There was much frenzied speculation that the Samsung Galaxy S4 was going to give Apple a serious run for its money. Released around the same time as the new iPhone 5, these two were up against each other in one of the fiercest contests since Muhammad Ali met Joe Frazier.
Does size matter?
The first area the Galaxy seemed to have the edge on was the surface area. It was bigger, with a wider, fatter screen. The iPhone 5 was also bigger than its predecessor, the iPhone 4, but only marginally so. Whilst this looked like a sizeable victory, the unexpected disadvantage users soon came across was the screen, which was a bit too wide for one-thumb scrolling.
There’s just no getting away from the sleek and elegant styling of the iPhone. It is incredibly light at 3.9 ounces but has strength and a simplicity to its design. The Galaxy does not quite cut it as a status symbol having opted for a plastic polycarbonate casing. However, this is better looking than its S3 model. The white model looks a bit tacky whilst the black is an improvement. Whilst you can take the back off the Samsung, which you can’t do with the Apple, it’s still not enough of an advantage to make it the winner in the looks department. Maybe one reason they have had to have a removable cover is due to the low life expectancy of the battery. In tests, the Apple had a battery life of seven hours and 13 minutes, with the Samsung Galaxy S4 only enduring for five hours and 49 minutes, which is actually below Smartphone averages.
Pretty as a picture
Most reviewers are agreed that the iPhone camera is delivering better quality shots, despite the array of editing features that the S4 is offering. In a variety of conditions, whether low light, flash, indoor, outdoor, moving images or still portraits, the iPhone shows greater clarity, detail and accuracy despite the fact it has a lower resolution of 8MP to the Galaxy’s 13MP. It’s no surprise really that the majority of switchers are electing to say, why don’t we get money for your old iPhone and trade up to an iPhone 5. This is partly due to brand loyalty and also down to the fact that iPhones are effortless to use. The Samsung has a dazzling array of new features, but some of them are complicated to navigate.
Another appeal to existing Apple users is the new Facebook integration app on the iPhone 5 which really makes the whole process of sharing on most people’s favorite social media network absolutely seamless. In addition to this, they have Shared Photo Streams, which is like a mini social network of its own, for swapping among close family and friends. Also, when all’s said and done, would you really want to be without your iTunes account? Samsung has developed its own version, the Hub, but it has far less in it.
It will be interesting to see what the future holds as the battle between these two is by no means over and will kick off again when Apple brings out iOS 7 and the next iPhone.