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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30. palmguy

Posts: 965; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

N400 on Sprint. What a phone by in 2003 :)

48. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

you seem butthurt? no doubt crapwiz lags. You are comparing apples to oranges here. The galaxy S5 has a mighty Snapdragon 801 while Moto E has a measly Snapdragon 200. No excuses for galaxy s5.

51. farhad_per

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Oh I am not taking to you noob....! You cant campare a rolls royce with 5.0 lit engine vs a BMW bike vs 1.0 lit engine and say the bike is faster...? Do you understand..? Hope so dude..!

77. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

what. I kind a get it. but really man let him be. not worth it.

37. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1149; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Lol, BS comparison, this is a matter of transition speeds which can be tweaked in Developer Options! That GS5 also has a lot of overhead, you can see in the Gallery comparison that the GS5 has a whole lot of media in it and seems have been used a lot by the reviewer, while the Moto E is new with barely anything. In the G+ comparison its a matter of which phone was last used on G+, and it's quite clear the Moto had accessed G+ just before the video was shot. TouchWiz does have it's downs but the Ups out do them 10:1. On KitKat TW is very fast and smooth.

45. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

you are comparing apples to oranges here. The galaxy S5 has a mighty Snapdragon 801 while Moto E has a measly Snapdragon 200. No excuses for galaxy s5.

85. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Apparently he's ignoring your statement, he still believes S5 is the best in all aspects. Typical S-lover

38. bubbadog

Posts: 1; Member since: May 21, 2014

Would be great to see how the MotoX does, which is closer but still no where near in terms of power to the S5.

40. peace247 unregistered

Bull sh*t.I know tw is slow but moto e .....be practical guys.

43. tokuzumi

Posts: 1828; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

That's impressive. Although, I'm sure the much lower pixel count on the E helps make things a little snappier. But it shows that you would need to tweak the touchwiz settings to get better performance. I remember on my S3 I had to turn off the "double tap home to enable s-voice", and it made the home button much more responsive. If a GPe S5 comes out, I'd like to see this comparison again.

44. rantao333

Posts: 345; Member since: May 21, 2013

all phones beat that laggy ugly s5

47. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

so everyone would love a knife but the techies love swiss army knife you choose your tool wisely, my friend

49. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

this dude didn't do any real test shouldn't this guy try all apps and not just like two of them. I like when he says its laggy and 4:12 it S5 loads picture up first, then he says it not responsive and 4:33 Moto E doesnt even respond. WoW dude doesnt even acknowledge that MOto e Does lag and even unresponsive wow wonder what he likes. HMMM why mate did you make this when you debunked yourself. Both phones are great, i think .10 of second of lag sure did waste my life, now i cant play angry birds.

52. E34V8

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Samsung, y u no optimize TW? The moral of the story is - don't use lagwiz, buy a Nexus device (or a Moto X).

79. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

yes buy sAMSUNG

55. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

OK some things I noted was that multi screen mode was on and this is 100% a gs5 not been updated to the most uoto date ver of the software in the UK that as speed up all of the slow apps loads on this video

57. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Typical Samsung world problem!

81. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

TYPICAL ODIN

90. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Yup Im what I'm Burning or something? Careful your 'rod' will melt because it's plastic!

59. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Moral of the story test it yourself.

64. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I do not see why Google has hidden the option to go into development rmode and turn off anaimation. You know the whole tap 7 times on About Phone. I think that should be just part of display settings. In fact it would be nice if it is a choice you can make during setup and have it stary there until you change it. Animations can be cool but Android just cannot seem to do them without noticable performance decrease.

66. jinwons

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

This is hardly objective testing and he clearly had intention to show moto E > S5 in speed. He held two phones in right and left hand and see how he did testing. He pressed camera icon on Moto E slightly ahead of S5. The gallery app on S5 has ton of more pictures to load than moto E. He tried to scroll on G+ much faster than on Moto E. It almost seemed like he tried to make it stutter. You will notice all of this if looked at it close. Also he didn't say how the phone state was prior to testing. Were they just re-booted to clear, refresh memory? Were some unnecessary bloats like S-voice, smart screen, air view/gesture turned off? I'm pretty sure you can make S5 run circle around Moto E on UI with simple changes to settings. But that wouldn't make any news hits as it's expected. I'm not defending TW here. It definitely needs to be toned down further. But videos like this is very misleading.

67. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

Touchwiz is laggy no doubt... sams*it.. I love my G2.. :)

68. indiebandit

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

The tweaks are available within the settings of all recent Android phones in a section called “Developer options.” This section might be hidden on some phones, but it’s very easy to access. On many phones, you just have to open a certain page in the settings and tap a button seven times. Use Google to figure out how to enable Developer options on your phone if it’s currently hidden (for example, search “enable developer options HTC One”). Once you have access to Developer options, simply scroll until you find the following three settings, which may be located on the main screen or within an “Advanced” subsection: Window animation scale Transition animation scale Animator animation scale Tapping each of the three aforementioned settings will reveal that it’s set to “1x” by default. If you want to speed up your phone or tablet dramatically, simply change each of those three settings to “.5x” — that’s it. p.s restart your device.

80. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

YOU KNOW YOUR STUFF YOUNG PADIWAN VERY WELL

88. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I think the point that is getting overlooked is this, if you are a power user the S5 is better for you. If you just want a simple phone that gets things done, the Moto is for you. Neither are bad, just different.

89. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

If they don't have Slowiz,it would make better Sense. just sayin

91. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

the startup camera of Samsung galaxy is the weak point since a long time ago , but the S5 is far faster than S4

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