The Samsung Galaxy S5 is making the final preparations in order to hit the market, and it does have a lot to offer in terms of hardware, so we will see how it compares with the latest release in the Apple line of smartphones, the iPhone 5S, hence S5 VS 5S.
The S5’s dimensions are 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm with a weight of 145 g, while for the 5S it’s 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm with a weight of 112 g, hence the iPhone 5S is both thinner and lighter than the Galaxy S5. Apple conserves the good feel in your hand with a full aluminum body, while Samsung’s phone will have a plastic casing, however unlike the 5S, the S5 will be dust and water resistant (up to 1 meter and 30 minutes).
Apple has finally decided to increase its screen size, and now instead of the usual 3.5”, the 5S has a 4.0” LED-backlit IPS LCD screen. However it seems that 4.0” is ‘old class’ for the Galaxy’s high-end smartphones, with the S5 having a 5.1” Super AMOLED screen. Both devices are of course touchscreen with 16M colors protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass, but have different resolutions: 1080×1920 pixels for the S5 and 640 x 1136 pixels for the 5S.
Now this is where things get really interesting. Samsung is a major brand and its S5 hasn’t been released yet, so you can expect great updates here. Samsung’s S5 features a Quad-core 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon with an Adreno 330 GPU while the iPhone 5S has a Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone ARM V8 CPU and a quad-core PowerVR G6430 Graphics.
Now talking about memory, the S5 has 16/32 GB internal storage with 2 GB RAM, and the 5S has 16/32/64 GB internal storage with 1 GB RAM; but that’s not all as unlike the iPhone, the S5 has a microSD port which can add up to 128 GB additional storage to your convenience.
The Galaxy S5 features the latest Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat and the iPhone 5S coms with Apples’ latest iOS 7 and can be upgraded to the iOS 7.0.4 version. Both phones come with GPS and A-GPS support with GLONASS. Samsung’s updated TouchWiz UI also looks interesting.
A few more software features worth mentioning about the upcoming Galaxy are wireless charging, S-Voice commands and dictation, the popular keyboard Swype functionality, Smart stay/pause/scroll. For the 5S, we have the famous Siri language and command dictation, AirDrop file sharing, iCloud Keychain.
Samsung seems to put a lot of emphasis on his smartphones. Although Apple has made a big step going from 5MP to a 8MP 3264 x2448 pixels camera, this is still nowhere close to the S5’s 16MP 5312 x 2988 pixels, but don’t get me wrong, the picture quality doesn’t rely solely on the pixels. The iPhone also features a dual-LED, flash, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, face detection, HDR panorama and photo. The S5’s camera is supported by Dual Shot, face and smile detection, image stabilization and HDR.
Both devices come with a fingerprint sensor, with the S5’s certified by PayPal. They also support 4G network. The S5 support Java, Near Field Communication (NFC) and has an infrared port, but the 5S doesn’t have any of these capabilities. Next, the S5 comes with a 2800 mAh Li-Ion battery offering up to 390 h stand-by time and up to 21 h talk time, apparently offering more that the 5S’s 1560 mAh offering up to 250 h stand-by time and 10 h talk time.
There you have it, a great overview of the Apple’s recently released iPhone 5S and Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5. Both of them have their ups and downs. Which one is better? Well, it depends; will you prefer the 5S for its overall aluminum body and great feel in the hand, or the S5 for its promising longer battery life? The choice is in your hand, just take into consideration that at the S5’s release, both devices might be selling at a similar price.