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Apple vs. Samsung: Who really has the next big thing?


Apple vs. Samsung:  Who really has the next big thing?

It seems like it has been going on forever, and for that reason, anyone can identify the rivalry between Apple and Samsung.  After the creation of Samsung’s S4, the controversy suddenly went from lukewarm to a boil.  The S4 offered a massive screen for a phone, a great android-based operating system, and a large audience.  As a result, Samsung pushed Apple into a record-breakingly low sales pace. That is, until the the iPhone 6 was created.

The iPhone 6

Stats:  You can definitely give the phone many names, but to Apple, the new phone essentially became a “messiah” for the previously dragging corporation, reaching two million reservations in just six hours. According to Cnet, the iPhone 6 shows off a bigger phone, a more modern interface with its new operating system iOS 8, a much faster a8 processor than those used in its last series of devices and much more.

My Comments:  Oh my goodness did the phone feel good.  It feels just like an iPod.  In controversy of “bending phones”, the phone casing is fairly sturdy.  To test the new a8 processor, I opened six high-capacity apps, browsed the Internet, opened iTunes music, and sent an audio message without lag.  The graphics were stunning, and the preinstalled corporate apps were visually appealing with casually modern design concepts.

The Samsung Galaxy S5

Stats:  The Galaxy S5, even though it may not seem like a large change, has to be one of the largest risks that Samsung has ever taken.  Techwise, the phone was reinvented with a new processor and a new operating system (4.4 KitKat).  Even though the changes sound amazing, the S5 did not necessarily make a turn for the better.

My Comments:  Issues appeared at first sight.  Despite having a new processor, the interface can have a notable lag.  The newer processor probably helps out with the issue, so it may just be a technical issue with the new software.  After being highly disappointed by a few other issues, I checked the data usage, and my mind was blown away by how little space the 40 or more apps installed took up (just over 2GB; this also includes music, pictures, and other installations).  And the appearance of the interface was really formal.  I was relieved at that point until I saw that the battery on the device.  It was not so good.

The issues that Samsung had were not catastrophic, but there were quite a bit of them.  Even with that said, there were a few major improvements made.

My Final Decision
The iPhone definitely made a shocking recovery from it last model, according to statistics and what I had to experience.  Apple absolutely shows a promising sign for the future.  On the other side of the argument, the S5 showed a lot of minor bugs.  The two major fixes that made the S5 an improvement would be a new memory system and a formal layout that may appeal to many businesses.

If you prefer a casual phone for doing mostly casual activities and an occasional call, the iPhone is the way to steer.  But for a business optimized system, or for storing plenty of data on, the S5 will be sure to please.

For more information on the iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S5, check out reviews by Cnet on their website:

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