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Galaxy S5 Vs. iPhone 5s Spec Shootout

by Sean P. Aune | February 24, 2014February 24, 2014 1:15 pm PST

The iPhone 5s is one of the hottest smartphones on the planet. If you’re in the market for a brand new smartphone, there are a lot of options to consider, especially the phone’s operating system. The iPhone 5s, as you probably know, runs iOS 7 – soon to be 7.1 –  while the Galaxy S5 will be running the latest version of Android, KitKat. Both operating system have their pros and cons.

The two phones are drastically different: Samsung’s offers a generous 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display while the iPhone 5s has a much smaller 4-inch screen. The Galaxy S5 has both removable storage and a removable battery while the iPhone 5s does not. But the iPhone 5s is made out of aluminum and glass while the Galaxy S5 is crafted from plastic. So, as you can see, the two phones are very, very different products.

We’ve created the table below to help you better understand the differences in hardware.

Galaxy S5
iPhone 5S
Display Specs 5.1-inch, 1920 x 1080 432 ppi) 4-inch 1136 x 640 (326 ppi)
Display Type FHD Super AMOLED Retina Display
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat (at launch) iOS 7
Processor 2.5GHz Quad core application processor Apple A7 (64-bit), M7 Motion Coprocessor
RAM 2GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage Micro SD up to 128GB No
Main Camera (Back)
  • 16 MP
  • UHD@30fps, HDR, video stabilization
8 megapixels with 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Sapphire crystal lens cover, True Tone flash
Secondary Camera (Front) 2 MP 2 MP
Network LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)
  • Model A1533 (GSM)*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1533 (CDMA)*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1453*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
  • Model A1457*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)
  • Model A1530*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20); TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40)
Wi-Fi WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2) 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+ Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
Battery
  • 2800mAh
  • Standby time: 390 hrs
  • Talk time: 21 hrs
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 250 hours
NFC Yes No
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning Connector
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gesture
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Proximity
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
GPS Pending Confirmation
  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS
  • Digital Compass
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cellular
Height 5.59 inches (142.0 mm) 4.87 inches (123.8 mm)
Width 2.84 inches (72.5 mm) 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
Depth 0.32 inches (8.1 mm) 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)
Weight 5.11 ounces (145 grams) 3.95 ounces (112 grams)
Colors Black, Blue, Gold, White Black, White
Supported Audio Formats Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
Audio Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Supported Video Formats Video Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
Video Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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