An In Depth Analysis Of The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – And How It Dwarfs The iPhone 5S

With Samsung having launched the Galaxy Note 4, the immediate question on all of our minds is that how well does the device stack against all the current flagship devices out there. With a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 805 or the 1.3GHz Octa Core Exynoss 5433, the Note 4 is all set to dominate any and all current flagships out there.

However, we won't be satisfied, and neither should you be without an in depth look at how the Galaxy Note 4 stands in comparison to other device. For the purpose of this review, we have chosen Apple's current flagship, the iPhone 5S to see how well the two fare off against each other.

Now before you start criticizing us that the iPhone 5S is no match for Samsung's latest beast, you should know that the purpose of this review is simply to get a better understanding of how the Galaxy Note 4 works and what improvements it makes and has over Apple's current flagship. So hold your horses, grab some popcorn, and enjoy.


With Samsung living up to it's earlier promise of offering two metal devices this year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a full aluminum chassis. The iPhone 5S on the other hand, is a single metal body with no other materials present on the device. The Galaxy Note 4 on the other hand has a leather back which houses the battery and other components.

Coming towards the dimensions of both the flagships, the Galaxy Note 4 is obviously larger than the iPhone 5S given the different purposes and functionality intended for both the devices. The dimensions of the Galaxy Note 4 are 53.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm, which as evident, do not facilitate single handed use. However that is one function that most users looking for the Galaxy Note 4 won't worry about.

Coming towards the iPhone 5S, Apple's present flagship measures 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm which is set in mind keeping the requirements of a smartphone and single handed use. As evident due to it's larger screen size, the Galaxy Note 4 weighs more than the iPhone 5S. The weight of the Galaxy Note 4 is 176 grams compared to 112 grams on the iPhone 5S.

Sensor wise, the Galaxy Note 4 has a slew of sensor enough to satisfy any sensor loving individual's every need. The iPhone 5S however does not stay far behind with all the usual light, gyro and motion co-processors present on the device. Both the devices also now possess a fingerprint sensor for unlocking and other purposes. Waterproofing however is one place where Samsung has the clear edge over the iPhone.

Processing Power:

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a processing beast. And we do not say that lightly. Either of the Snapdragon 805 or the Octa core Exynoss 5433 are processing giants and give the Note 4 clear advantage over all the other flaghsips out there when it comes to running performance intensive games and applications.

This is of course in line with Samsung's tradition of making sure it's devices come with top hardware and performance specs suited to any and all needs. The 4 GB RAM on the Note 4 further pushes the boundaries of mobile processing further.

How well does the iPhone 5S stack up to this? Well Apple's 64 bit A7 processor with a maximum frequency of 1.4 GHz does sound dwarfed when compared to the 32-bit 805 or the Exynoss powerhouse the Galaxy Note 4 has in stock.

However, Apple's strength always has been OS optimization which ensures that the existing specifications on the processor are more efficiently utilized. It still has the potential to significantly match, if not top out the Galaxy Note 4, yet of course, the latter still remains the powerhouse in this category.


Samsung has always boasted about it's Super AMOLED display in all of it's flagship and other devices. The display specifications on the Galaxy Note 4 have enough high numbers to put anyone to shame. With a staggering pixel density of 515 ppi, the Galaxy Note 4 ensures that the display is razor sharp enough to put diamond cutters to shame.

This coupled with the 5.7 inch screen size QHD-Super Amoled display provides any Galaxy Note 4 lover enough argument points to last a lifetime. Apple's iPhone 5S on the other hand has a consistent resolution of 326 ppi, which is aimed towards maximizing user interaction with the device.


When coming towards camera resolution, the Galaxy Note 4 is once again in the clear lead. With a rear camera resolution of 16 MP, optical image stabilization, and ISOCELL, the Galaxy Note 4 will ensure that you get all the high quality on your photos as you desire. ISOCELL promises better image quality in terms of more light capture, improved sharpness, wider dynamic range and overall improved image accuracy.

With a resolution half of the Note 4 when it comes to the rear camera, clearly the iPhone 5S looses this one as well. While both the devices feature 1080p video recording, the Galaxy Note 4 also has 4K video enabled. For all the selfie lovers out there, the 3.7 front camera on the Note 4 won't disappoint you either.


Well, it really should be clear by now who is the winner. But like mentioned earlier, the purpose here isn't to dwarf the iPhone 5S, but rather to understand how the Galaxy Note 4 works and how Samsung has paid attention to all the areas of a device's performance.

In all basic areas of a device's performance, the Galaxy Note 4 has improved. Processing power, RAM and display all set a top bar which any manufacturer must strive hard to achieve. Camera and display promise a razor sharp display and amazing detail and sharpness. So all in all, the Galaxy Note 4 lives up to it's hype of being the most anticipated tablet of the year. Now let's wait for Apple's reply.

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