There are many smartphones available and everyone has an opinion on their favorites. Two popular names would be Galaxy and iPhone – their latest versions the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Apple iPhone 5S.
Which one is best for you? It depends! There is no correct answer, it is based on your own preferences.
The Galaxy S5 is larger (about 25% wider, 15% taller, and 10% thicker). This means a bigger screen which many people enjoy (5.1 inches, 1920×1080). It also means most have to stretch their fingers to hold it. It is a plastic case and not as premium as the iPhone. The camera takes 16 megapixel photos (vs 8 on the iPhone) but unfortunately it can take about 6 sections to be able to take your first photo from the lock screen (iPhone is about 2 seconds). It is also water resistant (IP67 rating, 3 feet underwater for 30 minutes). The iPhone is definitely not water resistant. I recently overheard at the Apple store that they have a small piece of litmus paper in the iPhone headphone jack. They know if someone got it wet.
The iPhone 5S fits comfortably in your hand. It is about 25% lighter and a premium quality case. Apple takes design seriously. The 4 inch screen has a resolution of 1136×640. The iPhone takes better photos with a dual LED flash (more colorful and better balanced). Many people love the touch ID fingerprint biometric sensor. The Galaxy has it as well but it is swipe based whereas the iPhone you simply rest your finger.
The Galaxy S5 also has a heart rate monitor by holding your finger for about 10 seconds on the fingerprint sensor. It can also be used as a TV remote control with the infrared (IR) capabilities. It has a better battery life, roughly 33% longer lasting.
The iPhone is great at tracking motion using its M7 motion co-processor. Apps that are designed to use the M7 won’t drain the battery as fast.
For many people it comes down to cost or platform choice (Android vs iOS). If you are mostly in it for the screen size, Apple might have a 4.7 inch screen on their new iPhone 6. If you would like a lot more in-depth information, check out Gizmag full reviews of the Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S.