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Galaxy Tab S vs iPad Air spec by spec

20 Jun 2014

Samsung has described its new Galaxy Tab S, unveiled in New York earlier in June, as "industry-leading" when it comes to specifications. In light of the fact this was probably a dig at Apple's iPad Air, we've pitted the two tablets head to head on paper, to see which one offers the best features.

iPad Air: 240x169.5x7.5mm, 478g
Galaxy Tab S: 213x177x6.6mm, 465g

When Apple first unveiled the iPad Air, it was keen to boast that it was – at 7.5mm thick – the thinnest tablet available on the market. But Samsung has stolen the crown, with the Galaxy Tab S measuring a mere 6.6mm. Samsung's latest tablet, despite its larger screen size, is slightly lighter too, with the 3G and 4G versions tipping the scales at 465g and 467g, respectively.

iPad Air: 9.7in, 2048x1536, 264ppi LED-backlit in-plane switching (IPS) screen
Galaxy Tab S: 10.5in, 2560x1600, 288ppi Super Amoled screen

The iPad's screen – since the release of the third-generation model at least – has long been heralded as one of the best, with its Retina display boasting 2048x1536 resolution.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S has 10.5in Super AMOLED display

Samsung, however, has once again toppled Apple's flagship device, with its 10.5in Galaxy Tab S boasting a higher, "industry-leading" 2560x1600 touchscreen display. The screen also has Samsung's Super Amoled technology and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, which should make for deep blacks and bright whites.

However, given that the screen on the Galaxy Tab S is larger than Apple's 9.7in, it remains to be seen which comes out on top in terms of quality.

It's worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S is also available in an 8.4in model with the same 2560x1600 resolution, pitting it against Apple's latest iPad Mini tablet.

iPad Air: iOS 7
Galaxy Tab S: Android 4.4 KitKat, custom UI

It's always hard to judge a winner in the software category when comparing an Apple and a Samsung device, as most people already know whether they prefer iOS or Android.

Apple iPad Air is the iPad 5

The iPad Air runs Apple's latest iOS 7 release, and will be promptly updated to iOS 8 once this is released later in the year. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S runs the newest version of Google's Android 4.4 KitKat mobile operating system, which it has heavily customised in its own user interface (UI).

Fans of the vanilla version of Android might not be too keen, as Samsung's custom UI sees the tablet's 10.5in screen stuffed full of widgets, custom applications and features. However, some of these will likely come in handy, such as Samsung's S Note app, the ability to answer a call through the tablet and its support for the tablet's on-board fingerprint scanner, adding an extra layer of security to the device.

Despite appearing on the flagship iPhone 5S, the iPad Air doesn't come with a Touch ID sensor.

Next: Processor, cameras, battery, pricing and storage

Galaxy Tab S vs Xperia Z2 Tablet spec by spec

19 Jun 2014

Sony kicked the tech year off with a bang, unveiling a fresh wave of Xperia smart devices that many observers have considered to be its most innovative to date.

One of the best of these was the Xperia Z2 Tablet. Featuring a sturdy yet slim design, a wealth of top-end components and up-to-date Android software, the Xperia Z2 Tablet remains one of the best Android tablets currently available.

But a few months on, Samsung has returned to the tablet scene with its upgraded Galaxy Tab S, leaving many buyers wondering if Sony's day in the sun as leader of the Android tablet market is already over.

We've pulled together the key specifications from both devices here to see which is the daddy, at least on paper.

Galaxy Tab S: 213x177x6.6mm, 465g
Xperia Z2 Tablet: 266x172x6.4mm, 439g

Both Samsung and Sony designed their respective tablets to be as light and thin as possible. In this area Sony is the clear victor, with its Xperia Z2 Tablet being over 20g lighter and 0.2mm thinner than the Galaxy Tab S.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is also better in terms of build quality, at least on paper, carrying IP55 and IP58 certifications so it can survive an accidental submersion in water.Samsung Galaxy Tab S with 10.5in screen in black

Galaxy Tab S: 10.5in, 2560x1600, 288ppi Super Amoled
Xperia Z2 Tablet: 10.1in, 1200x1920, 224ppi TFT capacitive touchscreen

Neither the Galaxy Tab S or Xperia Z2 Tablet's display breaks the 300ppi count, but the Samsung tablet's screen is superior on paper.

Outside of its higher pixels-per-inch density, this is largely due to the use of Super Amoled technology. This lets screens display richer colours and deeper blacks, by electrically charging each individual pixel to generate colours and creating blacks by turning off the relevant pixels.

Galaxy Tab S: Android 4.4 KitKat
Xperia Z2 Tablet: Android 4.4 KitKat

Both The Xperia Z2 Tablet and Galaxy Tab S run using customised versions of Android. However it's worth noting that Sony's appraoch shows a much lighter touch than Samsung when skinning the Xperia Z2 Tablet, with the only notable changes being the addition of a few custom applications, such as the PlayStation Store.

Samsung has taken a heavy-handed approach to skinning the Galaxy Tab S and has completely reworked the user interface, installing a number of custom software services. These include multi-window support, multitasking and a new software service that lets users answer incoming calls to their mobile phone via the tablet.

Galaxy Tab S: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz quad-core and 1.3GHz quad-core)
Xperia Z2 Tablet: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801

The Xperia Tablet Z was amazingly fast and scored an impressive 35573 using the Antutu benchmark. By comparison, Samsung's other Exynos 5 Octa-powered tablet, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, scored a slightly lower 32727 on the same test, indicating that the Galaxy Tab S may also be a fraction slower.

We'll be interested to see how the Xperia Z2 Tablet and Galaxy Tab S perform head to head in our full head-to-head review coming soon.Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet in black and white

Galaxy Tab S: 8MP rear, 2.1MP front
Xperia Z2 Tablet: 8.1MP rear, 2.2 MP front

On paper, both the Galaxy Tab S and Xperia Z2 Tablet are fairly evenly matched when it comes to camera technology. We'll only know which performs better when we get a chance to put the two tablets head to head with real-world testing.

Galaxy Tab S: Non-removable lithium polymer 7,900mAh battery
Xperia Z2 Tablet: Non-removable lithium polymer 6,000mAh battery

The Galaxy Tab S has a slightly larger battery than the Xperia Z2 Tablet and is listed by Samsung as offering users "above-average battery life". If true this could be a key differentiator, as the Xperia Z2 Tablet lasted for around eight to nine hours of multimedia use in our review, which by tablet standards is fairly average.

Galaxy Tab S: 16GB, 32GB, expandable by up to 128GB via micro SD card
Xperia Z2 Tablet: 16GB, expandable by up to 128GB via micro SD card

The Galaxy Tab S comes with more internal storage options than the Xperia Z2 Tablet. But both tablets can have a further 128GB of space added via their respective micro SD card slots, so most users shouldn't have to worry about running out.

Galaxy Tab S: £420
Xperia Z2 Tablet: £399

Despite offering on-paper equivalent specs to the Galaxy Tab S, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is £20 cheaper, with prices starting at £399.

When viewed from a purely technical perspective both the Xperia Z2 Tablet and Galaxy Tab S are fairly evenly matched. Both tablets feature powerful processors and ultra-slim, lightweight designs. Hopefully the Galaxy Tab S will make good on its promise when it is released later this year and buyers will have a second viable top-end 10in Android tablet to choose from.

By V3's Alastair Stevenson

Galaxy Tab S vs iPad Mini 2 spec by spec

18 Jun 2014

Apple and Samsung have been fighting for control of the tablet market for some time. But despite Samsung's best efforts, it has traditionally been Apple's iPad tablets that have ended up as each year's top-selling device.

Unperturbed by Apple's past successes Samsung has returned to the battleground in 2014, unveiling one of its highest-specced tiny tablets ever, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4.

Featuring an ultra-thin design and wealth of top-end hardware and software, the Galaxy Tab S has caught the eyes of many buyers, including us. But, to make good on its promise, the Galaxy Tab S will first have to overcome its key rival, the iPad Mini 2, which has become a benchmark in many buyers' eyes.

Galaxy Tab S: 213x126x6.6mm, 294g (WiFi)
iPad Mini 2: 200x135x7.5mm, 331g (WiFi)

In a move many have taken to be a clear swipe at Apple, Samsung designed the Galaxy Tab S to be as thin and light as possible. As a result the Galaxy Tab S is both thinner and lighter than the iPad Mini 2.Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4in

The Galaxy Tab S also has a radically different design to the all-metal iPad Mini 2, featuring aluminium sides and a perforated polycarbonate back. So despite being lighter and thinner, the Galaxy Tab S may not be as sturdy as the purely metal iPad.

Galaxy Tab S: 8.4in 2560x1600, 359ppi Super Amoled
iPad Mini 2: 7.9in 2048x1536, 326ppi Retina display

Apple has always claimed its Retina display technology is the best currently available. Traditionally, at least in the tablet market, there has been some truth to this claim and the iPads' Retina displays have always been superior to the screens on Android devices.

Samsung has worked to fix this on the Galaxy Tab S, loading it with its own Super Amoled screen technology. Super Amoled technology works to let screens display deeper and richer blacks by electrically charging each individual pixel to generate colours, meaning it can create blacks simply by turning off the relevant pixels.

Galaxy Tab S: Android 4.4 KitKat
iPad Mini 2: iOS 7

The Galaxy Tab S comes loaded with a customised version of Google's Android operating system (OS). In the past we've found Samsung's changes have sometimes been to the detriment of the OS and have made devices significantly less user-friendly than their iOS competitors. Hopefully this won't prove true with the Galaxy Tab S.

Galaxy Tab S: Exynos 5 Octa
iPad Mini 2: A7 plus M7 coprocessor

When it comes to performance, we've always found picking between iOS and Android handsets quite difficult. This is because iOS system requirements are significantly lower than Android and allow Apple devices to match or beat the performance of competing Google devices with higher on-paper specifications. Because of this we won't be able to know which tablet performs better until we thoroughly test the Galaxy Tab S.Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina display

Galaxy Tab S: 8MP rear, 2.1MP front
iPad Mini 2: 5MP iSight rear and 1.2MP FaceTime HD front

Cameras have always been one of the iPads' weakest points, and sadly this remains true on the iPad Mini 2. The basic 5MP rear camera is capable of at best average imaging quality, even when shooting in regular light. Given other Samsung tablets' superior cameras, we think the Galaxy Tab S will outperform the Apple iPad Mini 2 when it comes to imaging performance.

Galaxy Tab S: 16GB, 32GB, expandable via micro SD up to 128GB
iPad Mini 2: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB

The iPad Mini 2 is available with more internal storage options. However, the Galaxy Tab S is the only one of the two that has the option to upgrade its storage.

Galaxy Tab S: 4,900mAh (11 hours)
iPad Mini 2: 10 hours

Samsung's 11-hour multimedia playback score means the Galaxy Tab S should last an hour longer than the iPad Mini 2, which is listed as offering 10 hours of life off one charge.

Galaxy Tab S: £329
iPad Mini 2: £319

Apple iPads have always carried a premium price tag and are generally significantly more expensive than their Android competitors. Interestingly, though, the iPad Mini 2 is cheaper than the Galaxy Tab S, with prices for the basic 16GB WiFi model starting at £319. Pricing for the equivalent Galaxy Tab S starts at £329.

On paper the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is a very impressive machine and generally beats the Apple iPad Mini. We'll be excited to see if the tablet makes good on its early promise, so look out for our full review later this year.

By V3's Alastair Stevenson

Galaxy Tab S first impressions

13 Jun 2014

Samsung's been working hard to get a stronger foothold in the tablet market for some years now. Yet despite its best efforts, as noted by SAP global vice president of mobile strategy Bill Clark during an interview with V3, most companies are still favouring Apple's iPads over Samsung's Galaxies.

Aware of this Samsung has come out swinging with its latest flagship Galaxy Tab S 10.5 tablet, kitting it out with a number of top-end components and software features that on paper make it one of the most business-friendly Android devices ever made.

In a clear swipe at Apple, Samsung has designed the Galaxy Tab S to be thinner than the 7.5mm iPad Air at just  247x177x6.6mm. The Galaxy Tab S is also very light, with the WiFi model weighing 465g and the LTE model 467g.Samsung Galaxy Tab S with 10.5in screen in black

The Galaxy Tab S sports a similar design to the Galaxy S5, coming with a slightly rubberised perforated back, metal sides and custom fingerprint scanner built into its physical home button.

If the scanner performs as well as that on the Galaxy S5's it will be a definite bonus to businesses, making it easier to secure data stored on the tablet should it be lost or stolen.

Samsung made a big deal about the 10.5in 2560x1600 Super Amoled touchscreen of the Galaxy Tab S, describing it as "industry leading" during the tablet's launch. Specifically, Samsung claimed the screen's 100,000:1 contrast ratio will let the Galaxy Tab S display deeper blacks and brighter whites than rival tablets.

Considering our past experience with Samsung's Super Amoled screens, this may well be true. Super Amoled is a custom version of the traditional Amoled screen technology. Basic Amoled technology is designed to let screens display deeper and richer blacks by electrically charging each individual pixel to generate colours, meaning it can create blacks simply by turning off the relevant pixels.

The downside of this is that the technology reduces battery life and increases the device's thickness as it requires manufacturers to place the capacitive layer - the component that senses touch - on top of the main display. Super Amoled fixes this by integrating the capacitive touchscreen layer directly into the display, reducing its thickness and making it more power efficient.

The Galaxy Tab S runs using a heavily customised version of Google's Android 4.4 KitKat mobile operating system. The custom skin added by Samsung radically reworks the operating system's user interface and adds a number of custom services and applications, including multi-window support, multitasking and a new software service that lets users answer incoming calls to their phone using the tablet.

The Galaxy Tab S also features Papergarden and Kindle for Samsung applications. Papergarden is a custom app designed for viewing digital content, while Kindle for Samsung lets Galaxy Tab S users download a free book each month.Samsung Galaxy Tab S white

While these additions sound good, in the past we've found Samsung to be rather heavy-handed with its software and can make its device UI feel a little cluttered. We'll only know if this is the case on the Galaxy Tab S when we get our hands on it and actually test it.

The Galaxy Tab S is powered by Samsung's own Exynos 5 octa-core processor and features 3GB RAM. This puts it on a par with Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, which features the same specifications. This is no bad thing as in the past we've been impressed by the performance of Samsung's octa-core processors.

As an example, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 scored 32727 on the Antutu benchmark, putting it well above most other 10in tablets when it come to performance. In comparison, the Google Nexus 10 scored 13483 on the same test. If the Galaxy Tab S matches this it will be one of the fastest tablets available on its release in July.

Traditionally, camera technology is one area where tablets have lagged behind their smartphone siblings. This remains true on the Galaxy Tab S, which features basic 8MP rear and 2.1MP front cameras.

The Galaxy Tab S is powered by a 7,900mAh unit that Samsung claims will "let you enjoy hours of entertainment". We won't be able to know how good the Galaxy Tab S' battery is until we've thoroughly tested it.

The Galaxy Tab S will be available with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. Both versions can have a further 128GB of space added via their microSD card slots.

Samsung is yet to disclose the Galaxy Tab S UK price, though in the US pricing for the 10.5in model starts at $499, putting it on a par with most other top-end 10in tablets.

On paper the Galaxy Tab S is a very impressive machine. Featuring a top-end Super Amoled display, powerful octa-core processor and wealth of custom software features, the Galaxy Tab S has the potential to be one of 2014's finest Android tablets. We'll be interested to see if the Galaxy Tab S makes good on its early promise when we put it through its paces for our full review later this year.

By V3's Alastair Stevenson

Galaxy S5 vs Nexus 5 spec by spec

11 Apr 2014

The Samsung Galaxy S5 arrived on UK shelves on Friday 11 April, and the Korean firm will be hoping to steal users away from rival smartphones such as the Google Nexus 5.

While the Google Nexus 5 debuted last October, the device still sports top-end specifications, and has so far managed to win over users' affections due to its vanilla Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system and affordable price, with the handset retailing from £299, making it more than £200 cheaper than the Galaxy S5.

Here we compare the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S5 against the Nexus 5 to see which one is worth your money. 

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 3 spec by spec

27 Mar 2014

With a 5.1in HD 1080p display it's not exactly small, but when it comes to size, the Samsung Galaxy S5 still can't compete with the the Galaxy Note 3 'phablet' and its larger 5.7in screen. Here we compare the two devices' on-paper specifications to find out which is the best option.

Samsung Gear 2 hands-on review

14 Mar 2014

Samsung unveiled the Gear 2 and the cheaper Gear 2 Neo ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) last month, the sequels to its original Galaxy Gear smartwatch that struggled to impress us due to its poor battery life and bulky design.

Samsung is hoping to have fixed those issues with the Gear 2, with the firm having tarted up the wearable's design, added some new features and, perhaps most interestingly, switched out Android for its own Tizen operating system.

Samsung claims the design of the Gear 2 is "much sleeker" than that of the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but we didn't notice a major difference in size and weight. Maybe we just have weak wrists, but we found that, much like the original Galaxy Gear, the Gear 2 still felt cumbersome and bulky to wear. The Gear 2 tips the scales at 68g compared to the original Gear's 74g.

Samsung Gear 2 camera

That said, the Gear 2 does looks better than its predecessor. Thanks to Samsung's decision to move the camera sensor from the strap to above the display, the Gear 2 feels more streamlined than last year's model, and the redesigned strap, which is a textured rubber material, both looks good and sits comfortably on the wrist. Straps will be available in a range of colours, from a muted black version to bright orange. Samsung has redesigned the clasp too, which makes it easier to take the device on and off.

Thankfully, the unsightly screws from the original Gear have been removed too, which means that the device doesn't look quite as masculine as Samsung's original smartwatch. Instead, the metal watch face sports a new home button under the screen, which we found makes the device more intuitive to use.

Another nice design feature is that, much like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Gear 2 is resistant to dust and water, which means you won't need to take it off while in the shower. Also like the Galaxy S5, there's a heart rate monitor built into the rear of the device, with the smartwatch shifting to focus on fitness.

The Gear 2 has the same 1.6in 320x320 resolution Amoled display as its predecessor, which isn't a bad thing, as the display was one of the main things that impressed us when we reviewed the original Galaxy Gear. Thanks to the onboard Amoled technology and the small size of the display, it's quite crisp and vibrant, with colours seeming to pop out of the screen.

We found the display very responsive to touch, and noticed no lag while using the device.

The Samsung Gear 2 dumps Google's Android mobile operating system in favour of Samsung's own Linux-based Tizen operating system developed in collaboration with Intel. Despite this however, Samsung has said that the device will still need to hook up to one of 20 supported Galaxy phones in order to function, a 'feature' we'd hoped that Samsung would have resolved with its second generation smartwatch.

Samsung Gear 2 runs Tizen and features fitness apps

Beyond that, however, Tizen looks great on the device, with Samsung providing it with a colourful, easy to navigate user interface. While the app selection is still somewhat limited, Tizen's conformance to HTML5 means that it should be quick and easy to write apps for it, and that shouldn't drain battery life too quickly, with Samsung promising "two to three" days.

In terms of applications, the Gear 2 has a focus on fitness, and you'll find a built-in pedometer and exercise tracker along with the heart rate monitor. There's also a music player - the only app that can be used without a smartphone connected - and S Voice, IR Blaster and Camera apps.

Speaking of camera, the Samsung Gear 2 sports a 2MP camera that now sits above the smartwatch's display rather than on the wriststrap. However, we still don't really see the need for this. Its image quality is poor, it's fiddly to use and the camera interface is tricky to manipulate given the small screen size of the Gear 2. What's more, the device needs to be hooked up to a smartphone - a smartphone that likely will have a more capable camera.

First impressions
The Samsung Gear 2 is without a doubt a big improvement on the original Galaxy Gear. While still somewhat bulky, it's much sleeker than the previous model, it has a more impressive set of features and, if Samsung's claims are to be believed, its battery will last longer than one day.

Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S spec by spec

11 Mar 2014

Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) last month, and it's no doubt hoping its specifications will tempt buyers away from Apple's iPhone 5S.

While the two smartphones have similar names, they have different hardware and software, and are both looking to win the affections of punters in the market for a top-end smartphone.

We have lined up the two smartphones head to head on paper to find out which one comes out top in terms of specifications.

s5-vs-5sDesign, measurements and weight
iPhone 5S: 124x59x7.6mm, 112g
Samsung Galaxy S5: 142x73x8.1mm, 145g 

With the Apple iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5 having 4in and 5.1in screens, respectively, it's clear which one is going to attract buyers after a compact, pocketable smartphone.

The iPhone 5S is both thinner and lighter than Samsung's Galaxy S5, measuring 7.6mm thick and tipping the scales at 112g. The Galaxy S5, in comparison, measures a slightly chunkier 8.1mm thick and weighs 145g.

The smartphones are very different when it comes to design, too, and it's likely that most buyers will have their favourite. The iPhone 5S is made entirely of aluminium, giving it a top-end look and feel, and it features an angular, boxy design. It's also available in three colours - black, white and gold.

Apple iPhone 5S in space grey gold and silver

The Samsung Galaxy S5, on the other hand, has a fully plastic casing, which Samsung has perforated on the back to make the device comfortable to hold. The flagship smartphone is available in four colours - black, white, blue and gold.

Interestingly, both devices feature a fingerprint sensor in their respective home buttons, and are the first two smartphones that do. This adds a layer of security to both the iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5, and makes the devices quicker to unlock.

While they both feature a fingerprint scanner, the Samsung Galaxy S5 trumps the iPhone 5S with its IP67 certification, which means that unlike Apple's flagship smartphone, it is resistant to dust and waterproof. The Galaxy S5 also has a heart rate monitor on the back, a feature that likely will interest fitness fanatics.

iPhone 5S: 4in 640x1136 resolution IPS LCD Retina display, 326ppi
Samsung Galaxy S5: 5.1in 1920x1080 resolution Super Amoled display, 432ppi

The iPhone 5S features a display that's identical to that of its predecessor, the iPhone 5, and this was long regarded as the best screen you could get on a smartphone. Measuring 4in, the display features 640x1136 resolution and a pixel density of 326ppi, and thanks to its IPS technology it is among the best when it comes to viewing angles. However, with smartphone screens becoming larger all the time, some might consider the display too small.

Those that do might be pleased by the display on the Samsung Galaxy S5 - a 5.1in 1920x1080 resolution Super Amoled screen with a higher pixel density of 432ppi.

iPhone 5S: Dual-core 1.4GHz Apple A7 64-bit processor with M7 co-processor, 1GB of RAM
Samsung Galaxy S5: Quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 32-bit processor, 2GB of RAM

While we have yet to pit them head to head in performance benchmarks, it's likely that the iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5 will be fairly evenly matched in processing power. The iPhone 5S has an Apple A7 64-bit processor with an M7 co-processor that can tell if the phone is moving or not, to offer more accurate readings when using features such as Maps or gaming.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 32-bit processor, which will likely give Apple's A7 chip a run for its money. What's more, the Galaxy S5 has 2GB of RAM, compared to 1GB in the iPhone 5S.

Operating system
iPhone 5S: iOS 7
Samsung Galaxy S5: Android 4.4 Kitkat, custom user interface

It's always tricky comparing iOS to Android, because most buyers in the market for a smartphone likely already know which is their favourite.

Samsung Galaxy S5 with Android 4.4 Kitkat in gold

The iPhone 5S arrives running the latest version of Apple's iOS 7 mobile operating system. This debuted along with the flagship smartphone, offering a new, texture-free interface design, which although it was heavily criticised gives iOS a fresh look and feel. iOS 7 debuted a number of new features, including Control Center, which is a menu for toggling settings such as WiFi and Bluetooth, a redesigned Camera application and Airdrop.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 runs Google's Android 4.4.2 Kitkat operating system, although this is barely recognisable due to Samsung's custom user interface (UI) overlay. Apple must be doing something right, as Samsung has revamped its UI to look more like Apple's latest version of iOS, with the firm opting for flatter, smoother designs.

Samsung's updated UI also debuts a number of new features. Cheif among these is S Health 3.0, an app for tracking fitness and exercise. There's also My Magazine, an HTC Blinkfeed-style homescreen accessed by swiping left on the main homescreen, an updated version of Samsung's Knox security suite and some updated camera tools, including Selective Focus. This allows you to adjust the focus of an image after it has been taken.

iPhone 5S: 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus, dual-LED flash and HD 1080p video recording, 1.2MP front-facing camera
Samsung Galaxy S5: 16MP rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash and 4K video recording, 2.2MP front-facing camera

While the iPhone 5S 8MP camera doesn't sound all that impressive on paper, it's an improvement over the one on the iPhone 5. The upgraded dual-LED flash means images look more natural than before, and Apple has also increased the sensor's pixel size, which means that more light gets into images. Our favourite feature of the iPhone 5S camera, however, is the ability to record slow-motion video.

Apple iPhone 5S camera

The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 16MP rear-facing camera, an improvement on the Galaxy S4's 13MP sensor, which arrives with features such as an LED flash, autofocus, HDR, smile detection and the capability to record video and take images at the same time. It's also capable of shooting video at 4K resolution, whereas the iPhone 5S can only manage HD 1080p video recording.

iPhone 5S: 1,560mAh battery with 10 hours of quoted talk time
Samsung Galaxy S5: 2,800mAh battery with 21 hours of quoted talk time

The iPhone has never been regarded as having the best battery life, and while the 1,560mAh battery in the iPhone 5S offers an improvement over the one in its predecessor, you're still likely to get only 10 hours of talk time. The Galaxy S5 2,800mAh battery will, according to Samsung, offer around 21 hours of constant talk time, and the firm has also added a unique power saving feature, which means when the battery drains to 10 percent, it can last another 24 hours on standby.

iPhone 5S: 16GB/32GB/64GB built-in
Samsung Galaxy S5: 16GB/32GB built-in, expandable via microSD card up to 128GB

The iPhone 5S is lacking when it comes to storage. While the phone is available in three different models, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, there is no slot to expand this via microSD card.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the clear winner on internal storage. Samsung will make the phone available in both 16GB and 32GB internal storage models, and thanks to the microSD card slot this can be expanded by up to 128GB.


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