Apple and Samsung have become long, stubborn rivals always keen on outdoing each other’s smartphone competition. Both of the companies’ latest additions, Apple’s iPhone 5S and Samsung’s soon-to-be-released Galaxy S5, have gone head to head in the minds of analysts and consumers, and the battle for which one comes out on top wages on. Read more about the most important aspects of these two smartphones side by side to see which product might be best suited for your needs.

Size and Weight

The size of the smartphone you want to buy is based on personal preference as to the overall size, weight and size of display that you want. The Samsung Galaxy proves to be much larger at 7.9 mm thick and 130 g, heavier due to to its much larger display and overall size. The iPhone 5S is 7.6 mm thick and weighs 112 g. If you need a smaller phone to fit into certain pockets or purses, the iPhone 5S’ thin, lightweight design may be better than the bulkier size of the Galaxy S5.


If you’re looking for a larger and better display, the Galaxy S5 wins in this department. It has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixels, and a 430 ppi pixel density. This is compared to the iPhone 5S’ 4-inch display with 640 x 1136 pixels and a pixel density of 326 ppi. This is still a very decently sized screen, and you may even prefer it if you’re looking for a smaller phone.

iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S5

If you plan on watching media on your phone or doing any productive tasks, such as writing or working on presentations, you may do well with the Galaxy 5S and its much larger screen and better pixel resolution. A larger screen makes it easier to watch videos, type and see what it is you’re working on, so Samsung has the upper hand if this one of your smartphone needs. Also, in terms of images, the Galaxy S5 tends to be richer and more colorful, though some complain that the display’s full-blown color can actually over color photos—but that is a personal preference.

Processor, RAM and Storage

The Galaxy S5 has the fastest Android processor chip to date with its 32-bit quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip, which has a processing speed of 2.5 GHz. This is in comparison to Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip with a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor.

The Galaxy S5 has twice the amount of RAM that the iPhone 5S has, at 2 GB versus 1 GB.

As for which has the best storage, this is mixed. The iPhone 5S can go up to as high as 64 GB, versus the Galaxy S5’s 32 GB maximum, but the Galaxy S5 also supports microSD cards.


At 2,800 mAh, the Galaxy S5 battery is more powerful than the iPhone 5S (1,570 mAh), but this is in part due to its need to power a display with more pixels. The Galaxy S5 also has an Ultra Power Saving Mode, which will shift the phone’s display to black and white and limit background processes to make it last longer even on a critical charge.


In addition to its larger screen, the Galaxy S5 wins out again in the image department thanks to its 16 MP camera with 2 MP in the front, as compared to the iPhone 5S’ 8 MP camera with 1.2 MP in the front. The Galaxy S5 also has post-shot refocusing and 4K video recording. Both smartphones have slow-motion video capabilities.


Both smartphones introduce the first generation of fingerprint sensor technology, though each works in a slightly different way. On the iPhone 5S, you simply need to hold your finger over the sensor, while on the Galaxy S5, you need to swipe your finger vertically over the sensor. The iPhone 5S allows you to make secure payments on iTunes and the App Store, but this technology is more limited than on the Galaxy S5, which, because of its partnership with PayPal, can authorize many more different types of payments using this well-known service. The Galaxy S5 also has one more scanner located just below its rear camera: a heart rate monitor and fitness tracker.

One more bonus for the Galaxy S5 is its water and dust resistance, with a rating of IP67. This makes it resistant though not waterproof and cannot be used as an underwater camera.

Depending on your needs and preferences, either smartphone will be a good choice, as they are both currently top of the line in their industry. After the Galaxy S5’s release on April 11th, the next competitor up will presumably be the iPhone 6 released in the fall.

Apple iPhone 5S

Samsung Galaxy S5


7.6 mm thick

7.9 mm thick


112 g

130 g

Display Size

4 in

5.1 in

Display Pixels



Pixel Density

326 ppi

430 ppi


64-bit A7 chip w/ 1.3 GHz dual-core processor

32-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip w/ 2.5 GHz quad core processor


1 GB

2 GB


16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB

16 GB, 32 GB +microSD


2,800 mAh

1,570 mAh


8 MP, 1.2 MP front

16 MP, 2 MP front

Slow-motion Video



4K Video Recording


Fingerprint Sensor



Heart Rate/Fitness Tracker


Water/Dust Resistance


Release Date

Sept. 27, 2013

April 11, 2014

Carolyn Heneghan is a freelance writer, journalist and editor who loves to research and tell a great story. She currently serves clients in a variety of industries and is always looking for a new and exciting project to take on. She also loves cooking, reading, watching movies and cooking shows and cross-stitching. Follow Carolyn at Google+

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