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  • Analyst: Galaxy S4 Inferior to iPhone 5


    The honeymoon is already over for Samsung's Galaxy S4 with one leading analyst, who deems the new flagship smartphone "inferior" to Apple's current-generation iPhone 5.

    Analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets said Friday that the Galaxy S4 is "less refined" than the iPhone 5 and should not be viewed or promoted as a proverbial "game changer." While admitting that the S4 is an improvement over the S3, White expects Apple's forthcoming iPhone 5S to "handily outsell" the refreshed Samsung device.

    "We are amazed by how analysts and the media have turned on Apple during the recent stock downdrafts with statements that Samsung is 'out-innovating' Apple," White observed this morning. "One would believe that Samsung is crushing Apple in the mobile phone market. We believe this is complete nonsense."

    Despite confessing that the S4 has a pixel density of 441 per inch (which is superior to the screen resolution of the iPhone 5's display), White says the S4 is "heavier" and "fatter" than the iPhone 5. He also derides the S4's plastic casing, saying it's "no match" for the iPhone 5's aluminum unibody enclosure.

    Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray largely appears to be on the same page as White.

    "While the S4 is likely to be the iPhone's biggest competitor this year at the high-end of the market, we remain confident in our iPhone estimate for this year of 177.5 million, which includes a cheaper phone in the September quarter," Munster says. "We view the S4 as unlikely to meaningfully impact iPhone share of the high-end over the full year, but do expect it to take share from other Android phones."

    Sources: Fortune, BGR
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Analyst: Galaxy S4 Inferior to iPhone 5 started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 64 Comments
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      What does this old **** know? lol Apple needs to step their game up and I doubt the 5S is going to do that. I'm eligible for an upgrade in July and will most likely be ditching my 4S for the S4 (how silly is that, that it has the same digits).
    1. ProfessorJack's Avatar
      ProfessorJack -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      As fast as a MacBook Pro, hahaha! You need to learn about processor architectures.
      processor architecture I no more than most
      And anyway I'm entitled to my opinion
      So keep you opinions to you self

      Quote Originally Posted by ABOSWORTH View Post
      What does this old **** know? lol Apple needs to step their game up and I doubt the 5S is going to do that. I'm eligible for an upgrade in July and will most likely be ditching my 4S for the S4 (how silly is that, that it has the same digits).
      I did say this my self the 5s has no chance of keeping up apple are mile be hind
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Meh, theyre both nice phones.
    1. robbyrob's Avatar
      robbyrob -
      its funny how people fight about a phone. The thing is on specs, the S4 blows the iPhone 5 away and more than likely the 5S as well. Im a iPhone guy hands down. I'm not buying the S4 because Im a ******* fanboy when it comes to the iPhone even though I just couldnt bring myself to buy a 5 cause well it wasn't worth it too me, but I can't deny the fact that the S4 is badass. The truth is that the S4 right now has alot of apple users jumping ship. I know 5 hardcore apple geeks myself that are bailing on apple. It is what it is..

      Its simple history boys and girls. Apple went to **** back in the day when Jobs left. Sad but true its happening again. Will it be the end of apple? Of course not. They'll bounce back, no doubt. Its just right now they are going through a rough time. If you say they're not than your just a bigger fanboy than me. Stock went to ****, iPhone 5 was not what everyone was waiting for. Maybe they'll knock it out the park with the iWatch if that even exist. Maybe there's a new iTV coming this year. Who knows right now really. The truth is that for right now the S4 is the new hot girl on the block that everyone wants to date cause of the old hot chick, iPhone 5, is just not that hot anymore.

      End of the day the S4 is a good thing cause hopefully it makes apple get of their asses and come up with some awesome features on the iPhone 6 and iOS 7. Competition is a good thing boys and girls, embrace it!!
    1. Feanor64's Avatar
      Feanor64 -
      so... is the 5s this summer just gonna have a little better camera, be a little faster than the ip5, and incorporate more jailbreak tweaks?
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by AUZambo View Post
      This is like comparing BMW to Mercedes. They both make damn fine cars. Why do we feel compelled to declare one better than the other? It's simply a matter of preference, and I wish people would quit trying to make it more than that.
      Best posted by far!! Agree 100%

      Like i always say the best phone is the phone u like and love the most. I try so many phones and always go back to iphone. Gs2/3 and one x my last android phones and im not saying the suck cuz they are amazing phones. But for me the phone that feels right, that love how it runs, how every app runs, how nice and sexy looks is the iphone. And one thing most will agree with me is that iphone feels better than any other phone in the hands. Again im not saying the iphone is the best phone out there but is just the phone i love.
    1. cgfusion's Avatar
      cgfusion -
      Really folks, my god, Yes I'm an Apple fan and always will be...it IS personal preference. Now I choose to support an American Company and I choose to drink Pepsi over Coke....it's preference. They are both good phones....and best of all "Get a Life" they are phones. OMG People!
      Quote Originally Posted by AUZambo View Post
      This is like comparing BMW to Mercedes. They both make damn fine cars. Why do we feel compelled to declare one better than the other? It's simply a matter of preference, and I wish people would quit trying to make it more than that.
    1. Painkiller006's Avatar
      Painkiller006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Norb View Post
      I'm not an Android guy but I gotta say the HTC One is by far my favorite Android device. My big question is why even compare Apple and Android phones, if anything the S4 should have been compared to the HTC One (and the S4 probably would still lose).
      Agreed, the HTC One looks like a really good device. If i didn't get the DNA i would of gotten that one. But it's basically the same thing so I'm not missing out on much. Apple vs Android phones is the same as xbox vs playstaion.
    1. Airwaves182's Avatar
      Airwaves182 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ProfessorJack View Post
      processor architecture I no more than most
      And anyway I'm entitled to my opinion
      So keep you opinions to you self
      Soooo you're entitled to a opinion but he has to keep his to himself? O.o
    1. timmy354's Avatar
      timmy354 -
      I looked up the analyst and he doesnt seem to be reliable at all. He is very biased.
    1. BhadKarma's Avatar
      BhadKarma -
      Quote Originally Posted by ProfessorJack View Post
      processor architecture I no more than most
      And anyway I'm entitled to my opinion
      So keep you opinions to you self
      Is he entitled to his then?

      Also main word I read in this article was "plastic" lol
    1. ridingsupreme's Avatar
      ridingsupreme -
      In other news.. The "god" particle was discovered.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by hackerd00d View Post
      can it be jailbroke? just kidden, some one give me a s4 and ill test it for them
      +1
    1. chrismcl06's Avatar
      chrismcl06 -
      What is rather sad is that you are clearly an android user and you are on a apple mod site to moan about it. That by my definition is sad.

      Quote Originally Posted by fatherq View Post
      "While the S4 is likely to be the iPhone's biggest competitor this year at the high-end of the market"

      the above statement is somewhat funny here. iPhone 5 can only compete with S3, NOT S4. wake up wake up!
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by chrismcl06 View Post
      What is rather sad is that you are clearly an android user and you are on a apple mod site to moan about it. That by my definition is sad.
      in case you haven't noticed, half the people on this site have Android devices along side their iPhones. people are also entitled to voice their opinions, you dont have to read or respond to them.
    1. Dazz187s's Avatar
      Dazz187s -
      Buy! Buy! Buy!
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ProfessorJack View Post
      processor architecture I no more than most
      And anyway I'm entitled to my opinion
      So keep you opinions to you self



      I did say this my self the 5s has no chance of keeping up apple are mile be hind
      Not no, but know.
      Not you but your.
      not you self but yourself.
      Not my self, but myself.
      Not mile but miles.
      Not be hind but behind.
      For someone who knows processor architecture you sure do not know how to use the most simplest spell check before posting...

      If you have to hate, hate by using proper spelling please.
    1. 8lias's Avatar
      8lias -
      I want them both:

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    1. gray bishop's Avatar
      gray bishop -
      too much talk about hardware, very little about the most important thing: software
      Samsung teases potential customers with more megapixels and a faster processor on android-based software, which leaves the customers at the mercy of samsung or their carriers choice of when they can properly update their devices to the latest OS (I said this in another thread, these phones are going to wait a long time for Key Lime Pie)

      Apple will as we all know keep all of us up to date regardless of our carrier and it's the pure OS, not some company or carrier installing their own crap on top of it to make things difficult if one wants to update....

      Ives might blow us all away this summer with iOS7 for all we know, thus putting most of this comparison posting to rest, personally I'd rather see him just say "these are our improvements and now I hand the mic over to Saurik"
    1. frankjc81's Avatar
      frankjc81 -
      S4 fanbois are crying like crazy over this. Tell me fanbois, what Samsung phone was on the market in 2007? Fact is the galaxy only exists today because of the iphone. It will always be the iPhones bi##h and playing catch up. Realistically you S4 tools can only say how great the hardware is, even though you have no idea what any of the specs actually mean, because you know you are holding a plastic pieces of s#*t. I mean seriously. One product is extreamly well made. The other feels like a child's toy. So what if the specs are better here and there. When compared side by side it's practically unnoticeable. It comes down to quality of the product. Sure there are some people who genuinely like the s4 better. Which is fine. But I have no doubt the trolls that post in here are the kind of tools that see apple as mainstream so they are trying to be "cool" by going against the grain and being the odd man out with a galaxy. The different is cool type losers. Anyway to each their own. But like I said galaxy fanbois give credit where it's due. Smartphones do not exist with the iphone.