The iPhone 5S and Galaxy S4 are high-end smart phones in their respective lineup.

Both phones are completely different as they run different operating system that offers varied user experience. Let’s take a closer look what these premium phones offer and how they stack against each other.


The iPhone 5S is well known for its compact size. It measures 4.87 inches (H) by 2.31 inches (W) by 0.30 inches (D) and weighs around 112 grams. The Galaxy S4 is slightly bigger than iPhone 5S and measures 5.38 in(H) x 2.75 in(W) x 0.31 in(D) and weighs approximately 130 grams.


The iPhone 5 series became popular for its retina display that is considered to be the best display in the market. The iPhone 5S features a 4-inch Retina display having a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch Some of the unique characteristic of Retina Display are a resolution of 1136 by 640 pixels and higher luminance rating of 500 cd/m2 which is recommended brightness rating for watching movies. An oleophobic coating on the display protects it from finger-print smudges. The Galaxy S4 has a bigger display in comparison measuring 5 inches. Protected by a Gorilla Glass from Corning, the Super AMOLED screen has higher pixel density at 441 pixels per inch. The maximum resolution supported is 1080 x 1920 pixels.


iPhone 5S is equipped with two cameras; a rear 8 megapixel and front 1.2 megapixel camera. The phone has several camera enhancement features like 5-elements lens, f/2.2 aperture, auto image stabilization, burst mode, IR filter, and photo geotagging. The Galaxy S4 also has dual cameras. The rear camera is a 13 Megapixel camera with 4128 x 3096 pixels resolution, LED flash and auto focus feature. The front camera in Galaxy S4 is a 2 megapixel camera capable of recording HD video. Galaxy S4 users can also use rear camera for video calls along with front camera.

Hardware and Platform

The iPhone 5S is powered by a 64 bit architecture processor ‘A7’ and a graphics processor M7. The iPhone 5S run latest iOS 7 system. Galaxy S4 have two variants; the high end variant S4 is powered by a Cortex A15 clocked at 1.6 GHz while the low end variant is powered by Cortex A7 clocked at 1.2 GHz. The S4 also comes with a discrete GPU PowerVR SGX which enhances gaming experience. The phone has 2GB RAM and runs Android Jelly Bean OS that can be upgraded to Android KitKat.


iPhone 5S has a lithium-ion battery that gives 10 hours talk time on 3G networks and allows you to listen music for 40 hours on single recharge. Galaxy S4 is equipped with 2600 mAh battery that gives talk time of 17 hours on 3G network and can play nonstop music for approximately 62 hours on single recharge.


iPhone 5S has three different models. Each mode has different internal storage capacity such as 16 GB, 32GB, and 64GB. All iPhone models are available with wireless plans. You can buy 16 GB iPhone 5S model for $199 and 32 GB or 64GB model for $299 or $399 respectively. The Galaxy S4 is available at a price of $149.99 with 2 year contract.

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