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?

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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
Size 5.5 x 2.9 x 0.31 inches; 5 oz. 5.38 x 2.71 x 0.31 in.; 4.6 ounces
Screen 5.1 inches; 1,920x1,080 pixels; 431ppi 5-inches; 1,920x1,080 pixels, 441ppi
Operating system Android 4.4; TouchWiz UI Android 4.2.2
Processor 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
Front-facing camera 2-megapixel; 1080p HD video 2-megapixel
Capacity 16GB, 32GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Expandable storage Up to 128GB Up to 64GB
RAM 2GB 2GB
Battery 2,800mAh battery; removable 2,600mAh; removable
4G LTE Yes Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4, 5GHz) WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (5GHz)
Bluetooth 4.0 Low energy 4.0 Low energy
IR blaster Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes
Processor 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
Carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS, and U.S. Cellular AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon
Available colors Black, white, blue, copper Black, white


 

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