Comparing the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S4
How did Samsung improve its next big thing and how does it compare to last year's model?
The much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5 is already gaining rave reviews, but how does it compare to the Galaxy S4? The original Next Best Thing -- Samsung's old moniker for the S4 -- has the S5 -- The New Best Thing -- nipping at its heels, but is newer automatically better?
The 5.1-inch Galaxy S5 boasts a slightly bigger display, the fastest quad-core processor on the market, and token high-end features -- a heart-rate monitor and fingerprint scanner. Like the Galaxy S4, the S5 has a plastic body, but instead rocks a dimpled matte cover that dodges the smudge-prone nature of its predecessor.
These relatively humdrum upgrades make the Galaxy S5, as Jessica Dolcourt says, more of an enhanced S4 --like a Galaxy S4 Plus.
Are you impressed by the Galaxy S5 or underwhelmed? Maybe even whelmed? Check out the specs and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S4
5.5 x 2.9 x 0.31 inches; 5 oz.
5.38 x 2.71 x 0.31 in.; 4.6 ounces
5.1 inches; 1,920x1,080 pixels; 431ppi
5-inches; 1,920x1,080 pixels, 441ppi
Android 4.4; TouchWiz UI
2.5GHz quad-core; Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor
Rear camera and recording
16-megapixel; 4K HD (1080p HD default)
13-megapixel, 1080p HD video
2-megapixel; 1080p HD video
16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Up to 128GB
Up to 64GB
2,800mAh battery; removable
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4, 5GHz)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (5GHz)
4.0 Low energy
4.0 Low energy
2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset
1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 (U.S. version); or proprietary 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS, and U.S. Cellular
AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon
Black, white, blue, copper