Both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Apple iPhone 5 have been hitting the headlines in the technology world in recent weeks.
Apple was initially celebrating when its newest smartphone stole the crown from the Samsung Galaxy S3 to become uSwitch.com’s top handset in March. However, Samsung could be about to hit back after research revealed that the new Galaxy S4 is the most powerful smartphone on the market.
The main question to emerge from these turn of events is which device makes for the better investment - the Apple iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S4? Here’s a look at the cases for each smartphone.
It did not take long for Apple to return to the top of the mountain in the smartphone market. Just six months after it went on sale across the UK, the iPhone 5 was awarded with the title of being Britain’s number one handset for March.
A phenomenal feat in its own right, the American technology giant was then boosted by the fact that the achievement means the Samsung Galaxy S3 has lost its moniker of being the most popular smartphone in the UK, following ten months of dominating the market.
However, Samsung may feel that Apple’s success will be short-lived, especially after the Primate Lab’s Geekbench2 cross-platform processor benchmark scored the South Korean firm’s brand-new Galaxy S4 device with a huge 3163 rating.
To add to how impressive this score is, Primate Lab used a quad-core US variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 for the test, instead of the more powerful eight-core version that is being released across the globe.
While power and performance are important features for any mobile device, it will be the design of the gadget which will form the basis of first impressions.
Samsung has gone as far as to boast that the look of its new Galaxy S4 smartphone “defies what’s possible” in the technology industry.
To back up its lofty claims, the device does come complete with a full HD Super AMOLED screen and is enclosed within a unique polycarbonate body. Then there is the matter of the phone’s slim body and light weight, which makes it easy to carry around no matter the occasion.
Less is more appears to be the same philosophy that Apple has adopted with its iPhone 5. The fact that the device has been designed component by component with size in mind means that the American firm has been successful in making its newest smartphone just 7.6 millimeters thick.
Fans of the Apple notebook range will also notice that the iPhone 5 has the same anodized 6000 series aluminium back, while a diamond-cut bevelled edge only adds to the vibe of luxury.
Despite only just hitting the UK market, there are already a huge variety of Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories to choose from, at such outlets as Mobile Madhouse.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Stylus Pens – designed in slim-line aluminium and finished in a dark black coat to pair up perfectly with the new smartphone itself – will protect the device’s screen from dirty finger marks, for example.
For added protection, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Screen Protector slips neatly over the mobile phone’s touchscreen and will keep the phone looking factory fresh for longer.
Those opting for an iPhone 5 can also benefit from their very own collection of iPhone 5 Screen Protectors.
To add a more personal touch to their smartphone though, why not invest in a quirky new case? A collection of accessories work to not only house an iPhone 5 but double up as a wallet as well, while others are designed to make the back of the phone look like a retro cassette or even a funky penguin.