Five days ago, I penned Five reasons to buy a OnePlus One over a Samsung Galaxy S5, an admittedly one-sided feature praising the spanking new start-up smartphone, and suggesting that it might be a more sensible purchase over the latest Sammo flagship.
In the interest of fairness, here are Five reasons to buy a Samsung Galaxy S5 over a OnePlus One. Y’know, assuming you have a spare £500+ down the back of your couch.
1. It’s Samsung
Amusingly, Jan chimed in last week with a sixth reason to buy a OnePlus One over a Samsung Galaxy S5: It’s NOT Samsung.
But hey, with Samsung, you know what you’re getting, and that includes a good year-and-a-bit of official software support. Likewise, if the sh*t hits the fan for reasons beyond your control, you know Samsung will be there, obliged to clean up its mess for at least a year.
Conversely, the OnePlus One is the start-up’s first smartphone. We don’t know for sure that they’ll be around next month – never mind next year.
2. It has the best smartphone display EVER
Yes, according to DisplayMate’s President, Dr Raymond M. Soneira, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has the best smartphone display he’s come across to date.
Ray yells: “Based on our extensive Lab tests and measurements, the Galaxy S5 is the Best performing Smartphone display that we have ever tested. It has a long list of new records for best Smartphone display performance including: Highest Brightness, Lowest Reflectance, Highest Color Accuracy, Infinite Contrast Ratio, Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light, and smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle.”
Admittedly the OnePlus One wasn’t available when the good doctor penned the above paragraph, but it’s probably safe to say the Samsung Galaxy S5’s record is safe. Er, probably.
3. It has a removable battery
If you’re in it for the long haul, chances are you’re going to want a removable battery, lest you suddenly find yourself struggling to get through the day on a single charge.
Also on the battery note, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has something called Ultra Power Saving Mode, which claims to milk a further 24 hours from your phone by turning the display black and white, and locking down the phone save for a handful of critical functions. Neat.
4. It has a microSD slot
The OnePlus One comes with a choice of 16GB or 64GB internal storage, but unfortunately there’s no option to build on that via microSD.
Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S5 ships with either 16GB or 32GB storage, with the microSD slot welcoming anything up to 128GB of additional storage. That’s a hypothetical maximum of 32 + 128 = 160GB.
5. It comes with a whole bunch of free stuff
Uhm, yeah, maybe I am struggling to come up with a fifth reason, but if you’re forking out in the region of £530 for a Samsung Galaxy S5, it might ease the pain to know you’re getting a significant crateful of free stuff.
The most notable are probably a 12-month subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek, a 6-month subscription to The Wall Street Journal, and 50GB of free Dropbox storage for two years.
It’s worth noting too that the OnePlus One probably won’t be available on contract, which means your only option is to pay for it up front. Meanwhile, a decent Samsung Galaxy S5 contract will effectively let you pay for the phone in instalments.
As I said last week, we’ll have to wait and see what happens with OnePlus. We’d be reluctant to jump on board right now, but if they do make a proper go of it, in future, it’ll be incredibly difficult to justify paying more than £300 for a high-end phone.