Samsung has formally announced its latest flagship Android smartphone. Samsung has been the top smartphone marker of the world for a long time but its high end devices never dethroned the Apple iPhone smartphones. So can now Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5 dethrone the Apple iPhone 5S from its place?
To find out its answer, we have compared the two phones on the basis of their features. Ofcourse it is not conclusive as not all features about the Galaxy S5 is known right now. Also in absence of a review, its actual behaviour cannot be ascertained but the specifications do tell a lot about the devices , so this comparison will definitely give you some idea about the smartphones.
Design & Display
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 5.1 inch display against the 4 inch screen of iPhone 5S. Obviously thus the Galaxy S5 is much bigger and bulkier than the Apple smartphone. To be specific, the Galaxy S5 measures 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm and weighs 145 grams while the Apple iPhone 5S measures 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm and weighs 112 grams.
Despite weighing so much, Samsung Galaxy S5 has a plastic body while the lighter iPhone 5S has a metal body. Now this may pinch many who don’t like a plastic body. Moreover, the Galaxy S5 does not vary much from its predecessors in terms of design and that may go against it as not many like the boring Samsung design.
However unlike the iPhone 5S, the Galaxy S5 is IP67 certified that means it is water and dust proof. This certainly earns a brownie point for the new Samsung smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 also has a 5.1 inch touchscreen against 4 inch screen of iPhone 5S. Thus if you are a gamer, you should better go for the bigger screen as playing high-end games on a 4 inch screen is no pleasurable task. The Galaxy S5 employs Super AMOLED display that too with full HD resolution that translates huge 432 ppi pixel density. On the other hand, the iPhone 5S’s 4 inch screen has 1136×640 pixel resolution which though is quite decent but is still much less than that of the Samsung phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes in 16 and 32 GB internal versions and has a micro SD card slot that can accommodate up to a 128 GB micro SD card. Against this, the iPhone 5S offers no micro SD card slot; you have to thus wisely choose from its 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB variants.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 16 megapixel auto focus rear camera. The highlight of this camera is its auto focus capability; as per Samsung, it can focus in just 0.3 seconds. It is also armed with many camera features like Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, image stabilisation, and HDR. The rear camera can record 4K or ultra HD videos in 30 fps or full HD videos in 60 fps. The Galaxy S5 also has a 2 megapixel camera in its front. However there is currently no information about the camera sensor used in this phone.
The Apple iPhone 5S till now is considered as one of the best camera smartphones. It has an 8 megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture. This camera creates pixel size of 1.5Âµ which is on the higher side resulting in sharper images and better contrast in images. It is armed with BSI sensor and has a five element lens. Besides, the Apple iPhone 5S also comes with auto image stabilisation, burst mode, geo tagging, panorama, and face detection features.
Hardware and Performance
The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with the 2.5 Ghz Snapdragon 800 quad core processor, which is assisted by 2 GB RAM. As of now there is no information about the GPU in this phone. This chipset runs the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system.
The Apple iPhone 5S has a A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and the M7 motion coprocessor. This chipset harbours the 1.3 Ghz dual core Cyclone processor. It has the quad core PowerVR G6430 GPU and iOS 7 operating system.
From these figures only it is difficult to compare their performances but both are indeed high end phones and thus are expected to offer top class performance.
The nano SIM based Galaxy S5 comes with fifth generation 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, infrared port, micro USB 3.0, USB on the go, DLNA, and WiFi Direct features. It though is not compatible with the 2300 MHz band of LTE on which most Indian operators (except Videocon) are rolling out their 4G services.
The Apple iPhone 5S though is compatible with the same 4G band. Infact, Airtel recently launched its mobile 4G services in association with Apple. It also comes with WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 version.
Both the Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S comes with fingerprint sensor but their implementation differs. According to Samsung, the Galaxy S5 can recognise three fingerprints and it takes eight swipes to register the same instead of holding your finger on a certain place. Also, it can be used to confirm your identity with other apps like PayPal.
In the iPhone 5S, the fingerprint sensor is basically meant to securely unlock the phone. Just put your finger on the home button to unlock the phone. It too allows one to use his fingerprint instead of a password to make purchases from the iTunes Store and the App Store, so you don’t have to enter your password. The iPhone 5S’s fingerprint sensor also can be tweaked to enrol multiple fingerprints.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has clear advantage over the Apple iPhone 5S with its water and dust proof capability. Besides, it has much more storage space than the Apple handset. In camera department also, the Galaxy S5 with its 4K video recording facility has a much clear advantage over the Apple smartphone.
But there are much more to know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 which will be revealed once it is formally launched by the country.