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Apple iPhone 5 VS Samsung Galaxy S4: Which one to win the race

Updated on June 3, 2013

The rivalry between Apple and Samsung is everlasting. Whether it is technological development or consumer satisfaction, both organizations are trying to outrun the other in every way possible. Even the consumers are divided into two groups, one favouring Apple ant the other Samsung. The rivalry of these two companies has gone to a new level with their latest phones, form Apple iPhone 5 and from Samsung Galaxy S4.

Description of the two products:

iPhone 5

iPhone 5 is a touchscreen-based smartphone created by Apple Inc. It is the sixth generation of the iPhone series and the successor of the iPhone 4S. This phone is a slimmer, lighter model than its predecessor models introducing a higher-resolution display, custom designed processor and advanced operating system. It was released on September, 2012.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 is also a touchscreen-based manufactured by Samsung Electronics. It is the latest model in Samsung Galaxy series and succeeds Samsung Galaxy S3. It includes complicated software feature such as Air Gesture, Smart Stay and Smart Control. It also comes with a high quality back camera and a high resolution display. This model has two major versions, one featuring a Snapdragon 600 and the other featuring an Exynos 5 Octa, distinguished mainly bases on their CPU (Central Processing Unit).


Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy S4
112 grams (3.95 oz)
130 grams (4.6 oz)
123.8 mm (4.87 in) H 58.6 mm (2.31 in) W 7.6 mm (0.30 in) D
136.66 mm (5.38 in) H 69.8 mm (2.75 in) W 7.9 mm (0.31 in) D
1.3 GHz Dual Core
1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 and 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 (GT-19500 version) 1.9 GHz quad-core Krait 300 (GT-19505 version)
PowerVR SGX543MP3
IT tri-core PowerVR SGX 544 GPU (GT-19500 version)
Operating System
iOS 6.1.4
Android 4.2.2 “Jelly Bean”
Apple A6
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (GT-19500 and SHV-E300S version) Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (GT-19505 version)
3.8 V, 5.45 Wh (1440 mAh)
2600 mAh Li-ion User replaceable Qi wireless charging (optional)
1 GB LPDDR2-1066 RAM
100 mm (4 in) diagonal (16:9 aspect ratio) Multi-touch display LED backlit IPS TFT LCD 640 x 1136 pixels at 326 ppi 800:1 contrast ratio (typical) 500 cd/m² maximum brightness (typical) Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front
130 mm (5 in) Pentile RGBG Full HD Super AMOLED 441 ppi (1920 x 1080) Corning Gorilla Glass 3.0
Rear Camera
8 MP backslide-illuminated sensor HD video (1080p)
13 MP 1080p Full HD Video Recording at 30 fps Back-illuminated Sensor, Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Smile detection, Exposure compensation, Whit balance presets, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic range mode (HDR), Panorama, Senses, Effects, Self-timer, Voice activation
Front Camera
2 MP HD video (720p)
2 MP 1080p HD Video recording at 30 fps Back-illuminated sensor
Speaker, 3.5 mm audio jack
Mono speaker with Qualcomm DAC or Wolfson Micro WM5102 audio chip (depending on version)
Connectivity List
All models Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) (802.11n: 2.4 and 5 GHz) Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and GLONASS Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), Quad-band UMTS/HSDPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz) GSM model (A1428) Dual=band LTE (Bands 4, 17:1700 (AWS), 700b MHz) GSM model (A1429) Tri-band LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5:2100, 1800, 850 MHz) CDMA model (A1429) Tri-band 2G CDMA (800 (CDMA over ESMR), 850, 1900 MHz) Dual-band 3G CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (850, 1900 MHz) Penta-band LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25:2100, 1800, 850, 700c, 1900 MHz)
Wi-Fi:802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2:4/5 GHz) Wi-Fi Direct Hotspot (Wi-Fi) DLNA Miracast GPS/GLONASS NFC Bluetooth 4.0 Infrared Port VLC USB 2.0 (Micro-B port, USB charging) USB On-The-Go 1.3 MHL 2.0 HDMI (TV-out, via MHL A\V link) Samsung Kies 3.5 mm (0.14 in) TRRS
Talk time: Up to 8 hours Standby time: Up to 225 hours (9 days, 9 hours) Internet use: Up to 8 hours (3G) Up to 8 hours (LTE) Up to 10 hours (Wi-Fi) Video playback: Up to 10 hours Audio playback: Up to 40 hours (1 day, 16 hours)
Talk time: Up to 14 hours Accelerometer, Barometer, Gesture sensor, Gyroscope, Hall effect sensor, Hygrometer, Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, RGB light sensor, Thermometer

*Source: and

From the comparison above it is clear that these two smartphones offer a wide range of facilities both in hardware and software. But it seems that Galaxy S4 is offering more features than iPhone 5 in several common sectors. Galaxy S4 has bigger screen with higher resolution and also more powerful CPU (central processing unit). It provides better rear camera and more storage facility considering external SD card facility and also more features in connectivity issues.

On the other hand iPhone 5 is more compact in size and lightweight making it easy to use even with one hand and easy to carry around. In that aspect Galaxy S4 is bit tough to use with one hand because of its larger size, it has to be often used with both hands. It is easily connectable to other Apple products. Having aluminium plated back cover gives it more strength and durability. But aluminium takes scratch easily and on the top of that it can’t be changed unlike Galaxy S4. Galaxy S4 comes with a plastic removable rear cover giving the consumers freedom to change the cellphone battery.

So it is clear that Samsung Galaxy S4 surpasses Apple iPhone 5 in multiple sectors. Those consumer who like a phone easy to carry and use, iPhone is preferred by them. But those who are willing to enjoy huge range of facilities provided by smartphones, Galaxy S4 is the best choice for them. It is for the consumers to decide which one is the better phone.


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      Billy Taylor 4 years ago from NY

      Such a great hub. I have a Galaxy s4 myself and when I compare it with the Iphone 5 I think it comes with more features. I like the design of the Iphone and its sleek functionality. I do not think you can really go wrong with either brand.

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      nalayja 4 years ago

      I really want a s4

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      jun 4 years ago

      What a poopy comparison, you wrote all the connectivity specs for the iPhone while there's nothing for the s4