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We've seen Wirefly Schmackdowns before, but we've never seen one like this. Under normal circumstances, we watch them compare two high-end Android phones. Today, however, they've put mortal enemies in the ring for a fight to the death: the GSIII and the iPhone 5. Oh snap.

They compare the size, weight, display, hardware guts, and software, ultimately calling a winner at the end. Honestly, we're not surprised at how it turns out, but you won't find any spoilers here. Hit play and watch for yourself.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1534593949 Vinny Tuzeo

    clear winner!

  • Aku

    Thought flash was dead?

    • JordanMcRae

      For new downloads yes, and for Android 4.1+

      • Dinofan01

        You can still sideload the apk.

    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      It still works, you just have to find and install the apk yourself.

    • Deltaechoe

      Works just fine, it's going to be a problem once someone finds a way to exploit it though

  • http://twitter.com/Just_Reboot Josh Ciesla

    He needs an update; he's talking about Flash compatibility as a leg-up Android has on the iPhone. As far as I know, Flash only continues to work on Android if you use unconventional means to install it.

    • spydie

      flash is installed automatically, you don't have to go look for something, but it depends on the browser. Chrome doesn't support it, but the browser that comes with the phone does, as do most other browsers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jared.klinensky Jared Kline

      What? I have the galaxy s3, installed flash from the play store, and have not had any issues. What issues have you heard about or seen?

      • setspeed

        You must've had Flash before on a previous device (as most current Android owners do/have). A person new to the Android ecosystem now would not get offered Flash on the Play Store, so any iPhone switcher wouldn't benefit from it.

    • thisguyGS3

      flash is compatible with everything up to jelly bean. jelly bean on it will no longer be supported. Like the nexus 7, which is JB, i had to side load it on with a supported browser other than chrome. but flash plays well with the Gs3.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vanhouse David VanHouse

    BAORD

  • http://twitter.com/spdivr1122 Stephen

    remove that task killer, stat. also, WOW a non biased review. lastly, HAHAHAHA 1440 mah battery on the iphone5? thats NOT gonna cut it on lte. cant wait for complaints.

    • http://profiles.google.com/patrickscott52 Patrick Scott

      Friend of mine picked up the S III, 2 days later I'm checking it out and she's got Advanced Task Killer installed ("because a friend told me that I needed it"). Le Sigh. I'm pretty sure they haven't been "needed" on any phone since 1.6, they're basically malware at this point.

    • New_Guy

      There will not likely be battery issues with the 5. The phone only has one radio and the OS practically doesn't do anything in the background. That single radio is also one reason for the cut in weight. The problem is the phone cannot do simultaneous voice and data except on AT&T (HSPA speeds). The other issue with iOS is...well...it's iOS and is as stale as month old bread.

  • http://twitter.com/briansim Brian Sim

    so many typos...

    • Rob

      Right? RETNIA? (o_O)

  • Ryan Stuckmaier

    Why oh why does he have Advanced Task Killer installed on the GSIII?
    Also, even when it's 1GHz you still say the "z."

    • http://profiles.google.com/patrickscott52 Patrick Scott

      It also concerned me when he was talking about flash as a benefit for the S III when flash is no longer supported on any mobile platform.

      • moorecha

        It still works great even if it isn't "supported"

      • Kevin Swaney

        That doesn't mean that the development community isn't going to support it. Go ahead and add that as another benefit for android. Lots of websites still use flash and I love being able to view any website I want the way it was intended by the designer.

        • New_Guy

          Don't forget that there are also web browser that still support it on Android like Chrome and SkyFire.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jamalsid Jamie Sidford

            Chrome on android doesn't support flash FYI

          • New_Guy

            Hmmm. Interesting. Running a fully stock Jelly Bean TF300 where neither the stock browser or Dolphin loads any flash videos or content. Chrome, and on the other hand, does jus fine.

          • Kevin Matthews

            you'll probably find it must be html5, chrome has never supported flash

      • Asphyx

        Actually Flash Support has been dropped only for Jelly Bean but is still supported for ICS. And just because it does not show up in the Marketplace for Jelly Bean users anymore you can still sideload it and get flash without any problems.
        This is where an App like Titanium Backup comes in handy!

      • Damen

        by "other" do you mean apple IOS? lol. The only mobile platform out there is Android, IOS and Windows (yes, I don't consider Blackberry a competitor anymore and I believe there's support Flash, correct me if I'm wrong). There are still millions of sites out there using Flash if not at least a Flash applet of some sort. So we can't write it off that quickly yet. :)

    • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

      I also have it installed. Why not? I want to control what runs.

      • Dark_sado

        There is a built in task manager just press and hold the home key

        • http://www.facebook.com/duckofdeath Hans Pedersen

          Yeah, the Samsung task manager is actually really nice. Something I really miss on other Android devices.

        • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

          I know but this one is better and consumes less RAM.

      • ProductFRED

        It doesn't do anything. You have no understanding of how Linux works. Free RAM is wasted RAM. Just because an app is shown as "running" doesn't mean it's actually running.

    • Ian Santopietro

      Did he say Gigahert?

      %facepalm

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.avery.376 Michael Avery

    Finally an unbiased un-Applefanboy review of the two phones side by side! I'm personally not an iOS fan at all, and I believe Android provides a richer user experience, and has grown tremendously since the Donut days. ICS and now Jellybean are Android all grown up, a real power house mobile OS that allows true multitasking and infinite user customizability. Something you still cannot get with iOS 6. I'm with you Cameron Samsung Galaxy S III FTW!!!

  • yarrellray

    Best all around entertainment device is the Galaxy S3.

  • Jeff Feely

    T-T-T-The Hands... they are talking to me!
    Seriously though, It bugs me when reviewers get things wrong. If you are in the position to influence people the way he is, you should do a little fact checking. The SIII comes in 16GB capacity as well. It is advertised as coming with a full-featured flash compatible browser, but that needs to stop being a selling point as of about a year ago.

    • New_Guy

      Not really. Flash downloader allows you to flash the latest update. Chrome seems to support flash content still as well. It's not dead, just no longer officially supported by Adobe.

      • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

        Chrome has flash capabilities? I thought they never added it...

      • fixxmyhead

        bro ur way off chrome NEVER supported flash not even with the flash apk sideloaded. i always see the grey box with the puzzle piece when im on a flash site. what i think u meant was that google no longer supported flash in JB but u could sideload the apk to work witht the default browser

        • New_Guy

          Bro...Chrome is the only browser on my TF300 that does NOT grey box everything. It's literally the ONLY reason I have it on the tablet at all because it's the only one I can play embeded videos on that are not connected to YouTube...It's also the slowest of all the browsers I use because it loads every single banner and video on every website I visit. I don't know what Chrome is 'supposed' to and 'not supposed' to do. All I know is that it works on mine. Running stock JB 4.1.1 by the way...

          • fixxmyhead

            mhhh.... maybe what it loads is not flash but html. also dolphin does load up flash i have it on my N7 and it works fine but yea chrome is slow dolphin is better. when i try to view 'adult content' with chrome i get the "this needs a plugin" message with the puzzle piece.

          • UniBroW

            That's HTML5 content, not adobe flash. Adobe Flash DOES NOT WORK with Android's Chrome browser. If you uninstall Flash, it will work just the same. In fact, if you uninstall Flash HTML5 content will populate in the default browser and Dolphin instead of flash content.

  • Jeremy626

    this is a weak one. pocketnow's was much better.

    • Alec Smith

      I agree. The review video above was sucky. Android police won't show he pocket now video comparison because even though their reviewer was also unbiased, the iPhone 5 came out looking better.

  • Rakesh

    Why would he compare the S3 dual core device? Mine is quad core.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rmourar Ricardo Moura Rocha

      Because apparently he's comparing Verizon devices...

      • Rakesh

        Ah.. Ok. Should have noticed that. Also, not sure about others, but i use the S3 with one hand.. Although some people would like using both hands, it definitely can't be termed as a two hand device.

        • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

          Yeah I agree, I use the Galaxy Note, and yes that is pretty much a two handed device, it can be used with one hand with a bit of a stretch. Also it can be set up to have right/left handed texting and with thoughtful placement of icons, you'll find you don't need to use the opposite side so often. Holding my friend's iPhone 4 or even a Galaxy (1) feels so tiny now, it's actually difficult to use.

          • Greg Bissell

            I can swype with 1 hand 100x faster than anyone can type on an Iphone with 1 or 2 hands. I also can change my keyboard which you can't on the Isheep Phone

    • IPHONE what ever for ever

      My SIII has a 16 core xeon with a 55" screen and a small nuclear reactor to power it all day... I've had to alter my pocket to fit it.....
      BTW it does get a little warm..

      • KB26

        I lost my iphone 5 in my pocket due to its small size.... darnit

  • Gary Brinkman

    I lost all respect for anything he had to say after saying you can get a verizon S3 with 32 or 64GB of memory. You would think if he was touting specs he would at least verify them.

  • io53

    He will not be amused when JellyBean come to the SIII seeing as he likes the poor and slow piece of software they ironically call Flash.

    • Greg Bissell

      Iphone 5 has a 640p screen LMAO. Maybe for the Iphone 9 they will finally get an HD screen. LMAO! The next 5 or 6 versions of the Iphone are going to come with this small ass 4" NON-HD screen. No wonder Android has 70% of the market and Apple only has 28% LMFAO

      • IPHONE what ever for ever

        are you kidding... LMFAO at your laptop sized fone. It's a phone, fit it in your pocket. call people. You idiots will carry a 10 pound brick if it had a "nice big screen"
        idiots

      • Mr me

        Why are you comparing a phone with an operatingsystem? And why would the iPhone need more pixels when it got higher pixel deity than the eye can see?.. I bet you're a Windows user.

  • Steve

    You can't swype on the iPhone 5.

    • IPHONE what ever for ever

      don't have to...

      • http://www.facebook.com/duckofdeath Hans Pedersen

        Swype the best and safest way for one-hand typing, as you're actually holding on to your phone with your thumb while typing.

      • fixxmyhead

        werent they highlighting the one 'handedness' in the keynote so swype would be perfect

        u guys never want to admit when ur wrong

      • IPHONE what ever for ever

        Once again you miss the point. I will spell it out.
        Hold the wide screen you call a phone in you right hand.
        Now try doing anything in the top left corn of the screen.
        One hand, get it

        • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

          I don't get it, I can do it just fine... did Apple tell you that you're holding it wrong again??

          • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

            Boom! I never understood their argument there. I can reach the top left corner with just my right hand on my 4.65in Galaxy Nexus screen just fine. And I am by no means, a giant.

          • Damen

            LOL, nice one, two points for Andres Schmois!

            I got the big screen because I wanted the big screen, I've customized my Android so I don't have to pull down the notification bar, there's an app for that haha.. Also, when I had my Iphone I hardly pulled down the notification bar, found it more annoying then useful I prefer to slide the dock bar with all my widgets at the bottom, much faster, at least I have the option to customize so that I can work more efficiently, CHOICE man, CHOICE!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1026883350 Pam Tucker

          How's that navigation thing working for ya? Are you having trouble getting back to your own house?

      • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

        you also don't have to have control over every inch of your phone, so your argument is invalid...

        • IPHONE what ever for ever s

          Ok while typing pull down your wonderful notification bar.

          • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

            what's next? do you want me to cartwheel while typing?

          • Al McDowall

            @iphonewhateverforever:disqus
            Just to let you know, I can also do this (and I don't have huge huge hands) but I don't need to. I have Apex Launcher running, which is an alternative UI (very similar to stock Android, but with extra options)

            I have set it so that swiping down the screen shows my notification bar, so even if I start in the center of the screen and swipe down, it will still show. I have swipe up for the App drawer.

            Having said this, a big screen is not for everyone, it's a matter of personal choice. However it doesn't stop me using my phone.

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

    The iPhone 5 is one sexy piece of hardware coming from a purely visual, build quality perspective. But iOS kills it for me. It's a borderline ancient OS when compared to Jellybean or even WP8. I know it's a tired joke that iOS is basically just Android's app drawer, but it's still completely accurate. As Android becomes more and more polished and user-friendly, it'll continue to eat away at iOS's market share.

    • New_Guy

      The iPhone 5 looks pretty, but it feels terrible in the hand. The edges feel sharp as hell and still feels fragile. And although it's technically 'lighter' than before, it feels heavy for its size. Aesthetically, it's one of the most uncomfortable phones I've ever held.

      • thisguyGS3

        i cant agree with you more. I have the Gs3, my buddies have some iphone 4s. iphones are ok with a case on, but without the case, they are soo uncomfortable to hold after being used to the Gs3. The corners and edges are alittle too squared and pointy.

        • Jon Booth

          Oh but don't forget that ugly design with rounded corners won them a billion dollars because it was revolutionary design! Like, none of us has ever seen a deck of cards, nor a Palm or Windows Mobile device (touch screens), or hand-held video or audio player. ALL examples of tech that was in exisitence long BEFORE Apple had their "epiphany" and created the phone that changed the world - yeah right! Since when is being an INTEGRATOR suddenly represent being an INNOVATOR?? I guess when a rules committee changes the rules in a game they should get the full credit for CREATING the game - right?!? That would be Apple logic in action. Or is it very fast Apple patent attorneys who race down to the patent office to file claims on other people's tech?!?! I can't choose which it is in Apple's case. Or maybe both!! The fact of the matter is I owned Palm and Windows phones that did what the iPhone did/does before the iPhone was introduced. Period!

      • Greg Bissell

        I dont think it looks that good. It looks like a little toy and the homescreen is disgusting. It looks like some retarded PC user who throws a bunch of icons on their homescreen.

        • New_Guy

          I was actually refering to the phone's form factor. But, I see where yo're coming from. It's odd how the interface is all woodgrained and organic, yet the phone is a sharp piece of glass. complete mis-match.

  • Hatyrei

    iSheep got iLost: :p
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... ,.

  • Andrew

    What frustrates me about Samsung is that - despite the fact that they make the best screens in the world - they don't put their best screens in their own phones, but in their competitors. It's completely ridiculous. You only need to look at the pitiful resolution of the new Note as an example.

    • http://www.facebook.com/baldilocks73 Steve Hartsock

      Nothing wrong with the screen on the Note. Apparently you need to look at one.

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    Very precise and clear review!

  • MoogleStiltzkin

    Your Samsung Verizon model is not the best Samsung Galaxy S III variant phone.

    You should compare the latest Samsung Galaxy S III I9305 International version VERSUS the Iphone 5.

    It will be out very soon.

    http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9305_galaxy_s_iii-5001.php

    • Jon Booth

      Excellent and valid points!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

    Can I just ask why everyone is talking about Flash like it shouldn't have even been considered as a bonus to the S3? Isn't Android all about being customizable and having options? I can't see why it isn't a bonus to give users the Flash option rather than just give them a big fat no.

  • IPHONE what ever for ever

    really...
    Flash?
    is it a dual or quad core?
    does it have 1GB or 2?
    is it a phone or a widescreen tv?
    really...
    you can't even figure out what you have
    or is it they need to keep pumping up the spec's, that is all they have

    • Greg Bissell

      Iphone has a small ASS non-HD screen and a dual core CPU with 1GB of RAM. Its Maps doesnt work, Siri is crap compared to Google Now. You can't customize ANYTHING. It doesn't do millions of colors for the LED Light. You can't even do email attachments except for video and pics LOL!

  • https://twitter.com/SoFloEasycore SoFloEasycore

    It bothers me how he mentions that he likes Android's widgets (and mentions that they use up battery) and yet the only widget seen in the video is the Google Search bar. At least have a clock or weather widget on there! It's a major difference between Android and iOS and should have been demonstrated in the video.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

    When I buy one of those fan-based objects for tv shows and they weigh nothing, I hate it. But when they have a hefty weight, they feel like the real thing. Why is it that everyone wants lighter phones? They are perfect the way they are now, any lighter and soon the wind will be able to blow them off the table...

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    Yes let's make generalizations about battery life not based on your actual usage.

  • neopanther

    How did all these damn itrolls get in here? Desperation looks good on you.

  • Jon Booth

    Trying to explain specs to Apple fanboys is like trying to debate religion with a cult member. It's a blind loyalty folks, so don't bother. I have said it for years, an Apple user can only operate Apple tech. But an non-Apple tech user can operate EVERYTHING including Apple devices. Want to have fun with them? The next time they have a challenge with their iWhatever device and ask YOU, a real technology user, how to do it just tell them you know nothing about operating an Apple device. It really throws them for a loop. They are convinced that Apple devices can do everything and are simple to operate so everyone MUST know how to use them. They look at you like a 5 yr old you just asked to explain the theory of relativity! It's hysterical to see!!
    I also just love seeing their pathetic asses in line for the latest overpriced do-dad, or something or other. It's not new (hasn't been for years) or innovative it's just Apple fleecing the masses. These people have more money than brains when it comes to purchasing options and if they like walls (as in gardens) they can have them. Just don't blather on about how Apple crap is the Alpha and Omega in technology - it isn't.
    I have forgotten more about tech (in my 30+ years working in tech) than the average fanboy knows. Just give them 5 minutes and they will prove me right on this and many other issues. Apple is a gadget maker pretending to be a computer/software company. Their bank account is due to brilliant marketing and foolish users that far and away over pay for everything. Want to argue the point? Why did Apple just settle on the ebook price fixing scandal???? They were guilty! Why? Because they didn't have the same blind loyalty in publishing so they tried to fleece their masses in another way - sad but true fanboys. Wake up, save your money, and put it to better use - like saving the planet instead of propining up the Cupertino Gestapo!
    Gestapo definition for the kiddies: a secret-police organization employing underhanded and terrorist methods against persons suspected of disloyalty

  • Teamandroidtiff

    Which is more root friendly?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1026883350 Pam Tucker

    Love SIII. Excellent comparison.