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

You can buy six Moto E phones with stock Android for the price of one Galaxy S5 with TouchWiz, 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...
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9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It's not really a "hater" thing. I've noticed that while Samsung phones start out fast, they become unforgivably slow pretty quick, sometimes less than a year after release. Touchwiz is not good software, by Samsung's own admission. Again, not a hater. I'd still take a Samsung device over Apple, Windows Phone, LG, and even HTC (in that order).

19. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Your so right, but this happens with every android it happen when I had the atrix from Motorola, first galaxy note, galaxy note 2, galaxy 2 galaxy 3........i still got galaxy note 3 but I haven't been using it much so i cannot say if it will happen to galaxy note 3, I am using Lumia 1520 all the time so I will know once a year reach if this happens to windows phone or not.....if it don't you gotta give windows props......for me to get all those other android to run smooth again i had to do a hard reset.....lets hope this dont happen to my 1520...... (Written from my beautiful red 1520)

69. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Six months so far on my Moto X and it's held up beautifully. When I ripped the original software out of my Atrix and loaded a Jelly Bean ROM on it, apart from the inherent instability of being an unofficial ROM, it ran beautifully. On the official Gingerbread software (which also had an overlay akin to Touchwiz) it didn't so much. Stock Android has gotten really, REALLY good. It's Samsung's overlay that kind of kills its devices in my experience.

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

So you have to close all apps for the Phone and Touchwiz to function properly.. So that means the weak Cpu can't keep up with Touchwiz... Why don't they use a iNtel. Atom or Silverlight. Baytrail and then you won't be complaining about slow laggy Touchwiz

17. Jason2k13

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

so a 0.5 seconds difference in speed is considered slow laggy and not functioning properly? right...

21. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Wondering if they set the transition speed on the moto e to .5x and left Samsung's at 1x so the moto e looked faster.

36. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Conspiracy theories .... Why not animations off on the Moto E? is what it is.

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This I agree with.

73. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

make youtube video of this. I will watch

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

A post below reminded me of something......lets take benchmarks. Pretty sure the GS5 will beat it in all kinds of benchmarks, right? So....which will be noticed more in everyday use....benchmarks or UI, app use.

41. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

If you and I watched the same video you'd know that the apps loaded slower on the S5 and it had nothing to do with transitions, the S5 was just slower and laggier and this is on an S5, the 5th iteration of the Galaxy Series and a CPU that should be more than fast enough to keep the OS running smoothly at least for the basic performances. Of course this is all thanks to Touchwiz. Also, you say lag trolls and haters but a lot of those people actually face lag in Samsung devices, like me (S, SII, Note II, Note III, S4, S5). It may start out smooth, but over time, even simple things like opening the contacts app takes ages with 4 seconds of looking at a black screen. On my Note II, sometimes I will do a ton of scrolling and the screen won't respond, but suddenly it will respond and do all those swipes 2 seconds after I had done the last one. All of this only happens in Touchwiz apps which says a lot.

46. Jason2k13

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

1. recent apps and not closing background apps can slow down the opening time of apps. 2. All android phones especially with a custom skin lags, not just samsung. 3. People will usually blame samsung and use it to compare with others, because its the most popular android phone. 4. I find it ironic how people who say "samsung phones are laggy", claim they own many samsung phones. So Samsung phones are apparently bad and laggy yet they continue to buy it? Yep sounds legit.

78. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

the m7 and m8 dont lag... and vanilla definitely doesnt

65. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Touch Wiz ruins the experience. After the junk known as the S3, I swore to never run another Samsung again until they get their act together, and I'm still waiting...

83. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

One thing I think people aren't realising is that the smaller phone in this test at least also needs to do less work. Resolution alone plays a big role in how things both are perceived and handled internally. Moto E: 540 x 960 G5 : 1080x1920 that is a massive difference the moto e only has to handle a fourth of the rendering the g5 does. And this is just one thing, but also the reason I don't get that people want beyond full hd resolution. yes the g5 is more then 4 times as powerful then the moto e, so it shouldn't really be a problem and isn't in general, however if you look at the actual time of the events the actual rendering is almost identical, what the s5 is 'slower' in is actually response time, when he presses the icon, which almost always suffers when you increase resolution. That said touchwiz probably causes some lose in responsiveness, my question is, is it really that noticable? or do people just want to complain about the tiniest thing. If there was several seconds of difference, then maybe I can understand, but as it is no not really. And also note before people scream 'gallery', notice g5 has more to load then moto e, so yes, it might take longer, a better comparing video would be one showing them from start to finish from stock reset.

87. MobileNico

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

You are the only one making sense here. I hate TouchWiz just as much as the next guy, but there are far more factors that need to be considered in this comparison.

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

"TouchWiz, bring a lot of flashy eye candy to feast on" Eye candy? how the hell? BTW this is awesome, the big part i hate about samsung phones UGLY LAGWIZ.

8. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

*eye cancer. Oh man I miss Wendy :( it was fun reading his comments.

60. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

lost me bro. you like it ro do you hate it. or Love/hate, just put a custom ROM im lazy i love all lagwiz Tochesensey, Motorblur Not much nexus to basic, lg skiin. Well evryone brings somthing to the table. Thats the beauty. Just like custom ROMs

63. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Except some S5s have a locked bootloader and doesn't have a root method yet (AT&T S5 is one). So much for flashing a custom

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Power of a light OS

75. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

god is that you

16. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Moto e sure is the better phone lol, its slightly smoother in 3 specific areas. Let's not open random apps, let's not open games. It's like buying a expensive tv vs a cheap TV and just showing the few areas the cheap TV is better and claiming it's better. If you really think you will get better performance from moto than a s5 than go a head and buy it. Watch pocketnow moto e review and just see how great it is. Just cause it opened slightly quicker in a few specific areas doesn't mean it's a better performing device. Also there's a difference between animation speed and lag. Samsung for whatever reason prefer slower animations.

23. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Except an expensive TV blows away a cheap TV in pretty much every way if your not comparing LEDs to Plasmas. If your comparing plasmas to LEDs like a $600-$800 one is similar quality to a $1500-$2000+ one... The Plasma is not perfect though, it won't be as bright, it will use more energy and it will be heavier/less compact. Its obvious that they set the motos animation speed to .5x so its "faster." Do the same thing to an S5 or any other phone and all the "lag" goes away.

26. farhad_per

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Oh please dont comment stupily on this stupid comparison..! Go buy moto e and enjoy your life...!

32. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Why would I buy a moto e when I have a Nexus 5?

42. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The Vizios would like a word with you. They held their own for blacks and contrast, maybe even color. Even for Full Array for LEDs is was as good if not better than expensive brands. I'm talking LED vs LED, LCD vs LCD. We cant use expensive vs cheap in comparisons like this when a Vizio uses lot of parts from the other major TV players. Vizio now is considered a better quality brand too vs when it first launched.

76. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

is that video game LDc vs LECD

50. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

i think you missed my point which is that you can find a few things that the cheaper device is good at against the more expensive device and if all you do is compare the things the cheaper device is good at it will look like the better device but if you compare all aspects and in this case the s5 vs moto e, how quick does it launch a game,how is performance when you have apps in the background etc,how long does it take to render a web page etc etc

24. farhad_per

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

What a stupid anti samsung kid with a stupid comparison....! Go to hell you troll..! Its obvious that some stupid anti.sammy try to bash and troll samsung with a video upload...!! Iam a samsung user by 12 first was samsung N100 and now I bought S5 octa after having s3 and I it has never lagged you fool...! And if ever it has some issues,,, no problem at all..! Because touchwiz,s pros is way better than its somtime stutter or lag...! I can live without smart stay... multi window and many touchwizes pros..thats all..!

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