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

117. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yeah it goes popularity first and stock second. Which is stupid if you ask me. Shouldn't be safari vs Chrome etc. should be Chrome vs Chrome. Let's just say phone websites make poor scientists and researchers. They ignore variables.

45. xxCearxx

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

It was only me the one who loved that beautiful "tap" sound when he tried to reach the left upper corner app??? (Sarcasm)... Seriously, its a new app in the i$heep store? I need it!! (More sarcasm)

53. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

See, told you 64-bit was a gimmick. Still gives it TouchWiz-tier performance.

65. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Galaxy S5 FTW.

70. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Lol yeah okay

125. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

'Lol yeah okay' at ur 1+1+1+1

78. Dubs816

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Why is it that he tested the Gmail app on the S5 versus the stock email app on the iPhone 6? A more fair comparison would have been to test the stock email app on the S5 too versus the stock email app on the iPhone 6.

118. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Should be Chrome vs Chrome for browser and Gmail vs gmail. You can't get any fairer than, you know, the same app.

92. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

what about game load testing?

94. rbasky61

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 21, 2012

Apple : Be The Benchmark

96. sphonel

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

The hilarious thing is the S5 runs third party apps better than it's own stock apps. It basically beat the iPhone in all third party apps but lost out to the stock apps. Even if you compare the speed at which the S5 launches a stock app, it's always slower than any 3rd party app. Shamsung!

97. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Compare with Nexus 5 as well...it's butter smooth.

102. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Samsung's slower response = "Slight lag." Apple's slower response = "Samsung Galaxy S5 was slightly faster." Never once did Nick T. say the Apple "lagged" behind the Samsung. Not once!

104. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The nerve of him huh? Let's get em.

145. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

We know it was intentional, to reinforce the Samsung lag FUD.

107. cybertec69

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Sorry, but that thing looks like an iPod Touch with phone capabilities.

111. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Interesting. So is IOS 8 that heavy now? With 6 months newer hardware and a much lighter closed OS the iPhone 6 in theory should be able to blow the GS5 with the heavy touch wiz out of the water.not to mention the much lower resolution. I guess there is something to more specs more better after all. No wonder the Nexus 5 blows the iPhone 6 away in speed. I am curious to see how much faster the Alpha is compared to the GS5 now.

114. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You know what I really want to see? Some one with the connections that can out touchwiz and Android 4.4.4 on the iPhone 6 and someone that can out IOS 8.2 on the GS5. Then we would really see just how lame Apple hardware is and how much they are ripping people off and fooling them.

128. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Well if you're doing that then I think you also need to give iOS 8 another month or two to smooth out any bugs and for all Apps to be given some time for updates. New operating systems (and Apps using them) are never at their best straight after launch, it always takes a few months to be refined - whatever platform you're on.

115. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

what about games and apps load time? that's make much more different.

121. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Or better yet. Take both apart and just take out the respective GPUs and CPUs. Hook up both the SD801 and Apple A8 on a 4k monitor, a car battery, bath them in ice water. Crank up the GHz to 5 ghz each and see which one wins running full windows 8 on a 4k monitor.

133. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

Does anybody cares if any app is loading 0.2 sec slower ? Come on, people. This is stupid

134. KingFisher

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 29, 2014

How can u say slight slow when iPhone lost and lag on S5. The expression is as thou you are bias towards S5

136. kamran32

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

I am wondering on one thing how they are behind samsung lol so after a lot of struggle Apple trying to show that throw your android any buy Apple come on make a sense PA. Do whatever i love Android and i know what else Apple have so analyze again about the whole comparison of above video and provide details after running each app with timings and get an average...

138. TBomb

Posts: 1504; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

which phone can have a SD card insterted faster?

142. onyx143

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

now i don't hate or love Apple, but i much prefer Android/Samsung, but i always looked forward to iDevices, because then all other EOMs had a reference as to what line to beat....Now i guess there is no competition aside from all Android devices trying to better one another.....my 2 cents.

143. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Every Galaxy S device has always been faster than any iPhone model when it comes to web browsing. The baked in apps vs the 3rd party Apps. Apple has a reasonable lead here simply because Apple's apps run at the OS level. Samsung apps in many cases don't run from the OS level, but from the TouchWiz layer. TouchWiz allows those apps to offer more capabilities which could potentially make them seem slower. But a few milliseconds is no big deal, because when I open the app I can do much more. The S5 holds several advantages over the iPhone. Android still supports Flash which many sites still use and the iPhone can't even view. The Galaxy S also allows for setting an apps to be default when you have more than one app that does the same thing. On the iPhone, Apple's apps are always the default no matter what you install. The GS5 allows for kids mode, which switches the phone to a kids only mode where pre-chosen apps for your kids can be allowed only. The finger-print reader is already linked for secure payments and securing the device so that only certain apps or features of the app are open only when you swipe. The display was rated the top dog by DisplayMate until the Galaxy Note 4 came out. The GS5 has a better camera both front and rear. I could care less about 4K recording and super slow motion as those are features that will get rarely used. The iPhone has always been best between the 2 for low light photos. But I never take low light photos even when I had an iPhone. The display on the GS5 is full HD and there have been smaller 4.7" devices that also had full hd. For Apple to not offer full HD on the iPhone 6 is lame making you buy the bigger model to get it is even more lame. S5 offers more storage up to 128GB with microSD. Still has a removable battery and the battery last longer. Here is where it matters most. Consider this. The GS5 has 4 cores vs 2. It has 2GB of RAM vs 1GB, has a full HD display @ 1920x1080 vs a barely over 720HD display, S5 has a larger display @ 5.1" vs 4.7" and so much more. Yet the phone with its 2800MAH battery last longer than the iPhone 6, charges faster than the iPhone 6 even with 20% battery can still last another full 24 hour day or more than 60 days of standby on a 100% battery. Oepnign apps? Not really a good gage of speed. Each OS handles apps differently and also TouchWiz on Samsung phones get in the way vs Android phones that use ASOP Android (Vanilla Android with no skins).

147. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Both are nice phone itselves Except the design

149. NeuroSceptic

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Has anyone else noticed that the iPhone 6 battery life starts the video at 51% and ends in the red at 19%, whereas the Galaxy starts at 75% and ends at 60%. I would very much rather a marginally slower phone that will last the bus trip to work before it dies where I can plug it in.

150. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Battery life with the iPhone 6 is great for me - I've yet to go to bed after a full day's use at less than 50%. We don't have any idea what's been involved between the clips and I've no idea how he'd have run the phone down that much in that time. That's the kind of use I get from a full battery -http://i940.photobucket.com/albums/ad245/Jimrod/BF161BE4-6AEC-4384-A591-D15E7B9D29C1_zps99kujglk.png
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