iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4 (spec comparison)

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Samsung s4 vs iPhone 5s

Christian Hokenson is a writer based in Burbank, CA. He's interested in technology, movies, and home entertainment. If you're nice to him, he might buy you ice cream.

48 Comments to iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4 (spec comparison)

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  2. zac rivera

    I have a s4 sucks balls the features suck the air gestures are glitchy if ur driving and u pass a shadow ur changing songs for no reason. Phone lags horribly im going back to iPhone!!

  3. Who ever done this review is brainless 441ppi vs 326ppi 1920 x 1080 vs 1136 x 640
    2gb ram vs 1 gb.
    and camera is crap on iphone 5s

    iphone 5s is a let down

  4. the two phones (with respect to resolution and ppi) shouldn’t be compared at all due to the fact that iphone has a 4 inch screen and the other phone has a bigger screen. Now if the iPhone has a 4.8 inch or more screen then the pixel per inch debate will be more relevant. There really is no point in increasing the pixels in the current iPhone.

    Of course the android phone will NEED more power hence the existence of 4+ core processors to make it lag less. (my galaxy s4 still lags when using built in apps)

  5. this is so bias! Samsungs screen is amazing compared to iPhones. and camera? I can take way better pictures than all my friends with iPhones like incredible difference. no matter how much better the 5s camera is I guarantee you it can’t compare to the s4. android is by far better than ios. and a measly 1 gig of ram Is awful.
    I would post a pic but it’s over 2mb

  6. I would pick the iphone 5s but it kinda upsets me when i see people who either are unknowledgable writing these reviews, or biased. Apple does not win vs s4 in display. Give samsungs display the win and then still call apple the winner, that’s fine…but don’t say “Ohhh well the naked eye can’t see the tons more pixels that samsung has so apple wins” …WTF?? are you serious?

    • Plus you have to remember you’re expanding the width and height in screen size increases. So with the 4″ screen vs the 5″ screen, that’s 25% more of a diagonal, but it’s actually 56% more screen. The s4 has 56% more screen area than the iphone 5s. So it’s not bigger by much? it’s 56% bigger.. So according to you… if your wee wee is 6″ and mine is a little over 9″…mines not bigger by much? LOL

      • I’d say it’s really in the eye of the beholder. I maintain that the iPhone is a crisper image under the closest scrutiny with better color accuracy. Apple has perfected the Retina Display, while I find AMOLED (or Super HD AMOLED) still needs tweaking as these screens tend to oversaturate certain colors creating a harsher effect on the eye, at least my eye.

        I do prefer the jet blacks of the AMOLED screens, but that’s a quirk of the organic LED, no light is needed to create inky blacks, and yes… battery life is somewhat better.

        If you prefer super bright, highly saturated colors your best bet is AMOLED. If you prefer the sharp, vibrant look of Apple’s line of laptops, then with Retina Display on iPhone you can’t go wrong. It’s a matter of choice, and aren’t we all glad to have that! (Acedian/Christian Hokenson)

      • Also, it should be noted that among handset manufacturers, Samsung is dead set on making AMOLED work for its phones and other devices. Super AMOLED Plus is being kicked up a notch and will be seen in the “Youm” series of flexible, transparent screens for their next-gen phones (Remember, those supercool phones in the final episode of “Weeds”… yeah, those are gonna happen soon). (Acedian/Christian Hokenson)

  7. The thing to take away from reading these kind of comparison articles: if iPhone wins, then the article is biased, if the android phone wins, then everyone’s happy

    • Iphone can win, I’d even maybe give iphone the nod because the finger print reader is pretty nifty in my book…but If they say a display that’s 56% bigger and has 30% more pixels is not noticeable and only slightly bigger, then it’s clearly biased.

  8. Most biased review ever, Apple wins in the display, it has 3/4ths the PPi and its smaller and less battery efficient, go back to your cult buddies Im not falling for it.

      • Oh is it all true…it’s true that the ammount of pixels doesn’t matter when it comes to judging a display??…. And how can you say he’s entitled to his OPINION even though it’s wrong. How can his opinion be wrong?

  9. This article is heavily biased towards apple, which can easily be seen by the little snide comments such as,
    “It’s easy to point a finger at Apple and mock the fact that they took a cue from Android’s look and functionality, but iOS 7 is more Apple trying to innovate, not merely imitate.”
    “Android has always offered more versatility, but also happens to include functions that are little more than half-baked attempts at trying to be everything to everyone”

    Come on Christian Hokenson, lets pump out a slightly less biased review?

  10. Wow. This is ridiculous. This review is very biased. Nobody should waste their time reading the actual review and should just read the comparison chart instead.

  11. I think Apple phone have a better 2nd-hand value because of durability but the Androids are more fun and less restriction. Your call

  12. Rakesh Bhardwaj

    The point of a replaceable battery isnt in case of battery failure. It’s so that you can change it in the middle of the day if your are a heavy user and don’t always have the facility to charge your phone. I have 2 batteries for my S3 and there are days after heavy use that I’m close to draining my spare battery too.

  13. Smartphone is an extension to your personality and become part of your lifestyle.

    Choosing what is the “best” phone out there is dependent how you use the device.

    Ignoring the right to exist for other phones is actually ignoring the existence of other people of how they used their devices (no matter how weird it may seemed), do you know all 7bn people on earth?.

    This article “should” help people to make the right choice for their lifestyle, but instead your wrote “Apple” 59x times in this article whereas “Samsung” 37x times.

    Since there are no hands on photos side by side comparison whatsoever, I personally question if this article was written under a preconceived notion rather than hands on knowledge of the actual 5s & S4, because it very generic.

  14. Hello, I have to say that I own neither a iPhone of an Samsung Galaxy. I am joining this discussion because you commenters have gotten something all wrong. Let me start by saying that there is a big difference between system specs, and its performance. It mainly has something to do with the Operating System it is running. Android which is a operating system built for multiple of devices, can not use its hardware as optimal, as iOS which is tailored for a very low amount of apple iOS devices. This explains why the A6 chip out performed the quad processor is S3.

    Regarding the ppi discussion about the two displays. The human eye can not differentiate between pixels above 300, meaning, everything above 300 ppi is redundant.

    Regarding the barrery life. The Samsung might have a bigger battery, but everything mentioned also have a impact on the battery life. The hardware of a iOS device does not have to work as hard, meaning lower battery usage, which could lead to the writer feeling them as equal

    • an OS for an android phone, which is optimized for each set of phone, is completely different than having an apple OS. literally, the same as a mac and pc debate. also, 1) the android processor didnt get outperformed, 2) so when apple up’s the ppi to a useless rate its called “retina display” and its amazing, but when android does it to produce a better display in its bigger screen its ridiculous….really. and 3), the battery, is bigger and better no matter how you put it (aside from where it beat android +2 hrs in ltg coverage and tied in wifi/3g playback) the writer feeling them “as equal” is the fanboy in him to poorly skew the information and write a not very well thought out review. i have an ipad and an android phone, and i love both. i came here for an unbiased opinion just looking for some decent information on my next purchase, and instead got a writer whos already made up his mind on a product because he cant put aside his “fanboy”

      • The retina display is 326 ppi which is 26 redundant ppi, but is as close to the 300 you can get while having a margin for variations the human eye, 441 ppi is 141 redundant ppi and is just draining the battery and not increasing the display quality. And not matter the size of the display a ppi higher than 300 is redundant. Regarding the cpu performance, there are several benchmarks stating the iPhone 5 out performing the Galaxy S3 and several stating the Galaxy S3 out performing the iPhone 5, though no matter the benchmark the difference between the two devices is 1.6%. And that is even though the galaxy S3 have a much more powerful CPU than the iPhone 5. And reason for the iPhone performing that well is because iOS simply is a better operating system in the sense that it only needs to support a low range of devices. And I wouldn’t say the writer is a apple fan boy anymore than you are a apple hater. Which for odd reasons seems to be pretty popular these days.

        • Umm yea, the study that showed that the human eye can only see up to 300 ppi was turned down as false by eye doctors, the human eye can see much higher ppi depending on how close you are to the screen and/or the vision that you have, 20/20, 20/10 etc

          • dont believe that doctor!!! beware!!! he is just pretending!! and the truth is!!! he is an OWL!!!!!!

        • that’s bull because the 300 is what the human eye can detect at a specified distance. At distances closer than 24 inches it’s apparent the samsung is more detailed… so samsung DOES win in display vs display.

          • Christian Hokenson

            I’d say it’s really in the eye of the beholder. I maintain that the iPhone is a crisper image under the closest scrutiny with better color accuracy. Apple has perfected the Retina Display, while I find AMOLED (or Super HD AMOLED) still needs tweaking as these screens tend to oversaturate certain colors creating a harsher effect on the eye, at least my eye. I do prefer the jet blacks of the AMOLED screens, but that’s a quirk of the organic LED, no light is needed to create inky blacks, and yes… battery life is somewhat better. If you prefer super bright, highly saturated colors your best bet is AMOLED. If you prefer the sharp, vibrant look of Apple’s line of laptops, then with Retina Display on iPhone you can’t go wrong. It’s a matter of choice, and aren’t we all glad to have that!

          • Christian Hokenson

            Also, it should be noted that among handset manufacturers, Samsung is dead set on making AMOLED work for its phones and other devices. Super AMOLED Plus is being kicked up a notch and will be seen in the “Youm” series of flexible, transparent screens for their next-gen phones (Remember, those supercool phones in the final episode of “Weeds”… yeah, those are gonna happen soon).

          • Anonymous

            I’ve never had interest I’m any apple products but was offered good deal on the 5s and took it. Before I give my opinion let me preface it by saying that I am NOT savvy with tech stuff so specs on operating system and dpi means nothing to me. I go ONLY by what I experience.

            I also want to make it known that I have no knowledge of Samsung galaxy whatsoever do my opinion is based in having had a google nexus 4 before the iPhone 5s….. Which I ONLY gave up due to size and difficulty holding in my hand.

            All that being said :
            The iPhone 5s camera sucks big time!!!!! Pictures see dark w/o a flash and with a flash pictures are outright fuzzy.

            I also hate that apps stay open, drawing the battery. Seriously. On my previous android phone once I hit main button the app would close …. NOT on iPhone. Multiple apps, phone log, text msg frame, contacts etc all stay open unless u push main button twice and the. Swipe each app off. This is too much work. When I’m fine reading text and back put of the texts it should close automatically. The same thing goes for looking a call log, listening to VMS etc this is a huge PITA!!!

            The WIRST thing for he with(worst spelled wrong bc iPhone refused to let me correct it!)
            The iPhone 5s is the texting.
            Lastly, the texting is very chunky. Making corrections is very difficult too. Auto correct often doesn’t offer an appropriate word and when ignoring a suggested word which is wrong. The iPhone will type it anyway. WhM I go back to correct it, it’s like a fight. It will insist on a song even if it’s not what i want. When I try to click a word to correct it the iPhone fights me here too. I will often get everything highlighted in my effort to correct one measly word and at tes once all the words are highlighted and then they all get erased- do I have to start my text all over again.

            I can deal with crappy pics bc I have a good Nikon but I CABT deal (iPhone just refused to let me correct the spelling of the word can’t above) with the extremely poor nature of texting on the iPhone.

            Anything else as far as apps wifi internet etc…… I can’t say bc my use for a phone is pretty mainstream/simple BUR (see what I mean here…… I hit wrong key and instead of iPhone suggesting the word but if left the word BUR and when I try to fix it, iPhone again refused to let me correct the spelling. Sure, I can go back and erase the word BUR and type it all over again but I wNt u to have a visual of the point I’m making.

            There’s allot more I candy ion that u find poor on the iPhone but the texting alone is enough of a problem to he reason enough to get rid of it.
            Bottom line is that the ONLY thing I like about the iPhone 5s (phone was just insisting that my typing 5s should be 5am) ANYWAY I absolutely hate this iPhone.

          • Anonymous

            If u read my opinion above you met (May)have” )noticed words that seemed strange , words that
            Make no sense rut (but) him hen (end up in) sentence. Let me again point out that I am an excellent fowler (speller) but it’s iPhone they (that) is inserting wrong words as I type. Such as the word ‘fowler ‘ above was suppose to be the word ‘speller’ but again, iPhone chose that word and then refused to let me correct it. So any words that don’t jive is Allll due to iPhone texting issues What a piece of sh*t phone

  15. I agree with the other replies. This “review” was incredibly biased.

    The screen being a good first point. He states this:
    “The Galaxy S4 is a larger phone, but not by much.”

    Yet the screen is 25% bigger than the iPhone screen, at these sizes, that seems like much to me.

    Then there is the battery. The reviewer states:
    “Both Apple and Samsung provide excellent batteries, but Samsung’s is user replaceable and for that it gets the edge.”

    So in his opinion, because it is replaceable it gets the edge. But look at the specs above for battery. iPhone has a 1,570mAh batter vs. the 2,600mAh battery in the Galaxy. Look at how that translates into 50% more talk time and music playback time over the iPhone. The other times were reasonably close other than the extra 40 hours (nearly two days) of standby time for the Galaxy. But he fails to talk up these points knowing that battery life is a big concern to most users.

    Please reviewer, next time state that your review is going to be biased so we do not waste our time reading hogwash.

  16. You miss the point of the dual flash system.

    Most camera flashes produce white (or slightly bluish) light, which attempts to mimic sunlight and turns incandescently illuminated backgrounds orange (which it is, color temperature-wise).

    The dual flash system is able (using a bluish-white LED and an amber LED) to produce 1000 different color temperatures which it attempts to use to illuminate the subject at the same color temperature as the room lighting.

    Once this is done, the entire exposure can be color-corrected to remove the effects of the ambient light, changing incandescent light white and color correcting the exposure by compensating for the color temperature of the room.

    Haven’t you used a smartphone flash (or any flash for that matter) and found that near subjects are okay but the background is orange? … or worse yet, experienced software which would fire a white flash and correct the color by averaging so that something between the warm incandescent background and the cool white foreground illumination was considered the true white color (turning the background lamp less orange but making your subject look like Dracula illuminated by lightning)?

    These are the kinds of things Apple designers and software engineers think about, producing what you could call “incremental changes”.

    Like creating a geofence around an address, and being able to set alarms based on them. Or contacts with relationships built-in to them, so you can say things like “Remind me to get the Cokes out of the trunk when I get to my mother’s house.” Or “Text my wife that I’ll be an hour late.”

    They’re all incremental, but they accumulate into a genuine change about how your use your stuff.

    It’s pretty easy to forget that just about everything in this touch-screen world has been incremental since that moment in 2007 when Apple dropped what was effectively a 3rd or 4th generation device on the world, Looked like something Luke dropped out of his X-wing during his flyover. (Hope he had insurance.)

  17. Um the galaxy has a better display it has a 441 ppi while apple has a 326 ppi so next time try to cover up your inner apple fanboy oh and ios 7 has android looks all over it

      • ppi doesn’t matter when it passes 300. It’s just that the galaxy s4 may look better to some people because of the bigger amoled screen and it’s over-exaggerated colors

    • agreed! what the hell is the point of writing a comparison chart and discuss it if you’re going to be talking up the iphone 5 for 9/10 of the writing and ignoring the hard facts? whoever wrote this should have cut the first paragraph out and admitted they were going to be incredibly biased on the outcome regardless of the information present….what a waste.

    • gadgetreview

      Numbers, as we all know, are never the complete story. I’ve seen/used both phones and there is a negligible difference in display quality. And to call a display better simply because of a higher rez, in a 5-inch screen, is a misnomer.

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