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iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 comparison: with hindsight, a clear winner

The iPhone 6 has been a global sales success for Apple ever since its release alongside the iPhone 6 Plus. But how does Apple's crown jewel match up against the Android powerhouse from Samsung, the Galaxy S5? Let’s see in our iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 comparison.

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Here is our full iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 comparison. / © ANDROIDPIT

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5: display

The iPhone 6 is packing a 4.7-inch Retina HD LCD. That's a resolution of 1,334 x 750 pixels and a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch (ppi). The Galaxy S5 has Samsung's lusciously saturated 5.1-inch Super AMOLED with typically high contrast and bright colors. The S5 comes in at Full HD resolution (1,920 a 1,080 pixels) and 432 ppi. 

The iPhone 6 has quite high contrast, and the images we've taken with it look great. The iPhone 6 has added a nice slide-down action when you double-tap the home button to make handling a larger screened device with one hand a little more comfortable.

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The iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 both sport brilliant displays. / © ANDROIDPIT

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5: design and build quality

The iPhone 6 has rounded corners, is plated with glass and features an anodized aluminum back. The back also has a stainless steel Apple logo and slightly protruding camera, like the Galaxy S5. The iPhone 6 is insanely thin though, at just 6.9 millimeters. 

The iPhone 6 looks similar to the Sony Xperia devices presented at IFA 2014. As always, the Apple build quality is exceptional and it certainly looks slicker than the rather tacky rubber and plastic of the Galaxy S5. Still, it's horses for courses, so design and styling is a matter for you to decide.

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The iPhone 6 is certainly good-looking, the Galaxy S5...not so much. / © ANDROIDPIT

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5: processor and RAM

The iPhone 6 is packing the 64-bit A8 chip, with two billion transistors, a 13 percent size decrease compared to the A7, but is also 25 percent faster. The Galaxy S5 comes in two varieties: either a quad-core Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5 GHz or an Exynos 5 octa-core with four 1.9 GHz cores and four 1.3 GHz cores. Both S5 models have 2 GB of RAM. However, Apple shows its engineering nous in this department as the iPhone 6 has only 1 GB of RAM, yet still performs well under load.

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The Galaxy S5 packs more powerful hardware specs than the iPhone 6. / © ANDROIDPIT

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5: operating systems

Let's not get into the sticky business of iOS versus Android in this article: that's a fight for another battleground. The iPhone 6 runs iOS 8 and has the usual array of Apple-specific features. The Galaxy S5 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, currently with Samsung's TouchWiz user interface on top.

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These phones are running the latest versions of iOS and Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5: camera

The iPhone 6 has an 8 MP iSight camera with True Tone flash and f/2.2 aperture. There's also a new iSight sensor with faster auto-focus that promises to be double the speed of the previous iSight camera. Speaking of speedy cameras though, the Galaxy S5 has a super-fast auto-focus of its own at just 0.3 seconds. The S5's camera comes in at 16 MP and an ISOCELL sensor.

Both devices have digital image stabilization (not optical), but the iPhone 6 Plus and new Galaxy Note 4 have brought OIS to the flagship mix. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have OIS as well. The iPhone camera is pretty legendary, but then again, so is Samsung's.

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Either way, you're getting a delicious camera with these phones. / © ANDROIDPIT

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5: battery

The iPhone is packing a typically small non-removable battery compared to the Galaxy S5's 2,800 mAh replaceable battery. The iPhone 6 battery comes in at 1810 mAh, which is around 65 percent smaller than the S5's. Still, Apple devices manage well for such a small cell. 

The Galaxy S5 on the other hand has fantastic battery optimizations and a great Ultra Power Saving Mode that can drag out your battery life for days if you need it to. Samsung once pulled a publicity stunt where they manged a week-long cross country trip, so you get the picture.

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Battery life could always be better, and that's no exception here. / © ANDROIDPIT

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5: tech specs

  Apple iPhone 6 Samsung Galaxy S5
System iOS 8 Android 4.4.2, TouchWiz
Display 4.7-inch IPS LCD, 1,334 x 750 pixels, 326 ppi 5.1-inch Super AMOLED, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 432 ppi
Processor Apple A8, dual-core 1.4 GHz, M8 motion co-processor Quad-core Snapdragon 801, 2.5 GHz, Adreno 330
RAM 1 GB 2 GB
Internal Storage 16/64/128 GB 16/32 GB + microSD (up to 128 GB)
Battery 1810 mAh non-removable 2,800 mAh, removable
Camera 8 MP iSight (rear), 2.1 MP (front) 16 MP (rear) with real-time HDR, 2 MP (front), 4K video
Connectivity GSM/HSDPA/LTE,Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB 2.0, GSM/HSDPA/LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB 3.0, IR blaster
Dimensions 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
Weight 129 grams 145 g
Price 199 USD (16 GB), 299 USD (64 GB), 399 USD (128 GB) on a two-year contract 599 USD (approx. outright)

 

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The spec sheets on the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 are epic. / © ANDROIDPIT

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5: final verdict

Of course we've picked a winner here, but I suspect you already know which device is for you. I applaud the look of the iPhone 6 and appreciate Apple going out on a limb, but the Galaxy S5 has also cemented its position as one of the best Androids of 2014. Whether it is enough to knock down the iPhone 6, that's for you to decide. But looking back at the qualities - and flaws - of these two devices, and seeing the very Apple-like direction Samsung has decided to with the design of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, I feel vindicated in naming the iPhone 6 as the better device.

What are your thoughts on the iPhone 6? Is a clear KO for the S5, or a closer finish?

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  • iKronious Sep 9, 2014

    iPhone 6 is a total loser and here's why: #1 The camera sensor remains at 8MP and most of all Apple has obviously switched to using Samsung's ISOCELL w/ integrated field pattern AF sensors, like those found in high end DSLRs'! How do we know? Because Sony has yet to shrink this tech for BSI mobile sensors!!! ..........in any case we'll soon find out. The larger pixels also correspond to ISOCELL Sensor size. They are sticking with 8MP, not just for larger pixels, but because it requires less lens depth!

    Now we also know iPhone 6 will still be powered by Samsung's 20nm process fabricated sensors too. Because.... the swap over to TSMC never took place. Mainly because they already had a contract in place to move to Samsung's own 14nm process for A9 next year!!!

    So why would they risk spending money on a swap to TSMC for one year? They still haven't released the memory info on iPhone 6? Why? Because if they even raised it at all, it only went to 2GB. Because.... that's all the archaic old HFS+ file system can actually take advantage of, without TRUE SYSTEM WIDE PERVASIVE MULTITASKING!

    Original plans on making the iPhone 6 thinner to 6.7mm failed and they were forced to redesign and retool for the 6.9mm iPhone. Which has already been discussed all over the web, having to do with trying to cheat on backplane layers for thickness instead of retaining brightness. FAILURE for sure! haha....

    This iPhone 6 with iOS8 should actually be called iOS 7.5! lol....

    Worst of all iPhone 6 Mega Clone is just that...... a gigantic clone of Samsung's Mega running Apple's still last gen wantabee 64bit iOS 7.5!!! :D .....absolutely NO COMPETITION FOR GALAXY NOTE 4 with GEAR VR, RUNNING THE SAMSUNG ISOCELL SENSOR w/ AF OIS!!! :DDD

  • CJ Brown Sep 10, 2014

    Regardless of its specs (which I will lol @ later); Apple Cult Consumers will purchase ANYTHING brand new from an Apple Store (like hipsters tend to do, they will boast online about their expensive paper weight - oops I mean iPhone) ....

    I will applaud Apple for a quality build (construction) that looks like 1/2 an HTC and 1/2 a Huawei (I guess we won't see any patent wars in court eh Mr Cook?), along with an improved IOS (does their GPS - Map finally work now?), but I have to say ...

    The Moto X+1 (lol'd @ by Motorola haters) offers better specs (even what Huawei offers has better specs) and I think 'the battery' will remain an issue (we're talking Apple - which took 2 extra years to embrace 4G LTE, along with another 2 years to offer a 4.7 inch screen) ....

    The only plus for the new iPhone is the 64gig and 128gig models (and that's not worth calling this the best smart phone available). Another 'epic fail' , I say ....

  • Irving BigDady E. Sep 10, 2014

    I'm a android guy and from where I'm sitting it looks like Apple is playing catch up, that being said Apple fans are most definitely rejoicing and frothing at the mouth to get their hands on these, and they will sell boatloads of both models.
    The head scratcher for me is with the new 64 bit soc why would they under ram this thing with one gig of ram it makes no sense to me as good as their ram management is supposed to be 1 gig is not enough and considering the price of a iPhone 2 gigs of ram should have been the minimum.
    I'll stick to android the best mobile OS period.

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  • I think it's safe to say when iphone 1 was launched back in 2007, it was head and shoulders above anything else at the time. Everyone was in catchup mode. I am now looking to see what Samsung and Android have to offer, and whether I should opt to upgrade my 4S to a Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6S. One of the things that puts me off becoming an android user is the company I'd be keeping. A large proportion of Android users, seem to have a chip on their shoulders about people that buy Apple products. Calling us fanboys and saying we're in a cult. I don't get it ? Is it jealousy ? Android phones may or may not be better, but I don't get the hatred bit towards Apple users ? I don't read Apple users calling Android users fan boys etc... It's a bit bizarre. I have been 100% happy with my 4S phone since I got it 4 years ago, and it's still going strong on the very latest OS. My limited experience with android wasn't great in comparison, but I'd like to see if that's improved as the hardware certainly looks more than capable nowadays.

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  • Hey dick face... u flame on yhe iphone 6 for the whole article and keep saying its superior when THE FACTS U STATED say its not.... ur retarded not one way is the iphone better u apple whore. Get OFF OF ANDROID PIT

  • Once I've got my Battery & SD card in my hands equating performance on trivial edges won't count. Sorry Apple I won't afford you with that much control. After all it is my phone isn't it! Both hath sold our confidentiality Apple 'iPhone' and Google "Samsung"

  • IMHO Samsung Galaxy S5 is not the flagship Android phone. Samsung is over-rated, over-hyped. they have some good apps, but overall the UI sucks compared to pure Android. They are slower and bloated compared to other Android experiences. I don't care too much for HTC Sense either. but choice is great. For me, the Nexus 5 is the best of Android. Better UI, better battery life, better build quality. And before that the Nexus 4, and before that , the Galaxy Nexus......

    ...Openess is king. Long live AOSP, long life Sailfish OS, long live Firefox OS. iOS: wow... meh.

  • they are costing too much. not worth too buy them

  • Ever drop device into water, say, in bathroom? Article criticizes Galaxy's shell. See which is viable after "taking a bath." Or pounced upon by kids. Or dropped off a bicycle or ski lift.

  • The BIG problem with the Galaxy phones is Samsung's reluctance to release the 32GB version in the UK. I have the S2 and have not upgraded to any of the newer versions because of this, my phone has no room left for installing any more apps (unless it's an app that is able to run from the SD card) and I cannot update some of the existing installed apps for lack of available space.They are clearly the best mobile phones for light use but for power users running several apps they are useless. The same applies to the new Tab S, why only 16GB, wake up Samsung it's such an easy fix and just not good enough.

    • gbswales Sep 12, 2014 Link to comment

      S2 is a bit old now - I have a note 3 and that comes with 32gb internal storage as standard (plus of course SD expansion). The 16gb S2 was at the time higher than many of the competition and Samsung tend to only export the best selling model which is probably determined by pricing. I agree it would be good to actually see the options in the UK but I think in terms of the S2 it was a pretty good level at the time

    • Get an sd card

  • Typo at the end of the article.
    " suspect you already know which device if for you."

  • I'm a android guy and from where I'm sitting it looks like Apple is playing catch up, that being said Apple fans are most definitely rejoicing and frothing at the mouth to get their hands on these, and they will sell boatloads of both models.
    The head scratcher for me is with the new 64 bit soc why would they under ram this thing with one gig of ram it makes no sense to me as good as their ram management is supposed to be 1 gig is not enough and considering the price of a iPhone 2 gigs of ram should have been the minimum.
    I'll stick to android the best mobile OS period.

  • CJ Brown Sep 10, 2014 Link to comment

    Regardless of its specs (which I will lol @ later); Apple Cult Consumers will purchase ANYTHING brand new from an Apple Store (like hipsters tend to do, they will boast online about their expensive paper weight - oops I mean iPhone) ....

    I will applaud Apple for a quality build (construction) that looks like 1/2 an HTC and 1/2 a Huawei (I guess we won't see any patent wars in court eh Mr Cook?), along with an improved IOS (does their GPS - Map finally work now?), but I have to say ...

    The Moto X+1 (lol'd @ by Motorola haters) offers better specs (even what Huawei offers has better specs) and I think 'the battery' will remain an issue (we're talking Apple - which took 2 extra years to embrace 4G LTE, along with another 2 years to offer a 4.7 inch screen) ....

    The only plus for the new iPhone is the 64gig and 128gig models (and that's not worth calling this the best smart phone available). Another 'epic fail' , I say ....

  • I have been on both sides ... Original iPhone ... iPhone 3G ... 3Gs ... iPhone 4 ... Galaxy Note ... Galaxy S3 ... Now iPhone 5S.

    In paper the Androids look better ... until you run the benchmarks and iPhone kicks ass. Also ... iPhone just works better. That 8 MP camera on the existing iPhone 5S takes way better pictures than the Galaxy S5 ... and LOADS WAY FASTER!!!!

    Here a few other inconveniences about the Samsung:

    - Upgrades do not arrive on time. Samsung and your carrier have to put their shit on the upgrade before it arrives. For that reason better buy a Nexus.

    - The "true" multitasking of the Androids makes them slow, specially when app updates are being loaded in the background ...

    - On the Original Galaxy Note that I had ... the latest upgrade (Kickkat?) rendered it UNUSABLE ... so freaking slow that it forced me to upgrade.

    Overall ... imho ... Apple has a more rounded product. And you will see how that A8 ... dual core processor will kick the ass out of the "octal" processor in the Samsung when the benchmarks results come ... like with the A7.

    OH... by the way ... more efficient software requires LESS MEMORY. Having MORE memory does not mean that the device will work better.

    Also, just sold my Nexus 7 tablet ... upgrade rendered unusable ... and you know what?? The guy that received it RETURNED IT TO ME because he found it unusable as well. What am I supposed to do? This is something that really makes me angry about Android.

    Sorry for the long comment ... but this is how I fell ;-)

    • Thanks for the "unbiased" post. It's rather quite amusing to see the bickering between iPhone and Android users but to see a post from someone who shares their frustrations with the Android platform gives me all the more reason to at LEAST try an iPhone. When a OS becomes so inflated with code that it renders a device useless it seems as though those features were built for a very small cross section of people and mandated for use by the masses.

    • I'm sorry, but I have to respectfully disagree regarding the camera in the S5 (5.0) compared to "8mp camera" in the iphone. I won't discuss techie language in comparison, because when it comes to making memories all that goes out the window. It's who's taking a better quality lasting photo, no matter the "specs". I literally compared taking photos with my niece at my son's graduation side by side and my photos ALL came out better by far on my S5. The S6 is even better, so says my hubby. Nope. Wrong.

    • Ur a retard plain out retard.... its not faster nothing is... and if u dont know how to take picture LOOK IN SETTINGS

  • I currently own a Galaxy s5 and expected so much from it when I changed from my HTC One (M7). I was so disappointed. If the S5 is the best Samsung can do now, I'm not impressed. I was so happy back with the S2 but since then I've been with HTC.

    Response in opening apps (specially gallery) is way too slow, the gallery ALWAYS takes a few seconds to open even when I dont have anything else open.The main camera is good but feel like it could be better in sharpness, auto focus is thrown off easily by dark surfaces, don't take many pictures as I always carry around my DSLR but the issue is the frontal camera that I use for video calls. That grey feeling due to a giant lack of contrast, the noise and the lack of vibration reduction makes it pointless to have it, HTC did a much better job on that part.

    Body feels cheap and fragile, I hate bulky cases but I have no choice.

    My wife owns an iPhone 5s. I hate it with passion, it's a small toy that might break at any time BUT it's a toy that opens things quick, a toy with great camera quality, a toy with fun gadgets. Now that Apple is coming out with a decently sized phone I might try it out because they have given in their previous phones what I was looking for, real quality.

    Unfortunately I despise iOS so that's a big negative for me but I might have to suck it up and just use an android tablet for apps and functionality while having an iPhone 6 for quick shots, sleek design and gadgets.

    I'll have to see once it comes out and a few months pass by with people pointing out the pain points for the iPhone 6.

    • David G. Sep 25, 2014 Link to comment

      I'm not sure which S5 model you're referring to but I'm rocking the 8 core Sprint P model and it is incredibly fast. Granted it did take some tuning out of the box to get rid of the lag but this thing is smokin fast now. There are all kinds of tuning enhancements that will solve all of your complaints. BTW, after rooting (towelroot - no blown NOCK sensor) and cleaning up the garbage this phone is screaming fast and maintains a charge for 3 days of continuous use and will standby for weeks. It charges from a dead charge in about 40 min. and the only complaint I have is with the carrier Sprint who can't seem to get their damn 4G LTE network to stay up or finish deploying it to all the places they said it would. BTW, the phone may feel cheap but I've dropped mine numerous times on hard marble floors and it looks like new. No scratches, dents, cracks or anything else. It also has survived the bottom of my 13' deep pool for over 30 minutes. Also, the reason for the cheap back cover is that it is meant to be replaced (cheaply) and interchanged with other covers by the end user (i.e. cordless charging, larger batteries, leather, graphics, etc.) and it was made to be easily replaceable and allow for changing the battery, sim and SD card. At this point the only phone that can actually compete with the S5 is the Note 4. The iPhone 6 and 6+ are bad jokes....no surprise there. To all those who "claim" the iPhone is faster....I connect my S5 to my home network primary WiFi and get a constant 105Mbs down/12 Mbs up which "matches" my 4 core iMac, 24 core VMware server, 8 Core Winderz and Linux Laptops and pretty much everything else on my net. Let's see an iPhone processor even come close to that kind of raw communication and processor performance! I can stream Winamp (or Pandora) to Bluetooth 3.0, cast Netflix/Crackle or TV apps (screen) to Chromecast, surf the web, send a text and work on a word document all at the same time without any lag, jitter or hesitation. No iPhone will *ever* do that. I should also mention that this phone has never locked up or crashed....ever.

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