For a company that's ultra obsessed with asking, "Can you hear me now?," Verizon Wireless
is unusually quiet about getting its paws on the Developer Edition of Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone
. Nevertheless, Big Red has it and it's yours for the taking if you have a spare $600 weighing you down. It's pricey, no argument them, but hey, it comes with free 1 business day shipping.
The Galaxy S5 Developer Edition also brings an unlocked bootloader to the mobile party. This makes it a little easier to install third-party firmware (ROMs). Otherwise, it's pretty much the same awesome handset that's available everywhere else.
Features include a 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragoin 801 processor with Adreneo 330 graphics, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 16MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box.
Don't confuse "Developer Edition" with "Google Play Edition," the latter of which apply to select phones stripped of any and all bloatware. Google Play Edition handsets deliver a stock Android experience without any carrier bloat or third-party overlays, whereas Developer Edition phones simply ship with an unlocked bootloader.