Samsung Galaxy S4 versus iPhone 5

Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5 are some of the best selling phones from Samsung and Apple. They are both good phones and one would wonder just how they compare to each other in different aspects.


CPU, GPU and Software

The S4 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.9GHz CPU and packs 2 GB RAM. The iPhone on the other hands, runs on the A6 dual core 1.2GHz GPU and packs 1 GB RAM. Both are good processors and work just fine. As for the software, the Samsung Galaxy S4 runs on Android 4.2 with TouchWiz and the iPhone 5 runs on iOS 7. The problem with the iPhone’s software is that it uses a lot of power which translates into the battery draining really fast.


The S4 has a five inch HD screen at 1080 pixels. This provides for clear viewing and images. This makes it suitable for gaming and for watching movies that you can stream through different apps such as Netflix. The iPhone 5 however, has a four inch screen at 640 x 1136 pixels. This may not offer as high a resolution as the Samsung but the screen is clear as well.



While the iPhone has a four-inch wide screen, it is elongated to make it easy in gripping and holding in the palm of one’s hand. The S4 has a five inch screen which still fits as comfortably in the hand but is trickier to grasp. As for the thickness, the iPhone 5 and the S4 do not have that much of a difference.

S4 uses a plastic body which to some users makes it feel cheap and flimsy as compared to other Samsung Galaxy phones. The body has a removable back cover which means that the battery can be changed or removed easily as well as that the phone has an expandable memory card slot. The iPhone 5 on the other hand, has an aluminum body which is sleek but the battery is not removable.



The Samsung Galaxy S4 has Bluetooth 4.0, 4G, GPS, MHL and NFC while the iPhone 5 has Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and 4G connectivity. The Samsung seems to have all the options while the iPhone leaves out key connectivity features such as NFC. This makes the S4 more attractive to those who would like to have these on their phone.

Storage and speakers

Both of these handsets have mono-rear mounted speaker. They are not the best to use while watching movies. The difference between the functioning of the speakers is that the iPhone goes a bit louder than the S4 although the S4 is steady in sound production even at high volumes as opposed to the iPhone 5 which tends to distort sound at really high volume. Both phones also have 16 GB baseline handsets with the Samsung sporting expandable memory through the card slot. As for the Apple iPhone 5, there are other handset variants that have 32 and 64 GB of internal memory.