We all know that Samsung, the Korean manufacturer of home appliances and mobile phones launched its latest in the Galaxy series, its new flagship smartphone Galaxy S IV (also called S 4) on March 14, 2013. The smartphone is likely to be available for sale towards the end of April 2013. However, the smartphone with which Samsung Galaxy S IV has to compete is the Apple's iPhone 5 is already available for sale in the world markets from September 2012. We also must consider that Galaxy S III which is the predecessor of Samsung's new Galaxy S IV has become the highest selling phone in the world and its sales figure have already crossed 50 million handsets. If we look at the features of the new Galaxy S IV, we can surely conclude that the Galaxy S IV has a good potential to beat this record number of sales of Galaxy S III. The CCO of Phones4U went on to say " The anticipation surrounding the next Samsung Galaxy has been astounding and it has already received the most pre-registrations at Phones 4U of any other smartphone launch in 2013". If we compare the inquiries made during the first 48 hours of the launch of Samsung Galaxy III in London last year, the number of customers who showed their interest in Samsung Galaxy S IV within the same period this year is 40 per cent higher than the corresponding inquiries which were made for Galaxy S III. Based on this analogy, it is felt that Apple have to undertake some miraculous marketing techniques to beat Samsung Galaxy S IV. Let us now compare the features and specifications of Samsung Galaxy S IV and Apple's iPhone 5 by keeping them side by side for better and immediate look at their comparative features.
General connectivity, body and display features of Galaxy S IV and iPhone 5
As far as general connectivity of Samsung Galaxy S IV and Apple's iPhone 5 is concerned, both the smartphones provide 2G, 3G and 4G connectivity with almost the same features in case of GSM bandwidth. However, the iPhone 5 is the winner here since it has provided the facility for CDMA connections. Galaxy S IV supports microSIM but iPhone supports only the Nano SIM card. Both the smartphones are quite slim with almost the same width with a very slight difference of .3 mm even though the Samsung Galaxy S IV is larger in height and length than iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 has the advantage in weight since it weighs only 112 g as against the weight of 130 g of Samsung Galaxy S IV. Samsung boasts of its super AMOLED display while the Apple speaks highly of its LED-backlit IPS TFT screen display. Galaxy S IV is the winner with the display size of 1080 x 1920p resolution with its 5 inch screen as against 640 x 1136p resolution with a size of 4 inches. Galaxy S IV also has the better pixel density of 441 ppi which is much more than the iPhone 5's 326 ppi. The screen protection is almost the same with Corning Gorilla Glass. Samsung also says that it has updated TouchWiz for its Galaxy S IV. When we observe the overall view of the above features; Samsung Galaxy S IV is the clear winner over the Apple iPhone 5. Have a quick glance at the side by side features of the two smartphones as discussed above:
Sound, memory, data transfer and camera features and specifications
Sound features of both Samsung Galaxy S IV and iPhone 5 are almost similar. But when it comes to memory, the Galaxy S IV will be available with 16/32/64 GB storage which is expandable to 64 GB via microSD card whereas iPhone 5 is available only with an internal storage of 16 GB with no card slot and hence no expandability. Samsung Galaxy S IV has 2 GB RAM while it is 1 GB RAM in iPhone 5. Samsung Galaxy S IV is weighed heavily against iPhone 5 both in storage capacity of the phone and RAM. If you look at the data transfer connectivity features like GPRS, EDGE, data transfer speed, WLAN facilities like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB connectivity features, you will not find much difference in the two smartphones under comparison. The main advantage of Samsung Galaxy IV over iPhone 5 is in the camera features. Samsung Galaxy S IV is equipped with a 13 MP primary camera at the rear in comparison to 8 MP camera of iPhone 5. While the former can take snaps of resolution up to 4128 x 3096 pixels, the later has the limitation of shooting photos up to a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. The other main difference in the two smartphones is their capability of video recording. Samsung Galaxy S IV primary camera can record full HD videos at 1080p @60fps and 1080p @30fps with an availability of dual video recording feature. On the other hand, Apple iPhone 5 can record HD videos only at 1080p @30fps with no dual video recording feature. The front facing secondary camera in Samsung Galaxy S IV has bigger capacity of 2 MP as against the 1.2 MP of iPhone 5. When it comes to video recording capability of the secondary camera of Galaxy S IV, it can also record HD videos at 1080p @30fps, but the front facing secondary camera of iPhone 5 can record videos only at 720p @30fps. As such, Apple iPhone 5 is no match for Samsung Galaxy S IV when we compare camera features of both these smartphones. Have a look at the table below to instantly review the difference between the two phones with regard to the features discussed in this paragraph.
OS, CPU, Chipset, GPU, Browser, sensors, GPS, Java and battery features
Samsung Galaxy S IV has beaten all other phones in the Android category by including the latest from Google's OS Android v.4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) which was a surprise to the gathering at the launch ceremony held in the New York City of U.S. on March 14, 2013. This is the best and the latest in the Android series of OS so far. Compared to this, the iPhone 5 has the Apple's own iOS 6 (upgradeable to iOS 6.1.2) OS. Since the two platforms are different and they have their own advantages and disadvantages, we shall not discuss this further. Nevertheless, it will suffice to say that the Android is the most popular OS used in the world today by many of the smartphone manufacturers except Apple use this in the phones manufactured by them. So, let us leave this comparison to the better judgement of the readers and proceed further. Once again the chipset used in the iPhone 5 is the Apple Company's own Apple A6. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S IV phone comes in two versions one using the chipset Exynos 5 Octa 5410 and the other version will be available with Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset. Samsung Galaxy S IV is better equipped with better power and performance by using the processor Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 and quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex- A7. Another version of Samsung Galaxy S IV will also be available with Quad core 1.9 GHz Krait 300. Compared to the powerful quad core processors of Samsung Galaxy S IV, the Apple iPhone has only a dual core 1.2 GHz processor. The Samsung Galaxy S IV takes precedence over iPhone 5 as far as the processors used in the two phones are concerned. The graphics processors used in both the phones are almost the same. However one version of Samsung Galaxy S IV comes also comes with Adreno 320. There are more sensors in Galaxy S IV as compared to iPhone 5 as can be seen from the tabular information given below. Galaxy S IV uses the browser HTML5, Adobe Flash and iPhone 5 uses HTML safari. Galaxy 4 has a TBD radio but there is no radio facility in iPhone 5. Both the phones have A-GPS support and GLONASS. Similarly Galaxy S IV is Java supported but there is no Java support in iPhone 5. Messaging services in both the phones are almost similar. Samsung Galaxy S IV will be available in two colours, namely, White Frost and Black Mist and the iPhone 5 is available in Black/Slate and White/Silver. Samsung Galaxy S IV beats the iPhone 5 with superior battery power of removable 2600 mAh Li-Ion battery as compared to the non-removable Li-Po 1440 mAh battery in iPhone 5. Look at the table below for side by side comparison of the features discussed here.
Some other features of Galaxy S IV and iPhone 5, their prices and availability
Samsung Galaxy S IV has the feature of wireless charging which is missing in iPhone 5. S-Voice feature in Samsung Galaxy S IV can be compared well with Siri feature of iPhone 5. However, the Galaxy S IV has surely beaten iPhone 5 in features like Smart stay, Smart Pause, Smart Scroll, Air gestures etc. Samsung Galaxy S IV has DropBox facility up to 50 GB storage capacity and the iPhone 5 gives the users the facility of iCloud services. The other features are almost similar in both the phones. The price of Samsung Galaxy S IV is yet to be announced by the company but there are some online sites where advanced booking for Galaxy S4 can be done. On the other hand Apple iPhone is priced by Apple at Rs.45,500 in India. However, the buyers can buy this phone at a lesser price at different online retailers and offline retailers. The phone is presently being sold at Rs.41,868 at Ebay.in. Apple iPhone 5 is freely available in the phone markets of the world since September 21, 2012. Samsung Galaxy IV is scheduled to be released on April 26, 2013 in the world market. According to Samsung, the sales of Samsung Galaxy S IV will involve 327 carriers in 155 countries of the world. AT&T and T-Mobile are the first confirmed carriers for sale of the phone in the U.S. It is not known in which part of the world the phone will be released first.
The last word
That is enough as far as the comparison of Samsung Galaxy S IV and Apple iPhone 5 is concerned. When we compare overall features of Samsung Galaxy S IV, it far outweighs what iPhone 5 offers to us. However, we have to wait and see how Samsung fixes the price for its new phone, keeping in mind the prevailing cut throat competition among the smartphones with high end features. It will be also be interesting to watch how Apple reacts to the price of the Samsung Galaxy S IV when announced and the phone becomes freely available in the market. Who knows if Apple may bring down the price of iPhone 5 a little? It is advisable to wait and watch the price race among the costly smartphones in the market.