Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy S4: Smartphone Smackdown 2014

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With so many fantastic options in the smartphone market, the obvious questions becomes, which one should I buy? For years, Apple dominated the smartphone market with its iPhones, and after years of playing catchup, Samsung has finally started delivering some high performance options that may make some users say goodbye to Apple for good. While the Samsung Galaxy S4 may not be quite as smooth and sleek as the simple, user-friendly iPhone 5s, it does pack an impressive feature set, much to the delight of the Android favoring crowd. Here’s how the two stack up when compared head to head.

Design Features

The iPhone has always felt like a high-end, premium phone, and the iPhone 5s is no exception. Available in three subtle colors – space gray, silver, and gold – the aluminum construction and glass front feel solid in your hand while not weighty. The iPhone 5s is only 3.9 ounces with a four inch 1136 x 640 pixel display. In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy S4 feels a little cheap with its plastic back cover, a design aspect that Samsung has been sticking to from the beginning. The S4’s screen, however, is a whopping five inches, and it boasts an impressive 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. In the display department, the S4 wins hands down, while the design aesthetic edge goes to the iPhone 5s.

Interface

This is the battle between the iPhone’s iOS 7 and Samsung’s TouchWiz, and there are definitely a lot of differences. Apple’s iOS is known for being user friendly, and while the newest version is that, it is less familiar than releases past. This version is very modern feeling and simplistic, featuring nice extras like spotlight search and lacking the bloatware so common in Samsung devices. The TouchWiz interface offers a lot more customization as well as the ability to open two screens at once for multitasking.

Performance Points

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The iPhone 5s has an A7 chip, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 features a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, so neither is a slouch in the speed department. Both are very quick with little noticeable lag, although the iPhone 5s is the faster performer overall.

Camera

The camera specs can present a bit of a confusing picture, due to the fact that the iPhone 5s has an 8-megapixel camera compared to the S4’s higher resolution 13-megapixel device. While the S4 does deliver more detail, the iPhone 5s has better color accuracy and speed, making its pictures come out with better overall quality. The iPhone also has better image stabilization when taking shots of moving images, resulting in better clarity.

Extras

One thing we really like about the iPhone 5s is its fingerprint sensor, allowing you to save time when unlocking your phone. Siri and AirDrop are also very useful, making the phone feel simple and user friendly. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is all about fancy features, with its eye scrolling, Air Gestures, and even an infrared blaster to control your television. Shealth, Stranslator, and Air View complete the package to make the Samsung Galaxy S4 the top dog when it comes to extra features.

Both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5s are fantastic phones, and which one is best is really a matter of preference. Those who love all the extra bells and whistles will prefer the S4, while simplicity and style lovers will enjoy the iPhone 5s.

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