In this corner, we have the iPhone 5, “the world’s thinnest” smartphone that rung up 5 million units over its first weekend on sale. And in this corner, we have Samsung’s “next big thing,” the big-screen Galaxy S III, which crossed the 20 million mark in 100 days. Clearly, these two devices are the smartphone heavyweights of the year.
Although they’re both incredibly popular, in many ways, the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III couldn’t be more different. Apple’s lean and clean device is all about cramming as much performance as possible into the most portable package, while Samsung’s myriad software innovations literally redefine what a smartphone can do. So which fighter is the champ?