Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5S
The Galaxy S5 offers a more versatile, but harder to take up interface, compared to the simplified iOS 7 on the iPhone 5s.
With the Galaxy S5, Samsung toned down its customized TouchWiz experience, layered on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, when compared to the previous versions. We don't have as many S-branded apps, and the menu sections and icons have received a flatter, simpler look. It doesn't look very uniform this way, as the homescreens and widgets have remained the same, yet it is very functional. There are numerous new features in that version, like Private Mode and Kid Corner, aimed to make your multi-user life with the handset easier. We can also count on Samsung's Multi Window mode that divides the 5.1” display in two resizable sections that can run two apps independent of each other at once, aiding your multitasking needs.
The iPhone runs iOS 7.1, which exhibits flat, colorful icons, and handy drop-down notification bar, which is inhabited by your most pertinent new info. We also get a pull-up Command Center, rich in connectivity toggles, and a screen brightness slider. Apple's approach doesn't bet on a widget system, and doesn't offer any split-screen multitasking, or floating apps. You can go back and forth between the apps you have open at the moment, which is as close to multitasking as you can get on the iPhone 5s. Apple provides its Siri voice-controlled assistant, which is countered with Google Voice on the S5, and the two offer similar functionality for those who are bent on using their vocal cords to manage their handset. The iPhone 5s has the excellent Passbook application, which aggregates your digital coupons, airline and train tickets, movie passes and rewards and gift cards, while Google's Android has yet to reply to iOS on this feature.
The handsets have multiband LTE and 3G radios, depending on the area they are sold in, as well as a suite of other connectivity options, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, and DLNA streaming. The Galaxy S5 adds NFC to the mix, too. Samsung's flagship flaunts a Download Booster mode, which combines Wi-Fi and cellular data for quicker connections. It also offers an infared port at the top, which is used to command home electronics like TVs, stereos, set-top boxes, and even AC units of various brands.
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