iPhone 6 versus Samsung Galaxy S5: Which is better for you?

The battle of the smartphone heavyweights

It's time for the battle of the smartphone heavyweights: The iPhone 6 takes on the Samsung Galaxy S5. Which is best for you? I've got details and specs.

Display

The iPhone 6's Retina display is a beauty, but it still doesn't match the Samsung Galaxy S5's. The S5 has a 5.1-inch display, which is a good deal larger than the iPhone 6's 4.7 inches. And the S5 wins when it comes to resolution as well: 1920x1080 resolution and 432ppi compared to the iPhone 6's 1334x750 resolution and 326ppi.

Operating system

The iPhone 6 has iOS 8 and the S5's has Android 4.4.2 Kitkat with Samsung Touchwiz. For simplicity, ease of use, and flat-out elegance, iOS 8 wins. But for customization, Android is superior. And with this latest iteration of Touchwiz, Samsung has done a fine job, particularly with Multi Window, which lets you have two apps onscreen at once. Most people will probably opt for iPhone 6 and iOS 8, but if you prize customization and want to run two apps at once, Android with Touchwiz is better for you.

Camera

The iPhone 6 has an upgraded camera compared to previous iPhones, but it's still no match for the S5. The S5 has a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front one, easily beating the iPhones's 8-megapixel rear one, and 1.2 megapixel FaceTime front one.

Processor

On paper, the S5 beats the iPhone 6, with a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 compared to the iPhone's dual-core 64-bit A8 chip and M8 motion co-processor. But paper is one thing, and the real world another. Apple engineers are brilliant at wringing out performance from their hardware. So until tests start coming in, I'll call this a tie.

Storage

The base units of both the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 come with 16 GB of storage. If you're willing to pay more, the Galaxy S5 can also be bought with 32 GB of storage, while the iPhone 6 has options for 64GB and 128GB. But the Galaxy S5 has a microSD slot, and you can add up to 128 GB of storage to it. You can get that cheaper than paying for the higher-end iPhone. So the advantage here goes to the Galaxy S5.

Design and extras

Can anyone beat Apple when it comes to design? No, and this newest iPhone 6 is no different, and beats the S5. However, the S5 has extras that the iPhone 6 doesn't have. It's dust-resistant and water-resistant, which is a big plus. It also has a biometric heart scanner. So if you care only about design the iPhone 6 is the winner. If you want a water-resistant phone, you'll want the S5.

Bottom line

So which is better for you? For Apple fans, there's no doubt: The iPhone 6, with its larger screen, updated iOS, and other improvements over the previous iPhone generation, is the one to get. But if you care about a larger display, storage, and extras, the S5 is what you'll want.

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