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Design, interface, camera, apps, battery: we compared the two best sellers in the market, to understand what are the values ​​in the field


These are the two terminals that are fighting the scepter of smartphones nicer (and sale) of the realm: iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4(Cover Case for Samsung Galaxy S4). On the one hand the daddy of all smartphones, on the other hand the fierce Korean challenger. Two different ways of understanding the smart phone but with many points in common. One above all, ambition: to become the most coveted object technology by the human race, men, women, old, children, and non-technophiles.

Someone has already chosen its winner after a careful technical analysis and who did it sight unseen, for a precise (and final) choice of field. But there are those who still failed to get an idea, because in the end the game is played on many different aspects, some quite subtle.

Here we will not tell which one is best between the two - of these hot topic, you know, it is difficult to get everyone to agree - but we will try to make clear what are the values ​​in the field. So anyone can get an idea of ​​what it is, or could be, a suitable terminal fits their needs.


Despite a line remained virtually unchanged over the years, the aesthetic design of the iPhone proves not to accuse the burden of age. Indeed, after the last restyling the iPhone by Apple seems to have found the quadrature of the circle between size, weight and materials. It should be emphasized in this regard the fine finishes in anodized aluminum.

The Samsung Galaxy S4(Galaxy Ace S5830 Cases) looks good, far from it. The clean lines and the weight content really make it a very pleasant to grip, but in the overall assessment weighs the excessive use of plastics, especially in the back. A choice that rewards the resistance (especially scratch), but at the expense of elegance.



If size matters to you then you have already chosen: with its 5-inch diagonal, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the most successful solution for those who love to put your fingers (and eyes) on an extra large screen. The iPhone 5 has chosen the path of maneuverability, highlighting the fact that the 4-inch represent the best balance between size and portability. Both displays - however - make a 16:9 ratio.

In terms of resolution numbers speak for themselves: the Galaxy S4(Power Bank) has a AMOLED screen Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixel resolution) that spread over the entire surface bearing the pixel ratio for the enviable index value of 441 PPI. The excellent despite Apple's Retina Display (1136 x 640 pixels) stops instead at 326 PPI.

If the sharpness is the strong point of the smartphone Korean visibility in the sun is no less convincing. On this front, the display of the iPhone 5 - leveraging the best contrast typical of the world Lcd - proves to be more effective.



The match of the technical specifications tells us that the processor of the Galaxy S4 has more cores in the processor (4 versus 2), a higher clock frequency (1.9 GHz versus 1.3 GHz). twice the RAM (2 against 1) and an integrated NFC (absent on Melafonino). On paper there should not be playing. But the iPhone 5 is able to bridge the gap due to their excellent integration between hardware and software. It means that in the experience of use of all the days Melafonino has little to envy to the youngest Korean rival, in terms of speed, responsiveness, fluidity. No locking nor crash problems. Overall we are faced with two Ferrari disguised as smartphones.


The sensor of the Galaxy S4 puts on the plate 13 megapixels (compared to 8 of the iPhone 5), and this can come in handy when it comes to pick up some detail, especially as a result of a cutout. The iPhone on the other hand gives the impression of doing better with the light conditions at the limit, and in environments that overexposed in low light conditions.

In terms of functionality is the Galaxy S4 to raise its voice through a series of almost endless shooting options that allow, among other things to shoot with the two objectives simultaneously (rear and front), use the voice commands for the shot.


IPhone 5 continue to appreciate the excellent system of notifications and alerts to a banner screen locked. The Galaxy S4 instead remains unattainable for many granular settings: in fact there is no function that can not be adjusted. The Korean phone proves to be more practical when it comes to quickly change the settings most frequently (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Tethering, etc.). Just take a swype down with two fingers to have in the first instance a grid with all the resources key to activate / deactivate. IPhone will be able to fill a gap that with the upgrade to iOS 7 (scheduled for September) and the arrival of the new center notifications.



The reception is for both of excellent quality, but the audio quality for calls from iPhone is slightly brighter, both in phone mode or in handsfree mode. For the rest, the two terminals are equivalent: Apple has more physical button to mute audio but when it comes to choosing a custom ringtone the Galaxy S4 is much more rational ...


We will not speak of iOS and Android because - as we said earlier - question of two different religions on which each one is free to profess his belief. What we want to emphasize here is the provision of pre-installed applications or proprietary, an aspect on which Samsung and Apple take a very different approach.

The Galaxy S4 is jam-packed with dedicated resources: In addition to the aforementioned camera features are very comprehensive app for fitness (S-Health) a simultaneous translator (S-Translator), an optical reader for OCR scanning, a system for sharing of A (Group Play) and a series of gesture-based features (Air Gesture, Stay Smart, Smart Scroll), although not always very innovative practices in the use of every day. Much more essential to the endowment of the iPhone 5, the main associated services (from iCloud to Maps, from iMessage to FaceTime) can be strategic especially if you use other Apple devices.

For the rest, of course, there are the bazaars of applications, the App Store on the one hand, Google Play other.


The multitouch Apple has made school and is still the benchmark for smoothness and precision. A want to be picky you could challenge the iPhone 5 kinematics a bit 'muffled in vertical scrolling on Safari, but it is a defect related to the browser (using Puffin Free and the like you can have a more buttery). The Samsung Galaxy S4 makes his speed strength, but it has a drawback: the current release of Android with the touch screen is not always impeccable in accepting the command of the fingertips.



The battery of the Galaxy S4 has a much higher capacity (2600 mAh compared to 1440 mAh iPhone) but it has to feed a much larger display and "resolute". Overall, however, the range is better than that offered by the unit in the phone from Cupertino. Which moreover is not removable.


Display, battery applications and make the Galaxy S4 a smartphone really behind the times, the iPhone 5, however, remains the benchmark with regard to design, functionality telephone and touch experience. In the absence of a discriminating on the price (30 Euros waste for objects that will cost 700 are absolutely negligible) could make the difference once again faithfulness to the operating system. And the marketing, of course.

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