iPhone 5S Vs. Galaxy S4: Spec by Spec Comparison

Apple finally unveiled its new smartphone today, so it's only fitting that we pit the new iPhone 5S against its greatest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The rumors were basically dead-on concerning the iPhone 5S as most of the previously reported features are available on the device including the new processor and fingerprint sensor. Apple appears to have taken a different approach than Samsung concerning the reinventing of the handset.

Both Apple and Samsung have embraced new motion sensor technology for their respective flagship handsets. However, they have done so in slightly different ways.

Here is a brief comparison that pits the Galaxy S4 vs. the iPhone 5S in a battle of the specs.

Motion Sensors

The iPhone 5S comes with a new M7 motion sensing chip that can detect the actions of a user. It can tell if a person is walking or running and can activate compatible apps based on the activity of the user. The chip comes equipped with various things including an accelerometer, gyroscope and compass.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 features the eye- and hand-gesture motion sensors that provide for features such as Smart Pause and Smart Scroll, which detect a user's eye movements and move a page up and down or pause a video.


Apple released a groundbreaking new feature on the iPhone 5S with its new TouchID fingerprint sensor. Users can now unlock their devices by simply pressing down on the home button. The sensor is installed underneath the button that has a protective sapphire cover over it to prevent it from being damaged.

Samsung failed to do anything to improved security this time around but Android's facial recognition system that was released in 2011 almost has the same effect. However, it is significantly more complicated to use.


Both devices are extremely fast and efficient in their own right. The new iPhone comes equipped with a 64-bit A7 chip that is twice as fast as what is found on the iPhone 5. The Galaxy S4 features an Exynos octa-core chip in international markets and a Snapdragon 800 in the U.S. Both get the job done in terms of multi-tasking.


The 8-megapixel camera on the iPhone 5S now has the ability to set the white balance and exposure before the user snaps a picture. It also takes many pictures and produces the best possible one out of the lot. Its True Tone Flash will also give a more authentic look to some of the pictures taken as it does a better job in capturing real tones.

The Galaxy S4 comes with a 13-megapixel camera than can capture video in 1080. It also takes some impressive pictures and has exciting features such as Dual-Shot mode that can capture one image with both the front and back camera at the same time. Apple still might have the edge in this department since the overall quality and detail in its pictures seem to already outclass much of the competition on the iPhone 5.


Both of these devices are great and run about $199 on contract. The iPhone 5S will launch on Sept. 20 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 is currently available. This basically comes down to a matter of preference. Both companies are innovating in different ways, it's up to the customer to decide which side is doing a better job at that.