1. csebastian's Avatar
    Every time a new iteration of a flagship smartphone is released, the first question that comes to mind is whether it is worth the upgrade to the latest edition. That is certainly the case with the just-announced Samsung Galaxy S5, and Im sure youre curious to know how the latest and greatest from Samsung stacks up against its predecessor.

    Samsung galaxy s5 vs galaxy s4

    The most significant difference between the design of both smartphones is the move away from the glossy feel of the Galaxy S4, with Samsung opting for a soft-touch back for the Galaxy S5, reminiscent of the texture of the Nexus 7 (2012).

    The change from the slick glossy plastic is a welcome one indeed, with the grip-y plastic of the Galaxy S5 helping with handling. The Samsung Galaxy S5 isnt a total departure from the Galaxy S4, but its easy to tell them apart because of the soft-touch back.

    Samsung Galaxy S5

    You get the same faux chrome ring and button layout at the front of both devices. The Galaxy S5 is a slightly larger and thicker than its predecessor, due in part to its larger display, and is also 15 grams heavier than the Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S5 also has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, which requires the addition of a plastic flap to cover the micro-USB 3.0 port of the device.

    Overall, youll be left disappointed if you were looking for a significant difference in design between the two smartphones, though there are certainly some changes.

    Samsung galaxy s5 vs galaxy s4

    The Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch 1080p display, compared to the 5-inch display of the same type of the Galaxy S4. They are essentially identical screens, but thats of course not a bad thing, as the Galaxy S4′s display offers excellent performance and a great user experience.

    There was no shortage of rumors that suggested that the Galaxy S5 would come with a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display that would be boasted an amazing pixel density of 560 ppi, but the 432 ppi we got is excellent nevertheless. The Galaxy S4 holds the slightest edge is this regard with a pixel density of 441 ppi, but that difference is practically unnoticeable.

    On both smartphones, you get the lovely deep blacks, vibrant colors, and great viewing angles that we all know and love about AMOLED displays.

    Samsung galaxy s5 vs galaxy s4

    While the Galaxy S4 has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor thats still a great processor to this day, the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with an impressive quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.5 Ghz, thatll give you a smooth performance no matter what you throw at it. The Galaxy S5 also comes with 2 GB of RAM, which should be enough to cover your multi-tasking needs. Performance is generally snappy and smooth, though mileage may vary depending on usage.

    Samsung galaxy s5 vs galaxy s4

    There are just a few major differences between the hardware of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4, with the most important pertaining to the camera and battery capacity.

    Samsung moved from the 13 MP rear shooter of the Galaxy S4 to a 16 MP ISOCELL sensor that can take pictures with less noise and less bloom, even in low light conditions. Theres also 4K video recording, which is limited to 5 minutes of video because of the very large files created by this type of recording.

    Samsung Galaxy S5

    The battery capacity jumped from 2,600 mAh on the Galaxy S4 to 2,800 mAh on the Galaxy S5. In theory, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 should also be more power frugal than the Snapdragon 600, so the signs are good for an improved battery life with the Galaxy S5.

    The Galaxy S5 also comes with LTE Cat. 3 MIMO 22 for faster transfers. Of course, one of the biggest new features with regards to hardware is the slide-type fingerprint scanner, which means that you will have to slide your finger from the top to the bottom in order to unlock the phone.


    Samsung changed some aspects of TouchWiz, but nothing too significant. The toggles in the notifications dropdown are now similar to those on the Galaxy NotePRO, with the Settings also being re-done with the round icons that Samsung teased last week.

    Multi-tasking is also re-designed and easier, helped by the replacement of the capacitive Menu button with a Recent Apps button. Kids Mode turns the device into a device for kids where you can choose what apps are accessible, and requires a PIN to get out of this mode.

    The Camera app on the Galaxy S5 has also been redone, with a big focus around the large plethora of settings now available to it. This camera app packs quite a bit more than the already full featured Galaxy S4 camera app.

    Similar to how youd access BlinkFeed, the Magazine UX can be found on the leftmost screen on the Galaxy S5. However, Samsung kept many of the traits of the original TouchWiz, so if you were expecting a big update, youre in for a disappointment.
    04-02-2014 01:30 PM
  2. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Nice breakdown between the devices.
    04-03-2014 10:04 AM

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