iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5: Which One Is Best for You?


Jenny Trejo, Staff Writer

Apple recently announced the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, which are both slated for a September 19th release. Earlier this year, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was released with overall positive reception from critics and consumers alike. So, considering that these two phones are flagship devices for their respective operating systems, which phone comes out on top?

Let’s start off by comparing the physical specifications of each phone. The Galaxy S5 comes in the colors white, black, gold, and blue. It is 5.1 inches long, weighs 5.12 ounces, and boasts a pixel-rich 1920 x 1080p display. The iPhone 6 comes in the colors space gray (black), gold, and silver. The iPhone 6 has a  4.7 inch 1334 x 750p display and weighs 4.5 ounces, while the iPhone 6 Plus variant has a 5.5 inch 1920 x  1080 display and weighs 6.07 ounces. These three smartphones come with touch ID, a feature that allows users to sign in to their phone with a fingerprint. The Galaxy does have more varieties of color, but comparatively to the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 it weighs more.

Next, the camera features. These three phones have HDR, which is a mode that enables clearer pictures when there is an excess of light, or not enough of it. The iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy S5 also come with optical image stabilization, a mechanism that compensates hand movement when taking pictures and (theoretically) results in less blurry images. The Galaxy S5 comes with a fast autofocus and selective focus mode. The iPhone comes with a standard autofocus, slow-mo, and a high-resolution panoramic photo option. The iPhone camera is made out of sapphire glass, which is among the most durable materials on the planet.

The Galaxy S5 is dust and water resistant (IP67 certified), has a heart rate sensor, and comes with S health—a versatile program that tracks what you eat, how you sleep, and how much you exercise.

The iPhone comes with an improved polarizer, which allows for better viewing angles outside. It also has an improved battery life over the previous iPhone 5s. Apple has also developed a new system called Apple Pay which allows users to wirelessly make credit card transactions through the iPhone. Lastly, much like the Galaxy S5, the iPhone 6 has an application that helps track your physical activity throughout the day.

Both phones have amazing features, and they have a lot in common. It’s really up to the individual and what they prefer in a phone. Like a larger display and a fantastic camera? Go with the iPhone. Have you been itching for a dust and water resistant phone? Go with the Galaxy S5. Which one do you prefer? Let us know in the comment section below!