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If you haven’t already, check out my latest up-to-date article on the 10 Reasons Why an Android Phone is Better Than an iPhone which also includes a comparison table between the latest flagship phones from Samsung and Apple!
This post is focused on a comparison between 4 of the current flagship phones for Apple, Samsung, LG, and HTC. The phone comparison is the Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G3 vs HTC One (M8). Below you will see a table with all their specs laid out. If you’re debating about which phone to get, this spec list should help determine what phone has what you want:
|Apple iPhone 6||Samsung Galaxy S5||LG G3||HTC One (M8)|
|Operating system||iOS 8||Android 4.4 (KitKat)||Android 4.4 (KitKat)||Android 4.4 (KitKat)|
|Processor||Dual-core 2GHz Apple A8||Quad-core 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801||Quad-core 2.46 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801||Quad-core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801|
|RAM||1 GB||2 GB||2 GB||2 GB|
|Screen size||4.7 in||5.1 in||5.5 in||5.0 in|
|Screen resolution||1334 x 750||1920 x 1080||2560 x 1440||1920 x 1080|
|Rear camera, video||8 megapixels; 1080p HD video||16 megapixels; 4K HD video||13 megapixels; 4K HD video||4 megapixels; Duo camera; 1080p HD video|
|Front-facing camera||1.2 megapixels||2.0 megapixels||2.1 megapixels||5.0 megapixels|
|Flash||Dual LED||LED||Dual LED||Dual LED|
|Memory card slot (supplied)||N/A||MicroSD||MicroSD||MicroSD|
|Size||138 x 66 x 6.9 mm||142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm||146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm||146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm|
|Weight||4.55 oz (129g)||5 oz (145g)||5.26 oz (149g)||5.64 oz (160g)|
|Battery capacity||1,810 mAh||2,800 mAh||3,000 mAh||2,600 mAh|
As you can see from the specs, each phone has a little something different to offer.
If speed is your biggest desire, you can’t go wrong with the S5, G3, or M8’s 2.3-2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor. They all have double the RAM (2 GB) compared to the iPhone 6’s 1 GB as well.
If the quality of your photos is important, you probably want to go with the Galaxy S5’s 16 megapixel camera or the LG G3’s 13 megapixel camera. The HTC One’s 5 megapixel front-facing camera is much higher than the front-facing cameras on the other 3 phones.
As far as a screen goes, the LG G3 has a QHD screen with an impressive 2560 x 1440 resolution which gives the phone 538ppi (pixels per inch). Both the S5 and the M8 have full HD 1920 x 1080 screens. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 only has a 1334 x 750 resolution screen with 326ppi.
If battery capacity is what you’re looking for, any of the Android phones (S5, G3, or M8) would be a good choice. The iPhone 6’s battery capacity just isn’t up to par (or any of the iPhone’s specs for that matter).
If thinness and weight is a big factor for you, this is the only place the iPhone 6 wins. However, it is only about 1mm thinner and 0.45 ounces lighter than the Galaxy S5.
The Galaxy S5 is the only phone of the 4 listed that is water and dust resistant. This could be a major factor for some people. Also, if you want a removable battery, then the only two phones to offer that are the Galaxy S5 and the LG G3. All the phones offer NFC (Near Field Communication) and support 4G. If you want an external memory slot for a microSD card, then you have to go with one of the Android phones because Apple has never offered that. Lastly, all the phones except for the S5 offer a Dual LED rather than a single LED for the camera flash.