Samsung's new flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, is one of the best business phones yet. But how does it compare to Apple's iPhone 5s? From size to looks to software features, the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s are very different. But in other ways, they're a lot alike. Both devices pack powerful processors, supersharp displays and long battery life. And both come with a fingerprint reader that gives business users a serious security boost. Read on for an in-depth look at how the Galaxy S5 stacks up to the iPhone 5s.
Galaxy S5: The Galaxy S5's 5.1-inch display is big, bright and extremely sharp. For most business users, that's a benefit; a little extra screen real estate can go a long way toward improving productivity. The S5's display is more comfortable for basic tasks such as email and Web browsing, and it offers the space you'll need to view or edit documents and spreadsheets right on your smartphone.
iPhone 5s: The iPhone 5s sports a much smaller 4-inch display. Depending on your needs, that can be a hindrance or a benefit. A smaller display allows for a more portable business phone. On the other hand, some business tasks might be less comfortable on a comparatively cramped display. Regardless of size, the iPhone 5s' display is sharp, bright and colorful.
Galaxy S5: The Galaxy S5 features a plastic body with a faux-metal trim and a dimpled, textured back. One perk is that the Galaxy S5 is the first phone in the Galaxy S line to be water-resistant; Samsung says the device can even be dunked underwater and remain functional, thanks to flaps that cover the phone's external ports when it's not in use. Other hardware highlights include up to 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for expandable storage and a high-capacity battery that lasts about 9 hours and 40 minutes with continuous use.
iPhone 5s: Some users will prefer the smaller build of the iPhone 5s, which might be a better fit for your palm or pocket than a large device like the Galaxy S5. In addition, the iPhone 5s' aluminum body gives it a more premium feel than Samsung's plastic phone. The 5s offers up to 64GB of internal storage and 8.5 hours of battery life with continuous use, though it lacks a microSD card slot.
Galaxy S5: The Galaxy S5 is easily one of the fastest smartphones on the market. It packs a speedy quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, so business users can expect seriously snappy performance and smooth multitasking.
iPhone 5s: The iPhone 5s packs the dual-core Apple A7 processor and 1GB of RAM. Notably, the iPhone 5s' processor is the first and only smartphone chip with a 64-bit architecture, but in everyday use, it performs about as well as the Galaxy S5.
Galaxy S5 (Android): For business users, the Galaxy S5's multitasking functionality is a major plus. Like other Galaxy models, the S5 supports Samsung's Multi Window feature, which lets you run two apps at once in a split-screen view, for easier multitasking; in contrast, you can only run one app at a time on the iPhone 5s. The feature is even more useful on the Galaxy S5, which has a bigger screen than those on earlier Galaxy S smartphones.
Android also offers Google Now, an intelligent personal assistant that can help business users stay on track and never miss a call or meeting. The service works by monitoring your activity within the Google ecosystem and pushing relevant notifications to you as they're detected. In practice, the service can notify you of traffic delays, weather, upcoming appointments and much more.
iPhone 5s (iOS): The iPhone 5s comes with a revamped version of Apple's iWork mobile office suite preinstalled. The software package includes three apps: Pages (word processor), Numbers (spreadsheet editor) and Keynote (presentation maker). The iWork mobile apps are fully integrated with Apple's desktop iWork applications, letting users transition seamlessly between mobile and desktop devices.
Apple's version of the personal digital assistant is Siri, which lets you issue voice commands to perform many different actions, from finding directions to adding an appointment to your calendar. However, Siri lacks Google Now's ability to comb through your calendar and email inbox to push relevant alerts to you as they arrive.
Galaxy S5: The Galaxy S5 is one of the first Android phones to feature a built-in fingerprint scanner. To quickly and easily unlock the device, just slide your fingertip over its home button, located on the phone's face, near the bottom edge. This extra security boost is good for business users who regularly access private business or client data on their mobile device. You can also use the scanner to access Private Mode, a place to store your most sensitive documents and emails.
iPhone 5s:Apple's Touch ID system similarly lets you unlock your phone by pressing your finger to a scanner embedded in the home button on the front of the device. That means only you can access sensitive company data stored on your iPhone 5s. The feature also lets you unlock your phone more quickly and easily during everyday use. However, the ability to lock and unlock folders or files using Touch ID isn't supported.
Galaxy S5 (Android): In terms of sheer scope, the Android app store — dubbed the Google Play store — rivals the Apple App Store, with more than 1 million apps available. Those apps include everything a business user needs for taking notes, balancing a budget, or viewing and editing documents. However, Android isn't quite as secure as iOS because the screening process for apps is more lenient, and users can easily install unapproved apps.
iPhone 5s (iOS): It's hard to top Apple's App Store when it comes to app support and availability. It can match almost every offering on Android, and some popular business software — such as the Kashoo accounting app — are exclusive to iOS. Apple's operating system is also somewhat more secure than Android because only apps approved by Apple can be installed.
Ultimately, the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s have a lot in common. Both are speedy smartphones with high-quality hardware and solid features for business users. Users who want a large display and the highly customizable Android operating system might opt for the Galaxy S5. But the iPhone 5S might be the better choice if you prefer a compact smartphone with the security of iOS.