The iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 full head to head detailed comparison

By on March 13, 2015

Arguable the two most popular smartphones on the market at the moment, the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 have drawn lots of comparisons from smartphone lovers. Even though some Apple lovers will always be behind whatever Apple comes with and likewise, Samsung lovers will always give Samsung their high ratings. There are people like you out there who chose their smartphones based on superior specifications.



As a result of the request for a thorough comparison of these two monster smartphones, this article was created to show a detailed toe to toe comparison of all aspects of the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

The iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5, who will be the winner? Surely, this decision will be left to be made by you after you have finished reading. Scroll down!


iPhone_6_Note-3-630.jpg screen size

When comparing the display of any smartphones, it is important that all the aspect of these screens are looked at. As for the iPhone 6, it has a 4.7 inches IPS LCD screen in comparison to the size of the Samsung Galaxy S5 that comes with a slightly bigger 5.1 inches super AMOLED screen. Another important characteristic of both devices to be noted is the Samsung Galaxy S5’s superior screen resolution; to be detailed, the iPhone 6 has a 750 x 1334 pixels resolution and a 226 ppi pixel density while the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution and a 432 ppi pixel density. Both displays have 16 777 216 colors and multi- touch technology.


Operating system

All iPhones as you might already know are powered by IOS while Samsung Galaxies are powered by Android. The iPhone 6 runs the iOS (8.x) and the Galaxy, Android (5.0, 4.4.2) TouchWiz UI.

Conclusion based on operating systems.

Once again, this is something you might know as a person interested in smart phones that if you are a person who love to customize/personalize and have extremely full control over your device, then Android any day.


Processing power

iPhone 6 vs  Samsung Galaxy S5

When the processing powers of the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 are compared, it is clear that one OS on another level. The iPhone 6 is stocked with the Apple A8 Dual core, 1400 MHz, 64-bit processor while the Samsung Galaxy S5 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC Quad core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400 processor.

 Conclusion on processing power

The processor is the brain of a smartphone that completes all tasks, from rendering to processing of information. It therefore very logical that the smartphone here with the best processor would not only be faster but be able to complete more tasks at once while still doing each efficiently.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon processor the Galaxy S5 has is not only faster than the Apple A8 Dual core processor embedded in the iPhone 6, but also has double times its cores which makes it better at multi-tasking.

Simply put- if you are into running lots of application at once as well as into gaming or want a really fast phone, then go for the Galaxy S5.



Storage size is very important to most if not all smartphone users. The iPhone 6 comes with 128 GB built in none expandable memory. The Samsung Galaxy S5 on the other hand has just 32 GB internal memory, but accommodates up to a 128 GB micro SD card which means that the maximum overall storage capacity of this device is 160 GB.



Cameras comparison

Cameras comparison

The iPhone 6 primary and secondary cameras feature a Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Phase detection autofocus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Exposure compensation, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Self-timer. Certainly matching up to the iPhone’s camera , the Samsung Galaxy S5 features Autofocus, Phase detection autofocus, Touch to focus, Manual focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Night mode, Scenes, Effects, Self-timer, Voice activation.

The iPhone 6 features a dual LED flash 8 megapixels primary camera with an F2.2 aperature size, 35 mm focal length and a 1/3” sensor. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 16 megapixels primary camera that comes with F2.2 aperature, 31 mm focal length, 12.6” camera sensor.


These two phones have some cool features where their camcorders are concerned. The iPhone 6 videos at 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280×720 (720p HD) (240 fps) while the Galaxy S5; 3840×2160 (4K) (30 fps). Both camcorders has video calling, sharing and recording abilities. However, the iPhone 6 sports a continuous autofocus as well as it allows picture- taking during video recording; all of which the Galaxy S5 doesn’t have. On the other hand though, the Samsung Galaxy S5’s camcorder has digital image stabilization and a very high dynamic range mode (HDR).


Both devices come with decent front facing cameras with the iPhone sporting a 1.2 while the Galaxy S5 has the 2.1 megapixels camera.


It is really difficult comparing cameras abilities based on reading mere technical stats, but both phones take photographs as well as videos extremely well. Be sure to research a bit more on the comparison of the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5 cameras if you are really interested in seeing the minute difference in their qualities.


Battery Life

Battery life and power is seriously important to any mobile user and this makes this aspect of the comparison very vital. The iPhone 6 battery is packed with 1810 mAh while the Samsung Galaxy S5’s battery with, 2800 mAh. Upon putting these two phones to the battery power and life test, the iPhone 6 lasted 10.4 days (250 hours) on stand-by while the Galaxy S6 lasted 16.2 days (390 hours). In the Talk time test on the 3G network, the iPhone 6 was able to keep powered for 14.00 hours in comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S5’s 21.00 hours.


Conclusion based on battery life.

Certainly, it is clear that the Samsung Galaxy S5 clearly out performs the iPhone where battery life is concern. Not only is the S5’s battery packed with more lithium cells which makes it last longer, but it is also removable which makes it replaceable after you are no longer satisfied with its performance. The iPhone battery on the other hand, cannot be removed. If you want a device with excellent battery life, go for the Samsung Galaxy S5.


Also important to note:

The iphone 6 has an external aluminum case which gives it this classy metallic look; when compared to the Galaxy S5’s plastic case , it is more durable and resistant. The Galaxy s5 however, is water resistant and thus very ideal for persons who wish to use their smartphones by the bool side, in the bath or in the rain.


Ultimate conclusion on the iphone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

The brilliance of these two devices cannot be ignored or denied. From their classy built to  their tremendous power and exquisite unique and shared features.  If you are on the market to get any of these phones, just weigh the pros and the cons as any of these phones can be an excellent asset for you. It however is recommended that you look at the specs and special features of each of the devices and  chose the one that matches you needs, the closest.

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About Leights

An enthusiastic and knowledgeable young teacher and computer technician who finds lots of interest in the technology world. Pays extremely a lot of attention to the latest technological developments in general, but focuses mainly on consumer electronics such as computers, tablets, smartphones etc. Enjoys testing and reviewing the latest devices as well as sharing knowledge with millions through writing articles, blogs and reviews.

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