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Living with the Samsung Galaxy S5: a longer-term review

Living with the Samsung Galaxy S5: a longer-term review

Introduction


The Samsung Galaxy S5 is an amazing phone. I should know, seeing as I lived with it for an entire month. And I rarely put it down to rest. I explored the depths of its extraordinarily versatile, Android-based TouchWiz software, and I kept a watchful eye out for its shortcomings, both software and hardware ones. Yes, it has shortcomings, and not one or two, but many. Most of these can be put in the nitpicking category, but some are rather important, as the consequences of them will be for you to stomach, should you decide to go down the Galaxy S5 path.


But we reviewed the S5. Months ago. So if you felt a little uncomfortable when faced with the title of this particular piece, that's understandable. It's important to lay ground rules, and we often do, even though most of this is done behind the curtain and you're all presented with a polished piece for the most part. So why should you read this one, and what does its very existence mean? Are you to discredit our initial review in favor of this one? Is this piece saying that we didn't do our job back in April, and we'd like a second shot? No. And a resounding "no" at that. Instead, what you're about to read should be viewed as an addition to it (the original review) -- one that is, at its core, different in the way it goes about looking at what the S5 has to offer.

Indeed, the reviewing process necessarily needs to be a standardized one. This means that scientific measurements are at the core of what makes up our professional opinion, as those are hard to fool and leave claustrophobic room for bias. Whatever can't be quantified or measured, we usually steer away from, unless the issue (or advantage!) is significant enough to warrant a comment born out of a more personal opinion. That's because there's no such thing as one-size-fits-all, and what doesn't appeal to the editorial team may appeal to you. A good example is the Galaxy S5's display and its TouchWiz interface, both of which we'll go through in just a bit. But instead of focusing on what objective benchmarks say about the Galaxy S5, I'll focus on what I, as a user, found about Samsung's latest and greatest, both in terms of the good and the bad. And through that, my hope is that you'll be able to draw a parallel (something that us humans are very good at), and possibly gain a more conclusive insight into the inner workings of a device that many of you are shortlisting even now, and one that is likely destined to characterize Samsung throughout 2014.

Design and Display


Living with the Samsung Galaxy S5: a longer-term review

In order to kick things off into a higher gear, I'm about to start with two contested territories: design and display. Both of these have been a source of massive controversy, and have caused many consumers to naturally run for shelter in order to quelch the noise, and make up their own mind. I'd like to try and accommodate those people.

Starting off with design, I have to admit that the Galaxy S5 is not striking in terms of its looks and the feel you get when handling it. This is only amplified by the fact that the company's design language has been cloned and rehashed a hundred times over on lower end devices, even though most of them are reminiscent of the slightly different Galaxy S4. In any case, I didn't feel like I was using something unique. That said, I've found that I like the white model the most, and I definitely hold it in higher regard. Even then, however, the S5 is not the most stylish choice currently on the market.

It is utilitarian's choice, though. In fact, if I had to draw a parallel with the car industry, the Galaxy S5 would be the Volkswagen Passat of the smartphone world, at least in terms of its design's practicality. Indeed, out of the new crop of flagship devices from rival manufacturers, it is the S5 that keeps physical size in check, and that makes it by far the most comfortable phone to use, specifically when compared with the clunky Z2, G3, and even One M8. And while its exterior isn't as premium as some of those, it's definitely the most grippy, ergonomic, and pocket-friendly, and it's not like anybody confuses it with anything else than a high-end device. 

Pandora's box: The AMOLED display


As for the display, it reminds a lot of how certain groups of people feel about the Tesla Model S -- the majority love it, but there's a protective and unyielding minority that is dismayed at the possibility of deriving fun from driving an electrical vehicle. The overzealous color reproduction of the S5 has people split in much the same way and proportions, as most people downright cherish the overly-saturated hues, while a stoic, but comparatively smaller faction, refuses to settle for a color-inaccurate panel like that. 

As for me, I think most people are right not to be too bothered by the color inaccuracies of the screen. In fact, I specifically put the Galaxy S5 into the Dynamic screen mode (which exhibits by far the most overly-saturated colors of all modes) two weeks in, and I found that I quickly got used to them and never changed them back. The only time those would get a bit unpleasant is in darkness, where the extreme saturation wasn't as easy on the eyes. Do, however, keep in mind that the S5 is not a very feasible device to make online purchases through, especially if you're picky about colors and ordering clothes, for example. These can, in reality, differ palpably. 

Because of these color inaccuracies, some of you might be tempted to go for the so-called Cinema screen mode, which is, according to our measurements, the least color-incorrect mode of the S5's AMOLED screen. Having said that, I generally wouldn't advise you go for it unless you're actually watching a movie, as the colors are downright lifeless-looking, and not in a fun way. In any case, and on the whole, this is a great display, and one that is easily made out even under strong and direct sunlight, which makes it perfectly-suited for use even on the beach.

Interface and functionality


Living with the Samsung Galaxy S5: a longer-term review

Time and time again, I've found that Samsung's Android-based TouchWiz software is something of an acquired taste. As such, there's a learning curve, and unless you've been exposed to it before, you're probably more likely to look at it with disdain than loving appreciation. Indeed, the interface can be quite busy, and the variety of features and options can be downright overwhelming. This is to say that the Galaxy S5 is definitely not the best pick for people who are just getting to know Android, and specifically if their background reads "iOS", which is, in comparison, extremely simplistic (which is not necessarily a 'pro'). Indeed, at times, the GS5's interface just feels messy, and I think that's fair to say. For example, why are the plethora of special modes (Private Mode, Kids Mode, Car Mode, etc) all over the place in the sense that one you activate exclusively through the settings, another through an app, and the third -- exclusively through the expanded quick toggles menu? And why are features like Smart scroll and Air wake up buried several levels deep into the Accessibility menu, and not in the more obvious, Motions and gestures menu? Certainly that would've made more sense.

But all this isn't to say that the skin doesn't have its appreciators -- in fact, for the longest time I've been observing a very clear (and extremist) split in the community, a love/hate type deal if you will. That said, I happen to agree with both sides of this particular argument -- TouchWiz can be better organized and less bloated, but I can also see why groups of people are worried about all the negative feedback. To them, functionality and customization is what makes Android their platform of choice, and it's also why they buy into Samsung products in the first place. These are the power users in the crowd, who are not as easily thrown off their game, and are usually extremely knowledgeable. To them, to criticize TouchWiz is to risk the versatility of the custom software. 

I believe that, while subjective in a strict sense, this is a very open interpretation of what TouchWiz really is, though I'm sure not all will agree. 

Features overload: Gimmicks or actually useful?


The GS5's built-in IR blaster is a miracle in disguise -- this is the kind of useful features we want.

The GS5's built-in IR blaster is a miracle in disguise -- this is the kind of useful features we want.

Having gone through the underlying philosophy and reality of the interface, I'd like to go through another very controversial topic: are the features offered by the software firmly entrenched in the realm of gimmicks, or are these actually useful? If I have to be completely fair, I'm not exactly happy with Samsung's approach, but hear me out first.

There's a finite quantity of resources that can, are, and will be allocated to software development, whether we're talking human or financial, even at a company as massive as Samsung. And while I agree that simply because I, personally, fail to see enough use in a certain feature doesn't automatically discredit it, I'd argue very hard that a few of those available on the Galaxy S5 are nearly useless, or at least badly-implemented enough to be tagged the same. 

By the above, I mean the likes of "Smart" scroll, the heart rate monitor (which can be substituted with a free app), and Air wake up, for example, all of which are just resource hogs and, save for the monitor, offer little practical benefit except in terms of marketing the phone. So yes, while Samsung has probably done its homework, and has found and confirmed that extra features attract consumers, I'd love to see the day in which the company frees up some more resources currently locked into gimmicky features and allocate them to as comprehensive and successful projects, such as the S Health suite, or well-executed features like Smart stay, One-handed mode and Multi Window, for example. You simply got to love those.

While still on the topic of functionality, I am basically required to mention the all-new fingerprint scanner. I've made my feelings towards Samsung's implementation clear in Week 1, and even after giving it a second chance in Week 4, my opinion remained unchanged. In the simplest of words, the fingerprint scanner is not reliable enough for me to use on a daily basis, and its inferiority is especially noticeable when you get to compare it with what Apple offers with the iPhone 5s. And no, this isn't an Apple-can-do-no-wrong type of statement, it's the reality of the matter. 

So what's wrong with it? Admittedly, there are a number of things that factor in, including the somewhat awkward position of the sensor and the fact that it's of the swipe type, and not touch. This makes the GS5 hard to unlock with one hand, and even registering your fingerprint sideways during setup isn't of much help, as you need to perform a rather flawless vertical swipe, which is, again, just an awkward exercise that often had me thinking of how long it'll take for me to finally drop the phone while unlocking. 
 

Performance: Awesome and disappointing at the same time


Benchmarks can be misleading, at least if you do not quite get their purpose. I'd say that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is something of a case study in this regard, in that it scores amazingly in those synthetic tests, but can also be a bit of a disappointment if you consider the overall user experience. As many of you will know, the main reason behind this is Samsung's TouchWiz skin.

Indeed, there's just something about the company's custom overlay that just refuses to play nice no matter the type of hardware powering the device. This issue usually manifests in random, but consistent, stutters, especially in the settings menu and the app drawer, but, occasionally, also when scrolling through the homescreens. To make matters worse, essential apps like Phone and Messenger (among others) are equally-heavy, and take a while to load. Considering that the S5 runs even extremely graphics-intensive third-party apps without a hitch, it's fair to say that performance is alright, but also a mixed bag.

It's true: Battery life on the S5 is great


By now, most of you will have come across at least one or two Galaxy S5 battery life tests, and those have been consistently stellar. Ours, for example, puts the S5's longevity at 7 hours and 38 minutes, which is excellent. This being yet another synthetic test, however, means that many among you will wonder exactly how well the 2800 mAh cell of the phone translates into real life usage.

In my experience, the GS5 is good to go for up to two days before you just have to charge it to stay online. And I say "up to", because it really comes down to how hard you push your devices on a daily basis. In my estimate, the phone was kept with Wi-Fi and 3G on at all times, and I consider myself a moderate user -- I chat on Viber a lot (which wakes up the screen, thus draining juice), and I browse websites and images about as much. I also occasionally play casual games, like Piano Tiles and 2048, for example. With this kind of usage, I usually get a maximum of two work days of battery life, which means that, sometimes, I'm a tad worried that the GS5 might not make it through the entirety of the second day. Thankfully, whenever that happens, you can simply switch on the so-called Ultra Power Saving Mode and make it through the remainder. Lastly, the GS5 loses very little charge while it's in standby -- along the lines of 2% or 3% during the night.

On a different, but related topic, the Galaxy S5 is on the growing list of still few devices that offer very fast charging times -- according to our tests, it takes the S5 about 120 minutes to charge from zero to full, and that's with the included, 2 ampere charger. In comparison, the One M8 and Xperia Z2 need about 210 minutes.

Closing words


Suffices to say that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is one complicated device. And that doesn't necessarily have to mean something bad. Not at all. But in certain regards, it feels like the GS5 is unnecessarily complicated. On the whole, it's a great device, but if you have even mild OCD tendencies, you'll find many little things with the S5 that you'll wish were better-executed, or missing altogether.

The Galaxy S5 is the Swiss knife of the flagship bunch: it's complex, but extremely versatile

Execution, precisely, is what, in a way, feels like is holding the GS5 from being the perfect device. And I mean that in terms of thoroughness, as certain aspects definitely deserve applause. This stark contrast is so profound that one can't help but wonder what Samsung could deliver, were it to focus on fewer areas, and finally do some summer house cleaning. After all, more isn't necessarily better, though I imagine the average consumer is drawn to all the extra features, good or bad, like a moth to a flame. We have marketing to thank for that.

So would I recommend you go for the Galaxy S5 if you're on the market for a flagship? Quite frankly, I tend to think that the current split between Samsung, HTC, Sony, and LG, is downright perfect, as the lines between what they bring to the table are clearer than ever, and that makes it easier to pick. Indeed, the One M8, for example, is definitely the stylish choice, while the G3 is for the power users out there, that just need phablet-sized screens. The Xperia Z2 is somewhere between those two -- it's both stylish, but also very, very large. As for the GS5, to me, it remains the utilitarian's choice. It's the Swiss knife of the bunch -- complicated and a little overboard at first, but extremely capable and versatile once you get to know it. And that, more than anything else, is why people will continue to choose the GS5 over the rest. And I don't fault them, and nor should you.

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posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:22 12

1. sgodsell (Posts: 878; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Good review. Its what I tell everyone about the Galaxy SX phones. They are the Swiss Army Knife of smart phones. Also you forgot to mention that you can get the Galaxy S5 on the play store. But then again, I guess that's only in the states.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:56 18

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7317; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Once you go S5, it's hard to switch to another phone.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 08:02 5

17. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2183; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Same with Z2.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 09:08 20

21. drunkenjay (Posts: 54; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


nope i switched z2 for g3 =]

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 12:30 2

32. mokhtar (Posts: 196; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


So u are retarded.. My friend switched from s5 to z2 :)

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 12:45 7

33. TheGenius (Posts: 242; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Well that makes your friend retarded.!
Or someone who doesn't uses his phone much.!

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 20:32 2

49. Diezparda (Posts: 199; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


So you called someone retarded because of their choice? we got a badass over here...

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 22:27

43. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 675; Member since: 29 May 2014)


it should be... "once you go android, it's hard to switch to another platform"

posted on 09 Jul 2014, 11:18 2

51. sagemda (Posts: 24; Member since: 20 Dec 2012)


wtf is this, somekind of religion s**t? get over it no-lifers, i had androids and iOS's and been switching them like socks... people get what they want... don't call them retarded, down syndrome virgin..

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 04:57

55. AU-1999 (Posts: 10; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


Buy the HTC One M8. It's the winner over them all kick-ass8000! All other phones are made of hell. Boom

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 10:39 4

25. hung2900 (Posts: 765; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


One popular paradox in GS5 that also appeared on this review: people know the cinema mode provides the most accurate color, they still choose the saturated mode. It is due to
- When get used to how colorful the display is, it is very hard to get back
- The whole UI, stock icons and stock wallpapers are designed for a saturated screen, sp on Cinema mode they looks terrible (dim, wash out,...)

In fact, the cinema mode is proved to be very similar to iPhone 5s screen in term of color (even white is better - nearer to 6500K and somebody said it's yellow, what a hilarious!)
Source:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY6zp42qGnI

posted on 12 Jul 2014, 23:21

58. fzacek (Posts: 1162; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


There is no Google Play Edition yet...

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:24 9

2. ThePython (Posts: 207; Member since: 08 May 2013)


I really enjoyed this review. It's kind of an "After The Buzz" type of review, and it should be a standard for all significant smartphones PhoneArena reviews.

+1

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:25 4

3. express77 (unregistered)


Wish it had better design and good looking UI.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 15:48

54. jgalvez21 (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 May 2014)


can always be skinned... nova fix my only issue with touch wiz

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posted on 13 Jul 2014, 06:10

59. mistertimi (Posts: 71; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Ugh hate when people say this. Tell me, does your launcher change Samsung's apps, like messaging, email, settings etc? No. They're still ugly touchwizz. Launchers change the homescreens and app drawer. Thing is, that's where users spend the least amount of time haha

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 09:48

61. Thullraven (Posts: 19; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


mistertimi, if the email client bothers you, you can always use a different client or app. The same goes for messaging. As far as the Settings menu, on my S3 I installed and use custom fonts so my menus don't look anything like anyone else's. The beauty of Android

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:31 2

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2183; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I kinda got that feeling that Chris really likes the S5.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:41 8

7. CoastCity (Posts: 72; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Yes, too many S5 reviews already. Grab another phone now Chris

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:57 1

14. Settings (Posts: 134; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Wait til the next Note comes.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:59 3

15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7317; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Getting that beast the day it comes out. That'll be my last phone for the year (Note 3, G2, S5, M8).

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:54 6

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7317; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It's kind of hard not to.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 12:47 1

34. TheGenius (Posts: 242; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


everyone who uses it does!
Yep..its brilliant just like that.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:39 5

5. solidsnake695 (Posts: 27; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


he forgot to mention how poor is the camera in low light

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 08:09 2

18. Razrman (Posts: 68; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


No he didn't, he covered that in his previous reviewhttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Living-with-the-Samsung-Galaxy-S5-week-4-the-mighty-TouchWiz-camera_id57266 This one is just his conclusion of a series of reviews.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:39 1

6. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 39; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Hardware is very good, but big TouchWiz slows down it a lot.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:42 1

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2597; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Brace yourselves! Samsung arena comments are coming.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:56

12. Settings (Posts: 134; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Hahaha! Took 5 reviews for S5?

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:46 1

9. Awalker (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I still don't know why Samsung is unwilling or unable to optimize Touchwiz better. That's one of the main reasons why I'm skipping the S5.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:56 10

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7317; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Had my S5. Never had a problem with it. It was problem free like my Note 3 was.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 10:00 5

24. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 365; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Thats what most of S5 owners will say, they would be ashamed to say that a 700$ phone has lag cause of touchwiz. I tested it on a local store and its super fast, but when you install apps and start using it for few weeks it slows down and thats just not acceptable.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 10:45 9

26. KingDingaLing (Posts: 114; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


That's what everyone says about whatever phone they have. And curious...how did you manage to test it at the store, install apps and continue to test it for a few weeks? Did you keep going back to the same store and test the same phone? LOL O.o

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 15:45

40. donfem (Posts: 515; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Brilliant response. Some spout rubbish out of hatred. Better they keep quiet than open their mouths and show folly.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 11:24

29. Awalker (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


In the write up he mentions the jitter, stuttering and lag. There's several reviewers who mention the same thing. Touchwiz needs better optimization. Better yet, Samsung should just get rid of Touchwiz.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 12:02 1

31. maherk (Posts: 781; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


And if you only tested it out in the store, then how the hell did you know that it ll slow down once you start installing apps on it? Unless you kept installing apps on the demo unit in the store and lived there for a month or so to give us your precious review?
Btw, I ve had the S5 for 2 months now, dozens of apps installed, rooted, moded speaker, Alliance rom with lots of performance and UI tweaking, and i am yet to face any lag what so ever. But wait, I might have a faulty unit, because MR. Store Units tester claims otherwise

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 12:24

63. MrEelSauce (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)


The only thing that bugs me about touchwiz on my S4 is the main screen. I replaced that junk with Google now launcher (xda). I had motos razr hd homescreen(also found on xda) before that. No quirks, no lag whatsoever even when I multitask.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 12:25

64. MrEelSauce (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)


Actually the only time it lags is when google play is mass downloading and installing all the updates.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 08:00 1

16. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 141; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Enjoyed my S4 - wouldn't have another one though as i care too much for updates. I switch year on year between iPhone and nexus now..

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 13:23

35. bucky (Posts: 1287; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


exactly what i do lol.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 08:54 2

19. solidsnake695 (Posts: 27; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


still dont understand why phonearena took 5 reviews for samsung noob 5 are they worshiping it ?

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 09:58 4

23. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 365; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Its the best selling android phone, again, and again, its all over the ads, all over the world, people buy it and i guess enjoy it, its a hot hot phone, of course they will focus more on S5 than M8.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 09:01 2

20. raky_b (Posts: 9; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


in terms of look, i would say SG S5 is more like Audi A8, great high class car/phone, but whole gamma looks same, so, when you see it on street, you just can't know is it A8 or maybe A6, or even A4....as long as there is not something else to compare it with.
so, there is Note, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Core, S4, S3 and a lot of other galaxies that look's same at first look as S5, and it is not funny

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 09:57

22. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 365; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Difference is the A8's chrome isn't cheap plastic that after few months wears off to show its just a plastic. Next time compare something that can be compared, dont compare a cheap looking, cheap feeling phone to a expensive looking, good quality materials car.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 00:25 1

44. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


Chipping off of the materials are only noticed in usually industrial areas workers phones, which are handled quite roughly, and some other kinds of jobs where the phone has to go through a rough routine or fall too much.

With the general use a leyman has the chrome plating won't chip away due to specialized polish and gluing.

I have yet to notice any chipping even on my nearly 2 year old Note 2, except for the bottom right, which happened when it fell of from my hand from the first floor of y building.
And metal isn't chipping proof either, it can chip out gradually, especially when the phone has to go through a rough handling.

Study and research facts before commenting.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 10:36

45. raky_b (Posts: 9; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


did you read first word that i wrote???
hire is it again: "in terms of look".

and, one more thing...Audi have good quality (so doesa samsung S4, S5 in comparation with many others), but it's just a big VW PASSAT

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 10:54

27. jellmoo (Posts: 618; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


"Indeed, the reviewing process necessarily needs to be a standardized one."

So... When is PA going to start with this?

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 10:57 4

28. tedkord (Posts: 4263; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


"As for me, I think most people are right not to be too bothered by the color inaccuracies of the screen."

Of course not, it has one of the most accurate color reproductions available today -there are no inaccuracies. And before you fall back on the partisan, biased hack Ray S. and his drivel :

https://mobile.twitter.com/DisplayMate/status/472099566763122688

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 11:26 1

30. Awalker (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


He talking about the default mode. I happen to like the saturated colors.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 13:30

36. tedkord (Posts: 4263; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


He's not really. Phonearena posted a review off the Galaxy s5 screen, and said even in cinema mode the accuracy was way off.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 13:31 1

37. lolatfailphones (Posts: 72; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


Introducing the next big lag

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 14:42 1

38. Eclectech (Posts: 54; Member since: 01 May 2013)


Only making the 16GB version of the S5 available in the US makes it a non starter for anyone who actually likes to load up on apps.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 17:19

48. sachouba (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


Today, there are so many ways of increasing the storage of a 16 Go phone that it's not a problem. You can even install the apps on an SD Card or transfer the apps data to SD Card.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 12:38

65. MrEelSauce (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)


media wise, yes. but app wise, theres a limit. Some of those apps that are moved to sd still need some data stored on the internal drive. And that overrated 16gb (it the actual size my be less than 16gb) is actually 9-11gb considering the os and its stock/bloat apps takes up 5-7gb. So theres not much moving around room in the internal drives when youre loaded on apps.

Like the game Nova 3 (total of 2.82GB), when moved to sd, theres 960MB on the SD, and 1.8GB still on the Internal.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 15:04

39. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 97; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Sadly I dont think this is true. I was using the S5 for about a onth and a half and I switched to a HTC One, because of all the issues I have had with the S5. I had constant issues with the UI freezing and becoming completely unresponsive. All the other times my phone wouldnt even turn on when the sleep key was hit. Sometimes it would take up to four presses to get the phone on. And........try to have that phone in your pocket while your working out. Once the touch screen gets a little sweaty. The S5 will malfuction like no other and really give you something to be upset about.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 21:19

41. Thullraven (Posts: 19; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


The S5, M8, G3, and iphone are all great devices that appeal to different people. I've owned several Galaxy phones and agree about TouchWiz not playing nice with other parts of the device at times. I really don't like TouchWiz much, so I always use GO Launcher. Anyway,that only solves TouchWiz to a degree since it is still there on the device even if you aren't using it. That's one reason I like Google Play Editions. I heard that a Google Play version of the S5 is in the works. The people I knew that had Google Play versions of the S4 said theirs didn't have the lag that regular S4s had. Personally, I'm happy with my Moto G LTE running on GO Launcher. It's fast enough, unlocked, and has no bloatware.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 12:47

66. MrEelSauce (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)


I agree. Although I hated the constant updates from GO, I havent used it on my S4 but it was a Hit or Miss on my moto D2G and razr HD. I started using the Official Google Now Launcher. Very clean and stable and since google now makes itself one of the pages on your homescreen, it doesnt have to load like on most phones, just a smooth transition like any other page on the homescreen. You cant get it on the store since its exclusive to the nexus, you gotta get it online.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 21:50

42. brasstax (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


My next phone should have..

Screen size of z ultra
Multitasking of note 3
Sense UI as stock launcher
Speakers by HTC
Camera by Sony

Oh.. And it should be built by HTC

Well I guess I can dream.. Can't I?

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 10:57

46. jdrch (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Jul 2014)


I'm surprised most people don't realize you can really speed up TouchWiz by rooting, removing Knox, and installing Xposed + BootManager.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 12:51

67. MrEelSauce (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)


its more surprising people don't know they can fix most of their problems without root. Especially with the Turn Off option for stock apps and launcher management samsung provides.

posted on 6 hours ago

68. jdrch (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Jul 2014)


Well, you kinda can't turn off Knox without rooting and removing it. Doing so sped up the phone significantly for me.

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