During the last two years, smartphones have ballooned to gigantic proportions. No Android smartphones power better than Samsung Galaxy devices. With the Samsung Galaxy S4 official, people will be curious if it's worth the upgrade or the jump from iOS. It is necessary to compare the device to iPhone 5 and other two previously released Samsung flagships, the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.
There is no better way to see how something has evolved from a spec standpoint then by laying them out side-by-side in a couple of columns.
|Product||iPhone 5||Galaxy S4||Galaxy S3||Galaxy Note 2|
|Operating System||iOS 6.0.1||Android 4.2.2
Jelly Bean OS
|Android 4.0 with
|Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), upgradeable to 4.1.2|
|Screen||4.0-inch LCD||5" Full HD Screen||4.8-inch Super AMOLED||5.5 inches|
|Size||123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm||136.6 x 68.9 x 7.9 mm||136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm||151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm|
|Weight||112 g||130 g||133 g||183 g|
|Resolution||1,136 × 640||1,920 x 1,080||1,280×720||1,280×720|
|Processor||Dual-core A6X||Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7||Quad-core 1.4 GHz
|Quad-core 1.6 GHz
|Storage||16 / 32 /64 GB||16 / 32/ 64 GB||16 / 32 GB||16 / 32 / 64 GB|
|Front Camera||1.2 Mefapixels||2.0 Megapixels||1.9 Megapixels||1.9 Megapixels|
|Rear Camera||8 Megapixels||13 Megapixels||8 Megapixels||8 Megapixels|
|Battery||1440 mAh||2600 mAh||2100 mAh||3100 mAh|
|Color||Black & Slate,
White & Silver
|Black Mist, White Frost||Marble White, Pebble Blue, Amethyst Purple||Titanium Gray, Marble White|
|Talk Time||Up to 8 hours (3G)||Up to 17 hours (3G)||Up to 16 h (2G)
Up to 11 h (3G)
|Up to 35 h (2G)
Up to 16 h (3G)
|Status||Released 2012, September||Released 2013, April||Released 2012, September||Released 2012, September|
These are all powerhouse handsets that have an incredible list of features to offer. However, we all use our smartphones differently, so there may be one or two features from handsets that clinch the deal for you – the larger or smaller screen size, the larger battery, the new features, or the lower price tag – it really depends what you want from the experience.
Several aspects show up that the iPhone 5 is a phone of last year, while the Galaxy S4 is absolutely a phone that belongs in 2013. Its camera has a full five extra megapixels at its disposal and it doesn't even cost any more. The Galaxy S4 also trumps the iPhone 5 in the features department. Some of its capabilities come off as gimmicky, such as scrolling with your eyes, but others can come in quite handy, such as Air Gestures, S Health and TV remote functionality.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 offers more power, a larger, more detailed screen and a higher megapixel-rated camera. It is a much better phone, in particular because of the higher-resolution screen. However, the Galaxy S3 is yet to age significantly so at present there's no rush to upgrade. If you're only entering the Galaxy series right now, though, we recommend spending the extra on an S4. If you want a tablet/phone hybrid then it just can't compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Likewise the Note 2 has a better battery life and while the Galaxy S4 is more powerful the difference isn't going to be that noticeable in day to day use.
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