Android Authority’s Video Comparison : Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4


Everybody knows about these two phones – Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5. These two are the best of the two worlds – Apple and Android.

There are a ongoing war between the fans of these worlds most popular mobile platforms. The Apple fans (popularly known as “Apple fanboys”) hates Android and the opposite is also true.

Android Authority – one of the most renowned android related technology site has produced this video on YouTube comparing those behemoths. Enjoy the video and decide by yourself.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Display

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English: OLED pixel, 2T1C circuit with P-TFT. Français : Circuit pixel OLED de type 2T1C (P-TFT) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Samsung made Galaxy S4 is, no doubt, the most popular Android phone ever made. This handset is known for its big and bright display. The resolution of the screen is 1920 x 1080. It is of 5 inches diagonal length.  The display incorporates OLED technology. It is a HD Super AMOLED screen.

What is this HD Super AMOLED means?

This screen uses OLED or Organic Light Emitting Diodes as its dots by which the screen draws a display. The LCD screens, on the other hand, uses a special type of liquid crystal material which, when electrically stimulated, block light. In this way, LCD’s produces pictures. So, an LCD is a passive screen which needs a background light to display an image. But, the OLED screen is itself emissive. This is the main difference between the two.

What is the advantage of an active OLED screen over a passive LCD?

LCD screens need a source of background light. That background will glow constantly with a fixed luminosity. But the OLDED does not need to have any other light source. So, OLED screens will be more power efficient.

OLED screens do not need to have any lighting arrangement. So, it can be made thinner that an LCD. It is possible to make an OLED screen as thin as a paper. It would be much lighter too.

Because OLED screens are self effusive, they will be brighter than LCDs for the same amount of power.

An LCD cannot show true black because of the background illumination. 100% light blockage is impossible. But as OLEDs do not have back lights, they can show true black. That is why this type of screens have very high contrast ratio. The pictures will look much more sharp, bright and crisp in it.

A True Retina Display

The SGS4 sports a true ‘retina’ display. The pixel density of it is amazing, 441 ppi. A man with 20 – 20 normal vision will not be able to see individual pixels in it even from 7.8 inches height.

PenTile Display

The SGS 4 display uses PenTile technology. It has two sub pixel sets in each pixel group: Green-Red and Green-Blue, instead of standard RGB.

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OLED_EarlyProduct (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Faults in Samsung Galaxy S 4

No doubt, Samsung Galaxy S 4 is one of the most powerful mobile phones of the world. It has a lot of features. The phone has a high quality 13 MP camera and a quad core processor. There is a massive 5 inches full HD display. But there are some reported problems and glitches too. I have enlisted some of them:

1)      Short Battery Life: The battery life of Samsung Galaxy S4 is poor. The phone drinks juice pretty fast. It is not a very good point for a mobile phone.

2)      Some users have reported some display problems like over saturation, motion blurring and lesser viewing angle. Though everybody did not say so.

3)      The camera is not that fast which should be one of the most important point for a point and shoot camera of a cell phone.

4)      The phone is full of bloatware and crapware which cannot be removed without rooting the phone.

5)       The rear cover does not feet with the overall premium look and price of this phone. The back cover is thin, flimsy and cheap plastic.

6)      A little confusing for those who came from a non android phone. It is not as user friendly as iPhone.

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English: Samsung Logo Suomi: Samsungin logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)