A Look At The Samsung Galaxy S5 And The Apple iPhone 5s

Samsung Galaxy S5 And The Apple iPhone 5s Review

Some of the most important brands in the smartphone market are Apple and Samsung.  In this review, we take a look at the two company’s most recent smartphone offerings: the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Apple iPhone 5S.

These two flagships are powerful but there are differences in their design and architecture.  A lot of the changes in the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5S are found in their specs and their user interfaces.

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Design and build quality

  • Apple continues to follow the same design philosophy they have for every other S release of the iPhone. This includes the use of an aluminum unibody.
  • The 5S looks like its predecessors but has added a fingerprint scanner to the home button and incorporates a dual-LED flash beside it’s camera.
  • The home button is also now chrome and looks difference from the previous recessed designs.
  • Samsung retains the form factor of previous Galaxy S devices in the Galaxy S5.
  • The Galaxy S5 has added a fingerprint scanner in the home button.
  • A new recent apps/multitasking key replaces the capacitive menu button.
  • The back plate of the Galaxy S5 now has a perforated soft-touch plastic design.
  • The Galaxy S5 has a bigger screen then the iPhone 5S.
  • The iPhone 5S is the more pocketable design and is easier to use one handed.



  • The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 5.1 inch screen
  • The iPhone 5S has a 4 inch screen
  • The screen of the 5S has been praised for accurate color reproduction, good brightness and great viewing angles.
  • It still uses the same screen as the iPhone 5 for 336 ppi
  • The Galaxy S5 uses Super AMOLED technology which gives it vivid colors and distinct blacks.
  • With a 432 ppi, the images are a little crisper in the Galaxy S5.
  • The larger surface can also be more pleasing for media consumption.
  • While the iPhone S5’s compactness might make it more pocketable, the larger screen of the Galaxy S5 is more fun.


  • The iPhone S5 uses iOS which specializes in fluid animations and optimization.
  • The interface was revised in the iOS 7.
  • The iPhone S5 can easily handle most tasks with its 64-bit processor.
  • The Galaxy S5 has a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor.
  • This is backed by an Adreno 330 GPU with 2 GB of RAM.
  • The Galaxy S5 is currently one of the most powerful Android devices out there.
  • There are rarely any stutters or lags given as it still uses Samsung’s resource-heavy TouchWiz UI.


  • The Galaxy S5 has more features then the iPhone 5S
  • The Galaxy S5 has a heart rate monitor, NFC support, a microSD slot, an IR blaster and a removable battery.
  • The Galaxy S5 has IP67 certification, which means its dust and water resistant.
  • Both the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5S have fingerprint scanner in their home buttons. The Galaxy S5’s mechanism uses a swipe gesture; the iPhone 5S needs the user to touch to scan.



  • The iPhone S5 has a 1,560 mAH. Due to Apple’s optimizations, the power can last a day with moderate use.
  • The Galaxy S5 has a 2,800 mAh battery for good battery life that can also be extended with various power-saving modes.
  • Removable batteries allow you to carry a spare just in case.


  • Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 16 MP ISOCELL camera.
  • They have removed some of the camera apps features that the Galaxy S4 had and added a few key ones like Live HDR and Selective Focus.
  • You can get great quality photos with the Galaxy S5. The zoom of the photos will allow you to get a certain sharpness and a good level of detail.
  • Low-light photos have been improved but there is still some graininess.
  • The iPhone S5 has a 8 MP iSight camera.
  • The camera app comes with some interesting features, including Auto HDR.
  • Images are very good.
  • If you like to play around with your smartphone camera and customize its features, you should go for the Galaxy S5. If you want a simple but good camera go for the iPhone 5S.
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  • Apple revamped their UI in 2013 with the iOS7. This UI is simplistic if responsive and reliable.
  • The iOS7 added Control Center users access by swiping up from the screen bottom. This allows you to access brightness, connectivity toggles, the music player and shortcuts’ to common apps.
  • If you like customizing your UI, you won’t really like the iOS7.
  • Samsung uses the TouchWiz UI in the Galaxy S5.
  • There has been few changes between the version of TouchWiz in the Galaxy S5 and earlier devices.
  • Multi Window has returned and a Toolbox and Download Booster function have been added.
  • The Settings app and the notification center now have a circle motif.
  • MyMagazine is a new app located on the left of the home screen. It allows you to access your social media feed
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Final Thoughts

  • Both the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone S5 are great representatives of their specific brans and companies. As there are a lot of differences in the form factor and ecosystems of these two devices, the choice boils down to personal preferences.


Samsung Galaxy S5

  • Bigger screen that uses Super AMOLED technology and has a higher megapixel count.
  • Has twice the battery capacity
  • Has an IP67 rating for better resistance to dust and water.
  • Has a high level of customizability
  • Is a multitasking powerhouse

Apple iPhone 5S

  • The Apple iPhone 5S is more compact in size and can feel more accessible
  • The user experience is polished and smooth.
  • The design is classy.
  • The iPhone 5S has been optimized to take full advantage of its 64-bit architecture.
  • The user interface is fast and reliable
  • The battery life is decent.
  • If you want a simple and straightforward device, or you’re an Apple stalwart, this is your device.

What do you think? Samsung Galaxy S5? Or iPhone 5S?


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