Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs iPhone 5s: Which Is The Better Flagship Smartphone?
Yesterday, Samsung took the wraps off its latest addition to the
Galaxy smartphone line up, the Galaxy Alpha. The company is
calling it “the evolution of Galaxy Design”, touting its “metal
frame, elegantly curved corners, and a tactile soft back cover.”
Given the smartphone’s specs, choice of material for the frame
and display size, the Galaxy Alpha happens to be a worthy
competitor to Apple’s year-old iPhone 5s. We compare the two
smartphones to see which one comes out on top.
The Galaxy Alpha has flat metal sides similar to the iPhone 5s.
They are segmented by thin lines of plastic and bear a
resemblance to Apple’s design scheme on the 5s. However,
Samsung’s smartphone is easier to hold thanks to its flared
corners which offer better handling and prevent the device from
slipping from your hands.
While the phone does use a metal chassis, its back uses plastic
with the dotted pattern of perforated leather similar to the
Galaxy S5, though here the pattern is finer and not resembling
leather so much.
The Galaxy Alpha is easily the slimmest Galaxy device to date
though not the slimmest smartphone in general. Compare the
dimensions of the two smartphones and the Galaxy Alpha is the
slimmer of the two. However, it has a larger 4.7 inch display and
is a bigger smartphone.
Apple’s iPhone uses metal on the sides, back and pretty much
everywhere else around its 4inch screen. It’s wonderful to hold
in the hand but tends to slip owing to its fully rounded edges.
However, it does feel more premium when compared to the
Galaxy Alpha owing to its gorgeous aluminium body.
Moving on to displays, the iPhone uses a 4.0 inch LED-backlit IPS
LCD which offers vibrant colours and crisp visuals. It has a
resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels and a pixel density of 326 ppi.
The Galaxy Alpha packs a 4.7in display that has a 720 x 1280
pixel resolution and manages to churn out a respectable pixel
density of 320 ppi.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha uses an Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chipset.
It features a big.LITTLE processor with four Cortex-A16 cores
and four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and 1.3GHz
respectively. Users will love how all eight can run
simultaneously, resulting in solid multi-core performance. The
chipset also houses a hexa-core Mali-T628 MP6 GPU and 2GB of
RAM. All in all, the specs and benchmarks indicate that the
Galaxy Alpha delivers flagship smartphone performance.
Apple’s iPhone 5S packs the company’s powerful A7 chipset
which offers stellar smartphone performance. Also worth noting
is that Apple has future proofed its handset by adding a 64-bit
architecture, meaning that iPhone 5S users will have no
problems running apps of the next two years. As apps and
systems get more powerful and intensive, your smartphone is
going to require a 64-bit architecture to handle them better.
Another noteworthy mention happens to be Apple’s M7 “motion
coprocessor” which is probably more interesting than the A7
itself. It is designed to garner data from the handset’s
accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and more. This data is then
used to understand the state of your phone without using up
battery life. And then comes Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor,
which offers a new level of security if you want it. With the iOS 8
update, users will be able to authenticate payments through the
Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha has a 12 megapixel shooter in the rear,
with a 2.1 megapixel shooter up front for selfies. The rear
camera has an LED flash and is capable of HDR, can shoot
2160p video at 30fps, Panoramas and more.
Don’t be fooled by its 8MP rear sensor, the Apple iPhone 5S is
still one of the most powerful and practical smartphone
out there. It clicks quick pictures, shoots decent images in dark
situations and has an improved front facing camera when
compared to the iPhone 5. Thanks to the phone’s advanced
processing, it can also shoot slow-mo video among other things.
In this category, it clearly becomes a matter of personal
preference. While some users will insist on Apple’s high quality
apps and well designed iOS interface, others would opt for the
unlimited freedom that Android offers its users.
It is worth noting that Samsung’s Touch Wiz UI has received a lot
of flak from experts and fans for its overbearing presence and
bloatware. So iOS might be a better option in comparison unless
you’re planning to use a custom ROM on the phone after
While Apple’s iPhone 5s has been awarded the smartphone
crown by many experts, Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha brings a larger
screen, Octa core processing and a superior camera.