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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s: first look


Samsung Galaxy S5, together with the Sony Xperia Z2, will be the Android flagships to beat in the not-so-distant future, but there is another warrior lurking in the shadows - the iPhone 5s. Apple's finest is always a popular choice with users, that's why we staged a fight between the iPhone 5s, and the newly-announced Galaxy S5.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s: first look
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s: first look
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s: first look
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s: first look
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s: first look
Design


Measuring at just 8.1 mm, the Galaxy S5 is only a tad thicker than the iPhone 5s, but much larger and heavier, thanks to the larger, 5.1" 1080p display. It's plastic build introduces a new perforated back refrain, which come in several flashy colors. Apple's iPhone features premium metal and glass materials for the chassis, while the handset is, naturally, much more compact, and way easier to use with one hand. Both handsets have some unique design features to flaunt - Apple has the Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the home key, while the S5 has a swipe Finger Scanner there. Samsung's phone is also waterproof, and sports a heart rate monitor on the back.

Display


The S5 has a 5.1" 1080p Super AMOLED screen, that Samsung says is capable of 500 nits of peak brightness, almost what the 4" 640x1136 pixels display on the iPhone is able to churn out, too. Both panels sport great viewing angles, but the S5 has higher pixel density than what the 5s offers. Apple has proven many times that its phone display panels flaunt almost perfect color representation, whereas the AMOLED panels exhibit somewhat cold and saturated colors, which seems to be the case with the S5 display, too.

Interface


The S5 carries Samsung's own interface overlay, coated over Android 4.4 KitKat. There are numerous functionality improvements, like Private Mode an Kid Corner, aimed to make your life with the handset easier. The iPhone runs the simpler iOS 7, with its command and notification centers, which doesn't, however, support the widget functionality.

Processor and memory


Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset with LTE support, paired with 2 GB of RAM. This processor is just a step below Qualcomm's fastest Snapdragon 805, and offers much improved image processing. Apple offers a no-less fast, 64-bit A7 processing chip in its handset, and 1 GB of RAM. The 5s has 16 GB of internal memory from the box, just as the S5, which, however, carries a microSD slot for more.
 

Camera


A brand new, 16 MP camera sensor, is what Samsung used for the Galaxy S5, and a 2.1 MP frontal shooter. It claims that the camera unit now provides the fastest 0.3 seconds autofocus times of all handsets - a feat made possible by the dedicated image signal processors in the Snapdragon 801 chipset. There's also a new Selective Focus camera option, that will capture at different focus settings, leading to a blurred out background, for more artsy photos - a feature we found to be a bit finicky on our demo unit. Apple's iPhone 5s' 8 MP camera has consistently delivered great results in our camera comparisons, and it flaunts a very simple, easy to use camera app.


Expectations


Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s might not seem in the same category, when it comes to one-handed usage, but the traditional Apple-Samsung rivalry has always set the duo apart, and this year is unlikely to be an exception. They will also be priced quite similar, if history is any indication. Both phones have very good displays, fast processors, and offer lag-free interface and app experience. Samsung one-ups the iPhone in the camera department, offering 4K video, Selective focus, and real-time HDR mode. Apple's iPhone 5s sports the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, whereas Samsung counters with the Finger Scanner, again in the home key, a heart rate sensor, and a waterproof chassis. If Samsung's extra features are important for you, the Galaxy S5 will be the obvious choice, unless your preferences include a much more compact and leaner chassis, like the one on the iPhone 5s.

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 18:31 7

1. verbalize (Posts: 77; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Big big big disappointment... Guess what I'm not getting now.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 18:48 5

4. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


get over it and buy a boring phone, buy an iphone...

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 02:02

34. Leo_MC (Posts: 476; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


The more boring the phone, the better.
I'm buying things that help me communicate, I don't want to waste my time, flipping through stuff; if I want to entertain myself, I go see a play...

So yes, a boring phone is the better phone.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:56 2

16. greathero1 (Posts: 458; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


I'm with you on this one. I had my hopes up so high that they were going to up the ante with the design. It's my only gripe with the Galaxy S phones. They are good performers but they are unattractive IMO. Keeping my Nexus 5 for sure now!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 22:24

33. Finest (Posts: 76; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


Z2 perhaps ?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 18:39

2. alaw.14 (Posts: 119; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


What??? The iphone 5s

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 18:47 2

3. Carlitos (Posts: 295; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Idk why even bother comparing. The 5s is more in the league of the S4 and the Note 3.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:02 2

8. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I take offense when you compare it to a Note 3. Night and day difference; I had a 5s and regretted the entire experience.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:30 4

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 10094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No you didn't.

posted on 09 Mar 2014, 19:44

38. JunitoNH (Posts: 834; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


+1 He probably never owned one; he hated the experience, geez. You could had lied better, and said it was too small for your hands.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:48

30. blingblingthing (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


The iPhone 5s and a note 3 in league?

I guess you're talking respective flagships from manufacturers? Can't think of anything else.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 18:49 1

5. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Probably not a fair fight for the 5S...idk

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 18:55 3

6. Heatfan316 (Posts: 330; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Even though I'm unimpressed by GS5's lackluster specs, it still whips the tail end off of the irrelevant feature phone sitting next to it. Only fanboys and the tech ignorant have kept Apple in the game thus far, Apple is the epitome of a stagnant company and the iPhone is a perfect example of this, still basically the same since 07.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:39 3

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 10094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Oohhhh butt hurt android fanboy blasts apple. Where have I heard this before...hmmmm? Face it mr angry, Samsung made another nice device, but drooped the ball. No 2k screen, no 64 bit chip, no 3 gigs of ram, and apples finger print sensor all packed into last years design. As for those déjà vu commercial, mr pot please meet mr kettle.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:43

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 10094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dropped

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:09 1

18. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


You really act as if Apple hasn't been putting out the same device since 2007. You must drink that Apple flavored kool aid by the boat load.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:12

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 10094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nope, I drink water. Isn't post 17 basically the same as this?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:16 1

22. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


Haven't you been saying the same thing in every post on this thread?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:19

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 10094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


See post 23

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:57

32. blingblingthing (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Sorry dark. Didn't Motorola have the fingerprint scanner first?
2k screen Just boost production costs and will have Probably has a low yield. Not ready for the big leagues.
Don't think the s5 is multitasking like the note 3. 3 gbs not a must. 64 is very marginal gains.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 08:48

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 10094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yeah they did, but since no one bought the Atrix no one knew about it. It is apple that started the fingerprint push, just like now everyone pushes a gold phone, cuz of apple even though they weren't the first to do it.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 01:00

36. blingblingthing (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


So you mean apple started doing the following then?
Didn't Samsung show they had gold phones before the 5s?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 11:12

37. darkkjedii (Posts: 10094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Samsung didn't go with a gold version based on what they had before, they did it based on the popularity of the gold 5s. I'm not gonna do this little fanboy crap with you, you know the real.

posted on 09 Mar 2014, 19:47

39. JunitoNH (Posts: 834; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Well you can purchase Samsung's new gold phone, or should I call it, the band aid phone.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:00

7. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I think it's time to retire the 5s from these comparisons. Just tired of seeing a very small phone go up against something much bigger than itself. It's the same theme every time when I see it.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:41 3

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 10094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Maybe you should retire account from PA then.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:06

9. dancorcal (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


I'm hearing that it really is the qhd display and the 1080 is not correct.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:40 2

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 10094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Post the link

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:46

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 10094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


People are tripping, but I think the blue Galaxy s4.2 is a nice device. I can't wait to see what the Galaxy s5 looks like in 2017.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:07

17. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


That'll be around the same time Apple stops putting out the same device year after year.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:10

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 10094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That comeback suggests butthurt. Sorry today's announcement hurt your bum.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:15

21. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


You must be fascinated with my "bum" and hurting my butt. Why else would you be mentioning it? And todays announcement was fine. I think the S5 is a great device and far superior to the crap that CR@ppl3 continuously puts out year after year.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:19

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 10094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Awwww the baby wants to one up meawww. Him wants the wast word, ok wittle man him can havy wavy the wast word. I promise not to respond to your response to my response to your butthurtness of the galaxy s 4.2.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:30

26. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


And yet here you are. Commenting again. Guess you wanted the last word more than you care to admit. But denial is normal for Apple fanboys.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 19:01

40. ChocolatePants (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


And yet here you are. Commenting again. Guess you wanted the last word more than you care to admit. But denial is normal for Samsung fanboys. (Don't care which device is better, but ur comment is hilarious.)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:30

25. Ikechukwu (Posts: 133; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


would this guy reviwing ever stop those little biased statements he always makes in favor of his iPhone?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:35

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 10094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


And yet here you are. Commenting again. Guess you wanted the last word more than you care to admit. But denial is normal for Apple fanboys DJX2

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:40

28. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


So now you're going the childish route. Copying what I just wrote. I guess Apple fanboys are babies too. Then again, the iPhone is a Fisher Price toy so...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:41

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 10094; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


So now you're going the childish route. Copying what I just wrote. I guess Apple fanboys are babies too. Then again, the iPhone is a Fisher Price toy so... DJX2

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:53

31. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


Keep swinging from 'em homie. Its obvious you're lockjaw tight on them. Troll.

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