iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 speed comparison: which is faster?

Which is faster - the iPhone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy S5? To answer this question, we attempted a comparison the kind of which we don't do often... yet. Below is a speed comparison between the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 - a comparison aimed at determining which phone is faster in real life. Long story short, both phones stood their ground really well...
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151 Comments

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6037; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I feel as though if they're going to perform tests, it should be performed on the device as it's setup right out of the package. With Android, there's so much you can do to optimize the phone, but not everyone knows how to get into developer options and switch to ART or disable animations. Not to say that you're incorrect that the S5 is capable of running faster though.

27. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

And the finger used on it had a bruise while the finger used on iPhone was ok.

33. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

also I dont care these speed comparisons when I decide between phones. I always go to store check them.

37. Scott93274

Posts: 6037; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Then you're just not nerdy enough to appreciate them.

129. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Its not about being nerdy. This whole test was relevant 2-3 years back before when android was on ginger bread and ICS was newly introduced. I remember all the website used to do this speed test with iPhone. But over the last few years android has matured and these don't hold any relevance AT ALL. Not because android has caught up but tech sites have matured and learned that they'd rather discuss features then stupid speed test with miliseconds of difference. Obviously, PA didn't got that memo.

43. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I did a store test today on the regular iPhone 6 and hated it actually lol. I liked the ID button but not much else.

42. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

It was running on Dalvik. He mentioned it when he talked about the OS.

64. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm pretty sure he said the phone was using Dalvik. In fact, isn't ART disabled in the S5?

81. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Touch Wiz has ART disabled.

20. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

SAY what? That has little do with it. The note 3 while a year old is still one of the fastest

80. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Quad Core vs Dual Core, 1GB Ram vs 2 GB Ram

4. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

PA why you Always have to mention directly on Sammy everytime..? "that does not rely on octa-core processors and bajillion gigabytes of RAM" iCrap works smooth on Dual core accepted but its 1GB Ram is Crap.. No real Multitasking at all.. Thats bad one.. Give Healthy Cometition & healthy review not biased..:-(

31. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I run 50 apps all at the same time on an iPhone 5s. Is that multitasking or what?!

49. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

So you run 50 apps all at the same time? I bet you scroll all the way to the last.

148. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yes, they all run at the same time (I have 6 messaging apps, 3 cloud+icloud, 2 widgets with instant update, all but 5 apps do not have notifications). When I switch from app to app it is done instantaneously. Is that multitasking?

103. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Yea I mean Apple doesn't need more then a GB of RAM or more then a dual core cause all the iphone is, is literally and Android app drawer.. Look at the million other things Android packs in outside of the app drawer that's why we UTILIZE the extra processing power and RAM.. Comparing IPhone to something like the s5 is ludicrous. It's the same as comparing a Base line Ford Ranger pickup with roll up windows and manual locks. To a McLaren P1 (Google it)...

5. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Samsung really failed with s5 :/

83. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

How so? It pretty much tied the newest iPhone with a newer CPU.

105. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And that was while rendering twice as many pixels.

126. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

But iPhone 6 has a smaller battery.

7. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I want to see a speed comparison between the iPhone 6 and Nexus 5...

9. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

N5 is almost a year old but can still go head to head with iP6. Wait for N6 :)

18. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yeah, I'm pretty sure the Nexus 5 is still faster than the Galaxy S5...

29. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I absolutely agree. N devices remind me of the philosophy that Apple has with regards to marrying up hardware to the lean software. The n5 was as snappy as they come.

35. Scott93274

Posts: 6037; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yeah, the Nexus 5 was a killer phone, but the battery life turned me off. Hopefully with Motorola developing the N6 we'll get a battery more akin to the ones found in their Droid Maxx line. Massive battery + project Volta =serious longevity.

39. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Like the Z3 and Z3C ... 2 days !!!

41. Scott93274

Posts: 6037; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Hmm... I had no idea... I never follow any of those devices. Not to say they're bad, they just don't interest me.

44. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Know that feel ... but i appreciate them for that :)

55. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I wish there was a Google Play Edition Z3 and Z3C...

106. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nexus 5 vs iPhone 6 - App Opening Speed:http://youtu.be/hPhkPXVxISY
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