Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 6 – Honest Comparison
Two of the forerunners in the smartphone industry are Apple’s iPhone and Samsung Galaxy. Their flagship products iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 have been two of the best in 2014, running neck-in-neck in terms of customer satisfaction. Let’s look at some of the most sought after features amongst these two smartphones.
iPhone 6 is 6.9mm in thickness and 138.5mm in height, with an aluminium body, whereas Galaxy S5 is 8.1mm thick and 142mm tall with plastic back. Looks wise, iPhone 6 is superior with its slick body over the metal-painted plastic body of S5. The iPhone at 67mm is narrower than the 72.5mm Galaxy S5, making the iPhone easier to grip, although that is made up for by S5’s dimpled back. Galaxy S5 is heavier, weighing 145 grams, which is 16 grams more than iPhone 6. Despite its shortcomings in design, Galaxy S5 is water and dust resistant, which iPhone 6 is not.
Both the smartphones have great screens, but uses different technology. First off, Galaxy S5 has a 5.1 inch super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and a pixel density of 432 ppi. AMOLED’s color accuracy is not as great as iPhone’s and makes the phone’s colours a little oversaturated.
iPhone 6 on the other hand has a 4.7 inch IPS LCD screen. Its resolution is 750×1334 pixels with 326 ppi. This is very less than S5’s pixel density, but the iPhone’s display is quite sharp. The viewing angle and brightness of IPS LCD is superior.
Both of these phones are too large to use with just one hand, but they both can shrink the screen for better one-hand use.
iPhone 6 contains an 8-megapixel back camera with 1/3” sensor and dual LED flash, and 1.2-megapixel front camera. Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 16-megapixel back camera with 1/2.6” sensor and LED flash, and 2.1-megapixel front camera. Both support HDR and have phase detection. That having said, iPhone 6 is better in handling low-light conditions and can overexpose the background more effectively.
With iPhone 5S, Apple introduced a fingerprint scanner to better protect your phone and it was improved in iPhone 6. You just have to rest your finger on the Touch ID, and the scanner will work automatically, unlocking your phone with ease. But S5’s one is much inferior, where you have to swipe your finger over the button at specific angles, and might need a few retry before the phone is unlocked.
iPhone 6 offers three different in-built storage options, 16GB, 64GB and 128GB with prices varying accordingly. Galaxy S5 comes in 16GB and 32GB in-built storage, but has microSD slot so you can increase storage capacity up to 128GB if needed.
Performance and Battery Life
S5 has 32bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip and 2.5GHz quad-core processor with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB RAM. It runs on Android 4.4 with added TouchWiz interface. iPhone 6 has 64-bit Apple A8 chip and 1.4GHz dual-core processor with PowerVR GX6450 GPU and 1GB RAM. It runs on iOS 8, which is easier to use but not very customizable. Though S5 is better in term of specifications, iPhone 6 is much faster as S5 is slowed down by additional software. However, Galaxy S5 runs on 2800mAh removable battery, providing 390 hours stand-by time, which is much better than iPhone 6’s 1810mAh non-removable battery with stand-by of 250 hours.
The two phones have similar specs in connectivity, with Bluetooth 4 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac, but Galaxy S5 contains USB 3.0, USB on-the-go and Infrared, and iPhone 6 contains USB 2.0 and additional features like Airdrop.
iPhones are always expensive. Off contract 16GB iPhone 6 will cost you $649, while Samsung Galaxy S5 will cost $570. S5 wins the race in terms of affordability.
Even though Samsung Galaxy S5 is better on pen and paper, practically iPhone 6 is the superior one in terms of performance. However, your requirements and usage will ultimately decide which the better option for you is.