walking your dog and fixing dinner for you. Out of all of those rumors, none of them happened. Does that make the Galaxy S5 a bad phone? In my humble opinion, no. Perhaps this is a direct result of realizing that any and all rumors need to be taken with a grain of salt, but mostly I think I just realized that even if the Galaxy S5 isn't the be-all, end-all of phones, it still has some pretty significant upgrades from the Galaxy S4 that are worth mentioning.
First of all, I would like to point out that even thought metal housing didn't happen, Samsung at least made the effort to get rid of the smooth plastic backing that they had used for so long. Instead, the back of the Galaxy S5 is now optimized for natural gripping, which is better than being optimized to slide out of your hand like a warm stick of butter. It also didn't follow the same slightly-cushioned pleather design of the Galaxy Note 3, so in that sense the Galaxy S5 really did bring something different to the table when it comes to design. Overall, I would see this as good news for people who prefer to go without cases so at least the risk of dropping the phone isn't as high. I see opinions saying that the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S5 look identical from the back, but in my opinion that's going to be one of the biggest indications of which phone you're dealing with. Everything else heavily relies on inner tweaking to differentiate between the two.
I think what I like most about the Galaxy S5 is that Samsung seemed to take the time this year to improve on features they already had rather than releasing gobs and gobs of new features and bloatware. As for the specs, while it doesn't exactly look like next-generation specs from the get-go, you also have to realize that Android seems to be heading in a direction where faster specs aren't exactly needed to make a platform run quickly and smoothly. KitKat was designed with lower-end handsets in mind, which means that high-end flagships like the Galaxy S5, among others released this year, don't have to worry so much about getting that octa-core processor or 4GB of RAM or anything like that. I mean yeah, it would be cool, but in the end it doesn't really matter what the specs are as long as the software runs smoothly. It's kind of like how Windows Phone is able to make their flagships run on 1GB of RAM and dual-core processors and still run like a champ. I imagine that KitKat is just the first in a long line of well-optimized updates from Android to come.
Another bonus about the Galaxy S5 is that Samsung was able to do one more thing that I had wished for last year - mashing the features of the Galaxy S4 Active with the Galaxy S4 from the get-go. Everybody's smartphone is vulnerable to elements, so it made no sense to me that they made a separate smartphone designed for protection against water and dust. I always thought it would have been better if they had just implemented it in the original Galaxy S4 to begin with, sort of like Sony did with the Xperia Z. Apparently I am not the only one to think this, as the Galaxy S5 did just that, and I can't say I'm disappointed with it (as long as it works like it's intended to).
The Galaxy S5 also managed to make improvements to the 16-megapixel camera. Although the megapixels remained the same, the features and other aspects of the camera didn't. The camera is now able to focus and snap pictures in just 0.3 seconds, which is faster than any other smartphone out there. The Galaxy S4 can also provide HDR in real-time, which is something other smartphones can't do as of right now. My biggest issue with the Galaxy S4 camera was that it did take too long to take pictures, often resulting in blurry photos. However, the camera application on the Galaxy S4 was one of the most detailed I had ever seen, so it was a shame that the camera itself wasn't as great as it could have been. It seems that the Galaxy S5 was able to implement changes that make those issues irrelevant at this point.
Last but not least, I would like to commend Samsung for not making their phone that much bigger than its predecessor. I seem to get nervous these days that next generation flagships are heading in a larger-than-life direction, and even made a post not too long ago on my opinion that next generation phones don't have to be larger in order to be better. Although the screen size did increase to 5.1-inches over the Galaxy S4's 5-inch screen, it's not something I could find myself complaining about. It could have been worse, but it wasn't.
The Galaxy S5 is not perfect, but I think it managed to address a lot of problems that the Galaxy S4 suffered from. Really, I don't think this phone is as bad as some people are leading it on to be. I just think that hype and rumors translates into fact far too quickly in this industry, and blinds people from seeing a phone as it truly is sometimes.
slam One, 25 Feb 2014I own the LG G2,I watch 4k videos,great display, small bezels like never seen anywhere,I enjoy... moreThe LG G2 definitely beats most phones in terms of value for money...thats the brand itself...however you can't really compare Samsung quality to LG....the clue is in the price, and for good reason
Hiiiii guy...... Don't try to buy this type of cheap mobile , before going to buy this mobile please check photos once , worst body design , very cheap body, it's look like China mobile, go for sony xperia z2. Better features than this, or wait for HTC New model
AnonD-220058, 25 Feb 2014I get what ur trying to say but Samsung has repeated the mistake 3 times now and everyone want... moreYeah probably you're right !
s4 had a good design though...
u know sales are the mirror of each company !
s4 was selling good.. but if s5 wont sell, be sure that s6 will have a big change !
[deleted post]well sony has good buid quality but even they hav maintained same for z2... its not about onli design... given the fact of display quality.. samsung owns and produces best displays in the world..sony is good but samsung is the best in dat dept..
At a gsmarena rating of 3.7 , 4.7 and 5.0 is the lowest for any quality feature phone in the world... compare it to the Z2 all on the 9 plus ( some how sony manages to get high scores yet lower sales .... humm may be something fishy here ... but that is not the point on this post) . Sami that should in itself tell you that something is terribly wrong with your rather stupid focud on back cover design.
Focus instead on hard specks like dual sim , memory, wirless charging , optical image stability, 64 bit and ram or get rammed.
very disappointed on you samsmung. atleast try to make the cover more premium. that's the no.1 complain and still, you didn't listen. try atleast to innovate something. not just all the hype pls
Most people are comparing this with the Z2 and yes on paper the camera, battery and RAM look better.
But Z1 with 3000 mah had very unimpressive test reviews and do did the low light snaps with the camera.
S4 with 2600 mah scored better so to summarize, I expect/predict-
S5 battery life to be better than z2
16 MP camera to perform better in low light
Speed to be equal- Higher clock and better android customization vs the extra gig of RAM
The above doesnt mean that S5 is good and that one should not wait on the HTC,Iphone 6 or buy cheaper LG G2
S3 S4 S5 Im still waiting for something different. Im sticking with my S3. They are releasing the same phone with minimal updates. Screw that.
AnonD-122041, 26 Feb 2014All specs are good,but what happened to the FM radio.At least consider it for the dual sim version. Itz coz of qualcom chipset.. if u want lte enabled chipsets den u wont get radio.. samsung s exynos has radio but no lte.. well so far samsung S5 has the best and latest chipset snapdragon 801.. of all the devices released.. read the blog post in gsmarena
AnonD-197261, 26 Feb 2014Its time for consumers stop buying Samsung phones blindfolded only due to its brand awareness ... moreI'm glad LG will deal Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia z2 present g3, this will not be able to copy it especially Samsung, which will wipe the floor with s5 and Z2, be careful what you say, do not underestimate the LG model g3 will be bomb phone, believe me
sometimes all specification not really usefull as real life.......... its all about created ur stylis
- Not Secure Anymore.
I`m not apple boy. I will go with LG G PRO 2, Sony Z2 HTC One2
...in this order