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iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 speed comparison: which is faster?

iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 speed comparison: which is faster?
Did you know that smartphones today have more computing power than the supercomputers used by NASA to send men on the moon? Yup, our lovely handheld gadgets can crunch some serious numbers. Having plenty of raw processing power, however, does not always translate into a speedy smartphone experience. You see, the real-life performance of a modern phone is usually determined by how smoothly software and hardware work together.

Take Apple and its iPhone for example – the company has total control over the software and hardware that go inside its smartphone, and both are built from the ground up to work in perfect unison. The result is a stellar smartphone experience that does not rely on octa-core processors and bajillion gigabytes of RAM. That is not to say that a potent hardware configuration isn't a plus, especially when it comes to Android smartphones. In fact, all of the best Android handsets rely on the most capable system-on-chip solutions that are available. For example, one of the most popular Android devices at the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S5, is powered by one of Qualcomm's fastest chips, the 2.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 801.

But ultimately, which is the better solution? And which is faster – the iPhone 6 or the Galaxy S5? To answer these questions, we attempted a comparison the kind of which we don't do often... yet. Below is a speed comparison between the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 – a comparison aimed at determining which phone is faster in real life. Long story short, both phones stood their ground really well. The iPhone 6 had the upper hand when dealing with the basics and handling the phone's core applications. Yet the Galaxy S5 managed to stand out in other fields of testing. Check out the video below to see how our speed comparison between the two phones turned out.


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posted on 28 Sep 2014, 14:48 50

1. DogeShibe (Posts: 1110; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Galaxy S5 > iPhone 6

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 14:54 31

6. brar.arsh (Posts: 198; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Comparison wuth HTC M8 and Nexus 5 would be awesome because Touchwiz is always slower than Vanilla Android and HTC Sense.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:15 2

25. sip1995 (Posts: 1545; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Indeed.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 17:08 30

88. steedsofwar (unregistered)


Notice how he kept saying the S5 lags when it was slower but never said the iphone lagged when IT was slower!

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 18:34 2

100. Amw86 (Posts: 44; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)


not to mention if you watch his fingers/the timing difference its basically just within the bounds of human error

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 07:17 1

139. james.threatt (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Sep 2014)


We need this video in super slow mo to see if his inability to hit the apps at the same time is the cause of the lag.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 08:19

141. Cicero (Posts: 848; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


I'm also wondering what's connected on background of GS5: G+, Hangouts, S-note, S-voice, S-younameit and so on Google and Samsung services. Multitasking comparison please. Not opening only dumb phone tasks.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 19:12

101. kevin91202 (Posts: 514; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


+1
I was about to post the same thing.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 22:31 2

113. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Lol yeah. That is the power of the icult. Their fans are willing to use their influence to strengthen the icult. While fandroids fight among themselves.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:43 11

54. Bootutu (Posts: 227; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Nexus 5 vs iPhone 6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPhkPXVxISY

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 18:33 3

99. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


N5>I6, smoked by old tech.

iphone is a sham of tech, it just costs more.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 21:17 1

108. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


How little you know makes me chuckle. Snapdragon 800 uses 3 year old 32bit cores.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 22:29 4

112. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Explain how newer tech with a lighter operating system gets smoked by 3 year old tech and lag droid?

I'd love to hear this.

The simple answer of course is 3 year old tech can still be lights out like a 3 year old car can beat a lot of 2015 cars if the engine is well made enough.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 02:08 2

131. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Taters. You wouldn't understand my explanation even if I cared enough to answer your questions.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 08:10 1

140. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


You don't have a valid explanation I see. Typical ifan....

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 22:44

119. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


That was my point,
old tech and lesser yet is still not losing anything compared to the newest an greatest a8 or whatever they call it, cyclone is it?
Lol, looks like it sucks not only your money but higher reasoning as well.

Chuckle indeed.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 02:03

130. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Go read Anandtech forums and realize how uninformed you are about mobile tech when you can't understand a thing those folks say.

Cyclone was iPhone 5's SoC.

Chuckle.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 22:21 2

110. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 230; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


NEXUS 5 would still azzwhip the iCHUMP6bs/POS...

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 22:48 1

120. dimas (Posts: 1823; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Saw the video and Nexus 5 is owning iPhone 6. So this means that Sony Z3 Compact will gobble up iPhone? And it's not even Sony's flagship phone. Talk about apple being "premium".

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 16:55 1

84. amats69 (Posts: 1368; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i would love to see same test with iphone 6 vs htc one m8..PA make this happen pls..thanks

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 00:46

127. diehardnokian (Posts: 145; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


yeah we've seen moto e beating it PA -_-

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 12:32

146. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 798; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


On phone buff, HTC One M8 actually turned out much faster and smoother than iPhone 5 's. Let's see how it turns about against iPhone 6

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 21:56

109. c.sonnen (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


and i think m8 will beat them both

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 22:50

122. dimas (Posts: 1823; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Every android flagship phone made last year own iPhone6. I'm sure there will be fast production phase for iPhone 6s.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 02:16

132. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Except when it's time to update to Android L.

TouchWiz doesn't support ART currently. Enjoy that timely update.

Even Android L does arrive, 32bit Krait cores in the Snapdragon parade will keep all current flagships from getting 20-30% free performance (and more battery life with race-to-sleep) with the 64bit version of Android L.

Will be extremely obvious once Android L releases for both 32bit Snapdragon and 64bit Exynos versions of the Note 4. There will be a huge performance gap. ARMv8 is a big deal. Everyone with an Android flagship today is going to miss out.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 11:10

144. tedkord (Posts: 9946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


As far as I know, ARMv8 also includes 32bit support, so all the new extensions/etc. will still be available when L comes to the US version of the Note 4. No issue.

There will be very little difference in performance.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 03:26

135. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 327; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Lol - and theres a surprise. A fandroid comment thats first with lots of little droidslut green thumbs next to it...Just why? Why do you people exist?

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 14:50 12

2. Jobayer (Posts: 167; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


Iphone 6 vs Galaxy Alpha , would be better since there are more similarities .

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 14:51 16

3. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


well miliseconds doesnt matter but that comparison is not fair bcuz iphone is newer than s5.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:07 19

16. tech2 (Posts: 3333; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Yup.Also, GS5 is pushing much more pixels and is also running widgets on its home screen and not just some grid of icons.

It is not clear if GS5 is running on ART which would've yielded better results.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:13 2

23. Scott93274 (Posts: 3719; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I feel as though if they're going to perform tests, it should be performed on the device as it's setup right out of the package. With Android, there's so much you can do to optimize the phone, but not everyone knows how to get into developer options and switch to ART or disable animations.

Not to say that you're incorrect that the S5 is capable of running faster though.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:16

27. Leo_MC (Posts: 964; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


And the finger used on it had a bruise while the finger used on iPhone was ok.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:21 2

33. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


also I dont care these speed comparisons when I decide between phones. I always go to store check them.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:24 1

37. Scott93274 (Posts: 3719; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Then you're just not nerdy enough to appreciate them.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 01:13

129. tech2 (Posts: 3333; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Its not about being nerdy. This whole test was relevant 2-3 years back before when android was on ginger bread and ICS was newly introduced.

I remember all the website used to do this speed test with iPhone. But over the last few years android has matured and these don't hold any relevance AT ALL. Not because android has caught up but tech sites have matured and learned that they'd rather discuss features then stupid speed test with miliseconds of difference.

Obviously, PA didn't got that memo.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:27 2

43. Pattyface (Posts: 1511; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


I did a store test today on the regular iPhone 6 and hated it actually lol. I liked the ID button but not much else.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:27

42. Japultra (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 May 2014)


It was running on Dalvik. He mentioned it when he talked about the OS.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 16:00

64. tedkord (Posts: 9946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I'm pretty sure he said the phone was using Dalvik. In fact, isn't ART disabled in the S5?

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 16:28

81. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Touch Wiz has ART disabled.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:09

20. Pattyface (Posts: 1511; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


SAY what? That has little do with it. The note 3 while a year old is still one of the fastest

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 16:26 1

80. amats69 (Posts: 1368; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Quad Core vs Dual Core, 1GB Ram vs 2 GB Ram

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 14:52 5

4. ShaikhJGI (Posts: 154; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


PA why you Always have to mention directly on Sammy everytime..?
"that does not rely on octa-core processors and bajillion gigabytes of RAM"
iCrap works smooth on Dual core accepted but its 1GB Ram is Crap.. No real Multitasking at all.. Thats bad one.. Give Healthy Cometition & healthy review not biased..:-(

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:19 2

31. Leo_MC (Posts: 964; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


I run 50 apps all at the same time on an iPhone 5s.
Is that multitasking or what?!

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:36 3

49. DogeShibe (Posts: 1110; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


So you run 50 apps all at the same time?
I bet you scroll all the way to the last.

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 07:12

148. Leo_MC (Posts: 964; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Yes, they all run at the same time (I have 6 messaging apps, 3 cloud+icloud, 2 widgets with instant update, all but 5 apps do not have notifications).
When I switch from app to app it is done instantaneously.
Is that multitasking?

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 19:28 2

103. Twisted247 (Posts: 282; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Yea I mean Apple doesn't need more then a GB of RAM or more then a dual core cause all the iphone is, is literally and Android app drawer.. Look at the million other things Android packs in outside of the app drawer that's why we UTILIZE the extra processing power and RAM..

Comparing IPhone to something like the s5 is ludicrous. It's the same as comparing a Base line Ford Ranger pickup with roll up windows and manual locks. To a McLaren P1 (Google it)...

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 14:53 6

5. district11 (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)


Samsung really failed with s5 :/

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 16:41 8

83. tedkord (Posts: 9946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


How so? It pretty much tied the newest iPhone with a newer CPU.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 19:48 3

105. tedkord (Posts: 9946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


And that was while rendering twice as many pixels.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 00:26

126. Iodine (Posts: 1285; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


But iPhone 6 has a smaller battery.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 14:54 2

7. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I want to see a speed comparison between the iPhone 6 and Nexus 5...

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:00 2

9. DogeShibe (Posts: 1110; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


N5 is almost a year old but can still go head to head with iP6.
Wait for N6 :)

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:08 3

18. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Yeah, I'm pretty sure the Nexus 5 is still faster than the Galaxy S5...

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:18 1

29. Pattyface (Posts: 1511; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


I absolutely agree. N devices remind me of the philosophy that Apple has with regards to marrying up hardware to the lean software. The n5 was as snappy as they come.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:22 1

35. Scott93274 (Posts: 3719; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Yeah, the Nexus 5 was a killer phone, but the battery life turned me off. Hopefully with Motorola developing the N6 we'll get a battery more akin to the ones found in their Droid Maxx line. Massive battery + project Volta =serious longevity.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:25

39. DogeShibe (Posts: 1110; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Like the Z3 and Z3C ... 2 days !!!

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:27

41. Scott93274 (Posts: 3719; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Hmm... I had no idea... I never follow any of those devices. Not to say they're bad, they just don't interest me.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:29 1

44. DogeShibe (Posts: 1110; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Know that feel ... but i appreciate them for that :)

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 15:46

55. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I wish there was a Google Play Edition Z3 and Z3C...

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 19:53 1

106. tedkord (Posts: 9946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Nexus 5 vs iPhone 6 - App Opening Speed:http://youtu.be/hPhkPXVxISY

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