Samsung Galaxy S5

 
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S5

 
Overview
 

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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.
 
Design
83%


 
Display
91%


 
Camera
91%


 
Audio
84%


 
Call Reception & Quality
90%


 
Battery
89%


 
UI Speed
90%


 
Overall Experience
90%


 
Value
89%


 
Total Score
89%


User Rating
2 total ratings

 

Positives


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

Negatives


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.


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Posted April 5, 2014 by

 
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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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