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iPhone 5S Vs. Galaxy S4 Spec Shootout

by Sean P. Aune | September 10, 2013September 10, 2013 2:10 pm PST

iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy S4

The Galaxy S4 is one of the hottest smartphones on the planet and it’s certainly one of our top choices for an Android handset right now. If you’re in the market for a brand new smartphone, there are a lot of options to consider, especially the phone’s operating system. The Galaxy S4, as you probably know, runs Android while the iPhone 5 runs iOS 7. Both operating system have their pros and cons.

The two phones are drastically different: Samsung’s offers a generous 5-inch Super AMOLED display while the iPhone 5S has a much smaller 4-inch screen. The Galaxy S4 has both removable storage and a removable battery while the iPhone 5S does not. But the iPhone 5S is made out of aluminum and glass while the Galaxy S4 is crafted from plastic. So, as you can see, the two phones are very, very different products.

We’ve created the table below to help you better understand the differences in hardware.

iPhone 5S
Samsung Galaxy S4
Display Specs 4-inch 1136 x 640 (326 ppi) 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display (441 ppi)
Display Type Retina Display Super AMOLED
Operating System iOS 7 Android 4.2.2 (at launch)
Processor Apple A7 (64-bit), M7 Motion Coprocessor 1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor The selection of AP will be differed by markets.
RAM 2 GB
Storage
  • 16 GB
  • 32 GB
  • 64 GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage No
  • Micro SD up to 64GB
Main Camera (Back) 8 megapixels with 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Sapphire crystal lens cover, True Tone flash 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 1.2MP photos (1280 by 960) 2MP
Network
  • Model A1533 (GSM)*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1533 (CDMA)*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1453*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
  • Model A1457*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)
  • Model A1530*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20); TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40)
  • GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • HSPA+ 42Mbps: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps: up to 6 different band sets(Dependent on market)
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology Yes
Battery
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 250 hours
2600 mAh
NFC No Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning Connector
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Geomagnetic
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
  • RGB light
  • Temperature & Humidity
GPS
  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS
  • Digital Compass
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cellular
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 4.87 inches (123.8 mm) 136.6 mm (5.38 inches)
Width 2.31 inches (58.6 mm) 69.8 mm (2.75 inches
Depth 0.30 inch (7.6 mm) 7.9 mm (0.31 inches)
Weight 3.95 ounces (112 grams) 130 g (4.59 oz)
Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver Black, White
Supported Audio Formats AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X
Supported Video Formats H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark, HEVC

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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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