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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S3 vs Note 2 vs iPhone 5 vs HTC One in a short comparison

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 ?

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  • Tyler Casilio

    Eh, not thatttt impressed. Kinda dissapointed

  • rip samsung

    gs4? – no
    htc one – ooo yesss

    • ahaaha


  • “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.” ummm, what?

  • inovations

    hello apple fanboy

  • X

    thanks but I will stay with my Note 2. S4 is downsized Note 2 with worse screen and lower battery capacity. waiting for Note 3 and hoping that it will be something bYg and i don’t mean the size. Size should stay about 5,5″ or bigger but with thinner bezel.

    • Indydi

      The S4 has a worse screen than the Note 2? How do you come to that conclusion?

      • Ab

        441 ppi for S4 vs 267 for note 2!

  • dan

    what i hate about the note 2 is it’s too fragile, 2 or three falls you have problems

    • Katherine Lowe

      Have you seen the drop test of the note 2 on YouTube?
      My niece had broken the screen on her iPhone 3 times in one year and now it won’t switch on.

      • YO MAMA

        Stupid bitch, right?

    • mojojojo

      I have nice rubber and plastic armor case for mine. Been dropped a few times with no problems. You have to with these things. Too expensive of a gadget to not protect it.

  • Armando Castillo

    i still wouldnt trade my iphone 5 for any of those phones. zero melware, zero bullshit haha

    • Sachin Gopalkrishnan

      Melaware ?

      • Lion

        he said melware u said melaware and im correct the two of u its MALWARE boys..

        • ShartyPantz

          And I’m correcting you.

  • Jojo

    Having used an iphone 4s for two years and now being the very proud owner of a galaxy note 2 ….I don’t understand how there can even be a question which one is better. Yes if you only want a phone to make calls go for the iphone …but that defeats the whole purpose of having a smart phone. The Note 2 can do so many more things…I hardly use my laptop any more cause it can do even more things than my laptop…like inserting fotos in word documents the instance I’m taking them. Not to talk about being able to change the battery,inserting a xd card which gives me nearly 80gb and so not constantly having to delete stuff to put new stuff on, gps…and so on

  • shaurya

    I ll Stay With My Galaxy Note 2 !!