AnonD-497853, 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.
If you like custom roms,stay away..no support from Cyanogenmod or Lineage OS
Between the Exynos 7580 and the Snapdragon 617 (with the Moto G4) on paper and performance which is the better & faster chipset?
And between the MaliT720MP2 vs the Adreno 405 which one is better?
May i know what is the latest security update for the S5 Neo? And does the current Marshmallow update include a torch shortcut on the drop down quick Settings/shortcuts? And is it worth getting an S5 Neo this 2017? Did the Marshmallow update improve the performance and battery life of the phone?
Hey everyone! I just got this phone and honestly I've never had a galaxy I don't like but I do wish that the "window" or "process" button was still hold down the "home" button I find having the "more options" being a actual button next to the "home" button you know since it's used so much. I'll be looking at this phone from a perspective I hope shows the value this phone has apposed to what features it has, why have a phone that can do everything and anything but last more than the two year contract. So I'll be looking at software stability, durability, how well it radiates is heat if any (I had a Sony Xperia and it almost melted due to water proofing not allowing heat to radiate) battery and speed, storage so o hope you like it once I try it and tell you but if someone already knows this stuff is like to know
Anonymous, 28 Jan 2017Screen mirroring is not supported on the Neo. I'm very disappointedScreen mirroring may be done easily using MHL Micro USB to HDMI Cable (Samsung smartphone/tablet compatible). Not expensive, different lengths 2/4m, you may find such cables, for example, at Amazon. It duplicates the Full HD smartphone display&audio on TV/monitor, no driver is required.
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
AnonD-632294, 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.
AnonD-633235, 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
AnonD-497853, 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?
AnonD-497853, 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 ;_;