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Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Apple iPhone 5: first look

Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Apple iPhone 5: first look

Well hello there Samsung Galaxy S 4! Meet your fellow competitor in the well-established Apple iPhone 5. Surely, we all know that there’s been a fair amount of history between these two companies, as they’re continually vying for supremacy in the smartphone kingdom. For the most part, bad blood has fueled these to behemoths to keep their respective flagship devices in constant competition against one another, so it’s no wonder why we’re giving you the first look in how these two snazzy smartphones stack up to one another.


Design

First, let’s talk about design. Generally speaking, devices with metal bodies tend to be favored highly over ones with plastic – so there are no surprises that the iPhone 5 just simply feels and looks like the more premium device between the two. Indeed, the all-plastic chassis of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 gives it a featherweight-like feel in the hand, but it simply lacks the impeccable construction of the iPhone 5’s brushed aluminum casing. On paper, the size and weight of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is impressive as it measures in at 7.9mm thin and 130 gr in weight, but Apple’s prodigy is a smidgen lighter and thinner – to be fair, the Galaxy S 4 is packing a significantly larger display. Overall, the small design change with the Galaxy S 4 aren’t enough to keep our eyes off the iPhone 5’s premium construction.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Apple iPhone 5: first look
Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Apple iPhone 5: first look
Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Apple iPhone 5: first look


Display

Going bigger has always been the formula with everyone, so it’s no surprise that Sammy is pushing the boundaries with the Galaxy S 4. Between the two, we can’t help but fall more in love with the Galaxy S 4’s 5-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920) Super AMOLED display, which simply looks super crisp up close and personal over the iPhone 5’s 4-inch 640 x 1136 Retina Display. In fact, the amount of sharpness and detail evident in the ginormous display is evident, but more importantly, the quality elements about Super AMOLED in general gives it the much-wanted wow factor. Sure, its colors are punchy, viewing angles are stupendous, and its sheer luminance can light up a room, but we’re curious to see how it handles outdoor conditions.


Software

Now this is where Samsung is truly beginning to separate itself, seeing that they’re redefining the way we’re interacting with our devices. Of course, iOS on the iPhone 5 continues to be the more simplistic experience between the two – giving smartphone newbies an easier grasp in understanding the platform. However, it’s lagging behind what Samsung is doing with the updated TouchWiz Nature UX experience on its Galaxy S 4. With its new floating display technology, which gives us S-Pen like qualities with our own fingers, it opens up a whole new level of interaction that the iPhone 5 simply can’t offer. Furthermore, Sammy goes all out by offering a wide array of new air gestures that deliver yet another level of interaction that’s unmatched. Without going into detail, there’s no denying that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 blows away the iPhone 5 out of the water when it comes to the software experience. From its insane amount of camera-centric features to other novel things like its new Life Care hub that monitors our health, Samsung is rapidly widening the gap in this category.

As much as we’d like to give everyone some concrete advice between the two handsets, we can’t fully judge them until we get our hands on a final consumer ready model of the Galaxy S 4. Who knows what the outcome will be when we get the opportunity to see how they compare in all integral categories, but one thing is certain, Samsung isn’t holding back from distancing itself.



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posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:39 21

1. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


its like comparing a Ferrari to a Modded Honda Civic. haha. The Civic(iPhone) may look great but its all talk. But the Ferrari (Samsung) Walks the walk and talks the talk. Great Job Samsung. Keep it up!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:01 33

3. Emily1985 (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


Samsung is not like a Ferrari is more like hyundai

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:23 12

14. Trex95 (Posts: 571; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


haha so TRUE.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 12:31 1

42. wowew (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


very ignorant comment I ever red .. are your name is really Emily? why didn't you use your conventional naming scheme that is used by the place where you came from..

Using English name makes you look like perfect huh? What a such a tool

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:05 7

6. amansingal14 (Posts: 296; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


both arent even civics, both are like Kia Rio, the cheapest car in the USA imo, htc one and xperia z all the way

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 12:25 1

40. wowew (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Did anyone hit your head with brick or somethin? Are you retarded? Believing that chinese piece of swampy phone is the best is simply the sign of brain turmor you might have. I suggest you to see a doctor immediately...

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 12:39

72. magister (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


How can you joke about brain tumors, one of the most terrible illness existent?
God forgive you!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:47 3

18. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


Controversial thought, seeing as your name has Civic in it but at the same time you're supporting Sammy..Pathetic attempt at trolling

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:30 2

28. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


You get an A+ for your attempt. Sammy can rest easy now as the fruit has expired.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:01 6

26. napsterO6 (Posts: 18; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Anyway iP 5 looks better than S IV

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:44 7

29. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


You may as well say the original iphone looks better. Doesn't it suck knowing that such a rich company (apple) can be so poor in imagination and innovation?

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 02:39

71. jtl78 (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


damn right! at least the original iphone didn't have two easily broken parts on both sides. WTH are they thinking that glass won't break or something? puts the iphone at a higher risk and call that a better design? FAIL

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 08:09 6

34. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


iToy can not:
1) copy a file
2) connect to usb
3) default app for any file or web browsing
= iPhone is not a smartphone = just an iConboard with stolen statusbar from Android
so please, stop comparing S(am)pace shuttle with iTricycle :)

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 12:28

41. wowew (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


I think it is the super sized dildo that Samsung fan would like to use.. bigger is always better .. though I admit to believe that all iMobile is way too limited,

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 15:32

45. raptorstv (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


I dont trust Koreans, they can only copy... Just look at how Hyundai continuously copy Mercedez Benz and Infiniti design

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 22:04 3

51. heyhi (Posts: 126; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


copy?? do you read at leats about cars?? do you know who Hyundai hired to be their chief design?? they hired a ARTIST who worked in Audi?? This GERMAN company sounds familiar?? they compete directly with BMW and Mercedez...that guy brought the called "fluid sculpture"to Hyundai and Kia wich are the same company now.,,thats why you think the design was "copied"from Mercedez...btw, Honda and Toytota "adopted"that kind of "fluid sculpture"in their coming soon cars, so, you'll see a lot of "copies" in a few years...put something in your head, there's a lot of cars that seems to have the same design, thats completely normal... Ferrari and a Lamborghini, who "copied"whom??

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:56 7

2. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1291; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


That's not fair!! We haven't released our iPhone 5s yet.

Phil Schiller

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:56 5

19. mr.sammygalaxynote3 (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


Apple said Iphone 5S will beat you Samsung Galaxy S4...
Samsung said you think you can beat me?I know I can beat you with Samsung Galaxy Note III....and I will beat you AGAIN !!!

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 19:12

57. Mehrzad_wayne (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


The same story as iPhone 4 and 4S... 5S with the same design but instead of 1Gb ram it will have 2 Gb hehe

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 02:34

69. jtl78 (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


it'll be the same $h!t just a tiny tweak! Haven't you noticed the pattern with apple yet?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:03 10

4. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Who care about premium built. There is nothing out there that can surpass the S4 to date

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:18 8

12. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


depends in what area you want it surpassed, theres better out there depending what you want

its the final experience not senseless specs that are there to just try and brag about

whats real funny is you lot were saying wait for the s4 it will wipe the floor with everything, now its here and many are now saying wait for the note 3

never happy are you lot

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 08:01

33. joey_sfb (Posts: 3231; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Don't get the big fuss about poor Samsung design. To me its great I will buy it just like the other 40% smartphone user.

No phone is perfect but it has what that matter the most to me removable battery and SD card slot.

Those are life savers for people that travel.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 08:37

35. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


''To me its great I will buy it just like the other 40% smartphone user.''

this shows a follower mentality forming just like how the apple users got ripped on for buying the same. plus you havent tried it yet so saying your gonna buy it anyways shows your just falling of the hype

your second part is true nothing is perfect but considering samsung fanboys have been ripping into everyone before the unveiling and now have gone pretty quiet they deserve a dose of reality

but buy what pleases you just try out afew phones first dont buy because its the new samsung

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 09:11

37. joey_sfb (Posts: 3231; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Let me know if there any high end phone with removable battery and SD card. I don't like external charger as I find them too bulky.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 12:34 1

43. wowew (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


I respect you the way how you put things together around here, and brutally abusing those mindless zombies who just indiscriminately fall in love with the product without inputting any rational thoughts.. lol

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 02:36

70. jtl78 (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


plastic or metal the freaking gorilla screens will crack either way but now the S4 might have a better chance of survival with their newest gorilla glass screens. Watch apple follow right behind with the same upgraded screens...

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:05 2

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Looks don't wow me, but the camera is bad ass. Your move apple, will the s4 be the silver bullet to your werewolf? We're waiting, and watching.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 10:29

73. donfem (Posts: 554; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Long may you wait.. for the same thing but with a different alphabet

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:06 5

7. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


the 2 main disapiontments to those expecting something new, both are just the same old with bumps in specs and tweaks, ohh and some gimmicky features to brag about but hardly use

both samsung and apple pulling the same tricks now and the samsung fanboys are extremely quiet right now

but the s4 will do very well as just like the iphone 5 it will ride on the reputation of the s3.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:11 1

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Truest post yet dude.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:07 7

8. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Although the SIV's design is disappointing, the iPhone 5 looks even more disappointing than the SIV. lol xD

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:15 4

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yeah but the s4 is brand spanking new dude. C'mon bro Samsung made a sweet device, but they dropped the ball on the looks. I guess you had to diss the iPhone on "GP" huh?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:31 2

15. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


To tell you the truth, the iPhone 5's design is even worst than the SIV's. I'm not an Apple hater by the way.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:35 1

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I know your not, that's why I was shocked to see you plug an iPhone diss in there bro.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:16 4

11. djoscar4u (Posts: 59; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


Same stupid design, what a turn off. Now Samsung is trying to copy the iphone now.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:21 4

13. estreito (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 May 2012)


Is it just me, or the iphone with it's giant bezel is looking more and more like an old design?

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 02:16

31. vincelongman (Posts: 1697; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The iPhone has kept its giant bezel because they want the bezels to be symmetrical, the home button is very iconic, so Apple doesn't want to change their home button which means they have to kept the bezel giant and therefore a screen small.

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 02:31

68. jtl78 (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


new name...same $h!t

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:41 2

17. mr.sammygalaxynote3 (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


Apple said Iphone 5S will beat you Samsung Galaxy S4...
Samsung said you think you can beat me?I know I can beat you with Samsung Galaxy Note III....and I will beat you AGAIN !!!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:02 4

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude shutup

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:40

24. THE-ONE (banned) (Posts: 28; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Yea shut up you. Go away.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:10 2

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Apples gonna sue Sammy for releasing the same phone two years in a row.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 07:22

48. aireal10 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


hahaha...true.

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 02:30

67. jtl78 (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Apple is trying to get money to make a bigger screen and come up with better softwares.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:34 1

22. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I don't care about the plastic design at all. Why? Because it will be wrapped in an OtterBox case. Using a phone naked (without a case) terrifies me after I dropped my S3 on concrete from 6ft. last year and the screen cracked. Got a new one 3 days later so it's okay now haha.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 01:01 1

30. sbw44 (Posts: 412; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Why must you buy an extra case for a premium flagship which you paid $700 for?

But maybe you are right, putting the s4 in a case will be one way to hide its hideous design!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 12:19

39. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Why pay $700 when I can get it for $400 or possibly for free?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:39 3

23. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Iphone will always be that TINY PUNY phone piece of crap what's the point when APPLE can't redesign their own phone

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 02:28

66. jtl78 (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The reason why apple can't make a bigger screen is because they know their fans cannot afford the jacked up price for just a glass and the same junk on the inside.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:55 1

25. huhuhehe (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


civic turbo can make ferrari become chicken bro. ehe thats y honda civic just you displacement 1.6 to 2.0 that same goes to iphone just use dual core tech. hehe even they use a dual core still can manage that fastest then can u imagine if iphone use quadcore i think it enough to managed to kill all those quadcore. but, respect to s4 tht give the best screen because im s4 fan too.. wait for you.. huhu

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:10 1

27. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Why does the s4 look slimmer?

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 02:21

32. vincelongman (Posts: 1697; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I thinks its because the S4 has curved edges

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 08:54 1

36. Nayabandaa (Posts: 29; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Unfair competion. iPhone is a child against that papa of a phone .

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 09:28

38. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


you do know your idiot comment can be flipped, as children nowadays are more tech savy you can argue your saying the iphone is the smarter phone plus calling the s4 the ''papa'' can be seen as its old and dated

please if your gonna make senseless comments with run of the mill hate try harder

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 02:25

65. jtl78 (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


apple was growing well until the tree next door started to grow faster and over shadowed the apple trees. Now they can't even see past the shadows to move ahead...poor fruits....

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 15:31

44. raptorstv (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Korea should just focus on creating lower-end phones, leave luxury goods (incl. smartphones) to the hands of the Westerners

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 02:22

64. jtl78 (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Everyone knows how much smarter the asians are to the americans. Look at your president as an example....he's probably using an iphone bc he can't figure out the more sophisticated Androids...especially ones like the Samsung's. lol

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 17:40

46. urossss (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


You're all so smart ha... when you will be a phone designer and you'll make phone like this than comment bad things but I guess I will just get thumb down for this coment becose you're soo smart

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 06:17 1

47. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


"but it simply lacks the impeccable construction of the iPhone 5’s brushed aluminum casing."
- it comes scratched out of the box !!
- apple: you re unboxing it wrong !!!

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