Samsung Galaxy S5 review

The next Samsung flagship is here in the Galaxy S5, are you ready for it?
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Samsung Galaxy S5 review

OUT OF THIS WORLD

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has arrived, and it’s full of new tech designed to make life that little bit easier. But, will it be enough to entice the Galaxy S4 fans back for the next chapter? This is what you can expect…

THE BEST BITS

  • Large, sharp display
  • Top draw, 16 megapixel camera
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Effective power saving modes

One of the finest handsets we’ve seen this year so far, and certainly one that Samsung can be proud of.

DESIGN

Straight off the bat, there’s been a huge overhaul in design. There’s now a perforated rear cover that you’ll either love or hate, and it’s been made water resistant. This new addition has caused a bit of an increase in size, resulting in the S5 being a bit chunkier than the Samsung Galaxy S4, but it’s nice to know you can spill a drink on it and everything will be hunky-dory.

The large, 5.1-inch display, provides a crystal clear viewing experience with vivid colours and deep blacks. Unfortunately there is a lot of screen competition out there, and the Galaxy doesn’t quite match up with the likes of the HTC One (M8).

SMILE, YOU’RE ON CAMERA

We love the 16MP camera on the Samsung Galaxy S5. The photo quality is incredibly sharp and the app is brimming with special, easy to use features to help capture those preciousshots. Selective focus gives photos the depth of field you would expect from a professional camera and for the filmmakers out there you can now record in Ultra HD– four times the resolution of Full HD.

UNDER THE HOOD

The stunning screen and powerful processor mean you can really enjoy gaming and multitasking without having to worry about lag time or overheating. There’s also a fingerprint scanner secretly hidden under the S5’s home button. If you want to keep your stuff private, then this is the way to do it. You can even pay for things with PayPal – all with a swipe of a finger.

WORK ON THE GO

There are a few handy additions worth a mention on the Galaxy S5 that could help with work and productivity. Google Drive and Dropbox are cloud storage systems, and offer 15GB and 50GB of free storage respectively. This means you can work on the go and save files online for later – you might as well get rid of the USB stick right now.

We also really like Samsung’s calendar. It’s really easy to use making it great for keeping on top of events and meetings.

BATTERY LIFE

The Galaxy S5 has an Ultra Power Saving mode and we couldn’t believe how well it worked. The screen goes black and white, which looks cool, and you get access to up to six apps, including calls and texts. The battery life was good in normal mode, but this made it outstanding.

S HEALTH

There’s also a heart rate monitor on the back that works with the inbuilt S Health app to help you keep in shape. We much prefer the heart rate monitor on the Gear smartwatches as they give you real time updates, but the one on the back of the phone is useful to find out if you’ve worked hard enough at the gym.

THE DOWNSIDES

Although the clean face of the S5 is quite tasteful, the dimpled rear cover is made of a flimsy polycarbonate material – plastic, basically. We were hoping that Samsung might have wanted to take a leaf out ofHTC or Sony’s book, and introduce some premium glass or metal work, but maybe that will come with later models.

OUR VERDICT

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is without a doubt the finest smartphone the Korean firm has ever produced. It’s big, boasts an amazing camera and provides a very familiar user experience.

Have you got a Samsung Galaxy S5? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below.

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