Call quality

Apple's iPhone 5s offers three mics for noise-cancellation, so the voices relayed on the other side are strong, clear, and free of high-pitched distortions or ambient noise. Its earpiece is also very clean and powerful. The Galaxy S5 has two noise-canceling mics, and quality on both side of the fence is about average, while the sound volume is pretty strong. On our side the earpiece showed adequate strength, but the voices sounded somewhat hollow and muted. Its mics relayed our voice with a slight hiss and digitalization to the other end, but the sound remained strong and very audible.

Battery life

We get stellar battery endurance from both handsets, with a slight advantage for the Galaxy S5.

Samsung placed a 2800 mAh battery in the S5, that it said is good for 10 hours of web browsing, and up to 12 hours of HD video playback, which in our time with the device proved rather credible. The iPhone 5s also goes to similar endurance lengths in browsing and video, but achieves it with a 1570 mAh unit, since it has to power a smaller, lower-resolution display. Its talk time is cited as 10 hours in 3G mode, though, while the Galaxy S5 musters 21 hours.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)


Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s might not seem in the same category, when it comes to one-handed usage, but the traditional Apple-Samsung rivalry has always set the duo apart, and this year won't be an exception. The phones are priced quite similar, as usual, but offer a completely different approach to your mobile needs. Both have very good displays and cameras, fast processors, and offer lag-free interface and app experience for their respective mobile platforms.

The steel-and-glass design of the iPhone 5s, however, looks better, and is way more comfortable to use with one hand than the largish plastic Galaxy S5. Samsung, however, offers a more versatile design with the water-resistant chassis, swappable battery and expandable storage of the S5. Granted, its Fingerprint Scanner is much more finicky to use than the elegant Touch ID solution of Apple, but the S5 throws in some extra features that the iPhone doesn't have, like a heartrate sensor, and an IR blaster that could prove more useful. Samsung offers a more functional interface, too, and one-ups the iPhone in the video capturing department, offering 4K video.

In case your preferences usually gravitate towards much more compact and leaner chassis than what the S5 offers, or you are firmly invested in the iOS ecosystem, the iPhone 5s will come to the rescue with a premium design and fine performance where it counts. If Samsung's extra hardware and software features mentioned above, however, seem more important for you, or you can't live without a large display, the Galaxy S5 is the one that will justify your interest.



1. iushnt

Posts: 3097; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

S5 over 5S any day

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7362; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Who ever wrote this article love iPhone more. The Samsung S5 to date has the most accurate display to date.

13. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yup. All the tech sites are found by ifans. No matter what name of the site they use, and what they pretend to be. About the display , should I believe on ifan "review" or this: “[The Galaxy S5] has a long list of new records for best smartphone display performance including: Highest Brightness, Lowest Reflectance, Highest Color Accuracy, Infinite Contrast Ratio, Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light, and smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle,” DisplayMate concludes. " It's same thing about the (useless)FingerPrintScanner. Soon we will see that S5's FPS works better than iphones from different angles, simply the iboys didn't make the right set-up. And everything else. S5 beats to the groung iphone5S in everything(even the desugn)

17. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

"the Galaxy S5 is both faster and more accurate than the HTC One and iPhone 5s." ..gsmarena's review of the galaxy s5 camera

18. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

"the Galaxy S5 really makes the "LCD offers more natural colors" argument useless." .....gsmarena's review of the galaxy s5 display (& dislaymate)

24. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

PhoneArena on S5 Display the S5 screen still has that cold feel, as its screen emphasizes green and blue. Here we should note that although the AMOLED screens of Samsung flagships are not very color-accurate, most people like them for that “wow” factor of their oversaturated imagery. GSMArena on S5 Display The color rendering has also been tweaked and now the Cinema mode offers as true to life colors as any other smartphone on the market. Not that the Galaxy S4 wasn't close enough for most purposes practical, but the Galaxy S5 really makes the "LCD offers more natural colors" argument useless. And, as usual, Samsung offers more saturated screen modes if you prefer your images punchy rather than accurate.

2. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Give a child both the phones and he can tell you which one is better, why such a BS and biased article for it.

3. wilsong17 unregistered

One app a the time

4. pocketbook

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Ah, more click-bait to get the views and arguments a'flowin.

6. Agarwalm214

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Someday phonarema will say iphone 5s camera is on par with lumia 1020 :P This site is so much biased towards iphone..

29. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Here is one-hand FPS unlock on S5

7. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Screen and camera of iPhone on par with s5?......... Of course they are bwahahahaha

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Man this bias of phonearena is world famous. I've seen many people commenting on other sites about phonearena bias. PA dont become like BGR. See what gsmarena(the most reliable review site) said about iphone's screen and camera. Lol.

9. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Better Display Better processor Better camera Better OS Better features better battery Better storage Except design Now you tell me which phone is better?

10. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

s5 is obviously the winner. Seriously, I've never heard from pa claiming that an opponent smartphone has won against an iPhone

11. strikercho

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I am not surprised. 5S is still the king. What I do wonder, is why there are still people who buy Samsung. Even Chinese brands offer more premium looks and better displays.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You've got the Sammites crying with that one lol.

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol If they are cranking out premium handsets in the sweat shops EASILY, and it takes the best Korean manufacturer in the world to do the GS5, then you might want to rethink if the sweat shop process is truly the premium one here. It obviously doesn't cost a lot or the china brands wouldn't use those materials.

12. greatoneiw

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

lol , this is just hilarious all new android phones are keep losing to iphone :)))) i'm just waiting for lg g3 , and PA be like : LG G3 2K 550 ppi screen is equal to iphone 5s and we liked i phone's more... you guys are awesome...keep it up for steve jobs ;)

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why don't you stop coming to this site, go buy all these phones, and do your own reviews.

14. teknoboy

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

İphone 5S is better than galaxy S5 ;)

15. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Lol did you see during the finger print sensor comparison when he was saying the s5 sensor was more finicky then he purposely tried to make it fail by swiping bent and swiping fast, only the 3rd time when he tried to make it fail it failed because he barely touched the sensor. No doubt the 5s implementation is better just saying the s5 wasn't bad itself even when he tried to make it look bad.. Display Yh pa I'll take display mate more seriously, people who are qualified to test display, I have no idea what method you use. 1 handed use yes 5s is better obviously but the s5 does have a 1 handed mode where the whole screen shrinks to the size of a 4" or any size you want making it easy to reach all areas with 1 hand.

16. kopkiwi

Posts: 102; Member since: May 31, 2013

You guys are fast becoming a fkcing joke. Your bias is crystal bloody clear.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very good article, unbiased, and accurate. +1 PA.

22. edelxander

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

yeah.. the iboys & ifans just be like: " i can fap to this"

25. Agarwalm214

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Lets see what happens when PA compares iphone with xperia z2 :P

26. alfipratama

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

vote it here polarb[dot]com/polls/161442


Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

UFC is a promotion company. What you mean to say is "we are staging an MMA combat".

28. registrar

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

It's quite obvious that PhoneArena doesn't know what it's doing. 1. The photo comparisons were taken at different orientations (portrait vs landscape), changing the color balance. 2. Photo comparisons in low light were not exposed to the same amount of light. 3. Photos were taken at different angles and were laughably amateur. It's sad because I am choosing between these two phones soon, but after seeing all the bias in favor of the iPhone, I don't know if I can trust the word of any non-technical person anymore regarding this topic. Also, I don't know who Daniel P. is, but he sure seems like an idiot. I'm going back to GSM Arena for more trustworthy reviews. At least they are objective over there.

30. vishalaestro

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

Go to anandtech. Com and read the review for s5 I would recommend for anybody if they need toread review for any tech products.

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