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Smartphones are portable and useful devices that are considered as excellent productivity tools especially designed for personal and business use. It ranks up there with your other office gadgets and equipment, which include business telephones, business VoIP, third party telephony features from RingCentral telephone service providers, tablets, laptops, and desktop PCs.

When we are talking about smartphones, almost always there are only two companies that come to mind, and these are Apple and Samsung Electronics. Last year, these two companies released the two most successful smartphones—the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy SIII—that went on to devour the largest market shares worldwide.

This year, both companies are set to release their newest flagship smartphones, the iPhone 5S (or 6?) and the Samsung Galaxy SIV. Based from rumors that have found their way to various channels, the specifications of these phones are set to mark them as the most powerful smartphones yet.

But before we join in the hype, let us compare Samsung’s Galaxy SIV with that of Apple’s latest device, the iPhone 5. Read on to find out our take on the two handheld devices.

  • Samsung Galaxy SIV does not differ much with the Galaxy SIII in terms of design, so it isn’t more attractive. You will get the same lackluster nature-inspired design and its seemingly unmanageable bulk. It is still made of plastic, which makes for its light weight. By far, the iPhone 5 beats the SIV in terms of design with its predominantly glass and aluminum body and rectangular design with curved corners. Galaxy, however, has a bigger screen and larger build t 5 inches and 69.8 x 136.6mm, respectively, as opposed to the iPhone’s 4 inches and 59 x 124mm dimension. The iPhone is lighter at merely 112g s against the SIV’s 130g.
  • Despite its Retina display, the iPhone 5 features a screen display with a lower resolution than the Galaxy SIV, with a Full HD 1080 x 1920-pixel resolution for its 5-inch screen, thus giving it a whopping 441ppi pixel density.  The iPhone 5, meanwhile, sport a 640 x 1136-pixel resolution for its 4-inch screen, giving it a pixel density of just 326ppi.
  • The Galaxy SIV that will be released to the US market will feature an octo-core processor with 2GB of RAM. The iPhone 5, however, possesses a 1.3GHz dual-core chip with 1GB of RAM.
  • When it comes to storage options, the two smartphones offer basically offer the same selection, with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models available for consumers. The Galaxy SIV, however, includes a microSD slot that can take up to 64GB cards.
  • The Samsung Galaxy SIV seems to best the iPhone 5 in terms of the quality of the camera, boasting a 13MP rear-facing camera as against iPhone’s 8MP camera. It also includes features lacking in Apple’s handset such as HRD video recording, Eraser shot, and Dual camera. SIV’s front-facing camera also outperforms that of the iPhone’s with a 2MP resolution capable of recording videos in Full HD 1080p as opposed to the latter’s 1.2MP camera that can record in 720p.
  • In terms of the software, the two smartphones occupies a league all their own, with the iPhone 5 using Apple’s own iOS 6 while the Galaxy SIV uses Google’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. Both allow users to access over 700,000 applications in their content stores. It all boils down to your preference when it comes to the OS.