Samsung Group’s Galaxy S4 has been available since last April and it still has some features and capabilities that are not currently available on Apple Inc.’s iPhone 5S. The Galaxy S5 will likely come out with the release of the iPhone 6, however the Galaxy S4 still provides really great value in a very competitive market.
Updates to Android v4.4 KitKat OS firmware is also scheduled to be rolled out in late January or February of 2014. The update will be for the Galaxy Note 3 and the S4. No details were released of what the KitKat update will bring to the devices when the update was announced by France’s carrier, SFR. Even without the update the S4 can still do some things that the iPhone 5S currently cannot do.
One of the first benefits of the S4 over the iPhone is the capability of Samsung Group’s S4 to be used as a universal remote. The S4 contains a built-in infrared blaster and apps that pull in data from cable providers. The app will suggest TV shows that the user may like, while the IR blaster will allow you to control your TV.
While Apple Inc. is still in rumor-stage with the iPhone 5S’s fashion accessory, the iWatch, Samsung Group’s Galaxy S4’s capabilities will sync just fine with Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear’s smart watch. When Apple will finally launch the iWatch is currently not known.
The Galaxy S4 also contains near field communication (NFC) chip capabilities that enable the device to communicate with other devices nearby. NFC can be used to swap photos and other media from the phone by tapping them together. Galaxy users can also pair a playlist on the S4 with a compatible stereo with one single tap. The NFC capabilities also allow the phone user to easily make mobile payments. Apple has so-far avoided going into NFC capabilities on all their devices.
Need more storage? The S4 allows inexpensive standard Micro SD cards to be easily installed. Currently you up your phone storage by 32 GB for around $20 or less.
The iPhone 5S will not allow you to replace the battery like the S4 will do. When the battery starts to falter and drain quickly, this feature will ensure a renewed longer life for Samsung Group’s S4 over the iPhone, just by replacing the battery.
The resolution on the S4 allows the play of full 1080p HD video. This capability still lacks on many other top-shelf models of phones and not just on the iPhone. The S4 display is also a full inch bigger than the iPhone 5S. The S4 screen will also allow more multitasking as the phone is capable of running two apps at the same time all contained on one single screen.
The iPhone 5S will enable a user to share and swap contact information, links and photos. However, the Galaxy S4 has the Group Play app. The app connects through WiFi and allows the S4 users to stream songs, share photos and other media, and play group games with many others at the same time when they also have compatible devices.
The camera in the iPhone 5S contains a slow-motion mode and allows the Apple user to apply some filters to photographs. The Samsung Group’s Galaxy S4’s camera will allow a user to erase blurry contents from photo backgrounds and even enables the user to make their own animated GIFs right on their device.
There is nothing more frustrating than having a screen go black while looking at or using the phone. Samsung Group’s Galaxy S4 provides a solution with Smart Stay. The feature detects a user’s eyes through the S4’s front camera and keeps the phone screen actively lit as long as the user is looking at the phone’s screen.
No upgrading all power and sync cables required like the iPhone 5S needed with their new specialized and proprietary Lightning port. The Galaxy S4 uses an inexpensive and easy to find standard micro USB cable to sync with the computer or to recharge.
Samsung Group’s Galaxy S4 still contains some very impressive features and capabilities that are not available on the iPhone 5S. Even since the phone will be celebrating its first birthday soon. The iPhone 6 may change that, but we’ll all have to just wait and see what Apple Inc. has up their sleeves.
By Brent Matsalla