Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5S – Comparison Review

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Comparing the Apple’s flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5S, with regard to its features and specifications with those of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 gives us interesting insights.

By this comparison, we aim to discover whether Galaxy S5 is a worthy opponent to the Apple’s flagship iPhone 5S, as much as to tempt the potential buyer to change their iPhone experience. Let us find out…

People who were planning to upgrade their iPhone, but are curious whether there are any competing offers, check out Galaxy S5 from Samsung Electronics. Arch rival to Apple Incorporated, the Samsung Electronics have designed their flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5 to give a tough competition to Apple’s high-end smartphone, iPhone 5S.

Dimensions and Build Quality

Galaxy S5 comes in various variants, but the perforated plastic body is common to all. The device is readily available in white, black, blue and copper gold color options. The back panel is removable in the Galaxy S5 smartphone. The device comes with an IP67 certification claiming it to be water and dust resistant. However, the device cannot be used as an underwater camera.

Galaxy S5 weighs 145 grams and comes with a thickness of 8.1mm. The device comes with a larger screen, making it bigger and heavier than its arch rival iPhone 5S.

The Apple iPhone 5S has similar design, shape, size and weight as that of iPhone 5. The device is available in space grey, gold and silver color options. The device can be easily operated with one hand due to its sleek design. The device weighs 112 grams, way to lighter than the Galaxy S5. The iPhone 5S is 7.6mm thick.

iPhone 5S has a better design than that of the Galaxy S5. However, the Galaxy S5 comes with a more robust body along with water and dust resistant features. Using the iPhone5S without protective covering is certainly not advised.

Fingerprint Scanner

Similar to the iPhone 5S, the Galaxy S5 also has designed a fingerprint scanner. The company claims this feature would offer the user with a safe screen locking option and a secure mobile payment experience. The smartphone comes with a latest Private Mode feature working in collaboration with the fingerprint scanner to deter unauthorized access to personal files of the user.

iPhone 5S also has an LED light just under the rear camera. This LED light is a heart rate sensor to record your pulse when you put your finger over it.


The Galaxy S5 has a 5.1 inches Full HD display having 432-ppi pixel density. The Super AMOLED screen offers vivid colors and good contrast along with superb viewing angles. Samsung offers great visibility outdoors with its big bright screen.

iPhone 5S has a 4 inch screen having a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels. The device comes with a pixel density of 326-ppi. The screen feels a little cramped in comparison to the latest 5 inch screen smartphones being launched presently.

Battery Power

The Galaxy S5’s ‘Ultra Power Saving Mode’ uses a smarter way to reduce battery consumption. The S5 claims battery talk time and standby time, of up to 21 hours and 390 hours respectively.

Apple iPhone 5S claims its battery talk time and standby time, of up to 10 hours and 250 hours respectively.

Both have good battery to last a full day, but not quite enough for two-day usage.

Processor and Performance

The Galaxy S5 has high-end specs using Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core processor clocked at 2.5GHz. The processor is paired with a standard RAM of 2GB providing excellent performance but not flawless. The device comes in 32 GB and 64 GB variants with memory expansion card slot up to 64GB.

The iPhone 5S comes with a 64-bit A7 processor clocked at 1.2 to 1.3 GHz. The Cyclone dual core processor coupled with DDR3 RAM of 1GB provides flawless performance. The smartphone is available in 16, 32, 64 GB storage capacity without a microSD card slot for memory expansion.


Android vs. iOS is a long discussion. However, iPhone’s iOS 7 and Galaxy’s Android version 4.4 KitKat both offer superb performance, in their own respects.


Apple iPhone users who are happily using iOS 7 may not be persuaded to change their smartphone. However, the Apple days are about to be over with the latest Android based smartphones being released in the market with high-end features and specs.


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