, Sister, Wife, or Girlfriend if it’s the same.
            Not attacking anyone here, just suggesting we at least be as smart as our phones.

      • cd

        dropping my two cents on the whole word usage argument here,
        just as racist, nazi, and dozens of other words have lost their true meaning and impact on us, the words kill and rape have begun to loose their meanings as well.
        It is abject ignorance to use such pejorative words in such a casual manner.
        These words mean something, and to use them in this manner is disgusting.
        People call those that criticize the president “racist”. frankly i detest his white side as well(those using the term seem to forget that little nugget).
        It’s not the color of his skin that matters it’s the content(or lack there of) of his character, that matters.

        People toss around the nazi term all the time in comment boards talking about “spelling nazis”. just because a person corrects a persons incorrect usage of a term, or the spelling there of. This is an insult to all the men and women who gave their lives fighting in WWII, and to all the jews, gypsies, and other groups put to death by the nazis(national socialist workers party).
        People don’t even know that it was just the name for the political party that hitler led. and was actually elected into office by the people.

        Then we come to kill. used to mean that a person actually intended to inflict bodily harm to send another person to their death. Now it is used simply to denote an intent to eliminate a persons avatar in a virtual world, or to inflict a loss in some sporting event.

        ANd lastly rape, that word has lost a lot of it’s meaning due to the over use in our media, and the false claims of rape by women in an attempt to get back at a former lover.
        And because of this crap, women all over this country, and the world(in countries not controlled by ignorant religious zealots, because it’s even worse against women there ) are afraid to even report this crime in many cases.

        you sir are an ignorant fool at best and a disgusting little pathetic waste of human existence at worse.
        now go get a collegiate dictionary, and increase your vocabulary from the few thousand words you know.
        actually learn the meaning of the words you use, not just the urban dictionaries versions of the but the true definitions.

        • scottxoom

          I, Sir, am a teacher, and would not call another names such as “a pathetic waste of human existence” If this makes you feel superior, well son, knock your socks off. I liked a lot of what you said and felt it was valid while making good points. Ah but then, you couldn’t hold back. Restraint my brother, restraint. Don’t shoot off both barrels at once. Really glad for the zippy technology that allows us the freedom for a little repartee in the dead of night. I leave you with this; as they say in Chinese, “Ni de shétou shi ni de jing zi”
          Your tongue is your mirror.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.langerii Jeff Langer II

          I didn’t read your hole comment ,but I approve of the use of the word rape.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ngrj93 Nagaraj Poti

    excellent article!

  • FayezNoor

    @chris: there are video on internet that shows real life browsing capabilities not going into benchmark. interesting thing it shows is that S3 is faster in browsing in real web surfing test compared to iphone5. the only part where iphone5 dominates is GPU

    You do have both handsets, why dont you do the browsing test too. it would be better ?

    • itfjhhddh

      actually no, iphone 5 is faster at browsing. show me this video

      • http://twitter.com/ihotnatured hot natured

        There’s a fact that is that iPhones have always sucked. They’re slow by default. It has had the same shitty OS design since 2007, and Apple still give no changes to it. Samsung and Android are deeply progressing their devices, OS, hardware and design. Samsung has that things that Apple doesn’t have in their devices. iOS 6 = Is basically iOS 5, design = exactly the same with different measures and the hardware is just a bit different, same dual-core processor but clocked at 1GHz and a bit better GPU, rest of the iPhone 5 sucks, no innovation or new interesting changes that could attract the customers. Galaxy Note 2 blew the iPhone 5, it was even released the same year as the iPhone 5, here. Even the Galaxy S3 (SK version), fucks up the iPhone 5, and it was even released earlier than the iPhone 5, and iPhone 5 should have been better than the Galaxy S3, but not, and even though the Galaxy S3 (USA version), it’s almost in the same performance or basically the same. Galaxy Phones have alway been good.

        • Mark Joseph

          um google security on their phones are awful.. i wouldnt trust any info i put any type of google product. meaning the possiblity of hackers going into your phone.

          • http://twitter.com/ihotnatured David

            It’s okay. Just the not-trusty and tons of unknown apps there.

  • chris worrell

    Whats gonna be funny is when all these same iphone fans are back in line again in about 3 months for the iphone5m (m standing for the best map system apple has to offer) and you would think these iphone fans would see apple is robbing them blind every year a small improvement while motorola and samsung give there phones the things people want today. I love the new s3, i have a 2 year old and getting a good picture of him before the s3 on my phone was nerve wrecking. Now with burst shot and ultra fast shutter speed and taking a picture while i video is great. Iphone is missing the big picture we dont carry cameras anymore because our phones are so much better. When life is happening we grab our cell phone and capture the moment, but if your camera is too slow you miss the best shot. I always have an iphone fan ask me to send them the photos i take simply because there better and they see it.

    • joe

      what utter bollocks. if anything, samsung releases iteration at a faster pace than apple does. and seriously. claiming that the iPhone 5′s camera capabilities as inferior to the s3? i suppose you like noise in your 3MB photos. the s3 is a great phone but ignorant comments like yours does the android community no good.

  • http://twitter.com/Chomatoe Ryan Anthony

    the only question i have about which phone is the best in terms of specs, WHO GIVES A S H I T?

    these phones are more than capable of browsing the internet and making calls.

    these benchmark tests are completely useless. cool the iphone did a little better than the s3.

    cool the s3 has a better screen which i greatly value over some benchmarks

    those phones all do the same thing. i don’t even know what the hell i would need a phone that absolutely blows the competition out of the water

    (also getting the s3 at a subsidized price w/o losing my grandfathered unlimited data on verizon >>>>>iphone, but that can be remedied by just buying an iphone without a contract so w/e savings of like 300+ dollars.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bűvész-Bence/100003548748181 Bűvész Bence

    I don’t care about these performance benchmarks… Even if the Galaxy S3 would beat every handset – who cares?? For me the only important thing is USER EXPERIENCE, and it’s far more better on the S3 than on the iPhone 5. Period. :-)

    • jerald

      So much better that when you hook your phone up to your pc it looks like a generic thumb drive, have phone with that Google needs true integration just how iTunes runs, plus they need to have there stuff skinned just by Google has on the Nexus 7 and not allow the manufactures of the phone to change it.

      • http://twitter.com/consciousness justin ┬──┬ ¯_(ツ)

        I have difficulty deciphering much of what you just said, but for my money I prefer my phone showing up as an internal drive, so I can do whatever the hell I want with it. Additionally Samsung Kies can autostart just like iTunes. What was your point again?

      • john

        ITunes sucks…. and skins are a thing of choice something you are not aware of with Apple.

      • http://twitter.com/ihotnatured hot natured

        That’s called a Man’s phone, or is that you have a small one like kids?

  • http://twitter.com/NHowell14 Nicoli

    This is a well done, and covered article. But the claim that the iphone 5 is the fastest handheld computer is bollocks.

    The PS Vita is still the most powerful portable thing under the sun, although I did indeed expect the 5 to surpass it, but i guess the 5S will do that.

  • TearyOwlEyes

    It appears as though people are beating on Apple lately, but they care to forget that Apple is the brain behind many of the technological advances today. Samsung, Microsoft, Android…they all copy Apple’s creativity. So you all can efface the name of Apple and the iPhone with your petty words, but I can bet that half of you waited in line for an iPhone or Mac or iPad at some point.

    I have nothing against Android — I do not “hate” anybody. But I’m tired of seeing people completely diss Apple, especially when they are the creative geniuses!

    • fitzblacktrick

      The iphone is based on the ipod, which was stolen by Apple from Kane Kramer.
      As for creativity? what exactly have they ever “Invented” or “Created”? Apart from ios?? Nothing much….They just take existing technology and put their own spin on it. Very creative :/

      • Darktanone

        Isn’t taking what’s there improving it or making it better the essence of invention, innovation and even creativity? I take it you credit Google with the current state of smart phones and not Apple?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.langerii Jeff Langer II

        it is

    • http://www.facebook.com/DannyDarko1980 Danny Darko Danny D

      How do you work that out when iphone used to use samsung parts till apple decided to sue them apple havnt got nothin in the bag now its all downhill for them theyve been on verge of bankruptcy twice kodak bailed them out in 80s and microsoft bailed them out in 90s i predict apple will dissappear in less than ten years

      • Darktanone

        I guess getting over Two million iPhone pre orders in less than 24 hours and selling 5 million phones in three days is a sign of their demise, huh? Ten years is a long time to predict any company’s demise. I guess we’ll just sit around and wait for it to happen, even though the consensus has a brighter outlook for Apple. The world you live in must be very, very SPECIAL.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anurag-Mishra/100002293883126 Anurag Mishra

          Apple needs Samsung to make the iPhone and iPad. Samsung is the sole supplier of Apple’s processing chips and without Samsung, they can’t make these products

          • Darktanone

            I think Apple’s parts purchases account for some 11% of Samsung’s revenue. That is a lot of revenue for a single company to contribute to your bottom line. Think again about who needs whom! Apple is busy lining up new manufacturers to replace Samsung. Imagine if you were Samsung, how much of a hit that would be to your income. Apple needs Samsung until they replace them. On the other hand, it will be very difficult for Samsung to find a replacement for the $7 billion in loss revenues. It is Samsung who needs Apple!

      • clover80

        Hahahaha you seriously have to be the most uneducated moron I have ever seen on these sites!!! I have owned both operating systems and they both have there ups and downs but guess what it’s a god damn phone get over it and use whatever best suits your needs…. And making some ignorant comment like apple will be gone in 10 years just shows how stupid you are. Apple is a giant and will go nowhere wether you like of or not.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.langerii Jeff Langer II

          i agree with ya……reading through some of the crap is a riot.

    • http://www.facebook.com/philip.chan.756859 Philip Chan

      Well, it pays to be first but there’s a saying that “He who laughs last laughs best”. Nobody was complaining against Apple until Samsung came along. Apple made it worse when they started bullying Samsung with lawsuits. Consumers have the right to choose what to buy!

      • Darktanone

        The only way Samsung could compete with Apple was to copy their products almost exactly. That’s not competition, that stealing. Apple had no choice but to sue. Their copies ate into Apple’s profits and no company is going to let that go unheeded. I think Apple will laugh best and consumers will benefit once all the iPhone competitors start innovating instead of waiting for Apple to make a move then follow. It’s ridiculous how just one company is moving the entire industry. These other manufacturers need to start taking the risks and introduce new products outside of Apple. I look forward to that day.

        • dafuq

          This is the biggest load of shite from the most unclued person in the history of my toe.

          • Darktanone

            It’s true when they say it’s better to keep silent than to open your mouth and prove your ignorance.

          • IndiePhoenix

            Actually. If you look at Windows Phone you’ll see what it means to innovate and not copy something. That thing is so nice in it’s own way and still it’s so different.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.langerii Jeff Langer II

            yup

        • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.langerii Jeff Langer II

          i agree

        • http://twitter.com/ihotnatured hot natured

          Tell me how is the Galaxy S2/S3 similar to the iPhone, 2G, 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S and 5? TELL ME YOU DUMBASS

          • Darktanone

            You’ve got it all wrong. I’m a SMARTASS! Now piss-off you DUNCE! And no, I’m not evading the obvious answer to your stupid question, I just chose to return the insult instead.

          • http://twitter.com/ihotnatured hot natured

            shut up you faggot

    • http://www.facebook.com/philip.chan.756859 Philip Chan

      It pays to be first but there’s a saying that “he who laughs last laughs best”. Apple themselves are to blame since they make their profit margin so high but at the same time wants a monopoly and does not want competitors. Compare:

      SAMSUNG Galaxy S3 php23,500(WHITE&RED) 22,600(BLUE)
      NEW IPHONE 5 16GB 53,500 * 32GB 59,500 * 64GB 65,000

  • nmelcam

    A better use of Andoid Authoritie’s and Registered Users time would have been if you had made it’s own tests and compared them to what others have claimed, instead of rewritting what others have tested. I have done Geekbench on my i1900 with background apps closed a d it scores on the high 1700′s and mid 1800′s. Just like a PC gamer would not do a benchmark with many background processes running. As iphone cannot run apps in the background in realtime as the Android devices do. Try opening a Chronometer app on an iphone and text someone, as soon as you open the text app, the Chronometer app will pause bjt in Android devices true multitasking the app will keep running in the background and when you reopen it via task manager you will see that it did not pause, it kept counting time normaly. This feautue hardly is mentioned in any comparison and Android Authority should mention this important feature. And no benckmark I have ever seen mentions if background processes in Android Devices was ever stopped before benchmarking. In SGS3′s ICS you can even fully terminate background processes ala iPhone, Just set to No Background processes, restart and do a few benchmarks in the high 1800′s then try making an iPhone get to these numbers, maybe if you conect it to a car battery instead of it’s internal baterry LOL

    • IndiePhoenix

      That thing about the chronometre is just not true. Apps that need true multi-tasking do get it.

      • nmelcam

        Android gives you multi tasking in all apps, iPhone might have pseudo, not true multitasking in only a few select apps. If the chronometer thing is not true, try it out. Put the chronometer app on both phones, and an external normal electical clock. Run the cronometers on both phones, open a document e.g. a pdf or word or a spreadsheet if you have downloaded any office compatible apps. Now go to the chronometer app again and corroberate with the external clock which one ran in realtime and which one didn’t :-)

        • IndiePhoenix

          I don’t know which chronometer you are referring to but the for example the stopwatch from the “Clock” app that comes with iOS runs for hours and hours in the background.

          http://speirs.org/blog/2012/1/2/misconceptions-about-ios-multitasking.html

          From this article I learnt that iOS has 5 states of execution. Some apps are allowed to stay in the background state indefinitely. Here’s a cool video by the same guy: http://vimeo.com/34660348

          For me this way of doing multi-tasking seems like the most logical way to do it on mobile devices. Should conserve the most energy. On a PC that’s not a problem. And for many apps, maybe even most of them, I think the suspended mode is enough. Maybe I’m wrong but I never ever noticed something on my iPhone that made me think: Gee, I wish I had real multi-tasking so this wouldn’t happen anymore.

  • Fitzblacktrick

    The problem with these bench’s is that they’re only written for dual core devices, The iphone5 may show an increase over the s3 in dual core bench’s but when it comes to quad bench’s it is a different story.

  • http://twitter.com/wripps wripps
  • scottxoom

    Benchmarks show they’re both good phones. Benchmarks don’t show:
    iPhone 5: Better camera, no lag.
    iPhone 5: Better mail
    iPhone 5: Will get updates for longer than GS III, and with an idea of when. Whereas the GS III will wait, owners will worry over every new updates, searching for news, as I do with my Razr and Xoom. (Even though my wifi Xoom is running Jellybean, I have doubts of it receiving another update despite it being only a year and a half old – as of this writing) In the end GS III will be a sad Charge or Bionic looking out the window for grandchildren KeyLime, Marshmallow, Licorice, and NuttyBuddy.
    GS III wins on just about everything else in my book and the benchmarks, sales, and design [screen size][back button][micro sd slot] bear this out.
    GS III: of course, stands alone on accessibility issue. Apple has proprietary issues.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyBurb Johnny Cash

    come on jesus christ!, the iphone may have a better built quality than galaxy s3 that’s only in exterior aspect, where as galaxy s3 has better specs, u may say that the dual core of iphone 5 is faster than the s3 but in reality, the quad core of s3 is only gonna get faster and faster with newer versions of android.I do love the exquisite feel of Iphone 5 and would choose it over the s3 if they were in the same price range..But how in the world could an Iphone 5 cost almost twice as much as the S3 that is what i don’t get and probably never will….i feel apple is trying to exploit its fan base as much as it can…..good luck iphone lovers

  • Toby van Reenen

    Pre-release of Jellybean for i9300 (international) doesn’t improve raw performance much. Geekbench2 = 1750 in normal mode and 1250 in power-saving mode.
    I’ve seen 1800 scores running CM10 experimental!

  • MOSLER

    These tests look really suspicious. iPhone 5 Dual-Core 1.0 GHz Cortex A6 CANNOT be faster than SGS3 Quad-Core 1.4 GHz CPU. I thik that these tests can lie. I have iPhone 5 and I know that this review cannot be true…And the worst thing that these tests are given by anandtech.com…

  • Stones Rolling

    Well, my Galaxy S3@1.8Ghz(rooted) got 2388 from geekbench. How much did iPhone 5 get? Jailbreak it and test again until it gets more than 2300…

  • openUrMind

    All about “politic” reason….
    most developed choose apple are because all their stuff selling with high price better then android based Os…as we know apple stuff just for entertainment and not more then alienware or others high end devices that’s provides enough powerhorse for Hardcore jobs….

  • Apple is the best

    S3 is SO shit. Iphone5 is miles ahead.

  • JasonBourne

    Just what are you guys talking about. My S3 running on the Free GS3 rom is a far more capable contender than the iP5, and the fact that I can customize it down to the bare minimum of I/O says why the S3 is a superior phone!