Difference between iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S4

Key difference: iPhone 5S is the latest smartphone by Apple. It features Apple OS 7 and is available in 3 colors: white, black and gold. Samsung Galaxy S4 is the flagship phone of the Samsung Corporation.

iPhone 5S is the newest phone launched by Apple Inc. The phone was launched in September 2013 after weeks of speculation. iPhone 5 has been discontinued in light of the new release, but iPhone 4S will continue to be available in the market.

iPhone 5S has been launched in three variants: 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB; each of which are available in three colors: silver, space grey and gold.

The whole itself hasn’t changed much, the device itself retain the 4-inch retina screen and its thin and light body. However, additional features of the phone include a fingerprint identity sensor; a better and faster camera; an operating system built specifically for 64-bit; Sapphire crystal in the home button and protecting the iSight camera.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the much awaited successor to the very popular Samsung Galaxy S3. The company boasts new features into a slightly smaller and sleeker design. The phone’s screen has been increased to a stunning almost 5 inches with only slight decrease in size of the phone. The screen is a full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that provides a greater resolution of 1080 pixels, almost 441ppi density.

The phone is available with either the 1.6 GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 5 processor or the 1.9 GHz Snapdragon Fusion Pro quad-core processor, depending on the market. It is available with 16/32/64 GB internal capacity options and if that is not enough it can be upgraded by another 64 GB using the SD slot. The S4 comes with 2 GB RAM, which has become a norm for smartphones these days.

The phone was launched with some new features such as Air Wave, Smart Scroll and Smart Pause, as well as Group Play and Dual camera mode.

Comparison between iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S4:

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Apple website, the Samsung website and GSMArena.com.


iPhone 5S

Samsung Galaxy S4

Launch Date

September 10, 2013

Q2 of 2013


Apple Inc.

Samsung Corporation


4.87 inches (123.8 mm) x 2.31 inches (58.6 mm) x 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm


4.0 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen

4.99 inches Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen


640 x 1136 pixels, 16M colors (~326 ppi pixel density)

1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)


Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating

Corning Gorilla Glass 3


3.95 ounces (112 grams)

130 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

A1453: CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - A1533 (CDMA)

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

A1533 (GSM) and A1453: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

A1453: CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - A1533 (CDMA)

A1457 and A1530: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network


LTE availability depends on the market.



TouchWiz UI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.7 GHz

1.6 GHz Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 5 processor or 1.9 GHz Snapdragon Fusion Pro quad-Core processor depending on the market.


Apple A7

PowerVR SGX 544MP3


iOS 7

Android 4.2.2  (Jelly Bean)


Apple A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor

Exynos 5 Octa 5410


No official data available

2 GB

SIM Size



Internal Memory

16/32/64 GB storage

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory


Expandable up to 64 GB


Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology. USB v2.0

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC, Infrared port.


DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL


Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot


v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE


USB v2.0

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (True Tone) flash

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

Yes, 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

2 MP, zero shutter lag, BIS


  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 30 fps
  • True Tone flash
  • Slo-mo video
  • Improved video stabilization
  • Take still photo while recording video
  • Face detection
  • 3x zoom
  • Video geotagging

1080p@30fps HD video

Camera Features

  • 8 megapixels with 1.5µ pixels
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • True Tone flash
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus
  • Face detection
  • Panorama
  • Burst mode
  • Photo geotagging
  • Dual camera
  • sound & shot
  • drama shot
  • group play
  • story album
  • simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • face and smile detection
  • image stabilization
  • HDR
  • Cinema Photo
  • Eraser mode

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

SNS integration

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player

Video supported formats

H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Po 1440 mAh battery (5.45 Wh)

Removable Li-on 2,600 mAh battery


Up to 250 hours

Up to 370 h on 3G


Up to 10 hours on 3G

Up to 17 h on 3G

Available Colors

Silver, Space Grey and Gold

Black Mist and White Frost


iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS, MS Exchange


HTML (Safari)

HTML5, Adobe Flash





Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, A-GPS support and GLONASS




Additional Features

  • Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
  • AirDrop file sharing
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • iBooks PDF reader
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/command
  • Predictive text input
  • Air Wave
  • Tilt
  • Smart Scroll
  • Smart Pause
  • Integrated Optical Reader
  • S Health
  • S Translator
  • S Voice assistant
  • S Memo note apps
  • Galaxy S Voice Drive
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)


Image Courtesy: nydailynews.com, samsung.com

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