Apple has been none too happy about the rise of Android. They have been even less happy about their Korean challenger who according to them makes inferior products and yet rivals them in global sales. Of course Samsung believes that there is enough room for everyone to play nicely and even though the courts would seem to prefer Apple over Samsung, consumers seem to like both companies equally. With the Galaxy S 4, Samsung has brought their answer to the iPhone 5. Is it a worthy answer? Read on!
Both the Galaxy S 4 and the iPhone 5 have had screen expansion. Samsung increased theirs by 0.3 inches while Apple increased theirs by 0.5 inches. This puts the Galaxy S 4 at 5-inches of screen real estate while the iPhone sits with at 4-inches of screen real estate.
Apple has a 640 x 1136 pixel count on an IPS display which gives it a cool 326ppi. Samsung has a 1080 x 1920 pixel count on a Super AMOLED display which gives it a whopping 441ppi. In terms of brightness and color saturation, both phones do very well. Samsung’s screen seems to have more saturated images, a bit too much. Apple’s screen, while not as pixel dense has a better representation of colors.
Apple introduced the dual-core Apple A6 processor which has a 1.3GHz clock speed with a dedicated GPU and that currently sits in the iPhone 5. Samsung has stuck either a 4-core or 8-core chip in the Galaxy S 4, depending on region. The Galaxy S 4 has a dedicated GPU as well. The iPhone 5 has 1GB of RAM while the Galaxy S 4 has 2GB. Both phones start with 16GB of internal storage though you have a microSDXC slot with the Galaxy S 4, something the iPhone omits.
Samsung has increased the megapixel count on the Galaxy S 4 to 13 megapixels with a LED flash that is capable of recording 1080p content. Apple has an improved 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and f/2.4 aperture which will also record 1080p content. The Galaxy S 4 has a 2 megapixel front facing camera while the iPhone 5 has a 1.2 megapixel front facing unit.
Samsung will include Android 4.2.2 Jellybean on the Galaxy S 4 when it launches in a few weeks. The iPhone 5 currently has iOS 6.2.
Based on specifications alone, the iPhone is completely trumped by the Galaxy S 4. While specs are not the only thing that should be considered when buying a phone, Samsung has a strong record of optimizing Android to work beautifully on its devices so we have no doubt that this will continue with the Galaxy S 4.
If you are looking for the most powerful phone that one can buy, then no doubt the Galaxy S 4 will be among the top of your list. However, if you prefer a more controlled and well-connected ecosystem, the iPhone 5 should be at the top of your list.