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

iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 speed comparison: which is faster?
Did you know that smartphones today have more computing power than the supercomputers used by NASA to send men on the moon? Yup, our lovely handheld gadgets can crunch some serious numbers. Having plenty of raw processing power, however, does not always translate into a speedy smartphone experience. You see, the real-life performance of a modern phone is usually determined by how smoothly software and hardware work together.

Take Apple and its iPhone for example – the company has total control over the software and hardware that go inside its smartphone, and both are built from the ground up to work in perfect unison. The result is a stellar smartphone experience that does not rely on octa-core processors and bajillion gigabytes of RAM. That is not to say that a potent hardware configuration isn't a plus, especially when it comes to Android smartphones. In fact, all of the best Android handsets rely on the most capable system-on-chip solutions that are available. For example, one of the most popular Android devices at the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S5, is powered by one of Qualcomm's fastest chips, the 2.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 801.

But ultimately, which is the better solution? And which is faster – the iPhone 6 or the Galaxy S5? To answer these questions, 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. The iPhone 6 had the upper hand when dealing with the basics and handling the phone's core applications. Yet the Galaxy S5 managed to stand out in other fields of testing. Check out the video below to see how our speed comparison between the two phones turned out.


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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)
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)

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147 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Galaxy S5 > iPhone 6

6. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Comparison wuth HTC M8 and Nexus 5 would be awesome because Touchwiz is always slower than Vanilla Android and HTC Sense.

25. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Indeed.

88. steedsofwar unregistered

Notice how he kept saying the S5 lags when it was slower but never said the iphone lagged when IT was slower!

100. Amw86

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

not to mention if you watch his fingers/the timing difference its basically just within the bounds of human error

139. james.threatt

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 29, 2014

We need this video in super slow mo to see if his inability to hit the apps at the same time is the cause of the lag.

141. Cicero

Posts: 1149; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I'm also wondering what's connected on background of GS5: G+, Hangouts, S-note, S-voice, S-younameit and so on Google and Samsung services. Multitasking comparison please. Not opening only dumb phone tasks.

101. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

+1 I was about to post the same thing.

113. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol yeah. That is the power of the icult. Their fans are willing to use their influence to strengthen the icult. While fandroids fight among themselves.

54. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

99. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

N5>I6, smoked by old tech. iphone is a sham of tech, it just costs more.

108. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

How little you know makes me chuckle. Snapdragon 800 uses 3 year old 32bit cores.

112. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Explain how newer tech with a lighter operating system gets smoked by 3 year old tech and lag droid? I'd love to hear this. The simple answer of course is 3 year old tech can still be lights out like a 3 year old car can beat a lot of 2015 cars if the engine is well made enough.

131. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Taters. You wouldn't understand my explanation even if I cared enough to answer your questions.

140. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You don't have a valid explanation I see. Typical ifan....

119. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That was my point, old tech and lesser yet is still not losing anything compared to the newest an greatest a8 or whatever they call it, cyclone is it? Lol, looks like it sucks not only your money but higher reasoning as well. Chuckle indeed.

130. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Go read Anandtech forums and realize how uninformed you are about mobile tech when you can't understand a thing those folks say. Cyclone was iPhone 5's SoC. Chuckle.

110. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

NEXUS 5 would still azzwhip the iCHUMP6bs/POS...

120. dimas

Posts: 3422; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Saw the video and Nexus 5 is owning iPhone 6. So this means that Sony Z3 Compact will gobble up iPhone? And it's not even Sony's flagship phone. Talk about apple being "premium".

84. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i would love to see same test with iphone 6 vs htc one m8..PA make this happen pls..thanks

127. diehardnokian

Posts: 148; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

yeah we've seen moto e beating it PA -_-

146. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

On phone buff, HTC One M8 actually turned out much faster and smoother than iPhone 5 's. Let's see how it turns about against iPhone 6

109. c.sonnen

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

and i think m8 will beat them both

122. dimas

Posts: 3422; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Every android flagship phone made last year own iPhone6. I'm sure there will be fast production phase for iPhone 6s.

132. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Except when it's time to update to Android L. TouchWiz doesn't support ART currently. Enjoy that timely update. Even Android L does arrive, 32bit Krait cores in the Snapdragon parade will keep all current flagships from getting 20-30% free performance (and more battery life with race-to-sleep) with the 64bit version of Android L. Will be extremely obvious once Android L releases for both 32bit Snapdragon and 64bit Exynos versions of the Note 4. There will be a huge performance gap. ARMv8 is a big deal. Everyone with an Android flagship today is going to miss out.

144. tedkord

Posts: 17481; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

As far as I know, ARMv8 also includes 32bit support, so all the new extensions/etc. will still be available when L comes to the US version of the Note 4. No issue. There will be very little difference in performance.

135. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Lol - and theres a surprise. A fandroid comment thats first with lots of little droidslut green thumbs next to it...Just why? Why do you people exist?

2. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Iphone 6 vs Galaxy Alpha , would be better since there are more similarities .

3. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

well miliseconds doesnt matter but that comparison is not fair bcuz iphone is newer than s5.

16. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yup.Also, GS5 is pushing much more pixels and is also running widgets on its home screen and not just some grid of icons. It is not clear if GS5 is running on ART which would've yielded better results.

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