Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 are easily the two most controversial phones of this year. While the former has found its place in headlines because of the large frequency of leaks and rumours which came up before the Unpacked 5 event, the latter has gained its popularity because of the it being the first octa-core phone. Here is a brief comparison between both of these Samsung overlords.
Design and Bodybuild
As opposed to the metal body which earlier rumours had suggested, the Samsung Galaxy S5 unveiled a few days back actually comes with a plastic body just like the S4. Apart from the inclusion of a Nexus 7 like perforated rear back cover (which supposedly gives the handset a better grip) and a few other minor differences here and there, there is not much difference between the S5 and S4 design wise.
Both of these phones come with a faux metallic band around the edges which makes them look a tad classier than your average Galaxy phone, but this feeling is no where near what you might have felt after using the Aluminium unibody HTC One.
As far as dimensions are concerned, the S5 is a little bulkier than its predecessor with 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm and 145g as compared to the Galaxy S4’s 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm and 130g, but considering that the Galaxy S5 is IP67 certified and can survive a dive three feet under the water, this bulkiness is well justified.
Sadly, we haven’t had any time with the Galaxy S5 to perform a battery test but if the Galaxy S4 was any indication with its 2600 mAh battery which lasted more than a day under moderate usage, the Galaxy S5 should also do just fine with a 2800 mAh battery.
Additionally, Samsung claims that the S5 comes with a new battery saver feature dubbed Ultra Power Saving Mode which will supposedly shut down all non-essential functions of the phone and will turn the display to black and white supposedly giving you several extra hours of usage.
Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat right out of the box and thanks to the latest update, the Galaxy S4 users are also enjoying the same firmware. Except for the features which are hardware dependent (fingerprint and heartbeat), the S4 will eventually get all the features which the S5 currently boasts. Long story short, there isn’t really anything to compare here, they both happen to run on same bloated firmware.
It was being very heavily speculated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be the first phone to come with a 2k 1440 x 2560 pixel display but sadly, such is not the case. Similar to the S4, the S5 also comes with a 1080p Super AMOLED panel but with a slightly increased screen size of 5.1 inches(S4’s screen measures at 5 inches).
Processor and RAM
Before the actual unveiling, it was being very strongly believed that the Samsung Galaxy S5 would come with a 64-bit architecture processor. For better or worse, we got a 2.5GHz quad-core Krait processor instead. On the other hand, the US version of Galaxy S4 comes with a 1.9 GHz quad-core Krait 300 processor. Both the handsets come with 2GB of RAM.
In spite of its highly bloated firmware, the S4 never really showed signs of hanging or slowing down at any point of time, so it is only the most logical thing to assume that the S5 will also not show any of these symptoms.
Not many people will disagree here, the Samsung Galaxy S4 was arguably one of the best among the 2013 flagships as far as camera is concerned. The Galaxy S4 is known to be capable of capturing some really great pictures and it seems that the Galaxy S5 is no different with its 16MP zapper.
Apart from the obvious increase in the megapixel count, S5’s camera is capable of taking pictures in just 0.3 seconds while also allowing you to show the effects of HDR in real-time. In other words, you can now see how you are going to look like in a photo enhanced by HDR even before you take it.
If there is anything that is present in the Samsung Galaxy S4 then the Galaxy S5 has it too. That and other a few interesting features. For starters, there is this long rumoured fingerprint scanner, a heartbeat monitor and the ability to mix WiFi and 4G LTE in order to provide you with blazingly fast internet.
To put it simply, even though the Samsung Galaxy S5 seems like a nice device to have, it is still not worth it to upgrade if you happen to own a Galaxy S4. There are certain features of the S5 that might tempt you to upgrade, but at the end of the day, the S4 is a wonderful device too and comes with exactly the same amount of RAM as its successor.