The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the latest flagship phone from the Samsung brand and is now available in stores. Despite the huge expectations of this phone, it looks like a minor upgrade from its predecessor the Galaxy S4. Also, the Nexus 5 from Google was recently introduced into the market and has been billed as the best competition for the Galaxy S5. Is the Galaxy S5 better or inferior to the Nexus 5? Read on to find out.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 measures 8.1x142x73mm while the Nexus 5 measures 8.6x138x69mm. There is not much difference between these two phones. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is at least 3% longer than the Nexus and also 6% wider. However, the Nexus is a bit thicker than the Galaxy S5.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 weighs 145g, which makes it slightly heavier by 15g than the Nexus 5 which weighs 130g. Notably, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is also heavier than its predecessor, the Galaxy S4.Even so, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is still easy on the hand and is portable.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Nexus 5 come in plastic covers. The Samsung Galaxy has maintained the dimpled leather back cover look, which is common with other Samsung flagship phones. The Nexus comes in a simple matte finish while the Samsung has a faux leather exterior.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes in a wider color variety than the Nexus 5. You can get the Galaxy S5 in black, white, copper and blue colors while the Nexus is only available in black, white and red. Whichever color you go for, they all look great.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 5.1 inch screen with a resolution of 1920×1080 which makes 432ppi. On the other hand, the Nexus 5 comes in a smaller screen measuring 4.95 inches with a resolution of 1920×1080 and 445ppi. There is really not that big a difference in terms of screen size and resolution. Both phones have the ability to offer high resolution images.
The Fingerprint Scanner
It was impossible for Samsung to pass up an opportunity to match up to the latest iPhone flagship phone. As expected, Samsung comes with the ability to protect the phone using unique user fingerprint. It is also possible to sync this feature with a PayPal account for authorizing transactions using the fingerprint. The Nexus 5 comes up short in this category as it does not have a fingerprint scanner.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 16MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. On the other hand, the Nexus 5 comes with an inferior 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera. With the improvement in resolutions on the Samsung flagship, it is expected that the phone should offer much clearer blown-up or zoomed-in images.
The Processors, Storage and RAM
The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a quad-core 2.5GHz snapdragon 801 processor while the Nexus 5 comes in a quad core 2.3GHz snapdragon 800 processor. The Samsung processor is slightly more powerful than the Nexus 5 even though both phones are super-fast. Both phones come with 32GB and 16GB storage options even though Samsung also comes with a MicroSD slot. Both phones run on 2GB RAM.
In most cases, these two phones are at par making them more or less similar. However, the Nexus 5 comes cheaper than the Galaxy S5 with a notable $415 disparity. The Samsung Galaxy goes for $765 while the Nexus 5 goes for $350.
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