Samsung Galaxy S4 versus iPhone 5 Hands-On [VIDEO]


Yesterday Samsung announced their new flagship Galaxy S 4 smartphone in New York City, in a crazy theatrical event held at Radio City Music Hall. HTC took the time to throw in a jab on Twitter:

HTC CEO Ben Ho basically thrashed Samsung, speaking to Engadget:

“With a continuation of a plastic body, and a larger screen being the most obvious physical change, Samsung’s new Galaxy pales in comparison to the all-aluminum unibody HTC One.

“This is more of the same. HTC remains the best option for those people looking for the best technology wrapped in premium design. Our customers want something different from the mainstream, who appear to be the target for the Galaxy.

“Our customers want original cutting-edge technology, mouth-watering design and a premium feel from their mobiles, which is why we created the HTC One.”

…he then sent one more money quote later on after the event:

“Looking at the software features of the S4, we think Samsung spent more on marketing than innovation.”

Ouch. HTC clearly can’t compete when it comes to Samsung’s massive marketing budget, but at least their CEO isn’t afraid to speak his mind.

PhoneArena has posted a hands on video comparing the new S 4 compared to the iPhone 5. Take a look below:

First hand impressions by media in attendance at the event have been mixed. Many have praised the impressive new specs bump including the new 1080p screen with 441ppi, but overall feel it is an iterative upgrade compared to the previous generation Galaxy S III, with some minor software enhancements seen as gimmicky, and not really useful.


  • FragilityG4

    It’s too big. The hover function is neat but I prefer the magnify glass … The air gesture seems unnecessary. iOS may look the same but that’s because if it ain’t broke — don’t fix it.

  • FragilityG4

    The S4 Ui looks exactly the same as the S3 … What’s this guy on?

  • homeward

    “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it”

    By that logic we’d still be driving around in horse carriages and living in castles.

  • FragilityG4

    There’s no logic in that analogy. There was extreme need to upgrade from horse drawn carriages and leave castles.
    The fact is iOS has no need to change and certainly not because you fAndroids say it should. If the user experience was not an enjoyable one users would leave and change would happen.
    Look at OS X … Almost ten years and it still carries the same feel as the original release, unlike its windows counterpart who has changed several times.

  • K3

    You really think that osx still has the same feel as the first version? Have to say I’ve always been an Apple guy but really hoping that wow factor comes back with this years phone release.

  • sf!2

    @FragilityG4:disqus YOUR FACE IS BROKE!!

  • FragilityG4

    Absolutely. Yes there’s new options and enhancements but its kept the original feel and ease of use. Much like iOS.

  • Flaxx

    He said UX not UI. You may want to learn the difference because the UX of the S4 is different. Although I dislike Samsung for many reasons, I think the “hover” for more information is quite innovative and brings a whole added level of interaction that isn’t available on portable devices (and addresses the missing gesture that has been a part of the WWW since its inception).

  • FragilityG4

    My response was to his remark of how iOS looks the same and then he continued on about how iOS looks the same. The S3 and S4 look the same.
    Hover is innovative?! Give me a break! It’s nothing new … Perhaps to mobile devices (I believe BB10 has it) but its not innovative.

  • Flaxx

    I suppose I agree that innovative is not the right word. It’s a useful feature that I think all mobile devices should have. Having said that, I wonder if it requires additional hardware to work or a more sensitive capacitive touch surface. In any case, the thing that pisses me off the most about the S4 is that Samsung managed to get Android 4.2 on it but still doesn’t have it on the S3. This foreshadows Samsung’s sub-par support and consumeristic business practice. That’s why, for the Android ecosystem, I’m only interested in the Nexus series of devices. At least I know for the next couple years, my device will use the latest version of Android.

  • FragilityG4

    I believe it’s just holding your finger on the spot to make it hover.

  • like the Note2 looks exactly like the Note1 huh 😉 Maybe you’re thinking of how the iPhone4 looks exactly like the iPhone4s or exactly like the slightly taller iPhone5 right. You must have mixed-up S4 and 4s. 😉

  • FragilityG4

    Ignoring the fact that this conversation was days ago, I was speaking about how the guy was saying that iOS looks exactly the same … My point is so does the S3 and the S4 Ui. Furthermore I was not referring to the physical form, I clearly stated the Ui (User Interface)
    All that aside, seriously? This conversation was days ago.