Yesterday we picked up the new Galaxy S5. Find out what we think of it in this review of the new Galaxy S series cell phone.
If you think the Galaxy S4 was too little of a change design vice compared to the Galaxy S3 you are in for a big disappointment. The Galaxy S5 looks so much like the S4 you will be hard pressed to tell them apart seen from the front.
Turn it over on it’s back though, and you will see that the cover plate design is copied from the Galaxy Note 3. If you were hoping for a metal or carbon phone from Samsung this time you are in for another blow. If you can live with the fact that the S5 is made from plastic, it is still a great looking phone.
When will the Galaxy s5 be available for sale.
In case you have missed it, the S5 had it’s official release date on April 11. th 2014. This means that you can go to a local store and pick one up right now. So far all I have seen in all of the stores is the charcoal black and the shimmery white color options. As always Samsung has chosen to make available two color options at the release date. Hopefully the electric blue and the copper gold will be here soon.
Galaxy s5 Software features.
One of the things that has separated Samsung from other manufacturers like Sony and HTC lately is their focus on the software features that they always seem to deliver when a new phone comes out. This year though we saw a shift in focus from software to hardware features. This does not mean they did not announce any new software improvements. Here is a list of the most important ones.
- Fast auto focus.
- Selective focus.
- Improved S-health with built in heat rate sensor.
- Download booster.
- Ultra power saving mode.
What separates the Galaxy s5 from the Galaxy s4.
I terms of looks it it pretty much the same design apart from the back cover and the USB charging port flap. Also the S5 has a slightly elevated edge around it’s screen, likely to make it more durable and to protect the screen from scratching.
In terms of the phones internals there has been no revolution, rather an evolution. A slightly faster CPU, a 0.1 inch increase in screen size, a fingerprint reader and of course the IP67 certification which proves that the S5 in in deed dust and waterproof.
Galaxy S5 VS HTC One m8.
It’s hard to write something about the new Samsung phone without mentioning the new HTC ONE M8. In terms of looks I think even the biggest Samsung fan has to admit that the ONE m8 is the better looking of the two. The aluminium body is hard to beat in terms premium looks.
In all other ways I think that the Galaxy S5 is the better alternative of the two. This is mainly due to the waterproofing Samsung has done on their new flagship Android phone. Also the screen of the S5 seems to have the edge over the HTC one M8.
Galaxy S5 hardware.
|LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)|
|5.1” FHD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080)|
|2.5GHz Quad core application processor|
|Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat)|
|16MP (rear), 2.0MP (front)|
|UHD@30fps, HDR, video stabilizationVideo Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8Video Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM|
|Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLACAudio Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA|
|HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot&More|
|IP67 Dust and water Resistant|
Ultra Power Saving Mode
S Health 3.0
|Google Mobile Services||Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube|
WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2)
Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+
USB: USB 3.0
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Hall, RGB ambient light, Gesture(IR), Finger Scanner, Heart rate sensor
Internal Memory: 16/32GB
microSD slot upto 128GB
|142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, 145g|
Standby time: 390 hrs / Talk time: 21 hrs
If you already bought it, you should check out our Galaxy S5 tutorials section for tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your phone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 leaked again by casemaker
Surprice surprice. Another casemaker, this time vrs design has leaked images of the soon to ...read more
Lots of images of the Samsung Galaxy s7 Olympic games edition
Samsung has finally revealed the highly anticipated olympic games edition of the Galaxy S7, Check ...read more
Top new features of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Now we all know the hottest devices in the smartphone world right now are the ...read more
This is the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge
It’s been a year since MWC 2015 was held at Barcelona, and here we are ...read more