Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5

If this isn't the biggest rivalry in the mobile industry right now, we don't know what is. Samsung and Apple have been battling each other for years now, both on the market and in court. Just like that, the Samsung vs Apple clash has grown into one of the biggest rivalries the tech world has ever seen. Right now, the two companies stand on pretty much equal footings, and we're can't be sure yet as to which one will emerge victorious.

This situation is easy to explain. Both Apple and Samsung produce wonderful products. Let's take, for example, the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5! Both are amazing smartphones with their own strengths and weaknesses. Obviously, neither can claim to be better than the other, but if we look closely, we can identify the areas where one has an advantage over the other and vice versa. Surprise, surprise - that's exactly what we'll do right now.


Apple is a company that pays a lot of attention to the design of its products, and it absolutely shows with the iPhone 5. One of the best looking phones on the market today, the iPhone 5 is beautiful, light, compact and premium. It has that aura of something expensive and sophisticated.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 is the exact opposite. Samsung's handset is made of thin plastic and doesn't feel as the expensive product that it is. Still, it's an awesome design in its own way, because it's actually quite compact for a smartphone with a 5-inch screen. The rounded edges and smooth, glossy plastic make it comfortable to hold and use, despite the considerable dimensions. Well, of course, the iPhone 5 is the more practical phone, but we do appreciate the effort that Samsung has put into making the GS4 as small as possible. We can't think of any other smarpthone with such a large display that feels so small and comfortable to hold.


If you watch a lot of video, or if you play a lot of games on your phone, then chances are you'll be better off with the giant, 5" display of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Apple increased the screen size to 4" with the iPhone 5, but that's still significantly smaller than what the Samsung can offer.

Both screens are simply gorgeous, but the iPhone 5 is really something special in this department. Its display manages to be both super-vibrant and very natural-looking at the same time. The Galaxy S4, on the other hand, is also spectacular, thanks to its great contrast levels and saturated colors, but it can't quite match the true-to-life image of the iPhone 5, even when you tone things down a bit using the special screen mode preset for the purpose.

Viewing angles tend to be better on the iPhone 5 and so is outdoor visibility, thanks to the higher brightness output of its display. The iPhone 5 can also get darker than the Galaxy S4, which makes it more suitable for use at night (in the dark).

Samsung Galaxy S4 360-Degrees View:

Apple iPhone 5 360-Degrees View:



1. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Its like that I just watch an entire review where iPhone is Sammy's bit$h.

6. LonghornTech

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

S4 all the way. IPhone only wins with call quality and materials. The GSIV is the better phone.

54. samsunggalaxylover

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

come on there are no reasons for such comparison the galaxy s4 is way far more better than the iremote5 in all ways.

65. sudhar131998

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

iPhone 5 should not be called iremote as you all know the galaxy s4, htc one and lg optimus pro are the only phones that feature infrared emitter to act as a remote so just keep that in mind

67. Banana

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

S4 = plasitc not so fantastic. iPhone 5 = quality + best user experience + design = happy owner :D

72. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

it's a phone, not jewelry...

109. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

i suppose a watch is for telling time... sure, because when I wear a Rolex I really just need to see what time it is

116. bobolicious

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

A rolex is for telling time? i thought it was to be worn just for looks.

76. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm not quite sure how a phone made of aluminum and glass is so much better quality. Polycarbonate (the material used on the S4) is the same material used to make safety glasses. I don't know about you, but if it's good enough to protect my eyes then it's damn well good enough for my phone. You don't see companies making safety glasses out of glass do you? Polycarbonate is designed to take a lickin and keep on ticken, which glass is not. As for the aluminum, yeah it looks cool, but it's what they make coke cans out of. There is a reason for that. It is a cheap material. Also it can be scratched and dented very easily, so there is nothing quality about that.

89. ph00ny

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 26, 2011

not to mention samsung's tradition of using magnesium frame under the plastic shell

100. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 895; Member since: Dec 05, 2012


117. bobolicious

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

very well put and to the point 100% props

130. mrfunkyjay

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

a very clever explanation... they are just way too hypnotised by the ads Apple guys made regarding their Iphone5. Aluminium is softer than plastic, it deforms easily. I found two-three tiny scratches and light deformation of my friend's Iphone5's edges on its aluminium case, too bad...

92. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

iphone5's aluminum body peels off like a banana. yeah you heard that right, lol

103. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Like your name, your statement is banana

58. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Call quality, build quality , Apps, better camera and the most important things the software keep up with the hardware.

97. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

This is not a fair comparison. iPhone 5 should be compared to Galaxy S2 from 2010 and then see who wins.

2. lee480 unregistered

Xperia Z beats the both. Though S4 has the slight edge to the iphone. Dislikes coming!

7. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

slight edge??? are u stupid or blind or what?? the difference is very wild like the difference between the earth and sky

11. alila2

Posts: 171; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

when they first revealed the gs4 i was kinda disappointed with the design , but now after all these comparisons with htc one xperia z and the iphone five and after all these new info about software , specs and capabilities it's becoming more of a winner except for it's back design it's the ugliest most boring back of a phone i ever seen but hey i never carry a phone with out a thin back case.

19. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

You know, dislikes are coming cause you said something irrelevant and stupid

101. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 895; Member since: Dec 05, 2012


47. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

cmon expect dislikes.. xperia Z was actually made obosolete by htc one and galaxy s4, i bet that even htc butterfly and oppo5 will throw that faulty flagship.. you and ur 4 followers or even.more are kinda desperate to raise ur innocence and inability to read and comprehend reviews..

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

No contest.

44. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

"you'll be surprised at how polished and competent this phone feels." This sentence shows everything. No contest for iPhone on PhoneArena., A 7 years old UI with almost everything the same can make me surprised, OMG so surprised.

4. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

At this point they're all good phones, buy whatever you like best and shut up.

8. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

this shouldn't even be posted, you know S4 $hits all over the iPhone

9. wando77

Posts: 1169; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

SAMSUNG'S PHONE IS MADE OF CHEAP PLASTIC? What is the entire front made of? What are the sides made from? Only the back plate is plastic and it needs to be to address one of the things you hate about the iPhone.....user replaceable battery.

13. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Actually the sides are plastic, they look like matal but they aren't...

15. wando77

Posts: 1169; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Actually then sides are brushed metal on the s4

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