Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Listening to callers isn’t a problem on either device, seeing that the volume is more than ample with their earpieces and speakerphones. Still, our ears tell us that the iPhone 5s is the suitable phone for chit-chatting because voices have a natural and distinct tone to them – whereas with the Galaxy S4, they tend to sound muted.
We can’t complain much about the battery life of either smartphone, since they churn out easily that one-day of normal usage we so desperately look for in each and every device we check out. In the end, they’re average at best by today’s standards – so expect to recharge them frequently if you’re a power user.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
Two high-end smartphone, two completely different takes in what makes them qualify as being high-end. At the very least, you’re going to spend $200 with your signature on a 2-year contract to pick either one, but it’s a matter of what’s most important to you that dictates the winner in this particular comparison.
Being the new kid on the block, the iPhone 5s is a fantastic device that’s very well rounded in being a high performer in the categories that matter the most to people – such as taking photos/video, call quality, and having a snappy performance. Additionally, it’s packing along a cool Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a 64-bit based Apple A7 processor, which are two distinct things that we don’t find on other competing flagships.
Sure, the Galaxy S4 continues to enthrall us with its imposing larger than life stature, as it’s packed to the roof with some splendid hardware, but it even makes the grade with the software experience too. Whereas the iOS 7 experience is refreshing and adheres to that notion of being simple, Samsung goes the complete opposite route by offering us a ton of neat/gimmicky (depending on who you talk to, of course) software features. As the dust settles, there’s no arguing that these two are wonderful smartphones that capture the essence of being high-end, so there’s no wrong decision here. If premium and simplicity is more of your forte, then it’s the iPhone 5s. And if hardware specs and diverse software features are more akin to your needs, it’s going to be the Galaxy S4 for you then.
1. AnTuTu (Posts: 1551; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
S4 is beating the hell out of 5same in every damn way. Sammy FTW.
6. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)
How exactly? Coz all iv read everywhere is iPhone beating the S4 black and blue in everything. EVERYthing.
9. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
+1 iPhone 5S beats the S4s camera, completely crushes the s4 in The CPU and GPU department. Displaymate says that the 5S has the better display. And Ofcourse plastic isn't fantastic !
13. GamePlayer (Posts: 51; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
You guys stop it. Both are good in their own respective ways.Both are pretty different, and it depends on personal choices.
And yea mr. THE.DARK.KNIGHT, plastic is'nt fantastic but nor is an overpriced price tag.
24. nerdylish (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Apr 2013)
How is the iPhone overpriced since both of 'em cost $199 on contract and start at $649 off contract?
27. darkkjedii (Posts: 17571; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
The Sammites will find a way to justify it to themselves.
29. darkkjedii (Posts: 17571; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I think AnTuTu has iP3MS "iPhone makes me mad syndrome".
33. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
The problem isn't the 5S hardware it is the fact that it is running IOS which is still years behind android in features, also 4" is too small. Wait a few months the new Intel baytrails will crush the snapdragon 800 + 5S. AMD will also be joining nvidia soon with some radeon branded phone APUs.
37. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Care to explain the cliché "iOS is years behind Android"?
155. damienvox (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
Built in data usuage checker?
Had slide down notifications first?
Better slide down notifications?
Doesnt requite just one thing ahem itunes just to function?
Better range of software and devices to choice from to get what you want?
Makes sense when getting a new pc and installing drivers to said pc?
Doesn't require hard drive wiping before syncing up to new said pc?
All of these go to android amd so do other basics.
First front facing
First multi core processor
First standard setting 2 mp face time camera
First 1 gb 2 gb and now 3 gb of ram handheld
While apple got
First 64 bit processor
But that 64 bit architecture is designed for 4 gb of ram or up which iphone lacks.
So it isn't even properly useing it.
The touch id isnt first Motorola did finger scanning first although granted it failed.
So apple got two points.
Android got lets see. A whole LOT more .
See list above.
Icrap is dated it only runs well cause the os is from 205 qualityy heck windows 7 does better multitasking and notifications and its aging lol.
So that icrap processor runs so well cause there is so little going on.
Android devices need more because they actually are doing something.
159. CJC4L1F3 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Just because it had some specs first doesn't make it years ahead of iOS.The Wright brothers were the first to fly a plane doesn't mean they were to superior to everyone who came after them.
160. htainlintha (Posts: 40; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)
Oh,noob please, good example but wrong usage as apple is no where near a better plane or even a plane itself. Need more prove, continuous decline sales and market share of both tablets and phones proving it till today. Not to mention their laptops and desktops are totally hopeless compared to Microsoft, as even in Mac laptops or desktops they still need dual boot with Microsoft and software support of mac sucks big time. Porting mobile games to computers are equally ridiculous also. The finish line is simple they lost desktops,laptops,desknote,ultrabook area to Microsoft and tablets, mobiles and wearable tech area to Google and Samsung. Simple,apple as nothing and they can't live without Google(youtube,gmail,gtalk,hangout,google map(because apple map is a flop till today,everything is wrong) and Microsoft,while the other two can live without apple.
go to this funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/4224963/Go+home+apple/
162. damienvox (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
So apple having record breaking sales didnt happen for you? I do agree they aint a plane or as good as people think but apple is by no means suffering from sale issues.
48. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
I'd say that the S4 running Android is it's biggest downfall. Give iOS and it'd be amazing! However, I find iOS the superior OS, hence I say this.
139. htainlintha (Posts: 40; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)
you don't need SGS4 hardware to run iOS,may be S2 will even do the trick :D LOL! SGS4 is a complete design for Android ,trust me ,powerful hardware to handle local apps running behind,widgets, web browsings,support full HD displays etc
85. promise7 (Posts: 761; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
4" is too small? not everyone wants a huge screen or r u speaking for everyone with no basis or support?
138. htainlintha (Posts: 40; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)
4 inch is like a chick-size these days buddy,only a few people and girls are comfortable with it, it is not good enough and big enough to view photos,movies, web browsing and gaming etc, may be because of the pixels limitations I guess, iphs just stick with the small size one, galaxy S4 jsutified the size with the full HD 1980x1080p HD Amoled display,true to tone. :)
144. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
People having weak eyesight want big displays and font
You call amoled better than retina
Retina is way brighter and sharper
Ur a kid shouting samsung! Samsung! Android!
Android is a wet cat without samsung
41. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)
Displaymate didn,t say so.
Discussing the pros and cons of the screens DisplayMate says:
The iPhone 5 is significantly brighter than the Galaxy S4, particularly for screens with mostly peak white backgrounds. Its color calibration is a bit better, although the Galaxy S4 has a more accurate White. The Galaxy S4 has a much bigger screen, higher resolution, higher PPI, much darker blacks, and better screen uniformity than the iPhone 5. They each have their own particular strengths and weaknesses…both displays are quite good and comparable overall – so it’s currently a tie."
137. htainlintha (Posts: 40; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)
plastic is to give you access to batter and micro SD expansion which are pretty handy for travellers and normal everyday users,tell me one aluminium phone has the access of it,I can always see ip5s users running around like crazies in search of battery charger box and usb to extend the life,quite pathetic,isn't it? SGS4 E330S version beat in benchmarking as it has snapdragon 800 and adreno 330, ip5s 64 bit do beat in geekbench 3 on sgs4 marginally, but in geekbench 2 and Antutu,SGS4 wins over in ip5S again so? any problem? LOL!
check this one.ip5S is pretty weak compared to Note 3 and Sony Z1 in reality also
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 score
2983 /watch?v=djGIQ87wmEw,this 3 will confirm you,there you go buddy. Z1 and note 3,outperform GB3 in reality. Cheers:D
165. iamnuyo (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
You're clearly 2 things. 1. An iPhone lover 2. Complete dumbass. The camara does not crush the S4. Try taking a picture at night with both phones and see which one is clear. I'm a wireless consultant so I work with phone every single day and research them. The CPU and GPU isn't better. You're super restricted with an iPhone. The S4 grants you freedom and is fully customizable and the operation is fast. If you want a simple phone, the iphone is the way to go. But if you want an advance phone then go with the S4. Pay for Quality. Iphone is made with cheap parts. No work put into the phone. Have a good day.
166. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
As being a software engineer
I prefer iPhone because of its touch responsiveness and unmatchable speed
Galaxy S4 is too slow
It needs whole 5 seconds to open just contacts
190. rescue141x (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)
That's funny seeing how it took less than a second to open my contacts. Nice try though
40. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)
so you haven't heard about, multitaskung, contast, 441ppi, sencors, 5" screen in second smallest and lightest flagship device (from all brands and screen sizes), swappable battery, SD support, IR , 13MP for details and pictute zooming, 2GB RAM......
By the way, if put this "powerfull" A7 (made by samsung on Exynos process, though) inside the GS4 and try to do the same tasks , it will be dead.
86. promise7 (Posts: 761; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
The hardware is manufactured by Samsung, but the A-series processors uses in the iPhones are all based on Apple's reworkings of ARM silicon.
55. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)
How can an Outdated, over priced, Boring iPhone 5Same beat a superior Galaxy S4? in real world, S4 Wins in performance. Because iPhone 5Same with that girly laggy iOS7 makes it more uglier. hahaha
104. SilverSurfer85 (Posts: 28; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)
S4 has a bunch of stuff that the average person wont, or doesnt need. Take away some of those features and there WONT be any type of COMP between the two. Everyone doesnt want a phablet, or right under that . Some of us like things that are still portable.
151. GoogleSafariFox (banned) (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Agreed. Simply, most iSheeeps around here are just typical lame a$$ fanGays. Some can't even afford to buy an iPhone 5 or 5S. LOL Simply DELUSIONAL iFANS. S4 wins anyday! Very advanced and Cool Phone! And NO LAGS on it! iPHONE 5shiit, Jeeeez. OLD DESIGN, The design is so 2007! Features are OUTDATED AND USELESS. The Over priced tag never fades too. Nah, iPhone 5Shiit is a complete Mess! S4 ROCKS!
62. SupermanayrB (Posts: 342; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Have ANY of you actually went to a store & spent time using & comparing the phones for how they work for you instead of showing the internet that you know how to read numbers & do math? Just because the numbers are higher doesn't mean anything, based on the user. I sell both of these phones & it's really all based on preference.
I use android (RAZR Maxx is my main phone, also have an S4 & an Optimus G Pro) so I obviously know how it works for me. This weekend I'm taking the 5C home to see if I could see myself using (an iPhone) for my everyday use. I already know based on screen size, iPhones are not for me. Still gonna test drive it & see if I prefer that interface over android. At the end of the day, that's really what it comes down to, NOT 'Oh the S4 is better because.... the iPhone is better because....'
128. donutwindy (Posts: 6; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)
Not everything. I like how reviews miss the point of android. Stock android vs IOS? Who uses stock anything on android? My home screen currently has 64 icons and two widgets displaying my calendar and weather all at the same time. I wish apple would do several things: Removable battery (my phone is running 6400mah and runs for days because of a larger replacement battery), more icons on the home screen (or at least the ability to select how many and what size). Widgets on screens, Swype for the keyboard (faster for me than hunt and peck). Bigger screen.
as for android phones, Sammy screens kinda suck. Try reading one outdoors, Apple is still the gold standard there. Build quality, no comparison, definitely Apple. The stock interface on an s4 looks like it was made for four year olds. (but fortunately, its replaceable, and I have). And there are and will always be, more and better apps for IOS. (because people who buy androids aren't willing to spend anything. I know several developers for IOS that only develop there for that reason)
of course if Apple let people develop IOS apps using a windows pc, I'd develop for them too. (big oversight).
I'm totally android, but if Apple changes the above items, I'd love to go iPhone. (I probably will go with the iPad mini though.. I think it rocks)
iPhone camera's better too. (they've always been cutting edge there, love the two tone flash, Samsung will likely copy at some point).
Neither phone wins at everything.
136. yazminaston (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)
the camara on the s4 is better
you can put extra memory in the s4
you can remove the battary (which is handy)
you can make payments with the s4
you can play 1080p videos with s4 iphone is only 720 i think
group play on s4
A feature called Smart Stay keeps your Galaxy S4's display lit while you're looking at it. It can detect your eyes using the front-facing camera. This is a very useful feature because it can prevent your screen from going dark while you're reading something. which the iphone doens't have.
so there is quite a few things that makes the s4 better
142. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
Iphone 5s beats samsung in many ways
Fingerprint scan. Vs blank
Dual core 64 bit is better than octa core
Dual flashlight vs single
Metal vs plastic
3d icon display vs normal
Retina vs amoled
Now tell whos the winner huh
147. htainlintha (Posts: 40; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)
Let me put it this way buddy SGS4 vs ip5S
1.Quad core vs 64 bit(ios is not even 32bit ready,with 1GB ram,it is a joke,so it is merely a gimmick,wait for Android,Samsung can do 3GB ram,when it comes with 4GB RAM,64 bit ready Android,stunning 64 bit quadcore processor,can't wait for it to happen)
2.13MP aparture 2.2 and 8MP (youtubedotcom/watch?v=DXddteoA-Ms)
3.NFC vs no NFC
4.Barometer,thermometer vs no new things
5.1080pHD vs screen lower than 720pHD(don't give us mindless excuses like apple did because human eyes can see more and TVs has proven it)
6.3D parallax effect? 3D icon is availible to Android application 3 years ago which you don't know at all.
7.metal vs plastic? (plastic gives you access to battery and memory expansion, light weight and damage absorption are additional points, I see many ip users running around like crazies when their battery is drying all the time, they need charger box or usb with them all the time)
8.launcher (thmese) vs same old iOS 7 like command center which is like Android.
9.2GB Ram vs 1GD Ram
10.2600 mAh vs 1560mAH
11.slow motion HD at 1/2,1/4,1/8 speed vs slow motion HD in ios7(do you know that slow motion is availible in Android long ago?,hope you know.)
12.wireless charging,smart cover,working with smart watches are additional points again. Tell me who is the winner? SGS4 FTW! and the list can go on
148. s4lemon (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)
Yes but: The S4 lags and stutters so much it's been nicknamed the 'burper' - its like the damn thing has got indigestion. The 5s does not, it is extremely smooth and not a hint of lag.
All the specs. in the world are meaningless if the phone does not perform.
153. damienvox (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
The 5s doesnt even do half as much as the s4 does so of course more specs but not same performance it has more going on.
Put the 5s ram and processor in the gs4 and my guess.
Your statement was like 2+2=4
156. friedrice2307 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)
nope that's a bunch of bs, ip5s still lags.
150. AppleAssassin (unregistered)
I made an account just to tell you HOW stupid you are.
Good luck with privacy and your fingerprint been sold to the highest bidder.
Dual core 64 bit vs 8 core 64 bit
Really?, it has 4 times as many cores...
Flashlight, yeah that's the dealbreaker when buying a phone for the FLASHLIGHT
Metal vs plastic, yeah I'll let you have that one.
3D icon display, a gimmick.
Retina vs amoled, the galaxy S4 is better because it's 1080x1920, a higher resolution.
Go back to school kid.
183. khizar (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Feb 2014)
i used to prefer apple until now but after 5s release i have come to the conclusion that apple is a money grabber company which sells cheap china stuff wrapped in a california label and design--a far cry from samsung atleast they speak the truth.and ppl like u think retina is something new but actually its just high definition display with a diff name similarly apple tricks innocent teens by using words like moments,retina and bla bla what so ever............. i like andiiiiiiroid!!!
180. trevortf (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
It is the same old argument....Android and PCs are for people that like customization, features, hardware and software...iPhones and Macs are for noobs that like facetime and don't know how to work with simple GUIs....
Samsung picture, screen size, lightness, expandable memory, WAY faster (RAM beats a useless 64-bit chip in performance), esp when phone has...better color and resolution, and more capable of multitasking, widgets, universal chargers, Android btho of iOS (its a kids os), better touchscreen key software, voice to text, battery (which can be replaced cheaply, if needed, or removed if wetted), better gps and built in software, I never notice any lag issues, you can customize the GUI 10 ways for every 1, BEST OF ALL...no iTunes...you just click and drag files and media to your device.
If you want a smartphone, Samsung...if you want a kids toy...iPhone
*You know u have a weak argument when u are leaning on screen brightness, do you like less battery life? Contrast and gamma more important. Metal casing? Srsly? WGAF? We are all putting a polymer case on our smartphones
107. .AppleJack (Posts: 22; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)
If we're talking about design the Galaxy Same 4 is not so far from the s3 design u.u
157. friedrice2307 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)
and this is coming from the icrap user.
you have noticed that your phone style has not changed for the past 4 or 5 phones. whoopdeedooo they added gold guys. its so much different. hee hee I so happy wit me icrap 5shait.
122. AKumar47 (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)
1/4 mile dragstrip, 17secs(s4) vs 4sec(5s) quadcore vs dual core, haha!
i'll go for ip5s in ios and the upcoming nexus 5 for android and the bandit for wp8, that's all... haha!
143. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
iphone 5S beats s4 in many ways
Dual core 64 bit vs quadcore
Fingerprint scanner vs blank
Dual flashlight vs single
3d icons display vs normal
Retina vs amoled
Metal vs plastic
Now tell whos the winner huh
154. damienvox (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
Dual core vs quad core who wins? Whoa dumb.
2gb ram vs 1gb ram
Higher res screen
More battery life
Polycarbonate vs cheap ass aluminum well about the same
Aluminum sucks sorry.
Doesn't require specific things from samsung to operate unlike your icrap requiring all apple always
Easy file transfer
Easy music adding
Sensible driver self installation
No need to wipe clean to sync to new pc you may buy
Etc etc etc
This list is long go home your drunk fool.
8. tech2 (Posts: 3143; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
I doubt that. Firstly, they tout their state of the art quantitative reviewing system e.g. benchmarks, display brightness, contrast, battery life, etc. and then they fail to implement them. It not only makes the reviews susceptible to biasness but also makes review very subjective.
Its not a comparison review when you actually don't 'compare' anything quantitative and only present your thoughts about them. The review should simply be called 'John V.'s thought on Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S'
Note: I replaced 'vs' with 'and' as there are no winners in mostly any of PA's reviews.
3. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4239; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Honestly, between the two, 5S for me. I just hate Touchwiz. If it were the Google Play edition GS4, however, it would be different.
34. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)
Touchwiz is the best thing that happened to Android so far.
43. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)
You will never see Android devices with such functionallity as with Touchwiz.
63. SupermanayrB (Posts: 342; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
I disagree. I prefer Motos interface to Sammys, but that's because it works for me. I'm just used to Motorolas. Been using them as a smartphone since '06. Well, the Q doesn't count since it was Windows.
67. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4239; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
In your opinion. I think the icons are cartoon-ish and the overall interface is cluttered. I much prefer stock or Motorola's UI, even Sense is minimalistic and clean now. The Galaxy S4 lagged like crazy when it first came out because Touchwiz bogged it down so much, even now after a few updates to make it smoother it still has a few stutters (on the Snapdragon 600 version at least).
It might have a ton of features (gimmicks to some), but that doesn't mean it's the best. Functionality is great, but when it intrudes on the experience like it does currently, something needs to change.
70. wildfiregt (Posts: 150; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
The S4 is better than the other in many parts because actually has features that can't be ported to other phones. If you don't like how looks touchwiz you just download themes ,yes it exists you know ! or at least ,there are so many custom roms. Here the s4 beats everything
73. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4239; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
It's not just about looks though. Yes, it has many features that other phones don't offer, but they slowed the phone down, which is a problem. What's the use of all those features if you can't use them efficiently without lag and stutter?
Also, many of the features on the GS4 have been labeled gimmicks, meaning not useful features that mainly just take up space and are just used as marketing hype. And even if some features are useful on the GS4, some of them don't work well because Samsung went for quantity rather than quality when it comes to features. Instead of taking time to test and develop those features thoroughly, they just slapped them in there and let them be, which led to half-baked, awkwardly operated, and useless functions.
82. wildfiregt (Posts: 150; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
One thing you don't understand ,is OK many are gimmicks like you say. But who cares ? 1 of 5 is useful so at least you have features that other don't. If you care about lag ,well who told you the s4 lags when you turn off what you don't need ? again root your phone and use custom roms that's much better
88. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4239; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
1 of 5 are useful, so that means there are 4 that you don't need and just take up space. Yes, I can turn them off and that would eliminate *some* lag, but my memory is still being taken up. It's useless, and didn't need to be in existence in the first place.
Also, I shouldn't have to root and put on custom roms for my phone to run smoothly. The procedure and execution of tasks should be near flawless with a device out of the box, not cluttered, inconsistent, and a pain to deal with. That's what the overwhelming majority of consumers do, they use what the OEM has given them out of the box, and have barely even heard of rooting and flashing roms.
115. wildfiregt (Posts: 150; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
When i say custom roms ,i mean you have the features you need not relating lags. Correct me if i'm wrong, the s4 doesn't lag. stop talking without knowing