In this current age of the Smartphone and Tablet PC, there are really just two main competitors (although there are several others hoping for scraps) for the attention of most consumers. Having owned the previous generation of Apple’s flagship iOS platform, I couldn’t wait for the debut of the iPhone 5 and the much-heralded Samsung Galaxy S III, running on the Android platform. I take everything about Smartphones into consideration when trying to decide which one is better, from the screen size to the feel of the Super AMOLED touch display.

The Samsung Galaxy S III: Bigger and Better

The first thing I noticed about the newest version of Samsung’s Galaxy series was the sheer size of the screen. At almost 5 inches (4.8 to be exact), the Super AMOLED high-definition screen is perfect for Android apps – especially games – and movies, with crystal clear playback on the ultra-dense 306 ppi screen. I blew this phone up to a 19 inch desktop monitor and still couldn’t pick out any pixels; which makes sense since the display is 720 x 1280.

The Samsung Galaxy S III sports a blazing fast 1.4 Ghz (1400 Mhz, which is a 200 Mhz improvement over the Samsung Galaxy S2) quad core processor, and allowed me to make utterly seamless transitions between applications, no matter how intensive. With the 8 megapixel camera, I started to wonder whether I would ever really need a separate camera since the images came out so smooth and polished. In keeping with the current generation of competitive Smartphones, of course it comes with 4G support.

With all the almost futuristic feel and attributes of the Galaxy S III, the thing I found most refreshing was the expandable storage. With a whopping 128 GB capability – it comes with an internal 64 GB allotment, and space for a 64 GB microSD card – the amount of data it can carry rivals some laptops. By any standard, I found the Samsung Galaxy S III to be a polished, finished product.

The iPhone 5 Revolution

The iPhone 5 made an even bigger improvement over its already uber-successful iPhone 4 offering. While the screen is indeed larger than the iPhone 4 (though smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S III), it’s the complementary attributes that stand out: overall, the Smartphone is smaller. The iPhone 5 is significantly lighter and thinner, with a processor that is fully twice as fast as its predecessor. More than merely an upgrade, it’s like a whole new phone with the capabilities its enhanced and more efficient processor claims.

The iPhone’s camera capabilities are much improved and similar to Samsung’s new phone, although the former takes pictures better in low light, and the 8 megapixels seems to show colors better – although the difference in quality is hardly noticeable between the Smartphones. Most of the iPhone’s nifty new attributes comes from the more efficient processor, which enables loads of new applications to function smoothly and reliably. The pixel density of 326 ppi surpasses that of any phone today, and is really noticeable in every program you bring up on the 1300 Mhz dual core A6 chip.

Although some aspects of the Samsung Galaxy are slightly more robust than Apple’s latest iOS outing, I found that the sheer expandability of the iPhone 5 took the cake. Everywhere I looked, it was compatible with the tech of other brands – home MP3 players, docks and more.