PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S4 Active vs iPhone 5


Processing power and speed



3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G) and Battery capacity


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Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 Active vs iPhone 5

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy S4 Active iPhone 5 @
It comes with a 1.9GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 600 SoC and 2GB of RAM, so performance is not an issue no matter what you throw at the handset.
Galaxy S4 Active | by PhoneArena (Jun, 2013)

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4 Active
15.5 fps
iPhone 5
6.7 fps
Anything runs flawlessly, from 3D games and heavy web pages, to any CPU- or GPU-intensive application you can think of.
Galaxy S4 Active | by PhoneArena (Jun, 2013)

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4 Active
41.4 fps
iPhone 5
29.8 fps
It has more than twice the raw processing power of the Mali-400 inside the Galaxy S III and almost three times that of the ULP GeFore that powers the HTC One X. In fact of all other smartphone chipsets, only the Qulacomm S4 Pro and with its Adreno 320 GPU offers a similar graphical performance to the A6.
iPhone 5 | by GSM Arena (Sep, 2012)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

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Significantly faster graphics 15.5 fps vs 6.7 fps More than 2.2x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Much higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1136 x 640 More than 2.8x higher resolution
Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
Much more battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 1,440 mA·h More than 80% more battery capacity
Significantly faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 45% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Significantly sharper screen 440 ppi vs 325 ppi More than 35% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly longer talk time (3G) 900 min vs 480 min Around 90% longer talk time (3G); go days without charging
Noticeably bigger screen 5" vs 4" 25% bigger screen
Much better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s 5x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
More RAM 2 GB vs 0.99 GB More than 2x more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Back view of Apple iPhone 5

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Apple iPhone 5

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Records significantly higher def video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps vs 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown 30x higher def video
Significantly lighter 112 g vs 151 g More than 25% lighter
Thinner 7.6 mm vs 9.1 mm More than 15% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4 Active  vs iPhone 5 

Just keep in mind that this isn't a rugged phone and if bumps and drops are a part of your phone's daily life, you'll still need a rugged case.
Galaxy S4 Active

Armed with an 8-megapixel iSight camera, it doesn’t improve upon the megapixel count of its processor, but nevertheless, the addition of an improved backside illuminated sensor combined with a retooled lens coughs up even better visuals with the iPhone 5.
iPhone 5

Apple has done away with layers of technology below the screen to bring the display as close to the glass as possible, something it says will bring increased brightness and sharpness to the user's eye.
iPhone 5


8.6 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy S4 Active  vs
iPhone 5 
Size 5" 4"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1136 x 640
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 325 ppi


Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.3 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
RAM 2 GB 0.99 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 1.2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G 4G
LTE (20 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
Unknown (100 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time (3G) 900 min 480 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h 1,440 mA·h

form factor

Galaxy S4 Active  vs
iPhone 5 
Weight 151 g 112 g
Thickness 9.1 mm 7.6 mm
Size 71.3 x 139.7 x 9.1 mm 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio No No


Operating system Android 4.2.2 iOS 7
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Apple App Store
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 825,000 apps


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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