The Galaxy S5 and Note 4 are arguably two of Samsung’s most popular smartphones. Powered by high-end hardware and paired with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface on the Android 4.4.4 KiKat operating system (soon to be Android 5.0), these devices are among the best smartphones currently on the market. If you can’t seem to choose between the two, keep reading for a more in-depth comparison of their specs and features.
With a 5.1-inch 1920 x 1080 display, the Galaxy S5 just feels right in your hands. It’s comfortable to use and carry, which is something that can’t be said for many smartphones on the market. Of course, the Note 4 features a slightly larger 5.7-inch display with 2560 x 1440 resolution. Some users may prefer this larger display, but others may find it to be a nuisance (it’s hard to fit a phone with a 5.7-inch display in your pocket).
Both the Galaxy S5 and Note 4 displays are protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The Galaxy S5 features the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.5 GHz, whereas the Note 4 features the newer Snapdragon 805 processor running at 2.7 GHz. How much of a difference does this make? Truthfully, most people won’t notice a difference, but the Snapdragon 805 is a newer and faster processor. It’s also the same processor Google is using in its upcoming Nexus 6 smartphone.
The Note 4 wins in this category with 3GB RAM. The Galaxy S5 contains 2GB RAM.
In terms of storage, the Galaxy S5 is available in either a 16 or 32GB model, whereas the Note 4 is available in either a 32 or 64GB model. Both devices feature a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion.
Of course, the real beauty of the Note 4 is its integration with a stylus. If you enjoy using a stylus over your finger, you should probably stick with the Note 4, as it’s designed specifically for use with a stylus. The Galaxy S5, on the other hand, is a traditional touchscreen designed for use with a finger.
One of the disadvantages of choosing the Note 4 over the Galaxy S5 is its lack of water resistance. Samsung integrated an IP6/7 water/dust-resistant body in the Galaxy S5, but for some reason it nixed this feature in the Note 4. So if you happen to purchase a Note 4, use caution to ensure your device is kept far away from moisture.
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