Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung Galaxy S5 Introduction and Specifications

The Android smartphone wars are heating up here in Q2 with Samsung, HTC and soon LG releasing flagship devices targeted at luring in enthusiasts and mainstream consumers who might be looking to upgrade to the latest technologies and screen sizes.  We just gave you a detailed evaluation of HTC's One (M8) for 2014 and today we're here to bring you our view of Samsung's new Galaxy S5 Android superphone.

At Samsung's Unpacked event in February, we got some early hands-on time with the Galaxy S5 and what impressed us then is what impresses us now, now that we've had a few weeks to live and work with the device in house.  The first thing that stands out is its beautiful 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display.  Then you're treated to the snappy, fluid responsiveness of its beefy Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor.  But, as we've come to find out with HTC's One (M8), there's a lot more to a smartphone than just a pretty screen and a screaming-fast mobile processor under the hood.  It's a damn good start though.

In practical use, the definition of a "superphone" would be a well-balanced combination of high quality industrial design, functionality and a feature set that's backed-up with top-end horsepower and solid battery life.  It's not easy to hit all those targets in one device and not make at least a couple of compromises somewhere along the way.

So does the Samsung Galaxy S5 live up to the build-up?  Better still, is it merely just equal to the sum of its parts or are we talking true Android greatness here?  Let's have a look.
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Samsung Galaxy S5
Specifications & Features
Display: 5.1" FHD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080)
Processor: 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 with Adreno 330 Graphics
OS: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
Camera: 16MP (rear), 2.0MP (front)
Video: UHD@30fps, HDR, video stabilization, Video Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
Video Formats: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Audio: Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
Camera Features: HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot & More
Additional Features: IP67 Dust- and water-resistant
Ultra Power Saving Mode
Download Booster
S Health 3.0
Quick Connect
Private Mode
Kids Mode
Google Mobile Services: Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
Connectivity: WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2x2),
Bluetooth: 4.0 BLE / ANT+
USB 3.0
IR Remote
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Hall, RGB ambient light, Gesture(IR), Finger Scanner, Heart Rate sensor
Memory: RAM: 2GB
Internal Memory: 16/32GB
microSD slot up to 128GB
Dimensions: 142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, 145g

Standby time: 390 hrs / Talk time: 21
$149 - $199 on contract with all major carriers

Just quickly scan of the Galaxy S5's spec list and you're treated to a veritable laundry list of the latest technologies.  First, Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 801 with Adreno 330 graphics is the processor on board the GS5 and it in and of itself is a sizable upgrade over the Snapdragon 600 found in the previous generation Galaxy S4. However, the list goes on from there, and the upgrades are substantial almost on every front.  The highlights are a larger 5.1-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, (which is probably my favorite enhancement on board the GS5), a new higher resolution 16MP camera (capable of shooting 4K UHD video), the latest 802.11ac MIMO WiFi technology, USB 3, and a larger 2800mAh battery.

Cap all of those upgrades off with IP67 dust and water resistance (IP stands for "Ingress Protection" - there you learned something), similar to what was built into the Galaxy S4 Active and Samsung clearly has given consumers a lot to look forward to in the Galaxy S5.  Let's investigate the GS5's hardware design cues, build quality and software complement next...

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