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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5

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Interface and Functionality

The Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 are two very different handsets when it comes to their physical designs, but they are even more different in terms of software. The S4 is equipped with the latest Android OS – 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and has Samsung's TouchWiz Nature interface on top which customizes the whole experience and adds numerous unique features like Smart Stay, Dual Shot, Air View and many more, some of which useful, others – not exactly. The GS4 runs very fluidly and is highly customizable. The main virtue of its software is that you can do whatever you wish with it. Still, Samsung is working hard to take Android to another level – the level where its software will be a full-featured service that no one would want to alter, as it'll function almost as seamlessly as a closed, curated system like iOS. Even in its current state, it's safe to say that TouchWiz offers a more polished, refined and feature-rich experience than stock Android.

Samsung Galaxy S4 interface - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy S4 interface - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy S4 interface - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy S4 interface - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Samsung Galaxy S4 interface


Apple iPhone 5 interface - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 interface - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 interface - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 interface - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5 interface


No matter what you're doing with it, though, Android is Android, meaning that it's a bit more complicated and difficult to master, compared to the iPhone 5's iOS platform. If you need a truly intuitive and efficient experience that just works, without the tons of options and settings present in Android, then you'll be better off with an iPhone. If you're a geek, though, or simply a person who likes to tinker with the software on their device a lot, Android will be the more suitable playground.


Processor and Memory

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.

Between the two, it's the Samsung Galaxy S4 which is the more specs-focused handset. It's armed with either the quad-core 1.9 GHz Snapdragon 600 chipset, or the octa-core 1.6 GHz Exynos 5 Octa chipset, depending on the market. Both are very poweful and should deliver buttery-smooth performance. System memory on the GS4 is 2GB RAM.

The iPhone 5 isn't much of a specs monster, but it's just as responsive. The processor ticking inside it is the dual-core 1.3 GHz A6, while system memory is 1 GB. Since iOS is such a well-optimized platform, which is very efficient when it comes to system resources, it also runs at breath-taking speeds with minimal slow-down. The same goes for the third-party applications that you can run on both handsets.

The Galaxy S4, however, is a bit more versatile with regards to storage memory. Samsung's flagship comes in 16, 32 and 64GB variants, but it also has a microSD card slot for additional storage. The iPhone 5 comes in the same storage configurations, but lacks the option to install a microSD card.

BENCHMARK

Sunspider
Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 1082.9
Apple iPhone 5 712.7
Basemark X on-screen
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 9.148
Apple iPhone 5 17.961
GFXBench Fill Rate off-screen
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 820.4
Apple iPhone 5 1779.7
GFXBench T-Rex HD off-screen
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 16
Apple iPhone 5 6.8
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 16
Apple iPhone 5 13
Mozilla Kraken
Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 12227
Apple iPhone 5 13888
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Internet and Connectivity

The iPhone's Safari browser revolutionized mobile browsing, and continues to blow us away with its blazing-fast performance. The Galaxy S4, on the other hand, also features a wonderful browser – no, it's not Chrome, but Samsung's own Android browser, based on the code from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That browser is significantly faster than Chrome and also supports Flash Player, which is its main advantage over the iPhone 5's Safari. In the end, both handsets deliver an exceptional browsing experience, but the Galaxy S4 isn't shy to take things a step further thanks to its support for Flash content.

Browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4


Browsing the net with the Apple iPhone 5 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Browsing the net with the Apple iPhone 5 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Browsing the net with the Apple iPhone 5 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5
Browsing the net with the Apple iPhone 5 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5

Browsing the net with the Apple iPhone 5


Both the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4 can run on LTE networks, as well as HSPA+ with downlink speeds of up to 42.2 Mbit/s down. In addition, both feature Bluetooth 4.0, but only the GS4 has an IR blaster, which allows you to use the handset as a remote control for your television.

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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: 1267; 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: 1709; 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: 1709; 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: 1709; 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: 1709; 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: 1709; 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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