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15 Reasons Why the Galaxy S4 Destroys the iPhone 5

Steven Blum
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Galaxy S4 vs. iPhone 5 / © ITProPortal.com

 

Are you afraid of new things? Then by all means, buy the iPhone 5. Its old-timey rows of icons and comforting, familiar design make you feel as if you've been sent in a time capsule back to 2007. It's retro-chic!

But if you're into the latest and greatest technology the world has to offer, I'd suggest buying a Samsung Galaxy S4. The reasons are so numerous that they're hard to fit into a single article, but I've tried. Here are 15 reasons to buy a Galaxy S4 instead of an iPhone 5.

Remember: friends don't let friends buy outdated technology, so share this post with those stubborn Apple fans you know and love so they can see the light, too.

Better Display

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The iPhone 5 has a 1136 x 640p display with 326 pixels per square inch, which isn't too shabby – for a phone released a year ago. But since the iPhone 5 was released, manufacturers like HTC, Sony and Samsung have upped the competition with ever richer, sharper displays. The Galaxy S4 features a stunning 1920 x 1080p display with 441 pixels per square inch, far better than the iPhone 5's.

S-Health

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The S4 has its own personal trainer on board! / © AndroidPIT

 

Samsung's S-Health app rivals Fitbit and FuelBand in number of features. The app can track the amount of exercise you get, your calorie consumption and heart-rate while exercising. The phone can even measure temperature and humidity to help you prepare for your next workout. The iPhone doesn't offer anything like it. 

13MP Camera

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Camera/ © Samsung

 

Not only does the Galaxy S4's 13MP camera beat the iPhone 5's 8MP camera in number of pixels, it also packs an array of unique features. You can take pictures using both the front and back lenses at the same time, for example, or erase unwanted people or objects from photos automatically.  

Bigger Display

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Galaxy S4 Display / © Samsung

 

Apple was pretty proud of themselves when they finally released an iPhone with a larger (ie, 4") display. But for those who want more room to multitask, watch movies or play games, you can't beat the Galaxy S4's 5" display (unless you spring for a Note 3). The Galaxy S4's massive display makes the iPhone 5 look like ancient.

Faster Processor

The Galaxy S4 features a quad-core processor that beats the iPhone 5's dual core. It's been proven: Primate Labs already ran a benchmark test on the two devices and the results show that the Galaxy S4 is almost two times faster than the iPhone 5.  

Customizable Homescreen

Like all Androids, the Galaxy S4 is completely customizable, meaning you can transform your homescreen into anything you want. Download Holo Launcher for a pure Android feel and drag and drop widgets from Google, Flipboard, Twitter, etc. and you'll be able to see all the relevant information you need straight from your homescreen. You can't do any of those things on an iPhone.

Google Now Clobbers Siri

Who's Siri? Google's personal assistant is far more versatile than Apple's, allowing you to check in before a flight, see the weather in your destination city, spot deals at nearby restaurants and find the fastest way home using public transportation. All of these features – and more, like Graph Search — leave Siri in the dust.

More Memory

The Galaxy S4 has 2GB of RAM, which allows you to run multiple programs at once. The iPhone 5 has only half the memory, and far less advanced multi-tasking abilities that rely on memory.

A Removable Battery

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The Galaxy S4, unlike the HTC One, has a removable battery. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung's always been great about including removable batteries in their smartphones and the Galaxy S4 is no exception. You can carry along a fully-charged battery with you and simply swap it in if your battery's running low, giving you double (or triple, or quadruple) the battery life of the iPhone 5.

Expandable Storage

Another thing Samsung is great with is ensuring you have an expandable memory port. The Galaxy S4 is expandable to 128GB. All you have to do is buy a microSD card at the local electronics store. It's far cheaper to do so than to pay an extra $100 for double memory on the iPhone. 

Gesture and Eye Control

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Eye Control/ © Samsung

Wave your hand over the Galaxy S4's screen to take a call, switch songs or change tabs in your browser. Smart pause will stop any video you're watching the second you look away. Apple can't touch these features. 

Better Multitasking

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CAPTION – REPLACE ME! / © Samsung

 

On the iPhone 5, multitasking involves simply switching tasks and hoping your memory is good enough to recall what you've just been reading. Samsung allows you to have a desktop experience, with a dual-view screen that lets you run two apps side-by-side. You can write an email while looking at a website, for example. Pop-up play lets you watch a video on YouTube while working on a presentation. 

NFC Support

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NFC / © Samsung

 

NFC is arguably the fastest way to share data as it immediately establishes a WiFi connection between devices. But you won't find any feature like it on the iPhone, as Apple has apparently eschewed this new technology in favor of...well...nothing. With NFC, the Galaxy S4 can connect to your NFC-connected stereo or headphones and magically begin playing whatever song is on your device. You can also take advantage of mobile payment services like ISIS and Google Wallet. 

Story Album Feature

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Story Album / © Samsung

 

If you've ever wanted an aesthetically-pleasing way to show of your latest pix, Story Album takes the cake. It organizes your photo albums based on themes like location or subjects. You have to create your own albums on the iPhone 5. 

Oh, and It's Also a Remote Control

How often have you lost your remote? Well, it might not matter anymore, since you can use your phone instead. Call it gimmicky, but I love the fact that the Galaxy S4 (as well as the HTC One) can easily be transformed into a remote control. The iPhone 5 offers no such feature.

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  • David H. Mar 25, 2013 Link

    The remote function is not gimmicky at all. I remember my old Motorola Q could detect and duplicate any IR signal so I could use it not only for a remote for my TV, but also a garage door opener or a remote start for my car.
    All it takes is some software to run it.
    If there was an fm transceiver it would be absolutely amazing.

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  • Stella Suarez Mar 25, 2013 Link

    Im tired reading articles of what phone is better yada yada yada.... I use my phone for calling and texting and the occasional web browsing or music listening... All these bells and whistles are just useless re: iphone, android windows, BB etc.... As far as the regular user is concerned it's all the same..... I am not yet an android user because of the cheap plasticky feel of the phones out there... But eagerly awaiting the aluminum clad HTC ONE - beautiful form factor... I will be the ONE of the first people to get ONE :-)

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  • hanuman bob Mar 25, 2013 Link

    Most people don't care about processor or screen size. Both phones are good devices. Let go of the apple hate and focus on what is innovative no matter where it originates.
    HTC ONE for me

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  • Todd Richardson Mar 27, 2013 Link

    You know what's better than Apple? Oranges, that's what! They have more energy, vitamin C, they don't bruise as easy... oh what, this is a different comparison of two things similar in nature but entirely different in practice!

    Just review the features subjectively and stop trying to make this into a "we're number one!" sporting event.

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  • Todd Richardson Mar 27, 2013 Link

    A pet peeve is the whole battery thing: ripping your phone open, exposing it's inners to the world to swap out a battery is not an elegant solution. Just offer a model with a bigger battery for those that want and/or need it.

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  • Adey Jarvis May 9, 2013 Link

    The plastic feel and big screen kills it for me. I want a completely solid phone made from metal and gorilla glass, not a mini-tablet made from yogurt cartons. Features like NFC and expandable storage are not enough to get over the hardware design. And 'Eye Control' WTF?

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  • Joey Daly Jul 9, 2013 Link

    Actually only 4 of the supposed 15 features are actually good. There's a lot of junk features that are utterly useless. Bigger Screen, Better Camera, Expandable Memory & Faster Processor. That's all. Everything else can be trashed - you're only going sideways with features, not better. I had an iPhone and just went to a Samsung S4 for 2 major reasons - it's faster & newer - plain and simple. Ever since I've missed a lot of the simple things that I had with iPhone that I took for granted where Samsung makes me want to smash my phone simply because it's so simple yet it takes jumping hoops to get the same result. So angry that I've registered to this website to post this rant.
    Yet, I needed the upgrade I'm happy with it. But will be waiting for the next iPhone.

    Not worth the buy unless you want the upgrade and happy to waste time.

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