It’s no longer news that Apple, the world’s most valuable technology company, and Samsung Electronics, the most valuable tech company in Asia, have been battling fiercely in the global mobile device market, the two companies dominate this market, although Samsung is also a supplier to Apple, they still compete against each other.
iPhone 5 Review
The iPhone 5 takes Apple’s sleek minimalism into the next generation with a slender and compact design. It is pleasantly weighty for its size, without being actually heavy, and only marginally larger than the iPhone 4S. Even though it’s lighter and thinner than almost any other phone on the market, it gives the impression of sturdiness. There have been valid concerns, however, about the paint coat chipping away. The screen has been expanded to 4 inches, but it is still entirely accessible with one hand.
The interface is where Apple is now beginning to fall behind. The menu screen remains largely unchanged from the days of the original iPhone and, as can be expected in such a rapidly changing technology, it’s starting to feel outdated. Where Android phones allow flexible arrangements and integrate apps with the home screen, the simple iOS system feels restricted. Apple loyalists may not notice it, but anyone switching over from another smartphone provider will have trouble with correcting settings outside of apps and a severely limited notification bar.
Even though the interface is a bit clunky, the iPhone 5 makes up for it with high speeds that don’t sacrifice battery power. This area really shines, as the iPhone 5 has excellent battery life for its performance. Calls and some apps continue Apple’s ongoing problem of severe battery depletion and should be managed accordingly. The camera is excellent for a smartphone and has several nice options, including touch focusing and better imaging in low lighting, but isn’t macro-capable. The iPhone offers 4G, as well, which should appeal to those wanting something more from their mobile use. Call quality is vastly improved over former models.
One of the iPhone’s biggest draws, of course, is the App Store, which offers just about every function a smartphone can handle. The Safari browser is responsive and intuitive, and lag is rare. Siri, Apple’s helpful voice-recognition software, has had her IQ boosted and is more useful. The major buzz around its software, though, has been the new Maps app replacing Google’s signature guidance system. Although it is adequate, its lack of polish has drawn significant scorn from users. Thankfully, Google Maps is still available in the App Store.
Samsung Galaxy S IV Review
Using the Galaxy S IV is fairly straightforward, especially for individuals who are already familiar with the Android platform. There are many great pre-loaded Google apps, including Google Maps, Google Talk, Gmail, YouTube and more. Google Play offers more than 600,000 additional great apps that can be downloaded to the phone. In terms of battery life, there is a standard 2100 mAh Lithium-ion battery.
iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S IV
|Samsung Galaxy S 4||Apple iPhone 5|
|5-inch 1080p PenTile Super AMOLED HD display, 441 PPI||4-inch IPS display, 1136×640 pixels, 326 PPI|
|1.6GHz 8-core Exynos Octa 5 CPU||1.2GHz dual-core Apple A6 CPU|
|2GB of RAM||1GB of RAM|
|13-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video, 2-megapixel front facing camera||8-megapixel camera with f/2.4 aperture, 1080p video and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera|
|16/32/64 GB memory options||16/32/64 GB memory options|
|Android 4.2 with TouchWiz Nature UX||iOS 6|
|HSPA+, LTE in selected market, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0||HSPA+, LTE in selected market, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Wireless Charging||No Wireless Charging|
|IR Blaster||No IR Blaster|
|S-Health, S-Translate, Air View, Air Gesture, Knox, Group Play, S-Voice Drive,Dual-Shot, Drama Shot, Cinema Shot, Sound Shot, Beauty Shot, Eraser and Story Album||Safari, Siri, Apple Maps, Photo Stream, iCloud|
|136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm||123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm|
|microSD card slot with support for 64GB of storage||No microSD card slot|