Samsung is without a doubt, one of the dominators from the mobile market, but OnePlus is making is way through, challenging the veterans. Their flagship, OnePlus One, benefits from the voice recognition feature, while the S5 has a heart rate monitor. It’s up to you to decide whether you’re willing to invest a lot of money on a Samsung product, or you’ll choose a cheaper alternative.
Displays and sizes
Before deciding which phone to buy, many users take into consideration the size of the device’s display. The OnePlus One comes with a big screen of 5.5inches, which supports the same resolution as its rivals – 1080x1920pixels. This display is LTPS LCD, whose pixel density stands at 401ppi. As for the Samsung models, both come with Super AMOLED displays, but the S5’s screen is 5.1inches in size and supports 432ppi, while the Note 3 has a massive 5.7inches display with 386ppi. The OnePlus One and the Note 3 have their screens protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and the S5 is the only one resistant to dust and water, and has a fingerprint sensor. The S5 is the lightest phone between them, weighting 145grams, while its dimensions are 142×72.5×8.1mm, the OnePlus One is 17grams heavier and its sizes are 152.9×75.9×8.9mm and lastly, the Note 3, with its S Pen stylus, is the heaviest one, weighting 168grams and measuring no less than 151.2×79.2×8.3mm
Hardware and OS
It seems that Qualcomm is one of the favorite options when it comes to… power! Both companies have chosen the Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset to power up the OnePlus One and Galaxy S5, and this isn’t the only feature they have in common. Also, they’re equipped with the same quad core 2.5GHz Krait 400 processor and they use an Adreno 330 GPU. The Note 3 has a relatively weaker processor – quad core 2.3GHz Krait 400, based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and it also uses an Adreno 330 GPU.
The combination of RAM + internal storage for each phone is: Galaxy Note – 3GB of RAM + 16/32/64 GB of internal memory (the 16 and 32GB variants are expandable up to 64GB) and the phablet comes preloaded with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS, but you can upgrade it to v4.4.2 (KitKat); the OnePlus One – 3GB of RAM + 16/64 GB of internal storage, unexpandable; the Galaxy S5- 2GB of RAM + 16/32 GB of built in storage, but the device supports microSD card slots for expansion up to 128GB.
The OnePlus One has a 13MP Sony BSI rear camera which uses Exmor RS technology, and some of the features you’ll find very useful are autofocus, dual-LED flash, face detection etc. The Note 3 has also a 13MP camera, but with single LED flash, while the S5 excels with its… 16MP ISOCELL primary camera with 1/2.6” sensor size and 1.12 µm pixel size. The front camera on the OnePlus One is 5MP and both of the Samsung models have 2MP secondary cameras.
All three devices support 4G LTE networks, MicroUSB, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and have 3.5mm audio jacks.
The Note 3 has the biggest battery, with a capacity of 3,200mAh, being followed by the OnePlus One with a 3,100mAh battery, and the S5 offers a 2,800mAh battery.
The Note 3 16GB dual-SIM variant is extremely expensive, around 950 dollars and can be purchased from amazon.com. If you want the 3G variant, you’ll pay 555 dollars. The 16GB variant of the Galaxy S5 costs 580 dollars, while the OnePlus One 16GB is priced at 299 dollars and can be purchased directly from the manufacturer’s website.
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