The Samsung Galaxy S5 has been out for quite a while now and it would look like it could outdo the one-year old iPhone 5S. The two companies have been trying to outdo each other by releasing faster, smarter, and maybe bigger smartphones each generation. Now, we'll look at how the two phones fare against each other.
At first glance, the iPhone 5S looks considerably smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S5. The iPhone only measures 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm while the Galaxy measures at 142 x 73 x 8.1mm. The Galaxy is also heavier than the iPhone, weighing in at 145g compared to the latter's 112g.
Material-wise, the iPhone looks better and more robust than the Galaxy, being made out of anodized aluminum whereas the Galaxy is only made out of plastic.
A bigger phone means a bigger screen and the Galaxy S5 has a massive 5.1-inch screen when the iPhone only has a 4-inch screen. The Galaxy also beats it in screen resolution with a full HD 1920 x 1080 display. The iPhone only has a 1136x640 resolution display.
Among the myriad of features found in Samsung’s S-series devices, performance has long been a top priority and the Galaxy S5 is no exception. This year’s model makes a considerable leap forward with its 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM, up from last year’s 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 series chip. The added horsepower makes navigating the Galaxy S5 snappy and responsive with apps and games booting quickly, but it also enables new features like the camera’s rapid capture speed and time saving fingerprint security.
The exterior has been spruced up a bit, with the Galaxy S5 taking on a flashier silver plastic trim and a dimple textured faux-leather back. Although it’s a welcomed change over the Galaxy S4’s high-gloss, almost slimy to the touch finish, the Galaxy S5 is a far cry from the premium look and feel of the iPhone, HTC One (M8), and much of Nokia’s Lumia line. What’s worse, what little ground Samsung has gained with the Galaxy S5’s design tweaks is undone by its cheap, toy-like materials.
Having the ability to connect to a wi-fi network or cellular data if using a SIM card, then edit your images and video with either the Samsung apps, Instagram or any one of hundreds of other Android apps, and then upload them to your favourite online network quickly becomes compulsive and makes the traditional process of downloading to a computer seem laborious and old-fashioned.
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