The Samsung Galaxy S4 has just been released and everyone is crazy about it, even thought I don’t find it so impressive. And now people will be curious if it’s worth the upgrade or the jump from iOS. So let’s see how it compares to the Galaxy S3, Note 2, HTC One and the iPhone 5.
The processor is an Exynos 5 Octa ( dual quad-core ) for Europe and Korea, while it will feature a 1.9Ghz Snapdragon CPU in the US. We didn’t manage to test the new processor, but from the benchmarks we’ve seen it’s definitely superior to the ones featured in the Galaxy S3, Note 2, HTC One or iPhone 5.
The Galaxy S4 comes with an improved camera, which seems to do a really good job, while the Galaxy S3, Note 2 and iPhone 5 have 8MP cameras. The Galaxy S4 features a 13MP camera able to do really good photos and the features added to it can really help: Sound & Shot, Drama Shot, Dual Camera, and Eraser.
The 5-inch 1080p display is amazing for sure and it’s much better than the one Galaxy S3 or Note 2 features, even surpassing the iPhone 5’s pixels-per-inch ratio, with 441. But while it does have a great display, it’s still a bulky smartphone for some. So the Galaxy S4 definitely wins the display battle, but the iPhone 5 remains great for those who prefer a smaller gadget.
Samsung’s new flagship device also comes with new features, like S Health, S Translator, Adaptive Display, Adaptive Sound, and Air Gesture. These sound great on paper, but they don’t seem to be very useful. We’ve seen a lot of revolutionary features in the Galaxy S3 too, which didn’t prove to be very useful either. While we have to applaud Samsung for the innovation, I believe they have more work to do in order to make them become useful.
If I were to say right now what device is the winner, it would be pretty hard. But I can guarantee that it’s not the Galaxy S3, especially because it’s competing on the same ground with the S4 and it lacks a lot of cool stuff. So if you want an average size smartphone with nice features, the Galaxy S4 is a clear winner. If you want a phablet, the Note 2 is awesome. And if you want a smaller device, then go for the iPhone 5. And once you’ve chosen the iPhone 5 you’ll realize that size is really not that important and you’ll trade it for a Galaxy S4 or HTC One.
After we go hands-on for a few days with the Galaxy S4 we’ll write a more ample versus article and we’ll feature more devices. So stay put for a comprehensive Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy Note 2 vs HTC One vs iPhone 5 vs Droid DNA vs Nexus 4.
What do you think about the new Galaxy S4 ? Are you planning on buying it ?