After all the leaks, the iPhone 5S announcement was short on surprises. There were even the requisite subtle jabs at Android. Like it or not, the smartphone market has changed a lot in recent years. Android devcies outsell Apple, and the company most responsible for driving Android sales forward is Samsung. The South Korean Manufacturer is probably the only phone maker other than Apple that inspires an almost-cult like following. The Galaxy S4 was released to almost universal acclaim earlier this year, and remains the top selling flagship Android device. Did Apple successfully parry Samsung’s attack, or has Android pulled out ahead of the iPhone ?
iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4: Dimensions,weight and build quality. :
The iPhone 5S has hardly changed at all on the outside when compared to the iPhone 5. It is still an extremely thin and light phone at just 7.6mm thick and 112 grams. The 4-inch screen keeps the device small and easy to handle. It’s also a very premium- feeling device. Apple loves to talk about the precise way of the components are fitted together and those striking chamfers, but it’s not just talk. The iPhone 5S is actually a lovely piece of technology. The iPhone 5S comes in gold, white and space grey. Just the straight black is seems to be missing. The Galaxy S4 is out in white and black on most carriers, but purple, red, blue and pink versions are on the way this year. Apple’s more understated approach to color choice is compelling. The Galaxy S4 is definitely the high-end device. The Galaxy S4 is made of a slippery plastic housing that only gets slipperier the more you handle it. It has a much larger surface area with the 5-inch AMOLED screen. It’s not much thicker than the iPhone 5S, though- just 7.9mm. However, it weighs 130 grams. That’s light for a big phone, but still more hefty than the iPhone. Imagine how heavy it would be if it wasn’t made from plastic.
iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S4: Hardware Specs:
The iPhone 5S is packing a new Apple A7 system on a chip (SoC). The company is famously-tight lipped about the details of its ARM chips, but the company claimed in its keynote that the A7 was “up to twice as fast” as the A6 ( which is in the iPhone 5). That would be a serious performance gain, but leaked benchmarks point to more a modest, but still impressive, 31% performance boost. It appears that the A7 is another dual-core chip, but it utilizes the ARMv8- bit instruction set. This makes it the first 64-bit ARM chip in a mobile device. The Swift processing cores in the A7 are reportedly capable of running at 1.7GHz, but Apple may down- clock them to save power.
Apple is also using a new co-processor called the M7. This is a little slice of silicon that lives apart from the SoC. Its job is to process accelerometer and gyroscope input while the phone is asleep or doing other things. It will allow apps to track your movements without draining the battery. One example cited is fitness apps, but thats just the start. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 runs on a more conventional Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core SoC (in the US). Its clocked a 2.3GHz and it really screams. It doesn’t have any of the nifty co-processor magic phones like Moto X and the iPhone 5S are using, but the Galaxy S4 does have the big 2600 mAh battery to make up for it. The Galaxy S4 is still 32-bit like all other smartphones, but this is more of an abstract distinction. It will be a revelant for hardware and app support in the future, but not right now. Apple has stuck with the 4-inch 1136×640 Retina Display from the last generation. Thisis a very nice panel with almost perfect viewing angles. The Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch Super AMOLED that hold its own and then some- the colors are more vibrant and its 1080p . When you look at the pixel density, the iPhone loses out with the 325 pixels- per inch (PPI). One of the few new bits of hardware Apple added in the iPhone 5S is the fingerprint reader under the home button. The Galaxy S4 doesn’t have an equivalent feature. Anyone with an iPhone 5S will be able to unlock the phone automatically just by touching it, and that could be an excellent improvement to the overall user experience. Samsung makes the best overall cameras for the Android device, and the Galaxy S4 set a new standard. This 13MP Camera sensor captures incredible detail, and it even performs well in low situations. Samsung has reached an almost Apple- level of focus accuracy too. The iPhone 5S sticks with its 8MP Camera, but takes a page from a different Android OEM’s playbook. The iPhone 5S has larger pixels instead of cramming more small pixels onto a large sensor. The 1.5 µm pixels are larger than previous phones, which allows the iPhone to take in more light. That means better low images, and faster exposures in good light so you can capture movement better. It also has an f/2.2 aperture to assist with gathering all that light. Its the same HTC’s doing with its Ultra Pixel sensor, which has 2.0 µm pixels, but it is only 4MP.
iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4: Software :
This is where things come down much to more personal preference. We can becnhmark chips, or look at the PPI and viewing angles of the screen. There is no objective measurement of whether the Samsung’s Android implementation is better or worse than the iOS 7. With Software it depends on what you need to get out of it. Android in general is more open than iOS. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is currently running version 4.2, which is only one version behind ( until KitKat is out). Samsung would prefer you not think about the Android version, though. It has layered its own software and service on the top of the Google experience. Some of it works well, like the enhanced camera interface. Some other features, like Smart Scroll and S Voice, are simply not a good user experience. The Galaxy S4 is probably going to get one more timely update, may be to Android 4.4 KitKat. Although timely in the world of OEM’s could mean some months down the line. After that, Samsung will have moved on to new devices and the Galaxy S4 will get the less attention. It might see one more major update after its successor comes out. The iPhone 5S is going to come with the iOS 7 pre-installed, but almost all of the Apple ecosystem will have access to it soon. Getting the 5S assures you of atleast two years of updates with most of the features intact. The iOS 7 update is a big departure, so there might be major changes to look forward to. The iPhone 5S fits perfectly into the Apple software ecosystem. If you use iTunes, have an Apple TV, or keep an iPad on the coffee table, this phone will mesh with your life. Airdrop lets you easily shares the files between Apple devices, for example. The new lost iPhone locking capability is also a very cool feature than Samsung doesn’t quite replicate. The app ecosystem is also more compelling than it is on Android (for most users). In most other places, iOS 7 has caught up to Android, on paper. The notification drawer is much better, the multitasking UI has live screen previews, and settings are more accessible. Opinions are sharply divided with regard to the design of the iOS 7. Some love it and Some hate it.
Apple has made some big software improvement this time around, and Samsung can’t continue to rely on the intrinsic appeal to the Android to carry it forward. Some of it unique features are falling flat, and even the top Android OEM’s can’t afford to give Cupertino that kind of opening. Just like every year, the iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet. The user experience has always been reproach, but the iPhone 5S is catching up to the Samsung in the feature department.
To be able to compare the two mobile operating systems, we should wait until the iOS 7 is released and see how it will be released by iPhone users: will it surprise or confuse them will all its changes? Android 4.3 JellyBean is already out and we can say that it is not a very big update from the previous version, Android 4.2.2.
Even though there are still things that remain to be cleared ( which will be happen on September 20th), the iPhone 5S seems to be a very important player in the high-end market. If you want to buy the newest high end smartphone from Apple, the iPhone 5S will be available at the following prices: $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model, with a contract.!
Both are the tough opponents- Apple iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S4.
Choice is yours ?