Apple iPhone 5c vs Samsung Galaxy S4
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.