Apple iPhone 5s vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: Which phone should you get?
The biggest competition in mobile right now is Apple and Samsung, and the biggest rivalry, iPhone 5s vs. Galaxy S4. Both are enormously popular, but both are incredibly different. Integrated vs. licensed, small screen vs. big screen, design-centric vs. spec-centric, and the list goes on and on. Which one is best is a matter of endless debate, but the more important question is - which one is best for you?
Samsung Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the current king of standard-sized Android handsets. And that 5-inches is standard sized now tells you a lot about the state of Android handsets these days! Like the iPhone 5s, the Galaxy S4 has been accused of being more tock than tick - an iterative improvement over last year's monstrously successful Galaxy S3. But what an iteration! Better in almost every way that matters, in addition to the larger, sharper screen, it brings improved performance, a 13-megapixel camera, and the latest version of Samsung's Android presentation layer, TouchWiz.
Here's Android Central's Samsung Galaxy S4 review by Alex Dobie:
Galaxy S4: The good
The Galaxy S4 is a speedy all-rounder which manages to deliver great performance and a big, bright screen in an ergonomic package. Widespread availability, tons of features and a fairly recent version of Android work in the S4's favor, as does its impressive 13-megapixel camera.
Galaxy S4: The bad
The TouchWiz UI remains a clumsy construction, and still lacks any kind of overarching design language. The bewildering array of settings and features and poor UX design will confuse some users. The occasional performance hiccups are disappointing to see, and the plastic chassis feels cheap.
Galaxy S4: The bottom line
If you're looking for an Android phone that performs well across the board, ticks every feature box you could possibly imagine and is available on just about every carrier on the planet, the Galaxy S4 is an easy recommendation. But this time around it's clear Samsung has merely stacked incremental updates -- mostly features and internal hardware -- upon its earlier flagship, rather than addressing that device's issues and rethinking what a smartphone should be in 2013. For some folks, that's fine. For others, more exciting products await elsewhere.
Like the Galaxy S4, the iPhone 5s takes last year's smash hit to an incrementally new level. It has the first 64-bit mobile processor, the Apple A7, the Apple M7 motion coprocessor, a much improved 8-megapixel iSight camera, increased LTE support, and the Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor. It has the same 4-inch screen, but it also has the newly redesigned iOS 7.
Here's iMore's iPhone 5s review by your's truly:
iPhone 5s: The good
The iPhone 5s is twice as fast as last year's already fast model. The improvements to the camera, including new 120fps slow motion video, are considerable. Built on top of a physics and particle engine, iOS 7 is not only a welcome redesign for Apple, but for the industry. Likewise, Touch ID works so well you'll immediately want it on everything.
iPhone 5s: The bad
Aside from the processors, camera, and Touch ID, not much has changed, unless you count new space gray and gold colors. It's still a 4-inch screen, which some people might find small, and while iOS 7 is beautiful in many ways, it's unfinished in some, and without the customization available to Android.
iPhone 5s: The bottom line
Apple call's the iPhone 5s their most forward-thinking iPhone ever, and on that they deliver. From iOS 7 to Touch ID to 64-bit, it's next-year's technology in your hand today. It's going to be on most carriers, in most countries in the world, and with the usual, unmatched app, accessory, and media support. Ultimately, it's the best iPhone ever. Again. If that's not what you want, Apple has nothing different to offer you. If it is, get it now.
So which one should you get?
Neither Samsung nor Apple fundamentally changed the game this year. Each simply got better at playing their existing strategies. And that's okay. But it means the decision remains essentially the same.
- If a bigger screen and the ability to customize is more important to you than running iOS and all the high quality apps and accessories that come with it, or if you simply don't like Apple, go with the Galaxy S4.
- If access to the iOS App Store, iTunes, and Apple Stores is more important to you than the power and flexibility that comes with Android, or you simply don't like Samsung, go with the iPhone 5s.
That's boiling it down to ridiculously absurd levels, but that's what buying decisions are all about. If you're still not sure, here are full reviews for both phones, and the best forums in the world to ask questions and get answers. Once you've decided, leave a comment below telling me why you went the way you did!
If you're still not sure what to get, head on over to your local big box or carrier show and ask to try them out. Don't settle for dummy phones, ask to use demo units, and try them out for yourself. If you think you want an iPhone, but aren't sure which model, carrier, color, or capacity, here's a lot more information to help you decide:
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.
By Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief Side by side comparisons on almost every aspect of each phone with plenty of technical jargon to APPEASE THE EDUCATED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE CLASS :). Everything below will just be a bunch of nonsense. Some funny comments anyways. Unless you have used both you're just an Isheep or Galaxy head - and your points are just 'opinion.'
better parental controls
Open GL ES 3.0
DRM API (hello 1080p Netlfix)
background Wi-FI locations
But after getting the Z10 i am totally neglecting my nexus, much better os specially with the ability to side load most of android apps.
Only missing few things like the superior google now and sphere camera.
Specially if you are using your phone for business.
Nexus is mainly entertainment oriented.
If the question is now which iPhone to buy and why, withing the iOS ecosystem, than your review of the 5s becomes relevant to me.
Even power users would have to admit that a large % of their usage can be done on both... I have a S3 that I picked up last year when my 3GS died. At that time at the end of the summer it was easily the best phone available. Come next year...I really hope there is a over 4.5 inch IPhone 6 to have to decide on.
By Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief Side by side comparisons on almost every aspect of each phone with plenty of technical jargon to appease anyone who at least tries to get half way educated on things before speaking.
At this point, both iOS’ App Store and Android’s Google Play are chock full of great apps for just about anything you could imagine."
Better screen. Miles ahead
Better Internet experience
Better battery life
Cheap ext 64gb memory But most of all
I can drag n drop any kind of file in existence and my galaxy will open and play it as on my pc Google play is by far the easiest and most sophisticated store ever Even if all these existed on iphone I would still never go back because of itunes. Its the worst piece of software ever. That being said, I'm a proud owner of 3 ipods and 27 imac. Ipod is the best thing apple ever made. Without it apple would not exist as of 2004
you cannot compare these 2 phones. The 5s is a better all around device for simple things that most people need. But it is still, just a smartPHONE. The S4 is a pocket sized supercomputer that can do whatever you want it to, and then much, much more. Do you want to conform to a cell phone, and it's very limited app store and customization/capabilities? Or do you want a supercomputer tablet that fits in your pocket, that also has the ability to make phone calls? I choose both, but most people would benefit more from an iPhone.
Pls read it here ~
With Gmail it's easier to miss out on important emails the way it cluster bunches everything and no choice for viewing messages in threaded. Also composing in GMail is a pain lately my cursor is jumping to the bottom of the message at random so imagine typing a long email and your cursor is cursed. Nightmare. Putting my ipad side by side with my s4 most of the day, my ipad always gets my email first. Seconds not minutes but push email with an exchange account on iPad / iOS is practically instant. So what I really care about at the end of the day is security , calling and emailing. Touch ID will make the phone easy to secure and unlock, Siri is excellent with voice commands but I just wish Apple would come out already with a 5" model. Then I just might line up.
keewl =') btw, what about Nexus 5? I haven't read much about comparisons with the Nexus.
If you are obsessed with multitasking and features, get a Galaxy S4. You'll love how you can spend all day quickly jumping between open apps and losing track of real life. Both of these phones are for people with bad obsessions. Really, nobody else should be paying so much for a phone.
also my compliment for iPhone5s its was superb and Really smart phone on Planet. i just love Apple for simplicity in mobile-pc world convert better performance and feeling too comfort.
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