Comparing Galaxy S4 to iPhone 5: which should you buy?
Ah, the eternal struggle: Android vs. iPhone. Yet another powerhouse Android phone was announced in Samsung’s Galaxy S4, and it’s time to see how it compares to Apple’s iPhone 5, and make the all-important decision: Should you switch?
Of course, there are a lot of subjective qualities when it comes to buying a smartphone. If you’re already heavily invested in Android or Apple’s iOS platform, with lots of apps, music and the like, then switching between them becomes tougher. But if you’re of the opinion that the specs of the phone are more important than the operating system, the Galaxy S4 might be a pretty solid choice. It comes down to your favorite features.
Bigger, but better?
While the price of the two phones will likely be $200 with a new cellular contract, the big difference between the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S4 is screen size. Apple has so far refused to follow the trend of ballooning screen sizes, and so the iPhone 5, while bigger than its predecessors, remains relatively small at 4 inches. The Galaxy S4 boasts a 5-inch screen – which is a huge increase when comparing the two side-by-side. If a lot of screen real estate is important to you, this Android device has one that’s significantly bigger.
There are a few other places in which the Galaxy S4 beats the iPhone. Its camera packs more megapixels (13 versus 8) and its processor speed is faster (1.9 GHz vs. 1 Ghz). But how those components actually compare in reality is still anyone’s guess, as the iPhone’s camera is well-loved and more megapixels don’t always mean better pictures at the high level. Meanwhile, just how well the Galaxy S4’s Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor matches up to the iPhone 5’s A6 processor is also up in the air.
Comes down to the experience
A big part of the decision about which smartphone to grab will come down to the experience, and if you like either iTunes or the Google Play store, that answer will be obvious. Both have comparable apps at comparable prices, although Apple maintains an edge of apps coming out either first or exclusively to the iOS platform. That seems to be changing, however.
In either case, you can save on the apps you need for your phone by grabbing gift cards from retailers that can often be snagged on the cheap. Try Target, which offers 2 percent cash back, Walmart and Best Buy, which offer 3 percent, or Amazon, all of which sell gift cards.
As for snagging the Galaxy S4 or the iPhone 5 when you’ve made a decision, you can try all of the retailers above, as well as the major carriers. AT&T offers as much as $100 cash back, and you can get up to $30 from Sprint. You can also get 1 percent cash back from Apple if you decide to go the iPhone route, while most every retailer will likely carry the Galaxy S4 eventually.
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