Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5s

Samsung Galaxy S4 has been in the market for 6 months already, and with the release of the new flagship from Apple, the iPhone 5s, why don’t we take a look at how these two companies hold their own against each other? Apple’s iPhone may have a slight advantage as they just came out the market; but in terms of overall features, does Apple give Samsung a run for its money? There would be a series of articles on this topic, so we can provide you an informed decision when choosing between these two handsets.

On the Outside: What You See is What You Get

Since the first Galaxy phone came out, the Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung has been using premium plastic material. Rumors suggest though that Samsung is actually considering new material for the Samsung Galaxy s5. At the same time, iPhone 5s in fact looks exactly the same as its predecessor, the iPhone 5. The new iPhone still sports a premium-feel aluminum body with 7.6 mm thickness, 112 grams weight and a 4.0 inch screen. The Samsung SIV was an upgrade, albeit small, in terms of screen size, from the 4.8-inch screen size of S3 to a 5-inch S4, with 7.9 mm thickness and 119 g weight.

The iP5s comes in three different colors: Space Grey, Champagne Gold and silver. The Samsung SIV has White Frost, Black Mist, Arctic Blue, with big carriers adding their own personal touches by way of new colors such as AT&T’s red, Verizon’s brown and Sprint’s Purple Mirage.

One of the reasons why Samsung is on top of the smartphone food chain today is its brilliant and captivating screen display. And once you have been spoiled with Samsung’s Super AMOLED (Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode), you just can’t go back and turn to other display types. Say, if you have been a Samsung user since the first Galaxy series smartphone came out, you may find it hard to adjust your eyes on other phone manufacturers’ displays like the Sony Xperia Z for instance which uses a TFT screen technology.

The late Steve Jobs argued that there is a certain pixel density that our eyes fail to distinguish individual pixels from a distance of 10 inches, which the company then coined as Retina Display. That certain density is 300 PPI (pixels per inch). The new iPhone has 326 PPI while Samsung Galaxy S4 has 441 PPI, which is why Samsung Galaxy 4 (and most of its high end products like the Note series) has a more vivid and crisp display than Apple’s. This same feature of Samsung phones throws some people off as they think the colors are oversaturated. But luckily, this can be changed in the Screen Mode settings if one likes a more natural color for his phone’s display. Both phones are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass as well. Samsung has a removable back cover, which means that the battery is replaceable, a handy feature when your phone freezes and you can’t restart or turn it off.

Can’t get enough of it already? We will focus next on the software side of each mobile, so stay tune for that.

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