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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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I am using Samsung galaxy S5,I am having trouble because I have downloaded different apps and is giving me a lot of problems.So I want the original apps tat belongs to Samsung.I want all the features and everything to be like the first time u buy a new S5.please help me to reset everything

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  • 2014-07-12 14:30
  • PFQH

"And pushing beyond 1080p is unlikely to produce anything but extra battery and GPU strain"

This line sounds like "DOS addresses only 1 Megabyte of RAM because we cannot imagine any applications needing more." or "No one will need more than 637 kB of memory for a personal computer".

As for the rest of the review, it's nothing short of AMAZING. GSMArena is a really great site. Thank you for all your hard work

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  • 2014-07-12 14:01
  • Nk6T

> In reply to marinkus @ 2014-06-26 18:40 from jSmY - click to readAnother Samboy not letting someone critique the device...

You Samboys make me laugh.

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  • 2014-07-12 07:41
  • nG%v

> In reply to marinkus @ 2014-06-26 18:40 from jSmY - click to readVery spot on and factual response based on what actually seems to be reality.

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  • 2014-07-10 10:01
  • 4QSR

Can somebody tell me how to connect S5 to kies

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  • 2014-06-29 01:51
  • PAvM

> In reply to DehMacLuvr @ 2014-04-08 09:27 from 9E9j - click to readThe S5's plastic build is excellent if not aesthetically pleasing. The phone doesn't creak, the buttons don't rattle, the waistline is thin, and the weight still has a solid heft while being evenly balanced. Compared to metal, plastic is lighter, better for reception, and less cost prohibitive which hopefully translates to savings for the consumer in the long run. Add to that a removable battery which is always an advantage AND hardware navigation keys. Then there's the 1080p Super Amoled wich is brighter and more accurate than the S4 (the S4 Active has an lcd screen btw, not amoled). Seriously, the S5 is not a hideous phone, and the point is moot with a case on. It looks very grown up and doesn't sacrifice usability (i.e. using a metal unibody as an excuse for no removable battery) in the name of shallow superficiality. As for that flap for the USB port, why shouldn't it be on a flagship? It has an important function, but because it doesn't look pretty it should be omitted? I can't tell if you're playing devil's advocate or a hipster that hates anything mainstream because the negatives you're pointing out are inconsequential or terribly generalized. The S5 camera takes blurry photos because of no OIS? But yet GSMARENA declares it superior to the G2's. I'd much much rather have OIS instead of a heart rate monitor though, but not to the point I look at the S5 with such disdain and deem it beneath my consideration. The screen is too small and should be increased by a few FRACTIONS of an inch? Because a 5.1" screen isnt huge? You speak of a proper flagship, so you must recognize even a 4.8" screen is already pushing the limits of what's comfy for the majority of consumers. If you truly are being objective, then recognize the S5 for it's many strengths in addition to its weaknesses.

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  • 2014-06-26 18:40
  • jSmY

guys!!!! i am gonna buy a s5 soon, wat u guys r gonna tell me????? is it okay??? or i phone 5s is better than that???

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  • 2014-06-15 18:35
  • v{uH

Samsung also blocked moving of app to SD and too the smart remote on the s5 does nt control volume on DVD player(home theatre)only the power,previous, next,pause&stop..BT it works fine on LCD.

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  • 2014-06-14 12:55
  • ftVi

> In reply to christy @ 2014-06-12 23:14 from Mgwk - click to readSomething went wrong with the recording. A glitch somewhere. Really sucks, but happens. It shouldn't happen again. If it does maybe you should try a reset or a replacement.

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  • 2014-06-14 02:05
  • 4QSR

> In reply to Proto @ 2014-06-11 10:03 from nCfr - click to readSorry. This is reality.

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  • 2014-06-14 02:03
  • 4QSR

I took some videos on my S5 this morning at my daughter's school. All play fine except the longest of them, at 12 minutes. When I Play This Video I Get A Pop Up That Tells Me Play video data only. There is no sound to this video. I am so upset as to why not.

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  • 2014-06-12 23:14
  • Mgwk

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-05-29 04:47 from 4QSR - click to readOr maybe you have to nderstand that Samsung products suffeer from extremely bad quality and virtually there is no Galaxy S4 without problems. Also there is nothing new in S5 to replace S4 but only more problems. I have S3 new because of the 2 sim cards. I tried S4 and this was the cheapes piece of plastic I ever hold in my hands. Also if you try sony or LG products for a while you will never get back to Samsung't pathetic quality and terrible design.

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  • 2014-06-11 10:03
  • nCfr

I don't have the option to schedule text messages. I can delay them, but there is no option to turn on scheduled text messages. Where do I have to go to enable this?

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  • 2014-06-08 07:23
  • kVm}

Galaxy s5 fingerprint scanner are not accurate in my phone how to resolve it?

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  • 2014-06-05 16:13
  • KZ8P

I have one of these now through my work. My two cents (in brief) -
Good screen
Good quality image/video capture
Very good gaming performance
Quite a few new and useful UI features

Lots of Samsung (and EE) bloatware
Clumsy, almost shambolic, implementation of the fingerprint scanner - needs two hands and hardly ever works first time.
Charging port cover very flimsy

I've not got the time to cover everything but those are my main points. Verdict - good but how on earth did the fingerprint scanner pass quality control or even the R&D phase?

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  • 2014-05-30 00:40
  • p6Ya

> In reply to huhuhu @ 2014-04-08 16:59 from tR6G - click to readSo basically what your saying, you cant critise the S5.

Why not? We critise films, movie's etc... but we cant judge this one phone?

That is some of the most flawed logic I have ever read.

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  • 2014-05-29 13:12
  • nG%v

> In reply to Matt @ 2014-05-27 08:52 from PU0I - click to readOr you could use your brain for one second and realize that it's not a common case or issue and such faults and experience happens with all devices and companies...

But most people you would rather hop on the internet and make an illogical rant bases off something simple.

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  • 2014-05-29 04:47
  • 4QSR

Within 5 weeks from buying the S5, the finger print scanner stopped functioning. I took it to Samsung Service centre in Singapore and they agreed to repair it and provide an older model of phone as temporary replacement till completion of repair. However, Samsung's proposal is very painful because I am supposed to have a "SIM card adaptor" and a different charger if I have to use the temporary phone !! I finally withdraw my complaint and feel it is not worth the hassle to repair the scanner feature.

What I conclude is that Samsung's after-sales services are third class as compared to the product's brand image and market positioning. Also it seems that although S5 has very many new features, many of the high-tech new features do not work properly or will stop working very soon ! It seems Samsung is not focusing on the quality of its devices but only on its brand marketing. This is a sure recipe for a brand to fall in value if it does not keep its product quality as good as its features.

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  • 2014-05-27 08:52
  • PU0I

So this was the review of snapdragon version, i'd like to see a comparison with international octa core exynos version if possible, especially on audio part since it has a wolfson chip.

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  • 2014-05-26 12:20
  • 3DxV

Disappointed with GSM Arena for the first time. I think S5 is the best phone in the market. Better than Z2 and One. But then GSM,at least in my opinion, has done a not so good job with reviewing the screen of S5. I didn't find the screen to be that good. Agree, Samsung has worked on some aspects of the screen like brightness. But the colors still are not accurate. And also the screen still feels like a collection of small dots, unlike the non-AMOLED displays. This is more prominent with lighter colors. S5's screen still is amazing but certainly not as good as what GSM says. I usually don't comment on sites, unless I am very sure of what I am saying.

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  • 2014-05-22 20:22
  • vbxr

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