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Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 5: Battery life and screen

It might not be a match that some people think is fair, but the two biggest smartphones being compared right now are the Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 5. Battery life and a screen comparison are two areas that interest people the most, and these specs have been covered in a couple of detailed reviews.

When it comes to a fair fight some people claim the Samsung Galaxy S3 is aging now and shouldn’t be compared to the iPhone 5, and these users state that the future Galaxy S4 would be a fairer comparison, although some Galaxy S3 owners feel the battery life and screen are far better than the iPhone 5 even though this device has just launched.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 5 battery life — one of the most detailed battery tests for the Galaxy S3 can be seen in this article, which takes an in-depth look at the 2100mAh battery and connectivity. They found that the Galaxy S3 lasts around 8 hours under heavy usage, although they note a recent software update helped to increase the battery life event further. You can see an overview of their Samsung Galaxy S3 battery life test in the first video below this article.

If you want to compare the above review to that of the iPhone 5 battery life then you should see a detailed test via our earlier article, which highlighted how the heavy usage on the iPhone 5 still delivered more than 11 hours of battery life. This included a video loop as well as many other tasks like accessing social accounts constantly through the day, and leaving LTE and Wi-Fi on throughout the test. Just turning LTE and Wi-Fi off would increase the iPhone 5 battery life by some amount. The reviewer mentioned that the Droid RAZR Maxx only managed 10 minutes more juice under the same test, so anyone that knows how good this Motorola phone is for battery life are sure to understand the iPhone 5 is pretty impressive when it comes to getting you through the day without needing a recharge.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 5 Retina screen — another review has taken a look at the displays of these two smartphones in detail, which includes tests for viewing angles, colors/intensities, brightness/contrast, screen reflections, and an overview that points out the positives and negatives for the iPhone 4/5 screen vs. the Galaxy S3. You can see the key points from their display review in the tables below, which includes the overall assessments and specs comparison for each screen.

The in-depth review can be seen here and makes it clear that the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the better display when compared to the iPhone 5 screen, although they still point out a few positives for the new iPhone including the fact that it has the brightest display with the lowest values for screen reflectance.

If you own the Samsung Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5 we’d love to know how your battery life is, so feel free to share a comment. It is worth noting that the above review also touched on battery life for the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3, which found the 6th generation iPhone lasting one hour longer with the display always on at maximum setting.

Written by Daniel Chubb

Daniel is the CEO of Dansway Communications LTD and founder of product-reviews.net; a top blog dedicated to breaking tech news, hands-on reviews and delivers real solutions to everyday consumer electronics hang-ups.

Daniel now spends his time keeping an eye on the latest technology and business trends. Also developing other blogs/news sites in the entertainment and business industries.

Contact Daniel Chubb: daniel@product-reviews.net

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Adam Spiers
Adam Spiers

“The in-depth review can be seen here and makes it clear that the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the better display when compared to the iPhone 5 screen” – did you even read the review you linked to?! That summary is WAY off. Such sloppy journalism casts doubt over the validity of the rest of this article.

Martin Wan

Better bang for the buck:s3 Go with the trend:Apple I simply don’t really think that there is any function that the ip5 has is not offered by the S3. It is true that the ip5 has more apps especially when it comes to gaming, but those that became popular will be brought to android. Also, i think the Android phone is simply better because you get to customize your phone. Android is known to be better than the iphone because user can have a much better home screen by having widgets to customize it. However, customization for Android is much… Read more »

Corky
Corky

Who does these tests? I’m very sad when it comes to battery life. I have the iphone 5 and the S3, and both fully charged full brightness, and wifi on, looping the Avatar 720p, iphone died after 7hrs 6mins, and S3 after 8hrs 46! Between the two, the 5’s nice but I much prepare the S3 for its screen and battery life, in real life (not lab conditions!), my iphone needs charging after approx 19 hrs and the S3 after 38, plus how many people have sent their i5 back because of light leakage! Don’t mention that in your tests… Read more »

kess
kess

I have the galaxy s3 and i never take the screen off full light and always never bother turning my wifi off..i get around 7/8 hours. Wish it wad double figures like the iphone 5 but cant complain about the rest of the phone. Absolutely Fantastic!

Mike
Mike

I also noted that theres is not one comment about the JAILBREAK which is inevitable. Does anyone even know what this means for an ip5 user?

Mike
Mike

Lets just face it the iphone5 is not a phone for new users. If thats the case then there is no point arguing the fact of what phones better. its more a style thing. Compare an iphone to lets say a Bentley and the GS3 to a Porsche. Now the Porsche has a better performance and will be faster. But the Bentley is more luxurious and is all about style and status.

JOE
JOE

BAAAAHAAA……BAAAHAAAAA

Nonsense
Nonsense

Whata load of crap

Jinksta24
Jinksta24

I had a S3 and it is a good phone a lot of customizations for it. But I personally still liked the iPhone but that’s my opinion.

WodOffPooH
WodOffPooH

i love these articles written by people that own iphones that compare the iphone to an android in the only place that it can win…yes retina display is great…but the iphone is so 2009 right now…no internet while ur on the phone…

Danny Dodge
Danny Dodge

mY 4s had crap battery life on ios5 but on 6 it is amazing, 11 hours usage. My s3 has poor battery life and poor ram management on ics but jelly bean fixes a lot of issues so when that is available it will be a fair comparison

Stephen Andreala

As an S3 owner, can I just put it out there: You can’t go wrong with either! If you don’t need a giant screen and love all things Apple then get the impressive iPhone 5. If you want to use an SD card and change your battery whenever, then S3 it is. Can’t go wrong!!!

gtonnis
gtonnis

I think apple did the review. I have snow iPhone 4s work phone and s GS3 personal phone.
GS3 is far superior over the 4s. the GS3 screen is bigger than the entire 4s phone. A lot faster, no lag and the battery lasts s lot longer

luca
luca

battery life on Iphone 5 is totally crap! It drains down just looking at it.. and I close all the apps in the backgrund, switch off notifications et… 10 hours battery life in stand-by is not acceptable! A joke!

chris
chris

i dont understand how people can begin to compare the iphone 5 to the s3, the s3 has simply everything… but more, its like comparing two cars, one has a faster engine and better gadgets but is cheaper! and yet if you really get picky and say ” oh iphone loads so much faster” then they obviously havent yet tasted those yummy jelly beans 🙂

_ThaNerd_

I smell an iSheep…very biased review…

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