Samsung's Galaxy S III has arrived, and pundits are, as always, wondering if this one is an "iPhone killer." Though the GS3 would certainly beat the iPhone in a fight (it has a huge size advantage!), we're not so sure about the sales numbers -- a huge Cult of iPhone probably guarantees the continued dominance of Apple's signature smartphone as the best-selling single device, at least in America.
But which phone should you opt for? If you're looking to buy a phone in the next month or so, and you want a high-powered smartphone with impressive specs -- which one should you go for? We're lining up four of the most robust smartphones available -- the iPhone 4S, the Galaxy S III, HTC's One X, and the Google-Samsung collabo Galaxy Nexus -- against each other in a battle of the specs to give you a clearer picture.
|Apple iPhone 4S||Samsung Galaxy S III||Google Galaxy Nexus||HTC One X|
|Network||3G (HSPA+)||4G LTE||4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Display||3.5 inch Retina display, 960-by-640 pixels||4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED, 1280x720||4.65-inch Super AMOLED, 1280x720||4.7 inch, Super LCD2, 1280x720|
|Weight||140 grams||133 grams||135 grams||130 grams|
|Operating System||iOS 5||Android 4.0 with TouchWiz||Android 4.0||Android 4.0 with HTC Sense|
|Front Camera||VGA (less than 1 megapixel)||2 megapixels||1.3 megapixels||1.3 megapixels|
|Rear Camera||8 megapixels with LED flash||8 megapixels with LED flash||5 megapixels, LED flash||8 megapixels, LED Flash|
|Camera Features||Touch-to-focus, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR||Touch-to-focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, burst photography with best photo selection, share with friends via face recognition||Touch-to-focus-geo-tagging, face detection, zero shutter lag||Simultaneous video and still, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, burst photography with best photo selection|
|Storage/Memory||16/32/64GB, 512MB RAM||16/32/62GB, 1GB RAM||16/32GB, 1GB RAM||16GB, 1GB RAM|
|Talk Time*||7 hours, 41 minutes||Unknown||8 hours, 23 minutes||9 hours, 57 minutes|
|Web Browsing Time*||6 hours, 56 minutes||Unknown||3 hours, 1 minute||4 hours, 18 minutes|
|SD Card Slot||No||Yes (up to 64GB)||No||No|
|Killer Feature||Siri, natural language voice assistant||S Voice voice commands, eye recognition||Face Unlock||Beats Audio integration|
|Price||9 on contract (16GB storage)||Unknown||9 on contract (16GB)||9 on contract (16GB)|
|Carriers||AT&T, Verizon, Sprint||Unknown (rumored Verizon, Sprint)||Verizon/Sprint||AT&T|
A couple footnotes:
- Talk time and web browsing time are both taken from tests conduced by mobile website gsmarena. You can view those results here.
- We didn't include processors, as we're still not sure what kind of processor the American version of the Galaxy S III will have. The iPhone 4S, Galaxy Nexus, and HTC One X (AT&T version) all pack dual-core processors; the international version of the Galaxy S III has a quad-core processor, though it's been rumored that the American version will be dual-core. You can see how the Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X and iPhone 4S match up against one another here. The quad-core version of Galaxy S III has been tested here.