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Samsung Galaxy S5

Phone Specs

  • Released: Yes 27 March 2014
  • OS: Android (4.4.2) TouchWiz UI
  • Dimensions: 5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1)
  • Weight: 5.11 oz (145 g) the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
  • Screen Size: 5.1 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Pixel Concentration: 432 ppi
  • Camera Res: 16 megapixels
  • Computer Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC
  • Computer Processor: Quad core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400
  • Graphics Chip: Adreno 330
  • Phone Memory: 2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR3
  • Phone Capacity: 16 GB
  • Expandable Capacity: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 128 GB
  • Battery Standby Time: 16.2 days (390 hours) the average is 21 days (493 h)
  • Camcorder Res: 3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps)
  • Front Camera Res: 2.1 megapixels
  • Available Colours: Black, Yellow, Blue, White

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review<%2Fh2>

Forget any iOS vs. Android feuds: what’s hot at the minute is Samsung’s relatively recent announcement regarding the release of the Galaxy S5, yet another of their flagship models that hopes to trump not only its predecessor, but also to act as a desirable alternative to any other Android-based smartphone that may wish to encroach on Samsung’s market share.<%2Fp>Compare Best Samsung Galaxy S5 Offers

Unlike the time of the original Galaxy S, the S2, and to an extent the S3, today’s smartphone market is more crowded than ever since you’ve got Apple, Sony, LG, Google, Huawei, Motorola, and many, many more manufacturers competing for the increasingly divided attention of the average smartphone user. The Galaxy S5 is by no means a phone that will deliver ground-breaking features, a staggeringly fresh design, or even the fastest performance out there;it is<%2Fem> a phone that improves heavily upon the S4 however, and it does so in terms of performance, design (to an extent), battery life, and some innovative features that would turn the head of any smartphone user.<%2Fp>

For a start, the Galaxy S5’s design will probably be an issue that will please some, annoy others, and be irrelevant to the rest. In spite of rumours floating around the net that the S5 would have an all-metal build, we see the return of the polycarbonate casing that is so indicative of Samsung’s S range of phones. It should be noted that what once felt like a cheap and even budget-like phone now feels more premium and solid in the hand. No longer do we have the tacky faux-leather backing: the backing now has a soft-feeling, dimpled design that makes it feel more stable in the hand and more worth the money from your wallet. The phone is also waterproof and dustproof to an IP67 standard<%2Fa> and the only connector you’ll see is the USB 3.0 hidden under a port cover on the bottom of the phone. It’s the most hardwearing and robust Galaxy S model yet, and it is also the most premium-feeling, and so it should if the price of previous Galaxy S models is any indicator of how much the S5 will cost (hopefully talk of the 16GB model checking in at around £540<%2Fa> have some truth to them).<%2Fp>

The S5’s screen looks as premium as the phone feels: it’s 5.1 inches making it very slightly larger than its predecessor;it also sports the same 1080p resolution as its predecessor (don’t worry, you won’t notice the minute drop in pixel density that results from the identical resolution with increased screen size). Though there were rumours of the S5 having a quad-HD display, these did feel a little farfetched, even for smartphone speculation which becomes notoriously wilder as release dates get closer.<%2Fp>

You can expect a quad performance from the phone’s CPU, however. The 2.5gHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor makes this an extremely speedy phone capable of handling most any applications you can possibly hope to run in a mobile capacity. The 2GB of RAM also allow the phone some breathing room and will ensure no lag or delay can be felt when browsing through some heavy-handed applications as well. The Android 4.4 KitKat<%2Fa> OS is present here and accompanied by a much-revamped version of Samsung’s TouchWiz software –these improvements are welcomed and what once felt like a bloated and gimmicky piece of software now runs more smoothly and navigates in a much smarter way.<%2Fp>

The 16 megapixel camera is most definitely an improvement on its predecessor and also trumps much of the competition as well. The true beauty of the camera is in its different features rather than the raw megapixel count, however: an advanced HDR mode, post-shot focus capability, and a super-fast auto-focus (letting you snap shots in around 0.3 seconds) make for the best camera yet in the Galaxy S series.<%2Fp>

If you’re dying for a fingerprint sensor then the S5 definitely has one, though it isn’t the best out there by any means. It hands-down beats any rear-facing fingerprint sensor on the HTC One Max of course, but falls just short of being as impressive as the one on the iPhone 5S. Unlocking the phone is slightly slower and less accurate than the Galaxy’s Apple rival, but there is<%2Fem> the integration with Paypal which should excite many online transactioneers out there.<%2Fp>

Fitness fanatics will very much enjoy the new S Health app, as well as the heartbeat sensor which can detect the beats per minute of your heart so long as you don’t mind holding up your finger against the camera. This sort of defeats the purpose of the fitness aspect since other successful fitness tools such as Nike+ are passive in nature;they work much more effectively when you don’t have to go out of your way to use them. I’ve neglected talking about the battery since it ties in with another of the S5’s software inclusions: a battery-life extender of sorts. Switching on the ultra power-saving mode decreases resolution and allows to choose between a few apps that don’t drain power too much. This works very effectively, especially when you already have a powerful 2800mAh battery powering the phone.<%2Fp>

The Galaxy S5 isn’t by any means a phone to shatter expectations. Instead, it offers Galaxy S veterans what the S4 didn’t: a focus on useful applications and improvements as well as a likeable design upgrade and improvements where they matter the most. The only true disappointment is that the chip architecture isn’t 64-bit, but the impressively low price and swift CPU the phone has should somewhat make up for this. <%2Fp>

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