Which reigns supreme? iPhone 5s or Galaxy Note 3

Posted on: 29th October 2013

Smartphones usually have more things in common than you’d actually think – considering the ultimate goal of luring end-users to choose one over the other – and hopefully, make them fierce loyalists of the brand. But when it comes to feature lists, internal components, and the sheer screen size – the new iPhone 5s and Galaxy Note 3 are as different as night and day when it comes to specs they boast to the buying public. Let’s put Apple and Samsung in side-by-side comparison.

  • iPhone 5s or Galaxy Note 3In terms of size spectrum, these smartphones live on opposite ends because the Galaxy Note 3 is 22 per cent taller than the iPhone 5s. The former, which is also termed “phablet”, is 39 per cent wider and nine per cent thicker than the latter.
  • When it comes to the weight department, the iPhone 5s is lighter than the Galaxy Note 3 by 33 per cent. Of course, it has its pros and cons, but one thing’s for sure: you won’t easily forget Samsung’s smartphone presence and burden in your pocket.
  • The Note 3 opted for faux leather that is soft on your touch (good for Samsung to throw away the glossy plasticky build), while the iPhone 5s remains true to its roots.
  • Each handset features a variety of colours: black front for the iPhone 5s “space gray”, white front for the silver and gold models. Each Note 3 model has the same front and back colours to attain a more streamlined design.
  • The Note 3, while quite bulky and heavy on the pocket, offers a wider screen, more than 100 per cent wider than the 5s model.
  • The Note 3 also gives you sharper screen display than its rival Apple brand although this is something that is not as essential to end-users as other specifications.
  • Apple snubbed the idea of a stylus when they first launched iPhone in 2007. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note’s stylus is really a worthy accessory – makes you feel like scribbling in a notebook, gives that personal touch because of your distinctive handwriting, lends an overall sense of precision for each task you’re performing with the apps and programs of the Samsung’s device.
  • The Touch ID fingerprint sensor of 5s is an unparalleled feature in terms of providing security to the smartphone user – something that the Note 3 does not offer.
  • The 5s has more megapixels, though it does not always mean better pictures. Nevertheless, it has a burst mode and a slow-motion mode that would ensure you would get exactly what you hope for in an image.
  • Samsung can’t be brought down in terms of impressive innovation. If you find it too much of a hassle to whip out your Note 3 just to send texts or read notifications, there is a solution: pay up an extra $300 to have that companion smartwatch which lets you do all the simple tasks – on your wrist.
  • In terms of battery capacity, the Note 3 reigns supreme. Still, you have many considerations to determine how long it can last without grabbing your charger right away.
  • The 5s has the iOS 7, of course while the Note 3 runs Android’s latest version.
  • For local file sharing, iOS 7 uses AirDrop – a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo to ensure file transferring to another iOS device. Samsung, on the other hand, uses NFC or near-field communication, to share files with another Galaxy device.
  • With the Note 3, it is easy to run multiple apps side by side, thanks to its humongous screen.
  • The iOS 7 has a better version of Siri for voice control. The Note 3 has Google Now which is faster and more intuitive than Siri.

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