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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 29 Mar 2013, 05:48

110. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Im telling you people icrap5s and icraap6 willchange the game once again...than we will compare your s4 to our icraap5s opps I think we forgot s5 N3 and the Q model bendable screen next yr...

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 19:09

123. darkkjedii (Posts: 21186; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


posted on 29 Mar 2013, 13:18

113. donjb (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)

I'm curious, what apps does IOS has that Android doesn't have nowadays?
Take into account that most dev companies develop for both, the average person only uses so many apps and the majority of apps that are made aren't worth downloading. I think the app count comparison is dead.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 15:50

114. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

I definitely think Ray has hit the nail on the head in his conclusion about the different types of users and what device they're most likely to go for.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 18:35 3

119. bossmt_2 (Posts: 449; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

I would love for PA to explain to me with a logical argument how Android is tougher than iOS.

I'm tired of hearing that Android is more complicated cause it isn't. Can Android be more complex? Hell yeah. But guess what, I want to make a phone call? Press phone, Contacts? Press contacts or people. Some Android devices are more complicated (looking at you HTC) but in general Android is just as simple or simpler than an iphone.

Want to quickly toggle off your WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc.? Almost every Android has a widget to handle that. For iPhone you have to go to settings and it's more complicated for GPS as well.

Again the difference between an iPhone and an Android has nothing to do with simple or intuitive. It has to do with whether you want to be limited in what you do or not.

Do you want to view your current weather from your lock screen? iPhone can't do that. Heck iPhone is even stealing ideas from Android that are infinitely better (like the addition of the pull down screen) Won't be surprised if iOS8 has lockscreen widgets after they prove to be a success for Android.

That said, this article isn't swaying anyone's opinion, if you love Android or Sammy you'll pick them, if you love Apple you pick them. Super straight forward. Android devices are almost always superior in terms of features or cost, and every carrier would rather sell Android devices than iOS cause they're more profittable, but face it people who want iPhones get iPhones. That's it can't change their mind ever.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 16:50 2

122. freddyzdead (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

This is the most biased review I've ever read.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 06:12

139. christumaini (Posts: 27; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


posted on 31 Mar 2013, 01:10

127. llk171 (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)

When it comes to displays, I'll wait for the likes of displaymate, who are experts in screens.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 03:41 1

137. Axl55 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Apr 2013)

I agree with some comments here that there should not be a comparison between the two as S4 is far, far better than iP5. I am a current user of S3 which I've changed after using iP3G then iP4S then iP5. I admit that I WAS just like the rest of iPhone lovers, loved all of my iPhone models.. but not until the day i switched my iP5 to S3.

Ever since I tried S3, i realized how dark our (iPhone lovers) world is. We tend to stick to the "self-made high heritage" of iPhones just because of the sense of pride.. not at all because of performance or whatsoever. In fact until now I still can't say how that pride came to us the iPhone lovers.. it's just the pride that we feel once we buy it. We can't accept the fact for any better phone in the market, we fought till the end to say how good iPhone is WITHOUT trying other brand names with Android in particular. We are just like Man Utd fans when talking with Liverpool fans. There will be no ending story.

Coming back to my experience, I started with iP3G in October 2008 and changed my iP5 to S3 recently in January 2013. So I was with iPhones for nearly 5 years. As of now, I can say in terms of my personal experience, S3 is a clear winner in terms of user experience if we put side to side with iP5. Ever since I tried Android 3 months ago, I can tell everybody here that I will never go back to IOS. I never regret the years that I have "wasted" with iPhones but the fact is that I am happy that I have tried it and now I am smiling wide reading all the comments here.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 06:08

138. christumaini (Posts: 27; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)

sometimes we viewers, should question the reviewers qualifications and rate them(some of reviews are misleading and completely useless)

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 07:25

140. retek29sept (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Apr 2013)

Off Course S4 wins........
And about plastic vs metal....dude both of us will use pouch...so don't be ' i ' baby...
Unless you not worried about scratch...
And cost of replacing, repairing is way cheaper than Iphone...
Dont forget about I tunes,,,,worst on earth.....even cheap non branded mp3 players can easily transfer the data from pc to phone,..
even Iphone gets more hotter in its use, which no body mentioned thr..
you guys lack customization in your life and prefer to use same older way of functionality..
why you call Iphone simple to use? are you all lack of brain enough to use a phone..
be creative, be advanced....try to adjust with innovations...in few years you will see big creativity from samsung.
This is your chance...you don.t wanna live in ancient age of apple..

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 08:48

141. wrpalmer (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

Obviously most of those commenting are those that use there phones for almost anything but calls, that is why there is so much hype over the S4. The iPhone 5 is a SUPERIOR phone hands down. It doesn't freeze up like the Android phones, and has much better call quality and Apple is still the one with technology that all the others chase

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 19:18

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

No effin way the IPhone 5 is competition for the S4. At least wait till they make an IPhone 5s to make a comparison. And there hardware would not be possible without Sammy providing the internal components. I can't speak for most Android phones but I would say Samsung provides a smooth UI experience with Touchwiz. Have a GN2 and I wouldn't trade it for anything unless it's for a GN3.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 04:36

143. phoneduty (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


posted on 05 Apr 2013, 15:40

144. RodrigoFreijanes (Posts: 46; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Galaxy S4 is so, but so better, that sounds like a joke.

Who, now a days, buy iPhone? Ah, I forgot, Americans still does.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 10:54 1

145. DualVoiceCoil (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)

"It all comes down to what type of user you are. Are you a geek or a tech-savvy person who demands a large screen and extreme control over their computing devices? Grab the Galaxy S4 and don't look back! Are you a user who's into technology, but values exquisite design, simplicity and fine-tuned experiences? Get an iPhone – it's still unbeatable in those areas."

Re-edited: "It all comes down to what type of user you are: Are you a geek or a tech-savvy person who demands a large screen and extreme control over their computing devices in addition to being a techno, but values exquisite design, simplicity and fine-tuned experiences? Get the Samsung S4 – it's unbeatable in those areas."

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 12:37

146. Leo_MC (Posts: 1467; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Dude, you can say any bullsh about S4, the biggest one are "exquisite design", "simplicity" and "fine-tuned experience"; give us a break, it's ugly, harder to understand (than iOS) and probably laggy in 6 months.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:44

147. Leo_MC (Posts: 1467; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

but it has a "big screen"...

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 21:34

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

Dude why the hell are you back! You do a horrible job trolling Leonardo Dicrapio!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 19:47

149. Dsh12 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)

Honestly if you are going call something the better phone I really think the better phone should have the best call quality, camera, networking, best techno qualities that is a real definition of the best phone which I think is what apple is protracting because sometimes it not about how big the phone is or the look of the phone its about getting a phone that is 1 worth your money and 2 worth your time 3 worth using at its best ability . I think thats why Apple has been successful for many years because they care more about what is best for you using not best to look good with.
I have used both phones and I will say GS4 is really good for show but the calling quality is terrible and camera is terrible and its catches viruses very easy now and I think samsung should have focus more on the use quality and not the look quality
I'm not sorry to say but the Iphone 5 is better :)

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 06:52

150. mobileprogramming (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is faster and more powerful than the iPhone 5 in every way. The iphone 5 has a small screen than Samsung Galaxy S4. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a bigger screen and camera is far better quality than the iPhone 5. The Galaxy S4 has more battery backup as compared to iphone 5. I love to use Samsung Galaxy S4 with wider screen.

posted on 21 May 2013, 09:55 1

151. TPDallas (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Jun 2011)

iPhone 5 = Lexus,BMW,Mercede
Galaxy S4 = Kia

posted on 27 May 2013, 10:24

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

Iphone 5 = 300 Lexus, 500 BMW, 400 Mercedes being sold a month.
Galaxy S4 = 60,000 Kia's being sold a week.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 11:24

153. NobodyAtAll (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)

The author of this piece is CLEARLY a Apple 'fanboy'. Just look at a few of these quotes:
"(The iPhone 5) has that aura of something expensive and sophisticated." "Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 is the exact opposite."
"Well, of course, the iPhone 5 is the more practical phone." What basis is there for saying this? NONE!
"Both screens are simply gorgeous, but the iPhone 5 is really something special in this department." "but (the S4) can't quite match the true-to-life image of the iPhone 5." - Again. There is NO basis for sayign this! The S4 has more pixels and a higher resoltuion than the iPhone 5. This is VERY clear.
I hate product comparison reviews that are clearly written by fanboys.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 08:08

155. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

The S4 looks like a giant toy in these comparions.

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