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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5

0. phoneArena 27 Mar 2013, 09:09 posted on

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...

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posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:39 5

13. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Actually the sides are plastic, they look like matal but they aren't...

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:41 13

15. wando77 (Posts: 786; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

Actually then sides are brushed metal on the s4

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:45 1

40. zhiae (unregistered)

thank you very much i thought it is same plastic of the s3

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 14:10

69. dakota30312 (Posts: 15; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)

Actually the sides are bamboo on the s4....I'm just kidding thought I'd throw another "Actually" in there.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:45 4

18. wando77 (Posts: 786; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:20 2

31. voxmarc (Posts: 330; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

hey smart ass do you have S4?have you tried holding one even in your dream?...

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:01

43. wando77 (Posts: 786; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

Me or feres?

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 23:43

91. voxmarc (Posts: 330; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


posted on 28 Mar 2013, 04:41

96. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

I don't have an S4 and neither do you, but i have an S3, and yes there's plastic on the sides of the S4

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 16:22 1

74. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Plastic sides, here's proof :

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:35 10

10. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

I love how almost every VS that Ray does including the iPhone never has a clear winner "All depends on if your nerdy or techy or just have class" would it kill you to just declare a winner?

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:39 3

12. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 590; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

Spec wise the S4 is king. If only it didn't look like it was built by Fisher Price.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:10 8

29. BadAssAbe (Posts: 454; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)

Yeah because the iPhone is built by masters who don't care about using the same design for 7 years, gets easily damage whether using glass or metal, don't mind the phone having HUGE Bezel.
Yeah great design LOL

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:40 10

14. wando77 (Posts: 786; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

Hahaha... I got to the bit about the screens and realised who was doing the comparison..... Scrolled up to see I was correct. Nice one Ray s.....a 4" 320ppi LCD wins a 5" 441ppi 1080p super amoled display anyday (riiiiiight).

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 16:28

75. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Even if the S4 has 120ppi more, it has 2/3 the amount of sub pixels, and the fact that it's an AMOLED display means it's alot dimmer and colors aren't as natural.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 16:49 3

78. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4270; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

No, Samsung has a new diamond pixel arrangement that has all 3 subpixels.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 04:39

95. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Sorry to dissapoint you, but it's pentile, Want proof??

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:13 3

106. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4270; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

It is Pentile, but it's not always about whether it's Pentile or RGB, it's about how the subpixels are laid out; and diamond Pentile is superior to the older Pentile in every way.

Scroll down to the second comment on that page comparing the new Pentile layout to the old layout. The Diamond Pentile layout is much more uniform than the older layout.

Also, I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that Samsung threw in an extra green subpixel so every pixel does have 3 subpixels. The point of Pentile is to remove some of the blue subpixels because the blue ones are the most harmful to the display.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 17:32 1

115. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Proof lol?!
Also your unnatural argument is invalid. =]

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:41 10

16. Aeires (unregistered)

I just can't agree with the iPhone having an air of sophistication as long as it has that grade school home button. All the home button does is take up a tremendous amount of space that can be allocated towards the screen or making the phone shorter. In comparison, look at how much smaller the bezel on the S4 is because the home button has much less height to it. The home button on the iPhone needs to go or be replaced with something more ergonomic.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 12:04 1

55. darkkjedii (Posts: 19123; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:48 7

20. shamataa (Posts: 210; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Please the GS 4 is the clear winner here. Its just better in every way.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:51 1

21. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

Talking about rivalry,Mr. Ray. S......this should hv been the first take on for gs4 rather that its comparison with htc one or xz(how ironic).....

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:51 5

22. McLTE (Posts: 804; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Seriously.. if you need an OS that you don't want to or can't tinker with then go with the iPhone? Really? I know several people that have ZERO knowledge of phones and enjoy their Android just fine. You CAN CAN CAN get in there and tweak things, but you don't have to.

Also.. how is the iPhone the best looking device in the industry? it's BORING! Same thing over and over and over. When is PA going to start bagging on the outdated and rehashed design? Yes it works.. but it's time for a refresh.

Unless you're an iPhone groupie I really can't see why anyone would want one, especially when it comes time to add music/files to the phone. talk about PAINFUL. Android is much much better in that regard.

I'm also tired of the talk about build materials. There is nothing wrong with Sammy's "cheap" plastic. I LOVE my Note2. I don't need or want it to be unibody and all aluminum that scratches. I LIKE the plastic back. I do wish it had an HTC like soft coating on the plastic, but really.. it's not bad at all.

To me.. there is ZERO reason to even look at the iPhone. My daughters want phones this summer.. You can BET they'll be getting GS4 or GS5's.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:54 2

41. funnyguy (banned) (Posts: 244; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)

for you there are 0 reasons, for me there are many reasons why i like ios.
For example I play games on my devices and the library of games for the ios ecosystem is much better than android.
When it comes to tablets the browsing experience on android devices is very laggy, that's right they lagg,even after all these years that android has been around.
What about the amount of tablet optimized apps? Almost non existent on android devices.
I stream movies online and I also use grooveshark for music, the last time I downloaded something was like 3 years ago, live streaming is the way to go nowedays but still I can download movies and torentz on my ipad, its possible and yeasy.
What I am trying to say is that on my ipad I can do everything that can be done on a android device, except having the widgets.I just do them in a different way.
But how I am supposed to play the latest games and have the latest apps if they simply dont exist on Android?

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 12:23

105. xtremesv (Posts: 297; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

I think you got lost, the iPad vs. Android tablet discussion is somewhere else.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:54 1

24. zeropants (Posts: 31; Member since: 31 May 2012)

I have an iPhone 5 and I'm within my trial period on AT&T. Reviews like this tend to downplay differences, but it does fit close to my thought process. I came from the HTC One X, and I like both Android and iOS for different reasons. I can return my iPhone and get an SIII and a $100 refund, get a Note II for equal cash, or keep the iPhone.

To me, the big strengths for the iPhone are facetime with my family, camera, and battery life. You could probably add in app polish to that too.
For Android, I liked the additional screen size, SD card, and replaceable base apps. However, I tended to get OCD with customizations and never left it alone...

I've been considering switching to a different phone almost daily but I always wonder what I'll end up missing if I go back to Android...

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:57 5

25. Neurone (Posts: 54; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

old i5 no comparision to new S4 , may be i5s might put up some fight....

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:59 3

26. BadAssAbe (Posts: 454; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)

"Obviously, neither can claim to be better than the other"
Because there is no need to CLAIM, the SGS4 IS BETTER.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:06 2

27. funnyguy (banned) (Posts: 244; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)

I admit that the s3 and the s4 are both better than the iPhone 5 but only because of the screen size.
When apple releases a bigger iPhone I will never buy a Samsung device again.i am currently a galaxy s3 owner and I also own an ipad.
The amount of apps and specialy games released for the ios is huge compared to android.
Just recently I heard that XCOM enemy unknown and final fantasy 5 will be released for IOS, plus games like walking dead,final fantasy 4, soul calibur, back to the future and imaginarium are to die for....
Too many exclusive apps for the ios, and I am not lying.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:34 1

37. BadAssAbe (Posts: 454; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)

I hope like Android buddy because if 4in is too small then you're gonna be waiting a long time.
2006 (I belive) iPhone 3.5in screen
6 years later
2012 iPhone 4in screen

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:14 2

30. selena1000 (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

why the hell are you guys saying that this guy is being biased!?!have you used both of them in real life??? do you know which screen looks better in reality??just buy what you want and get a life :-(

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:22 1

32. Neurone (Posts: 54; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

Madam selena ! this is an open forum where people express their views and thoughts on article , different ppl , different veiws.... So ,no need to be pissed off....

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:12 2

45. MartyK (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

Listen and stop sucking up,
I have never use a Motorola DynaTAC, but I can assure you, the dang S4 and a lot of today phones are better, so you can take your lack of education on technology right on down the street; PA and several others knows this opinion he wrote is full of it..they always compare different operating system, they have never, and I mean NEver ever gave Apple their rightful ranking! ahead as them the iPhone(all models) has a better camera then any cell phone in history, heck a better camera then camera!, there I help you PA..smh.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:27 9

35. wando77 (Posts: 786; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

"Give the GS4 to somebody and they won't know what to do".... This is laughable. It has a green phone button, a contacts button, a messaging button, an internet button and an apps button always at the bottom..... Real complicated ray.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:34 3

36. Kakarotto (Posts: 250; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:35 6

38. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 418; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)

BEAT! all ____ vs iphone end with the same conclusion... "if ur a tech saavy blah blah blah..."

How bout a true conclusion, "the iphone 5 is last years version. the S4 is a better complete all around phone. Maybe we will have to reevaluate when the 5s comes out" (just to give the iphone a shred of credit)

not this garbage.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:00 7

42. MartyK (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

It's practically useless to compare the processors of phones running different operating systems, but we'll do so anyway. Actually, no. We won't be comparing them, we'll just talk about them.

WTH?, PA, you guys are getting really bad, you guys torn down BlackBerry, practically call WP a piece of junk, every time you run a comparison you ALWAYS COMPARE different operating systems!, And now since it's the iPhone vs S4, you can't or won't compare the power of these devices? guys are straight pay for, sell outs!

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:23 2

48. darkkjedii (Posts: 19123; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Ok let the ultimate flame war battle begin. Lotsa PA users will get 7 days vacations over this one
The gs4 gets my vote. The 5 is great, but simply put is not the better of these two phones.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 16:50

79. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4270; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

And unless the iPhone 5S has completely new software, it still won't stand a chance.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:34 3

50. MartyK (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

IPhones (all model) is nothing more the a feature phone with a lot of applications;
Honestly, the first thing everyone says is, I play games or I can facetime with someone, which by the way isn't a bad thing, but guess what?, anyone who's been around will tell you, features phones did this, this is NOT a major accomplishment; PA (maybe they are new also) the whole ideal behind smart phones is to combined Pda,(power & assist) and feature phones. This is were BB, WP and Android separated from iPhone (which is a great feature phone, nothing more nothing less)

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:36

51. gixxerrider311 (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)

This should be a fun review to be able to compare the differences between these devices, people just turn it into a massive battle on which one destroys the other. Just choose the handset that best fits your needs, everyone has a choice, don't judge them. Some of you remind me of little kids in elementary school fighting over who had the better toy. grow up!

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:38 4

52. BadAssAbe (Posts: 454; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)

True PhoneArena VS Results

1st SGS4/SGS3 9.3/10

2nd HTC ONE 9.1/10

3rd SG Note II, iPhone5, Nexus 4, Xperia Z, Optimus G, Nokia 920, 9/10

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:51

53. tryingHARD (Posts: 64; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)

I start to believe to these fandroids. Apple is losing because this comparison gives ip5 a slight edge over the plastic. Iphones usually is far better than these plastics. Now, the gap is halved. =)

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 12:18 1

56. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2060; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

A great and unbiased comparison. Well done Ray.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 12:19 2

57. baldilocks (Posts: 730; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

Why do you keep showing the Google music player for the Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S4 has it's own music player.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 13:12 1

61. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Even though Ray is an iphone lover I think that the conclusion is quite fair.
There are people (mark these words, andro fans) that want a phone which works and don't care about every additional Mhz or benchmark they can possibly throw at their phone.
They just want to use it.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 14:03 2

68. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

lmao...the only thing in this world that's worthy of being compared to an iPhone, is a rock.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 14:17 1

70. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Too many IOS fans that never let the iphone lose doing reviews and head to head comparisons these days. HTC is catching up though.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 14:49 2

73. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

I am going to pick up the ONE , but really pa you know the s4 s**** all over the ip5. The s4 is in a different league of its dare u compare it with that little girls toy

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 16:37

77. nofear (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

Y? this iDevice keeping goes around compare with best Android devices. BECAUSE IT IS COMING FROM a iTry.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 17:19 4

82. darkich (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


Phonearena Samsung galaxy s3 vs iPhone 5 comparison - Galaxy S3 wins!
Phonearena Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 comparison - draw!!


posted on 27 Mar 2013, 18:58 1

84. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4270; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Not really, those were 2 different reviewers. John V. did the GS3 vs. iPhone 5, and Ray S. did the GS4 vs. iPhone 5.

2 different people, 2 different views.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 19:02

86. GuitarPlayer (Posts: 36; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)

Hey PA put the S4 (best smartphone 2013) against Lumia 920 (best smartphone and most innovative of 2012)

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 19:35 2

87. tiara6918 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Galaxy S4 is obviously the better choice over the iPhone5

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 20:49 2

88. drusila (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)

bettter black than AMOLED??

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 23:35

90. ray386407 (Posts: 14; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)

Im getting so tires of these comparison comments because se people who comment obviously are not in the phone industry or just blinded by there own personal judgement about an iphone but anyways. I work for at&t and jave been for a very long time I actually physically played with a samsung galaxy s4 I use a note 2 as my daily driver. For the iphone fans stop really just stop. I have seen every iphone come out I been there I have played with them I know the specs and honestly an iphone is a hype device most people dont even know why they buy an iphone they just do. Great marketing on apples part. I all ways sit and wonder why close minded people buy the same device literrally over and over and over. I fans says well it just works its all ways smooth the display. Is retina so what. There is no real innovation behind an iphone its just screens with apps that is all no amazing features then you say well what about siri its voice control with a name lol. Look add true multi tasking functionality to it like an android pho number e add widgets to it more features more internal programs guess what I bet you it will lag and freeze. As far as the screen stretch it out to more than 4 inch on there same technology you will not have a retina display lol simply put ifans the phone is dated the software is dated and really cant be compared. Android devices havent lagged or freezed since ice cream sandwhich and some before that. I actually get more problems with iphones everyday than androids. Now back on the s4 when I played with it it is clearly a much better clear picture the features of the software that you could have never thought would be put in a phone is not only innovative but there non gimmicky and acctually work. The s4 far far far far far surpasses the iphone 5 on a consumer and technical stand point and if you really really dont see that then go get your eyes check because until you have actually played with a device you really have nothing to commit on

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 06:12

98. aveaphane (unregistered)

the iphone looks whack!GO S4

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 12:00

102. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 791; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Sales of S4 will beat all other phones & will shutup everyone..

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 18:45

108. darkkjedii (Posts: 19123; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I think the snickers bar will outsell the Hershey's bar

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