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The Great Debate: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. iPhone 5s

The age-old question as to which phone is more superior sometimes comes down to brand loyalty. There are many supporters of Apple, and those who do not feel the same go for one of its toughest yet most competent competitor – Samsung. Every year, we see new releases from both brands and both have been levelling up when it comes to their design and features – which not only aim to satisfy their current followers, but also hope to sway those from other side of the fence.

This article looks at the features of both phones and perhaps, sees if it can answer the undying question – until the next release, that is.

Design

Samsung has paid the price for being designed like an iPhone, and since then has made changes when it comes to the appearance of its Galaxy 4 model. It is bigger and heavier, at about at 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm and weighs at 130g. Apple’s iPhone 5s, on the other hand, is a smaller and lighter handset, weighing at 112g and measures 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm.

Both handsets come in black and white - but the iPhone also has options of silver, gold or red plates that make it look more sophisticated compared to its predecessors.

For those who like to use their phones one-handed, then the iPhone would be a better choice. If the user doesn’t mind, then it could go either way. However, those who are attracted to big-sized smart phones, making it ideal for watching videos and playing intricate games – then the Galaxy 4 would be ideal.

Screen resolution

According to Samsung, bigger is better. This is why the phone comes with a beautiful 5” Full HD Super AMOLED screen that translates to a 1920 x 1080 resolution and 441 ppi. This translates to highly saturated colours that make the screen come to life. As for Apple, they maintain the 4” Retina display, which in turn gives a 1136 x 640 resolution and a ppi of 326. They continually believe that the smaller handset and consequently, display, allows more users to operate the phone with just one hand – and that while the screen may be smaller, the Retina display makes videos, applications, and photos look vivid and colourful.

Operating system

From the iPhone vs. Samsung question also stems the contest between the systems they operate with – iOS for Apple, and Android for Samsung and several other brands. They are similar yet different, and it is one of the biggest factors when it comes to choosing a mobile device.

Android is an open source operating system, which means that users can customize their phones as long as there is an app for it – these apps can change the overall look and interface of the phone, including the home screen, the keyboard, even the messaging applications. Apple, on the other hand – does not offer much room for variation. However, the regular continuous support that Apple provides makes up for this.

Performance

The iPhone’s biggest selling point is its 64 bit A7 chip that is the best the company has launched. Samsung doesn’t like to stray too far away either with its Qualcomm quad-core processor, which boost 1.9GHz of power and has twice as much RAM as the iPhone with 2GB.

Side by side, both processors power up the devices in the same speed, and navigation across screens was smooth and desirable. Furthermore, opening up applications also took fairly the same time, with an exception for the iPhone which loads Youtube up a tiny bit faster than the Galaxy 4. However, the difference does not make the Samsung a slacker – but this is just a tiny bit of consideration if one is looking for a more stable overall experience.

While they certainly look different, the features of both phones indeed justify their occupancies at the top of almost all smart phone rankings globally. While Apple loyalists will never contest the aptitude of the iPhone 5s, the followers of Samsung would love to argue otherwise. Indeed, it looks like this question will remain unanswered as both units have something that fits the needs of many – a sleek looking phone with a powerful engine that powers it with.

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