50 Reasons Why The Galaxy S3 Is Better Than The iPhone 5

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The Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 are easily the two most popular smartphones out right now, which inevitably leads to the question of which one is better out of the two. While both have their own set of pros and cons, in this article we’re going to be looking at 50 reasons why we think the Galaxy S3 is better than the iPhone 5. Yes, you read that right. 50 reasons. While you may not need, or even want all 50 features, you’re bound to find a few that you like:

With so many reasons given in the video, it can be a little hard to keep track of them all. So, we’ve made the list below for you to refer to (and so you can share it with all your iPhone friends). The list goes in to particular order, and all of the reasons in it are either things the iPhone 5 doesn’t have or can’t do (and if it can do it, it can’t do it as well). Enjoy!

  1. NFC capabilities
  2. DLNA technology
  3. MicroSD card slot
  4. Removable battery
  5. LED notifications
  6. Bigger 4.8 inch screen
  7. True HD resolution at 720p
  8. Widgets
  9. Live wallpapers
  10. Wireless toggles
  11. Available on all major carriers
  12. Face unlock
  13. Lock screen shortcuts
  14. SmartStay
  15. Pop up play
  16. C Pen
  17. Best shot
  18. Data usage controls
  19. Battery statistics
  20. True multitasking
  21. Adobe Flash
  22. Multiple app stores
  23. More e-mail attachment options
  24. More in-app sharing options
  25. Google Maps and Street View
  26. File explorers, works like USB flash drive
  27. Haptic feedback
  28. Voice controls (different from voice assistants)
  29. Driving mode
  30. Browsing options (desktop mode, offline reading, incognito)
  31. T9 dialing
  32. Wireless app management
  33. Better app integration
  34. Power saving
  35. App refund policy
  36. Hide or disable any app
  37. Reject list
  38. Direct call
  39. Double tap to top
  40. Smart alert
  41. Tilt to zoom
  42. Pan to move
  43. Turn over to mute
  44. Easier screenshots
  45. Custom launchers
  46. Custom lock screens
  47. Third party keyboards
  48. Universal microUSB charging port
  49. USB host (for USB connections)
  50. Share shot and buddy photo share

Yeah, we’re pretty confident you’ll find MORE than a few you like out of that list. To all our loyal iOS fans out there, don’t worry too much as we’ll be doing an article and video just like this in favor of the iPhone 5 in the very near future. But for now, the Galaxy S3 gets its moment to shine! Update: You can find the iPhone 5′s 50 reasons here.

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David Rahimi is the editor-in-chief at PhoneBuff.com. Ever since he got his first smartphone, he has been obsessed with mobile technology and all that it has to offer. Other interests include business, investing, and neuroscience.

  • JohnPA2006

    Oh hell yeah.
    Not so sure about the driving mode feature.
    it never seems to work.
    however the 49 other reasons are great.

    • JohnPAfaggot

      Stfu, it is a true feature, loser ifag.

  • Penguin

    Adobe Flash, pre Jelly Bean. Can be installed, but Dolphin Browser doesn’t even support it anymore.

  • dave

    What stand are you using?

    • David Rahimi

      It’s called the iCarpus Universal Smartphone stand. I did a review on here.

  • Cathy

    Any ETA on your ’50 reasons iPhone 5 is better than Samsung Galaxy S3′ video? I showed my hubby the video, and he will not pick a phone until he has seen both videos, LOL!

    • Col

      I bet there wont be one. I’m after seeing it too though, i need to see what i’m going to lose if i upgrade from iPhone 4 to S3 instead of iPhone 5.

  • Thomas

    Agreed Cathy!

    Now I have to see the other video.

  • Eugene Kim

    I loved reason #39 at 8:03 in the video so much I almost spit up my breakfast, and I didn’t even eat. One-handed operation is for wimps. Give those biceps a workout and double-tap-to-top!

  • talal62

    There are versions for Japan tow GB .. 51 .. Continued my hero but at the same neutrality

  • Jonas

    I have iPhone and I can agree on almost every part, I really don’t know why I like the iPhone, maybe it’s just the feeling and the touch screen I like about it. Well nice video.

  • insular

    i think these are the only genuine ones. the rest are garbage or weak reasons. want me to elaborate? for these 15 i bet i can come up with 15 reasons ios/iphone5 is better. [*all i'm saying is there is bullcrap spin on either side of the fence, it's up to you whether you want to allow yourself to get suckered in.*]

    8,9,10,12,13,18,19,20,23,26,36,37,45,46,47

  • Antonio

    Great job guy, this video it’s simply professional, clear and direct!

  • Jeff

    How do you get the voice commands to work? I tried with my alarm but I assume it’s a feature you have to enable

    • David Rahimi

      You have to enable it under language and input. Its called voice cmd.

  • Tim

    This guy must have got paid by Samsung. I’ve owned iPhone since it came out, but have played around with all the Samsung “copies” with each new iteration, and the galaxy is a piece a shiz compared to the sheer intiutive genius of the iPhone, even now. The calendar app is confusing, the lack of integration of functions, I could go on and on. There’s only one thing I do agree with, I’d like the larger screen. Hey, apple, put an iPhone into the iPad mini and you’ll trump the Samsung drivel into the ground.

    • odifasa

      Actually all benchmarks support has findings. I know its hard for you apple technophiles to except that your shady company and inferior phone doesn’t gold up under the pressure out a phone designed to beat it in every eat that matters performance wise. Sorry kiddo

      • odifasa

        His. Hold. Way

  • Naz

    where can i get the custom launches and custom lock screen ?

  • kwest12

    Do you still have the “50 Reasons Why The iPhone 5 Is Better Than The Galaxy S3″ video coming? Any ETA on that? This was a great video and I’d really like to hear the opposing position to help me figure out which to buy!

    • David Rahimi

      Yes, we’ll be uploading the video sometime next week (probably on Monday).

  • TinCan2012

    I have seen similar debates the ‘other’ way around with iPhone on top. As far as I can see, you list about 8 or so hardware “advantages” and the rest is software (which is always changing). Many of your “advantages” can be argued however. NFC is great unless no one uses. Fine if you are in Japan, but North American is an NFC desert. Larger screen is a preference I would say – it is not as if Apple could not put a larger screen in their phones – they don’t want to. I personally am getting tired of people telling me what I should like. It reminds me of the days when Intel and Microsoft highlighted specs on chips, rather than hardware-software functionality. Where did that get them? Now Windows 7 users are being told to love Windows 8 – for what exactly ? I love my iPhone 4. I may love an iPhone 5 in the future. It is unlikely I will ever get to date a Samsung let alone love one – but whatever you use, love the one you’re with.

  • O Dogg

    Whats your camera app with panorama? Mine doesnt have that. Great video and Im an Apple fanboy. Steve is still my hero. Thanks!

  • rainie yan

    I have GS3, but it doesn’t do some of the features. Do I have to install special apps in order to do it, or it suppose come out of store like that?

  • Andy

    I have used both the phones and here is what I have seen (Devices Own/used – iPad, iPhone 4S, Galaxy S3)…. let’s see what features actually make S3 better out of the 50 features highlighted.

    1. NFC capabilities
    Winner – Samsung
    Useful if widely available in your country… in UK it is hence useful for me.
    2. DLNA technology
    Winner – Samsung
    Excellent and very useful Apple does have Airplay but its proprietary and works only with Apple products so I shall give this to S3 (Android)
    3. MicroSD card slot
    Winner – Samsung No option in iPhone
    4. Removable battery
    Winner – Samsung No option in iPhone
    5. LED notifications
    Winner – Samsung Very useful feature and with add on App it becomes truly excellent. No option in iPhone
    6. Bigger 4.8 inch screen
    Winner – Samsung. Personally I like this size of the screen. Fanboys may argue that it full screen can’t be used by one hand; just because apple said you have use one hand doesn’t mean you have to. Do you use iPhone just with one hand? Ask your self
    7. True HD resolution at 720p
    Tie. Although it’s good to have the difference is not that great
    8. Widgets
    Winner – Samsung iOS can’t beat android on this!
    9. Live wallpapers
    Tie. Looks beautiful but drains battery hence a tie.
    10. Wireless toggles
    Winner – Samsung One of the most used features.

    SCORE
    Samsung – 8 iPhone – 0 Tie – 2

    11. Available on all major carriers
    Tie. Not valid anymore
    12. Face unlock
    Tie. Not useful since relatively new tech. but iOS doesn’t have hence a tie. But Android has several other options to unlock a phone the one like is the pattern match and it does makes is better than iOS.
    13. Lock screen shortcuts
    Winner – Samsung iOS now copied this and has it but as customisable. Android even has widgets which iOS doesn’t.
    14. SmartStay
    Winner – Samsung. Good feature but dependent on several factors such as in dark this feature doesn’t work properly as camera is not able read your eyes. But in day light it works nicely. I shall give this to S3 since iPhone don’t have anything like this.
    15. Pop up play
    Tie. Nice feature but not useful hence a tie
    16. C Pen
    Winner – Samsung quite useful for notes
    17. Best shot
    Winner – Samsung One of the best features
    18. Data usage controls
    Winner – Samsung
    19. Battery statistics
    Winner – Samsung
    20. True multitasking
    Winner – Samsung overall Task management options in android are better than iOS

    SCORE
    Samsung – 7 iPhone – 0 Tie – 3

    21. Adobe Flash
    Tie. Jelly bean officially don’t support but you can still have it on android. iOS doesn’t have it hence a tie.
    22. Multiple app stores
    Winner – Samsung
    23. More e-mail attachment options
    Winner – Samsung personally I cherish this feature. I am surprised how arrogant Apple is and not allowing other file formats to be used as attachments.
    24. More in-app sharing options
    Winner – Samsung
    25. Google Maps and Street View
    Winner – Samsung
    26. File explorers, works like USB flash drive
    Winner – Samsung iOS doesn’t give access, as if I am renting my device rather than purchased it. It really doesn’t trust users.
    27. Haptic feedback
    Tie. It’s good for those who need acknowledgement for action done. I am not into it much hence a tie.
    28. Voice controls (different from voice assistants)
    Winner – Samsung Works well. No alternate feature available in iOS
    29. Driving mode
    Tie. There are3rd party apps for iOS but I felt S3 works better than iPhone in driving mode but since quite close I shall give a tie.
    30. Browsing options (desktop mode, offline reading, incognito)
    Winner – Samsung

    SCORE
    Samsung – 7 iPhone – 0 Tie – 3

    31. T9 dialing
    Winner – Samsung
    32. Wireless app management
    Winner – Samsung
    33. Better app integration
    Winner – Samsung
    34. Power saving
    Winner – Samsung
    35. App refund policy
    Winner – Samsung
    36. Hide or disable any app
    Winner – Samsung
    37. Reject list
    Winner – Samsung
    38. Direct call
    Winner – Samsung
    39. Double tap to top
    Tie. In S3 you can use in native apps and in iOS you can use similar in browsers hence a tie.
    40. Smart alert
    Tie. It’s good but needs further improvement

    SCORE
    Samsung – 8 iPhone – 0 Tie – 2

    41. Tilt to zoom
    Tie. Alternate available on iOS
    42. Pan to move
    Tie. Alternate available on iOS
    43. Turn over to mute
    Winner – Samsung. Very useful, rather than turn over actually u can put your palm on the screen it shall turn to silent
    44. Easier screenshots
    Winner – Samsung
    45. Custom launchers
    Winner – Samsung
    46. Custom lock screens
    Winner – Samsung
    47. Third party keyboards
    Winner – Samsung
    48. Universal microUSB charging port
    Winner – Samsung
    49. USB host (for USB connections)
    Winner – Samsung
    50. Share shot and buddy photo share
    Winner – Samsung

    SCORE
    Samsung – 8 iPhone – 0 Tie – 2

    Total Score
    Samsung – 38 iPhone – 0 Tie – 12

    There 38 features of S3 for which iPhone doesn’t have nor alternatives
    There are non of iPhone features better than the listed S3 features
    There are 12 features for which iPhone has alternatives or the features are immature.

  • Angie

    I thought that I knew which phone I wanted to up grade to, but now I am torn. The features on this phone are amazing, but as stated there are things the other phone can do that this one can not and vice versa…

  • Greg

    Your two “50 Reasons” videos are excellent and very helpful for one trying to imagine the experience of using each phone! Thank You.

  • Sam

    I want to know how many of these features are found on the nexus 4!! is it an android thing or is it a Samsung thing??? Never owned an android device before, the Nexus 4 will be my first!! hopefully!!

  • adz

    which one do you prefer?

  • Bruce A

    Thanks David for a great presentation! I have an iPhone 5, but frankly it is not much different to my old iPhone 4 – a bit lighter, a bit faster and and extra row of icons (yawn). I have just bought myself an S3 for Xmas as a spare phone and have yet to open it so your video was very reassuring – regards, Bruce from Auckland

  • Jose b.

    Hi, so I watched this and I really liked #26 file explorers! I wanted to know what file explorer were you using on the video? It looks really cool and I’d like to get it!
    Thanks!

    • David Rahimi

      It’s an app called Solid Explorer available on the Play Store.

  • Manish

    iphone 5, lumia 920 or galaxy note 2 ????
    confused on what to actually buy …
    plz suggest any one device ???
    thanks :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1652294515 Chris D Talero

    Actually, I really wanna know which phone do YOU have, Daniel? I’ve watched the two videos and I lean towards Galaxy.

  • Gawdzila

    Frankly I think you missed a couple of the best parts of Android.

    One is that it supports STANDARDS. DNLA is part of it, but it’s more than that. The fact that Android bothers to include the ability to support standardized peripherals means that you can do cool things like connect XBox controllers with an OTG cable. Apple is so bent on supporting ONLY their little “ecosystem” of i-Device specific junk that it massively decreases the flexibility and capabilities of their devices. Hell, even the plugs on the phone make it as difficult as possible to connect non-Apple devices. There is no practical reason to have a special plug for the iPhone except to make it impossible to plug in standard USB devices (or at least to make it less obvious that it wouldn’t support those devices anyway).

    Also, the fact that Android doesn’t confine all their apps to tiny little sandboxes and allows users to do things like access the file system means that Android apps can do things that iPhone apps never will, and you can do things with it easily that are more difficult or impossible on an iPhone. Even something as simple as using the iPhone as a flash drive isn’t something supported — it only lets you access the pictures and video you take, not even your own music. You can’t even attach files to e-mails or drag-and-drop an MP3 to use as a ringtone! Instead it forces you to buy ringtones, or else try and trick iTunes into importing them.

  • Alshe Dupur

    You forgot about Bluetooth…. iPhone dose not support bluetooth sharing with others device expect apple product!

  • Louis

    I use both iPhone5 and S3
    S3 seem like fast but it slow you can try go to Phone and push “contacts”
    You will easily see that S3 is slow processing.
    And sometime S3 is bug.
    Firstly, I saw reviews the Samsung S3 is better than iPhone then I bought S3
    and excited to use it. S3 is good but not enough to beat iPhone.

  • Chris AU

    at the end of the day its about what fits your lifestyle and what you wanna do with the phone. i own a S3 LTE quad core 2gb ram. its a great phone. but my wife has an iphone and i really like it also. it fits her needs for itunes and its easy for her to use. check out the features of each phone. check what you wanna do with your phone and see which one fits your needs. no phone is better than the other. they are just different phones for different people