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With the release of the next Galaxy just months away we discuss the price of the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5. Will the differences in price be worth the cost?
Anyone who considers upgrading to the latest smartphone in 2013 is sure to find many handsets fit for the job. As devices become more expensive, the decision process to choose the right phone becomes even more crucial. Here at mobiles.co.uk, we’re often asked whether a Samsung Galaxy or Apple iPhone are the best purchase? Here’s our say on the Apple vs Samsung debate.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Price
How much the next Galaxy smartphone will cost the consumer will be influenced upon the technology advances from S3 to S4. Expecting the S4 to house a Full HD 5 inch display, the extra pixels per inch are sure to increase the price against 2012’s S3 success.
Then there’s all those chips inside. Improvements to a faster quad core processor and an LTE chip for 4G internet speed, will add to the Galaxy S4 price. Whether Samsung decides to absorb this figure or pass it onto their customers will ultimately determine how much the Samsung Galaxy S4 will cost.
On the contrary, there are factors which may help to keep costs down. As more expandable memory options are available via Cloud Storage (Dropbox) or microSD cards, we believe Samsung will keep 16GB variants the focus within their product line. Samsung may even revive the 8GB variant to keep the price right for smartphone fans.
Apple iPhone 5 price
In the everlasting Apple iPhone vs Samsung Galaxy war, the iPhone has always priced up against a premium strategy. Often the most expensive smartphone on the market, Apple believe their easy user experience and high quality build of products justify the cost.
In 2012, the upgrade of 4S to iPhone 5 saw Apple’s golden child evolve in shape and performance. Including a larger 4 inch Retina Display, held together by a lighter Aluminium frame and utilising their best processor chipset to date was not going to come cheap. Apple increased the price of their iPhone to £528 or £46 per month at launch. Will the iPhone increase give Samsung an excuse to increase the price tag of their spring release?
Samsung Galaxy S4 to cost less than an iPhone?
Even though the next Samsung device will potentially deliver their greatest technology to date, we are safe to assume that the Galaxy S4 will cost below the iPhone 5 price. Comparing iPhone vs Samsung Galaxy S4 manufacturing price, Samsung’s 2013 release will offer expensive hardware in the form of Full HD screens and a quad core processor. To capture market share from Apple though, Samsung need to offer their handset for a lower price than the iPhone 5. Should Samsung play their price right, we’re pretty convinced the Samsung Galaxy S4 release will turn the heads of the core Apple following.
But what about the Apple user experience?
In Apple’s defence, their iOS operating system offers an easy to use layout which is consistent year after year and quick for users to pick up. For those who don’t dream about processors and touch displays, paying a little extra for an iPhone 5 may spare you the expense of a techy Android interface. Google’s Android operating system is quickly leaping forward with user friendly features such as Google Now and their reliable maps service. Apple may be regarded as the smartphone for everyone in 2012, but this year will see a closer fight between Apple vs Samsung for the attention (and money) of this market segment.
Samsung or Apple? Which is worth the cost?
Whether your touchscreen fingers reach for the iPhone or soon to be released Samsung Galaxy S4, both devices will be at the top of their game. If you crave the latest technology, 5 inch smartphones with 1080p displays will be all the rage in 2013, especially as 4G internet allows us to stream online content faster than before. The Galaxy S4 is more than likely to offer this technology at a price lower than the iPhone 5 . On the contrary, Apple’s consistent user experience may be a price worth paying for if you want to understand smartphones quickly and effortlessly. We expect the SIM free price of the Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB to come in around £510 and free on contracts from £40 per month. This would be £6 per month cheaper than the iPhone 5 at launch.
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