The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has stirred up excitement among mobile service carriers and pre-order announcements are coming hard and fast. Even though the CEO of Samsung Group, JK Shin, has officially denied the possibility of a metal body, premium Galaxy S5, potential buyers are counting days before they can lay their hands on the new phone that the South Korean firm has to offer. Samsung said worldwide shipping of the phone will start on April 11.
The battle started with AT&T announcing that it will begin to take orders for the new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone from Friday. The service carrier is offering the phone for $200 with a two-year service contract and for $650 without an agreement. Either way, the phone will be shipped to the buyer in a few weeks.
T-Mobile then revealed its pre-sale plans, announcing that reservations for the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be made available both in-store and online from Monday, March 24. T-Mobile has introduced a special pre-order price of $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $27.50 each. This offer will be available till March 31. When worked out, it takes the total to $660 for the phone. To increase traffic on their website, T-Mobile has also offered consumers a chance to win the Samsung Galaxy S5 and an S-View Flip Cover by registering at their Galaxy S5 landing page.
Meanwhile, Sprint has announced that it will make the Samsung Galaxy S5 available in April, but gave no details as to the date and price. Other service carriers are also expected to carry the Samsung Galaxy S5 but no information has been released as of yet.
Now for all those interested potential buyers who would like to see and touch the phone before pre-ordering, Best Buy is the place to go. In a first time move for Best Buy, it will be the only place that is offering customers the opportunity to try out samples of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the new Gear smart watches in about a 100 stores in 30 markets, throughout the U.S., prior to their launch on April 11.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 will have a 5.1-inch screen, a 16-megapixel camera and fingerprint sensor to use in place of a passcode to unlock the phone. It is notably also the first smartphone to have a heart-rate monitor to measure fitness. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is also supposed to be dust and water resistant. It also has a Download Booster for ultra-fast data speeds.
A comparison of specifications of Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s
Still not convinced by the excitement that has been stirred up among mobile service carriers prior to the launch of Samsung Galaxy S5? Confused whether to ditch the iPhone 5s to jump on the Samsung bandwagon? Of course, until the actual Samsung Galaxy S5 falls into hands, it is not possible to do an in-depth and accurate full review along with quality judgments. Nevertheless, here is a comparison of the specifications of the two phones.
In terms of size and weight, the larger Samsung Galaxy S5 is heavier, weighing 145g and measuring 73x142x8.1mm as compared to the iPhone 5s, which is tiny at measures 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm and weighs 112g.
In terms of materials and body, Apple has always been on top. With an anodized aluminium body and diamond-cut chamfered edges, the iPhone 5s is available in silver, gold and grey. In comparison, the Galaxy S5 is made from plastic, with its usual silver metal effect trim around the edges.
The screen of Samsung Galaxy S5 is massive at 5.1 inch when compared to iPhone 5s’ four inch display. However, both the phones use Corning Gorilla Glass to protect the panel from scratches.
The resolution of Samsung Galaxy S5 is also better with a 1,920×1,080 Full HD resolution display and a pixel density of 432PPI. Meanwhile, the iPhone 5s has a screen resolution of 1,136×640. This means it is unable to play Full HD video or even 720p footage at its native resolution.
However, the iPhone 5s wins in screen technology as it is brighter. Apple always uses the LCD technology in its iPhones. Samsung Galaxy S5 always uses AMOLED screen technology, in which, individual pixels can be turned off when displaying absolute black images. This leads AMOLED screens to display darker images.
Graphics on the Samsung Galaxy S5 are significantly faster when it comes to games as it has a faster Adreno 330 GPU. On the other hand, the iPhone 5s has a PowerVR G6430 GPU, which makes it amazing for 3D videos.
Galaxy S5 has a 2GB of RAM memory, whereas iPhone 5s has only 1GB of RAM memory. However, the iPhone 5s has three storage options -16GB, 32GB and 64GB, while Samsung Galaxy S5 comes only in 16GB and 32GB versions.
The combination of the new processor, M7 motion process and a large 1,560mAh battery all mean that the iPhone 5S has excellent battery life. The Galaxy S5 has a large 2,800mAh battery. Samsung says the S5 should manage 21 hours of 3G talk time from a single charge, but that’s unlikely to account for the screen being on.
In terms of 4G and Wi-Fi, both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s support all major 2G, 3G and 4G LTE frequency bands. However, iPhone 5s still relies on LTE Category 3 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 would support LTE Category 4.
Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 16 megapixel camera as compared to iPhone 5s eight mega pixel camera. However, this does not mean Galaxy S5 may have better picture quality over the iPhone.
One of the biggest differences between the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s isn’t physical – it’s in the software. The iPhone 5s runs on Apple’s own iOS operating system, while the Galaxy 5S is an android phone. However, since there are a lot of android lovers in the market, the upcoming launch of Samsung Galaxy S5 has stirred up a lot of excitement among mobile service carriers and consumers alike.
By Faryal Najeeb