It should come as no surprise at this point that Samsung’s television video spots regarding the smartphone and tablet world are – at least in a large way – aimed directly at Apple. This week they’ve released an ad spot for the Galaxy Note 3 which compares the device to the iPhone 5s, showing the (much larger) Galaxy Note 3 display to be superior to the iPhone 5s for size and definition, summoning LeBron James to do the dirty work.
Both of these devices are nearing the middle of their lifespan. The iPhone 5s and the Galaxy Note 3 have been on the market for nearly half a year – the Note since October of 2013, the iPhone since September of 2013. Because of this, the two seem to be perfectly matched in their market presence for Samsung – but outside of this, they’re (physically) quite different from one another.
As you’ll see in the spot above, Samsung suggests that you’ll get a better experience watching basketball with the Galaxy Note III. The Galaxy Note III works with a 5.7-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels – that means 386PPI (Pixels Per Inch). This device also works with a Super AMOLED screen with 16 million colors.
The iPhone 5s works with a 4-inch display with 640 x 1136 pixels – that means 326PPI (Pixels Per Inch) – or roughly on-par with the Galaxy Note III (that extra 60PPI isn’t going to make a real difference to your eyes). Apple’s iPhone 5s also has an LED-backlit IPS LCD screen with 16 million colors.
The screen quality here is roughly the same between the two devices. Samsung’s claim that the Galaxy Note 3’s display is larger (with more pixels per inch to boot) than the iPhone 5s does – believe it or not – hold up. If you want a larger phone, you should probably buy a larger phone.
Meanwhile Samsung also pulls out a spot that suggests the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 rolls harder than the iPad Air because you can open two apps at once. We’re less inclined to suggest Samsung is factually precise on this matter. Have a peek at our Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 hands-on for now, and get pumped up as we see it again at Mobile World Congress 2014 next week!