Available since September, the iPhone 5 works on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon; prices start at $199 with a contract. The Galaxy S4 will begin selling in April on AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon. While prices have not been disclosed, we can perhaps gain some insight from researcher iSuppli, which this week revealed in a teardown of the Galaxy S4 that its total cost is $233 with the Snapdragon 600 processor. Compare that with a teardown of the iPhone 5 from September, which showed a cost of $199.
With the exception of NFC and IR in Galaxy S4, the two devices offer essentially the same networking and wireless capabilities. Apple's device builds in a non-replaceable 1440 mAh battery and Apple's legendary power management algorithms. Samsung's device comes with a 2600 mAh removable cell. The key differentiators will be software, whether the required apps are available and whether they can be deployed securely.