Nackman, 24 Jan 2017My biggest problem with the S5 Neo is the camera and the app that comes with it.
I upgraded... moreIt's a phone with a camera, not a camera with a phone!
1. If you haven't took off the plastic sticky patch on the camera lens, please remove it and you will see the difference.
2. The Galaxy S5 Neo camera App has Pro mode (better than Auto mode) and HDR mode which could be handy for contrast scenes.
The camera may focus at around 4-5 cm without problem, just tap on the display at the focus point. My examples at goo . gl/lTxN59 (no space)
3. In low light scenes the camera may use higher ISO (you may choose it in Pro mode) since the minimum shutter speed restriction is around 1/17 sec and using larger shutter speed (example several seconds, with tripod) is not possible. There is no support for full manual shutter control, it is available only for small list of phone cameras.
In case you need stable work at 1/17 sec shutter speed, then you may use any universal tripod (or just scotch tape to stick at any surface) + Voice Control and take picture, just by saying "Smile", "Cheese", "Capture" or "Shoot". You may use any other Camera app of choice, for example Google Camera has Photo Sphere mode.
4. Still the main problem with EVERY smartphone camera is lack of optical zoom and image stabilization, video without zoom and image stabilization is not usable. For video it would be much better to have with you a small camcorder with 12X optical zoom and 14X active optical stabilization - you will forget for video handshaking and blurry photos.
You may get with you professional mini camera with several lenses.
5. Dull photos (in some scenes) may be easily corrected using any free photo correction software, for example FastStone Image Viewer (brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness). In case of reflections you may just use polarizer filter (from any camera) in front of the camera lens.
6. The front camera is just fine for using with Skype or Google Hangouts. The back camera lens is bright f/1.9 and 31mm wide angle, takes nice photos in most common situations. What else is the use of a smartphone camera?
Screen mirroring is not supported on the Neo. I'm very disappointed
I just upgraded from a S4 to S4 neo. What happened to the message delay feature????
I dislike this phone and won't buy another Samsung. I find the menus too limitedand often it doesn't recognize my menu selections. Example, I have it set to stay unlocked in Safe Locations, but it constantly locks anyway. I dislike having to swipe to get to the Password screen when locked and having to swipe when it's unlocked. Many of the menus require several actions to complete a task. For example deleting a draft text message. I dislike that it alerts only once for text messages so if I don't constantly check it, I miss them. The camera is awful. I thought there was something wrong with it and returned to the store several times to return the phone. I took photos in the store using other phones to compare (and my old Galaxy S4) and they are grainy and dark and out of focus. Looking at the phone, I think the camera is inset too far into the phone body so it is shaded (or soemthing)
My biggest problem with the S5 Neo is the camera and the app that comes with it.
I upgraded from an S3 and expected some improvement in overall performance. I am happy with the Neo except for the camera. The camera doesn't seem to be able to take low light photographs at all. It can't even focus on subjects closer than about six inches. The camera app that comes with the phone doesn't even come with anywhere near the functions of my S3. You can download about five or six more functions for your camera but that doesn't come close to what my S3 was capable of.
Other than that I love my Neo
Palita, 17 Jan 2017Well, it's right, I can be really clumsy and I've dropped many phones in other occasions, I ha... moreI am sorry for your stolen phones, Palita.
Regarding the display of the Galaxy S5 Neo - it is Gorilla® Glass 3 with oleophobic coating.
However it is still glass and could be broken, even sapphire display could be broken too. You should be careful.
The S5 Neo phone is fine - you may check up my review on the next page.
Cindorella, 18 Jan 2017Why would I use headphones when what I hear is not a problem. It is me talking in low tones i... moreI expect under "noise reduction" you mean "background noise reduction".
That is not adjustable indeed, however you may check up if the microphone holes at the bottom and at the top of the phone are clean.
You may check up the instructions in Samsung manual (search for "microphone"):
There are headphones with external better quality microphone (and background noise cancellation too). It is always a good idea to make a test recording of your voice using external microphone (from different headphones) and compare with a test recording using the internal one. There is always a difference in the low/high voice levels and quality.
MrsH, 14 Jan 2017What can we do to safeguard our data from apps with S5 Neo ?go into settings then notifications you should see a list of apps with what looks like a switch then turn off any app that you think is taking data by flicking the switch to the off position, don't turn off any important ones, for example if you turn of facebook then you wont get msg automatically but they will come on when start up facebook, I recommend turning any games off or it will use data even when you are not playing, just remember that what you switch off you wont get automatically at the top of your screen
me007, 16 Jan 2017You may try to speak with included Samsung in-ear headphones and recording with Sony Audio Rec... moreWhy would I use headphones when what I hear is not a problem. It is me talking in low tones into my own phone's mic that is not being picked up. It is like a setting such as "noise reduction" is set on the phone. Is there such a setting on this phone? And if so, how do I remove it?
me007, 17 Jan 2017Palita, you may add that you destroyed several other phones already, like your Moto G4:
"-I'... moreWell, it's right, I can be really clumsy and I've dropped many phones in other occasions, I had a Samsung Galaxy 5, two Samsung galaxy SIII mini, a Moto G 2nd gen., Moto G4 and currently a Huawei P9 lite, and I can say, this is the first screen I brake, and I had it inside a case, with a screen protector, and not even the screen protector got broken, just the screen exploded on the inside. The other phones were stealed (damn delinquents!) and still have the galaxy SIII mini and the moto G2. The Moto G4 got damaged because I had to struggle with a guy who tried to take it from me, but still, intact screen
Anyway, I'm glad you got a good device and I hope it never happens to you what happen to my phone, because screen replacement is really expensive ;_;
Palita, 17 Jan 2017This phone is CRAP! I bougth it last year and the screen is too much fragile, I meant it break... morePalita, you may add that you destroyed several other phones already, like your Moto G4:
"-I'm a kind of cellphone destructor but if I'm going on with a too much fancy phone make me a easy target to cellphone burglars"....
Then your post here will not be needed.
My advice to you is to take better care for your gadgets.
This phone is CRAP! I bougth it last year and the screen is too much fragile, I meant it break again 3 days after I repaired it in an official Samsung service, and i I did it TWO TIMES, too expensive for a low quality product
Cindorella, 15 Jan 2017I just purchased the Samsung S5 Neo as an upgrade from my Samsung S3. The only issue I have i... moreYou may try to speak with included Samsung in-ear headphones and recording with Sony Audio Recorder app. It should be better. I have however much better result with no-name neodymium in-ear headset (with ear hooks, I use them for FM radio). You may try test recording with any on-ear neodymium headphones (with mic) in the shop too (neodymium headphones are always with better bass, there are versions with noise cancellation too).
I just purchased the Samsung S5 Neo as an upgrade from my Samsung S3. The only issue I have is that the microphone is not picking up low noises (which were picked up by my old phone). I speak in a low voice so my parents can hear me as both have hearing problems. With this phone I cannot find in the settings anything that can be changed regarding 'noise cancellation' or a way to set the microphone sensitivity. I tried recording using S Record and again, can barely hear what I am saying. When I speak normally on other calls, others can hear me just fine. Suggestions - can anyone help?
sandy, 08 Jan 2017what can I do on my S5 neo if i do not have internet...I know i can text but can I do anything... moreThere are still a lot of free public WiFi locations, even there are apps that may show to you on the map all free WiFi in your area (shop, Internet coffee, public train, etc).
Galaxy S5 Neo has great navigation (GPS/GLONASS, accuracy 4m outdoors) with Nokia Here WeGo (perfect car navigation, free OSM maps for every continent/country), Map Factor Navigator (free OSM maps, car/walking voice navigation) Scout GPS Navigation (1 free OSM map) or Google Maps with offline maps. Perfect car navigation device with an universal smartphone vent mount.
Galaxy S5 Neo FM Radio is great for fitness/walking, perfect fitness companion with running armband (with Samsung Health or Google Fit or Google My Tracks for more details). Later you may use Google Maps + Your Timeline on computer for checkup your daily activity/driving navigation history (with Google account for navigation).
Great for full HD video play with head set (any video format, 64/128GB micro SD card are cheap now, you may download&place videos from youtube/your TV recorder).
Good for ebook reading (Google Play Book, Amazon Kindle).
sandy, 08 Jan 2017what can I do on my S5 neo if i do not have internet...I know i can text but can I do anything... moreYou can still use WiFi, to access the internet and update APP's as required. Without data, you won't get live screen updates on stuff like the Time/Weather widget. Also without data on, your phone will last a lot closer to the advertised standby, talk and use times on their ads as without data is how they calculate those numbers. I personally don't turn data on unless I'm out and about and need it to check a local bus schedule otherwise I turn it off myself.
I'm in Canada and I'm with Freedom (used to be called, Wind Mobility) and I have an unlimited data package but I still choose to turn data off. Besides even with 4G service, the WiFi N network is a lot faster. Plus without data, you'll have to rely on free WiFi hotspots to connect and even then your speed is limited to whatever speed they are giving for free... usually it's a/b/G, but never N or higher.
Plus dropping data from your phone package may not work with that provider as some insist if you have a Smartphone you must purchase phone service with a data package unless you own the phone and are not locked in some plan.
Also dropping data from your service also means you won't be able to use the Hotspot feature to share your internet with others and other devices. When I'm out and about and I require a larger screen to work on, I bring my WiFi only tablet with me and I turn on the Hotspot feature on my phone to give internet access to my tablet. Or share internet with friends who decided to drop or not get a data package themselves.
linda, 07 Jan 2017i got a new s5neo I maybe doing something wrong but it constantly beeps until i check what e... moreJust go to Setting-->Notifications and switch off all the unnecessary Apps notifications excepts one Email, Calendar, Skype.