Cell phones are no longer devices used for just making calls. Ever-advancing technology has led to the era of the smartphone. Garnering widespread popularity for its multiple functions, comparatively large screen display and general-purpose applications, the smartphone essentially works like a small, stripped-down mini-computer. Although the smartphone market is a very large one, two brands have risen above the rest as perennial competitors: the Galaxy S from Samsung and the iPhone from Apple. As of 2013, the latest versions are the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5, respectively.
Using a slate form factor, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is available in five color finishes: Red Aurora, Brown Autumn, Purple Mirage, White Frost and Black Mist. The iPhone uses a bar form factor and is available in black and slate or white and silver.
Operating System and Processor
The S4 is an Android smartphone, based on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system. Apple uses its mobile operating system, iOS, for the iPhone. The version the device uses is iOS 6. Samsung’s phone uses a 1.6GHz eight-core or 1.9GHz quad-core processor, while the iPhone is restricted to a less powerful, 1.3GHz dual-core chip.
Network and Connectivity
Classified as 4G phones, the S4 and iPhone 5 have Wi-Fi connectivity adhering to the 802.11a/b/g/n set of standards, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 technology. Users can use either technology to send and receive music, video and photos.
Storage and Memory
Each smartphone offers three storage configurations: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. However, S4 users can add up to 64GB using a microSDXC card, which is inserted into a designated slot at the side of the phone. The iPhone lacks the aforementioned feature, or any removable storage capability. Also, at 2GB, the S4 has twice as much RAM as the iPhone 5.
The phones feature touchscreens, with notable differences. Samsung’s offering sports a Super AMOLED display that measures 5 inches diagonally and a 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution. At 4 inches in diagonal length, the iPhone’s screen is smaller. Additionally, it produces less-sharp images at a resolution of 1,136 by 640 pixels. However, the iPhone screen has a multi-touch feature, thus allowing the user to use two or more points of contact with its surface.
Each phone has two cameras, with the rear one functioning as the main camera and the front classified as the secondary camera. The resolution of the S4’s cameras are 13 megapixels (MP) on the rear device and 2MP on the front one. By comparison, the iPhone’s resolution is 8MP from the rear camera and 1.2MP from the front-facing camera. All cameras on the phones have high-definition video recording capability at up to 1080p.
Size and Weight
Weighing 4.6 ounces, the S4 has a height of 5.38 inches, width of 2.74 inches and depth of 0.31 inches. By comparison, the iPhone 5 is a lighter and smaller device. It weighs 3.95 ounces, and it has a height of 4.87 inches, width of 2.31 inches and depth of 0.3 inches.
Availability and Pricing
The phones are available for wireless service through Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T. Galaxy S4 users can also get service through C Spire, Cricket and U.S. Cellular. As of 2013, an unlocked, non-contract S4 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price range of around $650 to $800, while that of the iPhone 5 is $649 to $849.
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