The Smartphone market has been having goose bumps for over a year as device manufacturers and OS vendors are showcasing one after another of their ace products. The latest in the series is Samsung Galaxy S4. News concerning the release of the Smartphone created tremendous frenzy among the tech geeks. Before the phone’s release, the air was literally filled with speculations about its specs. After the release, now it’s time for showdown.

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Let’s take a look:

Samsung Galaxy S4 has 5 inch display and screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 with pixels per inch of 441. S4 also has a full HD screen as the feather in its cap. When it comes to internal storage, S4 comes with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. In case you go for 16GB storage capacity, because your wallet is paper thin, you can easily have the phone supporting up to 64GB data because S4 comes with microSD card slot. S4’s battery life is 2600mAh and that beats many other devices in the market hands down. S4 also has two quad-core processors, making it more efficient in multi-tasking and fast enough with 2GB DDR3 RAM.

Now, chances are high that you are already familiar with all these specs. What new we cater to is a comparison between S4 and Nokia Lumia 920 and iPhone 5. We feel Nokia might see another drop in its user base because S4 is better than Lumia 920 in almost every area. Lumia 920 has a 4.5 inch screen with a display of 1280 x 768 resolution and PPI standing at just 332. Its internal storage is also quite poor lacking an expandable slot and offers only 32GB storage capacity. Again, Lumia 920 has single quad-core processor with 1GB RAM and has only 2000mAh battery.

Hardware front aside, S4 also seems to give users a better software support and interface as it runs on Android 4.2.2 JellyBean. Lumia 920 on the other hand runs on Windows 8 phone version, the full potential of which (including the pros and cons) hasn’t yet been revealed.

The verdict is therefore clear; Galaxy S4 is a better device than Nokia Lumia 920.

However, if we are to compare S4 with iPhone 5 and to give you a conclusive answer, our job becomes somewhat tricky. That’s because even though Samsung S4 strikes iPhone 5 in many areas, iPhone 5 still enjoys some competitive advantages over S4. iPhone 5 has an array of slip-ups when compared to S4; it has 1 GB RAM, 4 inch screen, 8 megapixels rear camera, battery life of 1440 mAh. None of these actually counts against S4. However, iPhone 5 weighs only 112 grams making it easier to wield than S4 as S4 has a weight of 130 grams. A Smartphone is supposed to be sleek and smooth to handle and iPhone 5 satisfies this aspect better than Samsung S4.

Another competitive edge of iPhone 5 is iOS 6, its operating system. iOS maps has been endorsed by a huge number of users and many of them don’t see any reason why they won’t prefer it than Google Maps. The Facebook surfing experience is also way better in iPhone 5 because iOS 6 integrates the social network with Sense and TouchWiz. Those, who think Apple’s missing the near field communication will go against iPhone 5, should think again because Apple didn’t miss NFC, rather replaced it with PassBook, which is equally benefitting and already carved a niche among the users. Last but not the least, iOS 6 has Siri, the voice based personal assistance. For Android users, there’s no alternative to Siri.

Thus, Galaxy S4 might appear as a better device than iPhone 5, but it may not penetrate into Apple’s dedicated user base, which accounts for both Apple’s strength and also, the reason for Apple’s being conformist and not trying anything new.

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