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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

April 14, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5It’s been a year since the Samsung Galaxy S4 was released, so it was time for a new champion to take the flagship throne and proceed with maintaining the well deserved reputation that its predecessors created. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is here for proving once again that this super-phone series always has something to say and show, thus being really bad news for the competition and good news for those of you who just don’t settle with mid-range devices and always go for the best. Follow the next review and find out what’s cooking inside the new flagship and also what it brings in terms of appearance – some changes have been made and the handset looks better than ever, being both handsome and tough, coming with a water and dust resistant body that will certainly receive a lot of attention.
Opening the Galaxy S5’s box will reveal its charger, the microUSB cable (which is used for charging the handset and making data transfers), a single piece pair of headphones and the user manuals.
Let’s take a good look at it. The S5 measures 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm and has a weight of 145 grams which is reasonable for a smartphone that comes with a 5.1 inches screen. Its appearance has definitely been refurbished: the removable back cover features a cool and attractive perforated design which looks nice and offers a good hand grip. The phone is compact, being easy to manage, and has a touch of elegance which isn’t usually seen on the regular Samsung phones – and that’s normal, as this is a premium device and I wouldn’t have expected anything else from its design. The build quality is great and the S5 is also a tough guy, having an IP67 certification for being dust and water resistant. This thing is very important for those of you who carry their phones in unfriendly weather conditions or if you just can’t stay away from your phone when taking a shower.
The Galaxy S5 features a 5.1 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, has a pixel density of 432 ppi and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Compared to its predecessor, it doesn’t seem that the S5 would bring something new regarding image quality, but it does. The brightness is higher and the backlighting is also better, thus leading to a greater contrast. The color rendering has also been improved and the smartphone offers the most accurate colors you’ll see. Better than everything on the market, right now.
In terms of software, the Galaxy S5 comes loaded with the latest Android flavor, v4.4.2 KitKat, and features the well known TouchWiz interface. It brings good stuff, such as a Multi-window multitasking functionality, which enables you to have two applications opened side by side and copy/paste things from one to another. The personal assistants S Voice and Google Now are also present, providing you with the required help and information that you’ll need during the day. A Private mode allows you to have control over what you choose to reveal to other users and the Smart screen features and Air View are also on board.
The Galaxy S5 features a fingerprint sensor that requires you to slide your finger over the Home button. It works like a charm, being fast and accurate, and has support for PayPal payments. It’s also used for your phone security, working with the Private mode for allowing you to have control over your private stuff.
When it comes to hardware, the Galaxy S5 also comes packed with the best there is, meaning it’s got a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974AC 801 chipset, having a quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and comes in two versions, with 16 or 32 of internal storage. You can expand the internal memory with a microSD card of up to 128 GB. The S5 is a powerful handset and will please you with a flawless performance.
Let’s see what’s in the connectivity package. The Galaxy S5 comes loaded with support for quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, quad-band 3G with HSPA, LTE, dual band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, LE and A2DP, microUSB 3.0 with MHL 2.0 and USB host, being compatible with microUSB 2.0, NFC and it also has an InfraRed port for offering you the remote control functionality.
For taking pictures, the Galaxy S5 offers you a 16 megapixels snapper that features an ISOCELL sensor, thus being the first smartphone to hold that. Among its features and capabilities, we can count a LED flash, dual shot, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, image stabilization, face and smile detection, phase detection autofocus and much more. The images produced come out with accurate colors, a high amount of resolved detail and good contrast.
The video camera is also excellent and produces some gorgeous 2160p videos @30 fps, among with 1080p at 30 and 60 fps.
Some other goodies brought by the Samsung Galaxy S5 are its very capable browsers (the Android one and Google Chrome), a GPS receiver with A-GPS support and GLONASS, Google Maps for navigation, 50 GB of Dropbox cloud storage and much more. The S5 is currently one of the most useful and capable premium devices out there, so if you’re in for something that breathes high quality and is a great performer, this baby won’t let you down.
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  1. Reblogged this on James.

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