PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of S4 vs Galaxy Alpha

Performance

Processing power and speed

Geekbench

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, 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 Alpha 

PhoneRocket recommends the Samsung Galaxy Alpha  based on its performance.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 vs Alpha

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy S4
1,856
Galaxy Alpha
3,092

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy S4

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S4

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Significantly sharper screen 440 ppi vs 312 ppi More than 40% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720 2.2x higher resolution
Store more stuff 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
More battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 1,860 mA·h Around 40% more battery capacity
Bigger screen 5" vs 4.7" More than 5% bigger screen
View of Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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Better overall performance 3,092 vs 1,856 More than 65% better geekbench score
More cores Octa core vs Quad core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Lighter 115 g vs 130 g More than 10% lighter
Records higher def video 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps vs 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 4x higher def video
Thinner 6.7 mm vs 7.9 mm More than 15% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4  vs Alpha 

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
8.8
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

Overall

8.7 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S4  vs
Alpha 
Type AMOLED AMOLED
Size 5" 4.7"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
Multitouch Yes N/A
PPI 440 ppi 312 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.8 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Octa core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB

photo & video

Camera 13 MP 12 MP
Resolution 13 MP 12 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 2.1 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
LTE-A Cat 6 (300/)
HSDPA+ (21.1 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 1,020 min 660 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h 1,860 mA·h

form factor

Galaxy S4  vs
Alpha 
Weight 130 g 115 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 6.7 mm
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9 mm 65.5 x 132.4 x 6.7 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No Yes

software

Operating system Android 5.0 Android 5.1
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 Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Samsung Galaxy S4
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