After using Marshmallow for more than a month I'm ready to give a seasoned review.
Battery life is the biggest concern for every smartphone user. Marshmallow does offer better battery life at least from my perspective. My S5 octa-core (G900H) is 2 years and 2 weeks old as of today. I am using the original battery that came with the phone and I'm still able to get a full day of fairly heavy usage before charging.
When I first installed Marshmallow, I would lose 1% of battery power after 2 minutes when browsing via Wi-Fi. However, I got to understand that the OS was studying my usage pattern and after a week or so I saw improved battery life courtesy of the Doze Mode battery optimiser. After the OS and Doze Mode completed studying my usage pattern, I was able to access the Doze Mode feature once and for all after which I commanded Doze Mode to put ALL apps to stop running when the phone is sleeping. Only about two crucial apps cannot be put to sleep which is fine by me.
After Doze Mode was set up, in using Wi-Fi, battery now loses 1% of power usually after 5 minutes of browsing. Not bad for a 2 year old battery.
Now that the battery is out of the way I will talk about the other changes. Like I mentioned in my hands on review sometime ago, you have to input the password after a restart before you can use your fingerprint to unlock the phone. It seems annoying at first but eventually you get used to it.
The overall speed of the S5 is much faster (providing you did a factory reset and wipe system cache). The UI is clean and smoother. The lag I use to see in the CALL LOG is no longer there and bringing up the dialler is much faster (even faster than the iphone 6 as I tested against with my co-worker's iphone on Saturday). Marshmallow provides greater speed than KitKat and Lollipop.
My biggest gripe with Marshmallow is the way it handles the sending of e-mail. When an e-mail was sent previously you would see the word 'E-mail sent' in the status bar where the time time is shown right above the notification panel. Now you have to pull the notification panel down and if you are fast enough to pull it down before it is sent you will see E-mail sent in the notifications before it disappears one second after. If you look quick enough you may see an e-mail icon in the status bar with am arrow attached but that also disappears one second after. I send e-mails every day and the older method of seeing when mails were sent was useful. Nowadays I go to the sent folder more often to see if my mails were actually sent.
The camera seems to focus faster and launches faster. It especially launches faster from the lock screen.
Other than the e-mail gripe I really don't have a problem with Marshmallow. I would recommend it to every S5 user.
Az, 30 Oct 2016How's the battery life after marshmallow update? absolutely great, improved!
but a little laggy (needs restart sometimes), but still OK, there is still no a better phone on the market
AnonD-602939, 27 Oct 2016I have it already for years and it's the best phone so far for me..Sir what model number should I buy?
AnonD-602939, 27 Oct 2016I have it already for years and it's the best phone so far for me..Sir can you tell me the model no of original S5 please...
I've had my Samsung Galaxy s5 for 16 months now, (running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow), and have had NO problems with it! I love this particular model because it has great specs as well as being dust-proof, water resistant, a replaceable battery, and replaceable SD card!
Solid phone from my experience - with better specs than most! I take care of it and expect I'll keep it for a long time - especially due to the fact that I can replace the battery at some point in the future, as well as the SD card!
Anonymous, 29 Oct 2016will it get nougat upgrade?No, only custom unofficial rom. Blame Google or Qualcomm for not supporting this old CPU.
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hoho, 28 Oct 2016Should I buy Samsung Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 4 or Should I buy Nexus 5X or Lg G4?galaxy NOTE 4 is the best ever smart phone in samsung series
Should I buy Samsung Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 4 or Should I buy Nexus 5X or Lg G4?
Subash, 26 Oct 2016Friends I want to buy S5.
So what are your oppinion. please tell me ,Is it worth working yet?... moreFor me, you must buy it! There are lot of specs that you can only find in these model..
Subash, 26 Oct 2016Friends I want to buy S5. So what are your oppinion. please tell me ,Is it worth working yet?... moreYou should buy it a very good display, perfect camera, and the battery holds up from 8 am to 11 pm with 30% lest to spare!
Friends I want to buy S5.
So what are your oppinion. please tell me ,Is it worth working yet?
And which model should I buy...
Mohammad. M, 23 Oct 2016Recently I found a problem in my Galaxy S6edge+ which is when i want go through my messages or... moreYou allow your video to access your photo give a permission just off the screen overlay so that you can change permissions.
iran, 21 Oct 2016I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy S5 (sm-g900f).Sometimes the screen just freeze, and grey li... morei think this hapen when you active your mobile data .and the power saving is on / im not sure but try it