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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 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

SAMSUNG S5 Looking are same all phone

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  • 2014-05-20 19:30
  • txjn

Samsung s5 all good but why very few codecs for audio and video support. Such a tight **** thing for what???

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  • 2014-05-19 17:48
  • v}72

The Galaxy S5 is similar to the S4,but you can see the differences easily,the Screens alot Brighter an the Menu totally different to use,plus the batterylife as been improved alot,just wished the menu was alot easier to use like the S4,as you could add Advance Task Manager to your screen on the S4 an stop things running,but with the S5 you have to press the settings button an then search for the Advance Task Manager to stop things running which can be Annoying,just hope someone can create application so we can get to this alot Quicker on the S5,Just wish we had better Speakers from Samsung on there Smartphones,an instead of just one Speaker but two

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  • 2014-05-11 12:31
  • 3p9D

This is the worst phone I have ever used. You can experience all kind of issue. Starting from lag, hanging even you can find display outage. Guys take me as an example and don't go for this

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  • 2014-05-10 11:45
  • tZbP

> In reply to libr @ 2014-04-19 10:58 from 9xet - click to readNo, its not the same, bro. Don't buy it these guys discriminates. Let's make them lose customers because of their stupid marketing stratage.

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  • 2014-05-06 20:43
  • 3sE3

> In reply to Dory @ 2014-05-05 11:49 from nt6m - click to readYou are very right.

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  • 2014-05-06 20:29
  • 3sEw

After reading your S5 review, I bought a Sony Xperia Z2 :)

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  • 2014-05-05 12:14
  • IaHc

After my bad experience in Samsung Galaxy S4, the unit get extremely hot and the battery become swollen, and even charging time on USB is very very slow, .Also MMC issues every time I connect my mobile to laptop the laptop hang than I discover that the problem is from the MMC.
Therefore I don’t recommend any body to buy Samsung mobile there is a lot of other brands 100 times better than Samsung mobile like HTC one LG G2 Xperia Z2.
Samsung are number one in marketing only……………….

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  • 2014-05-05 11:49
  • nt6m

> In reply to ashwin305 @ 2014-05-04 21:18 from fCx{ - click to readThe S5 should hook up the controller no problem.

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  • 2014-05-05 07:13
  • 4QSR

Guys, I had z1 and now I bought this s5 .......first , it looks like s4. no matter , it's performance is mind blowing. No lag ...This has the best camera ....its quite faster than my the things I like in my z1 is it has dedicated camera key and can connect dual shock 3 controller. .z1 looks stylish ...let's come to a conclusion. ....If u want a gaming phone go for z1 .If u want a professional like camera and phone that suites daily need then go for s5.....If u need to contact me....ashwin.lal.10/ this is my fb id

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  • 2014-05-04 21:18
  • fCx{

Anyone knows how to zoom in/out of the camera? Other than that its pretty decent..

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  • 2014-05-04 13:26
  • KSEB

All of you note that this phone is a US version with a Snapdragon 801 chipset. The version sold in south Asia is the lousy Samsung home grown chipset which has piss poor performance. Samsung does this everytime. They release a phone in the US with a good chipset and mislead others in other countries to save $$. I burnt my fingers on the GS III, become cautious afterwards.

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  • 2014-05-02 11:35
  • kf2E

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