The Samsung Galaxy S4 may be the first phone to make iPhone owners doubt if they still have the best smartphone out there. I, myself, am a big iPhone support believer. I have certainly drank the cool-aid in the Apple streams. But, I always check out the latest competitor to ensure I have the best phone, the iPhone. After all, Descartes’ doubt philosophy still stands strong for me. We must pose doubts in our own beliefs as well as being open to others to come to the best outcome, or in this case, best smartphone available.
Okay, let’s scale it down from the theoretical level and get right to the heart of the issue here. Should you dump your iPhone for the Galaxy S4? Let’s go head to head:
- Screen – Galaxy: 5-inch, 1080p, 441 pixels per inch, 1920 x 1080. iPhone 5: 4-inch, 326 pixels, 1136 x 640. Definitely a bigger size and better quality on the Galaxy screens. You can watch HD movies at their native size.
- Weight – Galaxy: A slightly heavier 130 grams. iPhone: 112 grams.
- Speed – Galaxy: 1.9GHz quad core processor and 2GB – 16GB, upgradeable to 64GB via microSD card. iPhone: 1.02 GHz dual-core A6 chip and 1GB RAM.
- Camera – Galaxy: 13-MP back and 2-MP front and can record and take pictures simultaneously, iPhone: 8-MP front and 1.2-MP front and can only simulate video and snapshots at the same time with apps, such as DuoCam.
- Gesture / Eye control – Galaxy, Wave your hand to answer calls, change songs, and more. It also detects your eye movement – look away and your video pauses. Scroll pages with your eyes. iPhone: Nope, not yet.
- Dual screen – Galaxy: Pin up 2 tasks (i.e. Internet page and email) for increased productivity. iPhone: No can do.
- NFC Support – Bump and sync contacts, songs, peripherals, play music, and make payments. iPhone: Uh-uh.
On paper, the Galaxy S4 blows the iPhone 5 out of the water. No contest. Plus, it’s on an Android operating system, giving it the ability to act like a desktop computer with its multi-screen ability and graphical interface. You can easily expand storage up to 64GB with a micro SD card. It’s user-friendly. It’s Android. My only concern is the apps. The Apple store has everything.
Yes, Android has comparable apps, but are they apps you can live with? I guess you’d have to take a leap of faith on this one. Otherwise, everything else I can’t believe I’m saying points to the Galaxy S4. It is a big boy though. It does not comfortably fit into your pocket like the iPhone. As per iPhone support or Galaxy tech support, that one goes to Apple. Samsung keeps on closing stores and doesn’t have such a big local presence like Apple. If you want to try something new, go with the Galaxy S4. I’m still not sure if I can make the leap.
I am a die-hard Apple fan, but can’t say I’m totally loyal. Apple has plenty of surplus and customers to keep it going. Nothing lies about the specs though, the Galaxy S4 is better. I will make the shift if the iPhone 6 does not have much different and better features like the Galaxy has. The iPhone 5S will just be a little faster with no big changes. But, the iPhone 6 will feel the pressure from me and other on-the-fencers who demand more and better from Apple to catch up to other smartphone’s specs.