Galaxy 3 I5800

Samsung Galaxy 3 i5800 vs Galaxy 5 i5503 Comparison

Samsung offers quite a few low end Android phones. If you have a tight budget and are looking for the best Android experience on your device, you can go ahead with a Samsung device. Confused between the Galaxy 3 and Galaxy 5? There aren’t much differences. Read on:

Samsung Galaxy 3Samsung Galaxy 5


The Galaxy 5 has a 2.8 inches TFT Capacitive touchscreen which has a resolution of 240×320 and also has an Accelerometer for Auto-Rotate but the Galaxy 3 comes with a bigger screen of about 3.2 inches and has Accelerometer too. Galaxy 5 however doesn’t have a proximity sensor on it which is quite a drawback.

Galaxy 3 also has a multi-touch screen which allows pinch zoom of images and other gestures on screen.

Both the displays support upto 16M colors.


Galaxy 5 has a 2 Mega pixel camera and photos are shot a maximum resolution of 1600×1200 but the Galaxy 3 has an improved 3.2 Megapixel camera which supports Autofocus and shoots at a maximum resolution of 2048×1536 pixel  pixels, and they both support Geo Tagging.

Both phones record video too, at the rate of 15 frames per second. Both phones do not have a secondary camera on them.


The Galaxy 5 has 170MB of internal memory and a microSD card slot which supports upto 16 Gigabytes of storage. On the other side, the Galaxy 3 has 500MB of inbuilt storage and supports microSD upto 32GB. Both the phones come with a 1GB microSD card out of the box.


Both the phones have three HSDPA bands: 900 / 2100 and give maximum speeds upto 7.2Mbps.. Wi-fi bands are the same with both supporting the latest bands of Wi-Fi, the 802.11n and the older ones like b and g well. GPS is available on both the phones and Bluetooth 2.1 is available on both the phones, along with A2DP. Both phones have USB connectivity via the standard Micro USB port and support USB 2.0. Also, DLNA support on Wifi is available on the Galaxy 5 but the Galaxy 3 does not have it.

Wifi Hotspot/Portable Hotspot feature is also available on both phones on Android 2.2 and both the phones support stereo FM Radio.

Operating System and UI:

Both the phones are based on Samsung’s TouchWiz UserInterface over Android. Both the phones run on Android 2.1 Eclair and are upgradable to 2.2, Froyo. Gingerbread, Android 2.3 is the latest version of Android and that isn’t available on both the phones though.

Battery and Processor

The Galaxy 5 i5503 has a 1200mAh battery, which is quite okay for a low end device on a 600 Mhz processor. The Galaxy3, however has a 1500 mAh battery just like most of the Mid segment phones have these days. Samsung claims upto 521 hours of standby time and 9.5 hours of talktime on 2G on the i5503 Galaxy 5 and on the Galaxy 3, around 620 hours of standby time and 15 and a half hours of talktime on 2G. Quite a nice improvement on the Galaxy 3’s battery.

The Galaxy 3 has an improved Samsung S5P6422 667 MHx processor over the Galaxy 5 which has a 600Mhz processor on it.

Other points & Conclusion

Both the phones provide value for the buck and are nice low end alternatives to other dumbphones or smartphones with an outdated Java based OS or something. Android on these devices work really well if you are looking for some nice entertainment and apps coupled with email and other features. The Galaxy 3 might work out slightly on the higher side of the wallet but packs a lot of features for that money and comes with a nice camera while the Galaxy 5 is a cheaper device with no multi touch or proximity sensor, not allowing you to enjoy the Android experience wholly. Put in some extra money and go for the Galaxy 3, it is a total worth.

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