The Apple iPhone 5 has ruled the roost ever since its launch, but now its most staunch competitor has entered the ballpark, the Samsung Galaxy S 4. While it retains a lot of what made its predecessor such an ironclad rival, the S 4 brings a truckload of hardware and software enhancements that leave even the great iPhone behind in dust. We have compared both the device spec for spec, read on to find out more.
In every possible way the Galaxy S 4 trumps the iPhone 5. But that was to be expected as the iPhone 5 is a 2012 flagship and the Galaxy S 4 is Samsung’s lead bazooka for 2013.
While the Galaxy S 4 has a state of the art 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, the iPhone 5 is decisively smaller at 4-inches and its resolution pales at 1136×640 pixels. In terms of PPI we are talking about 441 for the Galaxy S 4 and 326 for the iPhone 5. But in real world usage there is not a massive difference once the 300 PPI barrier is crossed.
Processing chops of both the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S 4 are very hard to compare as Apple uses an custom made ARM v7 dual-core chip clocked at 1.2GHz that is optimized specifically for iOS. On the other hand the Galaxy S IV uses a 8-core Exynos Octa 5 CPU clocked at 1.6GHz. This is sure to give the iPhone 5 a run for its money in terms of pure performance and user interface fluidity, though we will be shocked if the Android smartphone takes this round easily because the synergy between Apple’s hardware and software is the essence of its seamless user experience.
The iPhone 5 is considered to be the most well rounded camera phone in the market. Even more so than the Nokia Lumia 920. It has a 8-megapixel camera with a f/2.4 aperture, but that’s about it. There are no fancy bells and whistles, that Samsung touts on the Galaxy S 4, which comparatively has a 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture and an armada of custom software features, that Apple would not even think of putting in its device. Picture quality is what matters and we cannot pass a judgement on this till we review the Galaxy S 4.
The iPhone 5 offers 16/32/64 GB memory options and Samsung reciprocates with the same but also adds a microSD card slot for expansion.
As the iPhone 5 just has a 4-inch IPS panel, it can make do with a 1,440-mAh battery, however the Galaxy S 4 is 5-inch 1080p monolith and hence it needs the extra 2,600-mAh battery. The Galaxy S 4 also has wireless charging capabilities.
Design wise Apple and Samsung are now poles apart. Apple guns for an ultra-premium anodized aluminium finish with chamfered edges, while Samsung continues its tryst with glossy plastic that now it has started calling polycarbonate. The finish on the S 4 is an improvement over the S III, but frankly its not in the same ballpark as the iPhone 5.
While the iPhone 5 offers a pretty rudimentary iOS experience that is dependent on a few services like iCloud, Facebook, Twitter and a few Apple apps, the Galaxy S 4 is loaded to the brim with custom software features. Features like S-Health, S-Translate, S-Travel, Air Gesture, Air View, Multi-View to name a few highlight the feature rich nature of the Galaxy S 4. Additionally, there is obvious integration with the fantastic Google services. At the end this is a battle between two differing philosophies – simplicity vs complexity.
|Samsung Galaxy S 4||Apple iPhone 5|
|5-inch 1080p PenTile Super AMOLED HD display, 441 PPI||4-inch IPS display, 1136×640 pixels, 326 PPI|
|1.6GHz 8-core Exynos Octa 5 CPU||1.2GHz dual-core Apple A6 CPU|
|2GB of RAM||1GB of RAM|
|13-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video, 2-megapixel front facing camera||8-megapixel camera with f/2.4 aperture, 1080p video and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera|
|16/32/64 GB memory options||16/32/64 GB memory options|
|Android 4.2 with TouchWiz Nature UX||iOS 6|
|HSPA+, LTE in selected market, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0||HSPA+, LTE in selected market, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Wireless Charging||No Wireless Charging|
|IR Blaster||No IR Blaster|
|S-Health, S-Translate, Air View, Air Gesture, Knox, Group Play, S-Voice Drive,Dual-Shot, Drama Shot, Cinema Shot, Sound Shot, Beauty Shot, Eraser and Story Album||Safari, Siri, Apple Maps, Photo Stream, iCloud|
|136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm||123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm|
|microSD card slot with support for 64GB of storage||No microSD card slot|