Android fans and iOS lovers always have a certain degree of loyalty to the platforms and products they love. It can be a matter of staying with the Apple iPhone 5S, for example, or spending your hard-earned money for a Samsung Galaxy S5. While both technology giants will pour in billions of marketing dollars to persuade consumers to their side, the technical specifications of the smartphones speak for themselves.
While the two companies prepare to battle it out in court for alleged patent infringements, gadget lovers are now torn between the S5 and the 5S. Even their names are confusing for the uninitiated. So, Inferse thought of having a tale of the tape of the two mobile devices to help you decide.
If you’ve been browsing for previews and reviews of the flagship handsets of the two brands, the most noticeable difference is that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is larger and sports a plastic body while an Apple iPhone 5S is a bit smaller and has a metallic band hugging its edges. The former will hit the stores next month, and the latter came out in September. It might be unfair to compare the two with the obvious gap but, the iPhone 6 remains to be a rumor for now.
Just like what it did for its other handsets, the GS5 comes in several colors. While there were rumors that Samsung will be giving its new flagship a metal body, unfortunately that isn’t the case. The handset comes in a glamourized plastic that is soft to touch and coming in colors such as black, white, blue, and copper gold. It’s also IP67 certified, so it’s dustproof and water resistant to a set of levels.
The newest smartphone from the South Korean manufacturer is 8.1mm thick and tips the scale at 145g. Those numbers mean that it’s slightly bigger that its predecessor the S4. As expected, they’re also chunkier than the iPhone 5S that’s only 7.6mm thick and 112g heavy.
While the S5 may offer a seemingly more generous screen real estate, the premium build offered by the 5S stands out. Coming in space gray gold, and silver, the handset is hugged by its aluminum body. It’s also undeniably more visually appealing than it’s harder to store counterpart.
As Samsung said during the unwrapping of the S5 in Barcelona, the device is sort of a step back for them to make sure they deliver what the consumers want and need. However, everyone mightn’t have expected a step back in terms of providing a lower quality display. The Galaxy S5 comes with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display that has a 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution. Comparing it to the S4, the screen of the latest flagship is a few pixels down with the S4 having a pixel density of 441 ppi and the S5 having just 430 ppi.
On the other hand, the iPhone 5S has a smaller screen at 4 inches and a resolution of 640 x 1136. Pixel density for the device is pegged at 325 ppi. The screen might be “too tight” by today’s standards.
The iPhone 5S features a dual-core A7 64-bit processor that clocks 1.4GHz and works with the M7 chip and 1GB RAM. On the opposite corner is the Galaxy S5 with a quad-core 32-bit Snapdragon 801 by Qualcomm and 2GB RAM.
Whatever benchmarks you will put these chips against, most likely they will return similar performances. Both devices will be stable, quick even when multi-tasking, and operate very smoothly.
In terms of storage, buyers have three options for the iPhone 5S: 64GB, 32GB, and 16GB. Apple, of course, has no slot for expansion. The Samsung counterpart has a 34GB and 16GB version, but it can be expanded by as much as 128GB using an SD Card.
The GS5 features a 16MP main clicker while in front is a 2MP camera. The 5S has an 8MP main camera and a 1.2MP front-facing shooter.
While we still have yet to see the camera of the latest Samsung flagship, there’re big, and obvious differences that even high-tech camera features can’t compensate for. We also heard that the S5 has the fastest autofocus at 0.3 second.
Then we’ve the fingerprint scanners to compare. Both companies aim to make their devices more secure while having a provision that can be used with mobile payment systems.
The S5 and the 5S also come with their own version of the heart rate monitor. We haven’t tried the heart rate monitor of the Galaxy S5 but as per creators, it can grab a reading of your pulse rate pretty quickly.
The heart rate sensor of the iPhone 5S will require one to be very still and the handset on a stable surface so you won’t be frustrated using it. The reading will go to the Heart Rate app that can be shared with other compatible apps unlike that of the Samsung’s that’s limited to the S Health.
In terms of juice, the Samsung Galaxy S5 seems to have an advantage. Apple claims as much as 250 hours on standby for the iPhone or roughly 10 hours of talk time. Samsung, meanwhile can go for 21 hours of normal use and around 390 hours when just on standby.
Both devices are capable of connecting via Wi-Fi and 4G LTE.
The Samsung GS5 comes out of the box with Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) installed and the iPhone having the iOS7. Personally, there should be no discussion or point of comparison here. Android lovers will be Android lovers, and iOS fans will be iOS fans.
There’s a good amount of disparity when comparing the iPhone 5S to the Galaxy S5. While the 5S clearly looks better than its S5 counterpart, the Android device has a clear advantage on most aspects of the technical specifications. The gap of six months clearly shows. Now, where is that iPhone 6 now?