The battle for who is the biggest name in the smartphone industry seems to be a never ending cycle—as soon as one release dominates, another company swoops in for the temporary win. Manufacturers like Samsung and Apple, especially, seem to have something up their sleeves each year in order to stay competitive. In years past, Apple was the usual winner for best-selling smartphone but it has seen fierce competition from Samsung’s Note and Galaxy S series, which have already achieved great sales.
The release of two brilliant phones – the iPhone 5s and the Samsung Galaxy S4 – within the past six months has created a conundrum: which is the best? Each is special in its own way but the average consumer may not know what might be the best for him/her. Have no fear, that is why we are here. This article reviews the dimensions, display and performance aspects of the two latest devices so that you can readily compare the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5s.
Almost every one of us has a particular preference when it comes to the size and weight of our phones. Some are fond of having the biggest one for optimal viewing while some might prefer a bit smaller and lighter for handiness. The iPhone 5s measures about 124 x 59 x 7.6 mm and is currently 112 g in weight, which is smaller than the 137 x 70 x 7.99 mm and 130 g weight of the Galaxy S4. The iPhone 5s is smaller and lighter compared to the Galaxy S4, though their designs are relatively close. The iPhone 5s is currently available in multiple colors, though, which is a perk.
Many users are conscious decision makers when it comes to display specs, especially if they are fond of watching videos or love browsing the internet. The iPhone 5s LCD display measures four inches and has a resolution of 1136 x 640, with 3,266 pixels per inch Retina display. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is five inches, with full HD Super AMOLED 1920 x 1080 resolution, but only 441 pixels per inch. The insane retina display has been one of the most talked about release features of Apple, and well it should since it is much crisper and sharper compared to other smartphones. Since the S4 has a bigger display, it is more convenient for people who enjoy watching movies with their phones, although picky individuals may prefer image quality over quantity.
Apple built their newest A7 processor into the iPhone 5s and, according to the company, it is the world’s first ever 64 bit mobile chip. With twice the processing power of the iPhone 5, Apple still declines commenting on the exact speed of the A7 processor. Thus, it is a little harder to compare it to the Quad core 1.9 GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor of the S4. If this feature is your deciding factor, you may need to experiment with the model phones in the wireless provider venues since Apple has been so secretive about its latest technology.
Nearly everyone can get on board with a better battery, as most of us need a phone to stay charged with heavy and frequent daily use. Smartphones especially can eat up a lot of juice due to so many (often constantly) running applications. Both the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S4 claim to have attractive battery capacity. The Samsung Galaxy S4 can keep up to 17 hours while using 3G and has a 2,600mAh lithium-ion battery. The iPhone 5s keeps up to 10 hours while using the 3G talk time and contains a lithium-ion battery (though, again, the specifics have not been released by Apple). It seems the S4 wins when it comes to stamina.
Camera and Storage
The iPhone 5s offers an 8 megapixel, rear-facing camera as well as a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The Samsung galaxy S4 has a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and 2 megapixels in the front. But, even though the iPhone 5s may seem lower quality by megapixel count alone, Apple boasts that the camera has larger pixels and sensors, with a wider aperture to ensure the best quality photographs.
As far as storage, just like the usual iPhone, the 5s still doesn’t have a microSD slot. It is available in 16, 32, and 64 GB capacity with 2 GB RAM. This is comparable to the S4’s RAM which has a micro SD slot, offering up to 64 GB capacity.
Which one to choose?
While there is no clear winner these days on what exactly constitutes the best phone available, we hope these direct comparisons help your decision making process. Though the S4 has a larger display screen, easily edited storage, and longer-lasting battery, the resolution and processing power of the iPhone 5s are unparalleled at the moment—thanks in large part to a bit of intentional mystery from Apple.