Galaxy S3 Mini is no match for iPhone 5 – or is it?

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S 3 Mini last week, and the ‘economy pack’ smartphone actually packs a punch. 

And at a much reduced price-point (expected), it is a real treat.

Couple that with the fact that this ‘mini’ phone’s display is more or less the same size as the iPhone 5, and it really becomes a tempting proposition. 

Is the Galaxy S3 Mini Vs. iPhone 5 comparison even fair? 

Of course, the features of Galaxy S3 Mini fall well short of those in the iPhone 5, but it may still give the old rival a run for its money, especially among those aspirants who can’t afford the iPhone 5’s steep bill. 


The S3 Mini sports a Super AMOLED 4-inch display with a screen resolution of 800 x 400 pixels, a far cry from the retinal display of the iPhone 5. 

However, if one holds both the phones together (and by one we mean a ‘normal’ use – not geeks who can count pixels with naked eyes), the difference becomes less stark although the iPhone 5 still emerges a clear winner. 


 The S3 Mini is to come with a 1GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM.

The iPhone 5, on the other hand, is head and shoulders above the smaller ‘competitor’ – if it at all can be called competition to the Apple device. The iPhone 5 sports a quad core-like performing A6 chipset that rests in a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. It also has 1GB of RAM for extra power. 


The iPhone 5 is the slimmest Apple smartphone and among the world’s slimmest handsets. The Galaxy S3 Mini in contrast is a thick handset.

With more than 8mm dense body, it is 2.25mm thicker than the new iPhone 5. Apple’s device trumps the Samsung Mini hands down on this spec. 


This is where the Galaxy S 3 customers win their money back.  Despite its girth, the Mini is lighter, weighing at only 111.5 grams, while the iPhone 5 is a touch heavier at 112 grams. A big reason for that is that the S 3 Mini is made of plastic, while iPhone 5 is an aluminium unibody device. Still… 


The Galaxy S3 Mini features just one ‘vanilla’ storage capacity – that of 16GB memory. Apple’s iPhone 5, in contrast, has three memory variants: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. 


The iPhone 5 flaunts 4G LTE – it is, after all, the fastest iPhone ever launched. No sweat, though – the S3 Mini has what is perhaps one of the iPhone 5’s biggest shortcomings – NFC, or Near Field Communication (something that enables tap and transfer transactions and data transfer). There’s no clear winner in this one. 


The 5MP rear camera and VGA front camera in the Galaxy S3 Mini falls well short the advanced 8MP iSight rear camera for shooting high clarity video at 1080p and a 1.2MP front camera for video chatting.

Apple wins here. 


The Galaxy S3 Mini has a more powerful 1,500mAh battery for long power backup. The iPhone 5 packs a Li-Po 1440mAh battery for up to eight hours of talk time on 3G. It’s a photo-finish, but let’s give this round to Samsung. 


As we said earlier, it isn’t a fair comparison, but the smaller Samsung device still gives the advances Apple device a run for its money – at least in a few crucial features. The low-end Samsung handset should indeed be pitted against the iPhone 3GS. 

The S3’s winning upper cut may well come when Samsung announces its price, rumoured to be around $350 (approx. Dh1,300). Until then, however, the iPhone 5 wins on points, even as they don’t belong to the same fighting category – one’s a featherweight and the other belongs to the heavyweight category.


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