Comparison – Samsung Galaxy SIV vs Apple iPhone 5
When a device like the Galaxy S4 gets launched, comparisons to its closest rival – the Apple iPhone 5 is inevitable. The two companies aren’t just duking it out in the courtrooms, but is obviously trying its best to one up each other in the smartphone arena as well.
Samsung managed to squeeze in a 5-inch screen on an S4 inside a chassis similarly sized to the S3, you will notice that screen is pushed all the way to its side, leaving very little bezel space. At an inch smaller, the iPhone 5′s Retina Display is encased inside slightly thinner 7.6mm casing.
Samsung gave the S4 a 5-inch Super AMOLED screen compared to the iPhone 5′s LED-backlit IPS LCD 4.0-inch screen. As for the screen quality, the S4 is noticeably improved with a higher resolution (1080 x 1920 pixels vs 640 x 1136 pixels) as well as denser pixel count (441ppi vs 326ppi) even when compared to the iPhone 5’s Retina Display.
Both phones share three memory options at 16, 32 and 64GB, but the S4 has a microSD slot that allows it to support up to 32GB memory.
If there is one thing you can’t fault the S4 is how much hardware is inside the device, it has a top of the line Octa or eight-core processor, along with 2GB RAM. On the iPhone 5, you’ll get dual-core 1.5GHz processor alongside 1GB worth of RAM – similar to the S3, the iPhone 5 feels dated, at least on the hardware front.
Naturally, the main most difference between the two devices are their differing operating systems. Apple carries the iOS while the Galaxy phones equipped with Android.
The Galaxy S4 comes with Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean) with an improved TouchWiz UX.
With the S4′s UX, you’ll get features like Smart Pause pauses the video you’re watching if it detects that your eyes are away from the screen, while Smart Scroll can scroll a web page if you tilt the device while looking at it.
Samsung also threw in the S Translator, which works with email and ChatON. It can translate all major languages at launch with more languages expected down the road. Meanwhile, the S Health app can measure steps, calories and even the comfort of your surroundings – temperature, humidity, etc. These features require the S Band and Heart Rate monitor accessories.
iOS 6 comes with all the bells and whistle of previous with added functionality like upgrades to the Siri voice assistant, shared photo streams and a better integrated mail service.
Apple’s iSight 8-megapixel camera is facing some serious competition here, Samsung went all out to deck the S4 with a brand new 13-megapixel camera, and a suite of camera software such as Sound and Shot, which captures 9 second clips with sound, Drama Shot, which captures a burst of photos and combines them into a single image. Meanwhile, Cinema Photo lets you shoot a video and then select which part to be animated, similar to a GIF image.
The S4 also comes with a 2.1-megapixel camera will take care of video chats and a host of new features that involve eye-tracking and hand-tracking.
Apple’s iSight shoot at 3264 x 2448 pixels, and is able to record 1080p video. Its imager comes with features such as backlight illumination, and an image signal processor that enables face detection and improved white balance. And the camera’s sensor 40% faster compared to its predecessor.
The S4 comes out of the box with LTE 4G connectivity – however it appears Malaysia’s 2600MHz band is not supported. Nor is the iPhone 5’s LTE band. Unsurprisingly, the flagship phones share the standard medley of HSPA, EDGE/GPRS and Bluetooth. To share media, the Samsung S4 have DLNA, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot and NFC (Near Field Communication) for that.
At with these flagship comparisons, it simply boils down to which operating system you prefer, where we believe most of you have drawn the line on which side of the camp you are on. That being said, Samsung appears to have stolen a march on Apple with significant upgraded hardware on its Galaxy flagship. So where does Apple go from here, we’ll have to wait and see.