Last Tuesday marked the release of iPhone 5S. The Apple iPhone 5S replaced the iPhone 5 and is all set to take on competition from other brands. iPhone 5S’s major rival definitely is the Galaxy S4. We have compared the specs and features of both the devices to help you understand which one is a better device between the two.
CPU, RAM and Memory
The Apple iPhone 5S is running on a faster A7 chip that is capable of supporting 64bit version of iOS 7. This means you will be able to enjoy faster performance and better graphics. However, many analysts feel that the new A7 will only consume much battery juice. Apple isn’t talking much about the RAM mainly because it is not packing in a groundbreaking 3GB or 4GB in the iPhone 5S. We feel that the device is running on a 2GB RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is powered with a quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU that delivers a clocking speed of 1.9GHz. It is well supported by 2GB RAM. Both the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S4 are available in three storage space variants namely, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has an advantage of external memory storage that can detect up to 64GB of microSD.
Design and Display
The Apple iPhone 5S is available in three premium colors, namely gold, silver and gray. The exterior of the handset is made up of high quality aluminum. Still, the device weighs slightly less than the Galaxy S4 which has a durable plastic body.
The iPhone 5S has a 4inch IPS LCD display coupled with the Retina Display technology. It offers a display resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels with a pixel density of 326 ppi. The Galaxy S4 has got a larger 5inch full HD Super AMOLED display. It supports a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and offers a pixel density of 441 ppi.
Apple has consistently adhered to screen size of 4inch. However, many other manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Sony and Motorola are already offerings handsets with 5inch display. So, if a buyer is looking for a handset that offers him a bigger display space, definitely he will not opt for iPhone 5S.
The iPhone 5S features an enhanced 8MP camera. Apple claims that the camera sensor of iPhone 5S is able to produce more pixels which in turn helps in producing better images. At the front there is a 1.2MP camera on iPhone 5S. On the other hand, the Galaxy S4 features a 13MP camera at the rear which is able to record 1080p videos and there is a 2MP camera at the front.
The 8MP camera of iPhone 5S is coupled with a True Tone dual LED flash of which one is white and the other one is amber. While taking a photo, both the lights adjusts according to the room’s light and helps in producing in best colors. On the other side, the Galaxy S4’s camera is supported with a single LED flash. By this, we can say the iPhone 5S has a superior camera compared to Galaxy S4.
Operating System and Special Features
The iPhone 5S is powered with the latest iOS7 while the Galaxy S4 is now running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS. Both the OS has its sizeable amount of followers. Well, a majority of tech analysts believe that the Android OS has gained huge popularity thanks in terms of quality and performance.
Both iPhone 5S and Galaxy S4 has got respective voice assistant software called Siri and S Voice. Both the handsets offer cloud storage space.
Well, the most excellent feature of the iPhone 5S definitely is the fingerprint sensor placed below the home button. Apple calls this feature as Touch ID fingerprint sensor which can be used to login into iTunes or other online stores without the need of typing login credentials.
On the other side, Samsung has got Air Gesture feature which enables users to pick up calls and flip between screen by simply moving the hand over the display. The Galaxy S4 also has NFC feature for sharing content with other Samsung Galaxy devices by simply tapping the handsets together.
Tech analysts that iPhone 5S is quite a bummer mainly because the device is powered with a powerful A7 CPU that eats lot of resources and battery life. It is the same battery that powers the discontinued iPhone 5.
Still, Apple claims that the battery of iPhone 5S can offer 10 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time. Also another disappointment is that the battery is non-removable. The Galaxy S4 has got a mammoth 2600mAh removable battery which is capable of delivering a talk time of 17 hours and a standby time of 300 hours.