Introduction


In recent times, Samsung has been quite the aggressive company in its quest to bring the beloved iPhone to its knees, which is evident by the insane amount of commercial spots showing off how its Galaxy S4 is already the next big thing. For most of the year, it has proven to be a force of immeasurable power, as it has reigned supreme in the Android landscape – while also giving Apple’s pride and joy some much-needed competition. Now that the iPhone 5s is finally here, it’s not looking to mess around with the competition, seeing that it intends on bringing back the spotlight to Apple’s warm glow. Heading into that crucial holiday season, these two titans are hell bent on fighting against one another to claim victory.


Design


This is an interesting comparison, since the iPhone 5s retains its predecessor’s design to the teeth – so there’s nothing particularly new about it. Regardless of that, the iPhone 5s continues to be the more premium looking smartphone between the two, which is aided by its brushed aluminum casing. Compared to the Galaxy S4’s glossy plastic casing, the iPhone 5s also exudes the more sturdy build quality with its construction. And finally, when it comes to the in-the-hand feel, the smaller figure of the iPhone 5s enables it to feel more natural in the hand – whereas the Galaxy S4 is just one wide smartphone to hold. All the signs might point to the iPhone 5s as being the better looking device between the two, but the Galaxy S4 still has a pleasant design of its own too, though, personal preference becomes the deciding factor in which of the two is the more favorable one.

Although they share many common ports and buttons, each handset packs along its own unique set of goodies. Below the display of the iPhone 5s, its home button incorporates a nifty biometric fingerprint sensor dubbed Touch ID, which enables us to unlock the phone and confirm app purchases. With the Galaxy S4, it packs along a very useful IR blaster that turns the phone into a universal remote – a great thing to have when you can’t find the clicker. Lastly, the Galaxy S4 has an LED notification light and removable back cover that enables us to access its internal battery and microSD card slot.


Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 5s

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 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 5s

Apple iPhone 5s

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 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


Needless to say, there’s a huge disparity between the displays on these two flagships – one is simply average in size, while the other is ridiculously ginormous. Retaining its predecessor’s display, the iPhone 5s’ 4-inch 640 x 1136 Retina Display doesn’t really have the same drawing factor when compared to the 5-inch 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy S4. Despite the obvious detail superiority of the Galaxy S4's display, it’s only noticeable as we peek our eyes very closely on the two – so it’s almost indistinguishable from a normal distance away to realize which is more detailed.

Aside from that, they both have their own standout characteristics. With the iPhone 5s’ Retina Display, it produces very accurate colors and has the better outdoor visibility. Conversely, the Galaxy S4 has that showroom wow factor with its rich and over-saturated color reproduction, which easily catches our attention. Oh yeah, there’s also the cool tracking technology that enables the Galaxy S4’s display to recognize our finger as it’s hovering over the display!



Apple iPhone 5s 360-Degrees View



Samsung Galaxy S4 360-Degrees View



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186 Comments

1. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

No comparison. S4 is beating the hell out of 5same in every damn way. Sammy FTW.

6. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

How exactly? Coz all iv read everywhere is iPhone beating the S4 black and blue in everything. EVERYthing.

9. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

+1 iPhone 5S beats the S4s camera, completely crushes the s4 in The CPU and GPU department. Displaymate says that the 5S has the better display. And Ofcourse plastic isn't fantastic !

13. GamePlayer

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

You guys stop it. Both are good in their own respective ways.Both are pretty different, and it depends on personal choices. And yea mr. THE.DARK.KNIGHT, plastic is'nt fantastic but nor is an overpriced price tag.

24. nerdylish

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

How is the iPhone overpriced since both of 'em cost $199 on contract and start at $649 off contract?

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31092; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The Sammites will find a way to justify it to themselves.

131. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Cause they are fu**

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31092; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think AnTuTu has iP3MS "iPhone makes me mad syndrome".

33. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The problem isn't the 5S hardware it is the fact that it is running IOS which is still years behind android in features, also 4" is too small. Wait a few months the new Intel baytrails will crush the snapdragon 800 + 5S. AMD will also be joining nvidia soon with some radeon branded phone APUs.

37. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

Care to explain the cliché "iOS is years behind Android"?

51. nerdylish

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

He won't, cause he can't.

155. damienvox

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Widgets? Customizable? True multitasking? Built in data usuage checker? Had slide down notifications first? Better slide down notifications? Smart features? Nfc? Doesnt requite just one thing ahem itunes just to function? Better range of software and devices to choice from to get what you want? Makes sense when getting a new pc and installing drivers to said pc? Doesn't require hard drive wiping before syncing up to new said pc? All of these go to android amd so do other basics. First flash Android First front facing Android First multi core processor Android First standard setting 2 mp face time camera Android First 1 gb 2 gb and now 3 gb of ram handheld Also android While apple got First 64 bit processor But that 64 bit architecture is designed for 4 gb of ram or up which iphone lacks. So it isn't even properly useing it. The touch id isnt first Motorola did finger scanning first although granted it failed. So apple got two points. Android got lets see. A whole LOT more . See list above. Icrap is dated it only runs well cause the os is from 205 qualityy heck windows 7 does better multitasking and notifications and its aging lol. So that icrap processor runs so well cause there is so little going on. Android devices need more because they actually are doing something.

159. CJC4L1F3

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Just because it had some specs first doesn't make it years ahead of iOS.The Wright brothers were the first to fly a plane doesn't mean they were to superior to everyone who came after them.

160. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

Oh,noob please, good example but wrong usage as apple is no where near a better plane or even a plane itself. Need more prove, continuous decline sales and market share of both tablets and phones proving it till today. Not to mention their laptops and desktops are totally hopeless compared to Microsoft, as even in Mac laptops or desktops they still need dual boot with Microsoft and software support of mac sucks big time. Porting mobile games to computers are equally ridiculous also. The finish line is simple they lost desktops,laptops,desknote,ultrabook area to Microsoft and tablets, mobiles and wearable tech area to Google and Samsung. Simple,apple as nothing and they can't live without Google(youtube,gmail,gtalk,hangout,google map(because apple map is a flop till today,everything is wrong) and Microsoft,while the other two can live without apple. go to this funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/4224963/Go+home+apple​/

162. damienvox

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

So apple having record breaking sales didnt happen for you? I do agree they aint a plane or as good as people think but apple is by no means suffering from sale issues.

48. number29

Posts: 185; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I'd say that the S4 running Android is it's biggest downfall. Give iOS and it'd be amazing! However, I find iOS the superior OS, hence I say this.

139. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

you don't need SGS4 hardware to run iOS,may be S2 will even do the trick :D LOL! SGS4 is a complete design for Android ,trust me ,powerful hardware to handle local apps running behind,widgets, web browsings,support full HD displays etc

85. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

4" is too small? not everyone wants a huge screen or r u speaking for everyone with no basis or support?

138. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

4 inch is like a chick-size these days buddy,only a few people and girls are comfortable with it, it is not good enough and big enough to view photos,movies, web browsing and gaming etc, may be because of the pixels limitations I guess, iphs just stick with the small size one, galaxy S4 jsutified the size with the full HD 1980x1080p HD Amoled display,true to tone. :)

144. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

People having weak eyesight want big displays and font You call amoled better than retina Retina is way brighter and sharper Ur a kid shouting samsung! Samsung! Android! Android is a wet cat without samsung

41. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Displaymate didn,t say so. They said: Discussing the pros and cons of the screens DisplayMate says: The iPhone 5 is significantly brighter than the Galaxy S4, particularly for screens with mostly peak white backgrounds. Its color calibration is a bit better, although the Galaxy S4 has a more accurate White. The Galaxy S4 has a much bigger screen, higher resolution, higher PPI, much darker blacks, and better screen uniformity than the iPhone 5. They each have their own particular strengths and weaknesses…both displays are quite good and comparable overall – so it’s currently a tie."

137. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

plastic is to give you access to batter and micro SD expansion which are pretty handy for travellers and normal everyday users,tell me one aluminium phone has the access of it,I can always see ip5s users running around like crazies in search of battery charger box and usb to extend the life,quite pathetic,isn't it? SGS4 E330S version beat in benchmarking as it has snapdragon 800 and adreno 330, ip5s 64 bit do beat in geekbench 3 on sgs4 marginally, but in geekbench 2 and Antutu,SGS4 wins over in ip5S again so? any problem? LOL! check this one.ip5S is pretty weak compared to Note 3 and Sony Z1 in reality also Samsung Galaxy Note 3 score 3013 /watch?v=WmzyKs1guDE 2991 /watch?v=WQ9frq772C4 2983 /watch?v=djGIQ87wmEw,this 3 will confirm you,there you go buddy. Z1 and note 3,outperform GB3 in reality. Cheers:D

165. iamnuyo

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

You're clearly 2 things. 1. An iPhone lover 2. Complete dumbass. The camara does not crush the S4. Try taking a picture at night with both phones and see which one is clear. I'm a wireless consultant so I work with phone every single day and research them. The CPU and GPU isn't better. You're super restricted with an iPhone. The S4 grants you freedom and is fully customizable and the operation is fast. If you want a simple phone, the iphone is the way to go. But if you want an advance phone then go with the S4. Pay for Quality. Iphone is made with cheap parts. No work put into the phone. Have a good day.

166. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

As being a software engineer I prefer iPhone because of its touch responsiveness and unmatchable speed Galaxy S4 is too slow It needs whole 5 seconds to open just contacts

190. rescue141x

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

That's funny seeing how it took less than a second to open my contacts. Nice try though

40. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

so you haven't heard about, multitaskung, contast, 441ppi, sencors, 5" screen in second smallest and lightest flagship device (from all brands and screen sizes), swappable battery, SD support, IR , 13MP for details and pictute zooming, 2GB RAM...... By the way, if put this "powerfull" A7 (made by samsung on Exynos process, though) inside the GS4 and try to do the same tasks , it will be dead.

86. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The hardware is manufactured by Samsung, but the A-series processors uses in the iPhones are all based on Apple's reworkings of ARM silicon.

55. Samsungadroidrules

Posts: 104; Member since: Jul 28, 2013

How can an Outdated, over priced, Boring iPhone 5Same beat a superior Galaxy S4? in real world, S4 Wins in performance. Because iPhone 5Same with that girly laggy iOS7 makes it more uglier. hahaha

104. SilverSurfer85

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

S4 has a bunch of stuff that the average person wont, or doesnt need. Take away some of those features and there WONT be any type of COMP between the two. Everyone doesnt want a phablet, or right under that . Some of us like things that are still portable.

151. GoogleSafariFox

Posts: 100; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Agreed. Simply, most iSheeeps around here are just typical lame a$$ fanGays. Some can't even afford to buy an iPhone 5 or 5S. LOL Simply DELUSIONAL iFANS. S4 wins anyday! Very advanced and Cool Phone! And NO LAGS on it! iPHONE 5shiit, Jeeeez. OLD DESIGN, The design is so 2007! Features are OUTDATED AND USELESS. The Over priced tag never fades too. Nah, iPhone 5Shiit is a complete Mess! S4 ROCKS!

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