The Galaxy S5 is Samsung’s latest flagship device, it recently launched and we had one on the first day and have been using it since then. The phone contains the latest and greatest hardware including a Snapdragon 801 processor, so this phone should be blazing fast right? Unfortunately that’s not exactly the case with the Galaxy S5. Despite having a Snapdragon 801 and 2GB of RAM the Galaxy S5 lags in many places it should not, for instance the Hangouts messaging app is almost a pain to use as it stutters and lags when scrolling through messages and typing. Other areas where the Galaxy S5 include opening recent apps and essentially scrolling through any text.

So if the Galaxy S5 has state-of-the-art mobile hardware then why does it still lag when other phones with less hardware don’t? It comes down to software optimization. Don’t misunderstand us, we love the Galaxy S5 and it’s definitely a fast phone in some respects but in others it lags and stutters when it should be smooth. Samsung is well-known for their custom UI known as TouchWiz being laggy and junked up with gimmicky features such as the ability to hover your finger over an internet link to get a preview of the website. All of these features constantly running in the background along with a slew of Samsung’s own permanent apps cause the RAM to be eaten up. Proof of this can be seen in the screenshot below taken from out Galaxy S5, you can see that 3/4 of the RAM is being used with no apps running in the background and almost all of Samsung’s gimmicky features disabled.

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Needless to say Samsung has got to get things together in regards to TouchWiz, even after years of iteration it still remains laggy and slow which holds back Samsung’s great hardware. We understand that the Galaxy S5 is still very young in its lifespan and was just released which means that later software updates will surely speed the device up, but Samsung needs to stop releasing devices with such software issues and then fixing them later on in the devices life cycle. We here at AndroidMeter love the Galaxy S5 and think it’s a great device, unfortunately it falls short on the software side in some respects and in 2014 that just shouldn’t be the case.

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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