Samsung has just released the Galaxy S5, their latest flagship device and it it will now compete with one of the most popular smartphones on the market, the Apple iPhone 5S. We have to say that, because the Galaxy S5 is newer, Samsung has some advantages.
The Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S are two of the most popular smartphones and they are going to compete directly before Apple releases the next device later this year. We’re going to split this versus into multiple parts and compare things like design, hardware, software and other features.
First of all, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is made of plastic, while the iPhone 5S features an aluminium body. This doesn’t make the Galaxy S5 look very bad or cheap, but we don’t consider it can compete with the iPhone 5S when it comes to design. The iPhone 5S looks wonderful with its aluminium body, while the Galaxy S5’s plastic is pretty decent, but we really can’t pick the latter here.
The Galaxy S5 has an advantage for using plastic, because it absorbs impact damage better than aluminium, but the iPhone has been proven to be really strong too.
The iPhone 5S’s design also makes it easier to use, being smaller. Of course there are disadvantages that come with a smaller display, but when it comes to using it with one hand, it’s a win for the iPhone. The Galaxy S5 is much better for power use, thanks to its 5.1-inch display, so this is only a matter of needs.
The new Galaxy S5 is water and dust resistant, which gives it a plus. Being water resistant is very important for gadgets, because they are usually dropped in water. Add that to the fact that it features a microSD card slot and a removable battery and it has a lot of advantages.
While the Galaxy S5 has a lot of benefits given by its big, water resistant design, we believe the iPhone 5S is better when it comes to this, so we declare it a winner.
Samsung is well-known for their amazing displays and the one used on the Galaxy S5 is even better than what we’ve seen before. The 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display looks just amazing and its significantly superior to the one used on Samsung’s previous devices.
The iPhone 5S only comes with a 4-inch 1,136×640 pixels LCD display, which is not only very small, but it has a low resolution and colors are not as vivid. In terms of PPI, the iPhone 5S is also behind the Galaxy S5, with 326 PPI vs 423 PPI.
Unfortunately for the iPhone 5S, it doesn’t stand a chance against the Galaxy S5 when it comes to display. Samsung’s display is just amazing, while the iPhone’s is very small and with a low resolution.
The Galaxy S5 features amazing hardware, starting with the 2.5Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM, while the iPhone 5S only sports a 64-bit dual-core 1.3Ghz Apple A7 CPU and 1GB of RAM. The difference between the two is huge, considering the Galaxy S5 CPU’s frequency is near double than the iPhone, plus that it’s a quad-core. The S5 also has double its RAM.
While hardware might not be everything and considering that the iPhone 5S is extremely fast too, we’ll have to name the Galaxy S5 as a winner. The difference between their specs is just huge.
It’s pretty hard to compare the software of the two smartphones, considering they come with different operating systems. The Galaxy S5 runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with TouchWiz, while the iPhone 5S features iOS 7. Both operating systems are really fast and stable, but TouchWiz has been pretty much a mess and smartphones running it are known to be slower than stock Android.
Unfortunately, iOS 7 has been pretty unstable to and people started complaining a lot since upgrading for the older versions of iOS.
Both operating systems come with a huge selection of apps and it’s almost impossible to compare them based on this. I could say the Play Store has more useful apps than the App Store due to Apple’s limitations, though. But there are some popular games and apps on the App Store that haven’t been ported to Android yet.
Considering all above, we’re going to call this a tie, because both operating systems and app selections are very good. Both sides have their pluses and minuses, but we can’t really call a winner.
The most important improvement made to the Galaxy S5 over the S4 is probably the camera. It comes with a 16MP camera, with an all-new LED flash that makes amazing photos. The Galaxy S5 is also able to auto focus in just 0.3 seconds, along with its Selective Focus and Phase Detection Auto Focus technologies.
The iPhone 5S sports a 8MP 1/3-inch sensor and a dual-LED flash, but image quality is not as good. It does feature a good camera, but it lacks behind many smartphones and in many ways. There isn’t much to be said about the iPhone 5S’ camera, unfortunately and we think it’s something they’re going to work hard for this year’s release.
As you probably expected, the Galaxy S5 wins when it comes to camera and image quality.
The Galaxy S5 comes with a lot of features that can’t be found on any other smartphone, maybe except some Samsung devices. There are the features you already know from the Galaxy S3 and S4, Smart Stay, Smart Alert, Aie Gesture, Air View and more, along with the new heart rate sensor that integrates very well with S Health.
Both the Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S have fingerprint sensors that are used to unlock the device, but Samsung’s smartphone also allows you to make payments by using just your finger.
We consider the Samsung Galaxy S5 has way more features than the iPhone 5S and there are way more that can be unlocked through apps, thanks to the more open Android environment.
Both the Apple iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S5 are great devices, but we consider the latter to be a bit better. It features a bigger and better display, it comes with way more useful features, it’s camera is definitely superior to the 5S, the hardware is amazing and the Android environment allows you to do more with your device.
If we were to choose, it would be the Galaxy S5 and not just because we’re biased towards Android.