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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 6 – Battle Of The Flagships

This brawl was to be expected way before the iPhone 6 was even released. Apple’s device had a massive release, and it’s only fair that it goes up against other devices of similar value. The Galaxy S5 from Samsung is pretty much a great competitors for the iPhone 6, as it comes with features and specs that puts all competition in the trenches. Let’s see what exactly is going on between these two, and which can emerge victorious.

Design

The iPhone 6 measures 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm and weighs 129 grams. The Samsung Galaxy S5 on the other hand measures 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm and weighs 145 grams, therefore the Korean manufacturer is the one that put out the heavier device. The S5 is also the thicker of the two.

For the body, Samsung chose to go with the usual plastic build that can be seen on previous models as well, but that isn’t the case with the iPhone 6, which also follows the brand’s philosophy and delivers an aluminum chassis that denotes a premium look and feel. The device is covered in strengthened glass while the S5 comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and a perforated back cover pattern. The Samsung handset has IP67 certification for being resistant to water and dust.

Display

The screen size of the iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches, and aside its big brother, the iPhone 6 Plus, it has the biggest screen ever produced for an iPhone device. It comes with a 1344 x 750 resolution and a 326 ppi pixel density. The screen benefits from Apple’s infamous Retina Display technology.

The Galaxy S5’s screen, on the other hand, comes with a 1920 x 1080 resolution combined with a 432 ppi pixel density. The display unit on Samsung’s handset measures 5.1 inches and uses the Super AMOLED technology to provide a crisp and bright image.

Hardware

Let’s start off with the iPhone 6. The Apple handset comes, according to GSM Arena, with a 64-bit platform that houses the A8 processing unit. The CPU is a dual core 1.4 GHz model and ha the help of the M8 co-processor, which takes part of the work off the A8’s back. The device also has 1 GB of RAM and internal memory variants of 16, 64 and 128 GB.

The Galaxy S5 from Samsung features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. The unit is a 2.5 GHz quad core processor, and has the help of 2 GB of RAM.

Moving on, we have the camera specs. The iPhone 6 presents itself with the 8 MP shooter on the rear, combined with the 1.2 M front facing camera. The device is capable of HD recording at 30fps with no problem. The Galaxy S5 comes with 16 MP on the primary lens, and 2 MP on the secondary camera, meaning that it takes the edges a little in this category. However, let’s not forget about the great optimization between Apple’s hardware and software, which gives it a bump in performance overall, so even though the camera only has 8 MP, you should expect really good photos.

Both devices feature a fingerprint scanner, which work similar, but differently in the same time. Both can be used for mobile payments but also as a security measure for unlocking the phone. The difference kicks in when you want to use it, as the iPhone’s TouchID only needs you to touch the sensor with your finger, whereas Samsung’s scanner needs you to swipe your finger.

Software

The iPhone 6 comes with iOS8, the latest operating system version from Apple. While the rendition tries its best to get with the crowd and offer functions many fans have been craving for, it still can’t match Google’s Android OS, which simply has more experience with pleasing the users. Sure, the newest Apple software has a lot of clear improvements from previous versions, but the newest Android doesn’t need a lot of new updates and changes as it has developed into a pretty sturdy and appreciated platform over the years, and the only thing left to do now is work but small tweaks here and there.

Conclusion

Both devices offer a great user experience, and come with enough power and the hood to face today’s mobile requirements with ease. The bottom line is that the one you chose should be the one that works the best for you. Mostly, you should consider sticking to the platform you’re on, meaning that if all your devices are iOS devices, you should consider getting the iPhone, whereas if all your tech comes from Google or is powered by Google’s OS, you might want to lean towards the Samsung.

Prices

On Amazon.com, the starting price for the iPhone 6 is about $800, while the Galaxy S5 is around $515.

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