Most people have at least one piece of old technology they use, despite more advanced alternatives. Many still like shooting pictures with film cameras and, the other day, I saw a hipster sitting in the park clacking away on a manual typewriter. If you’re into nostalgia tech or just fear new things, Apple’s iPhone 5 is a great choice, because its user interface harkens back to 2007, while its hardware offers the best features of 2011.
If you want the latest and greatest that the mobile technology industry has to offer, on the other hand, get a high-end Android phone like the just-announced Samsung Galaxy S4. Moving from an iPhone 5 to a Galaxy S4 in 2013 is like the improvement my family experienced going from a rotary princess phone to a wireless handset in 1983. Here are five ways that the Galaxy S4 makes the iPhone 5 look years out of date.
Imagine if Sony continued selling 20-inch Trinitron TVs under the mistaken belief that users don't want anything larger than that. While Apple pats itself on the back for finally offering a 4-inch, 1136 x 640 (326 PPI) display on the iPhone 5 after using 3.5-inch panels on earlier models, Samsung's Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch, 1080p Super AMOLED screen with a whopping 441 pixels per inch.
What can you do with a larger, higher-res screen? How about view full-HD movies at their native 1920 x 1080 size, or use larger, easier-to-hit keys on your virtual keyboard? Of course, you can always get an iPhone 5 and practice squinting and pinky typing.