iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S3: Which smartphone is better for surfing the Web?

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Both phones are really good at what they do. And they each have great displays, but which is better suited for browsing the web?  According to a recent study, 55% of users who own a smartphone, use their smartphone to surf the web (http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Cell-Internet-Use-2012/Key-Findings.aspx) .   The following compares the crucial features that come into play that determine which phone is the best for surfing the web.

DISPLAY: The Galaxy S3’s 4.8 inch screen (1280 x 720 resolution) wins in the real estate category vs. the iPhone 5’s screen size of 4 Inches (1136 x 640 resolution),  which is bigger than previous iPhones but no match for the Galaxy’s size. The iPhone 5’s Retina display does make the images more pristine.  But if you’re into reading more vs. looking at high resolution pictures there would be little difference noticed.

SPEED: Nothing seems to perform fast enough in this day and age.  So speed, or processor in tech terms, is important for processing the HTML5 and CSS3 (code used to create web pages) content served up by the Web Servers.  Both phones are no slouch in this category. The iPhone 5’s new Apple A6 processor is one of the fastest performing processors available, well that is if you don’t compare it to the GS3. The GS3 has a faster 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor which multitasks better.  But for the average consumer, you are not going to notice the difference.

Besides the phones processing power required to make your web surfing experience quick as it should be; the phones need to be able to run on 4G LTE network.  They both do in this case, but make sure you’re in one of the limited areas of 4G LTE coverage.  Good news for Verizon folks is 4G LTE covers 75% of the U.S. population already and should cover the same areas as does the current 3G network by the end of 2013 (http://network4g.verizonwireless.com/#/coverage )


One of the things you must do while surfing the web is, of course type so the virtual keyboard comes into play. In this case the iPhone 5’s smaller keyboard is not as easy to use as the larger keyboard the Galaxy S3 has.  Of course you can always obtain a slick external Bluetooth keyboard like this one which makes the keyboard issue a non-issue (http://www.logitech.com/en-us/keyboards/keyboards/bluetooth-illuminated-keyboard-k810?wt.ac=ps|10519|k810|hp) .  The other option is to say what you want.  In this case both SIRI (iPhone 5) & S VOICE (GS3) have the ability to listen to your commands and surf the web for you without having to type anything.  They do assist for the most part but for exact addresses or typing in more than a few words they may not be the solution. Both will not be perfect and you will probably be restating your words more often than it’s worth.

WEIGHT:  This may seem minor, but when you’re holding your smartphone for hours on end this can make a difference.  The iPhone is 4.87 inches high, 2.31 inches wide, .3 inches thick and weighs 3.95 ounces. Compared to the heavier GS3 which is 5.38 inches high, 2.78 inches wide, .34 inches thick and weighs 4.7 ounces.  Both are still very light for being mini-computers, but the GS3 does weigh 19% more than the iPhone 5 so the iPhone wins in this category which is also more user friendly to one hand handling.

As we can see personal preference of how you surf and what you surf for comes into play to know which smartphone is best for surfing the web.   The overall display size of the Smartphones and Tablet are starting to blend into each other as companys are trying to find the perfect size for the majority of the population. Good thing for consumers there are plenty of smartphones to chose from to give us the best surfing experience for the buck.