updated on May 26th, 2017 at 02:05 pm
Aesthetically, the Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop with its TouchWiz twist is a sophisticated and modern affair, with bold colours and cleaner fonts, icons and menus. Some may feel that this simplification has dumbed down the Galaxy S5, though. We definitely agree that the phone doesn’t quite feel as ‘classy’ or business-like since it received the Lollipop update.
Samsung has reined in some of Lollipop’s flavour though, such as toning down some of the new ‘cartoony’ menu animations and avoiding the big bright tiles that dominate the dial screen of pure Lollipop devices. These changes may have been a step too far for some of the Galaxy S5’s devout crowd, but the Galaxy S5’s menus are noticeably snappier following from the update.
Notifications and settings receive the most obvious changes. Notifications now appear as white tabs that can be accessed in a drop down menu and cleared if needed.
If you delve into notifications settings you can now activate/deactivate the notifications of apps on an individual basis, which is handy.
The Samsung Galaxy J5 looks very much like a classic Samsung phone. It’s available in Black or White, and has a familiar but attractive rectangular style with rounded corners. It’s very slim for a mid-range phone, measuring under 8mm in thickness, and weighing in at a solid yet not too heavy 146g.
The phone feels good in the hand, and isn’t too big to use single-handedly.
The screen is a very nice size for a mid-range phone.
Measuring 5 inches, it’s large enough to enjoy photos, videos and games, yet not so big that you struggle to slip it into your pocket. It’s a HD display with a pixel density of 294ppi, making it fairly nice and sharp. It’s one of Samsung’s high-quality AMOLED screens, with plenty of brightness and contrast too.
Design-wise, this is exactly what we want from a mid-range phone, and the trade-off between size, screen quality and materials used is just right.
Lets dive into a head to head comparison and see who’s King between this two smartphone Giants….
|Samsung Galaxy S5||Samsung Galaxy J5|
|OS:||Android (6.0)||Android (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.2), TouchWiz UI|
|Dimensions:||5.74 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (145.8 x 72.3 x 8.1 mm)||5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm)|
|Weight:||5.57 oz (158 g)||5.11 oz (145 g)|
|Materials:||Accents: Metal||Main body: Plastic|
|Features:||Soft keys||Fingerprint (swipe)|
|Colors:||Black, Gold, White||Black, Gold, Blue, White|
|Rugged:||Water, Dust resistant|
|IP certified:||IP 67|
|Physical size:||5.1 inches||5.2 inches|
|Resolution:||1080 x 1920 pixels||720 x 1280 pixels|
|Pixel density:||432 ppi||282 ppi|
|Technology:||Super AMOLED||Super AMOLED|
|Screen-to-body ratio:||69.76 %||70.63 %|
|Features:||Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 3), Light sensor, Proximity sensor||Light sensor, Proximity sensor|
|Front-facing camera:||2.1 megapixels||5 megapixels|
|Back-facing camera:||16 megapixels||13 megapixels|
|Shooting Modes:||Burst mode, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Night mode, Scenes, Effects||Burst mode, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Effects|
|Settings:||Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets||Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets|
|Software Features:||Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging||Touch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging|
|Hardware Features:||Autofocus (Phase detection), Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)||Autofocus, CMOS image sensor|
|Focal length (35mm equivalent):||28 mm||31 mm|
|Camcorder:||3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)|
|System chip:||Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 8916|
|Processor:||Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400||Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit|
|Graphics processor:||Adreno 330||Adreno 306|
|System memory:||2GB RAM||2GB RAM|
|Maximum User Storage:||10.9 GB|
|Storage expansion:||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 128 GB||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 128 GB|
|Type:||User replaceable, Li - Ion||User replaceable, Li - Ion|
|Stand-by time:||16.2 days (390 hours)|
|Talk time:||21.00 hours||21.00 hours|
|Talk time (3G):||21.00 hours||21.00 hours|
|3G:||11 hours||11 hours|
|LTE:||13 hours||13 hours|
|Wi-fi:||14 hours||14 hours|
|Music playback:||67.00 hours||71.00 hours|
|Video playback:||13.00 hours||17.00 hours|
|Mirroring:||MHL||Wireless screen share|
|Music player:||Album, Artist, Genre, Playlists Album art cover, Background playback||Album, Artist, Genre, Playlists Album art cover, Background playback|
|Speakers:||Earpiece, Loudspeaker||Earpiece, Loudspeaker|
|Additional microphone(s)||for Noise cancellation, Video recording|
|GSM:||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
|UMTS:||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz|
|LTE (FDD):||Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20||Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20|
|LTE (TDD):||Bands 40|
|Data:||LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS|
|Sensors:||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Pedometer, Compass, Hall, Gesture, Barometer, Step detector, Step counter||Accelerometer, Hall|
|Notifications:||Service lights, Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone||Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone|
|Other Features:||Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording||Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording|
|Wi-fi:||802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual-band||802.11 b, g, n|
|USB:||USB 3.0||USB 2.0|
|Connector:||microUSB Mass storage device, USB charging,USB HOST||microUSB Mass storage device, USB charging|
|Positioning:||GPS, A-GPS, Glonass||GPS, A-GPS, Glonass|
|Navigation:||Turn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation||Turn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation|
|Other:||NFC, ANT+, Infrared, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync||ANT+, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync|
|Officially announced:||24 Feb 2014||28 Mar 2016|
|Price Range:||about $223||about $155|
|Head:||1.20 W/kg||0.45 W/kg|
|Body:||1.58 W/kg||1.17 W/kg|
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