The Samsung Galaxy S5 defintely set the bar high, boasting a 2.5GHz Quad-Core Processor and a 16MP Camera and its IP67 Water + Dust Resistance. But how does its new ‘little’ brother compare?

The Pros of the Samsung Galaxy S5

The S5 sports a 2,800mAh battery, which completly overthrows the new Alpha, with only 1,860mAh, meaning you can keep connected for longer. On the back of the box, Samsung states: “The GALAXY S5 is here to take your powers to the next

The S5 fits comfortably in any hand.

The S5 fits comfortably in any hand.

level, to maximise your potential.” What’s the most interesting part about this? The Alpha has no mention about maximimising your potential, leading me to think that it is aimed at a whole different audience. Another plus about the S5 is its crystal clear FULL HD Super AMOLED display, with a 1080p resolution, compared to a 720p display the S5 wins this battle. 16MP in a camera on a smart phone is something that still manages to amaze me – however, the Alpha only has a 12MP front camera; the S5’s low light condition camera is super-effective and makes photos look incredible! The Alpha doesn’t quite compare to this. Not to mention the 0.4 inch bigger display, when in hand this makes quite a difference. The custom Samsung Android OS ‘Touch Wizz’ looks so much more spread out and organised on the S5, but on the Alpha all the buttons and settings look a bit cramped. The Alpha is not water resistant, to start – which is mildly unappealing for somebody like me who likes to use their phone under the rainfall. The S5 includes a barometer which can measure the atmospheric pressure; not that anybody needs that, but the feature is always there to those who do.

The Pros of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Compared to the S5, the Alpha includes a ‘virtual-tour’ camera setting, meaning you can create Google Map-Styled Panoramas, the S5 includes a panorama setting, but it’s nothing compared to the Alpha’s. The built-in browser for the Alpha supports Flash video, whereas the S5 doesn’t, something which appeals to many. The SIM type of an Alpha is NANO, which for many future proofers out there is the best SIM card you can get currently. The Alpha’s screen may be smaller, and sport a lower resoultion; but it boasts the most colour-accurate out of the two devices, meaning those keen photographers who edit on the move have much more ability with the Alpha. The Alpha also uses a full metal body, compared to a mixture of metal and plastic – for some this may be better, and for some this may be uncomfortable. Another addition to the Alpha is the double sized storage, 32GB.

Personal Opinion

With the Alpha, to me it feels just too light, I constantly feel worried that I am about to drop it, and it just feels uncomfortable in the hand. Now this may be different for other people, but the Samsung Galaxy S5 feels much more sturdy in the hand, and I don’t have to feel worried about dropping it. The larger screen makes items easy on the eye and not have to squint at them, it also makes the apps and music etc. you have downloaded easier to see as they’re more spread out. When everyone hates that plastic, I prefer the S5. In my opinion, the S5’s back looks much better than Alpha, just the S5’s front side looks pretty old and known from previous Samsung devices.  The Alpha feels like premium mid-ranger, whilst the S5 feels more flagmanish.

With both of these devices you get identical features. These include, the heart sensor, stress sensor, pedometer, 4G connectivity and more.


So, what do I buy?

Personally, I recommend Vodafone for pay-monthly contracts. With the best UK coverage and especially the best 4G coverage, with plans for the newest phones  starting from just £30.


Samsung Galaxy Alpha 32GB – Plans starting from £30.50


Samsung Galaxy S5 16GB – Plans starting from £34.50


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