Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs. Apple iPhone 5 Smartphone Schmackdown by Wirefly

by Scott Lewis on August 14, 2013

Pre-Fight Weigh-In:
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is one of the biggest and baddest smartphones available today. Every new smartphone gets compared to Apple's latest phone and they set the bar very high with the iPhone 5. In this Wirefly Smartphone Schmackdown, we show you the differences in build quality and technical specs and give you our opinion on which camera is better. Only a few months separate the release dates for both of these iconic phone so it should be a great matchup. Let's Get Ready to RUMBLE!!!


 Samsung Galaxy S 4Apple iPhone 5EdgeNotes
Round 1 Design    

 Phone Build Quality

Polycarbonate body with a glass frontAluminum body with a glass front Push
  •  Depends if you like the metal feel of the iPhone 5 or the smooth feel of the GS4


7.9mm thick

4.59oz total weight

7.6mm thick

3.65oz total weight 

  •  Can't tell a difference in thickness and some weight is good

Display Size

5.0" Super AMOLED Display4.0" IPS LCD Display GS4
  •  Size does matter

Screen Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels640 x 1136 pixels GS4
  •  Better resolution

Pixel Density

441 pixels per inch326 pixels per inch GS4
  •  Higher pixel density


Removable 2600mAh batteryIntegrated  1440mAh battery GS4
  •  While battery life is similar, removable wins over integrated for ease of replacement

Round 1 Victor:

Samsung Galaxy S 4   



Round 2: Specs



1.9GHz quad-core

Snapdragon 600 processor

 1.3GHz dual-core

A6 processor

  • While the GS4 has a faster processor, you will not notice a speed difference in everyday use


  •  It's always better to have more RAM

On-Board Storage

16 or 32GB16, 32, or 64GB iPhone 5
  •  Option to have 64GB of on-board storage

Expandable Storage

YesNo GS4
  •  A big win for the GS4

Round 2 Victor:

 Samsung Galaxy S 4   



 Round 3: Camera


Primary Camera

13 Megapixels8 Megapixels GS4
  •  While bigger isn't always better when talking megapixels, the GS4 camera performs better

Front Camera

2.0 Megapixels1.2 Megapixels Push
  •  Both are great for video chats

Sample Photos

Watch Schmackdown video for sample imagesWatch Schmackdown video for sample images  

 Round 3 Victor:

 Samsung Galaxy S 4   

Schmackdown Winner

 Samsung Galaxy S 4   

The Final Score Card:
The iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 are two very closely matched smartphones. The one you select might end up being dictated by which operating system you prefer to use. To learn the differences between these two different user experiences, watch our Wirefly video on the difference between the Android and iOS operating system. Watch more Android and iPhone videos on our Wirefly YouTube channel.