Let’s compare iPhone 5S to Samsung Galaxy S4

A comparison of iPhone to Samsung Galaxy

The iPhone 5S overlayed onto a Samsung S4 promo piece.

Apple and Samsung are probably the biggest rivals in the technology industry at the moment. Their competition is nothing short of dramatic to say the least. Both these smartphone giants have enormous user base and a huge following.

It is understood that these two giants have launched mouthwatering pieces of tech in recent times. Apple has been criticized for lack of innovation and pinned all their hopes on iPhone 5s while Samsung, arguably the most stylish manufacturer of smartphones, launched Galaxy S4 not long ago.

iPhone is a trend setter, the first ever smartphone that used to rule the market without any real competition. Now the game has changed. There are multiple rivals now – most of them Android based such as Nexus 5.

The excitement that surrounds the smartphone battles can be understood by an example: one area the iPhone 5S and iOS 7 had the lead in was the camera quality but the new Android 4.4.1 update has significantly improved the camera on the Nexus 5 making it sharper and easily on par with the image quality the iPhone can produce.

But now let’s compare iPhone 5S to Galaxy S4…

iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4

It is not just Apple or Samsung’s reputation on the line here. When comparing these two handsets it becomes a very spicy iOS vs. Android battle.

Operating system (OS)

When talking about operating systems, I believe it’s all about personal preference. Both their interfaces are very different, their features are very different – it’s up to you. But looking for an objective point of view, iOS 7.1 (the version iPhone 5s carries) is cleaner and more user friendly, but not very customizable. However, Android KitKat 4.4 (the Android version Galaxy S4 carries) is more customizable and faster. The Jailbreak option provides extended customizable options for iPhone users as well. So if you are willing you can taste the best of both worlds.

Winner here: Tie

The overall design and look

Looks are very important in smartphones. 80% of the users don’t buy their phones for features or usability; they buy them for brand and looks. And design is where iPhone loses its footing. In my opinion Galaxy S4 has a far better design while iPhone 5S, despite the slight modifications, has a similar design to that of the first iPhone.

The other point of comparison would be screen sizes and quality. Galaxy S4 has a 5inch screen whereas iPhone 5S has 4inch – now this is a significant difference. Galaxy S4’s screen has 444-ppi density in comparison to iPhone 5S’ 326-ppi.
The shape and dimensions of the iPhone usually please users who don’t like to carry bulging phones in their pockets, but the Galaxy S4 is slim and still fits fine in most pockets.

Winner here: Galaxy S4

Performance and features

Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor. Some models of S4 have 1.6 GHz octa-core processor. Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 2GB RAM. In comparison to this iPhone 5S has a 1.3 GHz processor and 1GB RAM.

A simple math would put Galaxy S4 ahead, in fact comfortably ahead.

Winner here: Galaxy S4


The camera of iPhone 5S has great features like AutoFocus, Colortone and Touchfocus etc. It is an 8MP camera. While the camera of Samsung has better quality in terms of pixels, 13MP, it doesn’t have the extensive features.

So quite difficult to decide who takes the lead on this one!

Winner here: Tie


While Galaxy S5 appears to have an edge, I’m not trying to make a decision for you. After all, personal preference plays a huge part.  So as for choosing between iPhone 5S and Galaxy S4, it’s your call in the end.

Nuur Hasan is a software engineer at Gloria9 Technologies. He is obsessed with technology especially smartphones. Nuur is a regular blogger and thinks that sharing ideas, experiences and knowledge can lead to more creativity in the tech field. His other interests include cricket, politics, Doctor Who and reading fiction.

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Galaxy S5 has the best screen in its class

s5screenWith the release of each new Galaxy Note or Galaxy S smart device the Korean giant continues to improve the quality of their AMOLED displays and Samsung Galaxy S5 is proving the same.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 display, it measures 5.1 inches diagonally and supports the native 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The Galaxy S5 display is also enhanced by more accurate colors, better brightness, best viewing angles and contrast of higher quality.


The GS5 manages high quality colors with Cinema mode “on” and its ability to achieve 698 nits of brightness in automatic mode is also a feat.  But quality is not only important, efficiency is also something to take into account, and in this sense the Galaxy S5 can boast a screen 27% more efficient than that of the Galaxy S4, extending battery life.

With every new generation of Galaxy device Samsung keeps on proving its promise to the end-consumer that it is the best manufacturer and Samsung has proved the same with the launch of S5, but some smartphone fans has criticised the S5 just because of its plastic shell. The HTC CEO said the Galaxy S5 is a cheap piece of plastic. Well, critics will never change their thinking. Although Galaxy SV is really a good phone with high-end specifications but we should not accept that Samsung has made it perfectly.

Why Galaxy S5 display is best among all?

  • Power Efficiency (5/5)
  • Screen Uniformity (4/5)
  • Best viewing angles (5 / 5)
  • Performance in ambient light (4.5 /5)
  • Brightness (5/5 – most brightest display till now)
  • Color Accuracy (most accurate among all smartphones achieving rating 5 /5)

If we ignore the design and plastic housing then Galaxy S5 is almost perfect but it doesn’t stand on expectations as earlier rumors was suggested.

The story of Galaxy S series wouldn’t end here, even people has starts talking about next beast the Galaxy S6 and all of the earlier expectations of S5 has moved to Galaxy Note 4 which could make its entry in the month of August and also soon there would be other phones like LG G3, Xperia Z3 and Nexus 6 in the market at same time which could be the rivals for S5.

No worries because Galaxy S5 is a beast smartphone that can hold its own.

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Galaxy S5 Unveiled, Release Date Announced

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Barcelon, Spain: Putting an end to months of speculation and rumors, the Galaxy S5 was unveiled in Barcelona, Spain during the Mobile World Congress.

The gala began with a the Barcelona Opera House chamber Orchestra performing a dramatic opening to the festivities.

The opening sequence showed a woman and her photos. “I’m not photographer, but my pictures come out amazing,” she said. The opening closed with a mountain biker trekking through the city in the rain.

Jong-Kyun Shin, President of Samsung just took the stage and unveiled:

  • A new ultra power-saving mode
  • Perforated pattern that Shin dubbed “modern and refreshing”
  • Water and Dust Resistance (IP67). It was later pointed out that this doesn’t mean the phone can be submerged in water, but should be okay if water spills on it.
  • For Fitness buffs – a heart-rate sensor called “Gear Fit” that goes on wrist

Other details that emerged are:

  • Available in White, Black, Blue and “Copper-Gold.”…
  • Adaptive Display: Screen brightness to be based on exterior conditions, like a brighter screen when it is sunny or a dim screen when it is dark….
  • Better Battery: “10 Hours of Web Surfing” or “12 hours of Video Playback” and a power saving mode when battery is low (shuts down other features but leaves SMS and phone active)
  • Selective Focus in Camera
  • Your fingerprint can now act as a password
  • “Kid Mode” adds easy-access to a kid-friendlier mode
  • Enhanced Wifi speed (802.11‎)
  • Will be on Sale April 11 in 150 countries
    …….. MORE COMINGUPDATE: Samsung just posted this up-close Galaxy S5 review:

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