In the battle among the smartphone makers, two companies undoubtedly secure the topmost positions in terms of popularity and market shares, and these are the US-based Apple and the South Korean-based company Samsung Electronics. With respect to worldwide smartphone sales, the Android run smartphones of Samsung best that of the iOS-run iPhones of Apple.
The two giants of the smartphone industry are continuously locked in a nip-and-tuck battle for supremacy, outdoing each other’s performance year after year. Thus, individuals, agencies, and business organizations are faced with the tough question as to which smartphone they should use in their daily operations. Smartphones, without a doubt, are indispensible tools amid this fast-paced world that demands from everyone productivity and efficiency even outside their homes or offices. It used by especially by businesses to carry on with their tasks, especially those that concern business communication. With smartphones, entrepreneurs and employees can use business apps, as well as the various features and functions given by their choice of service providers such as RingCentral, as productivity tools that can transform even their idle hours into time devoted to productivity.
Last year, the two smartphone companies have released their new flagship handsets, both to general acclaim by tech experts and lay users. In fact, Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy SIII went on to become the most successful smartphone of the year 2012. But still, the hard question remains: Which of them should you buy for your personal and business use? Let us assess which of them win in various evaluation criteria.
In terms of design, the iPhone 5 beats the Samsung Galaxy SIII by only a margin. The iPhone 5 is still one of the slimmest smartphone in the world, boasting a 7.6 mm thickness that is enclosed by a metal casing with a non-removable battery. The Samsung Galaxy SIII, on the other hand, is considerably thick at 8.6 mm, with a plastic casing enclosing a removable battery. The iPhone 5 has deviated from its predecessors with its mainly metal casing, as the former Apple models features front and rear glass panels. With aluminum as the main component and not steel, the iPhone 5 is light at just 112 grams. While it is also considerably light, Samsung Galaxy SIII’s plastic casing, though perilously thin is surprisingly durable.
Yet, when we are talking about price, the Samsung Galaxy SIII is the better choice for your company. In fact, Galaxy SIII’s price has continuously dropped since May while iPhone 5’s price remain stagnant.
As regards screen resolution, the iPhone 5 is the clear winner, though the Samsung Galaxy SIII has a bigger screen (4.8”) and better resolution (1280×720 pixels) compared to the former’s 4” screen that sports an 1136×640 resolution. Despite this, Galaxy SIII’s bulky size is not palm-friendly, while the iPhone’s widescreen character is more ideal for expansion of display. The iPhone 5 is more valuable than its rival smartphone when it comes to outdoor use, though the Samsung Galaxy SIII is better indoors. This owes to the fact that iPhone 5 employs the in-plane switching (IPS) technology, while the Galaxy SIII sports a Super AMOLED panel.
There are other areas where the Samsung Galaxy SIII excels over the iPhone 5 and vice versa, including media skills, battery life, accessories, available applications for business, and software performance. In summary, there is no clear winner, as different users have different preferences. If money is a consideration, then SIII is the best choice, if not go for the iPhone 5.