Samsung Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5 – Which one to buy?


The launch of Samsung Galaxy S4 gave the fierce competition to Apple’s iPhone 5. Before that Apple iPhones have unarguably been on top. But the scenario seems to have changed now.

Lets compare both the phones and see which one scores better:


 Samsung Galaxy S4

iPhone 5

Operating System

Android 4.2.2 (Jelly bean) iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1.3


1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor. More cores result in better parallelism, meaning more tasks can be processed in parallel without slowing down the User Interface. Faster CPU   Dual-core 1.2 GHz


5.38 inches x 2.75 inches x 0.31 inches 4.87 inches x 2.31 inches x 0.3 inches


130 grams

112 grams. Light weight mobiles are easier to hold without tiring your arms


It is about 1cm wider than the iPhone. This makes it much trickier to grasp reliably than the iPhone. It has got removable plastic body on rear and top-notch gorilla glass on the front. Its width makes it fit comfortably into the hand of just about anyone. It has got aluminium casing on the rear, which makes it look classier.


5inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi. Around 185% more pixels than Apple iPhone 5. More resolution means sharper and crisper screen.

  • 4-inch , 1136 x 640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • Retina display
  • 800:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front

Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously


2 GB (100 % more than iPhone 5). More RAM means more applications can run at the same time, which makes the phone faster. 1 GB


16 / 32 / 64GB memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB) 16/32/64 GB. Memory not expandable.


  • Main(Rear): 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
  • Sub (Front): 2 Mega pixel camera,
  • Full HD video recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
  • Face detection, Smile detection, Geo tagging, Touch to focus. Video recording at  1080p @ 30fps

There is not much difference in picture quality when viewed at normal size. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has many more modes, filters and effects whereas the iPhone 5 has only HDR and panorama. If you want to have fun with your smart phone camera, the Galaxy S4 is to be chosen. Although plenty of iPhone apps that do similar things are available.

  • Main(Rear): 8 Mega pixel iSight Autofocus camera with flash
  • Sub(Front): 1.2Mega Pixel camera
  • Full HD video recording @30fps
  • Face detection, Smile detection, Geo tagging, Touch to focus. Video recording at  1080p @ 30fps


 Supports NFC. NFC enables wireless payments through mobile. You can also connect two NFC enabled phones just by touching them with each other.  No support for NFC.


Yes. HDMI support allows your phone to stream photos and videos to your LCD TV (HDMI Supported) using an HDMI cable. No


Overall we can say Samsung Galaxy S4 scores higher than the iPhone 5. When you hold the iPhone 5, you dont find it much different from its predecessor, whereas Samsung Galaxy S4 is has got revolutionary changes from its predecessor. In my opinion Samsung Galaxy S4 is the smartphone of 2013.

So which one are you going to buy?

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