Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S5 Full Comparison: Which is best Smartphone

Both smartphones Samsung Galaxy S6 & Samsung Galaxy S5 are products of Samsung Electronics which is the largest manufacturer of smartphones, headquartered in Suwon, South Korea. Both of these are great smartphones in their own terms, but how are we going to know which is the best Smartphone and which one to buy? Well Friends! Here I am to help you with these in case you are planning to buy one of them. We will discuss each and every feature of both smartphones step by step.


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Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S5 Full Comparison :-


If I talk about design, then Galaxy S5 & S6 looks same from the front except S6 Home button is larger and that of S5 is wider, but if we see the sides and back, then that is where the difference is shown. With a fusion of metal frame and glass, the back of Samsung S6 looks more beautiful and smart than S5’s plastic body with textures. S6’s back is covered with Gorilla Glass 4, so in case it slips or drops, you don’t need to worry as the phone is protected. The position of flash and heart-rate monitor in S5 was underneath the camera lens which now is shifted to the side. On the down side for S6, the phone is remarkably slippery and the glass back is a huge fingerprint magnet, but on the plus side, the speaker has been positioned to the bottom edge instead of its original position on the back. So, here Galaxy S6 is the clear winner.


Both Galaxy S5 & S6 are of same size with 5.1″ inches super AMOLED display, but where S5 has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with 432ppi, S6 has a high-resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels with 577ppi, thus, picture quality of S6 is much better than that of S5. But higher resolution doesn’t mean that the display will be better too as with high-resolution you need more power. So here, the difference is not much as both have great display in their own way. Well! It is up to you whether you liked it or not depending on whether you want HD or QHD display.


The S6 runs Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop) and is powered by Samsung in-house Exynos 7420 Octa chipset whereas S5 runs Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat) powered by Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801. This time, Samsung has used its home-made processor as there was some problem of phone overheating and so far, Exynos has shown better result than Qualcomm. Along with processor, S6 comes with 3GB RAM which is great for playing games or watching movies. The Galaxy S5 ha 2GB RAM which is not that bad as games or movies can be played here too. But the speed and times is what matters which in case of Galaxy S6 is much more better.


The internal storage of Samsung Galaxy S5 is 16GB which is less that of Samsung Galaxy S6’s 32GB, but here S6 is rather at disadvantage because of the absence of microSD card means it is non-expandable ans has no external storage.  So, here S5 has a plus point since it has an external storage via microSD and can be expanded up to 128GB. So, in terms of storage, Galaxy S5 is the Hero.


The Samsung Galaxy series has always had exceptional camera quality. In S5, rear camera is of 16MP with f/2.2 aperture and front camera of 2MP with f/2.4 aperture and S6 has rear & front camera of 16MP & 5MP with f/1.9 aperture. Though Galaxy S5 camera is great and fantastic, the Galaxy S6 camera, however, is simply much and more. The camera captures an image taking a wider range of light thus giving you pictures with best quality. S6 has the best camera so far than any of the smartphones and if you want the best camera experience, then this is the phone that you should go for.


It is the most important aspect of any phone because without battery no power and no power means a phone can’t run. The Galaxy S6 has a 2,550 mAh non-removable Li-ion battery as compared to the Galaxy S5’s removable 2,600 mAh battery. So, S6 is at a loss here specially when the battery can not be removed. The S5 also introduced the impressive Ultra Power Saving Mode which gets better when upgraded to Android Lollipop’s battery optimizations. Though S6 has the same feature, but we still get differing battery predictions from each device.
In short, Galaxy S5 has a great battery, not perfect but still better than Galaxy S6. The S6 also has an another option of wireless charging and the time benefits of turbo-charging, but it does not let you switch out a dead battery for a fresh one, making a wireless charging pad or outlet a necessity.

Other Features: 

Other features of both smartphones are almost the same like fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer, heart rate scanner, etc. But Samsung Galaxy S5 has water and dust resistant feature which is absent in Samsung Galaxy S6 and this is a very importation feature if one has to say.


Samsung seems to have done a great job with Samsung Galaxy S6’s build to deliver one of its sleekest, most premium handsets while upgrading the camera and processor and surprisingly even cutting out some features, such as a microSD card slot. It’s really an impressive handset, but the removal of features like microSD slot means Samsung Galaxy S5 could still be a tempting choice for buyers.

In other words, if you just want the best phone and don’t mind the cost, get Galaxy S6, but if you want the best value for money, then get Galaxy S5. It less beautiful than S6 and slow but its camera is great and it still has a microSD card slot and removable battery. The design and build hardly impress but despite being a year old it’s still a powerful handset with a competent camera and strong battery life.


Samsung Galaxy S5 vs S6 Specifications:

  Samsung Galaxy S5 Samsung Galaxy S6
Operating System Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)+TouchWiz UI Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop)+TouchWiz UI
Display 5.1” Super AMOLED HD Display, 1920×1080 resolution, 432ppi 5.1” Super AMOLED QHD Display, 2560×1440 pixels, 577ppi
Processor 2.5GHz Quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 64-bit Exynos 7420 Octa chipset (Quad x 2.1GHz + Quad x 1.5GHZ)
Storage Internal: 16/32 GB + External via microSD expandable up to 128GB Internal: 32/64/128GB (non-expandable)
Camera Rear: 16MP with f/2.2 aperture, 31mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash

Front: 2MP with f/2.4 aperture, 22mm, 1080p@30fps, dual video call

Rear: 16MP with f/1.9 aperture, 28mm, OIS, auto focus, LED flash

Front: 5MP with f/1.9 aperture, 22mm, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR

Battery 2800mAh (Removable) Li-ion Battery 2550mAh (non-removable) Li-ion Battery
Dimensions 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm
Weight 145g 138g
Connectivity Wi-Fi, HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Infrared Wi-Fi, HSPA, LTE Cat.6, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0, Infrared
Price $385 for 16GB $599 (32GB), $699 (64GB) & $799 (128GB)

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