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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5

We put the best Android and iOS phones head-to-head to see which one of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 comes out on top.

The recently announced Samsung Galaxy S4 is by far the most powerful device we’ve seen running the Android OS, but how does it compare to Apple’s best offering, the iPhone 5?

Samsung Galaxy S4 design vs iPhone 5 design

The first thing you’ll notice about the Samsung Galaxy S4 is that it’s near identical to the Galaxy S3, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The design is easily recognisable, if a little boring, but the curved edges and overall thinness compensate for it. Samsung like to coat their devices in plastic and that’s exactly what you get here. Compared to the metallic feel of both the iPhone 5 and the HTC One, the Galaxy S4 doesn’t compete. With the iPhone series you know you’re getting a quality built device and the iPhone 5 sticks to that pattern well, offering users a great looking device that also feels premium.

Samsung Galaxy S4 display vs iPhone 5 display

Both devices have to be commended here for having top quality displays that offer pixel perfect experiences. The S4 includes a five inch Super AMOLED HD display with 441ppi, which makes colours really stand out and icons and text look amazing. Despite the smaller four inch screen, the 326ppi display on the iPhone 5 makes everything on iOS look fantastic. There’s little to choose between them in terms of display quality, but if you want a bigger screen with arguably better colours, then the Galaxy S4 is the device for you.

Samsung Galaxy S4 processor vs iPhone 5 processor

When you start looking in to the specifications of the two devices is when you first start to see how different they are. Without doubt, the Galaxy S4 is the most powerful smartphone ever made. It includes a Exynos eight-core processor alongside 2GB of RAM. This combination means even running the most power hungry of apps a breeze for the phone. Those eight cores also help give the battery life a boost, and with a 2,600mAh battery included, the boost will be a welcome addition. The iPhone 5 is leagues behind the S4 in this department and with just a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with a single GB of RAM, Apple are going to have to push through a major upgrade with the iPhone 6.

Samsung Galaxy S4 software vs iPhone 5 software

Nothing compares to the pure Android experience, but Samsung’s TouchWiz skin is improving on every device. All the usual Samsung dedicated apps are present and the S4 will also ship with Android 4.2. Some of the biggest innovation on the S4 are the new variety of gesture controls you can use to control your smartphone, although we want to try them out before we commend or criticise them. The iPhone 5 is currently running iOS 6 and offers a decent user experience. The iPhone 5 didn’t release with any groundbreaking new features, but what it does include it does well.


Both these devices are going to appeal to two very different types of buyers. If you want a device with the best specifications, latest technology and more inventive features, then you should definitely go for the Samsung Galaxy S4. If on the other hand you’re more interested in a better designed, well-made and more uniform device, then the iPhone 5 is definitely for you. Either way, with both sides always looking to get one up over the other, it’s a great time to be involved in the smartphone industry.