The iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 flagship smartphones are two pioneer smartphones by their manufacturers Apple and Samsung respectively.
While both smartphones were released in 2014, the Galaxy S5 was launched during the first half of the year. The iPhone 6 became available in the market towards the end of the second half of the same year. There were quite a few expectations from both the smartphones, when they were released. The following article compares a few specifications of these smartphones to help you decide which of them meets your expectations.
Design and Dimensions
Both the smartphones deviate from the classic boxy look and feature curved interiors. While the iPhone 6 features a full aluminum casing, the Galaxy S5 casing is made of polycarbonate plastic with a dimpled and dotted soft-touch plastic back that renders a matte finish with leather like feel. The side buttons are also made of metal and plastic in Apple’s and Samsung’s smartphones respectively. However, the IP 67 certification is something that gives the Samsung Galaxy S5 an extra point to score over the iPhone 6.
With respect to the overall size, the iPhone 6 is undoubtedly not as wide and thick as the Galaxy smartphone. Apple’s smartphone weighs 20 grams less than its Samsung counterpart; so, both in terms of the size and the weight, the Apple phone scores less.
Verdict: The iPhone 6 undoubtedly takes the cake with its sleek dimensions and classy look. However, for practical purposes, the Galaxy S5 smartphone is a better consideration due to its dust- and water-resistant body.
Apple has definitely increased the screen size of its iPhone 6 to 4.7-inches when compared to its earlier iPhones. Yet it is still about 18 percent smaller than the 5.1-inch screen of the Galaxy S5. The display technologies in the two smartphones are also different. While the iPhone 6 features a RetinaHD IPS LCD display, the Samsung smartphone encompasses a Super AMOLED display panel. Also, the Galaxy S5 comprises a far better pixel resolution and pixel density of 1920×1080 and 432ppi as against the 1334×750 pixel resolution and 326ppi pixel density of the iPhone 6. Although Samsung’s smartphone boasts of a higher pixel resolution and pixel density its Diamond PentTile subpixel array produces slightly less sharp images than the RGB array of the iPhone 6. However, colors, contrasts and brightness are better visualized in Samsung Galaxy S5.
Verdict: If watching movies and playing games is what you would mostly use your smartphone for other than as a normal phone, then bigger is definitely better. The Galaxy S5 with its bigger screen and better color rendition produces better effects.
Both smartphones feature a primary rear-facing camera and a secondary front-facing camera. Like the screen size, Apple has worked on the iSight rear camera of its previous iPhone models and enhanced it in the iPhone 6. While the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone encompasses a rear 16-megapixel camera with LED flash, the iSight rear camera features 8-megapixels with true tone dual-LED flash. Likewise, the Samsung smartphone features a 2MP front-facing camera; the FaceTime camera in the iPhone 6 has only 1.2 megapixels. It is worth noting that both manufacturers utilize the concept of phase detection autofocus instead of contrast detection in their cameras.
Verdict: If video recording is your forte, the Galaxy S5 smartphone is sure to appeal to you with its 4K video recording capability that the iPhone is not capable of. But the key advantage of the iPhone 6 is its ability to produce faster and more natural looking shots in low or dim light and slow motion recording.
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