During the launch event for the iPhone 5s, Apple CEO Tim Cook told the crowd that "we don't pack in feature after feature." That was obviously a dig at Samsung, whose Galaxy S4 will be compete head to head starting Sept. 20. Not sure which smartphone to buy? We're here to help.
The iPhone 5s is all about enhancing an already great phone, from a faster A7 processor and beefed-up camera to a new fingerprint sensor. On the other hand, the Galaxy S4 pushes the envelope with a cornucopia of features and some impressive specs of its own. Here's how the two flagship smartphones stack up in multiple categories.
Editors' Note: This comparison is based on features, specifications, our initial hands-on with the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S4 review. We will update our face-off once we conduct a full review of the iPhone 5s.
Design Apple knows how to make more beautiful and solidly built smartphones than Samsung, and that doesn't change with the iPhone 5s. Now available in three color options: space gray, gold and silver, the 5s is just as light (3.9 ounces) and thin (.3 inches) as before while packing a lot more power. The gold version looks classy without being ostentatious. The edges still look great and have a premium vibe. [MORE: Top Features of Apple iOS 7]
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 is an uninspired plastic slab. Yes, it's light for having a larger 5-inch display, but the S4 doesn't have a top-tier look or feel like the iPhone 5s. What we do like about the S4 is that the back is removable, allowing you to access the memory card slot and replace the battery. Samsung mixes a physical home button with capacitive keys beneath the screen, which works but doesn't feel unified.
Early Winner: iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5 had a better design, and now you get more color options with the 5s.