Samsung launched Galaxy S4, the most awaited smartphone of the year, at New York City’s historic landmark Radio City Music Hall. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is the firm’s new flagship smartphone for 2013 but how does it compare to one of its main rivals, the apple iPhone 5?
Apple and Samsung are by far the two most successful companies in the highly competitive mobile market today. These two companies are not only direct competitors in a number of markets, but they are also based on two different philosophies. As a direct consequence, each time a new iPhone or Galaxy S model is officially unveiled, one of the first things we all do, is compare the most recent versions in both lines.
Although this is an Galaxy S4 fan blog, this aims to be an objective comparison, as we will try to highlight the strong and weak points of each of these two high-end smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes packed with many new features such as facial movement tracker ‘Smart Scroll’ and ‘Smart Pause’ and ‘Air View’ gesture control to name a few. iPhone 5 is no less of a competitor either.
If you’re looking for a quick video comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Apple iPhone 5, jump to the video below.
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5 : Design and Build Quality
As you can see from the image above, In terms of looks and build, the Galaxy S4 looks pretty close to its predecessor Galaxy S3 though it does feature a few minor upgrades to the exterior bezel, making it appear and feel more premium. The Samsung Galaxy S4 weighs 130 grams, measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 in), and features asymmetrically rounded corners, a hardware, button and two capacitive buttons below the display, with a polycarbonate back.
The more square-shaped Apple iPhone 5 uses an aluminum unibody that just gives it a premium feel and aesthetic. If there’s one area where Apple usually shines it’s in the design and build quality of its products, and the iPhone 5 makes no exception, here. The Apple iPhone 5 measures 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in) and weighs 112 g (3.95 oz). Overall, the iPhone 5 is one of the most compact and best looking smartphones out there.
Verdict: Both are premium devices, and design is subjective to personal preference. The iPhone 5 arguably has better build quality, and the unibody construction of the iPhone 5 is undoubtedly superior.
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5: Display
The Samsung Galaxy S4 uses an impressive 5.0-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display of 1920 x 1080. with 441 Pixel Per Inch (PPI) density. Colours are a little more in your face than other smartphones but there is an option to switch to more natural colours. Detail of the display is impressive and the contrast is excellent whichever screen mode you choose. In a few words it is the best AMOLED display that we have ever seen on a mobile device.
In the Apple corner, the iPhone 5 uses a 4 inch IPS LCD panel running at a resolution of 1136 by 640 pixels, one that measures a 326 PPI density. The overall quality of the display on the iPhone 5 is about as high-end as it gets, and despite that it features a lower PPI density than the Samsung Galaxy S4, the iPhone 5 display is remarkably vibrant and accurate in representing natural colors.
Verdict: In terms of a winner we’ll call this one a draw, both are great displays the iPhone 5 has more natural colours and a compact display, on the other hand Galaxy s4 comes with bigger display, deep blacks, vibrant colors and impressive details.
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5: CPU, GPU
The international version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 uses the new Exynos 5 Octa 8-core processor that has four Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 1.6GHz for performance and four are Cortex-A7s clocked at 1.2GHz for less demanding tasks and power saving. Galaxy S4?s 1.9GHz quad-core processor variant is expected to be sold in select markets.
The Apple iPhone 5 might not look like much of a power house . It is based on the Apple A6 SoC, one that consists of a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU and a PowerVR SGX 543MP3 GPU. However, once you start bringing up benchmark results, it is obvious that these components have been carefully tweaked and optimized to play well with Apple’s iOS. Make no mistake about it, the Apple iPhone 5 is a very powerful smartphone.
iOS is a much simpler operating system and requires much less hardware resources as compared to Android, a much more demanding and complex mobile OS.
Verdict: Going on the specification, we’d expect the Galaxy S4 to beat the iPhone 5 in every benchmark test. The Galaxy S4 has substantially more powerful hardware, but iOS plays nice with less juice under the hood. According to the benchmarks we were able to produce, it’s nearly two times as powerful as iPhone 5.
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5: Camera
The Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is equipped with 13MP camera, and the user’s viewing experience is further enhanced, with tons of features including Dual Shot (use both the front and rear cameras simultaneously), Sound & Shot and Eraser Shot. You can even automatically compile a Story Album using location data, weather data and your personal info.
The Apple iPhone 5 uses an 8 MP primary sensor and a 1.3 MP sensor for video calling.
Verdict: We’ll have to wait for more time with the Galaxy S4 before we properly judge the quality of the pictures taken with its higher resolution camera.
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5: RAM, Storage
iPhone 5 comes with 1Gb of RAM and has no microSD card slot for expandable storage, meaning you’ll have to live with the amount of internal storage that Apple fitted in. The iPhone 5 is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is available with 2GB of RAM and also comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions and, unlike the iPhone 5, can work with microSD card slots of up to 64GB in size.
Verdict: Galaxy S4 wins here.
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5: Battery
The Samsung Galaxy S4 uses a 2600 mAh battery, while the Apple iPhone 5 uses a 1440 mAh battery.
Verdict: Battery life is expected to be similar between these two smartphones, mainly because the Galaxy S4 has much more power thirsty components.
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5: Operating System
The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Samsung has updated the TouchWiz UI with a boatload of extra features to make use of all those new sensors. You can swipe and highlight items without touching the screen, using Air View and Air Gesture, and scroll through web pages using only your gaze, with Smart Scroll’s tracking.
The Apple iPhone 5 runs on iOS 6.1, the most recent version of Apple’s mobile OS and has the best overall device ecosystem you can find right now.
When it comes to software, both the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 have access to all of the key apps and games. There are a few platform exclusives, but they’re rare; if you’re buying a smartphone for a specific app, just make sure the phone you choose has access to that app. The Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 both have full cloud connectivity and cloud backup/sync, and both have full access to mapping and turn-by-turn navigation software.
Verdict: If you want access to the most intuitive mobile OS out there, the Apple iPhone 5 is something you should be looking consider. If you’re into customization and enjoy having more freedom over your device, go for the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5:Video Comparison
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5: Conclusion
That said, the iPhone 5 certainly beats the Galaxy S4 on visual design and build quality.
Choosing between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Apple iPhone 5 is a very tough thing to do, but here’s a way of summing it all up:
Do you want a customizable OS, a large display, a removable battery, a microSD card slot, a ton of software enhancements and a super fast CPU? Then the Galaxy S4 seems like a better choice
Do you want a compact smartphone with the best visual design and build quality that runs on a very fluent OS? Get the Apple iPhone 5!
What do you guys think? Which one is better and why: the Apple iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S4? Let us know which way you swing in the comment section below!
Personally, I would go for the Galaxy S4. It will be interesting to see if the iPhone 5S, due later this year, can regain the hardware and software crown again.
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy S4||Apple iPhone 5|
|Dimensions||136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm, 130g5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches, 4.59 oz||123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm, 112g4.9 x 2.3 x 0.3 inches, 4 oz|
|Display||5-inch, Super AMOLED1920 x 1080 Full HD, 441ppi||4-inch IPS LCD640 x 1136 pixels, 326 ppi|
|CPU and GPU||International version
|Apple A6dual-core,1300 MHzPowerVR SGX543MP3|
|Storage||16GB/32GB/64GBinternal microSD, up to 64GB||16/32/64 GBNon-expandable|
|Cameras||13 MP Rear; 2 MP Front-Facing1080p Rear; 1080p Front-FacingLED flash, autofocus, burst mode, Shot with Sound, Dual record, Smart Erase||8 MP Rear; 1.2 MP Front-Facing1080p Rear; 720p Front-FacingLED flash, autofocus, HDR, F2.4|
|Battery||2600mAh, removable||1440 mAh, non-removable8h talk time (3G)|
|Networks||GSM, UMTS, HSPA+/LTE||GSM, UMTS, CDMA HSPA+, LTE|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n acWi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, NFC Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP microUSB, MHL 2, infrared A-GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/nWi-Fi hotspot Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP Lightning connector A-GPS|
|Operating system||Android 4.2 TouchWiz UIAir View, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause,S Translate, Knox, S Drive||iOS 6.1|