Samsung Galaxy S4 versus Jailbroken iPhone 5 (Running iOS 6.1.2)
Amidst our various reports regarding evasion, 6.1.3, iOS 7 and jailbreaking in general, the staff of Evasion Jailbreak has decided to take a closer look at the iPhone 5′s newest rival: the Samsung Galaxy S4. The iPhone 5 owners who have mistakenly updated to iOS 6.1.3 or even 6.1.4 and are regrettably stuck on the firmware without the hope of jailbreaking, have undeniably considered switching to Android. For those of you who are contemplating switching from iOS and the iPhone to an Android phone like the Galaxy S4, we’re taking the ultimate plunge and comparing the two head-to-head. Prior to this comparison though, it’s important to mention that the iPhone 5 we used is jailbroken on 6.1.2 and the Galaxy S4 is rooted (the Android equivalent of jailbreaking).
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5
First, in a somewhat unorthodox way to start a comparison article, we felt the need to give our summary in the introduction. Similar to iCrackUriDevice’s analysis, which is embedded below, our experts feel that, while the iPhone is simple, effective, clean and great for accomplishing tasks quickly, Android (specifically the Galaxy S4), is fantastic for tinkering and modifying.
Although one could easily jailbreak his or her iPhone 5 to achieve powerful customization options, provided it’s on 6.1.2 or an earlier version of iOS 6, Android is a completely different beast when it comes to freedom and customization. For example, a simple visit to the Google Play Store can result in the replacement of the stock messaging app, a customized keyboard or even a complete graphical overhaul, allowing users to ditch the TouchWiz skin that Samsung customarily wraps stock Android in.
While we felt that Samsung’s TouchWiz interface significantly impedes the timely completion of various tasks, as mentioned above, users can opt to completely replace it using a simple tool like Nova Launcher and a stock Android Jellybean theme. However, the iPhone 5 is, simply put, a perfect machine when it comes to efficiency. Things just work on the iPhone 5, sending emails and/0r text messages, checking Facebook, sending a Tweet and taking pictures are all tasks that can be completed on the iPhone noticeably faster than on the Galaxy S4.
In spite of the S4′s snappy quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, the simplistic interface and fluid transitions of the iPhone empowered us to accomplish tasks in a more timely manner. Additionally, while it may seem somewhat minor, the lack of a unified local app search method on Android also hinders productivity if you have a plethora of apps installed and want to access them quickly.
As far as specifications are concerned, the Galaxy S4 easily outshines the iPhone 5, but that doesn’t necessarily equate to better performance. Although both phones performed on-par with one another, as mentioned above, it’s simpler and easier to accomplish tasks on the iPhone. Unfortunately, due to Android, the S4 can feel sluggish, unresponsive and glitchy at times. It is however, a rare occurrence and that is a huge step up for Samsung from the Galaxy S3.
Now, it’s time to go over a problem that’s plagued Android devices for years: fragmentation. While the Galaxy S4 doesn’t suffer from fragmentation in the typical sense, as it ships with the latest version of Android as of writing this article (4.2.2), it is affected by app fragmentation. Developers often have to accommodate a large number of devices and quality is lost and apps simply aren’t as polished as their iOS counterparts. However, that being said, there are a number of apps on the Google Play Store that run beautifully on the Galaxy S4.
As for additional strong points of the S4, NFC (near field communication) really stands out. The ability to program select NFC tags to change and alter settings simply by tapping them against the back of the phone is arguably the coolest NFC application for Android devices. Furthermore, the S4′s 1920-by-1080 super AMOLED display with 441 pixels per inch is certainly the phone’s main attraction – after all, it’s gorgeous.
Finally, let’s discuss build quality. Although the polycarbinate plastic that makes up the Galaxy S4′s shell is bearable and the option to add a micro SD card to expand the device’s storage is a welcomed addition, nothing can compete with the iPhone’s aluminum and glass design.
In conclusion, both phones are great, just different and people will be attracted to either device for different reasons. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to subscribe to our Evasi0n Untethered Jailbreak iOS news feed, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and add us on Google+ to be promptly notified when we post new articles pertaining to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S4.