Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S – Pricing and Specifications Compared

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Samsung came out with the Galaxy S5 much earlier than scheduled since they were reportedly not happy with the success of the Galaxy S4.

This was primarily because of the iPhone 5S dominating the high end smartphone segment with revolutionary features like the fingerprint scanner. In order to avoid trailing Apple once again, Samsung quickened the pace of the Galaxy S5 launch.


The Galaxy S5 was announced in February 2014 and it drew a sharp response with regard to design just as most of the Samsung phones do. While the Apple iPhone 5S continues to retain the tradition of being one of the best made phones, the Galaxy S5 features the same plastics that have become a feature of Samsung phones over the years. However, Samsung has tried the best to make sure that the plastics are not as visible as in previous models. The phone comes with an artificial leather cover at the back to hide the plastic back. The iPhone 5S continues to be made with aluminum and glass for most parts.

Fingerprint Scanner

The iPhone 5S saw the introduction of the fingerprint scanner for the first time in the mobile phone segment. Even though it still poses questions about security, it is a convenient feature for those not too concerned about security threat from hackers. The fingerprint scanner will be able to do a good job of protecting the device during day-to-day usage. The Galaxy S5 introduces this feature, albeit with a few changes to the usage mechanism.

Water Resistance

After being fed up with Apple continuously suing them for allegedly copying its features, Galaxy S5 introduces the dust and water resistant aspects. This is certainly not new to the smartphone segment, but only a handful of phones come with the support. Amongst them, the Galaxy S5 will be a top dog since it comes with IP57 certification. This is one feature that Apple cannot boast of in the iPhone 5S.


The Galaxy S5 also provides a far superior 16 megapixel camera at the rear compared to the eight megapixel camera on the iPhone 5S. Not only is this camera superior in terms of megapixel count, but it will also be able to record 4K videos. Hence, it makes the Galaxy S5 almost future proof. Despite the abundant features present in the camera, iPhone 5S cannot record 4K videos.


On the performance front, Apple devices have always been superior due to better usage of power. This trend continues in the iPhone 5S as well, which will be able to run even the latest iOS 8. The Galaxy S5 is run by a quad core 2.5 GHz processor that comes from the Snapdragon range. The iPhone 5S may use a very slow – in comparison with the Galaxy S5 – dual core 1.3 GHz processor, but the operating system uses it so effectively that it is one of the fastest devices in the market today.

Ahead of the anticipated Galaxy Note 4 launch, prices of the Galaxy S5 have reduced to about $590. Meanwhile, the iPhone 5S continue to retail at the premium price tag of $700.

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