iPhone 6 versus Galaxy S5

After three years, Apple finally figured out how to copy its main competitor and possibly outsell that competitor. From an aesthetics point of view, nothing seems to be better than the iPhone line. How does this beautiful rip-off compare from a technical point of view?

Apple iPhone 6

Samsung Galaxy S5

CPU TSMC A8, 1.4 GHz, 64-bit, 20 nm ARMv8-A, dual core Snapdragon 801MSM8974AC, 2.5 GHz, 32-bit, 28 nm ARMv7, Krait 400
GPU PowerVR Series 6XT GX6450, quad core Adreno 330, 578 MHz
co-processor NXP LPC18B1 (M8), 150 MHz, 90 nm ARMv7-M n/a
RAM 1 Gb 2 Gb
size 138 x 67 x 6.9 mm/ 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 in 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm/ 5.6 x 2.84 x 0.32 in
weight 129g/ 4.55oz 145g/ 5.11oz
display 4.7-inch IPS LCD, 750 x 1334 pixels, 326ppi 5.1-inch Super AMOLED, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 431ppi

There is conflicting information on the battery performance. The Galaxy S5 has a 2,800 mAh removable battery, which gives about 21 hours of talk and 390 hours of standby time, while the iPhone 6 has a 1,900 mAh non-removable battery that allows for 11 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby. The Galaxy S5 has a software feature for saving battery power, but there are reports that Apple has a similar feature that could level the playing field in terms of battery saving performance.

Just based on technical data sheets, the Samsung GS5 beats the Apple iPhone 6 hands-down. Apple may be able to level the playing field through better integration of hardware and software, but this would not be apparent without lab testing.

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