On Sunday afternoon, several stores around the United States announced they were sold out of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Two weeks ago, several stores were sold out of the iPhone 5s. They are the two hottest smartphones out right now. However, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a more useful and far more powerful device. That's not to say that the iPhone 5s is bad; it is still a great device. Let's compare both smartphones.
Build and design
When you see the Galaxy Note 3 from a distance, you'll think that the device is really big. When you are close to it and pick it up, you'll realize that it's not too big. Even though the screen is .2 inches larger than it is on the Galaxy Note 2, it feels smaller and lighter. It feels really good in your hands, especially due to the controversial faux leather back cover that shouldn't be controversial at all.
The iPhone 5s is built exactly like the iPhone 5 -- this isn't a bad thing at all. It measures 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches and weighs 3.95 ounces. The smaller volume buttons are on the left hand side of the device. The smaller Lightning connector is on the bottom of the device and connecting it is easier than it is on any Android phone. Overall the iPhone 5s has a solid, professional build.
The iPhone 5s wins this round. The Galaxy Note 3 is built better than the Galaxy Note 2, but still has somewhat of a cheap feel to it.
Words cannot describe the 386 ppi 1080p Super AMOLED display. You just have to see it in order to believe it. If the 720p screen on the Galaxy Note 2 screen was close to Nirvana, the Galaxy Note 3 screen is Nirvana. It's not a 3D screen (thank God for that), but watching a rain drop from a 1080p home video looked like the rain was coming out of the screen. If the Galaxy Note 3 colors seem over-saturated, you can change the screen mode in the Settings menu.
The iPhone 5S screen is the same exact one from the iPhone 5. Last year, the 1136 x 640 pixel resolution (326 ppi) screen was far ahead of its time. This year, it's a little behind such devices as not only the Galaxy Note 3, but the Galaxy S4, which has a 1080p screen with 441 pixels per inch. Truth be told, the eye really doesn't notice the individual pixels when you get past 300 pixels per inch. The main disability of the iPhone 5s screen is that it is only 4 inches.
The Galaxy Note 3 easily wins this round. Come on, Apple! 4-inch screens are so 2010!