Apple iPhone 5S vs the Samsung Galaxy S5: A Closer Look

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S

Photo credit: Kārlis Dambrāns via Flickr

Several great smartphones are already dominating the market. There are really a lot of choices that would fit your budget and needs. However, with the great selection, finding the perfect one can be a real challenge.

Two of the most popular brands/models in the mobile market nowadays are the Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy. Let us check out and compare the Apple iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

There are so many definitions when it comes to a great Smartphone. These two are just some of the best examples. One features a smaller screen (compared to today’s latest standards), premium-built, and a hardware and software that offer superb user experience. The other one is much bigger, features a spacious screen with a plastic finish and eye-catching aesthetics.

In the end, it would all go down to a phone that works better for you. So what will it be, the Apple iPhone 5S or the Samsung Galaxy S5?

Samsung Galaxy S5 Display

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You can immediately see the difference between the Apple 5 16GB and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The later is longer by 15%, 24% wider, and 7% thicker than the iPhone 5S. The Apple iPhone 5S offers easy grip on the hand, while the S5 requires you to stretch a little bit to get a good grip on the body.

Apple has since been known as a design-driven company. This is what the iPhone 5S is all about. Appearance-wise, it looks almost identical with its predecessor, the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5S, however, offers a phone that feels premium and high-end compared to the GS5. The plastic look that the Samsung Galaxy S5 makes it looks like the part — plastic. A less preferred model when you consider aesthetic as a major factor in choosing your mobile device.

iphone 5s

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Nothing is wrong with having plastic parts. It just brings down the premium feel of the phone which happens to be in the premium category in the market. The iPhone looks like it was carefully and intricately crafted from a piece of aluminium. The Samsung Galaxy S5 also looks like that, from afar, but as you go closer, the plastic material becomes very evident.

Screen and display wise, the Galaxy S5’s display is big and beyond beautiful. Diagonally, it measures 5.1 inches with 1920 x 1080 resolution. The iPhone 5S on the other hand has a 4-inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The iPhone gives you 62% as much screen as compared to the S5. If maximum screen and maximum crispness is your mission, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a clear choice.

Camera-wise, both phones feature great cameras. The S5 takes pictures in a higher resolution with its 16MP camera compared to the iPhone 5S’s 8MP. However, there is a slight pause when you open the S5’s camera from the lock screen. With the iPhone 5S, it will only take 2.5 seconds to access the camera application from the lock screen.

Camera, specs, design — these are just a few of the basic things we consider in picking a mobile device to satisfy our needs. Again, one size does not fit all. You may love the G5’s camera but hate its plastic finish. The iPhone 5S’s sleek look may give you a less impressive selfie. In the end, people have different taste, which makes choosing so exciting.

If you want to check out Apple iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5, see up-to-date market prices via PricePanda.

You can read these for more info:

iPhone 5S Review: Faster, Improved Camera and a Clever Fingerprint Reader. But is it enough of an Upgrade? (

Apple iPhone 5S Review: Same Look, Small Screen, Big Potential (


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