Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. iPhone 5 – Spec Sheet Showdown

Well, it’s happened. The Samsung Galaxy S4 was about as far away from an iPhone launch as you could get. The device was unveiled with what was essentially a live action string of ridiculous onstage adverts. Despite that, the S4 itself is – as expected – packed to the brim with features. So, how does the spec sheet compare with our beloved iPhone? Check the info sheet below.

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*Some countries will get Snapdragon equipped S4

[UPDATE: Got my processor details wrong! It’s 1.9GHz, quad-core Snapdragon Fusion Pro; or proprietary 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa]

The spec sheet doesn’t tell the whole story though. There’s a ton of updated and new features on here. Some of them, I’m sure will end up being nothing but gimmicks, whereas others could prove useful indeed. The 5-inch AMOLED panel also features ‘Adapt Display’ which changes exposure, contrast, brightness and saturation depending on what you’re doing. And – much like the Nokia Lumia 920 – you can use the touchscreen with your gloves on.

The camera has some nifty features too, Dual Camera is perhaps the coolest. It essentially allows you to place yourself within photos that you’re taking of others using the front camera (it works with video recording and video calling with Chat On too.) That’s not all, ‘Sound and Shot’ lets you record a message to go along with the picture you’ve taken, and ‘Eraser’ takes up to 400 shots in one second allowing you to delete unwanted parts of the photo like moving objects and photo bombing.

Along with the usual array of sensors it also includes a temperature and humidity sensor, and a built in Infra Red LED to use as a universal remote control with your TV. S-Voice Drive, is essentially Siri combined with Maps – turning in to your personal assistant on the road. There’s also the “Knox” security feature which works like BlackBerry Balance, in that it allows you to keep work and personal life separate. And S-Health: Samsung’s own version of Fitbits/Nike Fuelband.

Perhaps the only truly unique features were Smart Pause/Scroll which follows your eyes so that pages scroll when or pause depending on what you’re doing with your eyes. It also has Air Gestures, so you can control it without actually touching the screen.

Essentially, what Samsung’s done is take all the best bits from other manufacturer’s phones, added some crazy Sci-Fi Minority Report stuff, and lumped it all in one device. If I’m honest, I can’t see that I’d find a use for half the stuff on there, but it’s still pretty neat. Not sure it’d tempt me away from my iPhone though. There’s just too much going on.

Which of the features on the S4 inspire envy? That huge full HD display? S-Stuff? Let us know in the comments or tweet me your thoughts: @TiP_Cam.

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  • mindoversoul

    Umm….1.9 GHz Quad Core Processor in the US.  1.6 GHz Octa-Core processor in the rest of the world.  Your post states 1.2 Quad Core.

  • ProductFRED

    Your spec sheet is wrong. The S4 has a 1.9 GHz Quad-Core processor in the US (Snapdragon S4 Pro), and 1.6 GHz Octa-Core processor in Europe.

  • MrDudeSaysHi

    The phone looks cool. If apple wants to stay in the game I think they need to update the phone soon but maybe the don’t. But if I were them I would.

  • marvinman

    Apple need to make a bigger phone I know of 6 people who have gone two the dark side Android just because of the screen size.

  • jabombardier

    The phone looks great, however some of those new features I do not care for. Also If I were to get a 5 inch screen phone, then I would just get a note 2. But overall I feel that the perfect size phone maxes out at 4.5 inches. After that, I wouldn’t bother.

  • MaeganBabcock

    The S4 seems to be the better phone based on those specs.  That said, who knows what the next iPhone will bring?  I’m hoping a larger screen of 4.5 inches.

  • KEVOzWorld

    I have to say that the iPhone pretty much doesn’t compare anymore. I was literally wowed by this phone last night. (I am an iPhone user).

  • m_torrell

    soniapereda ja arriba la F1. afina els dits. !!!

  • soniapereda

    m_torrell jejeje ja en tinc ganes!!! :)

  • Spectacles

    Specs. I think you need some. You can’t compare phones on specs, that’s like comparing how many people work at a company vs another and declaring whoever has the most employees is the better company. This harks back to the days when pc manufacturers presented their spec sheet for all to behold. It counts for nothing when your super quick engine is lumped in to an old bus! Ridiculous. My phone has a processor that I couldn’t care less what it is. Same for ram, same for storage. Aslong as it runs quick and opens apps and saves data commensurate with today’s standards then its fine. Specs! Give me a break. Buy a phone you like, base it on quality, services, safety and software. Don’t get hung up on what’s inside the case! When I first watched toy story many years ago, I had no urge to find out a list of crew who made it. I just knew it was perfect and the sum of the parts made it that way. I’m English. X

  • jabombardier

    @Spectacles do to the fact that all these phones have powerful hardware, specs don’t matter anymore. It is all about what the phone can do. That useful.

  • Spectacles

    @jabombardier exactly mate. There’s no real innovation that can happen anymore so its down to features. However there are features and then there are gimmicks, which from what I’ve read the new S4 is loaded with. I’m sure some will be fun for a while. Bit like when Siri came out. It’s not there yet, still at beta which tells a lot of where apple thinks it is. Next thing you’ll know, some company will come up with some sort of HUD for a pair of glasses! Wait a minute…sometimes it’s best to wait till tech catches up to the ideas some companies come up with. Think a lot of them have been watching too many movies. The tech we have now (phones) is really the pinnacle for now, the fact you carry around a computer in your pocket is awesome. Truly an exciting time but its gonna be another 10 years before this wearable/transluscent/battery less/buttonless dream tech takes it to the next level. X

  • RaduTanasescu

    I’m curious why the US is always behind on processor power with the Galaxy S Series. Usually the crap products make it to Romania, this time it’s us that will be getting the 8 core CPU and the US that’s going to be getting a 4 core CPU.
    I don’t think the 8 core CPU is that much better, but that’s not the point. Why have two hardware variants simply based on location? I mean I get is the CDMA version has to have a lower CPU, maybe the battery can’t handle more or whatever. But having two different GSM versions is just stupid.
    About the specs… it’s a classic case of the innovator lagging behind. It happened to Palm back in the day. First the Treo phones were the fastest and the best on the market, then, after years and years they began to lag behind. Slower CPUs, missing hardware like wifi and 3G and so on.
    Hopefully Apple will have a better faith then Palm in the mobile space. I’m very intrigued by the new features of the S IV but I wouldn’t just yet switch to Android. However if the next generations of iPhones don’t pick up the pace Android phones might just become good enough to switch. And by that I mean “good enough in the areas where IOS excels”, like stability, performance and integrated features.
    We’ll see.

  • jabombardier

    @RaduTanasescu the reason that we aren’t getting the 8 CPR processor is that it is probably not compatible with the networks bands over here. This was the same issue with the first Exynos processors. That’s why we are offered something else, which seems to perform just as good if not better than the more powerful offerings overseas.

  • Pete2646

    Great post, but one must compare apples with apples. In this case, comparing the specs is irrelevant. A quad-core android may still be weaker/slower than a dual-core iphone. And that has to do with the software. In this case it would be more logical to compare the software performance with the given specs.