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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 head to head review

We see if the S4's screen and software add-ons can beat the iPhone's quality build
Thu May 09 2013, 14:30

KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone has arrived, and while it faces serious competition in the Android arena from the HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z, it also has another competitor, Apple's iPhone 5.

Admittedly the iPhone 5 is a few months older than the Galaxy S4, but with its high-end specifications and its continued ability to attract smartphone buyers, the latest iPhone is arguably one of the Galaxy S4's fiercest rivals.

As we pointed out in our Samsung Galaxy S4 review, Samsung's latest flagship smartphone failed to win us over when it comes to design.

The firm hasn't budged from the design strategy it introduced with last year's Samsung Galaxy S3, encasing the Galaxy S4 in a fully plastic casing that feels pretty cheap in the hand. We got our hands on the black model, and we found that its flimsy battery cover proved to be a nightmare for picking up fingerprints and grease, and its lack of grip often saw us losing hold of the Galaxy S4.

iPhone 5 Samsung Galaxy S4 design

Although it feels cheap, the Galaxy S4 casing is pretty tough and has protected the phone from a fair few drops and near death experiences during our time with the phone. Another bonus is the handset's size, with the phone measuring a neat 137x71x8.6mm despite the handset's large 5in screen.

The iPhone 5, on the other hand, boasts an aluminum backplace that feels much more luxurious and expensive than that of the Galaxy S4, despite Samsung's flagship smartphone actually costing around £50 more. It's also impressively small, weighing just 112g compared to the Galaxy S4's weight of 133g. The Samsung Galaxy S4 doesn't feel hefty, but the iPhone 5 will sit a bit more comfortably in your jeans pocket.

While the iPhone 5 is the clear winner when it comes to aesthetics, its aluminum casing can be prone to picking up scratches, although our phone has remained pretty much unscathed thus far.

Winner: iPhone 5.

Next: Screen, performance.


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