Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S quick look (MWC 2014)

by: Joshua VergaraFebruary 24, 2014

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The well-documented rivalry between Samsung and Apple comes to the fore once again, this time by pitting Samsung’s latest and greatest against the best of Samsung. How do the two compare? Let’s find out. Here’s a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S!

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Of course, these devices feature two very different design languages. On one side, we have the soft plastic and smooth curves of the Samsung Galaxy S5, while on the other, the iPhone 5S delivers a very premium feel through its clean lines and metal construction.

The Galaxy S5 is obviously in a different class than the petite iPhone, which seems wholly inadequate when juxtaposed with 5.1-inch device from Samsung. Both have its advantages, with one phone delivering massive screen real estate, while the other a compact build that makes it at home in any pocket.

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Both phones feature physical home buttons that integrate fingerprint scanners. The fingerprint scanner of the Galaxy S5 is swipe-based, which means you’ll have to slide your finger from the top to bottom for the print to register, while the scanner on the iPhone 5S is press-based.

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It’s very hard to compare the screens of both these devices, given the 1.1-inch difference between the two, resulting in a much larger surface for the Galaxy S5.

The display of the iPhone 5S has been praised by experts for its accurate color reproduction, brightness, and viewing angles. In the other corner, the Galaxy S5 counterattacks with a higher pixel density, and the vivid colors and lush blacks that characterize modern AMOLED screens.

Android has certainly spoilt as, and it’s difficult to get over the fact that the iPhone 5S is just 4-inches across. With smartphones taking over so much of our lives and daily interactions, the larger screen of the Galaxy S5 makes it the obvious choice for us.

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iOS is known for its fluid animation and impressive optimization, even if the latest version has introduced a few bugs and inconsistencies. The UI of the iPhone sails through most tasks, but the Galaxy S5, with its new supercharged Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, certainly isn’t far behind. In terms of performance, both devices should satisfy even the most pretentious user, as flagships of their respective ecosystems.

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 takes the lead, by a margin, when it comes to the number of hardware features it has packed into it. With everything from NFC, to a microSD card reader, to an IR blaster, the phone clearly gives users more ways to utilize it, compared to the polished, but limited, iPhone 5S.

As we mentioned earlier, both smartphones integrate fingerprint scanners, and the Galaxy S5 also features a heart rate monitor on the back which is great for fitness fanatics. The capacity of the battery of the Galaxy S5 is also more.

The 16 MP ISOCELL camera should give the excellent iPhone camera a run for its money. and sports great power with a lot of settings to truly get the most out of your smartphone photography.

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iOS received its big revamp last year, moving away from a skeuomorphism-laden aesthetic to a flat, bright, and more abstract interface. You get a somewhat simplistic, but fast, operating system, that does suffer from some limitations that we Android users don’t face. The iPhone camera, despite its well documented quality, does have a pretty severe lacking of settings and customization in its app, especially when compared to the S5.

On the other hand, Samsung’s UI went through some transformations on the Galaxy S5, with redesigned notification toggles, a round icon-based Settings menu, Magazine UX, Kids Mode, and a few more additions. The problem is that some of the parts of TouchWiz remain unchanged, so there’s more inconsistency than before.

 Samsung Galaxy S5iPhone 5S
Display5.1-inch Super AMOLED, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 432 ppi4-inch IPS LCD, 1136 x 640, 326 ppi
Processor2.5 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8001.3 Ghz dual-core Apple A7, PowerVR G6430 GPU
Cameras16 MP rear LED flash, 2.1 MP front8 MP rear dual-LED flash, 1.2 MP front
Battery2,800 mAh1,560 mAh
Storage16/32 GB, expandable16/32/64 GB
Networks3G, LTE Cat. 3 2X2 MIMO4G LTE - all
ConnectivityGPS, GLONASS, microUSB 3.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LEGPS, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
SoftwareAndroid 4.4 KitkatiOS 7
Dimensions142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm,
145 grams
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm, 112 grams

Two completely different smartphones for completely different consumer bases, it’s always going to be difficult to convince one group to pick the other and vice versa. On one hand, we do have a phone which a little accessible because of its size, but the Galaxy S5 is a feature heavy device that lets you choose exactly how you want your smartphone experience to be.

  • AndroidBoss

    S5 all the way. No matter what the Galaxy will always be better than the iPhone.

    • vboom

      Kind of a stupid comment, judge the phones on merit not blind brand recognition. You are starting to sound a lot like the people who line up on iPhone launch day

      • AndroidBoss

        Take that dick out of your mouth, I have no idea what you’re saying.

        • On a Clear Day

          He is saying that it might be a good idea to temper your enthusiasm for Samsung as opposed to the evil empire of Apple (LOL) – which I share to a none too small degree frankly – and not allow yourself to put yourself in the position of appearing less than circumspect, undiscerning and lacking in impartiality, reason and fairness) when writing your comments.

          You also don’t need to stoop to being cruder than crude in the tone of your comments, which is a guaranteed way to totally loose credibility in peoples’ eyes and cause them to think you are a nutcase.

          • AndroidBoss

            Go troll else where kid.

    • Amine Elouakil

      I’m not an Apple fanboy, but if they sell it anywhere near the price written above aka 600sh $ then the iPhone 5S is a much better deal, even if it is half through.

      At 400sh $ that would be a good alternative to a Nexus 5 which have basically the same price.

      • AndroidBoss

        Yeah at those specs, they need to make it $400. Nothing really high end or anything so if they wanna sell their shit it better be cheap.

  • Amadeus Klein

    specs on the s5 are wrong, the s5 supports AC wifi..

  • Tuấn Ankh

    I see the Nexus 4’s wallpaper with different colors. Is this part of the Google-Samsung deal? :P

  • Amine Elouakil

    If it goes at a price, more expensive than the Nexus 5, then Sammy is really taking it customers for sheeps.

    • On a Clear Day

      Google sold the Nexus 5 at cost – for all practical purposes. Why? Because their goal wasn’t to make profits but to get more people using Android – among other underlying motives. Soon Google will tire of that game and ploy and the Nexus line will go the way of the Great Auk.

      To expect a company such as Samsung, which has shareholders as well as all the other costs attendant to putting out a superior product to sell it without making a profit is the type of thinking America’ Fool in Chief employees on a daily basis when he double speaks about “Income Equalization” – meaning he wants to subsidize lethargy, indolence and destroy capitalism.

      Very ill conceived comment and lacking in understanding.

      • Amine Elouakil

        Having a removable battery is now expensive?

        While google was selling the Nexus 5 almost at cost when it came out it’s not the case anymore, as the more they produce the more they drive your cost down as they enhance your productivity/cost thanks to lean process and what’s not.

        Not to mention that supplies cost goes down for the same reasons, and Samsung produce half of the components they need for their devices including the most expensive part in a modern smartphone which is the screen, (which reduce their manufacturing cost even more compared to the competition)

        Having a removable battery drives cost up? no not in Samsungs case, because they’ve already have the process to do so in place and they engineer product that way for a long while, and changing that will only drives cost up (since you need to come up with a new design, to test it, and benchmark, to change your manufacturing process to accomodate to it ect ect….)

        Also the Nexus has a 2 years warranty, and battery issues are included in the process, not to mention that outside of the warranty, the battery can be changed by LG for less that what would cost you to buy a Samsung battery, you can check the prices for your self if you don’t believe, just give them a call.

        And speaking of process, Samsung been using almost the same manufacturing process, and design for the last 3 years, which means that the manufacturing process is even cheaper than it used to be and by a marging, and unlike LG/Google Nexus 5 the manufacturing/fabrication costs are much lower for Samsung since they produces dozens of millions of devices with the same process and they did that for 3-4 years now)

        I’m not expecting Samsung nor any other company to sell without profit, and even if Samsung sells the S5 at the Nexus 5 cost they’ll still have a significant marging, and anything more than that means substantial profit and more of a rip of, having a device with 40%-50%
        Profit is unethical, and anyone that will buy this product for anything more than the 400$/€ is a sheep and deserve what he is getting.

        Sadly it’s your comment that is ill conceinved and lacking understanding and arguments.

        • iKrontologist

          What you don’t understand is all the R&D costs, retooling and machinery upgrades in CAPEX Spending that have to come out of somewhere. Samsung’s margins are actually very thin compared to a company like Apple who depends on totally out sourcing every single part and never being ranked higher than #46 in R&D Spending. Galaxy S 5 costs more to make than GS 4 by 15%. So you expect them to keep innovating for the future without spending on Marketing, R&D (always #1 or #2 to IBM) and CAPEX without higher prices. Cost to manufacture is only one expense they have to pay for and it’s a shame that most people see it as because they spend just $242 to make a device that’s all they are paying out.

          Because of fools like you think, because they make 21% profit margin on their high end devices, they they have to spread that around for everything they make. It’s the entire cost of doing business they have to think about. That 21% on a $650 Galaxy S 5 ($136.50) meaning actual cost to bring that phone to market are around $514.50 and since those profits are shared with so many other very low margin products and parts, they actually come out with less than 16% overall profits. For Samsung at least…. that’s what they use in re-investing in their future in R&D and CAPEX!

          So get real… if you’ve never owned a business, you can’t begin to fathom how much it costs to actually run one. Especially if you aren’t as Greedy and Self serving as Apple is in only piling their cash into offshore corporate long term retirement or just in case they belly up funds!

  • Tjaldid

    Winner Z2!!!

    • iKrontologist

      WTF? Samsung, CrApple and Sony were all using Sony’s BSI sensors. This year Sony is still using the same 20mp smaller sensor than this Samsung ISOCELL sensor design. So no freaking way is it better.
      1st – because Samsung is now the largest CMOS sensor producer in the World by volume. Taking over for Sony on that note. Sony makes more large sensors for fabless DSLR design houses like Nikon, but that’s it and that has nothing to do with smartphones needing thinner sensors with more compact lens assemblies.

      2nd – because this is new nano-gating process that isolates every single pixel cell on all four sides of Millions of pixels. That’s what makes this sensor block 30% greater crosstalk noise than Sony’s BSI sensor tech. It’s also why it gains more refractive light absorption by 20% in low light conditions too.

      3rd – Sony Z2 doesn’t have this camera’s phase detection AF, that’s 3 times faster (0.3sec) than Z2. If Sony is so great, why don’t they have it???

      4th – Where’s Z2’s Fingerprint scanner technology that Samsung has been using since 2002 in Secure Access Door Locks (battery operated same tech as smartphones) and Notebooks? Not to mention a dedicated IR heart rate monitor that will undoubtedly be used in conjunction with ISOCELL camera sensor on back for IRIS scanning. Which would mean you would not have to hold the camera a certain distance to get an instant read and it can detect distances in micro seconds.

      Which is why Samsung Galaxy S 5 has superior AF times like a DSLR. The IR heart rate sensor is just a bonus feature of have IR on the back like older Samsung’s have them on the front for selfies! …..only this is a far better IR sensor on the level of the kind you get put on your finger in a doctor’s office!

      Where’s Sony Z2’s dual front and back simultaneous camera feature. In fact where is Sony’s App to App, PiP, PoP, Drag n Drop, Pervasive Multitasking and why can’t any other company not do that? Where’s is Sony’s Z2’s low battery full day reserve feature? Where is any other companies Low Battery Reserve feature? Where is the Tizen OS style Settings Menu? Samsung’s Touchwiz is way ahead of the competition and with more features and benefits…. so what if it was still a little slower? At least you don’t have refugee camp featureless crap like iPhone iOS. That is so simple even an iDiot can operate it! ;-P

      • Tjaldid

        nitpickers be nitpicking :P

  • Squaredwheels

    Comparing apples ( no pun intended ) to oranges. Lets just agree that we’ve come to expect more over the years from both parties.

  • Daniel

    Almost everything is double in s5’s specs compared to iPhone :))

    • Angelo Ryū Tepes

      know the best part? despite being a dual core, the iphone’s A7 processor is more powerful than Samsung’s.. the featured Snapdragon 800 processor in the S5 isnt new. Its already there in the Nexus 5, the LG G2, the Sony Z1 and Note 3.. They were all beat by Apple’s A7 despite being a dual core clocked lower

      • iKrontologist

        All A7 is, is a ripoff of another company’s designs. Being at it’s base a 64bit dual core PA Semi PWRficient SoC chip designed w/ IBM, PowerPC RISC Instruction Sets. Then Apple bought Intrinsity out from under Samsung Partnership and used them to design new logic for it, while having Samsung shrink the chip down from 65nm process to Samsung’s own 28nm process. PA Semi already had designs up to 16 cores and just wait till Apple claims to have invented those 16 core processors too! lol…. btw…. the new Qualcomm, Exynos and Intel mobile processors are dedicated 64bit processors. Meaning they don’t have to run a hybrid kernel that is a waste of resources and still can’t utilize Pervasive Multitasking like Samsung’s Smarter Phones can!!!

        • Angelo Ryū Tepes

          theres an understanding in the industry.. its called TESTED and PROVEN…

          the A7 is that.. while everything else is today… just prototypes not even in market.. except for NVidia’s Tegra K1 which I am VERY impressed with

          • iKrontologist

            The A7 is basically an underclocked IBM RISC Clone, remapped to ARM settings. It has far more power than even an equivalent AMD SoC or Intel SoC in transistor count alone. Being itself based almost entirely on PA Semi’s chips and SoC designs that were destined to compete with Intel and AMD both prior to Apple’s purchase.

            But instead of attacking these desktop powerhouses at the time, Apple chose to wimp out and categorize the these chips as mobile chips, where they knew they would have no equal in transistor count alone. Yet…. the OS running them is little more than a reworked iPod/iPhone weak kneed mobile OS that has never been able to get out of it’s own way to do True Pervasive Multitasking. Let alone efficiently run MP cores! lol…. it’s a shame to think all that power can’t ever be efficiently taken advantage by a weak hybrid kernel OS downported to ARM chips minus features, file system and task management unable to take full advantage of it’s power!

            iOS 7 is the biggest mess and excuse for the operating system that is supposed to take Apple into battle against ARM A50 series. Let alone attempt a move into being Apple’s new ONE OS against Microsoft Windows 8 and WP8 systems! ….which btw… actually can run True Multitasking on both 32bit and 64bit chips. Like Linux has been doing for years. I don’t think you realize that the 64bit Linux kernel has been ready for years. Now including both Intel and Samsung with ARM as key contributing members of the Open Source Community.

            Only thing they’ve been waiting for are enough 64bit Apps to warrant a full dedicated 64bit Linux OS. Intel has already got a 64bit Android OS up and running on latest 22nm Intel Atom SoC!

            “The new Atom chips will also include Imagination Technology’s Power VR Series 6 GPU with quad-cluster 3D graphics.” Even more important is the fact the GPU is a far more advanced version than any Power VR Series 6 chip in A7. Intel is including PowerVR GX6650 chip and upto 4GB LPDDR4 fabricated on their 22nm HKMG process. These chips already announced along with 64bit Android at MWC should be launching in devices over the next 2 quarters to complete with Nvidia’s Kepler (192 core Monster) Tegra K1 chips! Both saying Sayonara to Apple’s A7 and A8 to be left eating their dust!

  • dNj

    Joshua you need to clean up the grammatical errors in your post. The glaring errors made it difficult to follow your article.

  • On a Clear Day

    Typo and omission?
    The well-documented rivalry between Samsung and Apple comes to the fore once again, this time by pitting Samsung’s latest and greatest against the best of Samsung.

    Also, latest form of wifi ac is missing from comparison list.


    My mommy is better than urs cus shes got bigger boobs than ur mommy. And ur mommy sucks cus shes been around the block more than my mommy. Dumbass ppls. Just buy whatever u like and use whatever u prefer…

  • iKrontologist

    @Joshua Vergara Where in the hell did you come from? The Applewellian Motherload of iProles? I mean dude get a brain of your own and for sure get an education. So that you understand technology for F****** sake. This is only the first time Samsung is using their ingenious nano-gate fabrication technology for ISOCELL in their own premium smartphone and you don’t know a thing about it!!!

    They’ve already posted up comparisons to Sony’s BSI technology using an smaller sized 8mp sensor and it’s obviously better than that. Even though YOU as a brainless tweeb aren’t even considering that this wasn’t even final release Galaxy S 5. You ever used a smartphone with a camera that has phase detection AF 3 times faster than any other smartphone. Obviously not…. because there are none.

    Plus the fact that they still haven’t released final firmware that’ll include this bit of tech you don’t seem to understand either:

    Final release model will have this patent applied for technology further compensating for dark current areas of the sensor to make blacks darker. Thereby compensating for noise under low light conditions, so higher ISO’s can be used without the effect seen in comparison to the Sony BSI camera tech in Galaxy S 4 in that Russian site’s pics. So naturally it’s going to be even better than CrApple’s Sony BSI sensor too!
    btw…. when is Android Authority ever going to quite hiring CrApplewellian sleeper agent iProles? O_o

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