By Dennis Humenn

Samsung has recently released their new Android phone, The Samsung Galaxy S4. This phone is Samsung’s follow up to the iPhone 5 which was released by Apple in September. This phone is believed to be the so called “iPhone Killer” and hopefully it will live up it’s name seeing as the Samsung Galaxy S3 could not compete with the iPhone.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 uses Google’s Android mobile operating system, and Samsung’s custom TouchWiz “Nature UX” graphical user interface. It comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal storage. It has a 4.99 inch screen with 441.46 pixels per inch. Other typical addictions include a front home button, a microUSB port for connecting and charging, a 13 megapixel camera with an LED flash and a loud speaker on the bottom edge.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a new “sleek” design. While the front looks nice with a big screen and a home button that works well with the look, the back of the phone is seriously disappointing. The back takes a turn back to the hard plastic era of 2008, with the awkward opens for the speakers and the camera that sticks out unsightly and doesn’t flow well with the phone.

Comparing this phone to the iPhone 5 is an easy one, go iPhone. Unless you really hate apple, or need to have 100% customization of your phone, you should stray away from this one. While the Samsung Galaxy S4 may be thinner than the iPhone, the with of the phone should not dictate its power. Also coming from the S3 that did horrible in drop tests against the iPhone 5 one would believe that one of Samsung’s main goals would be to make it safer but it still breaks more often when dropped than the iPhone.

Apple and Android have two distinct styles and each is appealing to different people. All Android phones are super customizable much like their PC counter points, and people who are tech savvy will get a lot out of them. iPhones are are the safer and more reliable option, however, they can’t be customized and must are cookie cutter and the same. It depends if a person wants a a phone that can do everything well or if they want more options but the reliability is as much there.

The Android vs Apple debate will go on and on until one company goes out of business. It truly depends on what each specific person prefers, each being good in their own way.


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