Monday, March 11, 2013

The Rumored Smartphone Battle: iPhone 5S vs. Samsung Galaxy S4

                                                            While the rest of us are busy enjoying (or hating) our newly bought iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S3s, the tech industry is teeming with hot news of newer devices that will make your current smartphone outdated in the span of six months or so.

So here’s what’s happening around the smartphone arena. Two tech giants, Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics, are rumored to be working on new smartphones that could make big waves in the market by the second quarter of 2013. As of the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to be unveiled on March 14 during Samsung’s UNPACKED 2013 event in New York. Apple, on the other hand, is rumored to be busy reinventing the iPhone and could also be releasing a device by June or July. So far, here are the specs and features that are rumored and predicted to be included in both smartphones.


We know the iPhone 5 proved to be a huge upgrade from the previous iPhones because of its larger screen size. From the normal 3.5 inch screen, Apple increased it to a 4 inch screen which made a lot of fans happy that the tech giant finally inched away from its screen size comfort zone. This was immediately followed by a smaller iPad which was something Steve Jobs wasn’t very comfortable with when he was alive. While going big may seem to be a very logical step for Apple to take for their next smartphone, we haven’t seen any rumors about a bigger screen so far which may make it a far-fetched idea for now. However, we’ve heard news since late last year that the American tech giant is planning on using Sharp’s IGZO, an in-cell display technology which could potentially allow Apple to create a better battery as the display is thinner than the usual displays of previous iPhones.

Meanwhile, there have been numerous reports that Samsung is going for a bigger canvas for their next smartphone. From the Samsung Galaxy S3’s 4.8-inch display, tech experts are expecting to see a 4.99 inch display screen for the S4. Many are also looking forward to a sharper, better screen resolution of 1080p. Although there were some rumors that the S4 might be equipped with a bendable screen, this was quickly extinguished by reports that Samsung could be sticking to its Super AMOLED display.


We’ve all come to anticipate the release of a new iOS update with the release of a new iPhone. As of the moment, the iPhone 5 is running on the iOS 6 and other iDevices can now also be updated to the latest Apple software. If we’re lucky enough, we might be seeing an iOS 7 running on the iPhone 5S sometime soon.

Meanwhile, Samsung is known for perusing the latest Android operating system for their new devices. This pattern can be seen clearly with their previous product launches like the Samsung Galaxy S3 which was launched in May last year with the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. This pattern can also be attested by the release of the Samsung Note 2 back in August last year that runs on the latest Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean OS.


So far, Apple has remained mum about their next iPhone offering in terms of specs. But this isn’t really news for Apple tech heads. The Cupertino based company is notorious for their strict secrecy rules, so for years their product releases (especially iPhone releases) often lead to many surprising events for Apple fans and even industry experts. The only rumors we’ve heard so far in terms of hardware specs are that the iPhone 5S could have a 13 MP rear camera.

Since the Samsung Galaxy S4’s probable release is way closer than the iPhone 5S’ it’s not so surprising that very specific tech specs are everywhere on the web. Reports say the Samsung Galaxy S4 may be equipped with a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor, a 13 MP rear camera and wireless charging capabilities.


It’s actually pretty hard to decide which smartphone would be better especially since very little is known about the iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S4. But it’s important to note a few things. First off, Apple has established a very strong brand name and market presence for their smartphone so we’re likely to see this upcoming device become a strong smartphone competitor. However, unlike most smartphones, iPhones are notorious for having bad batteries, stale and repetitive designs and limited storage capacities. The Samsung Galaxy S series, on the other hand, have been great products throughout their existence as they helped the Android OS surpass the iOS supremacy in terms of market share. They also have offered many features that are not in the iPhone. However, a screen bigger than the already “too big” display they have on the Galaxy S3 could mean a bulkier smartphone that might limit its functionality. Regardless, we still have to wait until the
iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S4 are released to find out which one’s better for sure!

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