iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 Comparison: Buy Now or Wait for 5S, S5? [VIDEO]

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Aug, 31, 2013, 06:36 PM
iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4. (Photo: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)
iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4. (Photo: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)


Walmart is slashing prices on the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4, offering discounts online and in stores, the company said Friday.

Walmart customers can now buy a 16GB iPhone 5 for just $98, down from $128, with a two-year contract with AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. The Galaxy S4 is now available for $138 at Walmart with a two-year extension with AT&T and Verizon, down from $148 and $168, respectively.

Walmart's price cuts will be available for just 90 days, a spokesperson said.

Retailers are slashing prices on Apple's smartphones with the iPhone 5S and 5C on the way and there's rumors that a Galaxy S5 is also six months away from a release. Will you wait for the next-generation iPhones and Galaxy S smartphones or take advantage of these deals? Let us know with a comment.

Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5?

The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5 battle has been one of the more memorable smartphone comparisons for smartphone users in recent years. Each device has its own fanatics and critics, and while the average smartphone user doesn't understand the complicated technolgy behind each device, they are adamant on which phone provides a better experience for them.

The iPhone 5 has been lauded for its smooth operating system right out of the box, but the Galaxy S4's advanced Android OS allows the user to personalize their experience. These are two of the most significant differences between these devices, which also shed a bit of light on the type of user that owns each smartphone.

However, one considerable factor consumers may want to consider when deciding between the smartphones is the cost it takes to build each model-which trickles down to your pockets during purchase.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 is all the rage these days, but its Apple competitor, the iPhone 5, may still have a leg up on its smartphone counterpart in at least one category: the iPhone is a cheaper model to make.

A estimate by HIS iSuppli suggests quite a difference in prices between the two mobile phones. This, of course, means Apple will have more profit and, as a result, more money available from the smartphone business for innovation, marketing, support and price competition.

According to the His iSuppli estimation, the Apple iPhone 5 with 16GB of storage costs $196 to manufacture (for the lowest-end model), including materials. The cost for the 32GB version is estimated at $217, while the 64GB version runs $238.

Samsung Galaxy S4 estimates to cost $244 for the 16GB model at the high-speed packet access version (a 4G mobile standard), with $236 going for materials and $8.50 for manufacturing. That means the S4 roughly $48 more per unit to make than the equivalent iPhone. The LTE version of the S4, with 16GB, is $3 cheaper.

"Although [the S4's] hardware is not radically different from the Galaxy S III introduced in April of 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S4 includes some critical component updates that enhance its functionality as well as its BOM cost," said Vincent Leung, senior analyst for cost benchmarking at IHS, in a statement. "Among the upgrades are a larger, full high-definition display; a beefed-up Samsung processor; and a wealth of new sensors that set a record high for the number of such devices in a smartphone design."

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