Samsung S5 Vs S4 – The Polls Are In…
Now the New Samsung Galaxy S5 has been out a little while, we thought it prudent to do some real-world comparisons and see if it’s worth an upgrade from the Ever-popular S4…
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is one (if not the) best selling androids phones of the year. But, the S4 also stacked up pretty well against competition before it was superceded by it’s sibling. So if you already own the S4 (and don’t shiny object syndrome like the editor), is it worth upgrading and probably binding yourself to another 2 year contract?
First of all we need to look at the specs.
|Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S4|
|Design||7.9mm thick x 70mm wide||8.1mm thick x 72.5mm wide|
|Weight||130 Grams||145 Grams|
|Material||Glossy Plastic||Soft Touch Plastic|
|Screen||1080p Super AMOLED 5 Inches||1080p Super AMOLED 5.1 Inches (re-calibrated for better quality)|
|Battery||2,600mAh, 9.88Wh||2,800mAh, 10.78Wh|
|Processor||Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.9GHz||Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5GHz|
|GeekBench CPU Score||2240||2908|
|Memory||16/32 GB Internal - MicroSD upto 128 GB||16/32 GB Internal - MicroSD upto 128 GB|
|RAM||2 GB||2 GB|
|Camera||13-megapixel, 1/3.2inch, LED flash, contrast detect AF system (4:3)||16-megapixel, 1/3.2inch, LED flash, hybrid AF system (16:9)|
|Heart Rate Sensor||NO||YES|
So – On paper, Yes the S5 does have improvement but enough to warrant an extra contract or a hefty upfront fee of around £350? We think not.
The screen quality is without a doubt (visibly) superior and whatever wizardry has been worked on the back-end has done the trick.
Water-resistance is another big plus and could help avoid insurance claims if nothing else.
Camera Tech’ Specs are obviously better on the S5 but depending on how you’re shooting you won’t always be using the full 16 MP. We would argue that the average user is unlikely to notice big differences.
The Processor has been given a good boost but in all honesty – This is future-proofing (for most people). The S4’s Snapdragon 600 is ample for the everyday consumer checking Facebook or playing Angry birds.
Reports on the fingerprint sensor are also underwhelming and do not match up to what the iPhone 5S delivers.
Battery however – is a big plus! That extra 2o0 mAh does make a noticeable difference.
Overall – There is no question that the S5 IS a great phone and is still (at time of writing) one of the best on the market. But if you’ve got an S4 and are considering an upgrade – We think you may want to wait and see what’s around the corner…
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