Battle of the 5's: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Apple iPhone 5S vs. Google Nexus 5
Samsung made the Galaxy S5 official on Monday at a Mobile World Congress presentation in Barcelona, touting a slimmed-down approach to the latest flagship's feature set and simplified design.
Tue, February 25, 2014
Network World — Samsung made the Galaxy S5 official on Monday at a Mobile World Congress presentation in Barcelona, touting a slimmed-down approach to the latest flagship's feature set and simplified design.
It's a small but notable departure for the South Korean company, whose devices all too frequently combine undeniable engineering brilliance with a glut of marginally useful features. Co-CEO J.K. Shin and other Samsung executives who presented at the event were eager to talk up the way in which the company had listened to input from their customers.
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The Galaxy S5, therefore, has a far more streamlined feature set than its predecessor, focusing more heavily on core functionality and pushing technically impressive but only situationally useful features to the background. So how does it fare in a comparison with two of its major competitors, the Google Nexus 5 and the iPhone 5S?
The current standard for major new Android devices is a roughly five-inch, 1080p screen, and that's exactly what the Galaxy S5 delivers. Part of the reason that's a standard in the first place, however, is the Nexus 5's nearly identical display, though the Google device (it's actually manufactured by Samsung rival LG) has a slightly smaller viewable area. The iPhone, by contrast, has a much smaller 640x1136 screen, but then, it's a much smaller phone in general.
There's little to separate the two Android devices, but both pack more impressive displays than the Apple entry if you're OK with a bigger phone, that is.
UNDER THE HOOD
Once again, it's essentially a tie between the two Android devices in terms of which packs more core processing horsepower. The Galaxy S5, however, does have a slightly more recent model of Snapdragon SoC than the Nexus 5 (Snapdragon 805, rather than Snapdragon 800) which could give it a moderate performance edge a 2.5GHz quad-core CPU instead of the Nexus 5's 2.3GHz, and a more cutting-edge Adreno 420 GPU instead of the Adreno 330 in the older model.
Again, the iPhone 5S lags behind, featuring 1GB of RAM to the 2GB present in both Android devices, and a slower 1.3GHz CPU. However, the Apple device does feature a muscular PowerVR G6430 GPU, which blew many benchmark scores out of the water at release though handicapped a bit by its CPU, the iPhone 5S is no slouch in the graphics department.