Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5S?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Cody21, Feb 24, 2013.


Holding out for iPhone 5S or thinking about Galaxy S4?

Poll closed Mar 26, 2013.
  1. Holding out for iPhone 5S

    13 vote(s)
  2. Galaxy S4

    33 vote(s)
  3. Waiting to see both before deciding

    22 vote(s)
  1. Cody21 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2012
    Knoxville, TN
    Kind of pre-mature but who all is thinking about hopping on the Galaxy S4 train? Or anyone plan on holding out for the iPhone 5S?
  2. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    Not going to jump on either. Will wait for the iPhone 6.
  3. rak007 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011
    Lifecycle of phones are getting ridiculous now a days.
  4. Kolmogorov macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2011
  5. Jeeg macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2010
    It's iPhone 5S for me.

    No way would I get a Samsung phone, I'd rather get a Sony, HTC or Nokia even before Samsung.

    They are rip off artists.
  6. sheels macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2012
    I will wait

    Would love to check them out before deciding anything
  7. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 603


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    There is still plenty to explore with the present iPhone 5 IMO.
  8. Chocolatemilty macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'll be waiting to see what both phones entail, but I'm looking forward to both. What will tip the scale for me is the iOS 7 revamp (God and Ive-willing) and hopefully a die shrink in the A7 and the use of Qualcomm's new global LTE chip to finally get some better battery life, and hopefully with component shrinkage, some extra battery too. Apple won't be making any design changes this generation, but I'm finding the S iteration are much more refined devices. The 3GS is a good phone (bro in law has one and loves it still) and I my 4S that I love sans the battery life. I won't hesitate to say that the HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Blackberry Z10, and Galaxy Note II aren't supremely appealing.
  9. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    The S4 will better be compared with the current iPhone 5. The 5S will be a competitor to the S5.
  10. mapledress macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2013
    I am waiting for the iPhone 5s or the iPhone 6. Don't like the design of samsung galaxy s3, so does the s4. Ugly in my eyes. So I will choose the iPhone though the samsung devices have powerful specs and the s pen.
    Will buy one for my girlfriend once Apple released the new device.
  11. Tulani macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2012
    Getting the S4 alongside the iPhone 5...worth testing of both worlds now rather than burying ones head in the sand.
  12. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm locked into my contract on my iPhone 5 so its a no brainer for me - neither phone. I like the S3 phone but I'm pretty well ingrained in the apple ecosystem so when the iPhone 6 hits the streets in 2014, I'll probably opt for that.
  13. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    I didn't vote because I went in a diff direction, I went from the IP5 to the Galaxy Note II, and I love the phone, however the only thing that bothers me is the size and the fact with the iPhones I can really use the device with one hand, however I just need some more time with the Note II to get used to it.

    A lot of folks I work with went from the iPhone 4 or 4S to the S3 and love it, but that being said I am waiting for the iPhone 6 if Apple changes the iOS and size to 4.5 or 4.7 I will be heading back. This is my first NON iPhone since the 3G
  14. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I think you should look into the nexus 4 if you like the note 2, but want smaller. Obviously the s3 would be the exact same almost, but the nexus will get keylime pie.
  15. bembol macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006

    I doubt Apple will make changes to iOS and as much as I love android/Samsung, I'm getting tired of their Build Quality.

    I'm getting hTc One so I'm in no rush with these two.
  16. Stuntman06 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2011
    Metro Vancouver, B.C, Canada
    I don't know about the rest of you, but I find it very difficult to rate vapourware.
  17. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Nothing left in hardware for Apple to drastically improve. 4S and 5 have cpu cycles and network bandwidth to spare. Going to be hard to tempt people to upgrade.

    Major iOS UI refresh allowed only for 5S... Lure people with software and pretty GUI.
  18. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    If the 5S is the same size with faster CPU, maybe more RAM and a better camera, then the S4 will be way farther ahead of it, and will be a more suitable competitor to the iPhone 6, by which time Samsung might have the Note 3 and will be readying the Galaxy S5.
  19. marc11 macrumors 68000

    Mar 30, 2011
    NY USA
    That has to be the kicker with the 5s is iOS specific functions. I do not see them upgrading the hardware design this cycle, so we could expect the same design, a bump in processing power as it is expected and makes for good marketing...ITS 40% FASTER...AMAZING says Tim Cook in a less than credible way.

    And then, if Apple does come out with some great iOS features only for the 5s, there are going to be millions of really pissed off iPhone 5 owners locked into a contract without an upgrade or not wanting to face an expensive buy up option.

    Apple is in a no win situation going against a phone that has been in the design since probably before the 5 came out and Apple cannot just turn on a dime and design a new iPhone in such a short time.

    Of course, Apple has been known to surprise us before, and they could pull a rabbit out of the hat, but my guess the 5s will be a 5 with a spec sheet bump and maybe some small iOS exclusive features...and it will still sell millions.
  20. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    Neither. Phone contract expires only in November for me. :(
  21. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    I'm waiting & hoping for just one thing.

    A larger display for the next iPhone.

    I really enjoy OS X & my various Mac Laptops. They keep me loyal to Apple. Thus in turn I'd really like an iPhone I could be enthused with & enjoy.

    If Apple fails to include a proper display, I'm done with iPhones. Yet I will remain an Apple computer enthusiast.
  22. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    Respectfully I disagree.

    Apple has sat back resting on their laurels. They are very well aware of the benefits of a 4.8" display as implemented on the Galaxy S 3. They've had more than enough time to design a modern sized phone.

    If they need longer for some reason, they're the masters of seeing that a "leak" surfaces indicating there may be a larger display as we once witnessed, yet hasn't been repeated as other leaks have. With Apple it is more of a narcissist, ego driven issue. Remnants from the Steve Jobs Era.

    It's 2013 on my calendar, at a glance, my iPhone 5 looks like it's 2010.
  23. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    If Apple release:

    - A larger screen iPhone (about 5")
    - Nail iOS 7

    then I'd definitely stay with Apple. Otherwise I'm very tempted, and it's an annoying waiting game at the moment.
  24. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    I bought the Note II but ask good as it is I can not deal with the screen or lack of iPhone features I am used to so back to IP5 for me.

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