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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Introduction

If this isn't the biggest rivalry in the mobile industry right now, we don't know what is. Samsung and Apple have been battling each other for years now, both on the market and in court. Just like that, the Samsung vs Apple clash has grown into one of the biggest rivalries the tech world has ever seen. Right now, the two companies stand on pretty much equal footings, and we're can't be sure yet as to which one will emerge victorious.

This situation is easy to explain. Both Apple and Samsung produce wonderful products. Let's take, for example, the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5! Both are amazing smartphones with their own strengths and weaknesses. Obviously, neither can claim to be better than the other, but if we look closely, we can identify the areas where one has an advantage over the other and vice versa. Surprise, surprise - that's exactly what we'll do right now.


Design

Apple is a company that pays a lot of attention to the design of its products, and it absolutely shows with the iPhone 5. One of the best looking phones on the market today, the iPhone 5 is beautiful, light, compact and premium. It has that aura of something expensive and sophisticated.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
The Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5

The Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right)


Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 is the exact opposite. Samsung's handset is made of thin plastic and doesn't feel as the expensive product that it is. Still, it's an awesome design in its own way, because it's actually quite compact for a smartphone with a 5-inch screen. The rounded edges and smooth, glossy plastic make it comfortable to hold and use, despite the considerable dimensions. Well, of course, the iPhone 5 is the more practical phone, but we do appreciate the effort that Samsung has put into making the GS4 as small as possible. We can't think of any other smarpthone with such a large display that feels so small and comfortable to hold.

Left sides - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Right - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Top - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Left sides

Right

Top

Bottom - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Backs - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Rear cameras - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Bottom

Backs

Rear cameras

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (bottom, left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top, right)



Display

If you watch a lot of video, or if you play a lot of games on your phone, then chances are you'll be better off with the giant, 5" display of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Apple increased the screen size to 4" with the iPhone 5, but that's still significantly smaller than what the Samsung can offer.

Both screens are simply gorgeous, but the iPhone 5 is really something special in this department. Its display manages to be both super-vibrant and very natural-looking at the same time. The Galaxy S4, on the other hand, is also spectacular, thanks to its great contrast levels and saturated colors, but it can't quite match the true-to-life image of the iPhone 5, even when you tone things down a bit using the special screen mode preset for the purpose.

Viewing angles tend to be better on the iPhone 5 and so is outdoor visibility, thanks to the higher brightness output of its display. The iPhone 5 can also get darker than the Galaxy S4, which makes it more suitable for use at night (in the dark).



Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 289
(Poor)
9
(Average)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
7316
(Good)
2.16
5.52
(Average)
7.31
(Average)
Apple iPhone 5 535
(Excellent)
5
(Excellent)
1:1168
(Good)
7385
(Good)
2.22
3.54
(Good)
3.75
(Good)
View all


Samsung Galaxy S4 360-Degrees View:



Apple iPhone 5 360-Degrees View:



153 Comments
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posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:13 33

1. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


Its like that I just watch an entire review where iPhone is Sammy's bit$h.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:28 27

6. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


S4 all the way. IPhone only wins with call quality and materials. The GSIV is the better phone.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:53 17

54. samsunggalaxylover (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


come on there are no reasons for such comparison the galaxy s4 is way far more better than the iremote5 in all ways.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 13:36 6

65. sudhar131998 (Posts: 63; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


iPhone 5 should not be called iremote as you all know the galaxy s4, htc one and lg optimus pro are the only phones that feature infrared emitter to act as a remote so just keep that in mind

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 13:54 7

67. Banana (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


S4 = plasitc not so fantastic. iPhone 5 = quality + best user experience + design = happy owner :D

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 14:24 11

72. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


it's a phone, not jewelry...

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 23:43 1

109. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


i suppose a watch is for telling time... sure, because when I wear a Rolex I really just need to see what time it is

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 18:21 1

116. bobolicious (Posts: 19; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


A rolex is for telling time? i thought it was to be worn just for looks.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 16:37 17

76. Ivan6479 (Posts: 250; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I'm not quite sure how a phone made of aluminum and glass is so much better quality. Polycarbonate (the material used on the S4) is the same material used to make safety glasses. I don't know about you, but if it's good enough to protect my eyes then it's damn well good enough for my phone. You don't see companies making safety glasses out of glass do you? Polycarbonate is designed to take a lickin and keep on ticken, which glass is not.

As for the aluminum, yeah it looks cool, but it's what they make coke cans out of. There is a reason for that. It is a cheap material. Also it can be scratched and dented very easily, so there is nothing quality about that.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 23:09 2

89. ph00ny (Posts: 1263; Member since: 26 May 2011)


not to mention samsung's tradition of using magnesium frame under the plastic shell

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 11:49 2

100. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 811; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Agree

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 18:22 2

117. bobolicious (Posts: 19; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


very well put and to the point 100% props

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 10:59 1

130. mrfunkyjay (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)


a very clever explanation... they are just way too hypnotised by the ads Apple guys made regarding their Iphone5.

Aluminium is softer than plastic, it deforms easily. I found two-three tiny scratches and light deformation of my friend's Iphone5's edges on its aluminium case, too bad...

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 02:02 3

92. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


iphone5's aluminum body peels off like a banana.
yeah you heard that right, lol

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 12:20

103. donfem (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Like your name, your statement is banana

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 12:36 3

58. Trex95 (Posts: 938; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Call quality, build quality , Apps, better camera and the most important things the software keep up with the hardware.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:44 7

17. Leo_MC (Posts: 1688; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


That means you have "eyesight" problems: S4 has a worse display, worse call quality, worse camera (just wait and see low light shots), wores user experience, slower browsing (Ray "forgot" to mention), worse design.

But, hey, in your world, S4 is better because it has 5" display and uses Android.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:52 18

23. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Worse display? Doubt it, its bigger and higher ppi which actually makes it much easier to do nearly every task one would do on their phone. I already said it has worse call quality, though that's not something you see with your eyes. Yes, low light is probably miserable but the Iphones isn't great either so I wouldn't be to proud of the results. Worse user experience is just nonsense, you've obviously not used Android. Slower browser is also questionable and design is only marred by materials which I already mentioned.

In my world S4 is better because it's OS is not 4+ years old and unchanged

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:07 4

28. Leo_MC (Posts: 1688; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Only in your world.
I don't give a f* about size if I can't watch my display in direct sunlight; iP display gets a little darker than One's so you can see better at night; iP 5 has better viewing angles. WTF are you talking about S4 having better display? It's not better, it's just bigger.

I have been using Android for 3 years now and I can say, although it grows everyday, it's far from being as great as some of you picture it to be.

In every browsing test first 2 places are held by iPad and iPhone, with Nexus 10 being third. That means iPhone 5 browsing speed is higher that S4's and that's a fact; I don't give a f* if you like it or not.

Your world must be a special one where Alice is friends with the queen of hearts...

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:25 18

34. voxmarc (Posts: 332; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


only in your lost world.....bah bah bah bah bah bah.....no match to S4 whatsoever.....talk to your granpa and granma they love Iphony5,,,

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:35 10

39. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Since S4 uses Amoled screen it has the lowest reflectance in the current crop of high end smart phones. So sunlight legibility would be far better than your iRemote5.
You have never seen the galaxy s4 in person and you criticize about its design based on press images... lol
"In every browsing test first 2 places are held by iPad and iPhone, with Nexus 10 being third. That means iPhone 5 browsing speed is higher that S4's and that's a fact;"- current S4 web browsing tests are based on pre production software and it will be better once it gets finalized (The same was the case in S3 when released).
You should be living under a rock and lead a sad life. Time for you to get out of the cave...

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 12:46

59. Trex95 (Posts: 938; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


I used to own galaxy s2, note 1, S3, note 2, wave 1, galaxy nexus and samsung omina HD before all these phones comes with Amoled pen tile and all of these Samsung phones sunlight legibility ZERO when you compere it with iphone 4, 4s and 5 sunlight legibility except the note 2 a bit better.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 03:54

93. Leo_MC (Posts: 1688; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


I don't know stuff because S4 haven't been released yet but your stuff about the same S4 must be right because... you said them; nevermind you have the same info about S4 I have...
How dumb do you consider everyone to be?

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:15 1

46. rdemon (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


I don't think the video is a fair comparison due to the fact that he is comparing a pre production demo of the s4 to whatever that small black thingy is (j/k). I'm not saying it's a bias comparison but it's certainly not a fair one at least not until a better optimized S4 comes out versus the IPhone 5s.

I would have like to have seen it compared in day to day use to really test out it's brightness, call quality, battery life etc. I would say however the S4 wins hand down in features alone and it's something Samsung can build on for the future whether if anyone agrees it's innovation or not. The Galaxy Note 2 is a prime example of that and no one can't deny that it wasn't a game changer.

Apple commands the U.S. market share but Samsung rules the world in terms of global share and profit in the mobile space.

Besides when that Note 3 drops, nothing is touching it. And I mean nothing. If that unbreakable display finally makes It way to the Note 3, it will obliterate everything in it's path.

All you need to do is tell people "screen doesn't break when it drops" plus possible 1080p OLED display and people will throw hoards of cash at it. Not to mention Samsung advertisements is so aggressive these days. I probably seen a Galaxy Note 2 or a GS3 commercial every 5 minutes when i turn on the the TV.

And aside from talking about the Note 3, when they finally put these unbreakable displays on there products going forward on and advertise to the masses. GAME OVER!!!

Don't even talk to me about to me about "Rotten Apples" no more. And I hope Samsung never let's another company use there components. Keep that s**t in-house.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:32 2

49. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


I started to agree but the Samsung's Note line is just too much of a niche product. I think the Note series is a great set of phones, but no matter how good the Note 3 is I do not see myself buying one and I doubt that sales will surpass Iphone or Galaxy's. The device is just too large and unpractical in my opinion.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 13:22

63. rdemon (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


I respect your comment Monseuir Longhorn. I would of agreed with you about the note being a niche product when the first one come out about three years ago. But the Note 2 has developed quite a fanfare due to the advertising. Besides 10 million Note 2's sold worldwide ain't to shabby to build upon.

It's cool if they wanna take subliminal shots at the competition but those "Unicorn Apocalypse" commercials ain't cutting it. I think with the Note 3 they need to showcase how it would be more useful in everyday use whether it be business, entertainment, educational, etc. I think where Samsung can improve in it's commercials is do better job on convincing the public on the necessities of their product features.

And you really wouldn't buy a phone with an unbreakable screen. Something Flapple could never conceive of doing. Oh and Leo guy is an idiot. Someone should let him now that Samsung just made his phone look like the first Motorola.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 03:56

94. Leo_MC (Posts: 1688; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Yeah S4 is better than iP5 because Note 3 might have "indestructible" display...
Is like saying Bruce Lee kicks the sh* out of van Damme.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 16:50 1

107. rdemon (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Dude your douche. There's no way of you knowing your IPussy 5 is better than the beast which is the S4 until a true test from a post production unit of the S4 and the IPhone 5 are ready for a real comparison.

Although I'll go out on a limb here and say the S4 will bitch slap the IPhone. 5s and all. Besides check the benchmarks fool.

And Bruce Lee would kick the s**t out of Van Damme, he stinks. If your saying the S4 and the Note series are like the Bruce Lee of smartphones, well then thanks.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 13:42

121. TMach (Posts: 460; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Now this is interesting as nearly everyone who has seen this video agrees that the Xperia Z shots are warmer and more natural than that of the iP5. Regardless, people still choose to hate on the Xperia Z.........lol.

http://youtu.be/z0cN_NPSNu0

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 10:45

111. Leo_MC (Posts: 1688; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Today Phonearena did an article about screen quality; the result: S4 has one of the worst displays on today's phones (with S3 having an even worst display) so go there and explain how is S4 better than the rest (iphone, Z, 920, One and S3).

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