Galaxy S5 gets owned by the lowly Moto E in this real-life speed test (video)

Galaxy S5 gets owned by the lowly Moto E in this real-life speed test (video)
You can buy six Moto E phones for the price of one unsubsidized Galaxy S5, but how much better is Samsung's flagship performance, compared to the barebones budget phone from Motorola? Well, judging from the video below, the stripped-down Android experience trumps TouchWiz any day of the week, even when it's driven by the most potent Snapdragon chipset currently on the market.

Granted, it's not clear if the Galaxy S5 has been reset before the testing, or tens of processes and applications are lurking in the memory, eating away precious silicon resources, but still the speed difference is pretty visible to be ignored. The Moto E animations are a fraction of a second faster, as are the stock apps, including entering the camera mode. 

Of course, manufacturer overlays, such as TouchWiz, bring a lot of flashy eye candy to feast on, and additional features that stock Android can't or won't bring to the table. Still, this real-life performance comparison between one of the most powerful and expensive smartphones out there, and one of the most affordable and basic Android handsets, is a worthy watch for all specs-chasers and synthetic benchmark aficionados out there.

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Galaxy S5

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User Score:

  • Display 5.1 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow Samsung TouchWiz UI
Moto E

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User Score:

  • Display 4.3 inches 960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 1GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1980 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.4


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