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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. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Painkiller006 View Post
      lmao troll. Look at you big guy, calling someone a troll because i don't worship your precious iPhone. You need to get your head out of your *** and face the fact that the iPhone is not the leader it used to be. Any sane person would tell you the same thing. A nice glass of that Apple Kool-Aid you keep drinking will go nicely with the cookies. Is it really that hard to type xda?
      iPhone is still certainly the leader sales wise. Q4 2012 Apple sold almost double the amount of phones compared Samsung, 27.4 million to 15.4 million respectively.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by CCNPJediHacker View Post
      Think you will find it's very valid... And upheld...

      The reason Android phones are stacked full of RAM and have beefy processors is due to needing more horsepower to counteract the inefficient OS. This then leads to requiring bigger batteries to support the inefficient device. There is no real world value to these supposed "higher specs" because the operating system does not use the software efficiently causing lag and a bad user experience. To have a truely special device you need to properly marry the hardware with the OS (hence iOS devices fantastic battery life at smaller sizes). iOS also graphically is seemless and without lag.

      If android was made by one vendor for one set of hardware it would become more efficient and would be a better OS. But it's not sadly and while it still has nice elements, the user experience is dreadful and cheap in comparison with iOS.

      Reasoned....



      So I think it's you that needs to JOG ON over to X DA and stop trolling...

      Android phones need more horse power because they're ahead of any iPhone. the have larger screens, higher pixel density, the multitask they've had 4G/LTE for a long time whereas apple last phone is the only 4G/LTE phone. Android phones need more horse power because of all the different things you can do on them that iOS user only hope and wish for. things like run 2 apps at the same time, power NFC chips, power voice COMMAND, not simple dictation like the iPhone. they also need more horsepower because unlike iOS, Bluetooth works on EVERY device with Bluetooth--even in a 2012 Ford Escape so I could keep my hands on the steering wheel and my eyes on the road.

      you need horse power to keep your phone running like this for 14hrs.

    1. avatar20's Avatar
      avatar20 -
      Quote Originally Posted by 8lias View Post
      If you compare hardware from one to another, there's always debatable difference. I don't buy a phone based on the hardware alone. I buy them with user experience in mind, the software, the integration with other products and accessories, the eco-system, the reliability, the ease of tech support, the customer service. I don't buy it to show off the hardware, I buy it to enjoy it on a daily base. I buy it for the fun factor. Service and user experience are always going to be the key factor in any gadgets.
      Exactly. If it works and it's still chugging along for a while. The only reason why I switched over to an iPhone after using an android is because my first android crapped out on me less than a year and left a bad impression on me. I also feel Apple products are very reliable (I still have an iBook that still works like a champ). But that may not be the case for everyone. In the end, as long as the user is happy with it, that's all that matters.
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      Android phones need more horse power because they're ahead of any iPhone. the have larger screens, higher pixel density, the multitask they've had 4G/LTE for a long time whereas apple last phone is the only 4G/LTE phone. Android phones need more horse power because of all the different things you can do on them that iOS user only hope and wish for. things like run 2 apps at the same time, power NFC chips, power voice COMMAND, not simple dictation like the iPhone. they also need more horsepower because unlike iOS, Bluetooth works on EVERY device with Bluetooth--even in a 2012 Ford Escape so I could keep my hands on the steering wheel and my eyes on the road.

      you need horse power to keep your phone running like this for 14hrs.
      It only needs all that horsepower to make up for the inefficiencies in the OS.

      It's got nothing to do with the crap that you spout as needing horsepower.