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

How do the latest and greatest from Samsung and the best of Apple compare? We find out in our quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S.
February 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.

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Samsung Galaxy S5
5.1-inch Super AMOLED, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 432 ppi
iPhone 5S
4-inch IPS LCD, 1136 x 640, 326 ppi
Samsung Galaxy S5
2.5 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
iPhone 5S
1.3 Ghz dual-core Apple A7, PowerVR G6430 GPU
Samsung Galaxy S5
2 GB
iPhone 5S
1 GB
Samsung Galaxy S5
16 MP rear LED flash, 2.1 MP front
iPhone 5S
8 MP rear dual-LED flash, 1.2 MP front
Samsung Galaxy S5
2,800 mAh
iPhone 5S
1,560 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S5
16/32 GB, expandable
iPhone 5S
16/32/64 GB
Samsung Galaxy S5
3G, LTE Cat. 3 2X2 MIMO
iPhone 5S
4G LTE - all
Samsung Galaxy S5
GPS, GLONASS, microUSB 3.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
iPhone 5S
GPS, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Samsung Galaxy S5
Android 4.4 Kitkat
iPhone 5S
iOS 7
Samsung Galaxy S5
142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm,
145 grams
iPhone 5S
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.