Even though the Samsung Galaxy S5 is yet to hit the market, we though some of you might want to know how it would handle a battle against the company's Galaxy Note 3. In the Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 3 specs war we are aiming to highlight the pros and cons of each device and maybe help you purchase the one that better suits your needs.
If you read our previous Versus articles you would probably know that there will be ten rounds in the Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 3 battle: Display, Dimensions, Connectivity, Memory, Price, Camera, Operating System, Design, Processor, and Battery Life. The smartphones score one point for each round they win and the device that finishes the battle with most points is declared winner.
Even though we've heard a lot of rumors saying that the Galaxy S5 will sport a Quad HD (1440 x 2560) screen, Samsung considered that a full HD panel is still good enough. Therefore the S5 arrives with a 1080 x 1920 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 432 ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
Because it's a member of the phablet tribe, the Galaxy Note 3 features a larger 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, also with 1080p resolution. You'll also get Gorilla Glass 3 protection and because the screen is significantly larger a lower pixel density of 386 ppi.
Both handsets arrive with full HD Super AMOLED displays, so it's pretty hard to name a winner here based on the size, because each of you will choose the size that it's more suited to them. The Display round ends as tie.
It's fairly easy to see which of the two handsets is bigger just by looking at their display size, but we're gonna give you some numbers anyway. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is 142 mm tall, 72.5 mm wide, and 8.1 mm thin, while having a weight of 145 grams. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 3 measures 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm, and weighs 168 grams.
It's obvious that the S5 is more compact and lighter than Samsung's high-end phablet, therefore it wins the Dimensions round, scoring the first point of the battle.
Galaxy S5's connectivity features include HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE, NFC, infra red port, microUSB 3.0, and GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS.
In terms of connectivity the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 arrives with HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE, NFC, infra red port, microUSB 3.0, and GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS.
Have you spot any difference? Neither have we, so this round is a tie, as well.
There are over a million apps in Google Play Store as of July 2013 so storage is pretty important nowadays. Not to mention about your music collection or favorite TV Shows.
Note 3 has 32/64 GB of native storage and support for microSD cards up to 64 GB. That's a maximum of 128 GB. S5 comes with either 16 or 32 GB storage, plus microSD support up to 128 GB, totaling 160 GB. But the Galaxy Note 3 comes with 3 GB of RAM, while the Galaxy S5 only has 2 GB.
In our opinion, a maximum of 128 GB of storage should be enough even for the most demanding users, but 2 GB RAM vs 3 GB RAM might affect the multitasking performance of the device with lower RAM. Galaxy Note 3 wins this round.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 was not yet made available for purchase, but the major US carriers have already listed its price, so it would be easy to compare it to the one of the Note 3.
At AT&T and Verizon, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is priced at $299 with two-year agreement, while Sprint is offering it at $349 with a two-year deal. On the other hand, after you agree to sign a two-year agreement with either AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon you will be able to grab the Samsung Galaxy S5 for $199.
On Amazon, the Galaxy Note 3 is available with Sprint, AT&T, or Verizon two-year contracts at $99, $199, and $149 respectively. The online retailer giant is also accepting pre-orders for AT&T Galaxy S5 and Sprint Galaxy S5, both being priced at $189 on-contract.
Even though the Note 3 is now cheaper than the Galaxy S5 on Amazon, the price of the later one will surely drop after it's released on the market. Furthermore, the Note 3 is at least $100 more expensive than the S5 on the carriers' websites, thus Samsung's flagship smartphone for 2014 wins the Price round.
We're carrying our smartphones everywhere and because of that they are the most useful tool when it comes to taking a photo or recording a video.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 brought one of the best smartphone cameras of 2013: a 13 MP unit with autofocus, LED flash, Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, panorama, HDR, and support for 4K@30fps or 1080p@60fps video recording.
Now, the Galaxy S5 arrives with a 16 MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 1/2.6'' sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, and 4K@30fps or 1080p@60fps video recording capabilities. Furthermore, S5's camera has learned new tricks like the super fast autofocus (only 0.3 seconds, the fastest on a smartphone) or Selective Focus (allows the user to choose the focus point after a picture was taken).
The S5 definitely outmatches the Note 3 in terms of camera, so it wins another round in the battle against its bigger brother.
Though it was launched with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the Galaxy Note 3 was recently updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat which brought a couple of UI tweaks, performance boosts, and stability improvements. With TouchWiz UI installed on top of Android and with the help of the S Pen stylus the Galaxy Note 3 brings some unique software features like Air Command or Direct Pen Input. Air Command is in fact a pack of software features that can be accessed by simply hovering the S Pen over the screen and pressing the pen button. In this way you'll get access to 5 S Pen features: Action Memo, Scrapbook, S Finder, Pen Window, or Screen Write.
The GS5 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box with Samsung's latest version of TouchWiz which has become flatter and better-looking. Among Galaxy S5's unique software features you'll find the above mentioned Fast Auto Focus and Selective Focus, along with Download Booster (combines LTE and WiFi for higher download speeds), Private Mode and PayPal mobile payments (both accessible via the fingerprint sensor), Ultra Power Saving Mode (promises 24 hours of autonomy with only 10% battery by switching off unnecessary features and turning the display black and white), and the ability to measure your pulse using the integrated heart rate sensor.
With all these being said, we have no option but to declare the S5 the winner of the Operating System round.
With the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung tried to show us that they too can build smartphones that feel premium. Being thinner than its predecessor and bringing less rounded corners, the Note 3 looks more elegant courtesy of the faux leather back lid that still gives you access to the battery. The silver bezel that surrounds the smartphone's body looks better and the silver finishing of the S Pen's head matches the phone's design.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S5 didn't departed too much from the design language of the S4. Anyway, it still has a couple of aces up its sleeve. With less rounded corners, the S5 arrives with a rubberized back lid that provides more grip and can be removed to access the battery compartment. Underneath the rear-facing camera, right next to the LED flash you'll find a heart rate monitor, while the Home button accommodates a fingerprint sensor that improves the security of your device. By far the most appealing design feature of the S5 is the IP67 certification that confirms the smartphone is both dust and water resistant.
The S5 brings a more modern look and I am sure that the clumsy owners will appreciate the water resistant body, so we're giving the Design point to the 5.1-inch handset.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and quad-core Adreno 330 GPU. The Galaxy S5 is underpinned by a Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset with quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU and quad-core Adreno 330 GPU.
Besides the 200 MHz higher clock speed of the CPU, the GPU of the S5 is also working at higher frequencies, so the smartphone will return better performance. The Galaxy S5 wins this round, too.
In my opinion, the battery life is the biggest problem of the modern smartphones, as you can barely find one to go past 24 hours of typical usage. The Galaxy Note 3 is an exception to the rule, as its Li-Ion 3,200 mAh battery can get it through almost 48 hours of moderate usage.
The isn't yet on the market so we couldn't get our hands on it and test its battery life, but we can make a safe estimation. Its predecessor had a 2.600 mAh battery that could keep it awake for about 18 hours. Now the S5 has a 200 mAh bigger batter and a more battery friendly processor, so it's safe to assume you could squeeze a little over a day of autonomy out of it. The Ultra Power Saving mode is out of question, because after it's activated you can barely call the device a smartphone. The UPS mode is meant for emergency situations.
The Galaxy Note 3 is one of the best smartphones around when it comes to battery life, so it wins this round.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 3 battle has come to an end, so it's time to see which of the two smartphones has scored most points.
We've had two rounds that ended as tie, the Display and Connectivity rounds, as the two handsets arrive with identical connectivity options, while the screen size is only a matter of choice.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has won two rounds, therefore scoring 2 points. It outmatched the S5 when it came to Memory and Battery Life because it's capable of providing better multitasking experience and because it comes with greater autonomy.
The Galaxy S5 scored 5 points after beating the Note 3 in the Dimensions, Price, Camera, Operating System, Design and Processor rounds. He was able to win these five rounds because it's thinner, lighter, and cheaper than the Note 3, it has a better camera, more powerful processor, it's water and dust resistant, and it runs the latest version of TouchWiz UI.
In our opinion, the S5 wins the Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 3 battle, but your opinion may differ. Feel free to let us know if you think otherwise in the comments section below.