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Samsung Galaxy S5 review: Fab Five

Samsung Galaxy S5 review: Fab Five - read the full textEvery time the Samsung Galaxy S counter flips a digit, the world is getting ready to be amazed. The lineup that stood up to the iPhone and has been pulling Android to the very top of the food chain, is under new leadership effective last month...

 

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*The following is my opinion. I am not joining the hate train or following the hype, this is my standalone opinion*

I don't like it. Seriously, what the hell?! This is nothing much different from the S4 (apart from the back, which is UGLY)! Also the steen is... .1 inch bigger?? OMG Samsung; you could of at least made it .2/.3 inches bigger! And I have to argue on the 2K display everyone is talking about. They would have to make a big battery in order to power it, and I don't think they had the resources to do that. But what I can understand is why it has 4K recording when the screen is on 1080 x 1920. What, I don't understand. Does Samsung expect everyone to have a 4K TV? Also another thing is the heart rate monitor. I'm actually confused; is this a fitness and health device or a smartphone? And also, there are apps on the App Store/Play Store that make apps like that. So the heart rate monitor is pointless. Once again Samsung has added gimmicks that not everyone will use. Also PLASTIC again?? What happened to the metal version?! Yes, I know the 2012 Nexus had a dotted cover, but it just doesn't work with the GS5. And no OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation)? Looks like my pictures will be blurry as hell. And when I was using a retail unit, I couldn't find the Widget folder in the app draw, which frustrated me a bit.

The above is MY opinion and MY opinion only. There will be people who like it and hate it. But I am not joining either trains. I know I'm probably going to get hate replies but I will just ignore them, probably because they will be hardcore Samsung fanboys that can't stand one hate comment on there phones. I was a former Apple fanboy, then I used Android and now I use both iOS and Android. I hate Blackberry all together. There phones are just for council estate gangsters and gangs (especially the 9320, which I see a lot with Chavs).

But there are some GOOD things I like about the phone. Like the new Touchwiz for example, it looks a lot more flatter and stylish. And the extra 3MP to the camera is good. And the new Over The Horizon is just beautiful... No doubt, it is beautiful.

But in my opinion, I won't be buying it. I think it's just a minor upgrade to the S4. I think of it as a Galaxy S4s/Galaxy S4 Active S. So sorry Samsung, I will pass.

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  • 2014-04-08 07:54
  • nGgb

Within the next couple hours...and in the next couple days...
This page will be a huge battle ground of some extreme hate.

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  • 2014-04-08 07:25
  • 4QSR

I don't think they account for the auto brightness feature with the S4, Note 3, or S5 in which sunlight legibility increases significantly.

The only true "bad" thing I see is that they stuck to 2GB of ram. Not a huge deal. But when the Note 3 offers 3gb, they sell 3gb chips to others like Sony and so forth, and they have 4GB chips releasing soon...Why did they stick to the 2gb??

Other than that way better than people gave it credit for.
I would however love to see Samsung move back to dual speaker set up. Or even be among the few to use quad. And be among the first to make sure each individual speaker is a top performer.

One last part. I commend them for how clean the audio is. However while volume levels are not bad why are they not better? Even on the Note 2 you can increase the volume of speaker and headphone quite a bit without major loss. So even if they only increase it some it would still remain amazing. Especially with those wonderful wolfsan chips.

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  • 2014-04-08 07:23
  • 4QSR

> In reply to DM @ 2014-04-08 06:52 from wdRM - click to readWhy does all Lumia, Iphone, Xperia, and new HTC design all look the same?

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  • 2014-04-08 07:17
  • 4QSR

> In reply to tech freaky @ 2014-04-08 06:41 from rAfp - click to readSo because it's cheaper it's better???
That's about as smart as people that claim something is better/better quality just because it costs more.

Think more logically.

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  • 2014-04-08 07:17
  • 4QSR

Didnt talk about the overpricing , todays trend in smart phones is not the features but the price . Secondly design isnt such a great improvement either , Quite frankly this is the worst looking flagship around . The only advantage i can see in this phone is the removable battery . Good review though , covered almost everything but so many superlatives used .

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  • 2014-04-08 07:14
  • uvnU

Why does all Samsung phone looks the same ??

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  • 2014-04-08 06:52
  • wdRM

> In reply to [deleted post]awww...look at the haters. Pathetic really.

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  • 2014-04-08 06:43
  • M2JQ

Nexus5 is faar better than this $hit & it comes with 350$ Price tag

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  • 2014-04-08 06:41
  • rAfp

After reading this little lot - it's a better piece of kit than I originally thought.
Need to have a hands-on - but living in Canada - I won't hold my breath :'S

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  • 2014-04-08 06:30
  • IxjA

The s5 is seriously overpriced in India@51500. The note3neo is a good 19k below that. The heart rate monitor is actually a joke.

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  • 2014-04-08 06:21
  • HsJ3

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