Here's why the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a perforated (dotted) back cover
The South Korean company recently explained why it chose to design the back of the S5 this way:
Samsung has a full Galaxy S5 design story over at its new design-centric website (we first told you about it in March) - you can see it in the slideshow below. Oh, and in case you were wondering if, like the S III and S4, the Galaxy S5 is also “designed for humans”… well, Samsung reassures us that it is. Whew!
Later this year, Samsung may launch a premium variant of the Galaxy S5, which should be made out of metal. Well, we're eagerly waiting to see what this one will look like.
11. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5217; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
The dotted back just ruined the design of the phone, the K Zoom somehow looks better but still the dotted back looks weird.
25. maherk (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
How does it look better on the K Zoom than the S5 when in fact both have the same pattern? I was a bit critical on dau one when the S5 was released, then watching videos I liked it, they wanted to stay with the faux leather back but offer it in a new way. Perforated leather is usually the leather used in luxury cars, and I know the back of the S5 isn't real leather, but it gives the same look. I moved from the Note 3 to the S5 10 days ago, and the grip on this phone isn't comparable. So believe it or not, the dotted back does give a better grip, and you can always buy glass, metal, leather, wood, carbon fiber, and plastic battery doors off ebay.
65. Ashoaib (Posts: 1385; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Dotted back is an ugly part but the same looks nice on white n blue varient
80. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2594; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Most of those battery doors on eBay are not water sealed. Samsung could have made something much nicer, but they chose to do something cheap and expedient and then spend billions on marketing to make up for it. This is the Samsung way and it defines all aspects of how the company does business. For example, promoting cheap low quality TLC for SSDs instead of using MLC.
74. akki20892 (Posts: 3304; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
They still don't know what is design.
Ugliest flagship of the year.
16. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Okay PA, do you really need to write an article about it? LOL just asking
36. slaggyb (Posts: 189; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
No single day passes by without Samsung galaxy s5 news on Phonearena.com aka samsungarena. How ridiculous this sounds. Florin. T actually took pains to post this article I guess you have so much time @ your disposal. Well Samsung pays for it smh!
39. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3073; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Dont be butthurt. They always work hard to bring news under your fingertips. They have to earn for their life too.
46. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Not at all. Well actually, that's the whole point of this "tech sites" it's just a business, sales talk, etc..
61. Klamba92 (Posts: 195; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
Thing is Samsung, Google and Apple articles drive the most traffic and you help them even more by commenting. It's also no secret that Samsung and apple both have the most market share so because the majority of users have either a galaxy device or iPhone. So tech sites will always prioritise those more!
81. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2594; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Yeah, they do. Most news sites just modify PR sheets and press releases and put them up as "news". While it may be a sad testament to the shallowness of the world, it is also how the PhoneArena staff put food on their tables.
18. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
Life is hard dear hater. Life is hard. we have to learn to live it wisely and buy rip nokias and old sonys:'(
31. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2495; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Stop these pathetic self praising comments. You're a narcissist of your own kind. Just trying to feel better buy commenting stupid then liking the comment with your multiple accounts.
33. maherk (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
You do know that people can like his comment right? I liked his comment and am pretty sure a couple of others did. You always use the multiple account excuse every time someone who has a different opinion than yours has a green plus next to his/her comment, and thinking about it now, I believe it is you who has multiple accounts, and probably believe everyone else has the time to do so.
37. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Yeah I have multiple accounts, PapaSmurf, Tech2, and maherk. Samsung "k!ds" are the worst of all (notice I don't typed fans, because Samsung fans are reasonable, while k!ds are arrogant). You just keep loving the "brand", you ignore everything that's not Samsung. So annoying!
43. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
lmaooooo yeah we should care about rip nokias and grandpas sony radios? who cares? we love what we have and enjoy it to the max but for you to come and troll articles you're gonna have a helluva day. and speaka english.
50. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2495; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
As far as I know Samsung fans are always the ones offending others and saying only Samsung rulez. Meanwhile we others like all kinds of nice tech and choose what's best. At least Apple fans are mostly civilized like darkkjedii.
54. maherk (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Don't play the techie guy card, you are a Sony slave who lives in denial, everything in the Z2 is the best in your and almost every Sony boy's eyes on this site. As for me, I always said that the M8 has the best design, besy looking UI, but I went with the S5 because it has the full package and at the end of the day, looks are irrelevant to me. But for you, I can recall when you claimed that the Z1 has the best screen in the market, then yesterday you came up with a link of a youtube reviewer just because she said the Z2 has the best screen. You crowned the Z2 as the phone with best speakers, on day one! Like try the M8 and Z2 and then come up with your smar conclusions
57. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2495; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
......... Yeah, right. Cause I have called the Z1's display being the best... Yes, it is very good when looking head on. But it's not the best. Z2 does not have the best speakers and I have never said so. If I have, it was just speculation before I heard some comparisons. Well actually the speakers are about as good as M7, but M8 has clearly a lot better speakers. I have always loved Erica Griffins reviews, because she really is so HONEST and she goes SO IN DEPTH in her reviews. The reasons I love Z2 is it's beautiful premium design, simple sophisticated UI, best Android camera, great battery life, great performance and that awesome display. I have always preferred LCD's to AMOLED's mostly because of the colours. Also I have bad experience with AMOLED burn in stuff on my N9. Yes, that may not be the occasion on every AMOLED screen, but they still might occur after lot's of use. The reason I don't like S5 is mostly the design. Not only hardware design, but Touchwiz is just so ugly to me. And I don't want to root my device. Also it doesn't have those stereo speakers, noise cancellation and the camera isn't as good. At least in most situations. I prefer to shoot in 4:3 for the wider field of view. I also love the M8, but it's not waterproof and the camera just doesn't capture enough details. LG G3 will probably be awesome, but at least their previous UI is super ugly and I don't like the back side of LG phones. The glossy plastic looks horrible. LG G Pro 2 looks kinda good though since it's matte.
And just to let you know, I don't really think about you as a bad troller or ignorant Sammyboy. Mostly FriendsOfSamsung and The13thKing are bad.
58. maherk (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Erica Griffin is so biased man, I love the S5, but go check her S5 review, she was so biased toward Samsung since they sent her an S5. She says she buys her stuff, but only because not every OEM sends her a phone, when she make it sound that she buys them because she doesn't need anyone's favor.
60. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2495; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Except she doesn't even have a S5 review yet.
62. maherk (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
And you act like you watch her channel? Smh
68. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2495; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
"Is the Galaxy S5 worth the upgrade? I have a chance to bid the two against each other before my full review"
First too sentences in the description. That's not a review of the phone yet it's just a comparison between S4 and S5
91. zebraman (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)
the S5 looks a lot nicer than the Z2. the Z2 its just a waterproof brick of a phone. the Z2 is overated why are there so many Sony fanboys in this forum. why do samsung sell more phones than sony because they make better phones thats why. i dont understand why everyone pays out touchwiz it works fine ive never has a problem with it.
45. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2495; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Exactly. They think of themselves as Gods and want everybody to worship them and think everybody else are worse people than they are. They don't even give a chance to other companies and just trustfully enjoy their Samsungs. And the worst is that they constantly make fun of other people. No manners, no empathy at all. Super annoying people. I wonder if they have any friends.
67. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7711; Member since: 14 May 2012)
What's annoying is seeing you here. Hop off the article is all you're going to do is troll.
71. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Here we go again Smurf, just always remember, you're a Med Student, and hopefully be a Nurse? So act your age.
75. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7711; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I am by being civil and a mature person. Are you?
BTW, how about sharing some info about your life such as your age since you want to bring mine into the question.
79. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Who are you to tell me to share my info? If you're really a med student then you should know some psychology right? Civil and mature? yeah right.
87. AJagtiani (Posts: 395; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)
What would you expect from a person who's username is PunyPoop? Ignore such trolls and enjoy your phone.
41. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2495; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
lol. When did I last time say somebody has multiple accounts? And yes, I HAD one other account, which I used while this one was limited for a week. Haven't used it since.
Kings comments just tend to be so unbelievably stupid. They're not even trolling. He doesn't even seem to have a real opinion. He just worships Samsung because they have the highest sales and praises himself too because he has a Samsung.
38. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
lmaooooooo what multiple accounts? I swear on my Bible I have only this one, unlike you and your trolly nokia friends! you guys make my day every single time I read a comment and I have such a joy making fun of your imaginations.
28. Commentator (Posts: 2332; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
For whatever reason, the dots make it look fatter than it really is. The rounded-corner-rectangle look doesn't do much to help either. What is this, 2007?
63. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
when i hold an iphone i felt like i'm holding a double edge sword and i don't feel the premium touch it has to offer compared to the soft touch feeling of the S5 and no wonder why 99 percent of iphone users covered their iphones with polycarbonate case with leather imitations on the back becau111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
88. sar44 (Posts: 164; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)
For haters. Why you did not say anything about the Nexus 7?
98. 3rdDegree (Posts: 171; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)
Also keeping hideousness is an essential part of the design language.
82. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2594; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
“You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.”
-- Abraham Lincoln
Too bad Samsung is such a dishonest, deceitful company. They may achieve dominance, but they will never achieve greatness.
3. CaptYolo (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
Lol that's the most BS marketing I've ever read....sounds like the person writing it didn't even understand what they were trying to say
4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3073; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Its a lot less visible on white model. But i wished it had a real metal frame on the sides instead of the cheap feeling plastic rim and a more rectangled look like note 3.
5. FYoung (Posts: 33; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
"A delicate perforated pattern is applied to the back panel and attached to the elegant frame."
LOL The person who wrote that is either an incompetent industrial designer or a dishonest PR hack.
6. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5217; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
They should've used the faux leather instead of perforated dotted back, I know it's a new design and it's always a welcome and it also feels good but somehow I still don't like the dotted back, especially in gold color (which looks like a band aid). If I want to buy the S5, I will either choose black or white, at least it's not that noticeable.
And also, Samsung didn't mention anything about how good their own design these days like what other manufacturers do like "sleek, elegant design" "attention to details" etc., they only mentioned how good the material of the back feels, I think they also don't like the design but they were forced to think a different design and they come up with this.
S5 - Excellent phone, good material, weird design.
8. LikeMyself (Posts: 234; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)
I can firmly say and maintain it that the perforated back is complete B.S. I've used it. It's total crap! The Faux leather is quite okay to hold, but the perforated back feels 0.1% better than the glossy back! I would prefer it to be very matte!
Speaking of touching pleasure, go and hold a metal back phone(HTC One) or LG G Pad and feel it. Better when cold with that cool sleek aluminum back. A pleasure, indeed!
22. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
Yet no one buys those and most haven't even heard of it... weird huh?
52. slaggyb (Posts: 189; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Mr man just because people sheepishly buy it doesn't mean it's the best or should suit everyone's taste. You can actually attest to owning a Samsung galaxy because it's sells well. You must be delusional.
73. LikeMyself (Posts: 234; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)
So all people buy the Galaxy Tab 3! Doesn't mean it's better than my LG G Pad!! No it can't even be compared!!!
Well if you buy it and feel proud of it and love it, then I'm happy for you as I cannot buy something and feel that I bought it just because everyone buys it!
77. maherk (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
The tab 3 is much cheaper than the G pad you smartass. On the other hand, the tab pro 8.4 is more expensive and is selling much much better than the G pad.
Anyways, when you have 2 flagships that are priced almost the same, then yeah selling numbers show which phone is the better one. Now go back to your cave of denial and enjoy living in the darkness.
9. tmcr7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
I wonder how many of these haters gave a damn on this design pattern when it was first implemented on the Nexus7. Nobody said it was ugly.
14. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Yeah ..that's what I'm wondering...
It's trend to hate samsung now..just like it was with apple 2 years back...
All these haters ever held s5 on hands???? It feels much better....
34. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3073; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
The nexus 7 was a $200 product and this is $700+. Though i'll agree with you and shuaibhere that hating samsung is a new trend. There are literally tens of thousands of these pathetic fanboys. Just visit that gsmarena blog fully infested with nokia fanboys. And say a word against and you must be lucky to walk out without being bombarded. Even the mods are nokia biased.
10. joey_sfb (Posts: 2742; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Hater are the only ones interested in commenting as they couldn't contain their hate within. LOL!!!
Hope Note 4 have similar texture. I like it!
13. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5217; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
It's simple, the hate is towards the design.
Front looks the same, and the back looks weird. Not a good combination.
15. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Everyone knows the design is not upto par....
But it is not ugly either......it looks much better in real than the photos or videos...
17. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Not by any chance. I'm checking the S5 in stores, almost every week and see if ever there is a chance it would look premium and desirable, but each and every time I look at it, I'm really frustrated..
21. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
You're then one of those 1% ... I saw the hype it built and is still building now and the sad thing is .. no one ever talks about anything else (exception : the iphone)
27. maherk (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I feel sorry for you, each week you go to stores to check the phone you believe is so ugly to even hold. You don't like it? Move on, don't waste your precious time going from store to another to check it again.