Galaxy Alpha + Galaxy S5

Plastic versus metal, see how the Alpha stacks up side by side with the Galaxy S5

IFA 2014 Samsung's other latest device, the Galaxy Alpha, is doing the rounds publicly at IFA 2014 and as such we've snagged ourselves a quick look. More specifically we've sized up the 4.7-inch, metal framed Galaxy against it's older, bigger brother, the Galaxy S5. We know the Alpha is smaller and has a lower resolution display. But is that noticeable, and how much smaller is it?

You can use the images in the gallery below to judge for yourselves on the size, but there's certainly a clear difference in both the width and the height of the two. The Galaxy Alpha actually feels pretty compact to hold, though that flat metal frame and flat rear combined together does make it less comfortable than the Galaxy S5.

The difference in screen resolution isn't really noticeable, 720p at the size of the Alpha isn't horrible. On the software front it's pretty much Touchwiz is as Touchwiz does. The Alpha is running on Android 4.4.4 while we're still waiting on that for the Galaxy S5, but aside from that you're hard pushed to see much of a difference between the two.

Check out the rest of the side by side images in the gallery below.


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Samsung Galaxy Alpha versus Galaxy S5: Quick comparison


you cant remove touchwiz bloat without flashing custom ROM. Then if have to flash Cutom ROM its better to buy a Nexus

Some would prefer the better build quality, removable battery and better camera of a Samsung.

And you can remove whatever you want if you have root.

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Samsung doesnt have a better build quality. they are just plastic and many would agree on that.
you need removable battery on samsung since bloatware would drain you battery that running stock.

Lol. The "bloatware" isn't as invasive as you'd like to believe. Clearly, Samsung is doing something right considering their current position in the Android world.

The phone isn't for you. We get it. Want a box of Kleenex?

Posted from my TARDIS!

I have a s5 and a heavy user but I am not aware of this "battery drain" plus nexus phones aren't for everyone. You are better to go with the note series, even if it is loaded with bloatware you still get double the storage than the average phone on the market (note 3 or 4)

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It's no problem at all the flash custom ROMs on Samsung devices. They sell so many of them, there are lots of ROM choices, both AOSP and Touchwiz based. And with a Samsung device, you get decent battery life and a decent camera, too.

With both in the office, I am not impressed with the S5 (I don't like it), but the Google Edition S4 is a quality phone in comparison and after getting the S5 later, I didn't want to switch, so I am sticking with this one; even if it is a free upgrade through work for me here. But I will wait out till next year and potentially jump ship to a Moto something.

The new Moto X is really disappointing to me. Basically the same hardware as the S5 without a smaller, nonremovable battery and no SD card.

Software is what truly sets them apart.

>I'm the kind of guy who stops a microwave at one second to feel like a bomb defuser.

What? Samsung's plastic bodied phone is more comfortable to hold than the metal-framed Alpha? How DARE you say something positive about Samsung's traditional plastic build?