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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5s: Has Apple Been Toppled?

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From its first release back in 2007, the iPhone has been a revolutionary phone.

Cell phones have never been the same since, with smartphone after smartphone being released in the subsequent years, all designed to compete with Apple – the original and the best. With the release of Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S4, has the Apple juggernaut finally been toppled? A lot of users think so. No longer is it enough just to be a pretty face with a smooth operating system. Samsung packs a lot of extras into the S4, giving Apple a real run for its money.

The Samsung Galaxy S4: A Powerhouse Phone in a Plastic Body

With the Galaxy S4, Samsung takes smartphone performance to a new level, from its quad-core, ultraspeedy processor to its supersized 5 inch 1080p HD display. Yes, it is still housed in plastic, design snobs, but wow, can it ever perform. Extras with the S4 include the ability to hover your finger over a button to preview its contents, a built in translator, an infrared blaster to help your device double as a TV remote, and much, much more. If you want to save yourself the hassle of carrying around a camera, the S4 has you covered with its 13-megapixel rear camera, giving you practically unheard of detail from a smartphone. While TouchWiz may not be as smooth as the iOS 7, it nevertheless packs a punch, allowing users to even multitask by opening two windows at once.

The Apple iPhone 5s: A Graceful Performer

No doubt about it, Apple makes a beautiful phone. The iPhone 5s maintains Apple’s elegant design aesthetic, favoring a brushed aluminum shell in three colors instead of cheap plastic. The screen is bright and clear, although not as detailed or large as the S4 display. While the new iOS 7 has a lot of much needed updates, it feels a bit strange at times, with almost an unnatural appearance to certain buttons. Pluses include Siri, a very good voice command feature, as well as AirDrop and TouchID, allowing you to unlock your phone with your fingerprint. All in all, the iPhone 5s is the best iPhone yet, but it is not as good as it should be and not markedly different enough from its predecessor.

Which is the Winner?

If you want bells and whistles, then the Samsung Galaxy S4 has got them in spades, making it the most tricked-out phone on the market to date. It is not as smooth an operator or quite as fast as the iPhone 5s, but for what you get, it may not matter. The Galaxy S4 does not have the look or feel of a high end phone, but don’t let that fool you. Those who insist of having an elegant iPhone will prefer the 5s, despite its lack of a large screen and extras. Apple is known for having a stable, user friendly product, but the 5s leaves you wondering if that is enough to compete anymore. We truly hope the future iPhones will step up their game in terms of display size and camera, and we also hope to see more fun extras in the future.