The Samsung Galaxy S5 has created a flutter in the market of late. It is one of the most exciting launches to happen in recent times and experts estimate a tough battle ahead with tech giant Apple. The Galaxy S5 should be giving the Apple iPhone 5S a run for its money in global markets. How do the two smartphones match up vis a vis their features, specifications and overall experience? Read on to find out!
Build quality and size of the smartphones
The Galaxy S5 witnesses nuanced changes in appearance and design. This is sheer design language evolution at its very best. Plastic is still majorly used for this device, even for the ribbon placed around the rim styled in the manner of metal. The rear gets leather styling along with a pinhole type design. The S5 has a total weight of 145 grams which is pretty decent and it is a little heavy and big as compared to the Apple iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S weighs around 112 grams. The display is quite smaller in comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and this makes it smaller to hold and use.
The iPhone 5S has edges that are chamfered and curved and there is a two tone rear area of the smartphone. The smartphone uses similar aluminum construction and the company makes use of premium materials as always which is impressive. The Galaxy S5 comes in blue, white, charcoal and gold while the Apple iPhone 5S also comes in shades of gold, silver and space grey.
The display screen processor and other specs
The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Apple iPhone 5S both have different display units and specs. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a screen of 5.1 inches and has full high definition and Super AMOLED properties. In comparison, the iPhone 5S makes use of a display unit of 4 inches which is better to carry around with you as per the thought process of the company goes. Samsung and many other Android based smartphones generally make use of bigger screens and the S5 is no exception.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 possesses decent features including a 2.5 GHz Krait quad core processor along with RAM of 2 GB. This is lower than the 3 GB of RAM contained in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and this can be a sore point. The iPhone 5S makes use of 1 GB of RAM and an A7 processor courtesy Apple and is a 64 bit device as compared to 32 bit on the Samsung Galaxy S5. This is not such a big deal when you talk of mainstream customers but Apple still has a slight edge in this regard.
Camera quality and specs on both devices
These smartphones possess loads of camera features and specs. The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a front camera of 2 megapixels and a primary camera of 16 megapixels. This seems a lot better than the 8 megapixel primary camera on the Apple iPhone 5S. There is also a new HDR feature that provides auto focusing abilities that are superfast along with skin tones that look and feel more accurate and realistic. The auto focus mode takes only 0.3 seconds to lock targets and the Selective Focus feature also helps you get top notch image quality which can be at par with DSLR cameras. Another new feature comes in the form of UHD video recording and the Apple iPhone 5S has various features as well. It provides accurate and realistic skin tones with the True Tone flash which is ideal for dark areas. Alongside, other features include an illuminated sensor at the rear, a Sapphire crystal cover for the lens and slow motion video shooting features among others. From the look of it, image quality is decent on both smartphones with Samsung holding a slight edge in the department.
Operating system and other specs on these devices
Both devices come with top of the line specs. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is particularly impressive with a plethora of health apps under the S-Health 3.0 umbrella. There are various tools including dietary support, fitness tracker, pedometer and most importantly, the unique and effective heart rate monitor that has been built into the device. This has been incorporated right below the rear camera sensor and all you need to do is press your thumb against it for the results. The Apple iPhone 5S also comes with a special coprocessor M7, which can detect movements even though there is no default app option included for the same.
The fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is another handy addition, right below the home button. This is present on the iPhone 5S as well and served as the original inspiration for the incorporation of this feature onto the Galaxy S5. Alongside, Samsung has tied up with PayPal for payment support via fingerprint scanner verification. This will be valid for about twenty six markets and makes for an interesting proposition to say the least. The S5 also holds IP67 certification which makes it a tougher device in comparison to the iPhone 5S, owing to water and dust resistance properties. Software specs are very different with the iOS7 and Kit Kat 4.4 Android systems running on both devices. The user interface on the S5 has been slightly revamped and Apple sticks to its conventional UI as always.
Connectivity and battery life
The Galaxy S5 comes with a 2800 mAh battery which should be adequate for an entire day’s use and the iPhone 5S provides better battery support in this regard by a slight margin. Connectivity options on both smartphones include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity which are standard in this regard.
Both smartphones come with decent features and specifications and both have their own unique features to boast of. Which makes for a better choice? This is hard to say as both make use of radically different systems. However, when you look at the overall experience, mainstream customers are more likely to opt for the Galaxy S5 over the iPhone 5S!