Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Apple iPhone 5: first look

Well hello there Samsung Galaxy S 4! Meet your fellow competitor in the well-established Apple iPhone 5. Surely, we all know that there’s been a fair amount of history between these two companies, as they’re continually vying for supremacy in the smartphone kingdom. For the most part, bad blood has fueled these to behemoths to keep their respective flagship devices in constant competition against one another, so it’s no wonder why we’re giving you the first look in how these two snazzy smartphones stack up to one another.


First, let’s talk about design. Generally speaking, devices with metal bodies tend to be favored highly over ones with plastic – so there are no surprises that the iPhone 5 just simply feels and looks like the more premium device between the two. Indeed, the all-plastic chassis of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 gives it a featherweight-like feel in the hand, but it simply lacks the impeccable construction of the iPhone 5’s brushed aluminum casing. On paper, the size and weight of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is impressive as it measures in at 7.9mm thin and 130 gr in weight, but Apple’s prodigy is a smidgen lighter and thinner – to be fair, the Galaxy S 4 is packing a significantly larger display. Overall, the small design change with the Galaxy S 4 aren’t enough to keep our eyes off the iPhone 5’s premium construction.


Going bigger has always been the formula with everyone, so it’s no surprise that Sammy is pushing the boundaries with the Galaxy S 4. Between the two, we can’t help but fall more in love with the Galaxy S 4’s 5-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920) Super AMOLED display, which simply looks super crisp up close and personal over the iPhone 5’s 4-inch 640 x 1136 Retina Display. In fact, the amount of sharpness and detail evident in the ginormous display is evident, but more importantly, the quality elements about Super AMOLED in general gives it the much-wanted wow factor. Sure, its colors are punchy, viewing angles are stupendous, and its sheer luminance can light up a room, but we’re curious to see how it handles outdoor conditions.


Now this is where Samsung is truly beginning to separate itself, seeing that they’re redefining the way we’re interacting with our devices. Of course, iOS on the iPhone 5 continues to be the more simplistic experience between the two – giving smartphone newbies an easier grasp in understanding the platform. However, it’s lagging behind what Samsung is doing with the updated TouchWiz Nature UX experience on its Galaxy S 4. With its new floating display technology, which gives us S-Pen like qualities with our own fingers, it opens up a whole new level of interaction that the iPhone 5 simply can’t offer. Furthermore, Sammy goes all out by offering a wide array of new air gestures that deliver yet another level of interaction that’s unmatched. Without going into detail, there’s no denying that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 blows away the iPhone 5 out of the water when it comes to the software experience. From its insane amount of camera-centric features to other novel things like its new Life Care hub that monitors our health, Samsung is rapidly widening the gap in this category.

As much as we’d like to give everyone some concrete advice between the two handsets, we can’t fully judge them until we get our hands on a final consumer ready model of the Galaxy S 4. Who knows what the outcome will be when we get the opportunity to see how they compare in all integral categories, but one thing is certain, Samsung isn’t holding back from distancing itself.

Related phones

Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

its like comparing a Ferrari to a Modded Honda Civic. haha. The Civic(iPhone) may look great but its all talk. But the Ferrari (Samsung) Walks the walk and talks the talk. Great Job Samsung. Keep it up!

3. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

Samsung is not like a Ferrari is more like hyundai

14. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

haha so TRUE.

42. wowew

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

very ignorant comment I ever red .. are your name is really Emily? why didn't you use your conventional naming scheme that is used by the place where you came from.. Using English name makes you look like perfect huh? What a such a tool

6. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

both arent even civics, both are like Kia Rio, the cheapest car in the USA imo, htc one and xperia z all the way

40. wowew

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Did anyone hit your head with brick or somethin? Are you retarded? Believing that chinese piece of swampy phone is the best is simply the sign of brain turmor you might have. I suggest you to see a doctor immediately...

72. magister

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

How can you joke about brain tumors, one of the most terrible illness existent? God forgive you!

18. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

Controversial thought, seeing as your name has Civic in it but at the same time you're supporting Sammy..Pathetic attempt at trolling

26. napsterO6

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Anyway iP 5 looks better than S IV

34. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

iToy can not: 1) copy a file 2) connect to usb 3) default app for any file or web browsing = iPhone is not a smartphone = just an iConboard with stolen statusbar from Android so please, stop comparing S(am)pace shuttle with iTricycle :)

41. wowew

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I think it is the super sized dildo that Samsung fan would like to use.. bigger is always better .. though I admit to believe that all iMobile is way too limited,

45. raptorstv

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I dont trust Koreans, they can only copy... Just look at how Hyundai continuously copy Mercedez Benz and Infiniti design

51. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

copy?? do you read at leats about cars?? do you know who Hyundai hired to be their chief design?? they hired a ARTIST who worked in Audi?? This GERMAN company sounds familiar?? they compete directly with BMW and Mercedez...that guy brought the called "fluid sculpture"to Hyundai and Kia wich are the same company now.,,thats why you think the design was "copied"from Mercedez...btw, Honda and Toytota "adopted"that kind of "fluid sculpture"in their coming soon cars, so, you'll see a lot of "copies" in a few years...put something in your head, there's a lot of cars that seems to have the same design, thats completely normal... Ferrari and a Lamborghini, who "copied"whom??

2. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

That's not fair!! We haven't released our iPhone 5s yet. Phil Schiller

19. mr.sammygalaxynote3

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Apple said Iphone 5S will beat you Samsung Galaxy S4... Samsung said you think you can beat me?I know I can beat you with Samsung Galaxy Note III....and I will beat you AGAIN !!!

57. Mehrzad_wayne

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

The same story as iPhone 4 and 4S... 5S with the same design but instead of 1Gb ram it will have 2 Gb hehe

69. jtl78

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

it'll be the same $h!t just a tiny tweak! Haven't you noticed the pattern with apple yet?

4. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Who care about premium built. There is nothing out there that can surpass the S4 to date

12. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

depends in what area you want it surpassed, theres better out there depending what you want its the final experience not senseless specs that are there to just try and brag about whats real funny is you lot were saying wait for the s4 it will wipe the floor with everything, now its here and many are now saying wait for the note 3 never happy are you lot

33. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Don't get the big fuss about poor Samsung design. To me its great I will buy it just like the other 40% smartphone user. No phone is perfect but it has what that matter the most to me removable battery and SD card slot. Those are life savers for people that travel.

35. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

''To me its great I will buy it just like the other 40% smartphone user.'' this shows a follower mentality forming just like how the apple users got ripped on for buying the same. plus you havent tried it yet so saying your gonna buy it anyways shows your just falling of the hype your second part is true nothing is perfect but considering samsung fanboys have been ripping into everyone before the unveiling and now have gone pretty quiet they deserve a dose of reality but buy what pleases you just try out afew phones first dont buy because its the new samsung

37. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Let me know if there any high end phone with removable battery and SD card. I don't like external charger as I find them too bulky.

43. wowew

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I respect you the way how you put things together around here, and brutally abusing those mindless zombies who just indiscriminately fall in love with the product without inputting any rational thoughts.. lol

70. jtl78

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

plastic or metal the freaking gorilla screens will crack either way but now the S4 might have a better chance of survival with their newest gorilla glass screens. Watch apple follow right behind with the same upgraded screens...

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31005; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Looks don't wow me, but the camera is bad ass. Your move apple, will the s4 be the silver bullet to your werewolf? We're waiting, and watching.

73. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Long may you wait.. for the same thing but with a different alphabet

7. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

the 2 main disapiontments to those expecting something new, both are just the same old with bumps in specs and tweaks, ohh and some gimmicky features to brag about but hardly use both samsung and apple pulling the same tricks now and the samsung fanboys are extremely quiet right now but the s4 will do very well as just like the iphone 5 it will ride on the reputation of the s3.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31005; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Truest post yet dude.

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Although the SIV's design is disappointing, the iPhone 5 looks even more disappointing than the SIV. lol xD

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31005; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah but the s4 is brand spanking new dude. C'mon bro Samsung made a sweet device, but they dropped the ball on the looks. I guess you had to diss the iPhone on "GP" huh?

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