Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5: Rivals Head-to-head

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5

Samsung and Apple are the biggest rivals of the smartphone market, but, in the same time the biggest smartphone vendors in the world. The two companies are currently dominating the smartphone segment with a combined market share that accounts more than half of the smartphones sold world wide.

Of course, their flagship smartphones are their most popular products. While the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best selling Android-powered smartphone, the iPhone 5 is the best selling smartphone in the world. But the Galaxy S3, now has a successor, the Samsung Galaxy S4, which will probably take the crown from its predecessor, but, in the same time it will have to beat Apple’s iPhone 5.

Have no doubt that there will be a fierce fight between the two terminals, so if you don’t know which one is better, we are inviting you to follow our Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 battle.

Of course, Samsung Galaxy S4 will also have to compete against the yet-unannounced iPhone 5 successor, but, just like it happened last year, the South Koreans might launch the Galaxy Note 3 in the same time with the debut of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone, The New iPhone, or whatever Apple decides to call its next iOS-powered smartphone. Anyway, that’s a story for another time.

Let’s just concentrate on the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 battle. We will be putting the two smartphones head to head in 8 rounds and we will be judging their performance when it comes to Dimensions, Display, Design, Memory, Connectivity, Camera, Processor, or Operating System. The winner of a round will be awarded one point and after the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 battle comes to an end the smartphone that scored most points will be declared the winner of the war. Fight!

Dimensions

Well, many users are taking into consideration the dimensions of the smartphone when it comes to purchasing a new one. A smaller smartphone will be easier to use with one hand, but it will be not be that great when it comes to web browsing, gaming, or watching videos, because it can’t accommodate a large display.

As you probably know the Samsung Galaxy S4 has to accommodate a 5-inch display and this is why we are dealing with a smartphone that measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm. The Galaxy S4 also weighs 130 grams, but let’s see how the iPhone 5 performs.

According to John Ive’s declaration at the press event where the new Apple smartphone was announced, the iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone on the market with a profile of 7.6 mm. Well, Mr Ive, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but it wasn’t, as companies like Motorola, Sharp, or Oppo already had thinner smartphones on the market.

Anyway, the iPhone 5 is thinner than the Samsung Galaxy S4, and it is only 123.8 mm tall and 58.6 mm wide, while weighing only 112 grams. It’s obvious: the iPhone 5 wins the dimensions battle against Samsung Galaxy S4. +1 iPhone 5.

Display

What’s the first thing you are looking at when you unlock your smartphone? Yes, that’s right, the display. That’s why you should choose carefully when it comes to your smartphone’s display.

Until last year, the Apple fanboys and the officials, as well, were screaming that the ideal display must measure 3.5 inches. Why? Because anything that goes beyond that point can’t be handled with just one hand. Guess what? The iPhone 5 came with a 4-inch display, and, suddenly, the ideal size for a smartphone display is 4 inch. Of course, when the iPhone’s display will grow even bigger (because the user really want bigger displays) the 4-inch displays will no longer be ideal.

As I mentioned above, the iPhone 5 comes with a 4-inch display that uses LED-backlit IPS LCD technology, a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels and a pixel density of 326 ppi. So far, Apple was bragging that their LED-backlit IPS LCD displays, or Retina Displays, are so great because of the high pixel density, so can the Samsung Galaxy S4 compete against it?

The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 441 ppi. Unless 326 ppi is higher than 441 ppi, the the full HD display of the Galaxy S4 has greater pixel density.

Not to mention that because it comes with a bigger display, the Galaxy S4 is more well suited when it comes to web browsing, gaming, or watching videos.

Because the Android-powered flagship has a bigger screen, higher resolution, and higher pixel density, the display round of the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 battle goes to the SGS4.

Design

There is no doubt that the Apple smartphones are one of the best-looking smartphones out there. Beginning with the iPhone 4 the Apple phones have received a stylish and flawless look.

Of course, the iPhone 5 continues the design language introduced by the iPhone 4, and some of the users got bored with the looks of the iOS-powered smartphone. Anyway, you will all have to admit that the iPhone 5 is the best-looking smartphone out there, with that amazing aluminium on the back and with the elegant metallic edges.

On the other hand the iPhone 5 is nothing but a taller iPhone 4S, but even so, it looks great.

The Galaxy S4 follows the Samsung’s design philosophy. The officials of the South Korea-based company have repeatedly said that they will not use aluminium for the case of their flagship devices, because the features brought by them are less important than the design.

Even though the Samsung Galaxy S4 is not looking cheap even though it has a plastic case, its design is definitely below what the iPhone 5 is offering, therefore this round goes to Apple’s iOS-powered smartphone.

Memory

As you probably know there’s a lot of content available both in Apple App Store and Google Play Store, so you will need a lot of storage for the apps, movies, or music, ebooks available in the virtual stores of the two companies.

In terms of internal storage the iPhone 5 comes with 16, 32, or 64 GB and the current generation Apple flagship also sports 1 GB of RAM.

On the other hand the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with the same three internal storage options: 16, 32, 64 GB, but you can expand it with up to 64 GB extra, courtesy of the microSD card slot. Moreover, because Android is the only mobile operating system that comes with real multitasking, the Samsung Galaxy S4 also comes with 2 GB of RAM.

Well, its obvious that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the winner of this round: it has 1 extra gig of RAM and its internal storage can be expanded via microSD cards. After this round of the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 battle the score is tied at 2.

Connectivity

The 4G is one of the major selling points of the modern smartphones, especially on the North American market, where the standard is more wide spread than in other regions of the globe.

The 4G support is so important, that Samsung decided to ditch the Exynos 5 Octa chipset for a more LTE-friendly unit, the Snapdragon 600, on the US market, even though the first one is their own creation.

Besides 4G, the iPhone 5 brings Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5 mm audio jack, and Apple’s proprietary Lighting port, which in my opinion, is less useful than a standard microUSB port.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 brings 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5 mm audio jack, NFC chip, infrared port, and microUSB 2.0.

Because the NFC will allow the users to make phone payments and the infrared port can transform the Galaxy S4 into a remote for your HDTV, the connectivity round goes to the South Korean flagship.

Camera

The iPhone 5 comes with an iSight camera with 8 megapixel sensor and Apple introduced it as a revolutionary camera. Even now, almost a year away from the iPhone 5 launch, I can’t see why. Probably because of the Panorama feature, but that was already available on many Android-powered smartphones.

The iSight camera of the iPhone 5 comes with Simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR, autofocus, LED flash and full HD video recording at 30 fps.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 brings a bigger camera sensor with 13 megapixel, that packs autofocus, LED flash, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, and 1080p video recording at 30 fps.

Moreover the South Koreans fitted a lot of interesting features on the camera app of their new flagship.

Dual Camera allows you to record videos and take pictures with both cameras of the smartphone in the same time. You can also perform Dual Video Calls, an ideal feature for vacations, that allow the users to make video calls with their friends or family, and in the same time show them the landscapes.

The new Samsung Galaxy S4 has 12 shot modes, including Drama Shot, that makes a timelapse. You can also use Sound & Shot that can get you talking photos.

With Story Album you can easily organize your photos. Samsung Galaxy S4 knows to stort them chronologically, geographically, or depending on the events you are attending to.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a bigger camera sensor, with more and innovative pictures compared to the iPhone 5, therefore the Android-powered smartphone wins another round.

Processor

This round of the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 battle is also important because the processor is one of the most important components of a smartphone.

The iPhone 5 comes with Apple’s proprietary A6 chipset with dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU based on an architecture that cobines Krait 200 cores with A15 cores. The GPU is a PowerVR SGX 543MP3 unit with tri-core graphics.

There are two Samsung Galaxy S4 variants, each bringing a different processing unit.

The international version brings the mighty Exynos 5 Octa chipset introduced at CES 2013, based on big.LITTLE architecture. It has four A15 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz for the tasks requiring more processing powers and four A7 cores at 1.2 GHz for basic tasks, meant to improve the battery life of the smartphone. Galaxy S4 comes with tri-core PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU that should perform somewhere between the iPad 3 and iPad 4.

The US, Canadian, and Australian variants with boast Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 chipset with quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 cores and Adreno 320.

Either way, the Samsung Galaxy S4 outperforms the iPhone 5 when it comes to processor, and recent benchmark tests have proved that the Snapdragon 600 variant scores twice as many points as the Apple flagship smartphone.

Operating System

The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5 come from two completely different worlds: one running on Google’s customizable Android, the other running on Apple’s closed iOS. Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, while the iPhone 5 comes pre-loaded with iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1.

Most of the Apple fans say that Android is laggy and that it’s unstable. They have probably talking about the Android 2.3 Gingerbread smarphones, as the Android Jelly Bean is now buttery smooth and almost comparable with Apple’s iOS when it comes to stability.

The iOS is still the most stable operating system out there, but the Android is very close to it.

Moreover, the iOS haven’t changed much since the first iteration that debuted in 2007, and it is now looking old and boring. Apple didn’t bring any innovations to their operating system, and the iOS 6 really lacks the wow factor.

On the other hand, Android is smoother and more stable than ever, and the highly customizable user interface will please most of the users.

Moreover, Samsung added its own features to the stock Android, and the Galaxy S4 brings touchless gestures and eye tracking technology. It pauses videos when the user is not facing the display, it allows you to scrolls pages with nothing but your eyes, or it shows previous of various items as you hover your finger over them, or allows you to scroll or switch between pages by waving your hand in front of the front-facing camera.

These are features that you don’t find on Apple’s iPhone 5, therefore is no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S4 wins the operating system round of the battle.

Conclusions

It’s time to see which is the winner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 battle.

The iPhone 5 has won two rounds: Dimensions and Design, because its thinner and lighter than the Galaxy S4, and because it brings a premium looking aluminium case, that follows the Apple’s impressive design language.

The full HD 5-inch display, the microSD card slot, the NFC chip, then 13 megapixel camera with innovative features, the poweful Exynos 5 Octa processor, and the highly-customizable Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz, have brought 6 precious points for the Samsung Galaxy S4 when it came to Display, Memory, Connectivity, Camera, Processor, and Operating System.

The Android-powered flagship smartphone has won the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 battle 6 – 2. Do you agree? Or do you believe that the result is not fair? Either way, please let us know in the comments section below.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.hastings.37 Scott Hastings

    There is realistically no comparison. Galaxy S4 hands down is the better phone with it’s specs, it’s Samsung and Android software. But I’m sticking with the Note 2, very tempted though. This is from someone that has had all the iPhones.

    • Michael Dennique

      Wow really, you have all the iphones. I have on phone and that is the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE. I love it. I am really thinking of the NOTE III as well. I’m kind of wishy washy about which to really buy, but it probably will be the S4

  • Michael Dennique

    It’s very simple, I’m going to buy the Samsung Galaxy SiIV. My S2 has had it’s day and new features will help me greatly, specially the health features.

  • IKE

    I agree,I have an ipad and i love it …but the iphone was just boring to me…can’t wait to get a SGS4

  • Nicolas

    iPhone should come up with new innovations otherwise on 2014 iPhone will join Nokia club. nothing been done extra from 2007 same concept. it the time to do something, loyalty to iphone start cracking!!!!!!!!!!!!