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Galaxy Note 3 vs. iPhone 5s: clash of the birthday buddies

Galaxy Note 3 vs. iPhone 5s: clash of the birthday buddies

A few months ago, we did a comparison between the Samsung Galaxy 5 and Apple iPhone 5s and found that the iPhone was lugging behind the Galaxy S5 in a few categories: display, camera quality, and battery life to name a few. However, the comparison might not have been that fair for the Apple contender with the iPhone being on the market a good six months before the Galaxy S5 saw the light of day. As such, we’ve decided to do the comparison with another Samsung device that is only six days older than the iPhone 5s, the Galaxy Note 3.

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You know that feeling you get when you are in front of a tall building or monument and you start to realize just how small you are? That’s probably what the iPhone 5s feels whenever it’s compared side-by-side with a Galaxy Note 3. The display on the Note 3 is a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The iPhone 5s sports a 4-inch LCD display with “Retina Display” and has a resolution of 1136 x 640. When talking about Retina Display, it’s just Apple’s fancy way of saying that it has an IPS LCD display with pixels that are about 4 times smaller than “normal”, thus increasing the pixel density. Despite the larger display on the Note 3, it still combines to get a high pixel density than the iPhone 5s: 386 vs. 326 ppi.

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The same photo displayed on both devices: the Note 3 (above) and the iPhone 5s (below). Can you see the difference? / © AndroidPIT

Size and Material

Here too, the difference is felt between the devices: the Note 3’s dimensions are 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm against the 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6  frame of the iPhone. This combines to make the Note 3 heavier and less compact than the iPhone, to a tuyne of about 56 grams.

Picking up the iPhone, you quickly realize the level of quality behind the materials that the iPhone is made out of. The aluminum cover and the details in the construction of the device makes this smartphone a true gem and stands out from the faux-leather backing on the Note 3. Putting asides aesthetics, Samsung seems to favor the weight reduction and shock absorption provided by polycarbonates and is probably a driving force behind them choosing it again and again.

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Design is not just what it looks like and feels like - Design is how it works.” Steve Jobs. / © Apple

Operating system

Of course, the first thing you’ll notice between the two devices is their sizes, but the main difference is going to lie in the difference between Android with Touchwiz and iOS. Android and iOS continue to evolve together with increased performance and new features, but their heart beats to a different tune. Android is all about customization and allowing more freedom to the end user while the latter focuses on extreme simplicity and a unified UI.

Specifically, the Galaxy S5 is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Touchwiz and the iPhone 5s is equipped with iOS 7.

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Same idea: swiping to close active apps. Galaxy Note 3 (left) and iPhone 5s (right). © AndroidPIT


The iPhone 5s was the first device in the world to bring the 64-bit architecture within its new A7 processor. For the uninitiated, this features allows you to execute twice the amount processus (64-bit versus 32-bit) in a single clock cycle. However, it is important to note that the processor frequency is much lower on the Note 3: a quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor competing against a 1.3 GHz dual-core A7 in the iPhone. In addition, to maximize the 64-bit architecture, it is necessary to have Ram above 4 GB, which is still unheard of in mobile devices. As such, the 64-bit architecture that Apple boasts about has more to do with marketing than actual functionality in their smartphone). Even at that, when we take a look at the two, the iPhone 5s only has a third of the RAM of the Note 3: 1 GB vs. 3 GB.


  Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Apple iPhone 5s
Rear 13 MP 8 MP
Front 2 MP 1.2 MP

As you can see from the above table, when looking at only megapixels, the camera in the Note 3 is much higher than its rival. The iPhone 5s has excellent features, such as multi-shot, dual flash, and HDR mode, as well as tried and tested camera software that performs well in most conditions. Comparatively, the Note 3 has 13 different shooting modes and the camera allows you to take videos in both Full HD (1920x1080) and 4K.

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A look at the iPhone camera (left) and of Note 3 (right) / © AndroidPIT


As for the internal memory Notes 3 ​​comes with 32 ​​GB , compared to the three versions of the iPhone that can come in 16, 32 and 64 GB . In any case, the Samsung device has a slot for memory expansion up to 128 GB with an SD card , which is not possible with the iPhone 5s.


One of the biggest sore points for a lot of smartphones comes in at how long the battery lasts and the iPhone 5s is no exception and struggles to make it through a day of use. Despite having a larger display and faster processor, the Note 3 also boasts a much larger battery and allows for up to 2 days of use before needing to be charged. In addition, you have the option to remove or replace the battery in the Note 3 without having to crack open your device and void the warranty, such is the case with the iPhone.

More Features

Both devices are equipped with special features that make them unique such as the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s and the S Pen on the Note 3. As well, the Note 3 boasts some unique Samsung features such as screen writing, Air View, Gesture control, and even a one-handed mode that “shrinks” the display and allows user to be able to comfortably use their device with one hand.

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One handed mode on the Galaxy Note 3.  / © AndroidPIT


Again, we see that the iPhone 5s does lag a bit behind the Note 3 in most of the categories. As for pricing, you can expect to drop around $545 dollars for a Note 3 without a contract where you’d be looking at spending anywhere from $690 to $845 dollars depending on whether you grab a 16 GB or 64 GB version of the device. If you’re looking trying to decide between the iPhone 5s and Note 3, I think it’s an easy choice to see which one would be better suited. 

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  • The Note 3 Rocks! & Will be ZIGGING while even The next new iPhone is Zagging ;) no matter how great their updated upgraded features are !
    Give it up for Samsung ;)

  • The author needs to proofread his articles like the one above before submitting them. This article if full of mistakes. I won't point them out, but they are easy to spot...

  • And if it's not, there are still better phones than iPhone.

    • My1 Jun 24, 2014 Link to comment

      true story, but I must admit, iOS evolves a bit like Win8, they aint nice but are going in the right direction (iOS8 and Win8.1/8.1 Update 1 respectively)

  • My1 Jun 24, 2014 Link to comment

    I always say, if you hand is big enough, take a note..

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