Our iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 video comparison offers a look at the size of these devices, display differences and other key details potential buyers need to know.
We compare the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 size and other important details using an AT&T Galaxy S5 and mock-up iPhone 6 models from China. These iPhone 6 models match the iPhone 6 rumors and show what the iPhone 6 will look like.
This fall Apple plans to announce two new iPhone 6 models with larger screens, marking the second time Apple delivered a bigger screen on the iPhone. With bigger screens the iPhone 6 offers more competition with the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Potential buyers no longer are looking at a screen difference of over an inch when comparing the iPhone and the Galaxy S5. Although the smaller iPhone 6 doesn’t come with a display as large as the Galaxy S5, buyers face a tougher decision in 2014.
If you are on the fence about waiting for the iPhone 6 or buying a Galaxy S5 today, we’ll outline the current iPhone 6 rumors and show you how the devices compare based on the best information we have. The iPhone 6 rumors may change over the next few weeks, so remember that anything we share about the iPhone 6 is still a rumor.
Read on for the key details that separate the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5.
iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Video
This iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 video shows the differences between the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5, with a quick run down of the information that we cover in more detail in the sections below.
iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Size
The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 size comparison is pretty close. The Galaxy S5 is slightly taller and wider than the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen and it is thicker as well. The thickness is thanks to the water-resistant feature that Samsung includes, and it is not something we expect on the iPhone 6.
The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 size comparison reveals a much bigger difference. Even though the screen is not that much bigger on the iPhone 6, the photo above shows the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is significantly bigger. This isn’t a surprise considering the iPhone 6 is taller than the Galaxy Note 3. In the Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 6 comparison photos below you can see more details on the size of the three devices.
iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Display
Each of these phones offer a different size display that will best fit the needs of specific consumers. There are some potential iPhone 6 buyers who cannot wait to buy the biggest iPhone 6 possible for more screen space when watching movies and playing games, others may simply want an iPhone version of the popular Galaxy Note 3 without the S Pen.
The photo above shows the screen sizes of the iPhone 6 models and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The list below includes the important details about the displays including size, resolution and pixels per inch (ppi). A new rumor shows the possibility of a higher resolution so this could change by the iPhone 6 release.
- iPhone 6 – 4.7-inch display – 1,704 x 960 – 416 ppi
- Galaxy S5 – 5.1-inch – 1,920 x 1080 – 432 ppi
- iPhone 6 – 5.5-inch display – 1,704 x 960 – 356 ppi
Samsung packs in more pixels per inch than both of the new iPhone 6 models, and it earned praise for offering the best mobile display soon after release. In addition to delivering a beautiful viewing experience the S5 display is power efficient. It uses less power at the same brightness level as the Galaxy S4, delivering better battery life.
We expect to see Sapphire on the iPhone 6 display, though some rumors suggest it will only come on select models. A Sapphire iPhone 6 display would prevent most scratches and deliver more protection when dropped according to early reports.
iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Specs
If you want to compare the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 specs you will see some differences, but it’s tough to judge the phones by specs alone. The specs on each of these devices deliver features you’ll use like mobile payments, health tracking and better looking photos.
iPhone 6 Specs (Rumored)
- Apple A8 64-bit Processor
- iOS 8
- 4.7-inch/5.5-inch Sapphire displays
- 16GB / 32GB/ 64GB / 128GB storage options
- 3.2MP front-facing camera
- 8-13MP rear-facing camera with image stabilization
- 1,810 mAh battery or 2,915 mAh
- 802.11ac WiFi
- Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor
Galaxy S5 Specs
- Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor (U.S.)
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- 5.1-inch FHD display
- 16GB storage option
- 2.1MP front-facing camera
- 16MP rear-facing camera
- 2,800 mAh battery
- 802.11ac WiFi
- Fingerprint sensor
- Heart rate sensor
It looks like Apple will finally catch up and add NFC for mobile payments, which is something the Galaxy S5 already offers. We could see 1GB of RAM on the iPhone 6, compared to 2GB on the Galaxy S5, but the advantages boil down to how each device uses that RAM. Another important area to look at is storage as we expect up to 64GB iPhone 6 options and the Galaxy S5 tops out at 32GB in the U.S., but you can add up to 128GB of storage with a Micro SD card. You cannot do that on the iPhone 6.
It’s not clear what exactly Apple plans for the iPhone 6 camera at this point, but expect an upgrade from the iPhone 5s. Samsung delivered faster focusing and live HDR on the Galaxy S5 which are very handy features.
The difference in battery size between the devices is interesting, but not something that we can talk about very much until we see how the iPhone 6 battery life measures up. Galaxy S5 battery life is good and when you need more power you can switch to Ultra Power Saver mode.
Samsung packs in a heart rate sensor on the back to help track some health data like heart rate and stress levels. Apps can use the iPhone 5s flash to do this, and likely will offer similar heart rate solutions on the iPhone 6.
iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Design
There are three major differences in the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 design that buyers should take note of. The phones definitely look different, but once you get past the overall looks and use of curves or dimples here are the important bits.
- Water-Resistant – The Galaxy S5 can survive in three feet of water for 30 minutes. That’s not a lot of depth, but it means the phone won’t die after a drop into the sink or if you spill something on it.
- Aluminum vs Plastic – The iPhone 6 design keeps metal as the main element and uses more of it on the back. The Galaxy S5 offers a plastic back like the other Galaxy devices.
- Removable Back & Battery – Galaxy S5 design includes a removable back that offers access to the Micro SD card slot and a removable back.
Ultimately the design preference comes down to what you like and what you need from a smartphone. It would be a surprise to see a water-resistant iPhone 6 with Micro SD card support.
Price & Release Date
The Galaxy S5 release arrived in April and the price started at $199 on contract, but we are already seeing Galaxy S5 deals that drop the price to $99 on contract. If you want to buy the Galaxy S5 on one of the new $0 down plans expect to pay $27 to $32.50 over 24 installments.
The iPhone 6 price will likely stick at $199 for the 4.7-inch model. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 price will likely jump $100 to $299 on contract. We can expect installment plan options with $0 down for payments starting around $27 and up.
Apple is holding an iPhone 6 event on September 9th, according to reports, and that points to an iPhone 6 release date on September 19th for at least the 4.7-inch model. We could see a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 release date later in September or in early October.