Two of the top selling Android smartphones in recent memory are the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the previous version the S4. While many consumers snatched up the Galaxy S4 upon its release in April 2013, those same individuals may wonder whether upgrading to the newer Galaxy S5 is really worth it. The best way to determine this is to delve into the similarities and differences between the two smartphones with a detailed comparison.
• If you absolutely need a better screen, then the Samsung Galaxy S5 has the S4 beat. In spite of the fact that the S4 has a higher screen density at 441 pixels per inch versus 432 pixels per inch, the Galaxy S5’s display is brighter, more vibrant and boasts text that is considerably sharper.
• The Samsung Galaxy S5 has all new fingerprint scanning technology that was not present in the S4. This feature serves multiple purposes, from unlocking your smartphone to making transactions on your favorite banking apps and everything in between.
• If you have noticed a bit of lag in your Galaxy S4, you certainly couldn’t do wrong by upgrading to the Galaxy S5. The S4 had a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor that was not quite as powerful as it should have been as playing games with heavy duty graphics was next to impossible due to crashes and lagging. The S5, however, includes a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor that is considerably more powerful and allows the device to run much more smoothly.
• Ultra Power Saving Mode is a huge factor in whether you will want to upgrade from the Galaxy S4 to the newer Galaxy S5. The feature is available to allow users to get the most out of juice from the Samsung Galaxy S5’s 2800 mAh battery, even when it is low. It reduces LTE data speeds to 3G and limits certain functions to increase battery life so that you don’t get surprised by a suddenly dead phone. This is not found in the S4, which can make upgrading quite attractive.
• Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S5 is both waterproof and dustproof thanks to its IP67 certification. This means that you don’t have to worry if someone accidentally spills their glass of water over it or if you take it to the beach and romp around in the sand.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a worthwhile upgrade over 2013’s Galaxy S4 flagship. The fact that it is waterproof, the larger processor and Ultra Power Saving Mode certainly gives the advantage to S5 in terms of the quality of the phone as a whole.