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Comparing iPhone 5s to Samsung Galaxy S5: Page 2

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Home screen of the Samsung Galaxy S5. The S5 is priced comparably to iPhone 5s and it's worthwhile to compare features.
Susan J. Walker
Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s have comparable prices and features.
Susan J. Walker

Operating system: Samsung Galaxy S 5 uses the Android KitKat® 4.4.2 operating system. The iPhones now use iOS 7.1.1. There are differences between the operating systems though the both manage to accomplish the same functions. The Android phones of a couple years ago consumed batteries too quickly and there's been effort put into resolving that, including a place under the Settings menu that tells you exactly how much battery life different activities consume, as well as a set of options for using the battery more efficiently.

Microchip: Samsung Galaxy S 5 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon quadcore processor rated at 2.5 gigahertz. iPhones 5 and 5c use the A6 chip while iPhone 5s uses the A7. Look for Apple to introduce a faster chip with their next phone. That's likely to happen in time for back-to-school purchasing, approximately September, 2014.

Security features: Quoting from Verizon's press release about the Samsung Galaxy S5: "Users can track their devices using GPS, lock/unlock it, remote wipe their data and more. The software also includes a Reactivation Lock option to stop other people from reactivating the device and doing a factory reset." This is similar to the capabilities of "Find My iPhone." Both the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5 also povide fingerprint lock and unlock capability.

Phone: As we've mentioned many times before, the telephone capabilities no longer make meaningful differences between quality smartphones: they all work well. The iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are both premium smartphones and both make good telephones.

Conclusion: The greatest differences between the Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s are the size of the screen, with Samsung Galaxy being noticeably larger than the iPhone, and the differences between the Android and iOS operating systems. While the operating system differences require some getting used to, both Android and iOS manage to accomplish all the same basic smartphone functions. So, if you want a bigger screen than iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy S5 may be a good phone for you. Many people are predicting that Apple will follow Samsung's lead and offer phones with larger screens later this year; look for Apple to introduce its next phone in time for back-to-school purchases.

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