Samsung’s Galaxy S4 against Apple’s iPhone 5 is sure to be one of the technology rivalries of the year. Both are in big demand and the iPhone has normally held the U.S market in its clutches for years. The Galaxy S family of smartphones has been building quite the fanbase over the years and it’s only growing. So far the iPhone 5 has seen 2 million pre-orders—double from the iPhone 4S. While iPhone does great in sales, they’ve been on the losing end against Android phones so does Samsung look primed to take them on in the market?
The Samsung Galaxy S3 was announced in a self-hosted event and managed to sell 10 million smartphones in under 55 days. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is due out in late April and could very well shatter those records. Brand new and sans contract, the Galaxy S4 is supposed to be $630 whereas the iPhone 5 will be $649 sans contract in the U.S. How do these two smartphone titans measure up against each other? Let’s have a look.
You can bet that Samsung’s Galaxy S4 will be similar in build to the Galaxy S3 only with smaller edges to accommodate the new wider screen. This means that the main button is out as well. As far as colors are concerned there will be black, white, red, blue, and gray available.
Taking the iPhone 5, expect more of the same as the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S from Apple. The super sleek design this time around and design is pretty much straightforward. The colors for the iPhone 5 are more vanilla with only black and white.
The Winner: The designs of both smartphones are pretty much in line with most phones so nothing new there. The main things here are the colors of phones and the screen size. While you could get a different color skin for your iPhone 5 to add some variety to it, the Galaxy S4 offers three more favors of variety out of the box. We’re giving this one to the Galaxy S4 on the variety front.
The big thing now is wider, better screens and both Apple and Samsung are going for that with their next phones. On the Samsung end, there’s a 5.0 inch screen—only a tiny bit bigger than the Galaxy S3 at 0.2—with a nice resolution of 1080×1920 at full HD and 440 PPI. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is using Pentile Super AMOLED for the screen which the company also used for their Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II. Everything is topped off with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 which was also used with Samsung’s Galaxy Note II.
Apple is bringing out the iPhone 5 with a LED-backlit IPS TFT touchscreen. The touchscreen comes with 16 million colors and is 4.0 inches wide which is 0.5 wider than the iPhone 4S. The display delivers 640×1136 pixels with a density of 326 PPI and is topped off with Corning Gorilla Glass.
The Winner: Once again the Samsung Galaxy S4 takes the win here. The display is wider by an inch and is 440 PPI as opposed to iPhone’s 326 PPI. This isn’t really noticeable unless you have a keen eye and a tape measure. It also has the next generation of Coring Gorilla Glass protecting it.
When it comes hardware the Samsung Galaxy S4 is coming in with 2 GHz Quad-Core Cortex A15 processor, 2GB of RAM memory, and its LTE Connection all of which worked extremely well for the Samsung Galaxy Note II. As far as the graphics card goes Samsung went with Octo-core Mali T678 GPU and nano-SIM. You will get a variety of internal memory sizes with 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. Putting the bow on the hardware box is the rear-faced camera with 13 MP.
Apple’s iPhone 5 packs a 1.2 Dual-Core processor, 1GB of RAM, and an Apple A6 chipset. The graphics card is running with triple core PowerVR SGX 543MP3 card and will be bring nano-SIM tech like the Galaxy S4. As far as internal memory goes your choices are 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB only. The iPhone 5 features a 8 MP rear-facing camera and a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels and a front camera of 1.2 MP.
Winner: Just give this to the Samsung Galaxy S4. You’re looking a 2GB of RAM memory, beefier internal memory, and the 2GHz Quad-Core processor compared to what the iPhone 5 is offering.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will come in with using the Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie. This version of Android allows you to perform many features easily such as altering wallpapers and ringtones. The Customization Center gives the user the option to activate or deactivate the OEM interface similar to HTC’s Sense or Samsung’s own TouchWiz. There’s also “Templates” which allows you to change the layout of the interface and more.
The iPhone 5’s iOS comes with much of the same as well as new features. It offers everything from Maps to Siri both of which are useful as well as Passport. However these are more like apps than actual features. The features that iOS typically stuck with have been improved and function better than other iOS versions.
Winner: Out of the blue corner, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 wins this one again.
The conclusion here is a blowout victory for the Galaxy S4. You can bet that Apple have taken notice of this beast of a smartphone and will be working to make the next version of the iPhone truly comparable in power and style to the Samsung Galaxy S4 or more so.