Call quality

The Apple iPhone 5 easily beats the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the call-quality department. The iPhone 5's earpiece is clearer and the voices get transmitted to the other end with strong, deep tones. All in all, the Galaxy S4 isn't a particularly good phone when it comes to sound during calls, as neither its earpiece, nor its microphone can offer a decent quality.


The Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 are two amazing smartphones. Interestingly, they manage to be amazing in their own, unique ways, which prevents us from choosing an ultimate winner. The Galaxy S4 is extremely versatile, has a ton of interesting features and a beautiful 5" display that is just perfect for video playback and gaming.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 5 is almost as capable, thanks to the multitude of quality applications available for it, and there's just something special about the simplicity of iOS. It really just works. Many activities won't be as fun or as comfortable to do as on the GS4, due to the iPhone 5's smaller screen, but you'll be surprised at how polished and competent this phone feels.

It all comes down to what type of user you are. Are you a geek or a tech-savvy person who demands a large screen and extreme control over their computing devices? Grab the Galaxy S4 and don't look back! Are you a user who's into technology, but values exquisite design, simplicity and fine-tuned experiences? Get an iPhone – it's still unbeatable in those areas.

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.

hours Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 5
4h 22 min (Poor)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5:



155. number29

Posts: 185; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

The S4 looks like a giant toy in these comparions.

153. NobodyAtAll

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

The author of this piece is CLEARLY a Apple 'fanboy'. Just look at a few of these quotes: - "(The iPhone 5) has that aura of something expensive and sophisticated." "Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 is the exact opposite." - "Well, of course, the iPhone 5 is the more practical phone." What basis is there for saying this? NONE! - "Both screens are simply gorgeous, but the iPhone 5 is really something special in this department." "but (the S4) can't quite match the true-to-life image of the iPhone 5." - Again. There is NO basis for sayign this! The S4 has more pixels and a higher resoltuion than the iPhone 5. This is VERY clear. - I hate product comparison reviews that are clearly written by fanboys.

151. TPDallas

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 24, 2011

iPhone 5 = Lexus,BMW,Mercede Galaxy S4 = Kia

152. rdemon

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Iphone 5 = 300 Lexus, 500 BMW, 400 Mercedes being sold a month. Galaxy S4 = 60,000 Kia's being sold a week.

150. mobileprogramming

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is faster and more powerful than the iPhone 5 in every way. The iphone 5 has a small screen than Samsung Galaxy S4. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a bigger screen and camera is far better quality than the iPhone 5. The Galaxy S4 has more battery backup as compared to iphone 5. I love to use Samsung Galaxy S4 with wider screen.

149. Dsh12

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

Honestly if you are going call something the better phone I really think the better phone should have the best call quality, camera, networking, best techno qualities that is a real definition of the best phone which I think is what apple is protracting because sometimes it not about how big the phone is or the look of the phone its about getting a phone that is 1 worth your money and 2 worth your time 3 worth using at its best ability . I think thats why Apple has been successful for many years because they care more about what is best for you using not best to look good with. I have used both phones and I will say GS4 is really good for show but the calling quality is terrible and camera is terrible and its catches viruses very easy now and I think samsung should have focus more on the use quality and not the look quality I'm not sorry to say but the Iphone 5 is better :)

145. DualVoiceCoil

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

"It all comes down to what type of user you are. Are you a geek or a tech-savvy person who demands a large screen and extreme control over their computing devices? Grab the Galaxy S4 and don't look back! Are you a user who's into technology, but values exquisite design, simplicity and fine-tuned experiences? Get an iPhone – it's still unbeatable in those areas." Re-edited: "It all comes down to what type of user you are: Are you a geek or a tech-savvy person who demands a large screen and extreme control over their computing devices in addition to being a techno, but values exquisite design, simplicity and fine-tuned experiences? Get the Samsung S4 – it's unbeatable in those areas."

144. RodrigoFreijanes

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Seriously?! Galaxy S4 is so, but so better, that sounds like a joke. Who, now a days, buy iPhone? Ah, I forgot, Americans still does.

143. phoneduty

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

141. wrpalmer

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Obviously most of those commenting are those that use there phones for almost anything but calls, that is why there is so much hype over the S4. The iPhone 5 is a SUPERIOR phone hands down. It doesn't freeze up like the Android phones, and has much better call quality and Apple is still the one with technology that all the others chase

142. rdemon

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

No effin way the IPhone 5 is competition for the S4. At least wait till they make an IPhone 5s to make a comparison. And there hardware would not be possible without Sammy providing the internal components. I can't speak for most Android phones but I would say Samsung provides a smooth UI experience with Touchwiz. Have a GN2 and I wouldn't trade it for anything unless it's for a GN3.

140. retek29sept

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 03, 2013

Off Course S4 wins........ And about plastic vs metal....dude both of us will use don't be ' i ' baby... Unless you not worried about scratch... And cost of replacing, repairing is way cheaper than Iphone... Dont forget about I tunes,,,,worst on earth.....even cheap non branded mp3 players can easily transfer the data from pc to phone,.. even Iphone gets more hotter in its use, which no body mentioned thr.. you guys lack customization in your life and prefer to use same older way of functionality.. why you call Iphone simple to use? are you all lack of brain enough to use a phone.. be creative, be advanced....try to adjust with few years you will see big creativity from samsung. This is your don.t wanna live in ancient age of apple..

138. christumaini

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

sometimes we viewers, should question the reviewers qualifications and rate them(some of reviews are misleading and completely useless) PHONE ARENA WORK ON THAT.

137. Axl55

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 03, 2013

I agree with some comments here that there should not be a comparison between the two as S4 is far, far better than iP5. I am a current user of S3 which I've changed after using iP3G then iP4S then iP5. I admit that I WAS just like the rest of iPhone lovers, loved all of my iPhone models.. but not until the day i switched my iP5 to S3. Ever since I tried S3, i realized how dark our (iPhone lovers) world is. We tend to stick to the "self-made high heritage" of iPhones just because of the sense of pride.. not at all because of performance or whatsoever. In fact until now I still can't say how that pride came to us the iPhone lovers.. it's just the pride that we feel once we buy it. We can't accept the fact for any better phone in the market, we fought till the end to say how good iPhone is WITHOUT trying other brand names with Android in particular. We are just like Man Utd fans when talking with Liverpool fans. There will be no ending story. Coming back to my experience, I started with iP3G in October 2008 and changed my iP5 to S3 recently in January 2013. So I was with iPhones for nearly 5 years. As of now, I can say in terms of my personal experience, S3 is a clear winner in terms of user experience if we put side to side with iP5. Ever since I tried Android 3 months ago, I can tell everybody here that I will never go back to IOS. I never regret the years that I have "wasted" with iPhones but the fact is that I am happy that I have tried it and now I am smiling wide reading all the comments here.

127. llk171

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

When it comes to displays, I'll wait for the likes of displaymate, who are experts in screens.

122. freddyzdead

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is the most biased review I've ever read.

139. christumaini

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 25, 2012


119. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I would love for PA to explain to me with a logical argument how Android is tougher than iOS. I'm tired of hearing that Android is more complicated cause it isn't. Can Android be more complex? Hell yeah. But guess what, I want to make a phone call? Press phone, Contacts? Press contacts or people. Some Android devices are more complicated (looking at you HTC) but in general Android is just as simple or simpler than an iphone. Want to quickly toggle off your WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc.? Almost every Android has a widget to handle that. For iPhone you have to go to settings and it's more complicated for GPS as well. Again the difference between an iPhone and an Android has nothing to do with simple or intuitive. It has to do with whether you want to be limited in what you do or not. Do you want to view your current weather from your lock screen? iPhone can't do that. Heck iPhone is even stealing ideas from Android that are infinitely better (like the addition of the pull down screen) Won't be surprised if iOS8 has lockscreen widgets after they prove to be a success for Android. That said, this article isn't swaying anyone's opinion, if you love Android or Sammy you'll pick them, if you love Apple you pick them. Super straight forward. Android devices are almost always superior in terms of features or cost, and every carrier would rather sell Android devices than iOS cause they're more profittable, but face it people who want iPhones get iPhones. That's it can't change their mind ever.

114. number29

Posts: 185; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I definitely think Ray has hit the nail on the head in his conclusion about the different types of users and what device they're most likely to go for.

113. donjb

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

I'm curious, what apps does IOS has that Android doesn't have nowadays? Take into account that most dev companies develop for both, the average person only uses so many apps and the majority of apps that are made aren't worth downloading. I think the app count comparison is dead.

110. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Im telling you people icrap5s and icraap6 willchange the game once again...than we will compare your s4 to our icraap5s opps I think we forgot s5 N3 and the Q model bendable screen next yr...

123. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


102. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 895; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Sales of S4 will beat all other phones & will shutup everyone..

108. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think the snickers bar will outsell the Hershey's bar

98. aveaphane unregistered

the iphone looks whack!GO S4

90. ray386407

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Im getting so tires of these comparison comments because se people who comment obviously are not in the phone industry or just blinded by there own personal judgement about an iphone but anyways. I work for at&t and jave been for a very long time I actually physically played with a samsung galaxy s4 I use a note 2 as my daily driver. For the iphone fans stop really just stop. I have seen every iphone come out I been there I have played with them I know the specs and honestly an iphone is a hype device most people dont even know why they buy an iphone they just do. Great marketing on apples part. I all ways sit and wonder why close minded people buy the same device literrally over and over and over. I fans says well it just works its all ways smooth the display. Is retina so what. There is no real innovation behind an iphone its just screens with apps that is all no amazing features then you say well what about siri its voice control with a name lol. Look add true multi tasking functionality to it like an android pho number e add widgets to it more features more internal programs guess what I bet you it will lag and freeze. As far as the screen stretch it out to more than 4 inch on there same technology you will not have a retina display lol simply put ifans the phone is dated the software is dated and really cant be compared. Android devices havent lagged or freezed since ice cream sandwhich and some before that. I actually get more problems with iphones everyday than androids. Now back on the s4 when I played with it it is clearly a much better clear picture the features of the software that you could have never thought would be put in a phone is not only innovative but there non gimmicky and acctually work. The s4 far far far far far surpasses the iphone 5 on a consumer and technical stand point and if you really really dont see that then go get your eyes check because until you have actually played with a device you really have nothing to commit on

88. drusila

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 27, 2013

bettter black than AMOLED??

87. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Galaxy S4 is obviously the better choice over the iPhone5

86. GuitarPlayer

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Hey PA put the S4 (best smartphone 2013) against Lumia 920 (best smartphone and most innovative of 2012)

82. darkich

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 22, 2013

LOL..!! Phonearena Samsung galaxy s3 vs iPhone 5 comparison - Galaxy S3 wins! Phonearena Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 comparison - draw!! THIS SITE IS A BAD JOKE

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