Samsung Galaxy S5 review
The first thing you notice about Samsung Galaxy S5 is that the build is certainly an enhancement over everything that Samsung has done this far. It comes with lots of new features, in comparison with the S4, its predecessor and when measured up to other flagships. The Finger Scanner and the heartbeat sensor, for instance, are unique to the Galaxy S5. In addition, the quad core Snapdragon 805 processor, which operates at a blistering 2.5GHz adds LTE-A download speeds, and a 4K video recording, to this already superb handset.
This chip, combined with 2GB RAM, means this phone should not have any problem running any app that you throw at it smoothly. The lack of a metallic casing is a real shame, since the rest of the hardware is very complicated to fault, at the initial glance at least. Let us dive deeper into the Samsung Galaxy S5 review.
The screen, a 5.1 inch Full-HD Super AMOLED display, is quite impressive. It utilizes an intelligent dimming system which analyses the immediate environment to create precise brightness setup for such conditions. Then there is a 16 megapixels camera. What can be noticed immediately is how fast the camera is. Everything from boot, to focus, to the amount of time taken to store and save the photos, was very quick. Functions such as background defocus once you take a photo are quite nice. However, Samsung has focused on the quality here instead of unnecessary features.
In actual fact, the entire device feels more as if Samsung worked on polishing things, instead of going on a specs chase. Samsung Galaxy S4 was rather fast enough, therefore instead the work carried out here has been on the end-user experience. The phone comes with the Android 4.4 KitKat and a newer version of Samsung TouchWiz interface. In terms of the User Interface and the general look and feel of Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung has finally discarded its rather chintzy and old fashioned looking set of icons. Now one gets a fresh, clean and simple look which modernizes the Galaxy setup.
Just like the iPhone 5S, the fingerprint scanner functions by scanning your fingerprints and keeping the phone secure. It is at first impressive, but it is a feature that is rarely used. Then you have a heart rate monitor, which relate with Samsung’s new choice of Gear products. It delivers a much more precise fitness experience than many competing devices. There is a choice between 16 GB and 32 GB of expandable storage. You could also add up to 64 GB extra through a microSD, and there is a micro-USB 3.0 port for quicker transfer speeds.
Meanwhile, a 2800mAh battery should be enough to power the phone for a day (21 hours of talk time). As with the previous Galaxy S phones it is swappable. The black version certainly comes out best on closer assessment in terms of color choice. The bottom line is that Samsung has reworked the user experience more than it has with regards to the spec sheet. This is certainly not a bad thing.