Specs Showdown: Galaxy Note 3 vs. iPhone 5S

Specs Showdown: Galaxy Note 3 vs. iPhone 5S

Source: PhoneArena

This is a Guest Post by Jared Jaureguy

Having the newest, best phone is very important these days. We do a lot of work on our phones, communicate and stay in touch with current events. The next time you’re walking on a busy sidewalk, take a moment to look and see how many people are using their cell phone, and you’ll be very surprised. There are phones that better fit your needs, and others that wouldn’t work for you. Let’s take a look at two of the hottest phones on the market, the Galaxy Note 3 and the iPhone 5S.


Galaxy Note 3: 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm

iPhone 5S: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

As you can see, the Galaxy note isn’t much thicker than the iPhone, but the height and width of the phone are much larger than that of the iPhone. The iPhone is much more portable, but there are benefits to having a larger phone, too.


Galaxy Note 3: 5.7 inches

iPhone 5S: 4.0 inches

One of the biggest benefits of having a larger phone, is the larger screen. The new Galaxy Note 3 has a much larger screen than the iPhone, making it easy to navigate, use and see. It’s not as easy to carry around as the iPhone, but the screen makes it very user friendly.


Galaxy Note 3: 1920 x 1080 pixels (~ 386 ppi pixel density)

iPhone 5S: 1136 x 640 (~ 326 ppi pixel density)

Not only is the Galaxy Note 3’s screen bigger, but the picture is much clearer and easier on the eyes. Watching HD videos on the Galaxy Note 3 would be a much easier and better experience, than watching on the iPhone. Don’t misunderstand, the iPhone 5S’ resolution isn’t horrible, the Galaxy Note 3’s is just really, really good.


Galaxy Note 3: 168 grams

iPhone 5S: 112 grams

The Galaxy Note 3 is quite a bit heavier than the iPhone 5S. This is a price that you pay when you get a phone with a large screen and dimensions. The iPhone’s portability is a very attractive feature to many users. If portability isn’t high on your priority list, the Note 3 could be a good fit for you.


Galaxy Note 3: Faux leather, comes in black, pink or white

iPhone 5S: Aluminum, comes in silver, gold or space gray

The iPhone feels like a normal smartphone. It’s harder and has a durable feeling to it. The Note 3 has a very high end, leather feel to it. The back of the phone is covered in a leatherlike material, and it looks pretty sleek. There is no way to tell which is better. This is just personal preference.


Galaxy Note 3: Quad-core 2.3 GHz Adreno 330 GPU (LTE) or Octa-core 1.9 GHz Quad + 1.3 GHz Quad (3G)

iPhone 5S: Apple A7 64-bit chip (Speed unknown)

Apple has made large strides to make their processor’s faster. They even claim that the new A7 if up to 40 times faster than the old iPhone processors. The Galaxy Note 3’s processor is also top notch. It’s very fast, very smooth and you can tell that it took a lot of work for things to run perfectly.


Galaxy Note 3: 3 GB

iPhone 5S: Unknown

The Galaxy’s 3 gigabytes of RAM make it the largest on the smartphone market at the moment. It makes it very useful to run large apps and keep multiple apps open at the same time. Apple hasn’t been specific on the RAM of the iPhone, but many people expect it to be around one gigabyte.

Internal Memory

Galaxy Note 3: 32/64 GB

iPhone 5S; 16/32/64 GB

The iPhone gives its users some variety as to how much money they want to spend and how much internal memory they’ll have. Apple doesn’t, however, have any room for a memory card. The Galaxy Note 3 has less options of internal memory, but there are card slots for you to have some external memory.


Galaxy Note 3: 13 megapixels, dual camera, single LED flash

iPhone 5S: 8 megapixels, TrueTone dual LED flash

The Note 3’s camera sports more megapixels and has a neat feature where you can use the front and rear camera’s at the same time. The iPhone 5S has a better flash for capturing skin tones, though. Both phones have good features for photo editing.

There is no phone that has everyone’s best interest in mind. Before you go to buy a new phone, make sure that you study up and find out which phone is best for you. Getting locked into a cell-phone contract with the wrong phone can be a terrible experience. Get the phone that will work best for your personal needs.

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