Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S5


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The Design: All plastic design with a textured back that has thin bezels so easy to hold despite its screen size.
The Display: 5.1", Super AMOLED, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 432 ppi pixel density.
The Camera: 16MP camera, f/2.2 aperture with digital image stabilization, phase detection and touch autofocus, HDR, 4K video recording @30fps, 2.1MP front-facing camera.
The Audio: The speaker is located at the bottom of the phone and produces an average sound quality and loudness.
The Call Reception & Quality: Both good.
The Battery: Capacity: 2800 mAh. Talk time: Up to 21 hours for 3G. Standby time: Up to 390 hours for 3G.
The UI Speed: Smooth and fast, with little lag even with several demanding applications open in the background.
The Overall Experience: Samsung's flagship smartphone offering of 2014 is really just an upgrade of last year's flagship the Galaxy S4. That's not a bad thing though. So what's changed? The camera has been bumped up to 16MP and now shoots 4K video. It's still built in the same all-plastic design groove of the Galaxy S4 but now has a textured back and is dust and water resistant. It ships with the latest version of Android KitKat, has a more powerful 2.5 GHz quad-core processor and the familiar home button even doubles up as a fingerprint scanner. So, is it worth upgrading from the Galaxy S4? We don't think so, but if your contract is up for renewal or you're looking for a new Android phone, the Galaxy S5 does a lot and does it well.




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Great screen, flagship specs, lots of software value-adds, good 16MP camera, fingerprint sensor, water & dust resistant.


Some may find build quality disappointing, it should perhaps be marketed as the Samsung Galaxy S4s due to small overall upgrades over last year's Samsung flagship.

Posted April 5, 2014 by

How To Buy

Things to consider

Though the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a modern smartphone, everyone has different preferences when it comes to what they want from a smartphone. With that in mind, here are the top things we believe you should be aware of before buying the Samsung Galaxy S5:

  • The polycarbonate body of the phone is prone to chipping or scratching if dropped, put in a pocket with metal coins or keys, or handled roughly. We therefore recommend you invest in a case and screen protector (see accessories)
  • The phone’s home button is also a fingerprint sensor which can be prone to scratching and other damage so it is advisable to take extra care with this part of the phone
  • The Samsung Galaxy S5 uses a micro-SIM

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