Interface and Functionality


It’s about time that iOS got a facelift, seeing that the previous version of iOS didn’t look too differently from the first incarnation of the platform. Between iOS 7 and the TouchWiz Nature UX experience running on top of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, we’ll give it to Apple’s refreshed mobile platform for having the more pleasing visual presentation – mainly because it’s fresh. Yes, TouchWiz continues to look cartoony when pitted against the minimalist look of iOS 7. Additionally, the iOS 7 experience continues to adhere to that fundamental principle of being simplistic – more so than the TouchWiz experience. When it comes to the personalization department, it’s obvious that the Galaxy S4 with its Android experience blows away iOS 7, as we have control in pretty much all aspects of the homescreen layout.


Thankfully, there’s a one-stop hub for notifications with these two handsets. On the Galaxy S4, we adore that its notifications panel provides us with more depth thanks to the additional functions we’re offered with certain notifications – such as being able to archive emails. Furthermore, we have access to modifying the brightness of the display and some connectivity features. Well, the iPhone 5c also provides us with the same set of functions through its Control Center.


On the surface, multi-tasking is handled in the same manner, which is more on the line of task switching. Showing off its depth, the Galaxy S4 caters to the whole multi-tasking function more than the iPhone 5c, mainly because its multi-screen feature allows us to run two apps simultaneously.

Both handsets has its own unique voice assistance service, Siri on the iPhone 5c and Google Now & S-Voice on the Galaxy S4, but it’s the Google Now experience that reels us in with its intelligent awareness and features set. Quite simply, Google Now is extremely encompassing with its features set, as it provides us with relevant information that Siri can’t compete with.

Due to its larger sized display, the Galaxy S4 naturally benefits with its more spacious keyboard layout. However, the iPhone 5c is still remarkably good too, as its snappy responsiveness and killer auto-correct feature makes it one of the more pleasing devices to text on. Then again, we can say the same thing about the Galaxy S4, which gives us access to numbers and various punctuations directly from the main layout.



Processor and Memory


This is a perfect example of why specs sometimes don’t matter. Frankly, the dual-core 1.3GHz Apple A6 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM in the iPhone 5c isn’t new and it’s not as intimidating as the Galaxy S4’s quad-core 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 320 GPU, but nevertheless, it handles the same tasks with the same finesse as its rival. To tell you the truth, the iPhone 5c maintains a smoother performance with all operations – whereas the Galaxy S4 sometimes exhibits some choppiness navigating across the homescreen.

Both smartphones are available in 16GB and 32GB options, but the Galaxy S4 continues to show its worth by offering us an always useful microSD card slot to increase its storage capacity.

Internet and Connectivity


Posing no problems at all, even more when their performances rival one another, the web browsing experience is just utterly fantastic with these two. Not only do they feature speedy 4G LTE connectivity, but they also offer quick page rendering and smooth navigational controls. Still, the larger panel of the Galaxy S4 helps it to be the more ideal device for the occasion. In addition, the Galaxy S4 provides us with several secondary features like Smart Scroll with our eyes, Air Gestures to scroll vertically, and Air View to give us a zoomed view, that all culminate together to give us a deeper web surfing experience.



Since they’re positioned to sell like hotcakes, they’re offered in both CDMA and GSM flavors. Additionally, they pack the usual set of connectivity features – such as aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. However, the Galaxy S4 is loaded with other items, like NFC and an IR blaster, which extends its worth. For file sharing, though, the iPhone 5c has iOS 7’s new AirDrop feature to accomplish the same thing.

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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: 1623; 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: 2280; 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: 31736; 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: 31736; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31736; 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: 31736; 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: 1186; 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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