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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5 – Comparison of Interface, Functionality and Performance

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The Galaxy S5 handset is one among the many eagerly anticipated handsets, to be recently released by the Korean giant.

The refined style, with soft touch dimpled plastic rear and a plethora of refreshing colors mark the beauty of the Galaxy S5 handset. The refreshing variety of colors replaces the bland and glossy plastic body of the Galaxy S4 handset. In addition, the smartphone comes equipped with IP67 certification, featuring dust and water resistant body. Another reassuring factor is the powerful Snapdragon 801 chipset ticking under the hood, which the Korean giant claims to be one among the most powerful Android based processors available in the market. Samsung also took the liberty to redesign its TouchWiz UI, making it more user-friendly. Not to forget, the introduction of fingerprint scanner and a heart rate monitor, which were absent in the Galaxy S4 handset, make the Galaxy S5 a more desirable smartphone.

Let us compare the two handsets in terms of their interface, functionality and performance.

Interface and Functionality

The Galaxy S5 comes equipped with the latest Touchwiz UI (TouchWiz Nature UX 3.0), running along with the latest Android version 4.4 KitKat operating system. However, the Galaxy S4 is also upgraded to the latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS and has been confirmed by the company to come equipped with the latest version of the TouchWiz user interface.

The latest version of the TouchWiz UI on the GS5 handset provides the user with large icons, visual cues and fewer clutters. The company has remodeled the icons, providing them with a contemporary look. The long text lists have been replaced by quick setting icons, providing a clear visual cue and making it more users friendly, even for the first time user.

The Korean giant also transformed the core apps, such as the text messenger and phonebook, which now features less empty space. In terms of keyboard experience, the user would not find any radical difference between the two handsets. It provides the user with quick and comfortable typing experience due to well spaced buttons on both the handsets.

The new S Health application on the GS5 has become an all-inclusive fitness and health center, which stores your daily data such as steps walked daily, heart rate measurements and calories burned. Another new addition to the Galaxy S5 handset is the Download Booster, which the user can make use from the notification dropdown. The technology enables the user to download large files quickly, making use of the Wi-Fi and 4G connections.

Processor and Memory

The Galaxy S5 features a quicker chipset, as compared to the Galaxy S4 handset. The Galaxy S4 comes equipped with a Snapdragon 600 chipset; whereas, the GS5 comes equipped with a Snapdragon 801 processor.

However, both the smartphones come equipped with a similar quad core Qualcomm chipset, featuring a RAM of 2GB. The difference lies in terms of the running speed of both the processors. The GS5 processor runs at a speed of 2.45GHz, as compared to the 1.7GHz running speed of the Galaxy S4 smartphone. In addition, the GS5 comes equipped with Adreno 330 graphic processor, clocked at a speed of 578MHz, which is higher than the 400MHz running speed of the Adreno 320 graphic processor of the Galaxy S4 smartphone.

In terms of internal storage, both the smartphones come equipped with an internal storage capacity of 16GB. However, both the smartphones support external memory card slot for memory enhancement up to 128GB on the GS5 and up to 64GB on the GS4 handset.

Verdict

It would be a good point to discuss whether Samsung has made a gradual enhancement to the GS5 handset rather than an essential upgrade. However, with that in mind, convincing the Galaxy S4 consumers to upgrade to Galaxy S5 smartphone would be a daunting task.