me007, 12 Mar 2017You may consider also the new Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal, better pro... moreAfter my not-so-good experience with one Xperia after the other especially with battery life (I have basically done all battery saving tips under the sun known to man apart from rooting the damn thing) and slow/unoptimised camera I'm hesitant to get another Sony phone. Although saying that the XZ seem a fairly good phone. So thinking about the pricing of the expensive Galaxy A5 2017 (which is a good phone but price is too bloated, no OIS, a slower USB Type-C, a so-so speaker & camera and no Nougat out-of-the-box) approximately around £350/Â€370 price range I'm now thinking either a used/second-hand Galaxy S7 or the Xperia XZ? Comments & advice PLS.
Gino76, 12 Feb 2017I had bad experiences with Android phones in the past 18 months as mine got water damaged henc... moreYou may consider also the new Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal, better processor. A new 2017 version smartphone would be better (2 years support for future Android versions).
Both Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and Sony Xperia Z3 (2014) are IP68 certified (dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes).
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo (2015) is IP67 certified (dust and water resistant, water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes).
Not sure if under water would be possible to use touch display - for underwater photos would be better to have universal underwater plastic case, touch display is working there.
Gino76, 12 Feb 2017I had bad experiences with Android phones in the past 18 months as mine got water damaged henc... moreI will say go with sony. I had sony z1. Totally water proof. I wash my phone some times while it's on. my co-workers also tested my phone nothing happened,unless there is a damage or you drop ur phone on floor.
So my s5 neo just recently has received an appearance change and I don't like the way the apps looks they all have a bubble type border above each regular apps normal icon how do I change it back to normal
Kim, 06 Mar 2017I am constantly trying to do updates and my phone tells me I don't have room. I have a sd cars... moreJust move most of the apps from the internal storage to the external storage.
1) Go to Settings -> Applications -> Application Manager ==> (every App) -> Application info -> Storage
Then change the Storage used -> Internal to External for all the Apps where that is possible.
2) You may also Go to Settings -> Storage -> Internal Storage -> Used space -> Apps
Then move most of the apps to the External storage (not all of them could be moved ).
Change the Storage used -> Internal to External for all the navigation apps. Then you may download again all the necessary countries or continents of OSM maps to the external storage.
I am constantly trying to do updates and my phone tells me I don't have room. I have a sd cars in it. But can't move over all the items I want to. I really don't have a lot of apps on my phone. Is anyone else having this problem
Has anyone got the latest security patch yet? Jan or Feb 2017?
bl123, 02 Mar 2017Will the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo get updates on nougat 7.0 / 7.1?There is no confirmation yet for Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo to get update to Android 7.
You may check up for the latest updates at: https://samsung-firmware.org/nougat/
Also for the list of confirmed Samsung smartphones for Nougat update at: http://www.androidnougat.net/samsung-android-7-0-nougat-update/
However you may install Nougat style launcher from from Google Play, there are several Nougat Launcher apps.
My S5 neo is garbage. Freezes up constantly. Ive continued to do my cleanups and restarts etc. I even bought Avg think8ng maybe I had a virus but no virus detected.
I have only owned Galaxy phones sinc ethey first came out and this is by far the worst one.
I give it a 3.5 out of 10 and thats generous.
Asylumsix , 14 Feb 2017Bluetooth is very short range...
Microphone sucks for recording live music as the bass caus... moreThere is definitely NO PROBLEM to use Galaxy S5 Neo as a media phone:
(1) Perfect for using as a VoIP phone (with or without camera for Skype, Google Hangouts).
(2) There is no problem using any headset for handsfree VoIP talking (including PC type USB headset with USB to micro-USB connector).
Bluetooth headset devices however many times have compatibility problems, battery is another problem too.
(3) There is no problem of using any PC type keyboard with USB to micro-USB connector.
(4) Galaxy S5 Neo has great FM radio as well.
(5) No problem for voice recording from FM radio or headset.
(5) Perfect for Full HD video play (any type) with headset, emails, ebook reading, Flipboard news, navigation device or for fitness.
Gino76, 12 Feb 2017I had bad experiences with Android phones in the past 18 months as mine got water damaged henc... moreI can not compare the different models, I only have the s5 Neo.
But I can say that I'm quite pleased with its waterproofness.
The first month I had the phone I fell in the water whilst sailing.
I was in the water for a few minutes and my phone was in the pocket of my pants.
When I was back on land I opened the phone and saw drops on the outside of the
waterproof rubber. I wiped them off and closed the phone again.
I never had a problem with it and in daily life I use my phone as my mp3 player
during biking. I live in Belgium, so we have plenty of rain, and I never experienced
problems, eventhough my phone sits regularly in a sooked pocket...
Bluetooth is very short range...
Microphone sucks for recording live music as the bass causes a crackling sound on the recording..
If I vape around it while it's on my desk then try to charge it it tells me there's moisture in the charging port and it won't let me charge it until I swab it out..
Bought this as a media phone. It's not connected to a network and is a pretty big letdown...
Gino76, 12 Feb 2017I had bad experiences with Android phones in the past 18 months as mine got water damaged henc... morenothing is water proof - i do cell phone claims - some are water resistant but you still have to use caution
me007, 09 Feb 2017Galaxy S5 Neo has Super AMOLED display (better than any other display), FM Radio, compass, NFC... moreI had bad experiences with Android phones in the past 18 months as mine got water damaged hence I'm looking for something that can withstand more than a drop in the sink/bath or light rain. So in terms of water resistance (or water proofing) and performance (and perhaps camera and battery life) which would you choose between the Galaxy S5 Neo, Moto G4 and on oldie like the Xperia Z3?
Gino76, 06 Feb 2017So are you saying in terms of its specs and current enhancements (based on Android 6.0.1) is t... moreGalaxy S5 Neo has Super AMOLED display (better than any other display), FM Radio, compass, NFC, better battery life, better navigation (GPS+GLONASS), business class Knox security (worldwide security certification), similar performance.
Moto G4 has 5.5" display (phablet) against 5.1" more compact display of Galaxy S5 Neo.
You may check-up the detailed reviews of S5 Neo and Moto G4 at notebookcheck . net
Galaxy S5 Neo water resistancy is good, however for underwater photos would be better to have universal underwater plastic case.
Anonymous, 06 Feb 2017I've got 6.0.1 with the January 1, 2017 security patch. Yes, there is a Torch shortcut in t... moreSo are you saying in terms of its specs and current enhancements (based on Android 6.0.1) is this better than a Moto G4? I noticed comparing the benchmarks the S5 Neo is better than the Moto G4. Agree? And would you say the water resistant is good as it is advertised?
Gino76, 04 Feb 2017May i know what is the latest security update for the S5 Neo? And does the current Marshmallow... moreI've got 6.0.1 with the January 1, 2017 security patch.
Yes, there is a Torch shortcut in the settings drop-down. By default it was on the second row of icons so you had to expand the list to display it, but you can re-organize the icons to put them in your preferred order.
Is it worth it? Well, that depends on what you value in a phone. In my opinion, for a mid-range device it is perfectly capable. It's showing its age as a cost-reduced former flagship at this point, and security support will probably expire sooner than I'd like. Nougat it probably out of the question.
As someone else has mentioned, you won't be able to get much joy from the open-source ROM community, because many developers are unwilling to touch its Exynos chipset. If that matters to you, then you would be well advised to stay away.
I didn't have the device pre-6.0.1, so I cannot comment on whether it improved or hurt performance or battery life.