Thursday, 30 January 2014

2014 First Smartphone Face-Off: Apple iPhone 5s vs. Samsung Galaxy S4

“We don’t pack in feature after feature.” Apple CEO Tim Cook told the crowd during the launch event for the iPhone 5s , that was obviously a dig at Samsung, who’s Galaxy S4, crams the most features of any Smartphone we’ve tested, including a TV remote and an array of gestures. Certainly, the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S4 take vastly different approaches, which makes it that much tougher to decide what to buy. That’s where we come in.

Differentiating between the features of both the Smart phones:
The iPhone 5s is all about enhancing an already great phone, with improvements ranging from a faster A7 processor and a beefed-up camera to a new fingerprint sensor. On the other hand, the Galaxy S4 pushes the envelope with some impressive specs of its own, including a 5-inch 1080p display and a 13-MP camera. Here’s how the two flagship Smartphone’s stack up in multiple categories.
Apple knows how to make more beautiful and solidly built Smartphone’s than Samsung does, and that doesn’t change with the iPhone 5s. The aluminum-and-glass design feels just as premium as before, but it’s now available in three color options: space gray, gold and silver. Plus, the 5s is just as light (3.9 ounces) and thin (0.3 inches) as before while packing a lot more power. The gold version looks classy without being ostentatious. The chamfered edges still look great and have a premium vibe.
                                                 The Galaxy S4, on the other hand, is an uninspired plastic slab. Yes, it’s light considering it has a larger 5-inch display, but the S4 doesn’t have a top-tier look or feel like the iPhone 5s. What we do like about the S4 is that the back is removable, allowing you to access the memory-card slot and replace the battery. Samsung mixes a physical home button with capacitive keys beneath the screen, which works but doesn’t feel unified.
There’s something that feels dated about the iPhone 5s’ smaller 4-inch screen. At 1136 x 640 pixels, Apple’s device has a much lower resolution than the S4′s 1920 x 1080p display. You really notice this resolution delta when surfing the Web, viewing photos and watching videos. For instance, when we paused on the same scene in the “Thor 2″ trailer, we could make out a lot more detail in the superhero’s outfit on the S4. And, thanks to the Galaxy S4′s AMOLED technology, his red cape popped a lot more.
                                       On the other hand, the 5s delivered warmer, more natural-looking colors. Natalie Portman’s hands, as well as buildings in the background, looked more true to life.

Interface and Software
The iPhone 5s gets a whole new look with iOS 7, which gives the device some much-needed enhancements. Our favorite new features include improved multitasking and Control Center for tweaking settings — such as Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode and screen brightness — on the fly. A new Notification Center gives you a Today view for info you need to know now, as well as separate tabs for all and Missed alerts.
   Whereas in case of Galaxy S4 you won’t find any carrier crapware or unwanted third-party apps cluttering your home screens.

Apple didn’t bump up the resolution on its 8-MP iSight camera, but the iPhone 5s still represents a significant imaging upgrade. The sensor is 15
percent larger than the one on its predecessor, and there are bigger pixels and an f/2.2 aperture, so users should expect brighter and crisper images. Other highlights include a continuous-burst mode and a dual True Tone flash for more natural-looking photos.
                              Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has a higher megapixel count of 13 MP, along with a host of unique features. But let’s start with photo quality.

Battery Life
Apple doesn’t list the capacity of its battery on the iPhone 5s, but a teardown revealed that it packs a 1,560 mAh battery, up from the 1,440 mAh battery on the iPhone 5. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 2,600 mAh battery.
The Sprint version of the S4 lasted 5 hours and 49 minutes on the LAPTOP Battery Test, which involves continuous Web surfing over 4G LTE on 40 percent brightness. That’s below the 6:06 Smartphone category average, but the S4 lasted a better 6:05 with its power-saving mode turned on.

Apps and Content
Samsung is competing directly with iTunes by offering its own Samsung Hub. From one place, you can buy music, video, books and games with your Samsung account. During our testing, both the Samsung Hub and iTunes stores offered similar selections.
    On the app front, the Google Play store stocks more than 700,000 apps (some for tablets, but most for phones), compared with more than 525,000 apps for the iPhone.
Now declare the winner:


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