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

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S

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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? (techradar.com)

Apple iPhone 5S Review: Same Look, Small Screen, Big Potential (cnet.com)

4 Things the Galaxy Note 4 Can Do that the iPhone 6 Can’t

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Two of the hottest phones available in the mobile market today are the Apple iPhone 6 and the Galaxy Note 4. Both have their individual strengths and weaknesses, but in my own humble opinion, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 outperforms the iPhone 6 in so many ways.

The Note 4 and the iPhone 6 are both high-end and cutting edge devices packed with remarkable internals and features. Neither of the 2 is perfect and complete in their own unique ways but I see the Note 4 having the edge over the iPhone 6.

The following is a list of the five things the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 does that the iPhone 6 can’t do, or at least doesn’t meet my expectations.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and its S Pen

The Apple iPhone 6 didn’t manage to introduce something as great at the Samsung S Pen. When the Samsung Galaxy Note phone series was announced back in 2011, its most defining feature was its size. The line was one of the earliest versions of the phablet that became available for those who enjoy having big screens for their mobile devices. Although Apple managed to produce a mobile device with the same size (iPhone 6 Plus), it did not come with the easy-to-use S pen.

Multitasking Prowess

What’s great about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is its multitasking feature. You can view and access several applications at the same time. The Pop Up View Shortcut lets you shrink several compatible Samsung applications into smaller windows and drag them around the screen where you want them displayed. You can continue working with the other applications on the screen. Simply tap the circle log to collapse and reopen applications.

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A removable and replaceable battery pack

With a simple snap off the back of the Galaxy Note 4 back cover, you could simply remove its battery pack and place a new one. The Galaxy Note 4 comes with a large battery with 3,220 mAh that offers an impressive 37 hours of standby time and 11 hours when continuously used together with the internet. Even with the promising battery hours the phone offers, having an extra battery pack seems necessary for someone who enjoys travelling like I do. This is something that the Apple iPhone 6 lacks.

Ultra power-saving mode

What comes with the removable battery pack is a battery that can be charged fast and a device that has capabilities to maximize its battery life even if your phone is almost dead. The Galaxy Note 4 comes with the Adaptive Fast Charging feature that allows you to charge your device in just 30 minutes. That is the time you spend inside the bathroom every morning or maybe time you spend in the shower and eating breakfast. The only catch is you have to use a compatible micro USB port for charging to power it and sync it up. The device ships with the Adaptive Fast Charging charger so you have nothing to worry about.

As for the price, the Samsung Note price in Singapore is way more affordable than the iPhone 6. There is about a $200 difference between the two gadgets. You can compare latest market prices via PricePanda.

I do love my iPhone 6, its high-end camera and the features that comes with it. I just so happen to love my Note 4 more.

Don’t take my word for it, check out these articles:

Samsung’s Next Big Galaxy Phone is Coming on August 13 (finance.yahoo.com)

Samsung Seeks Slice of Apple’s Pie with Early Smartphone Launch (wsj.com)

The Battle of the Samsung Galaxy A5, A7, and A8: Which phone is the best for your needs?

The metallic and sleek looking A-series of Samsung has finally made its touchdown in the mobile industry. With the announcement of the Galaxy A8 against its slimmer and smaller Galaxy A7 as well as the smaller Galaxy A5 line in the A-series, fans of the Android giant can’t help but compare what these three new models offers.

Samsung really put into consideration the compact chassis featured in this trio. The Galaxy A7 was originally the most compact metal Android for its screen size but with the release of the Galaxy A8, the A7’s screen size is now shed by the 5.9mm body featured in the A8, this by far is the thinnest model Samsung has ever produced.

Samsung Galaxy A7

Photo credit: Samsung Galaxy A7 via Samsung

The Galaxy A8 is also taller than the A7 allowing it to fit a 5.7-inch screen compared to the 5.5-inch screen that the A7 has. The A8 also comes with the unique fingerprint scanner in the home key just below the display. The A8 also features a 10 gram heavier weight over the other two mobile units and can be considered as the middle child in the Android trio.

On the other hand, the Galaxy A5 is the most manageable among the three Alpha series. It also the most affordable among the three but the specifications of the two other A-series are better. The A5 features a HD panel while the A7 and the A8 features 1080p screens. The Galaxy A5 runs of an octa-core Snapdragon 6156 chipset with multiband LTE connectivity. All the three phones posses 2GB of RAM, comes in 16/32 GB storage models and has a microSD slots for expansions. The A7 and the A5 features 13-megapixel rear cameras while the A8 is equipped with a 16MP ISOCELL shooter.

Samsung Galaxy A5

Photo credit: Samsung Galaxy A5 via Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy A5 Malaysia may come as a lesser premium version compared to the A8 but the pocket-friendly price tag attached to the sleek unit makes it a great buy. Comparison shopping sites like PricePanda can give you an idea on how much this beauty is worth and if it work with your budgets accordingly.

But as expected, the A7 and A5 lack the 3050mAh battery featured in the sub-6mm chassis of the Galaxy A8. No official pricing for the A8 has been released yet but the leaks so far indicates that it may go along the $500 off-contract price or something below $600.

 A leaked video of the Samsung Galaxy A8 is featured below.

Related Articles for your reading:

Samsung Galaxy A8 Smartphone Review (mobilereview.com)