iPhone 5S Versus Samsung Galaxy S4

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The iPhone 5S is here! Sold out for many, back-ordered online, but here. Speaking to mobile customers outside of a local mall, the question surfaced “what contender do you want to see matched up against the iPhone 5S?” A majority sided with the Galaxy S4. The second runner-up was the Nokia Lumia 1020, so perhaps that will be for another day. For now, it is time to break down the review and specs of these two marvels.

iPhone 5S TouchID a new feature
iPhone 5S TouchID a new feature

iPhone 5S

  • No contract price – $649.99
  • Comes in varying storage sizes – 16GB, 32GB and 646GB.
  • No microSD slot.
  • TouchID sensor – intended to assist customers in making purchases from the iTunes and app store.
  • A7 chip with 64-bit architecture to enhance performance and extend battery life.
  • iSight 8-megapixel camera. Larger f/2.2 aperture with enhanced slow-motion effects added.
  • 4-inch Retina display.
  • iOS 7 with cool features like AirDrop and the Control Center.
  • 1080p HD recording with 30fps.
  • 1136 x 640 resolution with 326 PPI.
  • The remainder of the specs are reminiscent of the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5S came dressed to impress. Many are still pondering if the newest release is worth buying, especially at the non-friendly price.

Onward to the second half of this techie dance: The Galaxy S4 is “older” compared to the iPhone 5S, but its sales, popularity and specs remain incredibly strong.

Galaxy S4
Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

  • No contract price $639.99
  • Available in 16GB and 32GB. The Galaxy S4 does have expandable memory up to 64GB with a microSD.
  • Smart Scroll without touching the phone, including Air View.
  • Galaxy Premium 13-megapixel camera. 1080p dual shot recording  with slow motion capture.
  • 1980 x 1080 HD Super AMOLED display – 441PPI (this kind of smacks around iPhone 5S).
  • 5 inch display.
  • Remote control capability. If the television is IR capable, customers can transfer and view photos or videos.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.9GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM.
  • The NFC feature may not be as popular as camera use, but customers seeking the feature will find it on the Galaxy S4 and not on the iPhone 5S. Rumors suggest the iPhone 6 may have it.

Missing Features

This list is not all inclusive. The iPhone 5S is the new kid on the block and the full functionality is still being discovered. There is no bias here, just the specs and some of the key features. Both phones really pack a punch, especially for Apple fans and Samsung fans. Customers may need a few weeks to become accustomed to the iPhone 5S for the features to fully reveal themselves. Hopefully, outside of an iPhone 5S TouchID hack!


Neither of these phones will be a disappointment for customers.  The iPhone 5S is backed by the powerhouse of Apple. Its integration with iCloud and seamless process for the Control Center offers it a clean and easy to use option. The iOS 7 provides great features for customers with an IU overhaul.

Samsung has developed its own line of dedicated consumers. Their phones integrate great features the S Beam, S Health and a multitude of S options. The embedded Galaxy camera has always been an amazing feature for the brand.

In addition, unlike Apple, Galaxy is able to list their battery time. The option of choice lies in what a consumer likes. Select the best of these two options; the iPhone 5S versus the Galaxy S4 results in a strong winner.

By: Angelina Bouc

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