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Our Samsung Galaxy S5 Review
The Samsung Galaxy S series has managed to build quite a sizeable fan base in the last few years. It’s fair to say that they are viewed as the ‘luxury’ Android handset, with fairly hefty price tags and spec sheets to match. But now the S5 has been out for a while, is it a good bargain for budget conscious mobile shoppers? We find out.
What is the Galaxy S5’s design like?
The Galaxy series definitely has a consistent style and the Samsung Galaxy S5 is no exception. Fans will be instantly familiar with the look of the handset. But unfortunately the S5 also retains some of the stylistic cues that some of us wish they would forget. For starters the the Galaxy S5, like it’s predecessors, still has a plastic body.
This isn’t a huge deal but when phones from other manufacturers, such as Sony and Apple manage to crank out phones at a similar price point that feel more ‘luxurious’ and ‘premium’ you have to wonder what Samsung are playing at. The feel of a handset is an important factor for some users so it seems strange that Samsung has not addressed this issue.
Setting aside the plastic debate for another day, it has to be said that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is really light and easy to hold. Even though it’s a big handset, it doesn’t weigh down your pocket too much. Plus, the handset itself is rather tough, which is surprising considering how thin it is. It’ll survive quite a few dings and drops, within reason obviously!
How powerful is the Samsung Galaxy S5?
At launch the S5 was a bit of a mixed bag performance wise, despite the fact that in pure specs terms it is actually a bit of a beast. some apps tended to stutter and crash far too often and the overall experience of using the handset was diminished as a result. However this was obviously always more of a software problem and it was sorted out pretty quickly after launch. Using the S5 now is pretty seamless and it’ll run just about everything that you throw at it, thanks to the 2.5GHz CPU and 2GB of RAM.
What is the camera like on the Samsung Galaxy S5?
If you think of yourself as a bit of a photographer, then you’re going to love the Samsung Galaxy S5. It produces gorgeous and detailed images, even in very challenging lighting conditions.
However the real jewel in the S5 ‘s camera crown is the ability to shoot 4K video. The footage looks great, pin sharp and brilliantly detailed. The one area that lets the 4K video camera down is the fact that Samsung has limited the size of each clip to five minutes. File sizes for 4K video are massive, so we can understand this but if you’ve upgraded the microSD card to 128GB this is not as much of a concern.
Samsung have implemented a number of new features into the S5’s camera, to mixed success. Virtual Tour mode is a nice idea where you can string together a series of 360-degree shots and string them together into a tour but in reality it takes far too long in comparison to shooting a quick video. Selective focus, where the camera takes lots of shots and lets you choose to focus on different elements, is also a bit useless and doesn’t really bring much to the table.
What do we think of the Samsung Galaxy S5?
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a highly capable smartphone that is now incredibly attractive due to it’s lower price point. It can just about offer users all the functionality they could want from a big screen handset.
However it’s age also manages to count as both a plus and a minus. When the S5 came out, it was the highest of high end. But there are now plenty of other phones at the same price point knocking around from Sony, Apple and HTC that are better designed with equivalent specs.
In conclusion, if you love the Samsung Galaxy phones but you tend to pick them up once they’ve reached a less heart attack inducing price, we would definitely recommend the Galaxy S5. Otherwise a handset like the Nexus 6 maybe better suited to your needs.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Specification
- Display Size: 5.1"
- Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Display Type: AMOLED
- Primary Camera Flash: LED
- Primary Camera Resolution: 5312 x 2988
- Primary Camera Megapixels: 16
- Secondary Camera Megapixels: 21
- Memory Card Slot: MicroSD up to 128GB
- 2G Connectivity: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- 3G Connectivity: HSDPA
- 4G Connectivity: LTE
- Bluetooth: 4.0 with LE, EDR
- GPS: A-GPS and GLONASS
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Processor: 2.5 GHz Quad-core
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
- Talk Time: Up to 21 hours
- Weight (grams): 144
- Dimensions: 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
- Battery Type: Removable
- IP Rating: IP55/58 - Protected against dust, water jets and immersion in water
- Sim Type: Micro SIM
- Operating System: Android
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