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Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy S4


Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Call Quality

Listening to callers isn’t a problem on either device, seeing that the volume is more than ample with their earpieces and speakerphones. Still, our ears tell us that the iPhone 5s is the suitable phone for chit-chatting because voices have a natural and distinct tone to them – whereas with the Galaxy S4, they tend to sound muted.


We can’t complain much about the battery life of either smartphone, since they churn out easily that one-day of normal usage we so desperately look for in each and every device we check out. In the end, they’re average at best by today’s standards – so expect to recharge them frequently if you’re a power user.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)
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Two high-end smartphone, two completely different takes in what makes them qualify as being high-end. At the very least, you’re going to spend $200 with your signature on a 2-year contract to pick either one, but it’s a matter of what’s most important to you that dictates the winner in this particular comparison.
Being the new kid on the block, the iPhone 5s is a fantastic device that’s very well rounded in being a high performer in the categories that matter the most to people – such as taking photos/video, call quality, and having a snappy performance. Additionally, it’s packing along a cool Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a 64-bit based Apple A7 processor, which are two distinct things that we don’t find on other competing flagships.

Sure, the Galaxy S4 continues to enthrall us with its imposing larger than life stature, as it’s packed to the roof with some splendid hardware, but it even makes the grade with the software experience too. Whereas the iOS 7 experience is refreshing and adheres to that notion of being simple, Samsung goes the complete opposite route by offering us a ton of neat/gimmicky (depending on who you talk to, of course) software features. As the dust settles, there’s no arguing that these two are wonderful smartphones that capture the essence of being high-end, so there’s no wrong decision here. If premium and simplicity is more of your forte, then it’s the iPhone 5s. And if hardware specs and diverse software features are more akin to your needs, it’s going to be the Galaxy S4 for you then.


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posted on 27 Sep 2013, 06:03 36

1. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

No comparison.

S4 is beating the hell out of 5same in every damn way. Sammy FTW.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 06:10 16

6. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 06:17 18

9. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 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 !

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 06:39 18

13. GamePlayer (Posts: 51; Member since: 06 Jun 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 07:59 9

24. nerdylish (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Apr 2013)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 08:37 4

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

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

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 08:25

131. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)

Cause they are fu**

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 08:41 2

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 09:45 13

33. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:06 6

37. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 11:11 5

51. nerdylish (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Apr 2013)

He won't, cause he can't.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 22:54 2

155. damienvox (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)

True multitasking?
Built in data usuage checker?
Had slide down notifications first?
Better slide down notifications?
Smart features?
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
First front facing
First multi core processor
First standard setting 2 mp face time camera
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.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 11:41

159. CJC4L1F3 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Oct 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.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 06:17 1

160. htainlintha (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Mar 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​/

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 23:31

162. damienvox (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Oct 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:34 5

48. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 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.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 22:31

139. htainlintha (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Mar 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

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 17:14 2

85. promise7 (Posts: 891; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 22:28

138. htainlintha (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Mar 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. :)

posted on 05 Oct 2013, 06:46

144. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 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

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:14 10

41. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 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."

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 19:58 1

137. htainlintha (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Mar 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

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 18:10 2

165. iamnuyo (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Oct 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.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 06:26

166. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 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

posted on 06 Jul 2014, 14:44

190. rescue141x (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:11 8

40. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 17:20 2

86. promise7 (Posts: 891; Member since: 03 Jul 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 11:32 5

55. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 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

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 18:35 1

104. SilverSurfer85 (Posts: 28; Member since: 12 Apr 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.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 13:08 1

151. GoogleSafariFox (banned) (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 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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