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

188. gorio16

Posts: 2; Member since: May 24, 2014

Evidently you didn't read it. What kind of car do you drive? Is it better than every other make & model? No, but it works for you. Which is all that matters. Some people like customizable while others prefer simplicity. Where is the fact in your post? The fact in my post is that "they are both quality handsets". Stop trying to be a know nothing know it all.

189. trevortf

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

My facts were in my post from last year...There is an objectively better phone, and it is the Samsung __________________________________________________​_______ PREVIOUS POST It is the same old argument....Android and PCs are for people that like customization, features, hardware and software...iPhones and Macs are for noobs that like facetime and don't know how to work with simple GUIs.... Samsung picture, screen size, lightness, expandable memory, WAY faster (RAM beats a useless 64-bit chip in performance), esp when phone has...better color and resolution, and more capable of multitasking, widgets, universal chargers, Android btho of iOS (its a kids os), better touchscreen key software, voice to text, battery (which can be replaced cheaply, if needed, or removed if wetted), better gps and built in software, I never notice any lag issues, you can customize the GUI 10 ways for every 1, BEST OF ALL...no iTunes...you just click and drag files and media to your device. If you want a smartphone, Samsung...if you want a kids toy...iPhone *You know u have a weak argument when u are leaning on screen brightness, do you like less battery life? Contrast and gamma more important. Metal casing? Srsly? WGAF? We are all putting a polymer case on our smartphones

186. gorio16

Posts: 2; Member since: May 24, 2014

After reading all the comments, not one sold me in either direction. Most were baseless with childish opinions which prompted me to make this post. I have the Galaxy S4 and never built up the interest to jump on the Apple bandwagon so I can't honestly compare the two. I can only compare specs. My daughter goes through phones like water, she has to have the latest and the "greatest". When she had her series of iphones they were the best thing since sliced bread. She then switched to the Galaxy S4, in her opinion the device was the best thing since melted butter. Surprise! She then switched to the S5 and again, best thing ever (in her opinion). Even review websites are tainted with opinionated preferences. Does it even matter which one "you" think is better?They both are quality handsets. Not everyone drives a Toyota, Nissan, Chevy, etc. "You" have choices and what works for one will not be a choice for all. This Apple vs Android battle never ceases. I like my VW beetle - it works for me.

187. trevortf

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

This post has no fact and is pretty much just a rant... Samsung for customizable, powerful, more complex and useful device, great camera and display iPhone for simplicity, iTunes, people who consider themselves PC illiterate...poor OS

185. BretaSal

Posts: 2; Member since: May 22, 2014

S5 was pretty amazing, but let's see if the design of iphone 6 is better or not. Here's a phenomenal comparison between both the Brands

179. Shamoy

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

the galaxy s4 DESTROYS the iphone 5 in every way iphone is a piece of garbage even though iphone has more brightness and color accuracy the s4 has MUCH higher ppi and a larger screen, 1080p HD which is an amazing viewing experience no matter what you are doing with your phone (s4 clearly wins here) the processor apple a7 vs samsung galaxy s4 the a7 uses a 64-bit chip which has no speed advantages and requires over 4 gigs of ram for any noticable performance performance the a7 is only a dual core at 1.3Ghz while the snapdragon 800 in the galaxy s4 is a quad core with 2.3Ghz S4 wins here, NO COMPROMISE removable storage i still use flippin micro sd i find it really convenient since i do a lot of photo transfers and rom testing talk about size the iphone just has you brainwashed a lot of users are used to 4 inches when they dont realize that 1 inch of screen real estate means you can do a LOT more (i personally prefer 4.5 inches but im fine with 5) camera on s4 is 13 megapixels quality of images will be better on the s4 regardless of anything but it does have a downside which is bad lighting but that does not make the iphone 5s more worth buying the funny thing is even older generation android phones like the s3 beat the iphone 5s samsung is already developing futuristic technologies like flexible screens while iphone is stuck with problems like not having an hd screen thats like a 2 year old problem not only samsung all android manufacturing companies Sony, LG, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Nexus, etc. Do you think apple can beat all these companies combined? No, thought so! iphone is lagging behind while all these companies are having a huge competition within the android ecosystem itself and advancing in such technologies that the iphone wont ever get in a thousand years talk about plastic and having a bad build on the s4 iphone is a piece of metallic trash BURN BABY BURN apple pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaase go bankrupt quickly and get out of this world becuase you only keep people brainwashed and CLEARLY DISGRACE the name of technology IF I EVER GOT AN APPLE DEVICE I WOULDNT EVEN SELL IT OR GIVE IT AWAY, I WOULD SMASH IT INTO PIECES AND BURN IT AND CORRODE IT SO THE PERSON THAT I WOULDVE SOLD IT TO WOULD PROBABLY GET AN ANDROID AND THERE WOULD BE ONE LESS IPHONE FUCKING IN THE WORLD

178. alireza_gol

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 22, 2013

I'm a sammy and I'm proud... Now im gonna say why I-crap sucks against the S4: 1) the apple iphone 5s has a retina display! (Ooo is that the one with 100ppi less than the s4?) 2) Sixtyfour sixty-shmore you cant even feel the difference... 3) Real multitasking vs Childs-play 4) Metal body vs plastic (if you love that metal body so much then how come you buy a cover for that " premium" phone of yours! 5) what if I wanted to share my files with somebody that doesnt have iTunes? 6) that tiny little battery cant even keep a flashlight on for a second !

177. Freddiiee

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

You cant really compare the two. Theyre in two completely different worlds. One runs iOS and one runs Android 4.3 With Touchwiz. Two completely different layouts, Two completely different worlds. I personally have used both. iOS (Every iPhone except 4 and 5s). I like iOS when it was the main thing out there and when there wasnt much to choose from. I also use Android (Note 3 Running Kit Kat). I loved both. I loved the simplicity of the iPone. My iPhones ran nice untill the release of iOS 7. But now that im using a Note 3. I have to say I PERSONALLY like the freedom of Android. I like the big screen and the full HD of my Note. But its not really my room to say that the Note 3 is better than the iPhone, They dont compare and its all up to your own personal opinion.

175. Halofyter

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 02, 2013

Ok this argument is ridiculous and I am going to end it here and now. iPhone is an excellent phone, however so is the Samsung SIV. Both have extremely fast processors, bright screens, decent battery life, and much more. This breaks it down to preferences mostly. If you are looking for simple, pocket-friendly phones that you cant relate to most people with, then go with the iPhone. However, if you like a faster processor and are more of a whats inside kind of person, then go with the SIV. To tell you the truth iPhone users, the Qualcom Snapdragon 600 beats the crap out of iPhone's Apple A6. It just doesn't compare. And for you who says that everything is better about the iPhone, then you obviously have not used a SIV. And the same goes for any SIV users. I have had the experience to use both of them, and I would rather have the SIV. Argument is over.

173. JuJuBeans56

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

This review is extremely biased and actually wrong on several things. The bottom line is that the S4 is superior to the 5S for the most part, especially where it matters, and it came out almost a year earlier, not to mention it has more cutting-edge features than the 5S (ie: multi-screen, dual instants, all-share cast, IR blaster, useful camera modes, ability to control device with gestures, device wont ever dim if you're looking at it, etc. ) with the exception of the fingerprint scanner which is really cool, but doesn't actually protect your phone since failed attempts will still send you back to the PIN screen. Other than that, the only two areas in which the 5S is superior is very-low-light picture/video and a slightly better processor. I don't agree that the 5S looks more "premium" because it's metal; the drop test results are the same for both, and the 5S weighs about twice as much, and it's half the size of the S4. IOS 7 still sucks super bad. Many of these die hard iPhone lovers really remind me of really religious people with a religion that they follow blindly regardless of how much sense it makes. You guys think your iphone's are better but newsflash: the plastic on the S4 scores better on drop tests than the cheap-ass aluminum, so no, metal is not better than plastic in this case, retina display is not better than a super AMOLED display, it's mostly some sh*t apple made up to sell you idiots on a high-res screen 3 years ago when it wasn't wholly out of date, apple restricts the compatibility of their products to the point where you basically have to buy everything from them, your iphone usually wont function with a non-apple set top box, bluetooth speaker, headphones, earbuds, charger, etc. Also, have fun paying 2, 3, 5, 10 dollars for the exact same apps that everyone else gets for free, also have fun paying at least $100 for every jump up a level of onboard memory when every S4 has adjustable storage up to 64GB w/ an inexpensive micro-sd card, plus the 16 GB of onboard, also, surprise dual -core is not superior to a quad-core. The S4 kills the 5S at multi-tasking with the ability to literally be two places at once on your phone, while using i0s 7 feels like a board game it's so outdated and restricted. You geniuses pay hundreds of dollars more like every year for a new paint job and a quick update on the same piece of technology.

174. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

Damn right and couldn't agreed with you more,but hey it is just a phone,I just love my S4 and really looking forward to S5 or Note 4 with gear 2 :) after using S4 and gear.Cheers! well said,man.

172. iamnuyo

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

@spectereid. You and your store lost all crediability when you said that SAMSUNG is a JAPANESE phone. Do your research you idiot.

171. spectereid

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Those who think the s4 is better are completely wrong i have a shop and i can tell u each 1 iphone i fix gets 15 samsungs they are Japanese crap slow , too big software for there processor and who gives a fk about the crap that u wave and moves the screen ull be happy with it for the first two month then what it takes the multitasking from the phone and the iphone is waaaay faster and better and thats without mentioning the jailbreak and the massive amount of apps plus the samsung need a fking liquid nitrogen tank each time u enter two apps at the same time and if that doesnt convince u just open up both machines and check out who has a sloppier work

170. vince2796

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

and who cares what either one is made of anyway if you're going to cover it with a case?

169. vince2796

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

dont think anyone mentioned that even though the iphone is made of metal, there have been multiple problems with the home and power buttons breaking and not working...some gooood metal. never seen or had any problems with s4 buttons.

168. Azman

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

I would like to go with the iPhone 5S because of better looks, design and ergonomic screen size unlike the 5 inchers or more.

167. machello

Posts: 35; Member since: May 03, 2013

Iphone 5S is top. Samsung should stay with making television sets or just die.

163. yoeasie

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Sure the GPU and CPU specs on the 5S are much better but that doesn't necessarily mean the GS4's Sucks. The average school kid and average mom or dad buyer doesn't give a hoot about CPU or GPU. For the average user, the GS4 does a huge extremely vibrant scree and for the average user the 5S is just another popular iPhone.

149. tev11

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 06, 2013

I read this review cuz im getting a new phone soon, but then it came to me WHO GIVES A CRAP ABOUT OCTA CORE PROCESSORS AND 64 BIT PROCESSORS OFC DEVELOPERS USE CARES BUT AN AVERAGE PERSON WOULDNT CARE. AS LONG AS THE PHONE IS FAST, NEW, GOOD CAMERA WHO GIVES A DAMN CARE. GET A LIFE PEOPLE.

141. morozsean

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Although I hate Samsung, I hate Apple more. But it doesn't matter since the Samsung Galaxy S4 kills the iPhone 5s.

135. s4lemon

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

I have the Galaxy s4 and iphone 5s and there is no comparison between the two: The 5s is a class above the s4. Changed 3 different handsets with the s4, all the same, I call it the king of lag and stutter - although a software update (after months of waiting) has improved things. The 5s is as smooth as butter. Benchmark tests are meaningless, sure the s4 gets good scores but so what? Even after the update its still not as smooth as my s2 ! The s4's lag and stutter issues are all over the internet. All you see is "how to fix s4 lag advice": "disable animations, do this do that' -give us a break! Th e s2 and s3 were good phones, the s4 is lemon. This comes from someone who prefered samsung till now.

129. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Poor ol's4 better yet next time!....well when gs5 comes out with a 64 bit chip, iPhone 6 with other top notch....------>√

123. spinz

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Alot of people I know hate the new icons design. It's way more cartoony than Touchwiz. Some end up ditching their iphones for an android phone.

114. Deviltaz

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I like both, no problem with that but i just hate the fanboys trying to bash one another it's very annoying both phones are really great i like the reliability of the S4 but i also like the smoothness of the iphone 5s if you like the S4 then buy it then if you want the ip5s then go with it you can't say another one is better than the other one. Let's say i want a very hard phone i can't go with a S4 i'd go with a nokia

112. giri.1131

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

It totally depends on what kind of user you are Iphone 5 or 5s is for users who dont fiddle with their phones too much and aim for simple usage whereas the galaxy s4 is for users who love to use their phone for every function in life. I got the note 3, 3 days before. Its fantastic and the snapdragon 800/octa core powering note 3 is faster than iphone 5s in terms of processor speed. Most importantly apple's stubborn display with RETINA resolution just sucks compared to the SAMOLED display of samsung. use it and u will know the difference. The hover features are not gimmicky but incredibly fun to use and apply if you are a multimedia user as much as most claim to be. I have used the iphone 5 too for a short while so i know the difference. Btw phone arena when it comes to comparison articles your opinion is practically nothing as u always play safe rather than pick sides . ANDROID JUST HANDS THE WORLD TO YOU ON A PLATTER WHEREAS IOS SERVES YOU WHAT THE HAVE AND CLAIM ITS THE WORLD

111. Lakuta1978

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

iP5s is the new king...... even my iP5 have better performance than my S4...

69. azazellov

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

Whoever is saying they hate TouchWiz don't realize that you can switch the launcher in a few seconds. I have a Galaxy S4 and I also hate TouchWiz so I simply use Nova Laucher which changes the look of the interface completely. With the Galaxy S4 at least you have the option to pick how the interface looks, unlike on the iphone 5S. Everything can be customized with Android which to me is very important.

65. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Air Drop is just WiFi Direct except crippled to work with only Apple products. Every Samsung Galaxy office has had this since the GS2.

36. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

tough one for me purely based on MY fetish it has to be the s4!

52. Samsungadroidrules

Posts: 104; Member since: Jul 28, 2013

I love my S4 too. S4 Rocks!

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