PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of S4 vs iPhone 5s


Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and BrowserMark


3D and 2D graphics

Galaxy S4
iPhone 5s
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 vs iPhone 5s

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy S4
iPhone 5s

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

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iPhone 5s

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy S4
iPhone 5s

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4
17.2 fps
iPhone 5s
24.7 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4
41.3 fps
iPhone 5s
53 fps

DxOMark photo quality How good is the phone's camera?

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy S4

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S4

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Has expandable storage microSD vs None Use storage cards to increase your phone's capacity for apps and data
Has a removable battery Yes vs No Somewhat common; Old batteries can be replaced inexpensively
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
Store significantly more stuff 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
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
Higher resolution front camera 13 MP vs 8 MP Around 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 825,000 apps Around 5% more apps; find an app for virtually any task
Longer standby time (3G) 22,176 min vs 14,976 min Around 50% longer standby time (3G)
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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Significantly faster web browser 3,621 vs 2,670 More than 35% better BrowserMark score
Faster graphics 24.7 fps vs 17.2 fps Around 45% better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Better overall performance 2,523 vs 1,856 More than 35% better geekbench score
Takes significantly higher quality video 72 vs 68 More than 5% better DxOMark video quality score
Much better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s 5x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Lighter 112 g vs 130 g Around 15% lighter

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4  vs iPhone 5s 

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Galaxy S4

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy S4  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 5.0 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  vs
iPhone 5s 
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


Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.3 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
Internal storage 64 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats

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


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


Talk time (3G) 1,020 min 600 min
Standby time (3G) 22,176 min 14,976 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h 1,560 mA·h
Removable Yes No
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so both s4 and 5s performace varies between each other...during last week s4 performace was slighly higher then 5s and now its the opposite?
The ratings change on a case by case basis because our algorithm does comparisons relative to each other's performance and specs, as opposed to having a fixed value. This is important because, as technology changes, a fixed 9 score might be good for it's time (e.g. 2011), but if you compare it to newer technology, it might actually only deserve a 7 now. Relative scoring is our way of addressing this.
why are the ratings always changing?
Thanks. I see it. I also think it was a good decision to omit the other ones I listed right after since those are of little use to most people =). It dawned on me that listing ALL the differences wouldn't make for readable article.
Thanks for the comments JP. I've made a few changes (e.g. removeable battery) that should show up once we refresh our cache.
You missed: Removable battery. You can replace the battery mid day instead of keeping your "mobile" device immobile while plugged in. Proximity sensor, humidity sensor, temperature sensor... You also missed the fact that a benchmark of a 1080p res is handicapped vs a sub-720p res benchmark. I will admit, however, that touch response of the 5s is 50 millisecond faster, something you guys also missed. A 0.05 second difference is pretty minor.
Why the page is so ugly in comparison with the previous version :P
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