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Galaxy S3 mini vs. iPhone 5 – the fight to become champion

Samsung has just brought the little brother of Galaxy S3 to us finally – the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini, it will fight with the Apple flagship iPhone 5 smartphone, have you compared them comprehensively to obtain the clear result yet? Let’s start, as most of you know well that the iPhone 5 made a record sale on its opening week in September and proved that it’s a high-end smartphone in the world but the real is fight is being started now with the second incarnation of original Galaxy S3.

However not a while ago Samsung posted that in just four month they has sold 20 million unites of Galaxy S3 and of course, you can’t find out even one negative review about the Galaxy S3 and hopefully the new Galaxy S3 mini will not give anyone a chance to write bad views and as according to different resources Samsung launched the Galaxy S3 to beat the iPhone 5 sale. As we expected the phone offers a decent directory of features to catch your attention, yes it seems successful in this aim.

The Galaxy S3 mini vs. iPhone 5 isn’t a trouble-free rivalry, I’ve divided the complete comparison in different parts because it would be bit more easier to understand to us, let’s start the journey.

Design, Display & Size – Quality

Galaxy S3 mini vs. iPhone 5 - the fight to become champion

The iPhone 5 comes with numerous changes ever made to the iPhone line, people have been criticizing the Apple since iPhone release, might be that’s the reason Apple increased the iPhone size, all previous versions feature a 3.5-inch display but the iPhone features 4-inch display, but people still criticizing the because Apple just improve the size, didn’t change the design, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 all feature the same design even the width is also same, Apple just increased the height and added an extra row of icons to the home screen.

The new iPhone 5 has 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm demotions, Apple used corning gorilla Glass and  oleophobic coating for the body, Apple packed the phone with LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen that is multi touch and features the 640 x 1136 pixels resolution.  The Korean company’s Galaxy S3 mini features 121.55 x 63 x 9.85 mm dimension and 111.5 gram weigh, both iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 mini features same size 4-inch size and the capacitive touchscreen, Samsung used WVGA Super AMOLED display featuring the 800 x 480 resolution (smaller than the iPhone 5) for the Galaxy S3 mini that already has been used in the original Galaxy S3 (resolution not).


Galaxy S3 mini vs. iPhone 5 – the fight to become champion

The Apple iPhone used an A6 processor chip and Apple said that this processor is double than previous iPhone 4S A5 processor but some people assume , on the other hand Samsung packed a dual Core 1GHz chip to the Galaxy S3 mini, so iPhone 5 chip is better than the Galaxy S3 mini as well as the iPhone 5 performance is faster than the Galaxy S3. Let’s see overall hardware comparison:

Galaxy S3 Mini

Apple iPhone 5

CPU Chip:  Dual-core 1 GHz – NovaThor U8420 Dual-core 1.2 GHz – A6
CDMA Network: 900 / 1900 / 2100 800 / 1900 / 2100 – CDMA A1429
GSM Network:  850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – GSM A1428
Rear Back Camera: 5MP with 2592×1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash 8 MP with 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Front Camera:  VGA  1.2MP
Video:   720p@30fps 1080p@30fps
Audio:  640 x 1136 pixels
Internal Storage:  16GB/32GB 16GB/32GB/64GB
External Storage:  32GB SD card support No
LTE:  Yes Yes
NFC:   Yes No
Bluetooth  4.0
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
USB:  2.0 2.0
Battery:  Li-Ion 1500 mAh Li-Po 1440 mAh

Operating System & Apps

Apple launched the iPhone  with its latest operating system version – iOS 6 even Apple improved some apps of previous iPhone such as the Siri, Apple has provided some more knowledge to the Siri to answer your questions easily like you can use it for opening up the apps even it includes sports information, you can know scores and about the stats of your favorite teams. When it was came, it used a cheaper maps app but now Apple has acquired the Google maps app that features the street view and real time traffic and you can download it from the App Store. Apple also adds some other hand y features such as the photo streams but the main thing Apple missed is UI, Apple didn’t change the UI, still use the old one.

Galaxy S3 mini vs. iPhone 5 - the fight to become champion

On Samsung corner, the Galaxy S3 mini runs the latest Google Android mobile operating system version – the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean that is most popular and faster OS out there, the Android is pretty advanced operating system that gives you a great smartphone experience such as the smooth as butter UI, it includes advanced notification bar, you can email, text, call and more directly from the notification center, it really saves your time. The widgets are resizable and Samsung also used the TouchWiz UI for the Galaxy S3 mini, the combination of Jelly Bean UI and TouchWiz UI gives you amazing experience.

It features a smarter keyboard, the app adapts your language like when you type one word it will guess the next one even it support off line voice typing. It includes the Google Now that support voice search even keep the record of your search history. Some other features are also useful that are available in previous Android versions such as the Face Unlock, swipe-able recent apps and more. Android users use Google Play store that is flooded with millions of apps, however the App store also contains millions of apps and both stores have so many similar apps. The Galaxy S3 mini comes with a lot of pre-installed apps such as the Google Mobile Services, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies, Google+, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, connectivity and more.

I and almost everyone prefer the Android operating system because it’s most excellent it’s fully customizable and easy to understand.

Price and availability

The Samsung has covered almost every country of the world, Samsung outlets are available everywhere, so the Galaxy S3 mini can be bought easily anywhere you’re but Apple is bit weak in this situation because Apple outlets aren’t available in a few countries, no I don’t mean there you can find a Apple product but bit might face some problems.

The iPhone 5 is available in three modes, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, the 16GB model costs you $199, as well as the 32GB model $299 and 64GB model cost $399 for two year contract. On the other hand Samsung has set the 16GB Galaxy S3 mini £298.80 inc. VAT (£250 exc. VAT) that is almost around $400, wow it’s cheaper.


The Galaxy S3 mini and iPhone 5 are the same class devices, what above comparison show effect add up to you? Both are high-end smartphones and feature the same size, you can enjoy a better optimized ecosystem on both. However some of iPhone 5 hardware are powerful than the Galaxy S3 mini, but if you want a cheaper but high-end smartphone, the Galaxy S3 mini is best for you due to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and handy apps but if you don’t care about price, select iPhone 5. The choice also depends on the platform that you’re already using but if you ask from it, it depends on you, it’s your turn not mine because it’s all about the personal preference! So what’s your opinion, which one is perfect and why? Don’t forget to comment about both smartphones in the below comment section.


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