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Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs Apple iPhone 5 – Full Comparison of Specs, Features & Price

Samsung and Apple are the 2 major competitors in the present day mobile market and known for their latest and high end smart phones to get the attention of the gadget freaks.  Samsung has recently announced its flagship model called Galaxy S4 that will have to face a stiff competition from the already existing iPhone5.   Both these smartphones are known to come packed with array of specifications that would be loved by all the gadget enthusiasts. Thus the fight between the top most position in the mobile market continues between these 2 models. In the following part of the article we will compare Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 on the basic of its various features and specifications.

Size and Design

Measuring 136.6 X 69.8 X 7.9 mm in size, Samsung Galaxy S4 is a slim device but with 7.6mm of waistline, the Apple iPhone is even slimmer.  Even when it comes to weight, 112 grams of iPhone makes it a lighter device as compared to 130 grams of S4. Talking about the design, the brushed aluminum casing of iPhone 5 gives it a premium and a smart look whereas the all plastic chassis of Samsung smartphone may make it a lightweight phone but takes away the charm of being a premium device.

Display Size

Big size screen in handsets has always attracted the mobile phone users and considering this in mind, Samsung has packed a jaw dropping screen size of 4.99 inches in its latest S4 model. The display is capacitive touch in nature and features the Pentile Super AMOLED technology that is capable of supporting 441 ppi pixel density along with full HD resolution count of 1080 X 1920 pixels so as to give a wow quality to the contents. The screen is made up of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and features TouchWiz UI.   On the other hand the 4 inches of Retina Display in iPhone 5 is capacitive touch in nature and supports 326ppi pixel density along with 640 X 1136 pixels resolution.  The display of Apple phone is made up of Corning Gorilla Glass and features oleophobic coating to provide protection against scratches and other damages. Thus considering the resolution and pixels density the content quality on Samsung model appears to be crisper and detailed as compared to Apple smartphone.

Processor and OS

Samsung Galaxy S4 runs on the latest Android Jelly Bean (4.2.2) version of the OS and features Exynos 5 Octa chipset that comes with Quad Core Cortex A15 processor that is clocked at 1.6GHz and quad core Cortex A7 processor that is clocked at 1.2 GHz. The PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU of the handset along with 2GB of RAM enables the user to enjoy wide range of applications and tasks in a smooth manner.

iPhone 5 runs on the company’s iOS 6 version of the OS that can also be upgraded to iOS 6.1.2 that along with dual core 1.2 GHz of Apple A6 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP3 GPU and 1GB RAM delivers slick performance.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs iPhone 5

Battery and Memory

In terms of storage space, Galaxy S4 provides internal memory options of 16/32/64GB that can be expanded up to 64GB through the presence of microSD card slot.  The Apple iPhone 5 also supports internal memory options of 16/32/64 GB but does not facilitate any external memory expansion and this can prove to be a matter of concern for some of the users.

The big size Li-ion 2600 mAh battery present in Galaxy S4 is capable of providing impressive back up to the users whereas the iPhone is fuelled by Li-Po 1440 mAh of battery that supports around 8 hours of talk time, 225 hours of standby time and around 40 hours of music playback time.

Capturing Images

When it comes to capturing images, the present day mobile phones are no less than the dedicated digital cameras and the same holds true with the 2 smartphones we are discussing now.  Samsung Galaxy S4 comes loaded with 13MP rear camera and a 2 MP front facing camera. The camera of the device features AF, LED Flash, face detection, smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p HD video recording.  Some of the advance camera features that comes along with this flagship model from Samsung include simultaneous image and HD video recording, dual camera that enables the user to shoot with the rear and front camera simultaneously, sound and shot feature to record audio along with the images and Drama shot.

The Apple iPhone comes along with an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP of front facing camera. The camera is capable of capturing decent quality images and features AF, LED Flash, simultaneous image and HD video recording, panorama, geo tagging, 1080p video recording through rear camera, 720p video recording through front camera and HDR.

Thus besides numbers, what matters to the photography enthusiasts is the quality of the images and videos captured with the phone and this can be decided only when S4 is available for its test.

Connectivity

High end connectivity options come packed with present day smartphones and Galaxy S4 and iPhone5 are no exception to this.  The connectivity features of S4 include GPRS, HSDPA, LTE, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi hotspot,  WiFi direct, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP+EDR, EDGE, NFC, Infrared port, microUSB 2.0, USB Host and 3.5mm audio jack. On the other hand iPhone 5 comes packed with connectivity options of EDGE, WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, USB 2.0, GPRS and 3.5mm audio jack.

Additional Specifications and Availability

The expectations of the mobile phone users are increasing with each passing day and in order to create a niche for themselves, the mobile companies are coming out with innovative and exciting features in their latest model and in the same row, Samsung and Apple has also packed their handset with variety of additional specifications.

Galaxy S4 has bring in the feature of Smart Pause and Smart Scroll that are based on eye tracking technology so as to Pause the video when you take off your eyes from the display and scroll the pages of web, mails and other documents through movement of retina.  The Air Gesture feature enables the user to navigate various menus of the handset by simply waving the hand without touching the screen.  The S Translator feature provides real time translation whereas its S Health monitors your activities related to health. Additional specifications of Galaxy S4 include Samsung Knox , Group Play, S Voice Drive, Temperature and Humidity sensor, Sound and Shot Feature, compass, barometer, push email facility, accelerometer sensor, proximity sensor, GPS with AGPS and GLONASS, multi format music player, video player  and others.

List of additional specifications that comes along with iPhone 5 are not as impressive as that of Samsung model and include features like accelerometer sensor, GPS with AGPS and GLONASS, gyro sensor, proximity sensor, compass, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, iBooks PDF reader, organizer, Siri natural language commands and dictation, Maps, audio player, video player, integration with Facebook and Twitter , TV Out and others.

Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in the market from April this year and will come in color options of Black Mist and White Frost. Apple iPhone 5 is available in the market with color options of Black/Slate and White/Silver.


Mike is a software engineer with a love for tinkering with smart phone devices. He spends a lot of time moving pictures to his SD card, because the Android keeps running out of memory. In his spare time, he travels to different parts of the world and takes one of his Android devices with him.

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