The iPhone 5S is 7.6mm thick and weighs 112g. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is 7.9mm thick and weighs 130g. Therefore, the Samsung is a larger and thicker handset with substantially more weight that its Apple rival. If you want something smaller and slimmer then the iPhone 5S might be the better choice for you.
The iPhone 5S has a 4 inch display with Retina technology. This technology was quite the thing when Apple first released the iPhone series, but now with most smartphones boasting excellent screens it perhaps isn’t as impressive. Indeed, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 5 inch super AMOLED HD display that makes watching videos a whole new experience. In fact, on our first look at the two screens, Samsung’s 441ppi screen knocks Apple’s Retina display out of the water.
As we all know by now, battery life is a big issue with modern smartphones. Their large displays, high resolution screens, and sheer number of apps and features drain the battery extremely quickly. Looking at these two smartphones head-to-head, the iPhone 5S contains a lithium-ion battery that will give you around 10 hours’ talk time on 3G. The Samsung on the other hand, has a 2,300mAh battery that should last for around 17 hours using 3G and moderate phone use. With most smartphones you will have to get used to charging every day, but you might just get a little bit more juice with the Samsung S4.
The iPhone 5S contains the Apple A7 processor whereas the Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 1.9Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. Apple has introduced the first 64-bit mobile chip in this incarnation of the iPhone, making it 2 times faster than the last iPhone in processing power and speed. Comparing the processing power of these two smartphones side-by-side is something we look forward to doing, to see if Apple’s claims of ‘fastest smartphone in the world’ really are true.
The iPhone 5S comes loaded with an 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes complete with a 13 megapixel camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera lens. More megapixels means that Samsung may just beat Apple when it comes to taking indoor shots with low lighting, as well as panoramic shots due to Samsung’s great panoramic camera features. The iPhone on the other hand has excellent photo features with built-in social media integration and sharing capabilities.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has the option of 16, 32, and 64GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, and 2GB of RAM. The iPhone 5S has the same internal storage capabilities as the Galaxy and the same amount of RAM, but doesn’t have a microSD slot. In the case of storage, both smartphones are neck-and-neck. However, a microSD slot gives Samsung users the choice to boost their phone storage in the future, whereas Apple does not.
So, if you’re looking for super responsiveness and untold processing speed then the iPhone 5S may be the perfect smartphone for you. On the other hand, if you prefer more storage, a bright display, and longer battery life then the Samsung galaxy S4 could be the ideal pick for your needs.