Difference between Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S

Key Difference: iPhones use Apple’s iOS, whereas Samsung bases its phones on Google’s Android. Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is dust and water resistant, offers wireless charging, has upgraded to USB 3.0, has NFC, and a heart rate monitor which pairs with an updated S Health app.

Samsung and Apple are the two leading competitors that control the smartphone industry. While there are many other manufacturers in the market, there seems to be a special rivalry between Apple and Samsung. The main difference between the two companies is the operating system they use. iPhones use Apple’s iOS, whereas Samsung bases its phones on Google’s Android.

While there are many differences between Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S, one of the biggest differences is in the screen size; Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, whereas the iPhone 5S has a 4.0 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD touchscreen. Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is dust and water resistant, offers wireless charging, has upgraded to USB 3.0, has NFC, and a heart rate monitor which pairs with an updated S Health app.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, whereas the iPhone 5S has a 640 x 1136 pixel resolution. Galaxy S5 has Corning Gorilla Glass 3, while iPhone 5S has Corning Gorilla Glass with oleophobic coating.  The iPhone 5S has an aluminium backing and toughened glass front, whereas Samsung has stuck with what worked for them with Samsung Galaxy S4. From the front, both Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5 look nearly identical. In the back, Samsung has introduced a new motif with dimples. However, the chassis of the phone still feels like plastic.

In terms of hardware, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has the 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and an updated Adreno 330 GPU. The iPhone 5S has the A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, which clocks at 1.7 GHz and is paired with a M7 motion coprocessor and 1 GB of RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 16-megapixel with 5312 x 2988 pixels resolution and a 2 MP 1080p front-facing camera. The iPhone 5S has a 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixel camera with Dual-LED flash with a 1.2 MP, 720p front-facing camera for FaceTime. The Galaxy S5 comes with storage variants of 16GB or 32GB plus microSD support for external memory. However, the iPhone 5S comes in the variants of 16GB, 32GB or 64 GB, but does not have support for external memory.

Comparison between Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S:

 

Samsung Galaxy S5

iPhone 5S

Launch Date

April 2014

September 2013

Company

Samsung Electronics

Apple Corporation

Size

142 (5.59in) x 72.5 (2.85in) x 8.1 mm (0.32 in)

4.87 inches (123.8 mm) x 2.31 inches (58.6 mm) x 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)

Display

5.1 inches (diagonal) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

4.0 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen

Screen

1080 x 1920 pixels, 16M colors (~432 ppi pixel density)

640 x 1136 pixels, 16M colors (~326 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating

Weight

145 g (5.11 oz)

3.95 ounces (112 grams)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all models

CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - A1533 (CDMA), A1453

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - SM-G900F

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - SM-G900A

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - SM-G900M

 HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - SM-G900T

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - A1533 (GSM), A1453

 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - A1533 (CDMA), A1453

 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - A1457, A1530

4G Network

LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - SM-G900F

LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - SM-G900A

LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - SM-G900M

LTE 700/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 - SM-G900T

LTE 700 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100

(1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 8 / 13 / 17 / 19 / 20 / 25) - A1533 (GSM), A1533 (CDMA)

LTE 700 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100

(1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 8 / 13 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26) - A1453

 LTE 800  /  850  /  900  /  1800  /  1900  /  2100  /  2600

(1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 20) - A1457

 LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

TD-LTE 1900 / 2300 / 2600

(1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 20 / 38 / 39 / 40) - A1530

GUI

TouchWiz UI

iUI

CPU speed

Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400

Dual-core 1.7 GHz

GPU

Adreno 330

Apple A7

OS

Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)

iOS 7

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801

Apple A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor

RAM

2 GB RAM

1 GB

SIM Size

Micro-SIM

Nano-SIM

Internal Memory

16/32 GB

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

microSD, up to 128 GB

No

Sensors

Gesture Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, HR Sensor, Hall Sensor, Accelerometer, Geomagnetic Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Light Sensor, Barometer, Proximity Sensor

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Connectivity

GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, USB v3.0

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology. USB v2.0

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

Speed

HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

v4.0, A2DP, EDR, LE

v4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v3.0 (MHL 2.1), USB On-the-go, USB Host

USB v2.0

Primary Camera

16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, phase detection autofocus, LED flash

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (True Tone) flash

Secondary Camera

2 MP, [email protected], dual video call

Yes, 1.2 MP, [email protected], face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

Video

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], HDR, dual-video rec

Video Playing Format:

FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV, 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI

Video Playing Resolution:

UHD 4K (3840 x 2160), @30fps

1080p HD video recording

30 fps

True Tone flash

Slo-mo video

Improved video stabilization

Take still photo while recording video

Face detection

3x zoom

Video geotagging

Camera Features

  • 1/2.6'' sensor size
  • 1.12 µm pixel size
  • Dual Shot
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • face/smile detection
  • HDR
  • 8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels
  • Autofocus
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • True Tone flash
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Face detection
  • Exposure control
  • Panorama
  • Burst mode
  • Tap to focus
  • Photo geotagging
  • Timer mode

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

3GA, AWB, FALC, MID, MXMF, OGA, OTA, RTX, RTTTL, XMF, AAC, AMR, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA

AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Video supported formats

FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV, 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI

H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 1440 mAh battery (5.45 Wh)

Stand-by

Up to 390 hours

Up to 250 hours

Talk time

Up to 21 hours

Up to 10 hours on 3G

Internet use

-

Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi

Video playback

-

Up to 10 hours

Audio playback

Up to 67 hours

Up to 40 hours

Available Colors

Charcoal Black, Copper Gold, Electric Blue, Shimmery White

Silver, Space Grey and Gold

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM

iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

Browser

HTML5

HTML (Safari)

Radio

No

No

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

No

Additional Features

  • Fingerprint sensor (PayPal certified) IP67 certified - dust and water resistant
  • Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Wireless charging (market dependent)
  • ANT+ support
  • S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
  • Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll
  • Air gestures
  • Dropbox (50 GB cloud storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL 2.1 A/V link)
  • Organizer
  • Photo/video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
  • AirPlay Mirroring, photos, audio, and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)
  • Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)AirDrop file sharing
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • iBooks PDF reader
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/command
  • Predictive text input

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