Ok, ok, before I get started I should stress that there are obviously several reasons to buy a Samsung Galaxy S5 over a OnePlus One, and indeed, in the interest of fairness, I might well pen a feature detailing those reasons. Er, next week.
In the meantime, it’s death to the Samsung Galaxy S5, and bring on the OnePlus One, baby; five reasons to shun the former and embrace the latter.
1. Big, tough display
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 5.1in 1080p Super AMOLED display (432PPI), while the OnePlus One weighs in with a 5.5in 1080p LTPS IPS with TOL (OK, “RAOFLMAO”) display (401PPI).
The interesting part there for the OnePlus One is its TOL technology, which stands for Touch On Lens. Essentially, the distance between the touch sensors and the display panel is reduced, yielding a display that’s significantly more shatterproof.
IPS (in-plane switching) of course means sexy viewing angles, while LTPS stands for Low Temperature Polysilicone.
2. More RAM
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has 2GB of RAM, compared to 3GB of RAM on the OnePlus One.
To be fair, the Samsung Galaxy S5 seems to get by just fine with 2GB of RAM, and it’s not clear if the OnePlus One actually needs 3GB of RAM. But on paper, at least, it’s another victory for the OnePlus One.
3. Bigger battery
Another on-paper victory here for the OnePlus One, which has a 3,100mAh battery compared to 2,800mAh on the Samsung Galaxy S5.
In the interest of this admittedly one-sided feature (again: I’ll give the Samsung Galaxy S5 similarly favourable treatment next week), I don’t want to hear anything about the S5’s Ultra Power Saving Mode. Or the fact that its battery is removable. No sir.
4. CyanogenMod 11S
The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with TouchWiz atop KitKat Android 4.4, and all the silly software features and apps we’ve come to know and, er, expect from Samsung. Yes, it might be more scaled back compared to the bloat-heavy Samsung Galaxy S4, but it’s still TouchWiz.
For our money, we’d much rather have the stock-like experience offered by CyanogenMod 11S, which was developed specifically for the OnePlus One.
5. The price
Here’s one comparison where all subjectivity is cast aside: any way you look at it, the OnePlus One is significantly cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Specifically, OnePlus One price comes in at £229 for the 16GB Silk White model, rising just £40 to £269 for the 64GB Sandstone Grey.
As for Samsung’s flagship, the best Galaxy S5 SIM free deal we’re seeing at the moment is probably over at giffgaff, where the phone costs £529. For the mathematically challenged, that’s a whopping £300 more than the 16GB OnePlus One. Heck, you could buy a 16GB and 64GB OnePlus One over a Samsung Galaxy S5 and still have £31 left over.
Joking aside, there are obviously reasons to go for the OnePlus One and the Galaxy S5, but even putting one’s faith in tried and trusted Samsung, is the latter really worth more than twice the price?
It’s a similar case with the £100 Motorola Moto G, which has seriously made people question if any phone is genuinely worth £500 – never mind the 64GB iPhone 5s at £709 (ouch).
Of course, it remains to be seen how much life the whole OnePlus thing has in it - the One being the startup's first phone. Yes, the OnePlus One has won over a lot of nerds, but it might well be tough to come by at first.
But assuming it does take off, you’d be seriously hard pushed to justify buying a Samsung Galaxy S5 over a OnePlus One.