Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5s: How Does Samsung’s Newest Superphone Measure Up?
Samsung has just pulled back the curtain on its newest smartphone, the Galaxy S5, a device the company hopes will be your next smartphone — yes, even you, iPhone folks. So if you are an iOwner who’s always contemplated the switch to one of those shiny, big-screened Samsung phones, you may want to take a peek at our side-by-side measurable comparison between the S5 and the 5s — that is, the newest from Samsung and Apple (confusing, we know).
Here are the specs for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Apple iPhone 5s. And then, we’ll explain what those differences actually MEAN below:
OS: Samsung and Apple’s smartphones run different operating systems, probably the single largest difference between them. The iPhone 5s runs iOS, an operating system you will only find on smartphones and tablets made by Apple. The Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4.2, the latest version of Google’s Android operating system that is free and open for any company to run on smartphones and tablets.
You can find Android on many other mobile devices made by many other companies; Samsung modifies Android into something called “TouchWiz,” a special version of Android that features effects and design elements unique to Samsung phones. Most Android phone makers have their own “skins”: HTC has something called “Sense”; Nokia just released a version of Android that looks an awful lot like Windows Phone, with large animated tiles.
You can get a comprehensive breakdown of TouchWiz here. Diffen, meanwhile, breaks down the biggest differences between Android and iOS in a comprehensive, somewhat technical column here. Basically, updates to iOS tend to come quicker and with predictable regularity, and iOS features a deeper and better app selection. Android, meanwhile, is way more flexible, meaning you can adjust it to your liking more easily than you can the rigid iOS. Updates bringing more features tend to be occur with irregularity and unpredictability, due to a variety of reasons, chief among them the pickiness of your phone carrier. But you may want to try both in an electronics store before making a decision either way.
Display Size: The display is measured from one corner to the other. The below picture from Laptop Mag shows the difference in your hand. Generally, it’s accepted that a larger screen, like that of the Galaxy S5, is better for viewing movies and reading text, while the iPhone 5s fits more conveniently in your hand and in your pocket.