PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of S4 vs DROID 4

Performance

Processing power and speed

Galaxy S4
8.9
DROID 4
7.2
BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Galaxy S4
8.6
DROID 4
5.5
GLBenchmark 2.5

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Galaxy S4
8.1
DROID 4
7.1
Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Galaxy S4
8.7
DROID 4
7.6
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, gsmarena.com, pocket-lint.com and 3 more

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Galaxy S4
8.6
DROID 4
6.7

Winner
Samsung Galaxy S4 

PhoneRocket recommends the Samsung Galaxy S4  based on its performance.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 vs DROID 4

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy S4
804 ms
DROID 4
2,131 ms
Internet and Connectivity Samsung's custom browser is fast and supports Flash Player.
Galaxy S4 | by PhoneArena (Mar, 2013)

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy S4
2,670
DROID 4
2,093
Galaxy S4 DROID 4 @ results.rightware.com
Internet and Connectivity: Totally predictable, the web browsing experience is utterly top notch – aided by its gorgeous and sharp screen, fast 4G LTE connection, and mighty processing power.
Galaxy S4 | by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4
41.3 fps
DROID 4
5.8 fps
Galaxy S4 DROID 4 @ gfxbench.com
One exception is GLBenchmark that measures 3D graphics performance, where the S4 pulled ahead in a meaningful way.
Galaxy S4 | by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)

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 graphics 41.3 fps vs 5.8 fps More than 7x better GLBenchmark 2.5 score
Faster web browser 2,670 vs 2,093 Around 30% better BrowserMark score
Store much more stuff 64 GB vs 8 GB 8x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Much higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 960 x 540 4x higher resolution
Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
Significantly sharper screen 440 ppi vs 275 ppi 60% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly lighter 130 g vs 179 g More than 25% lighter
Significantly faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.2 GHz Around 60% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Significantly more battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 1,785 mA·h More than 45% 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
Noticeably bigger screen 5" vs 4" 25% bigger screen
Significantly higher resolution front camera 13 MP vs 8 MP Around 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Much thinner 7.9 mm vs 13 mm Around 40% thinner
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Default view of Motorola DROID 4

Reasons to consider the
Motorola DROID 4

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Much newer operating system Android 4.1.2 vs Android 4.4.2 Newer Android OS; Get all the latest features and security updates with a more recent version
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4  vs DROID 4 

9.0
8.0
Call quality is superb, data speeds over LTE 4G are excellent and the display has those better than life colors that many love.
Galaxy S4

9.3
8.5
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
8.0
Gaming on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is handled by the Adreno 320 GPU, which obviously can not only handle a much larger number of pixels, but can also work its magic when it comes to giving smooth, real to life gaming on the go.
Galaxy S4

Overall

8.7 Out of 10
7.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S4  vs
DROID 4 
Size 5" 4"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 960 x 540
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 275 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.2 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
RAM 2 GB 1 GB
Internal storage 64 GB 8 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 13 MP 8 MP
Resolution 13 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 1.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
LTE (20 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
EV-DO Rev.A
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Capacity 2,600 mA·h 1,785 mA·h

form factor

Galaxy S4  vs
DROID 4 
Weight 130 g 179 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 13 mm
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9 mm 67 x 127 x 13 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.4.2 Android 4.1.2
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

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