Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: vote for the better smartphone!

One of the fiercest rivalries in the mobile industry for the past several years has been the one between Apple and Samsung. The harbingers of the heated battle are usually the giants' most up-to-date flagships - the Galaxy S ones usually stands up to an iPhone. This year is absolutely no different, as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Apple iPhone 6, each with its own merits and flaws, are the latest to engage in a heated battle royale and continue the everlasting war between Samsung and Apple. At this point, it's more than sure that most of you have an opinion about which one of these extremely popular smartphones is superior and offers more band for the buck, both feature- and experience-wise.

As usual, here at PhoneArena we value your opinion and are quite curious to see which one of the two devices is more well-received among the community. That's why we now ask you to decide in what key categories the Apple iPhone 6 simply destroys the Samsung Galaxy S5, or vice versa. After each of the following categories, you can vote for the winner as per your own opinion. It will be quite interesting if we (and mostly you) refrain from our usual allegiances and biases and vote for the clear champion, which will pave the way for a more objective comparison between the two champions. Okay, let's get to it!


Save for the hardware specs, one can only find more differences between the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5 in the design department. Now, the size difference is not as stark as it previously was, but there's still a big difference between the build quality of the respective exteriors. Cupertino's latest rendition relies on aluminum as it's made of a single metal block, while the Galaxy S5 puts its faith into polycarbonate and the distinctive "glam" back cover. 

The Apple iPhone 6 is thinner, shorter, not as wide, and lighter than the Galaxy S5, yet Sammy's flagship comes with a tad more display real estate - 5.1" in the Galaxy versus iPhone 6's 4.7 inches of screen glory. This means that the screen-to-size ratio of the Galaxy S5 is superior to the one of the Apple iPhone 6.  The latter's dimensions are 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches (138.2 x 67.1 x 6.9 mm) and the flagman weighs 4.55 oz (129 g), whereas its Android rival stands at 5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm) and tips the scales at no more or less than 5.11 oz (145 g).

Check out how these two compare to one another design-wise in the gallery below and make sure to cast your vote afterwards.

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6


5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm


4.55 oz (129 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5


5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm


5.11 oz (145 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6


5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm


4.55 oz (129 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5


5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm


5.11 oz (145 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page

Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: which one has a better overall design?

Apple iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy S5


The Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 6 can't be any different. Samsung's finest usually rely on punchy, off-the-scale Super AMOLED displays, and the Galaxy S5 is absolutely no different. The colors of its 5.1-inch display are oversaturated and inaccurate - this is not bad at all, especially if you are looking for more vivid and "colorful" display, but users who are looking for accurate color reproduction might get turned off by the Android monster.

What's more, its 8200 K color temperature surely takes its toll (6500 K being the reference point), and the Samsung flagship looks a bit coldish. The screen of the Galaxy S5 is also a more pixel-rich - its resolution is 1080x1920 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 432 pixels per inch. 

The Apple iPhone 6, on the other hand, puts its faith in IPS LCD displays and employs one on itself. With a resolution of 750x1334 pixels and size of 4.7 inches, Cupertino's finest accounts for a pixel density of 326ppi, less than the Galaxy S5. However, the display of the iPhone 6 is way more color-accurate and produces natural-looking colors that are nowhere as punchy and vivid as the one on the Galaxy S5. Apple's flagship also has a warmer display, which is rather close to the 6500 k  reference point with its own color temperature of 7162 K. The iPhone 6 also has a higher maximum brightness (606 nits) when compared to the Galaxy S5 (442 nits), which means that it will be a tad easier to use the former under sunlight. 

So, the punchy, eye-catching Galaxy S5 or the bright, color-accurate iPhone 6 - who's the winner in this section? Vote on this right below!

Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: which one has a better display?

Apple iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy S5

Interface and functionality

The differences between the two flagships continue full-scale in the interface section, too. While Apple has endowed the iPhone 6 with the latest rendition of iOS, iOS 8, Samsung's forerunner ships with the latest rendition of Android, Android 4.4.x KitKat, with the TouchWiz interface on top of it. Each of these prominent and popular mobile platforms have their own flaws and merits - the flexibility of Android is ubiquitous, whereas the pure simplicity of iOS 8 is a sound argument solely by itself.

Being arguably one of the most feature-rich Android user interfaces out there, TouchWiz is also, quite unfortunately, often criticized for its steep learning curve compared to similar Android devices and iOS. It is indeed packed with functionalities that iOS, but the latter is now a tad more open as well. Third-party keyboards are one of the several aspects that Apple now allows, and aside from this big implementation, iOS 8 has also scored a multitude of performance and feature-related novelties. iOS, however, can't stand up to the openness and flexibility of the Android-TouchWiz combo.

Of course, the respective user interfaces pave the way for different experience, and in the end of the day, this is among the more important aspects of the smartphone you hold in your hands. That said, does the Apple iPhone 6 offer better user experience than the Samsung Galaxy S5, or vice versa? Cast your vote below.

Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: which one provides better user experience?

Apple iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy S5


Both the Apple iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 are worthy competitors when it comes down to taking a photo. Cupertino's finest comes with an 8MP rear iSight camera with phase-detection autofocus and boasts an aperture of f/2.2. The optical image stabilization found on the iPhone 6 Plus is not present on the smaller iPhone, which is a pity, but then again, the Galaxy S5 doesn't have with the stabilizing feature as well. The latter, however, is flaunting a 16MP rear snapper with an f/2.2 ISOCELL camera sensor. Samsung has also enriched the flagship with a plethora of different shooting modes, whereas the iPhone sticks to the very basics and keeps things simple.

The video shooting capabilities of both devices deserve a special mention, too. While the iPhone 6 can shoot ultra slow motion videos at 240fps (which is among its most impressive features as a whole), the Galaxy S5 pushes the limits of mobile video recording in another segment, as it is capable of recording 4K videos with the staggering resolution of 3840x2160 pixels at 30fps.

The Galaxy S5 has already topped several of our blind tests, but it is yet to face the iPhone rival in this important segment. Take a look at the sample images and videos below and tell us which one among the two popular phones performs better according to you!

Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: which camera performs better?

Apple iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy S5


The face-off between the Apple iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 was destined to be a pretty fierce one and we can hardly wait to share the poll results with you! Speaking of the these, voting will be closed on Sunday, October 5, so make sure that you cast a vote while you still can. We'll share the results once they are ready, so stay tuned!

Related phones

iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

What results? The polls here are completely redundant as the site is infested with droidgeeks...Is there actually a tech site that exists anywhere that doesn't contain immature fanboys?

3. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

so do you want some cuddles... ?

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well the S5 IS a lot better.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31629; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Post of the day is yours. Its like going on a kkk site, and taking a poll on if they like minorities. duhhh...

12. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

playing the racial card i see :P

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31629; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't be an idiot bro.

17. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

i'm not being an idiot, you shouldn't compare people that choose a phone other than the one you like with the kkk lol. that's what i meant, sorry if i offended you i promise i'm not a member of the kkk lol

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31629; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's all good bro, simple misunderstanding. I'm not a member either lol, I swear :D

50. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Haha sweet. Thanks for understanding buddy, I'm glad no one your size is mad at me haha ;)

21. MrTzr unregistered

You're an idiot. Playing the racial card. Pathetic.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31629; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

See post 16

88. JMartin22

Posts: 2390; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Darkkjedii fancies invoking race from time to time in his arguments. Seems he has some sort of personal agenda.

18. yoeasie

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

If it was iphone geeks, people would be saying the same thing. This was a very fair comparison, android builds the better device. Your going to be hearing that ALOT MORE in comparisons for the next couple months so SAVE IT.

27. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

Android is developed by Google. It is an open source operating system. Android does not "build" anything. This comparison was between Apple and Samsung. And what is an iPhone geek? Normally, Apple fans aren't referred to as "geeks". Not that there aren't any. You obviously wouldn't be referred to as one...

33. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

admit it S5 is far way better than your expensive iphone 6, truth hurts indeed!

46. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

haha, this is a no brainer vote. using outdated technology while the iP6 u can easily bend it now u have a curve screen

48. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"Is there actually a tech site that exists anywhere that doesn't contain immature fanboys?" No. Anymore questions? As for your droidgeek comment.....back in 2009, 2010 it was almost the complete opposite. Site was infested with iFanatics. Probably before then too. So whats the point of your post? Whats really gonna bake your noodle later on is....would you have still made this post....if the site was dominated by iFanatics....and yes that is a jab at Bend Gate ala The Matrix right after the spoon bending scene...

51. wirelesssource

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I'm just waiting for the iPhone 4 Vs. The Galaxy S6 poll

62. isheepdumbos

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

iphone = no pen for the phablet, no removable battery (and it has the poorest battery life, but apple store will change it for $100), no Widgets, buggy iOS 8, bend-gate, antenna-gate, glass-gate and on and on. It's the droidgeeks to you? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!​!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

70. es5150

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Feeling a little insecure?

73. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

you just made your self sound like one of those immature fanboys, of the iPhoneFanBoy kind.. lol

77. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Come here and I'll give you a hug... It's ok. Your iPhone ain't that bad in 2012.

82. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I think based on your comment you might be included in the "immature fanboys" crowd.

87. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

If that's the case. Then most of them who complain the iPhone 6 has an ugly design are obviously lying because the iPhone 6 is winning the votes by a lot. All the other votes the Galaxy S5 is winning those.

2. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Galaxy s5 is better :)

30. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Yep, btw is it just me or does the iPhone 6 camera have an annoying yellow tint be it in video or regular photos? It's mostly noticeable in comparisons with another phones.

4. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

Iphone 6- for Design and Camera Galaxy S5- for Display and Functionality

38. jdot104

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

The display category was pretty evenly matched to me. The iPhone 6 gets major points for outdoor visibility and overall quality of the display's installation, but the S5 has killer resolution.

79. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Couldn't have said it better myself

6. twens

Posts: 1184; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

When it comes to user experience I voted for the iPhone. It's consistent than the s5. The rest I voted s5. iPhone has a nicer design but I chose the s5 cos it has a practical design.

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