Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 5 for staying alive

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There are a number of ways to test different smartphones but for us one of the most important factors is battery life, and with the Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 5 you’ll notice a slight difference. Technology is moving on extremely fast and over the last couple of years we’ve seen memory, processors, and screen clarity receive major enhancements with the battery life only slightly improving. If you want to see how the Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Apple iPhone 5 compare on a specs level, then see our previous article that lists just that, but on this page you’ll see a little more insight into how the batteries perform.

Battery life is the weak link – both the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 are technological masterpieces, and they’ve set new records for both Samsung and Apple, but the battery life is certainly one of the less favorable features for both smartphones. You can look at different tips for improving the battery in iOS 6 and Android Jelly Bean, but your best efforts will be lucky to see more than a day in real world tests. You’ll find a larger battery on the Galaxy S3, but both devices drain at similar times.

You can see how the Samsung Galaxy S3 stacks up against the iPhone 5 for battery life in the image below, which also reveals times for the HTC One X, and iPhone 4S. Laptop Mag had run this test and they state that the iPhone 5 has the best battery life at 7 hours and 13 minutes, which had been while continuously browsing the web over Wi-Fi. Second place went to the Samsung Galaxy S3 at 6 minutes and 55 seconds, so as you can see there’s practically nothing in it.

How much do you care about battery life when looking for a new smartphone? The iPhone 5 is pretty impressive considering the battery capacity of 1440 mAh, which is a lot less than the Galaxy S3 but lasts slightly longer, although if you were looking for a smartphone that has an amazing battery then we’d recommend the Droid RAZR Maxx. This handset delivers around 8.5 hours of battery life in the same tests. It is true that when most people look at a new smartphone it will be a brand they trust that comes first, then they’d focus on the operating system and specs of that device, so when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 5, which do you prefer and why?

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  • Sai

    Galaxy Note 2 :D for the battery and specs and performance sent from note 2

  • teeb

    One of the other critical factors of a phone, is the recovery from a “dead” battery with minimal effort. This is missing from the use case scenario, where the S3 wins without question, as you can simply replace the battery and return to maximum power in a few seconds! (without the requirement of silly booster adapters)

    Why do apple persit in designing hardware without the ability for users to change a battery?

  • ricjy

    I prefer the s3 cuz i like its design, specs and quality. I have more fun with the s3, I enjoyed the bigger screen and i can root the phone and do whatever i wanted, unlike the boring iphone. The battery life on the s3 is fine with me i don’t have any problem with it, the s3 is the high end Android, so the quality is just as good as any iphones and i don’ t any problem with Samsung phone at all.

  • Rameez

    Well , If U dont hav an Iphone U dnt hav an Iphone .

    • ricjy

      If we don’t want an iphone then we don’t get an iphone.

      • Tilandra

        Sweetheart, your spelling isn’t flawless either. You have trouble with past tense and also seem to leave out important verbs. So get a grip and stop hating.

        • ricjy

          I have a good grip of a problem, i just hated sheep cuz sheep are dumbs.

        • Mad Dog

          Oh stop now, your grammar is getting worse.

        • yourmom’s smelly taint

          sheeps are for poop holing

    • ricjy

      Oh btw check your spelling, oh.. i forgot your’re an apple user..what can i expect!

      • Mad Dog

        “Your’re spelling” or “your spelling”? And even if you meant “you’re” which is wrong, you still spelt it wrong. Android user?

        • ricjy

          Its still better than this apple sheep.

        • chinkyfunfuntime

          spelled? And I use both…

  • Action B

    Critical thing being left out. Galaxy s3 has a huge screen in comparison so naturally it uses more battery when ON. How about when the phone is in standby? Galaxy has a huge battery and is not powering a screen. The result? Better battery life in daily usage. I get 24 hours easily on my galaxy s3 and with 4 hours screen on with auto back light. In fact my phone is never hooked up to a charger I just cycle spares on a dock charger.

  • suee

    for me , samsung galaxy s3 is the best.

  • phila

    “Laptop Mag had run this test and they state that the iPhone 5 has the best battery life at 7 hours and 13 minutes, which had been while continuously browsing the web over Wi-Fi. Second place went to the Samsung Galaxy S3 at 6 minutes and 55 seconds, so as you can see there’s practically nothing in it.”

    Wow, the rest must be HORRIBLE if the second place only lasted just under 7 minutes :-P

    Strange how nobody else noticed this typo

  • od312

    Bite me

  • http://twitter.com/WhatExcuse WhatExcuse

    Another moron tests the phone browsing the web with wifi like it’s an i-touch. Test it out on the run on LTE like it’s actually a f*&^ing phone you moron. Cause the iphone 5 lasts about 3 hrs if you don’t use it!!

  • Michael Aston

    Like any sane smart phone purchaser, I always go with the replaceable battery/sd card option.. who in their right mind would use a phone without those options