Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S3, its flagship smartphone in May to compete with Android dominators in the smartphone arena and of course the upcoming iPhone. The handset made heads turn with its massive display and exclusive software features including S Beam, S Voice and more.
As the iPhone 5 is not yet launched, the iPhone 4S, which was launched in October 2011 is currently the apt rival to the Galaxy S3. Reason being, when launched, Samsung Galaxy S3 became the most pre-ordered gadget in history at 9 million, beating the iPhone 4S's 9 million, when it was released back in 2011. The big question here is: Is it the South Korean tech giant's latest offering to the smartphone world, the biggest threat to Apple's domination?
Drag Race Scratch Test
Lately, the Galaxy S3 has went through several tests including hammer and drop tests, which has already been reported by Gizbot. However, now, a Samsung Galaxy fan website, APerfectGalaxy.com, has uploaded a video of “Drag Race Scratch Test between Samsung Galaxy S3 an iPhone 4S” to YouTube.
As the name implies, it is an unsual test, when the uploaded has tied both the smartphones to the back of a vehicle with their faces down. Moving forward, the video shows the vehicle driving and scratching the smartphones on the concrete.
Relatively, APerfectGalaxy has claimed that according to the the drag test, Galaxy S3 appears to resist the scratching attempts made in this ultimate Drag Race Scratch Test, however iPhone 4S failed. Watch the video and see yourself, if it is fake or real. In the meantime, here is a head-to-head comparison of both the handsets, depending on other specs and features.
Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4S – Specs Comparison
Form Factor: The Galaxy S3 measures 8.6mm in thickness and 133 grams in weight, indicating that is lighter and thinner when compared to iPhone 4S that measures 9.3mm and 140 grams.
When speaking about the display, the Galaxy S3 it has a larger screen of 4.8-inch and display resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. However, S3 has a pixel density of 330 ppi which is marginally lower than the iPhone 4S's 306 ppi. Both displays are protected by Corning's Gorilla display but use different display technology. The iPhone 4S uses an IPS LCD while the S3 uses a PenTile OLED.
Operating System: When it comes to the operating system, Galaxy S3 runs on the Android 4.0.4 ICS OS while iPhone 4S runs on iOS 5.1.1, two distinct and completely different platforms.
Processor: Both the smartphones are based on ARM Cortex A9 chipset, but the Exynos 4412 processor in Galaxy S3 is a quad core chip, which run nearly twice as fast (4x1.4GHz vs 2x800MHz) compared to the Apple A5.
Talking about the GPU, the S3 uses the Mali-400/MP4 which thoroughly outclasses the PowerVR SGX543MP2 in the A5.
Camera: Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4S, both have 8 megapixel sensors and have front facing cameras (VGA for the iPhone 4S and two megapixel for the S3). Also, both heavyweights can record full HD footage. In theory, both handsets have similar photographic capabilities and only when the S3 is launched will we be able to assess its true value.
Battery: iPhone 4S is loaded with a 1432 mAh battery offering a talktime of 8 hours while Galaxy S3 sports a 2100 mAh battery with a talktime of 10.5 hours approximately.