Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa-core) vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Takedown!

by Jerry D on March 15, 2013

With the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S4, is it time for an iPhone 5S or game-changing iPhone 6? Is the 5.0-inch display on the Galaxy S4 a cut above the 4.0-incher on the iPhone 5? Does its eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor blow Apple’s processor out of the water? Keep reading to discover the answers to these questions…

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Samsung Galaxy S4 VS Apple iPhone 5
Display 5.0-inch Super AMOLED 4.0-inch Retina
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
640 x 1136 pixels
(326.0 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.6GHz eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 1.2GHz dual core Apple A6
Software Android 4.2.2 iOS 6
Storage 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 16, 32 or 64GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP Yes, 1.2MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR 4.0 with A2DP
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9mm 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6mm
Weight 130g 112g
Talktime TBC 8.0 hours
Standby TBC 225 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out PowerVR SGX 543MP3 graphics, GPS/A-GPS, accelerator, digital compass, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, gyroscope, Siri digital voice assistant

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5 fight plays out…

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Connectivity

The wireless options on the Galaxy S4 include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. It also incorporates 4G for speedy data downloads. As for the iPhone 5, Apple has built it with 3G/HSDPA/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi as standard. There’s also 4G connectivity where available.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (1-0)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Size/Weight

How do the two phones match up? The iPhone 5 might be lacking in some technical areas but it’s still the slimmer of the two phones with a depth of 7.6mm. The Galaxy S4 is wider, measuring 69.8mm to the iPhone 5′s 58.6mm, hardly surprising considering its bigger screen size (see below). Weighing 112g, the iPhone 5 is 18g lighter than the Galaxy S4, which weighs 130g.
— The iPhone 5 wins (1-1)

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Camera/Video

The Galaxy S4′s camera boasts a 13.0 Megapixel resolution. Frills include autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture. The highest resolution it supports is 4208 x 3120 pixels. For video calling, you’ll find a second 2.0MP camera on the front.

Despite its autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR and 1080p video recording, the iPhone 5′s 8.0 Megapixel package loses out in this round. It also has an extra camera on the front designed for video calling. The resolution is a decent 1.2MP.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (2-1)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Display

Display size is key and the Galaxy S4 features a massive 5.0-inch (1080 x 1920) touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen. When it comes down to pixel density, the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement is a superb 440.6.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5.0-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 440.6.

The 4.0-inch touch-sensitive Retina screen on the iPhone 5 is much smaller. Its 640 x 1136 pixel resolution is no match for the Galaxy S4′s 1080 x 1920 pixel display and is starting to look poor. The pixel density of 326.0 pixels per inch here is good, but less than the 440.6 rating given to the Galaxy S4.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (3-1)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Processor

In terms of processor speeds, the Galaxy S4 boasts a 1.6GHz eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor. The iPhone 5, meanwhile, has a dual core Apple A6 chip, rated at 1.2GHz.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (4-1)

Half-time: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5

At the end of round #5, let’s take a look at the scores. The Galaxy S4 leads the iPhone 5 by 4-1. Of course, this deficit can be overturned. But is the iPhone 5 good enough to win the forthcoming software, storage and battery life rounds?

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.2.2 vs. iOS 6 battle. Google and Apple’s OSes have their strengths and weaknesses, but it’s hard to say that one is significantly better than the other. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-2)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Applications

Which phone wins out when app stores are concerned? Taking the raw numbers into account, Apple’s App Store beats Google Play by 700000 apps to 675000. So the Galaxy S4 gets beaten by the iPhone 5 in this round. The Galaxy S4 is still leading in this fight. It’s going to be difficult for the iPhone 5 to fight back.
— The iPhone 5 wins (5-3)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Storage

Storage. Which phone comes out on top? The Samsung Galaxy S4 is available in configurations that boast 16, 32 or 64GB of built-in storage. So does the Apple iPhone 5. Plug a 64GB memory card into the Galaxy S4′s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 128GB. The 16, 32 or 64GB storage on the iPhone 5 can’t be extended, as there’s no memory card slot.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (6-3)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5 share the points (7-4)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Extras

Finally, the Galaxy S4 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out. In comparison, the iPhone 5 is packed with PowerVR SGX 543MP3 graphics, GPS/A-GPS, accelerator, digital compass, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, gyroscope and that infuriating Siri digital voice assistant.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (8-4)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins! (8-4)

The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins this match-up. It beats the Apple iPhone 5, taking 6 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 2 and losing 2. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Yes
The best size/weight: No
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: No
The most storage: Yes
The best extras: Yes

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