Head To Head: Apple iPhone 5 Vs. Samsung Galaxy S III


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On the subject of svelte, these two are among the svelte-ist. Built of polycarbonate plastic, the GSIII is 5.4 inches long, 2.8 inches wide and a third of an inch thick. It had to be a big device to handle the nearly 5-inch display, but Samsung managed to keep the weight down to just 4.7 ounces. The polycarbonate shell certainly helps, but a plastic case doesn't inspire confidence in terms of drop protection.

Apple's device is smaller, lighter and made of more reassuring ceramic and aluminum. It measures 4.9 inches long, 2.3 inches wide and 0.30 inches thick. It weighs in at a bantam 3.95 ounces. It is, in fact, 0.04 inches thinner than the GSIII, but that must be balanced against a screen-size advantage for Samsung of nearly an inch.