The two major manufacturers of the world’s most popular smartphones continue to compete with two high spec smartphones: Apple’s iPhone 6 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5. We compare the two mobile phones from a consumer point of view by summarising the most important features and specifications.
iPhone provides users with a smooth & slim aluminium based smartphone device, while Samsung focuses on merging soft touch plastic with hard plastic edges that are coloured to appear like metal. The iPhone 6 is 2mm thinner and 5mm less wide, fitting nicely in the palm even with one hand. The winner here is clearly the iPhone when taking an aesthetic point of view.
Both phones have similarly spectacular screens. The Galaxy S5 holds a 5.1-inch AMOLED display with a full HD resolution of 432 pixels per inch. The advantage of this type of display is the ability to display perfect blacks with unlimited contrast ratios. This means perfect imagery during movies with dark backgrounds, with zero light emitting turning jet black to grey black.
The iPhone 6 uses an IPS LCD screen, excelling at brightness, viewing angles and colour accuracy in comparison to the competitor. Resolution stands at 326 pixels per inch, so less than Samsung but still offering a sharp display. The winner here is Samsung’s display, which is physically larger too by 0.4 inches.
These devices differ in storage capabilities on a physical note. The iPhone has fixed storage capacities of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. There is no physical way to expand on storage, unless the giant released a larger internal unit sometime in the future, which will come at higher cost.
The Galaxy S5 has a comparably small 16GB internal storage, but offers users to expand storage up to 128GB easily and at low cost using MicroSD memory cards. This is preferable as it allows users to choose exactly how much extra they want, and can easily store other data on these external cards. The winner is the Samsung S5 here, giving users more flexibility and choice when it comes to storage capacities.
Samsung’s smartphone is a clear winner on paper specifications. However, through product testing, both phones are similar when it comes to essential functionality. In fact, the iPhone has scored better when testing response times, feeling faster during everyday use. A lot of this comes down to the device’s software as opposed to processing power. Samsung’s extra capabilities here could thus explain its downfall in everyday testing.
Now heavily prioritised among consumer decision factors for smartphones, the two giants struggle to produce high spec computer phones without compromising on power requirements and overall battery life. The Samsung S5 has a bigger battery, resulting in longer use before charging is necessary. Charging the devices is fast at around 2 hours. The winner is the Samsung S5, which not only has a physically better battery, but packs a range of features within its software for saving power.
Highly subjective, we place the verdict upon what type of user you are. If you’re looking for value for money and battery life, then the Samsung smartphone is a clear winner. If you’re looking for design and performance, at a higher cost, then the iPhone 6 is the one to take home.