Photo Credit: Apple Inc. and Samsung Inc.

Photo Credit: Apple Inc. and Samsung Inc.

If you are in the market for a new phone, the process of choosing which one to buy just became more difficult with Apple’s release of the newest iPhone.

Before the release of the newest iPhone, anyone in the phablet, a hybrid of a phone and tablet, crowd would immediately flock towards the Samsung Galaxy series because of their famously large screen sizes. Now, with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, customers who require that phablet feel are given more of a choice.

When comparing and contrasting the two market leading devices, the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5, the consumer can see that they are very evenly matched. As college students, there are certain features that are practically a necessity to our lives—design, camera and battery.

Regarding design specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes in at 8.1 millimeters thick with a soft plastic back and water resistant frame while the iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick and is cased in an anodized aluminum back. The iPhone’s intrinsic design scheme is seamless and stylish with a sleek union of metal and glass. In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy S5 opted for a plastic back and hard plastic edges at the corners that are painted to give an appearance of metal. In addition to visual appeal, ergonomically, the iPhone 6 is more user-friendly with a design 2mm thinner and 5mm narrower. However, if water resistance is a necessary feature, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is IP67 certified, which means it is water resistant in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.

As college students, our selfie game requires a camera that is on point. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 16-megapixel camera with phase detection, a 1/2.6-inch sensor and a pixel size of 1.12µm. In comparison, the iPhone 6 comes with an 8- megapixel camera with phase detection, a 1/3-inch sensor and a pixel size of 1.5µm. Because of the bigger sensor and the larger number of pixels in each shot, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a better camera for capturing detail in well-lit situations; however, the downside is that it is known to overexpose backgrounds. In contrast, the bigger pixel size of the iPhone 6 allows it to handle dimly lit situations better, such as pictures at night. While both phones come with an HDR mode that allows a number of photos to be compiled together for a better shot, the iPhone 6 camera is better for capturing better color accuracy and detail in backgrounds. Although the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with higher numbers in some areas, the overall experience for the user is better summed up in the iPhone 6.

Battery is extremely important to college students with the mindset of constant “on-the-go” lifestyles. When it comes to battery life, the Samsung Galaxy S5 steps up to the plate and shines. The battery in the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a capacity of 2800mAh, a talk time of 21 hours and a stand-by time of 16.2 days. The iPhone 6 battery has a capacity of 1810mAh, a talk time of 14 hours, and a stand-by time of 10.4 days. The iPhone 6 can stream video for just under 10 hours on a full charge, while the Samsung Galaxy S5 can stream for 11 hours. In addition to these specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a feature called “Ultra Power Saving Mode” that allows the user to shut down everything running on the phone except what is absolutely necessary to increase battery life. If battery life is your biggest concern when it comes to buying a phone, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a definite contender.

When it comes to buying a new phone, it is no small decision. Even five years ago we did not rely on our phones as heavily as we do now. If design and camera are important to you, then the iPhone is the way to go. However, if you place battery life as the pinnacle of phone features, then the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the better choice for you.

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