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


Processing power and speed

Geekbench and BrowserMark


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


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PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Apple iPhone 5s 

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

geekbench Processor and memory performance

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4 Active
15.5 fps
iPhone 5s
24.7 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4 Active
41.4 fps
iPhone 5s
53 fps

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
Significantly faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 45% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1136 x 640 More than 2.8x higher resolution
Noticeably bigger screen 5" vs 4" 25% bigger screen
Significantly more battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 1,560 mA·h More than 65% more battery capacity
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
Sharper screen 440 ppi vs 325 ppi More than 35% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 825,000 apps Around 5% more apps; find an app for virtually any task
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Slightly longer standby time (3G) 19,152 min vs 14,976 min Around 30% longer standby time (3G)
Back view of Apple iPhone 5s

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Apple iPhone 5s

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Significantly faster web browser 3,621 vs 2,669 More than 35% better BrowserMark score
Faster graphics 24.7 fps vs 15.5 fps Around 60% better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Better overall performance 2,523 vs 1,954 Around 30% better geekbench score
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 5s 

Without a doubt, it’s a pretty cool and slick feature, especially when the audio also receives the same slow motion treatment as well.
iPhone 5s

Apple resisting the urge to get into a megapixel race with Nokia, Samsung and Sony, has opted to stick with an 8-megapixel sensor for the rear camera, but with enhancements to the sensor itself, the flash, and the shooting modes available.
iPhone 5s


8.6 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


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


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio No No


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


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

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


Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.3 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats

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 Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
Unknown (100 Mb/s)
LTE Cat 3 (100/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


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
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
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