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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s: Which 5 Should You Get?

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By Precious Silva | April 30, 2014 8:52 AM EST

Apple and Samsung have been competing against each other particularly in the smartphone arena. Samsung just released its Samsung Galaxy S5 while Apple's iPhone 5s remains in stores. Users looking for a good smartphone to purchase can take a look at these choices. Which is the better choice? It depends on what the user is looking for. 

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A new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone is displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smart watch and fitness band along with the latest version of its flagship Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist.Picture taken on February 23. REUTERS/Albert Gea

The Galaxy S5 is less fancy compared to previous models. Nonetheless, the device still offers some incredible features including a heart rate monitor and a fingerprint sensor. The S5 offers a bigger display compared to the iPhone 5s. It also has water-resistant body allowing users more ways and places to use the device. 

Analysts feel that Apple's iPhone 5s is starting to age. The device runs on a 64-bit processor with fingerprint reader. Apple has also improved the camera through larger pixels. Unless Apple releases another smartphone this year, the iPhone 5s may lose its appeal to users over time. Consumers are naturally drawn to newer devices and Samsung Galaxy S5 has that edge. However, this is not the sole basis for choosing the right handset. In terms of functionality, Apple's iPhone 5s can compete with the Samsung Galaxy S5. 

Design 

The iPhone 5s and the Galaxy S5 have very different design formats. The S5 is larger featuring a plastic body and a subtle dotted pattern. The iPhone 5s, on other hand, features a smaller, more compact aluminum body. The body also sports polished edges. As for the overall appeal, the iPhone 5s is the winner for its premium design. 

The iPhone 5s is also smaller and lighter. The device measures 4.9 x 2.3 x .3 inches and weighs 4 ounces. The S5 measures 5.3 x 2.9 x .25 inches and weighs 5.1 ounces. The iPhone 5s is better with one hand operation whereas the S5 may require two. 

Size and Quality 

Users looking for viewing advantage may find the Samsung Galaxy S5 a better choice with its larger display. It does not compact the screen so searching the internet, viewing photos and similar activities should be better. 

The iPhone 5s, on other hand, provide more accurate colors. The device posted 0.05 for its Delta-E score. In this measure, the lower numbers, the better.  The Samsung Galaxy S5 posted 0.9 under the same test.

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A new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone is displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smart watch and fitness band along with the latest version of its flagship Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist.Picture taken on February 23. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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