Recently, both rival companies Samsung and Apple launched two new handsets namely: the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Apple iPhone 5S. In the past few years, Apple and Samsung have been fighting it out to win over each other. Let us compare the iPhone 5S with Galaxy Note 3 to know which one is a better device:
Design, Build and Display
iPhone 5S is an upgraded version of the older iPhone 5. It is available in three premium colors like silver, gold and grey. The exterior of the iPhone 5S is made up of durable quality aluminum. Thus, the iPhone 5S appears sleek and sophisticated. The Galaxy Note 3 is a 6inch phablet device. It has got a plastic yet durable body. And it comes with appealing leather back. Appearance-wise the Note 3 is not that good-looking but the internal specs of the device are the things that make it one of the best smartphones currently available.
Since the Galaxy Note 3 is larger screen, it has got that extra screen space that it’s give it an advantage. It has got a 5.7inch display that supports a display resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with a pixel density of 386ppi. On the other hand, the iPhone 5S has got a 4inch display which supports a display resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels. It offers a pixel density of 326ppi. Both the devices have got great displays. However, it all boils down to the choice between larger device that may not be easy to hold with one hand and a smaller device that is quite comfortable to operate with one hand.
Processor, RAM and Storage
Apple has powered the new iPhone 5S with a brand new A7 processor. According to Apple, the iPhone 5S’s processor is twice faster than the predecessor’s A6 processor. Also, it is the first smartphone ever to run on a 64bit A7 processor.
Also, it packs in an M7 motion co-processor which enables the handset to detect actions of the user such as sitting, walking, running and so on. Apple has never disclosed properly about how many RAM the device has got. We feel it has got 2GB RAM onboard. There is no external storage on the device but the handset is available in three variants namely 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.
Well, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is powered with a new Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 CPU. It is coupled with a 3GB RAM. The performance of the tablet is quite snappy. The device is available in three internal storage variants like 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. An advantage on the Note 3 is that it comes with external microSD storage.
Both the handsets deliver stunning performance. It is quite a gamble to choice the best between the two in terms of processor and RAM.
Camera and System Software
The rear side of the iPhone 5S is housed with an 8MP iSight camera. This time around Apple has used larger sensor to capture better photos. It has got a dual True Tone flash which consists of amber and white color and it automatically adjusts the flash light according to the ambience of the room. The Galaxy Note 3 has got 13MP camera and a 2MP camera at the front.
The operating system on iPhone 5S is the latest iOS 7 and the one running on Galaxy Note 3 is Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS. The iOS 7 is very good upgrade with various new features like Control Center and Notification Center. The Android 4.3 is not a major overhaul update and much of the features were already present on Android 4.2 which is available on slightly older smartphones.
The fingerprint sensor is undoubtedly the most popular feature on iPhone 5S. From unlocking iPhone to authenticating Apple ID, you can do it all through that fingerprint sensor placed under the home button.
Galaxy Note 3 has got a special S-Pen which is nothing but a stylus that has arrived this year with couple of new features. The phablet also comes with some sensors onboard which let you access features like Smart Pause and Smart Scroll.
Well, both the smartphones don’t sport a powerful battery. The iPhone 5S has got the same old battery that is running on iPhone 5 which has been discontinued now. With a powerful A7 chip onboard, it is certain that it will consume a lot of battery. On other side, the Galaxy Note 3 is powered with 3200mAh battery which is good but it may not be that good enough to last longer thanks to the meaty display and powerful CPU packed inside this phablet.