PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S4 Active vs iPhone 5s

Performance

Processing power and speed

Geekbench and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Standby time (3G) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from gsmarena.com, phonearena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com and 1 more

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Apple iPhone 5s 

PhoneRocket recommends the Apple iPhone 5s  based on its performance and graphics.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 Active vs iPhone 5s

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy S4 Active iPhone 5s @ browser.primatelabs.com
Armed with Apple’s new A7 processor, which relies on 64-bit architecture, Apple claims that it doubles the performance of the iPhone 5’s CPU and GPU.
iPhone 5s | by PhoneArena (Sep, 2013)

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy S4 Active iPhone 5s @ results.rightware.com
The web browser is fast and functional, with support for multiple windows, embedded YouTube videos, along other gimmicks like smart scroll for panning by tilting the phone and air gestures for navigating without having to touch the screen.
Galaxy S4 Active | by PhoneArena (Jun, 2013)

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4 Active
15.5 fps
iPhone 5s
24.7 fps
Galaxy S4 Active iPhone 5s @ gfxbench.com
One exception is GLBenchmark that measures 3D graphics performance, where the S4 pulled ahead in a meaningful way.
Galaxy S4 Active | by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4 Active
41.4 fps
iPhone 5s
53 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)

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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Has expandable storage SD, SDHC, SDXC vs None Use storage cards to increase your phone's capacity for apps and data
Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
Much higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1136 x 640 More than 2.8x higher resolution
Significantly more battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 1,560 mA·h More than 65% 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
Noticeably bigger screen 5" vs 4" 25% bigger screen
Longer talk time (3G) 900 min vs 600 min 50% longer talk time (3G); go days without charging
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Back view of Apple iPhone 5s

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Apple iPhone 5s

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Significantly faster graphics 24.7 fps vs 15.5 fps Around 60% better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Significantly faster web browser 3,621 vs 2,895 More than 25% better BrowserMark score
Better overall performance 2,523 vs 1,782 More than 40% better geekbench score
Significantly lighter 112 g vs 151 g More than 25% lighter
Records higher def video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps vs 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown 30x higher def video
Thinner 7.6 mm vs 9.1 mm More than 15% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4 Active  vs iPhone 5s 

8.5
9.3
The iPhone 5s' IPS-LCD based display continues to produce colors that are incredibly accurate in tone.
iPhone 5s

9.0
10.0
It's sharp and vibrant, yes, and Apple's iOS 7 and apps look great on it, but Apple isn't breaking new ground here.
iPhone 5s

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

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

hardware

Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.3 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
RAM 2 GB 1 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD

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

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
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)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
LTE Cat 3 (100/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 900 min 600 min
Standby time (3G) 19,152 min 14,976 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h 1,560 mA·h

form factor

Galaxy S4 Active  vs
iPhone 5s 
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

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No No

software

Operating system Android 4.4.2 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

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
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