Samsung Galaxy S5 – How does it stack up against the competition?

November 11, 2014 : TECHFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmail

Samsung Galaxy S5 How does it stack up against the competition

If you like to keep up with the latest smartphone technology then you might be quite excited about the launch of the fifth generation Galaxy S from Samsung – a device that promises to "redefine how technology innovation enhances our lives".
Of course Samsung would say that, just as Apple, Sony, HTC and Nokia have all declared their latest smartphone offerings the best on the market. So here we take a look at how the Galaxy S stacks up against the competition.

Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung claim to have gone "back to basics" with their new smartphone and focused on the features that matter most to users. What features would those be? Well, the camera for one, as well as the viewing and downloading of data and web content.
The Galaxy S5 boasts a 16 megapixel camera with a newly designed menu and user interface. It also has an autofocus speed of up to 0.3 seconds – apparently the fastest in the world – and several other features such as real time HDR and Selective Focus that promise to let you take stunning pictures with very little effort.
As for its Wi-Fi MIMO connectivity, thanks to the phone's Download Booster technology users are apparently guaranteed the fastest available connection wherever they are. What's more, if you're into health and fitness you'll be impressed by features such as an integrated heart rate monitor, a pedometer, diet and exercise records and a personal fitness tracker.
What else is on offer? How about fingerprint technology that provides a secure way to lock your phone and make payments online? There's also a power saving mode that can extend battery life by up to 24 hours, while the phone itself is IP67 water and dust resistant.
Sony Xperia Z2
This is also a newcomer to the market, and as with the Galaxy S5, the camera is a big selling point. It clocks in at 20.7 megapixels compared to Samsung's 16 and also comes with some handy features like SteadyShot image stabilisation, yet it doesn't have the S5's autofocus speed.
It does however have the ability to capture video in 4K resolution, which may give it one up on the Samsung device if recording moments in super high definition is important to you.
The Xperia Z2 doesn't have the Galaxy S5's Download Booster so if it's fast connection speeds you're after then perhaps the latter will win out, but the former is waterproof, not just water resistant, and one of its major differentiators is its sound quality and digital noise cancelling technology, allowing users to immerse themselves in the latest music or video content.
iPhone 5S
If it's a top quality camera you're after then on paper it might be safe to say that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a much better buy than the iPhone 5S, which offers just eight megapixel resolution with its rear camera.
It does however boast an A7 chip which according to Apple "brings 64-bit desktop-class architecture to a smartphone for the first time". In layman's terms? It's fast. Very fast.
Like the Galaxy S5 the iPhone 5S also features fingerprint technology, with Apple getting in ahead of Samsung and perhaps making the latter's offering feel like old news. And at the end of the day, it's an iPhone, which automatically sends it shooting to the top of the list for Apple devotees, and the quality and quantity of apps available on the App Store is arguably superior to Android's Google Play store.
HTC One max
This one's been around for a a little while longer, but depending on how you use your phone it may be a better buy than the new Samsung. For example, it's a large handset with a big 5.9-inch full HD 1080p display, making photo and video viewing a joy.
Like the Galaxy S5 it too features fingerprint technology and an impressive battery life, with the option to increase it further with the HTC Power Flip Case expansion. Unlike the Galaxy S5 however, it comes with Sense Voice technology to boost call clarity regardless of what's going on in the background.
As for the camera, well at pure pixel level the S5 wins hands down, but the HTC phone is designed to capture 300 per cent more light, making it perform well in low-light environments. It also comes with some pretty cool features, such as Dual Capture which lets you take an image of your own reaction as you snap a picture.
Nokia Lumia 1020
Last but not least is the Nokia Lumia 1020, which again is all about the camera. It claims to "reinvent zoom" with a 41 megapixel sensor that apparently lets you snap images with more detail than the human eye can see.
In fact, the camera on the Lumia 1020 has impressed critics so much that many are calling it a camera that just happens to be a phone, so if download speeds, battery life and all those other key smartphone features are important to you, the S5 is probably a better option.
Indeed, the Lumia 1020 doesn't have fingerprint technology or the health and fitness features boasted by the Galaxy S5, but the Windows Phone OS might be perfect for Microsoft devotees or businesses that need their smartphones to integrate smoothly with Windows-based PCs or tablets.

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