Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S3: Specs & Features Comparison

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S34

Samsung has just released the new Galaxy S5 and it does come with a lot of new features and better specs, but let’s see how it compares to the previous two models, the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3.

The three smartphones have been released one year away from each other and they are still available on the market, so you should see which one is worth the money for you, depending on what you need from a device.

It’s pretty clear that the Galaxy S5 is the most powerful between the three of them, but it also comes with the highest price tag. So if you’re looking for a cheaper device, then read the rest of our article to see how the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 compare.

Display

Samsung kept increasing the display size and has also improved their quality, so you will notice differences between them. The Galaxy S3 features a 4.8″ 720×1280 pixels display with a density of 306 PPI. The Galaxy S4 sports a 5″ display, while the Galaxy S5 comes with a 5.1″ one and both have the same resolution. Their pixel density is also similar, but the Galaxy S5’s display has been significantly improved, being sharper and more bright.

The Galaxy S5 is clearly the best out of the three, but if you’re looking for a smaller and cheaper device, then the Galaxy S3 is still a very good smartphone.

Hardware

You will notice differences between the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4, but there aren’t major differences in speed between the S4 and the S5.

The Galaxy S3 comes with a 1.4Ghz quad-core Exynos 4 processor, Galaxy S4 has a 1.9Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 600, while the Galaxy S5 sports a 2.5Ghz Snapdragon 801.

If you’re looking for a powerful smartphone, then you should probably choose the Galaxy S4 or S5, because the Galaxy S3 also comes with only 1GB of RAM, while the other two sport 2GB.

Camera

Probably this is the biggest differences between the three smartphones. Galaxy S3’s camera is decent, but it won’t take amazing pictures, like we’ve managed to do with the S5. If camera is an important aspect for you, then you should clearly choose the Galaxy S5, because it’s simply amazing. It comes with Phase detection autofocus, HDR, manual focus and a 16 MP sensor with an F2.2 aperture size and 1/2.6″ sensor size.

The Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 have pretty similar cameras, but you will notice quality enhancements in the latter.

If you don’t really need a high quality camera, then Galaxy S3 can be a good choice, especially considering it’s available for a very low price.

Features

All Samsung smartphones come with a lot of features and usually new Android updates bring new features to older smartphones. This means the Galaxy S3, S4, and S5 will have almost the same features. What you will miss if you pick the Galaxy S4 or S3 is the heart rate sensor and fingerprint scanner.

Apart from that, you will have the same features once you update to the Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which is rumored to be released in April or May for the Galaxy S3.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for features, you don’t really have to pay for them, as you will get them on older smartphones too, which is a really great thing.

Price

You’re probably looking for a Galaxy S3 or S4 instead of the new S5 due to price considerations. And that’s not a bad thing at all, considering that Samsung didn’t do anything revolutionary with their latest smartphones, so you will be good with an older one too.

Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 is available from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint and here you have the pricing for it. At Sprint you can buy in in white or black for $189.99.

AT&T is offering the Samsung Galaxy S5 and you can order it either in white or black.

Verizon is currently offering the Galaxy S5 for just $99.99, but we don’t know how long will this offer be available.

Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is currently available for free with a contract on all major carriers and you can see the offers here.

You can also order the smartphone unlocked for $599.

Galaxy S3

The Galaxy S3 is also available for free with a contract, but you will be able to choose cheaper plans, which will decrease the long-term price.

You can order the Galaxy S3 here from your favorite carrier.

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  • David C.

    There is a wide difference between the gs4 and the gs3, you compare the high and of gs3 (quad-core) with the low end of gs4 (quad-core). Still, typically the gs3 is dual core, does not have a ir blaster, has a worse camera and it’s performance is overall far way from gs4, if you want to do a god comparison, bring in all the facts to the table.

    • Choey D.

      Exactly.
      They are a hugr fan of S3 and they can’t afford S4 maybe . haha

  • Sarah Strong

    I am curious bc I’m due for an upgrade with verizon tomorrow, but I clicked the link for the $99 s5 and it says currently unavailable with no price listed. Even went into the store and was told it will be $250 plus upgrade fee to purchase one. Can you please give me more info

    • wendy

      It was a buy one get on free just the other day. Price was 199.99 and ugrade fee of 30 something. And you do get a 50 dollar rebate.

  • chase

    The Galaxy S3 does have 2GB of RAM. In fact only three of the fourteen models have 1GB. The GT-i9300, GT-i9308, and SCH-i939.

  • Hamid

    Can anyone please tell me which phone’s battery lasts longer Galaxy s3 or Galaxy s4 and how much longer? Have you used both of them ?

    • teja

      Compare to s4 I think s3 one of the best phones and about its good and there is no difference in features bying s4waste of money buy s5

  • Galen Leny Carr

    My s3 has 2gb of ram

  • David Todak

    Any battery life comparison?

  • kyriacos k.

    the best choice is s3! i’ve tested my gs3 vs my friends gs4 in speed and in some ways the s3 was even faster than s4! the s3 has a great screen and its fast so you will be waisting your money on s5 or s4 for no reason when you can buy the s3 which is a great smartphone for a much lower price!well at least go with the s4 to save some money coz its not worth buying the s5