Introduction


Well this should be a familiar comparison! On one side of the ring, we have the almighty Samsung Galaxy S4, the Android smartphone that’s arguably the best that the platform has to offer. And on the other side, we have the refreshed version of the iPhone 5 – what we know now as the iPhone 5c. Indeed, it’s regarded as a mid-ranger due to its price point, but that doesn’t mean it can’t hold its own ground against the more aggressive offering of the Galaxy S4. New body, same old hardware from before, so let’s find out how the iPhone 5c stacks up against the Galaxy S4!

Design


Hey-hey! Would you look at that? We’re dealing with plastic phones here, which is something rather surprising for an iPhone – albeit, it’s not the first time. Nonetheless, it’s a tough decision determining which of the two has the more attractive design. For starters, the two handsets are available in a variety of colors, but the iPhone 5c is dabbed in brighter colors that definitely stand out more in a crowd than the darker toned hues that are available with the Galaxy S4.

When it comes to the in-the-hand feel, the iPhone 5c feels a smidgen more comfortable, mainly because of its smaller footprint. Still, the Galaxy S4 feels pretty good in the hand too, aside from its beefier size, as its curved edges, streamlined figure, and light weight feel all come together to give it a natural feel.
Plastic isn’t the most premium material used by smartphones nowadays, but between these two, the iPhone 5c’s closed design evokes the sturdier construction. In contrast, there are seams and some hollowness attached to the Galaxy S4. At the end of the day, the two look equally appealing to the eye depending on the individual. If it weren’t for the bright color options that are available with the iPhone 5c, it would come off nothing more than bland in this comparison.


Apple iPhone 5c

Apple iPhone 5c

Dimensions

4.9 x 2.33 x 0.35 inches

124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97 mm

Weight

4.66 oz (132 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Apple iPhone 5c

Apple iPhone 5c

Dimensions

4.9 x 2.33 x 0.35 inches

124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97 mm

Weight

4.66 oz (132 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page




Display


The 4-inch 640 x 1136 Retina Display of the iPhone 5c isn’t anything new in the space, especially when it’s the same one used by last year’s iPhone 5, so it doesn’t have the goods to take our eyes away from the 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy S4. Although the pixel density advantage goes to the Galaxy S4, it’s only noticeable from a very close up view – so it’s negligible from a normal viewing distance.

Naturally, there are strengths with the two displays. For example, the iPhone 5c’s Retina Display produces very accurate colors and offers the superior outdoor visibility. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 has that wow factor thanks to its vibrant (but inaccurate) color reproduction, wide viewing angles, and deep black color – though, its screen is harder to view outdoors with the sun present.

Putting the two side-by-side to one another, we can’t help being more attracted to the sharp display of the Galaxy S4. Not only is it exquisitely detailed, but its iridescent glow really helps to give it a more profound look than the iPhone 5c’s display. Oh yeah, the Galaxy S4 has the ability to track our finger as we hover it over the display.

Apple iPhone 5c 360-Degrees View



Samsung Galaxy S4 360-Degrees View



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45 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

S4 anyday...Android FTW... 5c is almost same in size of S4...

30. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

S4 >>> 10*5C

37. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Rather than comparing with s4 PA should compare iPhone 5c with BlackBerry z10

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Now compare the Galaxy S3 with the Iphone 5s.

6. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

actually bro.! they are similarly priced so its okay to compare them both imo!

33. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

In Asia, 5s is 2X the price of S3 so NOW compare two S3 with one 5s

39. garakhan

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 03, 2013

You mean China? China is NOT Asia. Just because China slaps on huge import tax then their exclusive distributors charge extra profit, it doesn't mean it is worth that much.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31369; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not surprisingly, this has to go to the gs4, but not by a landslide.

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I disagree. S4 takes the cake by a huge margin.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31369; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah by quite a bit, but landslide? No...

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31369; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think I'm judging more by how I'd use the devices, rather than by specs, which the s4 does lead by a huge margin. The user experience just matters more to me than specs alone, and the 5 delivered a great user experience, so I expect the 5C to do the same. S4 still wins the comparison though.

26. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Same here. Customization is the #1 reason why I use Android. I switch keyboards, use other apps by default, and able to switch ROMs whenever I please. With the iPhone, what you see is what you get. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but the mess iOS 7 is in isn't appealing at all atm.

5. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

Galaxy S IV >> iPhone 5C.

18. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

S4 any day , any time !

9. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

This is a sad comparison to say the least

34. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Why is it a sad comparison? its a good comparison because in Asia the 5c cost more than the S4. The 5s is too expensive for this comparison as it costs 50% more than the S4.

11. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Now compare s3 and 5c, s3 will still win

35. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

5c costs 50% more than S3 in Asia.

13. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

the whole point for a comparison is for the wolrd to see the winner and the looser. there's not even a comparison between the two. how can you phonearena conlcude tha they are equal????

14. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

s3? really, idk but the last time I heard of an s3 noone was interested

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Except for the people who don't always want the latest and greatest and a great smartphone for a good price.

19. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

I have the best of two worlds, Nokia 808 for photos and S3 for everything else ! Transfers via NFC. You know it !

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31369; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I know quite a few who still have the s3. It's a great device. Can't go wrong with one.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

iPhone 5c not worth the asking price. Its US$700 for 16GB. At US$820, you can buy a Note 3 32GB. I hope Apple bring down the price of iPhone 5c to a more reasonable level. iPhone 5s 16GB is the same price as Note 3 32GB. Tim Cook; "We are not in the junk business"! Apple is Really!!! Greedy!!

41. jaker12

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 30, 2013

That is not true at all, The iPhone 5c is 600 dollars UNLOCKED, but around 45-80 dollars with a 2 year contract. The Note 3 is around 100 dollars with a 2 year contract, you're very inaccurate!

20. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

"We compare phones of the same range." Yeah right... compare the mid-range 5c with the high-end top smartphone SIV... Goddammit John, don't make your bias more clear than it already is.

36. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

5c is so-called mid range because its got mid range hardware S4 is so-called high end because of its high end hardware BUT in Asia the 5c costs more than the S4! AND the 5s costs 50% more than the S4! Great review PA, very useful to all of us in Asia and we love this!

24. Ronny666

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

Indeed a lazy review. No proper tests were done (like the battery test). Ppl will still get the S3 or or S4 of its price.

27. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Very stupid comparison. If the s4 is better Dan the 5c then it's better than the 5s. I personally don't see the difference between Iphone 4s,5c and 5s. They are all the same phone from Apple. Lol

29. julz17ronald

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

S4 being compared to iPhone 5C?

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