Apple’s iPhone 5 Vs. Samsung’s Galaxy S4: Are they worth the price?

samsung galaxy s4 vs apple iphone 5

You don’t need to be a tech savvy to know that Apple and Samsung are two of the best mobile manufacturing companies in the world. In fact, we have compared two of their gadgets in January 2013 when we compared Apple’s iPhone 5 to Samsung’s Galaxy S3.Despite the launch of the Galaxy’s latest installment last year, Apple’s hardware sales was solid until the fourth quarter of 2012. The iPhone sold 26.9 million units making it as the top handset sold on the market. However, if I’m Apple, I wouldn’t be too complacent. This year, we are expecting Samsung to boost their sales and possibly hit the number one spot on the sales chart with the new 5-inch Galaxy S4.


In this article, we want to compare the 4-inch iPhone 5 and the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy S4 based on their hardware, internal power, and special features.



When Apple released their clear Retina display, the Samsung came out with their super AMOLED capacitive screen. The 4-inch display of iPhone 5 has 640 x 1136 pixels (~326 ppi pixel density) that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and oleophobic coating. On the other hand, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has a wider screen at 5-inch with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It also has a clearer screen at 1080 x 1920 pixels (~ 441 ppi pixel density) and TouchWiz UI feature.

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Between the two, iPhone 5 is more lightweight at 112 grams or 3.95 ounces and easier to grip with one hand. Its dimensions are 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm. Compared to its predecessor; the Galaxy S4 is slimmer at 7.9 mm width and lighter (from 139 grams to 130 grams), however with wider screen, the new Galaxy might not perfectly fit small-handed users.


Apple’s latest handset carries the latest iOS 6 which can be upgraded to iOS 6.1.3, Apple A6 chipset, and Dual-core 1.2 GHz. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 will run the latest Android version 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chipset, and Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15. Photo slide show, video viewing and playing HD apps are great on both phones with its triple-core graphics PowerVR SGX 543MP3 GPU.

Special Functionalities:

iPhone 5:

–          8-megapixel camera with panoramic option

–          Siri natural language commands and dictation

–          iCloud cloud service

–          iBooks PDF reader

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–          Enhanced battery up to 8 hours of talk time

         Galaxy S4:

–          13-megapixel camera

–          Wireless charging

–          S-voice natural language commands and dictation

–          Smart play, pause and scroll

–          Air gestures

–          Dropbox (50 GB storage)


The Apple brand has come a long way, especially when it comes to their iPhone production and sales. Feature wise, the 4-inch Retina display, panoramic camera option and the iCloud don’t surprise us that much. Overall, we expect more innovation from Apple, which Samsung ensured they met. From Galaxy S3’s Smart Play to the new eye-tracking functions, we were dazzled by Samsung’s moves to create something truly theirs. And although the Galaxy S4 hasn’t reached the market yet, Samsung Mobile will release two more Smartphones under their ‘Galaxy Mega’ series – the 5.8-inch GT-I9152 model and 6.3-inch Gt-I9200 – which are set to be announced in the second quarter (May to June) of this year.

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About the Author:

Allie Cooper has an insatiable passion for the latest internet trends, new iPhones, music and social media updates. Aside from blogging she is a fan of cooking and she also maintains a passion for cinema. Find her on Twitter.