PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Alpha

Performance

Processing power and speed

Geekbench

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from pocket-lint.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com, phonearena.com, fudzilla.com and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S5 vs Alpha

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy S5
2,804
Galaxy Alpha
3,092

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S5

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Much better theoretical download speed 150 Mb/s vs 21.1 Mb/s More than 7x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Significantly faster processor 2.5 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 40% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720 2.2x higher resolution
Sharper screen 431 ppi vs 312 ppi Around 40% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
More battery capacity 2,800 mA·h vs 1,860 mA·h More than 50% more battery capacity
Higher resolution front camera 16 MP vs 12 MP Around 35% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Bigger screen 5.1" vs 4.7" Around 10% bigger screen
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Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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More cores Octa core vs Quad core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Lighter 115 g vs 145 g More than 20% lighter
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Thinner 6.7 mm vs 8.1 mm More than 15% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S5  vs Alpha 

8.0
8.0
Viewing angles are extremely wide, and brightness, once Super AMOLED's Achilles' heel, is improved.
Galaxy S5

7.9
8.8
So you have to choose – either the compact size and premium construction of the Alpha, or the better specs and features of the larger but not as premium Galaxy S5.
Galaxy Alpha

Overall

8.0 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S5  vs
Alpha 
Type Super AMOLED AMOLED
Size 5.1" 4.7"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
Multitouch Yes N/A
PPI 431 ppi 312 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 2.5 GHz 1.8 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Octa core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 32 GB

photo & video

Camera 16 MP 12 MP
Resolution 16 MP 12 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2.1 MP 2.1 MP
Video resolution 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
LTE Cat 4 (150/)
LTE Cat3
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE-A Cat 6 (300/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 1,260 min 660 min
Capacity 2,800 mA·h 1,860 mA·h

form factor

Galaxy S5  vs
Alpha 
Weight 145 g 115 g
Thickness 8.1 mm 6.7 mm
Size 72.5 x 142 x 8.1 mm 65.5 x 132.4 x 6.7 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.4.2 Android 5.1
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Samsung Galaxy S5
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