The danger of an article trying to compare an Android flagship smartphone to Apple’s top of the range iPhone is that it can very easily start a flame war. It is almost a sure recipe guaranteed to provoke name calling and accusations of “fanboy.” However, I am prepared to take the risk and let the facts speak for themselves. All the top smartphones from all the major companies, including Apple, are good. That is why they can sell millions and millions of them.
But the Galaxy S5 does have some very interesting features and when you compare them to those in the iPhone 5S you do get the feeling that the iPhone range is slowly but surely slipping behind.
So here are eight things that make the Samsung Galaxy S5 better than the iPhone 5S.
1. Water resistance
The Galaxy S5 is waterproof, the iPhone 5S isn’t. You can drop both of them into some water and if you get the iPhone out quick enough it might survive, but the Samsung has IP67 certification making it resistant to sweat, rain, liquids, sand, and dust.
There is also that little thing called 4K video.
The camera on the Galaxy S5 not only takes 16 megapixel photos (compared to the iPhone’s 8 megapixels), it comes with a selective focus mode that allows you to focus on what’s important by blurring the background and accentuating the main subject. For those into photography, this means that the Galaxy S5 can mimic shallow-depth-of-field shots. But that isn’t all. The Galaxy S5 can also show live previews of HDR shots and there is also that little thing called 4K video!
3. SD card slot
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has an SD card slot. Both Apple and Samsung recognize the need for lots of internal storage and there is even a 64GB version of the iPhone 5S, which is quite cool. But the thing is that the Galaxy S5 includes an micro SD card slot which means you can pop in a memory card and add up to 128GB more storage to your phone.
4. Private mode and kids mode
To help protect your data and protect those who have access to your phone, the Galaxy S5 comes with a “private mode”, that locks your photos and data so that they can only be seen by you, and a ”kids mode” which is designed to limit what apps and videos children can access.
5. Ultra power saving mode
Almost every phone user (even feature phone users) knows what it is like when your device runs out of battery at the wrong moment. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has an Ultra Power Saving Mode which switches the screen to monochrome when the battery level is getting low. It also shuts down non-essential services while leaving the ability to make and receive calls as well as to send and receive SMS messages. Samsung says that a Galaxy S5 on just 10% power can last up to 24 hours on standby in Ultra Power Saving Mode.
6. Replaceable battery
Unlike the iPhone 5S, the Galaxy S5 has a user replaceable battery which means you can pop it out and insert a spare (fully charged) battery to give you full power again. Also if your phone’s battery is starting to show signs of wear and doesn’t hold its charge as well (not something you would expect during the first years of owning the phone, but something that could happen later), you can just buy a new battery and replace the old one. You can’t do that with an iPhone.
7. Super AMOLED
I won’t mention the difference in display sizes (as someone will surely say they love the small screen on their iPhone 5s), but I will mention that the Galaxy S5 uses a Super AMOLED display and features Local Contrast Enhancement tech that enables the display to adapt and change according to different light conditions. Too much light, no problem, the Galaxy S5 optimizes the display for the best picture.
8. Heart rate monitor
The Samsung Galaxy S5 also includes a heart rate sensor, along with Samsung’s S Health app, and an infrared blaster so you can control your TV from your phone!
I will be the first to admit that the iPhone 5S added some cool innovations like 64-bit computing but at the moment the list above shows that really you can do more with the Galaxy S5.