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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 4; which one Should you Pick?

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Samsung is so far the most successful Android smartphone in the market. For several years, their handsets have been flying off shelves, pitting very closely against those produced by their closest rival, Apple.

But of late, things have been going downhill for the Korean heavyweight, in light of which they recently decided to ramp up their shipments. But instead of their profit shooting up like it did when they launched the S4, they have been constantly recording major profit falls.

This may mean something else, but their current flagship phone and phablet—the Galaxy s5 and the Note 4–have a series of high-end features that are nothing to sneeze at. If anything, they are among the best smartphones in the market as we speak. The only problem is that Samsung devotees are always torn between the two. Should they pick the S5 phone or settle for the bigger Note 4 phablet?

Galaxy_S5_Note_4Well, after doing some little leg work, we came up with a few notes to compare the specs and features of the two aforementioned Samsung flagship phone and phablet.

For starters, the two Samsung bigwigs are best known for their big size, speaking of which the Note 4 is much bigger–5 percent thicker, 9 percent longer and 8 percent wider than the GS5.

(Read Also: iPhone 6 Plus Vs Galaxy Note 4; Who Should We Crown? )

There are a few perks in buying either of the two handsets, but factor in their sizes and you may want to consider the Note 4 for screen real estate or the S5 for something fairly compact.

Design

Samsung has, for long, been much-admired for their design work in laptops, televisions and so on, but with the exception of phones. On the face of it, both the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 are no head turners.

To begin with, they both lend a blind eye to practicality. Their removable back, which apparently gives access to expandable storage and removable batteries, is a case in point.

Their fronts are aesthetically better than their backs, given the notable slim bezels on both handsets. Again, they both feature a physical home button, which frees up the screen from the [admittedly] visually appealing virtual buttons.

This is where their difference sets in; while the S5 boasts of IP67 water proofing that promises to keep the phone alive in water for about 30 minutes or so, a drop of water is enough to leave the Note 4 deader.

Display

Whereas the Galaxy Note 4’s screen is practical, the S5’s is even more practical. But in terms of greatness, the Note 4’s screen carries the trophy.

This can be best explained by a rundown of their specs; while the Galaxy S5 arrives with a 5.1-inch 1080 x 1920p (432-ppi) display, the Note 4 flaunts a 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440p (515-ppi) screen.

In all fairness, the Note 4 comes out as the winner on this. Although Samsung didn’t see the need to announce their upgrade to Corning Gorilla Glass 4, this feature sets the Note 4 above the S5, which still uses Gorilla Glass 3.

Hardware specs and Performance

Both the Galaxy S5 and Note 4 feature a series of high-end features, but once again, the Note 4 takes it. To be precise, the Galaxy note 4 arrives with Qualcomm Snapdragin 801 Quadcore 2.5 GHz Krait 450 chipset and Adreno 330 GPU with 2GB of RAM, south of S5’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Quadcore 2.7 GHz and Adreno 420 GPU with 3GB of RAM.

All in all, both phones are superfast. Even the more demanding games can cruise smoothly and nothing should expectedly test either model for the next few years.

Camera

The Galaxy S5 arrives with significant improvements on the camera features when stacked up against the S4, but six months after its launch the Note 4 takes another leap forward. In quick highlights, S5 features 16-mp Samsung ISOCELL sensor, 4K video recording, digital image stabilization, and 2-mp front facing camera with 1080-p video recording, while the Note 4 comes with 16-mp Sony IMX240 sensor, 4K video recording, optical image stabilization and 3.7-mp front facing camera with 1440-p video recording.

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