Reader's choice: Samsung Galaxy S5 overpowers the Apple iPhone 6

Last week, we asked you to step into our shoes and judge two hot smartphones on their own merits in several key categories. In the red corner, we put Cupertino's newest iPhone, the Apple iPhone 6; in the blue corner we have another battle-hardened veteran, the Samsung Galaxy S5. Just as we had expected, the clash was pretty fierce and heated one, but fortunately, we have a clear winner, even though by a not-so-large margin. All hail the Samsung Galaxy S5, which got hold of 12,583 votes and outscored the Apple iPhone 6 and its tally of 10,649 votes!

Unlike previous “reader's choice comparison” battles, in which the Galaxy S5 lost against both the LG G3 and the HTC One (M8), Samsung's flagship smartphone overwhelmed the iPhone 6 and snatched the title, fighting the latter off in three of the total four categories – Display, Interface and functionality, and Camera. The 4.7” iPhone wins in the Design department, although it was a pretty close call. It might sound like the Galaxy S5 ran circles around the iPhone in this comparison, but that's definitely not the case. Let's treat ourselves to a quick breakdown of the polls' results.

In the Design section, as we said, the Apple iPhone 6 succeeded in scoring an early advantage – some 3168 (50.85%) of you voted for it, however, the Galaxy flagship breathed down its neck with 3062 votes. That's it, 1:0 for the iPhone 6.

Moving on to the Display category, the Samsung device snatches 57.95% (3364) of the votes, its most definitive victory, and makes it transparent that the color-inaccurate, oversatured, and vivid display of the Galaxy S5 is better than the iPhone's LCD display, which is brighter, but not as color-punchy. The iPhone received just 42.05% of the vote, thus the score is tied.

The interface and functionality section was the theatre of yet another fierce battle between the prominent rivals. It looks like 54.3% (2987) of you put the feature-laden functionality of TouchWiz ahead of the beautiful simplicity of iPhone 6's iOS 8, which attracted 2514 fans (45.7% of the voters). Another win for Sammy.

The camera show-off brought yet another victory for the South Korea-based giant, as the photos and videos from its Galaxy S5 received a higher vote – 55.65% fancied them, whereas 44.35% decided that Cupertino's finest performs better in the imaging department. However, the majority wins.

And there we have it, thanks to your votes the Samsung Galaxy S5 reigns supreme and leaves the Apple iPhone 6 slightly trailing behind. Check out the complete rundown of the poll results in the gallery below and let us know whether you agree or disagree with them in the comments section! 

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. AlikMalix unregistered

Wait this is based on what users here on PA choose? I'm surprised iPhone actually had so much votes, than... woot...

5. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Better design? That really worries me...

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well it is better than the S5 to be honest. I mean dimpled back with the same form as the last 2 years whereas the iPhone is almost the same as last year and with hideous bands on it. It really was a lesser of two travesties sort of affair there.

15. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

It's hard to tell cuz both phones are ugly as hell but iPhone is the prettier one.

52. MasterSyrron

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

I hate to admit it, but I agree. Between the two, the iPhone 6 is easier on the eyes... unless we are talking about the silver or gold variants. :-/

40. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

I believe no phone today has better design than s5 in black. but it's in the eye of the beholder. BTW I saw galaxy alpha the other day - what a dissapointment. In feels really cheap in the hands.

53. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 597; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I actually thought it felt great in the hands. Made me think twice about getting it... I'm not but it made me think :P

9. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

iPhone 6 and + both have the worst designs by Apple ever. I received iPhone 6 this morning for testing in our organization oh boy this phone feels so cheap n way too light. Lucky that I am not an Apple fan.

16. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

If iPhone feels cheap, I wonder how does S5 feel.

20. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

S5 feels good in hand unlike s4..

27. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

S5 feels great in the hand. I own one dude go n try by yourself.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31060; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He's lying Wiencon, he'll say anything to demean Apple.

42. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

And you will say anything to exalt Apple. Pot cursing Kettle.

73. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

@darkkjedii :-- I always tell the truth and you know that because I have told truth about you on quite a few articles. Why would I lie?? If it feels cheap it feels cheap. I am not a blind iFan like you and accept whatever crap Apple has to offer. Wake up mate and stop being Apple's b***ch

51. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

How it feels is different than how it manages to withstand everday use. People need to get off this stupid "Feeling Premium" crap. The display versions of the HTC One and the new iphones are scratched and marred already. The S5 display looks like it just came out of the box and it's been on dispaly much longer. To me, this says millions on durability and what is actually premium. Don't like my response? Too bad. 28 years of owning plastic phones only backs up my experience that aluminum vs plastic is the biggest piece of hyped up s**t there is. I have phones probably older than you that look in better shape than the iphone6plus that was on display for only 6 hours after launch. This isn't premium. And certainly not for 1000 bucks. John B.

65. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Solid and heavier in comparison...looks better too. The iPhone design only looks better. A cheap trick on the street looks better than maybe a wife of gf...but that doesn't mean much, does it.

28. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Cheap? I'm sorry that's the opposite of what I felt when I got my 6 Plus. The design is seriously underrated by so many people. Even with a TPU case the phone is thin as hell. As for it's weight, it's heavier than the 5S and the same weight as the Z3C so I'm 99% sure your comment was a hate comment.

39. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014


76. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Although I don't like the iPhone 6's design, nor Apple products to be honest, it is still better than the Galaxy's...

25. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

plastic vs metal bad calibration dislpay vs ideal calibration display 240ghz flickering vs no flickering rosiness, blueness and oversatureted camera vs ideal camera

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

My oh mind the bias on this site doesn't surprise me.

68. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Stop making excuses. The majority of the website's reader base doesn't comment here and is likely more bipartisan in their voting tactics.

3. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S5 is much better, but both are solid phones nonetheless.

4. plary122

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 11, 2012


10. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Deep inside your heart you know that S5 kills the iPhone 6 in every damn way.

30. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012


69. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Better design engineering (not that subjective material preference talking point), more polished OS, better hardware, more future proof, superior longevity, expandable storage options, even more durability on the road or go with a swappable battery life. These may just be my opinion, but I base my opinions on logical finding and experimenting in a comparison sort of format. Unless you're fancying the Apple ecosystem for a few gaming exclusives, there's little reason to touch it's hardware offerings outside of their tablet ecosystem.

36. S.M.Talha

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Overall i may choose s5 for its price but it does not mean that iphone 6 is not good than s5.Just watch gta san andreas gameplay on lg g3 vs s5 vs iphone 5s.The game runs completely smooth on iphone 5s.Iphone 6 camera is good too,atleast not worse than galaxy s5. So just dont say things like ifu are android fan.

47. plary122

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

not really...s5 is trash I'd prefer m8

19. Sonar

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

Caps lock broken?

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