Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Motorola DROID RAZR HD

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Motorola DROID RAZR HD Apple iPhone 54 204x300Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Motorola DROID RAZR HD, all of the said smartphones are currently in the list of fastest mobile phones ever built, however, it would really be interesting to see where do these smartphones stand when compared to each other.

Design And Bodybuild

Apple iPhone 5 is a little taller and slimmer than the current iPhone 4S, it has a few minor design changes and a new Aluminum back cover instead of glass which we have seen before. An Aluminum back cover ensures durability and better signal perception.

Samsung Galaxy S3 is a little thicker and is noticeably taller and wider than the iPhone 5, however unlike the former, the S3 is made completely of plastic and at some point you might wonder if the phone is too plasticky or not.

Motorola DROID RAZR HD on the other hand has a Kevlar back cover(yes the same material Batman uses) and has about the same dimensions as the Samsung Galaxy S3. However, the diamond stripes at the back of the phone make the phone a real eye candy.


The Apple iPhone 5 now comes with a larger 4 inch display as opposed to the 3.5 inch displays of the earlier iPhones. The screen is equipped with retina display technology and has a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels and 326 ppi pixel density.

Samsung Galaxy S3 features a monstrous display of 4.8 inches which is larger than most of the phones available in the marker. The Super AMOLED display of S3 has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and nearly 306 ppi pixel density.

As for Motorola DROID RAZR HD, it sports a 4.7 inch display which is also Super Amoled and comes with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and 312 ppi pixel density.


The Apple iPhone 5 sports an Apple A6 processor making it the fastest iPhone ever. As a matter of fact, Apple claims that the Apple A6 processor is twice faster than the processor of iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S.

Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in two flavors, one is the international version which sports a Exynos 4412 Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 processor while the other one is the US 4G LTE compatible version which has a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor.

Motorola DROID RAZR HD, on the other hand has been confirmed to have a Dual-core 1.5 GHz beating inside it.


Just like its predecessor, the Apple iPhone 5 also comes with 16/32/64 GB of internal storage and 1 GB RAM and just like any other Apple product, there is no support for microSD cards in iPhone 5 too.

Samsung Galaxy S3 is also available with 16/32/64 GB storage however, with support for microSD cards(up to 64 GB) and a RAM of 1 GB(US version) and 2GB( international version), it definitely has an upper hand.

As for Motorola DROID RAZR HD, it was a little disappointing that such a nice phone has only 12GB of internal memory and support for microSD card for only up to 32 GB. However, it does have 1 GB RAM which is more than enough.

Other Tech Specs

Apart from the tech specs discussed above, the Apple iPhone 5 also have 3G/4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth v4.0, 8MP rear and 1.2 MP front camera, Li-Po 1440 mAh battery and iOS 6 right out of the box.

Samsung Galaxy S3 features 3G/4G LTE connectivity, NFC, Bluetooth v4.0, 8MP rear and 1.9 MP front camera, Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box.

Motorola DROID RAZR HD is also having similar tech specs with 3G/4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth v4.0, 8MP rear and 1.3 MP front camera, Li-Ion 2530 mAh battery and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box.


As already told earlier, Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Motorola DROID RAZR HD, all are considered among the fastest smartphones available in the US, however, when it comes to buying we would definitely prefer you to choose Samsung Galaxy S3 over all these phones and there are many reasons to support that for instance NFC support, in case of international version Quad core processor, better internal memory and microSD card support, better front camera, bigger and better screen, and the list goes on.

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  1. Will

    Bigger and ‘better’ screen eh? Bigger screens . Bigger specs . That’s all android is about. iPhone 5 has been tested faster then the S III even though the S III has a ‘quad core ‘ processor and more memory. The screen on the plastic Galaxy is way dimmer then the iPhone 5 and not as much resolution.

    • Ben

      The resolution on the iPhone 5 is 1136 x 640, while the S3 has a resolution of 1280 x720. Not sure what you meant by ‘not as much resolution. The upcoming Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has actually been tested to be faster than iOS 6. Make sure you know what you’re talking about.

      • Andy

        I think he meant better resolution by ppi (pixels per inch)

        And as of right now there is no phone faster than the iPhone 5. The only thing that comes close is the Xolo. This is not my personal opinion, just look up some benchmark tests on geek bench or sun spider.

    • dellftw225

      I agree with you. For me, the s3′s screen is too big. I like the iphone for easy usability. i have also seen videos where iphone is faster than the s3. The galaxy needs the quad core 2 gig ram etc, otherwise it would lag. The iphone has a very efficient operating system and is durable.

    • sam

      The resolution difference is minor, I don’t remember the last time I really looked deeply into my phone to see the pixels and the dimness does not seem to cause any problems at all. (I switched from 4S to S3 Int. and I’m actually getting the Razr HD)

      You seem to forget the functionality of a Quad Core. Quad core means that you have 4 proccessors working on multiple tasks the phone is running (multitasking is something even the Iphone 5 has yet to implement). So when you run tons of tasks, these tasks are evenly distributed through these four processors. On a dual-core, you spread these proccesses to two proccessors, therefore, putting much more workload per processor. Since the Iphone 5 is 1.5 Ghz and the S III Quad Core version is 1.4 Ghz, yes the Iphone is faster when you run one process. But when was the last time your phone ran one process? On average you have 30-40 something processes running on your phone. So with higher RAM and a Quad-Core structure, SIII will indubitably win in conventional cases. My brother just got his Iphone 5 and trust me, he regrets trading his RAZR MAXX for it.

      • leigh

        do you play games while watching movies on your phone?
        or surf the internet while while posting your photos at Facebook?

        i prefer faster single process than slower multi process (which i really don’t need).

        “run tons of tasks”…. really?

        • Tiozao

          Do you sync email while playing games? Do your facebook app look for notifications? Your phone do a lot of other things in background and more cores can make it faster

        • Chris

          I know I play music on my phone while playing games or using Facebook. So I have no idea who only uses a single process at a time.

  2. Ahmed Al Wakeel

    Galaxy S3 is far better the iPhone 5

    • Drifter

      Ahmed..I take it you own a Galaxy S3…

  3. Julian

    I enjoy hearing that the new iPhone screen is the perfect size. The rest are too large. I seem to remember the same argument used about the previous 3.5 screen. When the iPhone 7 comes out with a 4.8 inch screen, I am sure it will be the perfect sized screen once again. Remember when Steve Jobs called anything larger than 3.5 a TV and nobody wanted a larger screen.

  4. LilVivi

    Just so you ignorant people know, with new games coming out as soon as you say “gaming”, you tend to ask multiple core supported games meaning a 4 core optimized game can use up to OMG 4 processing cores (and usually 1-3 graphics cores) eventually (with the droid razr i maybe) expect to see multiple threaded cores so then you can get 4 cores acting as 8 cores with a single core gpu to optimize performance (hyperthreading greatly increases the efficiency of demanding processes.

  5. jose

    Galaxy is still better then iPhone5 no matter what ppl say!!! Apple just what’s to rip off ppl and everyone’s falling for it lol

  6. FedEx

    LOL Apple fanboys by the time I’m finished here you’ll be on to Oranges.
    The iPhone5 is good but good isn’t enough in this era and does not even compare a whisker to the GS3.
    Just to clear this up – people here are saying the iPhone 5 is faster?
    It has a faster GPU with quicker web browsing but in terms of raw CPU power the GS3 is gazillion miles ahead. If you have the nerve to talk about benchmarks then take a look at other comparisons made in terms of CPU.
    I’ve seen people say that the iPhone 5 is faster?

    Sadly it doesn’t end here Apple Fboys’.
    The GS3 has larger int. memory and a SD slot. For those who think a memory card slot isn’t needed well tell that to the Media/Business freaks. Having a SD slot is an advantage for heavy users or those who want to be able to move cards instead of sending mass-files over.
    GS3 has a larger and superior screen. The iPhone is brighter with better sun leglibility but that aside the GS3 thumps it with the extra size, better viewing angles and accurate colours. It’s BIG and BIG for a reason – viewing videos/galleries/web or playing games/opening business documents is a treat on the GS3.
    The GS3 unlike the iPhone has removable and upgradeable battery. You can change the batteries for spare ones or incase you want a higher powered battery you can upgrade it.
    The iPhone’s battery can’t be removed – major disadvantage.
    And this is just the beginning – the GS3 has a far superior speaker in terms of voice/ringtone and even Pink (Measured in DB). As GSM said the iPhone 5 speaker is rather average whilst the GS3 is a strong performer. Who wants a quiet phone? GS3 all the way.
    Lets not forget the the iPhone lacks Java/Flash support which the GS3 has had since the beggining. The iPhone’s bluetooth is poor and can only send to other iPhone’s. That is bitter and pathetic as the GS3 like any other decent device can bluetooth with any other phone.
    The GS3 has mass-storage USB support which is useful and not to mention the USB connection to hardware a nice little thing on the GS3. Shame on the iPhone.
    Talking about shame, the GS3 has far better Map service which puts the iPhone’s ridiculous Maps to shame – this is major as many are starting to use smart phones as a GPS service.
    Aside from general performance the GS3 has originality and something different.
    The organic theme and the new Smart talk, Direct talk and Smart alert are great features which allows the phone to do many cool little things like sensing your face and keeping the phone’s display on or sensing you’re arrival and flashing to alert you of miss calls or switching from a message to a call if you put it next to your face and so on and on. The GS3 also has a pop-up video player which allows you to watch videos whilst surfing the net/sending messages etc simulatenously.
    The iPhone doesn’t even have a built in radio – hello?
    And with the new Jelly Bean update GS3 will get Google Now which according to some will be better then Apple’s Siri – another shame.
    Please don’t even get me started on the new Motorola.
    They’re hardly the best phones but I’ll admit it looks impressive but won’t judge until it’s release and read a review on it.

    • Jesse

      Enough Said…!!!
      BTW I got the Razr Maxx HD. :)

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