The Samsung Galaxy S5 is Samsung’s latest flagship device in their line of Galaxy S smartphones, and rightfully so the S5 has some incremental improvements over the S4. With a better display, better camera, better specs, and slightly different design the S5 clearly outdoes the S4 right? Lets find out together and start the full review of the Samsung Galaxy S5.

SPECS

Specs are an important part of any review and this an area where the Samsung Galaxy S5 definitely doesn’t cut corners. The Galaxy S5 is sporting a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 432 ppi, has a 16MP rear-facing camera and 2.1MP front-facing camera, a heart rate sensor also lies on the back of the device just below the camera. Delving inside the device we have a Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM, running Android 4.4 KitKat. As for the battery the S5 has a 2800 mAh battery which equates to about 21 hours of talk time.

DAILY USAGE

I used the Samsung Galaxy S5 as my daily driver for about two weeks straight in my day-to-day life just like I would use any other smartphone to see how it held up. My initial impressions of the device were decent, the device didn’t impress me nor dissapoint me, just for the record I was coming from a Nexus 5. At first I didn’t like how the device looked but eventually it grew on me, now I actually have grown fond of the look and feel of the S5, the dimpled soft-touch back has become a favorite of mine. As for performance, the Galaxy S5 held up well, the Snapdragon 801 processor is definitely there but with TouchWiz on the device you can’t help feel like the S5 is handicapped out of the gate. TouchWiz became an increasing thorn in my side at first with its unnecessary animations and bloatware but once you get into the settings and fine tune things to your likeing, i.e. turning off and disabling all of Samsung’s crap, the device actually runs significantly smoother. At this point I don’t even really notice TouchWiz and the phone is fast and runs any app I need it to with ease.

VERDICT

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a good-looking phone, its fast, and it’s a pleasure to use but it still has it’s problems. TouchWiz is the main problem, while Samsung has made some slight improvements to its TouchWiz UI it is still bloated with bloatware and plagued with lag. Samsung is trying to do too much with TouchWiz and they need to realize that because it is holding back the S5. The S-Health app works great and actually got me walking more and eating healthier, as for other Samsung apps I never used any of them due to other apps doing it better.

Lets talk about my favorite part of the Galaxy S5, it’s display. The display on the S5 is bright, vivid, and beautiful, it’s very good at adjusting to light changes and it has been called the most accurate display when it comes to color accuracy which is always nice. This is perfect for viewing the beautiful photos this phone takes. The Galaxy S5 has a 16Mp camera that is capable of taking the best smartphone photos I have ever seen, as long as there is good lighting that is. If there is not good lighting the quality of the photo drops noticably unfortunately. Low-light photos are decent but by no means great.

Like the title says, the Galaxy S5 is a step in the right direction for Samsung but they still have a long way to go. Samsung needs to work on TouchWiz and change the design of their S devices to make them stand out, besides that Samsung is doing a good job but the S5 just does not have that wow factor that people are desperate for in a smartphone nowadays.

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Nicholas Terry

Nicholas Terry

(Author) - I am currently attending college to receive my degree in Computer Science with a pipe dream to someday work at Google. I love everything about android and smartphones and always love learning more about them or anything else tech wise. I also love developing Android apps and learning new types of code in my spare time. My current devices I use are my LG Optimus G and Nexus 7, Pebble watch is still on the way.
Nicholas Terry