Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s vs Nexus 5: Which '5' is the Best Smartphone?

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | February 28, 2014 7:55 PM EST

After the recent announcement of the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5, it is about time to compare it with other flagship devices in the market today. Here is the comparison pitting the Samsung Galaxy S5, Apple iPhone 5s and Google Nexus 5.

Specs

 Galaxy S5

 Nexus 5

 iPhone 5s

Screen size

 5.1 inches

 5 inches

 4 inches

Resolution

 1920 x 1080

 1920 x 1080

 1136 x 640

Screen type

 Super AMOLED

 IPS LCD

 IPS LCD

CPU

 Quad-core 2.8GHz

 Quad-core 2.3GHz

A7 64-bit chip and M7 co-processor

RAM

 2GB

 2GB

 1GB

Storage

 16GB or 32GB

 16GB or 32GB

 16GB or 32GB or 64GB

MicroSD card

 Yes

 No

 No

Operating system

 Android 4.4.2

 Android 4.4.2

 iOS 7

Battery

 2800 mAh

 2300 mAh

 1560 mAh

Camera

 16MP rear and 2MP front camera

 8MP rear and 1.2MP front camera

 8MP rear and 1.2MP front camera

Weight

 145 g

 127.57 g

 110.56 g

4G LTE

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

WiFi

 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n

Fingerprint sensor

 Yes

 No

 Yes

Screen

The current standard for Android phablets is approximately 5 inches, 1080p screen, which the Samsung Galaxy S5 delivers. The Nexus 5 offers a slightly smaller viewable area but the iPhone 5s has much smaller display at 640 x 1136 resolution screen.

Under the Hood

Essentially, it is a tie between the two Android devices but the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a slightly newer model of the Snapdragon SoC processor than the Google Nexus 5, which sports a Snapdragon 805. The Apple iPhone 5s lags behind with only 1GB of RAM to the 2GB of RAM of the Androids but it has a muscular PowerVR G6430 GPU, which blew many benchmark scores back when it was released. In the graphics department, this iOS device is no slouch.

Storage

It is a close fight in this department all devices are available in 16GB or 32GB internal memory variants. Although the iPhone 5s is available in 64GB variant, the two Androids have MicroSD card slot for memory expansion.  

Camera

If we are talking about the megapixel count, then the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the clear winner with its 16MP rear camera, which can capture 2160p video at 30fps. On the other hand, the Google Nexus 5 boasts its Optical Image Stabilisation technology along with its 8MP camera. The iPhone 5s is last in this category with its 8MP camera.

Battery

Again, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the clear winner in this department with 2800mAh battery compared to the 2300mAh of the Google Nexus 5 and 1560mAh for the iPhone 5s. 

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(Photo: Reuters / Albert Gea)
A new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone is displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
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