Interface

The Galaxy S5 TouchWiz interface is richer in functions, and more graphically intense than the simpler Xperia UI of the Z1.

Samsung has toned things down with its customized TouchWiz experience, layered on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, when compared to previous versions. Gone are the abundant 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, but it is highly 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 Xperia UI running on the Z1, on the other hand, is a simpler Android KitKat overlay, counting on a few widgets and wallpapers, as well as some branded apps, to make it stand out. It does offer a few Small Apps you can float on top of the homescreens underneath, and that's as far as multitasking goes here.



Processor and memory

The Snapdragon 801 processor in the S5 shows its might before the 800 in Z1, especially in the graphics rendering department.

Being the newer device, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is sure to attract the geeky crowd with its quad-core 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with Adreno 330 GPU, paired with 2 GB of RAM. Thanks to that new piece of silicon, the S5 manages to maintain a very fast and consistent performance. Despite being outclassed on paper by its rival, the Xperia Z1’s quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 2 GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU, exhibits the same likeable interface movements. Its GPU is clocked much lower, though, so the S5 is superior in 3D graphics and image rendering, as the benchmarks clearly show.

The two handsets are stuffed with 16 GB of internal storage, which can be supplemented thanks to their microSD card slots, and the S5 will also come in a 32 GB version. Since it’s on the side, we prefer the location of the slot in the Xperia Z1 more – mainly because we have to remove the back cover of the S5 to access its slot.

Quadrant Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 25041
Sony Xperia Z1 20277
AnTuTu Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 36603
Sony Xperia Z1 30838
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 1186
Sony Xperia Z1 1115
Vellamo HTML 5 Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 1632
Sony Xperia Z1 2889
Sunspider Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 777.3
Sony Xperia Z1 746.2
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 11.7
Sony Xperia Z1 9.57
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 1054
Sony Xperia Z1 927.6

Internet and connectivity


As can be expected from the fast chipsets, browsing on the Z1 and the S5 is fast, smooth, and offers fluid zooming, scrolling, or panning. Sony, however, uses Android KitKat's default Chrome browser, which doesn't let you sideload Adobe Flash, like the Samsung browser on S5.

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, NFC, and DLNA streaming. The Galaxy S5 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 can be used to command home electronics like TVs, stereos, set-top boxes, and even AC units of various brands.

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11 Comments

1. danny_a2005

Posts: 362; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

What I really want to see its S5 trying to beat Sony Z2...

8. HansGoneInsane unregistered

guess we need 4 more weeks to find out.

2. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Z2>S5

5. HansGoneInsane unregistered

I'd rather say Z2=S5 with each device having strenghs and weaknesses.

11. Ahmadovich

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

Like a boss!

3. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Z1 has real-time HDR on both stills and video. In stills, the HDR mode is activated when on Superior Auto Mode.

4. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

TN-LCD is also a true HD and the amoled is a penile fake HD with much much less subpixels that gives it an unfair advantage in battery tests. It's common sense, but PA just had to declare that LCD drains battery twice as faster without mentioning it is a penile crap. I know you made few pennies, but hey, you could play it smart.

6. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Also show us some lowlight photos before calling it a tie on image quality. Z1 rapes s5 hard in lowlight shots. Oh, the pros over DXOmark already ranked z2 as the best cameraphone. I'm looking forward to the comparison the PA noobs will do shortly to convince s5 camera is also "on par" with z2

7. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

wow my phone still compare and better than samsung 2014 smartphones .. damn

9. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

im not sure about how honest this review is done as the z1 phones ive seen and had did around the 34-35k antutu and calling with the released software was 25hrs on 3g and with the updates battery time got better each time. so did the camera. but i have to use the s5 for myself before knowing about the camera as phonearenas camera tests aren't really good. the s4 for example doesn't make good low light pictures but according to pa its pretty good and even better than the sony and even the nokia counterparts if im not mistaken.

10. TMach unregistered

Personally, waiting for the Z2 and delivery due next week from Carphonewarehouse! If I had to choose right now, will still go for the Z1 over the S5!

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