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Samsung Galaxy S5: Hands-on comparison to iPhone

Samsung Galaxy added quite a presence at the Country Music Awards Festival in Nashville, June 6, 7 and 8, 2014.
Samsung Galaxy added quite a presence at the Country Music Awards Festival in Nashville, June 6, 7 and 8, 2014.
Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S5 has been in the news this week. Business Insider published an article dated June 8 that says the latest version, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, is "built like a tank." Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy was a big sponsor at this week's Country Music Festival in Nashville. Check the slideshow accompanying this article for a few views of that event. And while all this was going on, Verizon let us borrow a white Samsung Galaxy S5 for our own hands-on evaluation. Here's how the Samsung Galaxy S5 compared to iPhone 5 in our review this week.

Samsung Galaxy S5 beside iPhone 5: Samsung features a 5-inch screen compared to iPhone's 4.7 inch screen.
Susan J. Walker

Price: Verizon offers the Samsung Galaxy S5 for $99.99 with a new 2-year contract for Verizon service. The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c each also cost $99 at Verizon or Best Buy with a new 2-year contract. At the Apple store the iPhone 5s costs $199, the 5c costs $99.

Impressions: The Samsung Galaxy S5 is fun to use: responsive, quick, bright and with really decent battery life. The phone looks very nice, too. Its larger-than-iPhone screen is good for reading Internet websites. The photos it takes have good resolution and it's easy to get it into photo mode and snap away. The phone's weight feels light especially considering the size of the screen.

Display: Samsung Galaxy S 5 has a full high definition (HD) 5.1-inch screen with 1920 by 1080 pixels. Compare this to the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c which has 4-inch 1136-by-640 resolution and 326 pixels per inch. Words can be made a little larger on the larger Samsung screen. To make up for the difficulty of thumb-swiping a screen that big, Samsung added an option for one-handed operation. You swipe the screen with your thumb, back and forth, and the visible portion of the Samsung Galaxy S5's screen is reduced to a size approximating that of the iPhone 5's screen.

Cameras: Samsung Galaxy S 5 has a 16 megapixel rear camera while iPhones 5, 5c and 5s offer an 8 megapixel camera. Samsung's front facing camera captures 2.1 megapixels while the iPhone 5 series capture 1.2 megapixels from the front. All offer editing tools allowing you to crop, rotate and improve the photos.

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