iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Speed Test, Specs; New Videos Show Comparisons

October 2, 2014 Updated: October 2, 2014

The iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 got several new comparison videos.

Both videos appeared to show the iPhone 6 outperforming the Galaxy S5.


 “Unsurprisingly, considering what recent benchmark tests for the new iPhones have shown, the iPhone 6 easily wins the speed test, with the HTC One (M8) coming in second place. Of the two top Android handsets, the HTC One (M8) turned out to put up a much better fight than the Galaxy S5, although it didn’t manage to outperform the new iPhone,” says BGR about the speed tests.

“In total, the iPhone took 1 minute 55 seconds to load and multitask between the 30 apps tested, whereas the M8 was about 10 seconds slower. The Galaxy S5 lagged significantly, taking over a minute longer than the iPhone to complete the test at 2 minutes 58 seconds,” writes 9to5Mac regarding one “real-world” test.

About screens, Yahoo says: “The iPhones are brighter and slightly more color-accurate, but the Galaxy is plenty bright and accurate enough in its own right. Resolution and pixel density, despite seeming like a big Galaxy advantage, is good enough on all four to be essentially moot. The biggest visual advantage the Samsung brings to bear is contrast, thanks to the perfect black levels of its OLED screen. Much as it is with TVs, that advantage is enough to make it the best-looking phone screen we’ve tested yet, and slightly better than the iPhones 6 and 6 Plus.”


AP – FBI chief: Apple, Google phone encryption perilous  

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI director on Thursday criticized the decision by Apple and Google to encrypt smartphones data so it can be inaccessible to law enforcement, even with a court order.

James Comey told reporters at FBI headquarters that U.S. officials are in talks with the two companies, which he accused of marketing products that would let people put themselves beyond the law’s reach.

Comey cited child-kidnapping and terrorism cases as two examples of situations where quick access by authorities to information on cellphones can save lives. Comey did not cite specific past cases that would have been more difficult for the FBI to investigate under the new policies, which only involve physical access to a suspect’s or victim’s phone when the owner is unable or unwilling to unlock it for authorities.

“What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to hold themselves beyond the law,” Comey said. At another point, he said he feared a moment when “when people with tears in their eyes look at me and say, ‘What do you mean you can’t?'”

Comey said he was gathering more information about the issue and would have more to say about it later.

An FBI spokesman Thursday was not able to immediately amplify Comey’s remarks.

Both Apple and Google announced last week that their new operating systems will be encrypted, or rendered in code, by default. Law enforcement officials could still intercept conversations but might not be able to access call data, contacts, photos and email stored on the phone.

Even under the new policies, law enforcement could still access a person’s cellphone data that has been backed up to the companies’ online-storage services. They could also still retrieve real-time phone records and logs of text messages to see whom a suspect was calling or texting, and they could still obtain wiretaps to eavesdrop on all calls made with the phones.

Apple, in an explanation of its new policy, says on its website that on devices running its new operating system, “your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes and reminders is placed under the protection of your passcode. Unlike our competitors, Applecannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession.”