Apple stunned us when they released their 64-bit, fingerprint scanning iPhone 5S earlier this year. But just four months after the official release of the 5S, Apple is already going head-to-head again with its biggest competitor: Samsung. The Korean manufacturer was expected to release the Galaxy S4‘s successor in March of next year, but has reportedly expedited the launch of the Galaxy S5 to January 2014 to make up for the poor sales of its predecessor in the wake of the new iPhones. In this post, we’ll compare Apple’s latest flagship to the upcoming Samsung handset to see which one is a better investment in the new year.
The return on your personal smartphone investment boils down to which company offers the best features at a reasonable price. Currently, Verizon is the only U.S. network provider that is said to carry the upcoming Samsung handset. Speculation says Big Red will be the first to offer the much-awaited iPhone 5S competitor ‘at a highly reduced price on a contract basis’ ($199 with 2-year contract), an identical price point to Verizon’s iPhone 5s. If price alone is the deciding factor, you might get stuck on the fence. So, let’s go down to the specifics.
Battle Of The Futuristic Features
We previously compared the two new iPhones (5S and 5C) to see which one is the best device to invest in. Adam Shapourian concluded that “the iPhone 5S is a ‘true’ upgrade to last year’s iPhone 5.” Although it sports the same 4-inch Retina display and aluminum body, the new Apple handset boasts of a new 8-megapixel rear camera with True Tone flash, a fingerprint scanning home button (Touch ID), updated A7 processor with 64-bit chip support, new M7 motion co-processor chip, new colors (space gray, silver, and best-seller gold), and more LTE band support.
The Samsung Galaxy S5, on the other hand, is reported to be enclosed in a metal casing similar to Apple’s flagship devices. It will carry its current iteration’s 5-inch display with a high-definition screen of 2560 x 1440 resolution at 500 or more pixels per inch (ppi) to defeat the 5S’s 1136 x 640 resolution at 326 ppi. To bring it up a notch, Samsung will hit 1080p HD, which the Cupertino-based company cannot feature in its product’s smaller Retina Display. Meanwhile, theS5’s rear camera will carry 16-megapixel ISOCELL image sensor technology for low light settings, while the front will feature an eye-scanning sensor to unlock the device to compete with the 5S’s fingerprint scanner.
If you’re an operating system connoisseur, your preference may all come down to aesthetics. In our piece on iOS 7, Erik Hyrkas highlighted the interface’s flashy parallax effect display, intuitive options, new Siri functions, and free iWork and Garageband apps. But the Galaxy S5 will be sporting Google’s newly released Android Kitkat operating system with the beyond-helpful Siri competitor Google Now, not to mention cloud printing support, Quickoffice, and free Runtastic Pedometer app to detect and count steps.
Should You Wait Or Buy Now?
Since Samsung’s camp is mum about the real specifications and special features of their next device, it’s best to wait for the Galaxy S5’s official market release before kicking the iPhone 5S to the curb. As of yet, nothing beats Apple’s game-changing mobile innovations, including the 64-bit, fingerprint scanning technology, and motion co-processor (even if it is gimmicky). However, with the promise of a larger screen and Android OS, it’s likely many of you are already swooning for the Galaxy S5. But with only a month until the release of Samsung’s highly-anticipated product, we suggest you exercise some patience and wait for the S5’s launch to decide which product suits your needs and taste.
Lucas Blackburn is a contributing writer for Tech Void. He covers all sorts of mobile news from the latest smartphones and tablets to the rumored new innovative features. If you want to know more about the upcoming and concept devices, hit him up on Twitter: @blackburnwrites.