With Galaxy S3, Samsung sticks to its plastic preference, but it has managed to make it look sleeker and more attractive than previous Galaxy S devices. S3 also features a Gorilla Glass 2 cover, which is expected by iPhone 5 too but it’s not yet officially announced.
Rumors say that iPhone 5 would have a larger screen but it would still fit in hand in the normal way unlike Galaxy S3 which makes iPhone 4S a dwarf in front of him. Even with its smooth and comfortable feel, some people still find it way too large.
Apple has made its views clear about screen quality with its new Retina Display technology in its MacBook and the same is expected in case of iPhone too. Even though iPhone 4S has a brighter and sharper display, but Galaxy S3’s HD Super AMOLED display has better color contrast. Some people argue that the S3’s AMOLED screen technology oversaturates, and in some cases we do find that to be true.
As the human eye can not find much difference between both, so size would be the major factor. Galaxy S3’s 4.8″ screen may be too large for some people but still it would feel less cramped then iPhone’s even if it gets the expected 4″ screen.
Apple has always improved on camera qualities with every new launch of an iPhone and some rumors talk about an interchangeable lens and a HD front camera.
As for now, both S3 and iPhone 4S have same amount of resolutions, dynamic range and zero shutter lag. But if features matter to you a lot then G3 has showed lots of options. iPhone hasn’t clarified about the type of services and features but GS3 already has panoramic shooting, burst shot, two sharing modes, and other fun shooting settings.
Samsung and Qualcomm teamed up to put a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor in the Galaxy S3, which makes it one of the fastest phones in the market. Apple has also provided better processors with every succeeding model. Rumor is that Apple will promote the A5 chip in 4S to a faster A5X chip in iPhone 5. Same level quad-core graphics processor as in iPad3 is expected in iPhone too. But processors present in both phones will give a similar overall performance.
Both Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 will be evenly matched after iPhone gets its expected $G LTE support. However the data speed depends a lot on your carrier service provider too.
In the U.S., the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be available on-contract at $199.99 for the 16GB and $249.99 for the 32GB model. iPhone 4S (on a designated network) costs $199.99 for the 16GB model, $299.99 for the 32GB model, and $399.99 for the 64GB model. As like always, iPhone 5 is expected to be costlier than 4S. If Apple continues on its way like this, then S3 would be more cost efficient.
The bottom line is that when you compare the main features and specs, the Galaxy S3 is good enough to recommend on its own against the iPhone 4S.
If you prefer one OS over another and you are in no hurry to get a phone, then you should go ahead and wait for iPhone 5 to arrive. If it fails to your expectations then S3 is waiting for you. And if Apple charms you once again, then you know what to do.