The Samsung Galaxy S5 is, without a doubt, one of the most popular phones of 2014. The follow up to the Galaxy S4 packs a refreshed design, tons of new sensors, and an updated operating system.
It's also chock-full of respectable specs, including a 1080p HD AMOLED 5.1-inch screen, a snappy 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and a 16-megapixel camera. To top it all off, the S5 is also waterproof, inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active from 2013, and comes with a new fingerprint scanner similar to the iPhone 5S. It even has a heart-rate monitor, which is built into the camera flash.
Read CNET's in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy S5
Just because the Galaxy S5 is one of the best phones you can buy, that doesn't mean it's the best phone for you. I compared Samsung's latest smartphone with two of its top competitors, LG's G Pro 2, and the wildly popular iPhone 5S. Take a look at the specs below and decide for yourself which phone fits your needs.
Also, if you want to see how the Galaxy S5's specs stack up against the HTC One M8, we've got you covered, too.
|Samsung Galaxy S5||LG G Pro 2||Apple iPhone 5S|
|Size||5.5 x 2.9 x 0.31 inches; 5 oz.||6.22 x 3.22 x 0.33 inches; 6 oz||4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches; 4 oz.|
|Screen||5.1 inches; 1,920x1,080 pixels; 431ppi||5.9-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels; 373ppi||4-inch Retina Display; 1,136x640 pixels; 326ppi|
|Operating system||Android 4.4||Android 4.4||iOS 7|
|WiFi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz)||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz)||802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz)|
|Bluetooth||4.0 Low energy||4.0 Low energy||4.0 Low energy|
|Rear camera and recording||16-megapixel; 4K HD (1080p HD default)||13-megapixel; 4K HD video||8-megapixel; 1080p full HD video|
|Front-facing camera||2-megapixel; 1080p HD video||2.1-megapixel||1.2-megapixel; 720p HD video|
|Processor||2.5GHz quad-core; Snapdragon 801||2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor||Proprietary A7 (64-bit) with M7 motion processor|
|Battery||Removeable 2,800mAh||Removeable 3,200mAh||Embedded: Usage time online up to 10 hours on 4G LTE; standby time up to 10 days|
|Capacity||16GB, 32GB||16GB and 32GB||16GB, 32GB, and 64GB|
|Carriers||AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS, and U.S. Cellular||Not yet announced in US||AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and global|
|Color options||Black, white, blue, and copper||White, silver and titan||Gray, white, and gold|