Although the latest Samsung Galaxy S4 has superseded the sales of its predecessor, The Samsung Galaxy S3, Apple remain the superior mobile selling giant as they have managed to create the fastest selling mobile phone in the consumer market. The question is, which smartphone comes out on top? At TinMan London, we have attempted to break down the distinctive features between two of the world’s best selling smartphones. As an iPhone 5 user, I am going to attempt to create a review of both smartphones, whilst remaining unbiased.
The flash Samsung S4 Android phone boasts a 13 mega pixel camera that is able to track your eyes for smart uses, a super fast processor and a stunning screen with HD display. The latest model to come from the Japanese mega giant, has managed to remain the same size as the previous model measuring at 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm – quite an impressive size. However, like the iPhone 5, the screen has increased with the latest Samsung model to a whopping 5 inch display, with full HD resolution. If we translate some of this jargon, it basically means that by owning this S4 smartphone, you can experience the same amount of pixels in your mobile phone as a quality HD television.
The S4 utilises a mainly plastic build with a removable cover, which in my opinion devalues the smartphone slightly, and sets it apart from the iPhone 5 which comes in black or white metal. Although it’s larger than the slim line iPhone 5, the S4 still manages to brag the same slender profile as Apple’s latest iPhone design. Samsung have allowed for a dual camera to match their ‘Story Design’ concept. Now, S4 users have the ability to combine memories with ‘Story Design’, integrating photos, videos, locations and weather forecasts of particular occasions in order to essentially create a snap book of special events, giving the user the ability to really personalise their phone – mega points.
Now something that really sets the Samsung Galaxy S4 apart from it’s competitors is the ‘non contact’ options. Firstly, users are able to answer calls, browse webpages and music playlists and flip through photo albums, all without having to use physical contact with the screen. The gesture control allows users to answer a phone call with a simple wave, or mute music with a singular gesture hovering one hand over the screen. In my opinion, this feature demonstrates technological advances at their best, however we have to ask the question of practicality: How often would we use these fancy features over classic, more straightforward sleek ones that the iPhone features so well?
Small advances in the S4 phone’s appearance, such as easier grip on the back of the phone, avoid simple accidents that could cost a fortune (Something the iPhone has always been criticised for). All in all, the Samsung Galaxy S4 clearly has developed many internal features that challenge the latest Apple model, however its focus on gimmicks and lack of meeting its customers’ practical needs, tends to put Apple in the lead.
Possessing the fastest mobile chip on the market at the moment, the iPhone 5 is a clear competitor for the Samsung Galaxy S4. The latest Apple product, the iPhone 5, demonstrates a taller and thinner model in order to allow users to experience the same features but on a longer model, providing more space for the scrolling thumb. The mobile phone measures at 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 – smaller than the S4. The creators at Apple have not only managed to expand the model in size, but reduce it in weight that is incredible. Like the S4 the iPhone 5 has allowed the practical double camera to remain, however users can now activate a ‘Panorama’ setting that allows for a 240 degree sweep on all photos – mega plus for those wanting to capture whole settings that one stationary snapshot cannot. Now, the main feature any iPhone user can’t live without, or experience with another phone is the inbuilt iPod.
Like all other iPhones, the 5 still enables users to create an impressive music catalogue and take it wherever they go setting it aside from all mobile phone models, connecting users with their iTunes accounts. Furthermore, The iCloud feature allows users to transfer all iPhone data across every single apple product that they own, through a super-efficient wifi connection – seems like genius. With an increased fitted memory, this is sure to satisfy devoted iPhone customers allowing them to store up to 64GB of data (Like S4 users). Unfortunately, the increased ability of the iPhone 5 has lead many customers to feel unsatisfied with the battery life of the mobile and as an iPhone 5 user; I would have to agree with this criticism. However, on a day to day usage, the Apple battery is perfectly satisfactory, (just don’t expect to play on it all day and then be able to stream your favorite television program without needing a quick charging boost).
The appearance of the model screams sophistication with a newly placed aluminum casing, however this does pose a threat to clumsy individuals (such as myself) as the edges scratch quite easily. The intense retina display persuades customers into thinking the new iPhone really does have it all, however the icing on the cake for the beauty of Apple’s latest invention is the customer care experience. Rated the highest in customer satisfaction for performance, design, features and ease of operation, the iPhone 5 provides customers with the ultimate experience. Recently, I was able to experience the premium customer care from Apple after a simple fault with the phone, having walked out of the Apple store the same day with my simple problem resolved, I felt very looked after. The signature App world connects iPhone 5 users into a realm of applications that enable fun, fitness and practicality ticking every box.
Apple is quietly clever as they manage to create features that we didn’t know we needed, but cannot live without.
Trying to be strictly unbiased when it comes to the battle between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5, I still like to believe that Apple have created a product that promises to execute the ultimate customer experience. Furthermore, the brand have been intelligent when it comes to the marketing of their products, ensuring dedicated customers come back and new ones never think twice about other brands.
In the price wars, on the Carphone Warehouse site you can get both the galaxy s4 and iphone 5 from around £30 a month* (*subject to fluctuate, price based on one handset). However, I think we can all agree that the Samsung S4 is not trailing far behind in competing to be the world’s best smartphone with its revolutionary technology.