Difference between Samsung Galaxy S4 and Blackberry Z10

Key Difference: Samsung Galaxy S4 is the 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 Blackberry Z10 is the latest smartphone that has been released in January 2013 by Research in Motion. The Z10 is a bar phone that is available with a 4.2 inch capacitive touch screen that has approximately 355 ppi pixel density, providing a clear and sharp display. If supports a 1.5 GHz Dual-core Krait, 2GB RAM with 16 GB internal storage capacity and expandable capacity up to 64 GB.

Almost every year a bunch of new phones and tablets are released and announced. The constant upgrade in technology ensures that people always have new products to purchase. However, it also increases the amount of decisions that a person has to make. Is the Blackberry worth the price or the new S4? Or is it better to go for another phone or an older model. All these decisions require a person to have a distinct comparison in front of them to allow them to decide which phone is worth the price and which phone is offering what features. Samsung Galaxy S4 is the new model that was announced by Samsung on March 14 and will be available in the market this year, while Blackberry Z10 was announced last year and is already available in the market.

After building anticipation for almost three months, Samsung has officially released the newest variant of its flagship phone. To many the time spend waiting has not been wasted, while others seem to believe that the phone is not that intriguing to make them upgrade from their current S3s and iPhones to the S4.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is the 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 weight of the phone has also been reduced to 130 g and the width of the phone has been reduced by 1mm. The phone has sharper and straighter lines with just curved edges. In terms of design it is quite similar to the S3. The chassis is made up of polycarbonate plastic and the display is highly sensitive that accepts touch through gloves. 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 comes with a stunning 13 MP primary camera, a 2 MP secondary camera and HD video recording capability. The S4 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but it has yet to be seen if it will offer an upgrade to the new Key Lime Pie version when it is available in mid-2013. The phone is available in two colors Black Mist and White Frost, though there may be chances for other colors once the phone is available for purchasing. Now for the fun part! The phone offers brand new features that are sure to pull in some big spenders. The S4 offers hovering capabilities known as Air Wave, which allows users to swipe between screens, videos, photos without actually touching the screen. Another fun feature is the Smart Scroll and Smart Pause; Smart Scroll uses a sensor and the front camera to automatically scroll when a person is done reading a certain paragraph. The scrolling can also be controlled using tilt. Smart Pause uses the sensor to pause videos automatically when the phone senses that the person is no longer looking at the screen and then resumes when the person looks back at the screen.

Group Play is a feature that allows users to use NFC or Bluetooth to tap and transfer videos, photos, music and even engage in multiplayer games with other S4 users. There are many new camera features as well including dual camera, sound & shot, drama shot, story album, cinema photo and eraser mode. Dual camera allows users to use both the cameras at the same time including when trying to take a photo. The person taking the photo can place their face to the photo taken using the secondary camera or vice-versa. Sound & Shot feature takes 9 seconds of audio when capturing a photo. Drama Shot combines all the actions from a Burst shot into one screen. Story album enables the users to create an album using their shots and audio. Cinema photo feature allows the users to animate one portion of an image, while keeping the rest simple. Eraser Mode allows users to erase objects from the image that they do not wish to include. Other features also include S Health (users can track their diet, steps, exercises, etc.), S Translator, S Voice assistant, Galaxy S Voice Drive and Integrated Optical Reader. Samsung has yet to announce the release date and the price of the S4.

The Blackberry Z10 is the latest smartphone that has been released in January 2013 by Research in Motion. The phone is powered by the company’s BB10 and is believed to be the company’s latest attempts to capture the smartphone market. The Z10 is a bar phone that is available with a 4.2 inch capacitive touch screen that has approximately 355 ppi pixel density, providing a clear and sharp display. The phone is also light in weight and perfect for one-hand operation. If supports a 1.5 GHz Dual-core Krait, 2GB RAM with 16 GB internal storage capacity and expandable capacity up to 64 GB. The Z10 has an 8MP auto-focus camera along with 2MP front-facing camera for video conferencing. The camera offers a new Time Shift mode that allows users to pinpoint and adjust individual elements of a picture.

The users can interact with the OS using gestures such as swipe, tap, pinch, and reverse pinch. The phone comes with a few new features such as Hub, Balance, Story Maker and Remember. The Hub is a screen that is available by swiping left after the first menu page and task switcher and it is creates a single point where the user can check all updates from SMS, e-mail to facebook notifications. It also offers the users to post messages, update twitter, facebook and any other services. BlackBerry Balance is a feature that allows people to separate their work life from their personal life. It allows easy access to creating two separate profiles, where work related and personal related profiles can be kept separate and maintained. Story Maker is an app that allows users to create a story by selecting photos and an audio clip to go along with it. The app will automatically create a video and will also include effects. The new keyboard on the Z10 has an adaptive feature that learns as the user types words and also suggests future words that can be used making typing e-mails and messages easier. Many reviews do state that one of the downfalls of the phone is the camera as well as lack of apps. The camera is not as sharp as it could be and the phone does not offer many apps in the BlackBerry World store.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Blackberry website, knowyourmobile.com, expertreviews.co.uk, and GSMArena.com.

 

Samsung Galaxy S4

BlackBerry Z10

Launch Date

Q2 of 2013

January 2013

Company

Samsung Corporation

Research In Motion

Size

136.6x69.8x7.9mm

130 x 65.6 x 9 mm

Display

4.99 inches Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

4.2 inches capacitive touchscreen

Screen

1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)

768 x 1280 pixels (~355 ppi pixel density), 16 million colors

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Password protection, screen lock, and sleep mode, BlackBerry® Balance™ offering dedicated profiles to keep work and personal data separate and secure.

Weight

130 g

137.5 g (4.83 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - STL100-1

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - STL100-2

4G Network

LTE availability depends on the market.

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 - STL100-2

GUI

TouchWiz UI

Blackberry UI

CPU speed

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

1.5 GHz Dual-core Krait

GPU

PowerVR SGX 544MP3

Adreno 225

OS

Android 4.2.2  (Jelly Bean)

BlackBerry 10 OS

Chipset

Exynos 5 Octa 5410

Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

RAM

2 GB

2 GB RAM

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

16/32/64 GB

16 GB

Expandable Memory

Expandable up to 64 GB

Up to 64 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Accelerometer, magnetometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope, ambient light sensor

Connectivity

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

Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G, 4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0.

Data

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

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB

Speed

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

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

WLAN

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

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

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE

USB

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

microUSB v2.0.

Primary Camera

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

8 megapixel auto-focus camera

Secondary Camera

2 MP, zero shutter lag, BIS

2 megapixel fixed-focus camera with image and video stabilization, 3x digital zoom and 720p HD video recording

Video

[email protected] HD video

1080p HD video recording with 4 DOF (Degrees of freedom) video stabilization

Camera Features

  • 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
  • Back Side Illumination for better low-light performance
  • 5-element F2.2 lens
  • Dedicated ISP (image signal processor) with 64MB frame buffer
  • Flash, continuous and touch to focus, image stabilization
  • Enhanced Super Resolution Digital Zoom (5x)
  • Time Shift mode for pinpointing and adjusting individual elements of your picture

Sound Enhancement

TBA

No

Audio supported formats

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player

3GP, 3GP2, WMA, MP3, MKA, AAC, AMR, F4V, WAV, MP2PS, MP2TS, AWB, OGG, FLAC

Video supported formats

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

M4A, M4V, MOV, MP4, MKV, MPEG-4, AVI, ASF, WMV,

Battery Capacity

Removable Li-on 2,600 mAh battery

Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery

Talk time

TBA

Up to 10 hours (3G)

Stand-by

TBA

Up to 13 days (312 hours)

Available Colors

Black Mist and White Frost

Black, white

Messaging

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

SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM 6

Browser

HTML5, Adobe Flash

HTML5

Radio

TBA

No

GPS

Yes, A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, with A-GPS support

Java

Yes

MIDP 2.1

Additional Features

  • 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)
  • SNS integration
  • HDMI port
  • BlackBerry maps
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer
  • MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player
  • DivX/XviD/MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264 player
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Pre-loaded apps

Image Courtesy: samsung.com, us.blackberry.com

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