Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5S: What’s the Best Smartphone?

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The newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy S5 is Samsung’s flagship smartphone. The Apple iPhone 5S is currently the best iPhone on the market. But how does the iPhone 5S stack up against the brand new Galaxy S5? We compare the phones so you don’t have to…

1. Price

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This is a tricky call at the moment. While Samsung has announced a release date of April 11 for their S5 phone, they have yet to announce the price. T-Mobile lists the S4’s current retail price at $624, while Best Buy lists the S4 at $749.99. Based on the prices being commanded by the 9-month old S4, it’s safe to guess that the S5 will cost around the same as the S4, if not a bit more.

In contrast, T-Mobile lists the iPhone 5S 16GB at $648. In short, the iPhone 5S is likely to remain a bit cheaper than the S5.

2. Specs


The iPhone 5S differs on many of the specs that the Samsung Galaxy S5 has earned. The Galaxy S5’s display is a 5.1-inch full-HD IPS with 431ppi. In contrast, the iPhone 5S has a display that is over an inch smaller, and boasts just 326ppi. The rear camera on the Galaxy S5 is 16MP, while the iPhone 5S has just 8MP. The iPhone 5S also lacks the option for expandable storage.

While much has been made about the Galaxy S5’s contours and perforated case design, many shoppers still prefer the solid feel of Apple’s aluminum body phones.

3. Special Features


Both the iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S5 have fingerprint sensors, though the sensor on the Galaxy S5 has a slight edge because it offers features like “private mode” browsing and payment integration, which the iPhone 5S does not at this time.

The Galaxy S5 has another sensor that gives it an edge: a heartbeat sensor. The S5 also has a more robust camera, Knox security, and support for Samsung Gear and Gear Fit tracker offerings. Also, the phone is water-resistant.

The iPhone 5S has some unique perks, though. It has an M7 motion chip, allowing apps to better track your movements and calories burned throughout the day. The sapphire crystal lens cover protects the most important parts of the phone, and the slo-mo video feature is pretty fun.

4. Battery Life

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Apple‘s official iPhone comparison chart states that the iPhone 5S battery supports 10 hours of talk time, 250 hours of standby time, 8 hours of Internet browsing on 3G, and 40 hours of audio playback.

While the iPhone 5S has respectable battery life, many users have complained that the battery drains too quickly, particularly if the user hasn’t disabled certain settings. Engadget notes that many iPhone 5S models that were shipped out had particularly bad battery problems.

In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy S5’s battery offers 10 hours of web surfing on LTE, or up to 12 hours of video playback. However it’s worth noting that the manufacturer’s estimates on battery life might fall short of real-world test conditions.

5. Final Thoughts


The phones are quite similar in size. The iPhone 5S is just under 5 inches, while the S5 is just over. Both phones have a fingerprint sensor, and both have access to a great library of apps. In terms of sheer number of cool features, however, the Samsung Galaxy S5 wins. But when Apple debuts their next iPhone, that might put them back at the top of the smartphone pecking order.

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