1. diakiw's Avatar
    Hi,
    My iPhone 4 is coming to the end of its useful life (home button failing) and I'm wanting to pass it on to my kids while it still works.
    Contract with Rogers is up in April.
    Question is this: Do I upgrade to the 5S or grab the Samsung S5 when it comes out in April.

    I've been a long-time fan of Apple (although a little disheartened with the iPhone 5 series).
    I'd like a bigger screen and am toying with jumping over to Samsung.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated.
    01-20-2014 07:56 PM
  2. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    What are your needs?
    01-20-2014 08:05 PM
  3. kataran's Avatar
    Well first I would go try out the 5s and see if it meets your needs the i4 was a decent phone but doesn't compare to the i5s I found the small increase in screen size goes a long way but in the end it's your decision we can't make that for you


    Sent from my iPhone 5s Gold 64GB
    01-20-2014 08:24 PM
  4. pr1nce's Avatar
    It depends what your needs are. Take a look at the 5S, then check out the S5 this Spring. Decide which one meets your needs and works best for you. Good luck.
    01-20-2014 08:28 PM
  5. iRiidium's Avatar
    Well as a big fan of both Android and iOS I can tell you that you prolly won't want for apps. However, I find the quality of iOS apps still notably superior. There's also the increased iOS accessory ecosystem compared to Android, however, there's usually plenty of support for Samsung and will undoubtedly be for the S5 when it drops. The increased screen size WILL be though. You'll notice it when using the keyboard especially. If you are the type that gets bored and likes to tweak then you can't beat android. I switch back and forth between iOS and Android and love the build quality and compactness of the iPhone yet getting re-accustomed to the smaller screen (and keyboard) takes a little time.

    You won't really know until you see what the S5 has to offer but I highly highly highly recommend the LG G2. That is a FANTASTIC phone!

    That said I love the 2 32GB iPhones I just got myself.


    Sent from the platinum iPhone 5s
    01-20-2014 08:38 PM
  6. iEd's Avatar
    I honestly don't know much about the S4. I would suggest doing research on the both and take it from there. Everyone will having varying opinions on this matter. You may want to try the Android OS. I did and felt it wasn't for me. Someone will chime in that has/had both phones
    Last edited by iEd; 01-24-2014 at 07:41 PM.
    01-20-2014 08:40 PM
  7. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    Well as a big fan of both Android and iOS I can tell you that you prolly won't want for apps. However, I find the quality of iOS apps still notably superior. There's also the increased iOS accessory ecosystem compared to Android, however, there's usually plenty of support for Samsung and will undoubtedly be for the S5 when it drops. The increased screen size WILL be though. You'll notice it when using the keyboard especially. If you are the type that gets bored


    Sent from one of my phones
    Samsung support was horrible. Everytime I contacted them, they kept confirming what I wanted and I had to say yes to the same exact question. Main reason I switched.
    01-20-2014 08:47 PM
  8. iRiidium's Avatar
    Samsung support was horrible. Everytime I contacted them, they kept confirming what I wanted and I had to say yes to the same exact question. Main reason I switched.
    Sorry I hadn't finished my post....

    Yeah, there are definitely some cons to be considered with Samsung. In the 5" screen class there are some better choices than the S4. We'll have to see what the S5 offers but I doubt it will be stellar performance and build quality.


    Sent from a white rum 5s
    01-20-2014 08:53 PM
  9. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    Sorry I hadn't finished my post....

    Yeah, there are definitely some cons to be considered with Samsung. In the 5" screen class there are some better choices than the S4. We'll have to see what the S5 offers but I doubt it will be stellar performance and build quality.


    Sent from a white rum 5s
    I suppose it will be a 16 core 64bit processor for the international version. An octacore for the US.
    01-20-2014 08:55 PM
  10. mulasien's Avatar
    Being that one of your two choices doesn't actually exist yet, with completely unknown specs and features, it's kind of hard to give a recommendation based on one of the phones being a big question mark right now.

    That being said, a few thoughts:

    - if you don't need to replace your phone by April, wait until the iPhone 6 is announced a few short months after the S5, and see which one you like more. Apparently the new iPhone will have a bigger screen (according to rumors)
    - have you ever owned an Android phone before? Do you have a need for the features that Android devices have over iOS devices (specifically widgets, sideloading apps not on the app store, access to the file manager being typical items). If so, then you might be better off with the S5. If not, then not.
    - do you like getting your phone updated in a timely manner, or are you fine with waiting for updates to trickle down through carrier approval before getting updated. Do you want 3 years of reliable updates, or do you not care about getting the latest OS updates in a timely manner. If you like getting your phone updated, then you do NOT want a non-Nexus Android phone. It's one of Android's biggest Achilles heel's. Here's a good article on iMore's sister site talking about the issue: Solving the impossible problem of Android updates | Android Central

    For my personal opinion (which is mine alone, and might be considered bull-crap by others):
    - I've had my toes in both ecosystems. Android devices do have a bigger feature list (like the ones I mentioned above). However, the lack of updates to existing devices, lesser app selection (most apps come out for iOS first, then Android months later - if at all) and other issues started to wear down on me. The gee-whiz factor of widgets and being able to customize your home screen with different colors and icon packs wears off real fast, especially when the OS overall is laggier and has more issues than the 'less featured' iOS. My Apple devices have just plain worked better than my Android devices, which is why I switched. Also, since my family has several Apple devices between us, the seamless-ness in syncing data between the devices is a big plus.

    I'm past getting into flame wars over what mobile OS a person likes, however that's just my personal experience and recommendations. Your needs may be different than mine.
    Last edited by mulasien; 01-22-2014 at 10:07 AM.
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    01-21-2014 03:46 PM
  11. iRiidium's Avatar
    ^ This. I'm really enjoying my two new 5s'. They just seem nice and work nice.


    Sent from a white rum 5s
    01-21-2014 08:04 PM
  12. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    Everything that mulasien said. Couldn't have said it better.
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    01-21-2014 09:11 PM
  13. Septembersrain's Avatar
    I've got both an iPhone and a Samsung.
    I've got the 5c and the Note 3.

    Honestly, play with both when the S5 becomes available. I like both iOS and Android. It really just comes down to the one that fits your needs best. =)

    Edit: I agree with a previous poster, I'm excited over what the iPhone 6 might bring. I'm not too enthused over the S5 however, I feel they are rushing a bit too much. They need to focus on more support for current devices instead of just releasing OS updates on handset upgrades only...
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    01-21-2014 09:30 PM
  14. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    I've got both an iPhone and a Samsung.
    I've got the 5c and the Note 3.

    Honestly, play with both when the S5 becomes available. I like both iOS and Android. It really just comes down to the one that fits your needs best. =)

    Edit: I agree with a previous poster, I'm excited over what the iPhone 6 might bring. I'm not too enthused over the S5 however, I feel they are rushing a bit too much. They need to focus on more support for current devices instead of just releasing OS updates on handset upgrades only...
    Another reason why I switched. Only the flagships were getting the updates.
    01-21-2014 10:39 PM
  15. Septembersrain's Avatar
    Another reason why I switched. Only the flagships were getting the updates.
    I wouldn't even mind if that's the case. I'm still sitting without an update to my Note 3! That's a darn flagship. I'm seeing other devices being released with kitkat that aren't even in the same league! I'm a little peeved.

    Samsung needs to either get on the ball or they need to put some weight on the carriers. I hate how cellular companies have to load up their bloat prior to release. It could easily take weeks (Even months) to receive the update via OTA. Yuck.

    Edit: http://www.phonesreview.co.uk/2014/0...ories-problem/

    :banghead:
    01-22-2014 08:57 AM
  16. jburke82's Avatar
    It's tough to compare a device to one that hasn't even been released yet (let alone one whose specs aren't even out...as far as I know).

    I have used an s4 before, and didn't like it. Your best bet would be to do what everyone above suggested...wait until it comes out, figure out your needs, and try out the device. I would say even wait until the new iPhone is released, that way you can test both the iPhone and the s5 and compare the two. Worst comes to worst, you choose the s5 and if you don't like it, return it within the return window for the new iPhone.
    01-22-2014 02:46 PM
  17. Speedygi's Avatar
    Rene too actually made a great blog post comparing the S4 and the 5S, and if anything the S5 will have similar facets to it that makes it an equivalent in that comparison:

    Apple iPhone 5s vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: Which phone should you get? | iMore

    I personally would give that same comparison if I were to talk about Samsung Galaxy phones in general.
    01-22-2014 08:16 PM
  18. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    Any input would be greatly appreciated.
    In my opinion, the Galaxy S line of phones runs on a bloated, clunky OS and in comparison with other devices on the market, and has the design cues similar to this...



    ...I wouldn't use/own a Samsung smart phone if you bought it for me.
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    01-24-2014 09:02 AM
  19. Speedygi's Avatar
    In my opinion, the Galaxy S line of phones runs on a bloated, clunky OS and in comparison with other devices on the market, and has the design cues similar to this...

    http://www.myhomelifemag.com/wp-cont...ifemag-com.jpg

    ...I wouldn't use/own a Samsung smart phone if you bought it for me.
    To be fair, it's a Korean designed phone, which is almost always plastic... Look at LG's offerings and you will see the same.
    01-24-2014 07:27 PM
  20. SprSynJn's Avatar
    I've never really liked Samsung phones, but Sony and Sharp phones can be nice. Still, I have the iPhone 5 and have no intention of leaving the ecosystem. Especially since I have a MacBook, an iPad, and several iPods. I just couldn't deal with the instability that Android had, which is why I left it and the Windows scene. I'm happy here in Apple land.
    01-25-2014 08:11 AM
  21. iCeborg's Avatar
    Pardon me for not reading the entire thread, but I absolutely hate Samsung, look at the money you are paying for the hardware you are getting in return. Absolutely cheap plastic ..specs are another thing all together, and adding more cores just for the heck of it is just plain stupid. It's like creating a car that runs on a new kind of fuel which is yet to be invented. You have the car, but you can't use it.
    Of late, I have learned slowly to like Apple products. It gives you value for money. It is considered premium and the OS is robust. The Eco system is super strong too. So, if I were you, I would go for the iPhone 5S


    Sent from iCeborg's iPad.
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    01-26-2014 01:08 AM
  22. iCeborg's Avatar
    In my opinion, the Galaxy S line of phones runs on a bloated, clunky OS and in comparison with other devices on the market, and has the design cues similar to this...

    http://www.myhomelifemag.com/wp-cont...ifemag-com.jpg

    ...I wouldn't use/own a Samsung smart phone if you bought it for me.
    Lol...couldn't agree more..


    Sent from iCeborg's iPad.
    01-26-2014 01:09 AM
  23. Speedygi's Avatar
    Pardon me for not reading the entire thread, but I absolutely hate Samsung, look at the money you are paying for the hardware you are getting in return. Absolutely cheap plastic ..specs are another thing all together, and adding more cores just for the heck of it is just plain stupid. It's like creating a car that runs on a new kind of fuel which is yet to be invented. You have the car, but you can't use it.
    Of late, I have learned slowly to like Apple products. It gives you value for money. It is considered premium and the OS is robust. The Eco system is super strong too. So, if I were you, I would go for the iPhone 5S


    Sent from iCeborg's iPad.
    64bit processors and multi cores are interchangeable in this argument.

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    01-27-2014 04:05 AM
  24. Alik Malix's Avatar
    Well one of them will have a bigger screen, the other one works. You choose.

    Kidding aside, you need several Android phones in order to say that "it had that for years" or "you can do this too" ---- or you can just own one iPhone, and just in case future iPhones have a new feature or design, more likely then not you'll have it on your 5S as well (the 64bid architecture makes that possible - no need to get a new phone) spoken from a 4.5 year old experience using the 3GS from day it was released til I was able to get iPhone 5S, I was impressed how much my 3GS has changed (virtually) over the years I owned it, and on top of that, BEST BUY gave $100 for my old, scratched up, used up, dinged up iPhone 3GS when I was ready to buy the 5S. So the value of the iDevice the day you sell it is just as impressive is the day you bought it.

    I stay with the iOS products specifically for the minimalist, organized, and dependent values. Design is always superb - even through the ages after new models came out, each has it's x-factor that stacks up not just against competition, but the new iPhone models. But, as I glance into the Android OS out of curiosity, it is short lived the moment you unlock the screen - Pages of Bloat, Inconsistent Menu's and Outdated OS on a NEW device - the worst is the entire OS is fighting itself to get your attention by the three "governments" within: Google, Manufacturer, Carrier - they all got their versions of the redundant bloat conflicting with the others: SmartStay wont work outside Samsung app. Smart pause only works within its player. Google now is getting pushed back by a useless S-voice. Verizon/AT&T got their idea of payment methods. Samsung got their own idea of resource management. Yet you still need antivirus $$, another keyboard software $$, and a root just to get rid of all "the voices in your phone"...

    I rather have a product that the entire team has concentrated on, then a product thats part of a line up of other 15 products where the think-tank resources were rationed. I mean what other tech company invests into a sapphire production industry to make a phone? While others cant think of another spec to slap on, one company consolidates into a 64bit architecture and leaps a year forward (not to mention, nearly perfect biometric technology, house automation, in-car integration) and still keep a slim, clean design that include abilities that 4 or 5 Android put together, and if that's not enough - be able to do all that with sometimes half the specs then the competition.
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    01-28-2014 04:18 AM
  25. peyman0111's Avatar
    iPhone 5s


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    01-28-2014 06:47 AM
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