Apple iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5 are obviously the two biggest releases in the smartphone industry till now. Both of these phones have a long history of successful predecessors and both of them happen to have earned quite a fan base for themselves. Here are the 5 main differences which every buyer must know before considering either of these handsets.
1. Build Quality
One of the many reasons why Apple’s iPhone series is preferred over your average Android flagship phone is because of the build quality and the iPhone 5S seems to be no exception. Apple iPhone 5S happens to be blessed with the same sleek form factor with which we all fell in love with in the previous year’s iPhone 5. Unlike most of the other phones that are out there, the iPhone 5S is mostly made up of a combination of metal and glass which gives the handset a classy and premium feel. Apple currently sells the iPhone 5S in three colours which include Silver, Gray and Gold.
As for the Samsung Galaxy S5, even after so much criticism, Samsung has still decided to go plastic instead of metal with its latest flagship. Even though Samsung has tried to improve its design by giving the rear back cover small Nexus 7 like dimples for better grip, the fact remains that it is still plastic and will never be able to compete with the classy feeling which the iPhone 5S gives.
For reasons that are best known to only Apple, the iPhone 5S comes with just a 4 inch 640 x 1136 pixels LED-backlit IPS LCD display which is theoretically inferior to most of the Android phones nowadays which feature at least a 720p display. The Samsung Galaxy S5 on the other hand boasts of a 5.1 inch
1080p Super AMOLED display which is generally known for producing sharper colours than the rest of the competition.
3. iPhone 5S’ Fingerprint Scanner is Better
As you might already be knowing, both the iPhone 5S and the almighty Samsung Galaxy S5 have a fingerprint scanner on their home button. However, the Galaxy S5 actually needs you to swipe your finger vertically on the home button (high chances of error) whereas on the iPhone you simply have to put your thumb or finger on the home button until the scanning is done. A rough statistic would be that while almost 100% of the finger scans on the iPhone 5S result successful, only about 80% of the total scans on the Samsung Galaxy S5 prove to be accurate.
4. Megapixels aren’t everything
Apple iPhone 5S sports a rear camera that just measures up as 8MP on paper and while it might seem that the Samsung Galaxy S5 indefinitely has an advantage here with its 16MP sensor, we want to assure that the megapixel count isn’t everything here. In the interest of time and for the sake of keeping it short and simple, megapixels of an image simply denotes the size of the image, it doesn’t have as big role in deciding the overall picture quality than what people give it credit for. In fact, the deciding factor between the quality of a bad picture and a good picture is the type of optics used in the camera and the algorithms used by the camera app. In other words, in spite of being having an 8MP sensor, the iPhone 5S is still capable of taking some really nice shots just like the Samsung Galaxy S5.
5. More RAM is Always Better
Even with the 1GB of RAM that it has, you will hardly ever see any Apple iPhone 5S user complaining about lags or long loading times. As far as iOS 7 is concerned, iPhone 5S is an apt device but what happens when somewhere down the road Apple releases iOS 8? Will the iPhone 5S be able to suffice then? If yes, then what about iOS 9? We all know how laggy iOS 7 turned out to be on the iPhone 4 because of its low specs.
On the other hand, it is a well known fact that all Android versions are designed with keeping mid range devices in mind. Which means that even after Samsung Galaxy S5’s 2 year update cycle, this handset will still be capable of running the latest version of Android for many more months to come. If this isn’t future proof, then I don’t know what is.