Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5S
The Galaxy S5 offers a more versatile, but harder to take up interface, compared to the simplified iOS 7 on the iPhone 5s.
With the Galaxy S5, Samsung toned down its customized TouchWiz experience, layered on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, when compared to the previous versions. We don't have as many S-branded apps, and the menu sections and icons have received a flatter, simpler look. It doesn't look very uniform this way, as the homescreens and widgets have remained the same, yet it is very functional. There are numerous new features in that version, like Private Mode and Kid Corner, aimed to make your multi-user life with the handset easier. We can also count on Samsung's Multi Window mode that divides the 5.1” display in two resizable sections that can run two apps independent of each other at once, aiding your multitasking needs.
The iPhone runs iOS 7.1, which exhibits flat, colorful icons, and handy drop-down notification bar, which is inhabited by your most pertinent new info. We also get a pull-up Command Center, rich in connectivity toggles, and a screen brightness slider. Apple's approach doesn't bet on a widget system, and doesn't offer any split-screen multitasking, or floating apps. You can go back and forth between the apps you have open at the moment, which is as close to multitasking as you can get on the iPhone 5s. Apple provides its Siri voice-controlled assistant, which is countered with Google Voice on the S5, and the two offer similar functionality for those who are bent on using their vocal cords to manage their handset. The iPhone 5s has the excellent Passbook application, which aggregates your digital coupons, airline and train tickets, movie passes and rewards and gift cards, while Google's Android has yet to reply to iOS on this feature.
Processor and memory
With a lot of processor oomph under the hood, Galaxy S5's Snapdragon 801, and Apple's 64-bit A7 will eat any app or game you throw at them for breakfast.
Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset with LTE support, paired with 2 GB of RAM. It offers much improved 3D graphics and image processing, compared to Snapdragon 800 of yesteryear. Apple offers a 64-bit A7 processing chip in its handset, and 1 GB of RAM. Both processors are so fast, that there is barely any app out there, including heavy 3D games, that would make them break a sweat. The 5s has 16 GB of internal memory from the box, just as the S5, which, however, carries a microSD slot for more.
Internet and connectivity
We can attest for stellar browsing experience on both devices, with fast and smooth scrolling, panning around and zooming in or out. The Reading mode in Safari on the iPhone 5s strips webpages of distracting content like pics and ads, and presents you the article in a clear text format for easier reading. It doesn't support Adobe Flash, which can be sideloaded on the default S5 browser for those situations you might need it. Surfing the web on the larger display of Samsung's phone, is, naturally, more enjoyable, due to the sheer screen size advantage.
The handsets have multiband LTE and 3G radios, depending on the area they are sold in, as well as a suite of other connectivity options, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, and DLNA streaming. The Galaxy S5 adds NFC to the mix, too. Samsung's flagship flaunts a Download Booster mode, which combines Wi-Fi and cellular data for quicker connections. It also offers an infared port at the top, which is used to command home electronics like TVs, stereos, set-top boxes, and even AC units of various brands.
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5S - Interface and Functionality