PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of S4 vs iPhone 5

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

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

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, gsmarena.com, pocket-lint.com and 3 more

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Samsung Galaxy S4 

PhoneRocket recommends the Samsung Galaxy S4  based on its performance, graphics and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy S4
1,856
iPhone 5
707

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Galaxy S4
3,414
iPhone 5
3,426

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy S4
804 ms
iPhone 5
915 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy S4
2,670
iPhone 5
901

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4
17.2 fps
iPhone 5
6.7 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4
41.3 fps
iPhone 5
29.8 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy S4

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S4

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Much faster web browser 2,670 vs 901 Around 3x better BrowserMark score
Significantly faster graphics 17.2 fps vs 6.7 fps More than 2.5x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Better overall performance 1,856 vs 707 Around 2.8x better geekbench score
Takes higher quality photos 79 vs 74 More than 5% better DxOMark photo quality score
Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
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
Significantly more battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 1,440 mA·h More than 80% more battery capacity
Noticeably bigger screen 5" vs 4" 25% bigger screen
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
Higher resolution front camera 13 MP vs 8 MP Around 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Supports multitasking Yes vs No Somewhat common; Run multiple apps at once
Bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 825,000 apps Around 5% more apps; find an app for virtually any task
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Apple iPhone 5

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Takes higher quality video 70 vs 68 Around 5% better DxOMark video quality score
Lighter 112 g vs 130 g Around 15% lighter

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4  vs iPhone 5 

9.0
9.0
The front 2 megapixel camera worked well for fairly clear and bright video chats.
Galaxy S4

9.3
9.0
Alternatively, the standard email app is available as well to handle other email services, but its functionality and interface is similar to Gmail.
Galaxy S4

9.0
9.0
Gaming on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is handled by the Adreno 320 GPU, which can still work its magic when it comes to giving smooth, real to life gaming on the go.
Galaxy S4

Overall

8.7 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S4  vs
iPhone 5 
Type AMOLED Super IPS LCD2
Size 5" 4"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1136 x 640
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 325 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No No

software

Operating system Android 5.0 iOS 10
Multitasking Yes No
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

form factor

Galaxy S4  vs
iPhone 5 
Weight 130 g 112 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 7.6 mm
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9 mm 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.3 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
RAM 2 GB 1 GB
Internal storage 64 GB 64 GB

photo & video

Camera 13 MP 8 MP
Resolution 13 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 1.2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 1,020 min 480 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h 1,440 mA·h
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Comments

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This website is very useful, providing many details and the comparison is quite useful, however please consider my suggestion where personally I think it can improve the depth of review of the website. I agree with TheFran, OS must have a bigger role / score percentage. iOS and Android is really different. It could be a very deciding factor into determining the overall score of the phone, instead of just hardware aspect which plays the important parts. The person who buy the phones often omit this factor when choosing the correct phone for them. Reviews from neutral, trusted and high reputation website should be have more influence also. IMO, you should consider add websites like gdgt.com into reviews consideration because whats their pin point is more to reality. Then website like androidpolice would have biased to android environment (people will think like that in someways). The review also missed out a main reason to consider iPhone 5, which is App store exclusive for Apple devices only. Also, we can consider the reason to consider S4 is the price is lower compare to iPhone. Hardware wise, S4 camera low light performance is bad if compare with iPhone 5 or HTC One. Battery life should cover more aspect also, web browsing, video, playing games, etc. Good website I definitely will recommend it to my friends, hope it continue to improve over time.
You guys should add a graphical size comparison of the devices side by side, to give an idea of the difference (Height, Width, thinness), and maybe a bezel to screen ratio.
Thanks TheFran! Agreed, the OS is certainly an important part of the phone's user experience. We try to add some qualitative aspects to our phone pages (e.g. 'what people are saying about the phone', http://phonerocket.com/smartphone/Apple-iPhone-5#review-scores) to help complement all the technical data we bring in from all over, but maybe there's a way we could objectively provide info about the OS.
Love this site! IMO You guys should have the OS play a bigger role, or give it a higher weight in overall score. OS is slowly but surely starting to play a bigger and bigger role in smartphone buyer decisions.
Thanks Troy, we appreciate it :)
Yeah, I've decided to upgrade to the S4 from my 4S. Was torn between HTC One and S4 and all the varied comparisons really zero'd in on the core of the debate for me. With their similar chipsets, specs, sizes, and performance tests tablets definitely seem like a logical target. Thanks again, have this site saved for anytime I get a question about what phone I recommend.
Thanks Troy, makes our day to hear that :) Definitely looking at tablets, totally agree that it would be a great fit.
These head to heads are great. Ever consider a sister site doing tablets as well? Would be another market in need of a clean head to head comparison site.
Thanks, good suggestion. We'll look into this and see what we can do.
This might not be to much of a priority for the guys at PhoneRocket, but you guys should consider adding the Pantech Vega Iron to your list of devices. I've heard it's one of the most powerful smartphones out there currently, even more powerful than the GS4. The reason I say I don't think it would be a priority is because I am pretty sure the phone is only available in some Asia markets, but still, it would be interesting to see how it stacks up against other popular smartphones. Thanks!
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