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Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III: How do they Stack Up?

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Are you in the market for a new smartphone? Well I am and it is not an easy choice. I have been a loyal Apple customer for the past several years. I not only own the iPhone 4 and 4S but several Macs, iPads, and iPods. Despite my Apple loyalty, Samsung’s Galaxy S III is catching my interest.

Despite the competition from Samsung, Apple for the first time owns over 50% of the US smartphone market, receiving a boost in sales from the iPhone 5. Android continues to own 61% of the smartphone market in Europe with Samsung the leading smartphone manufacturer owning 44.3% of the market (Kantar Report).

A Holiday Price War is now occurring in the US between Samsung’s Galaxy SIII and the iPhone 5. With a two-year contract, consumers can purchase a Verizon 16GB Samsung Galaxy SIII in white for $59.99, a Sprint 16GB version in white for $0.01, and an AT&T 16GB phone for $79.99 from Amazon

The iPhone 5 is still more expensive but bargains can be found. The iPhone can be purchased for $50 below retail price ($149.99) with a two-year contract across all the major carriers at BestBuy Mobile. A couple of weeks ago, Walmart offered the iPhone 5 for $127 with a 2-year contract.

When you stack these phones up against each other it is hard to find a major difference. Here is a comparison, compiled by Staples.

iTunes and the Apple Store help set the iPhone 5 slightly ahead of Samsung Galaxy S III. However recent decisions to block Google APPs on the iPhone APP store have created dissatisfaction across customers. In the past couple of weeks the new Google Map application is now being offered.

Overall there is no clear winner between the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy s III. Perhaps the only thing to do is wait for the Samsung Galaxy S IV, which may be displayed at the CES event in January and released as early as March 2013.