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Samsung Galaxy S5: did you like it? (poll results)

Samsung Galaxy S5: did you like it? (poll results)
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has finally been officially unveiled at a typically huge Samsung event at Mobile World Congress 2014, but did it live up to all the hype? Samsung managed to keep it an absolute secret until almost the very last minute (there was one leak in the day of the event, but nothing prior), but while there were some surprises, probably the biggest of them all was just how much of what was rumored did NOT come true.

The Galaxy S5 has no Quad HD (2560 x 1440-pixel) display, it has no Snapdragon 805 system chip, nor an iris scanner. Instead, it added the unexpected water and dust protection, as well as an improved camera, a fingerprint reader in the home key and a heart rate monitor on its back.

Is that enough of an evolution to have you buy it? We wondered what your initial reaction to the Galaxy S5 was hours after it got unveiled, and asked you to answer one simple question: did you like it? The answers are now in and the results are unambiguous: the answer is no.

More than 9000 of you, our readers, voted, and an overwhelming 80% did not like what they saw in the Galaxy S5. It just did not live up to the hype for most people, we guess. The remaining less than 20% still liked it. So there you have it. The question that we are wondering about next is what would it take for a smartphone to grab your hearts and attention? Let us know in the comments below.

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posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:26 33

1. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


wao ...Z2 made it years Behind

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:31 6

8. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Wao indeed.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:33 29

10. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Z2 has already proved in Speakers
low light imaging
processing power
according to hands on comparisons

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:57 10

37. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


If we go by your logic then the lumia 1520 made it a decade ahead

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:11 3

46. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5866; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If the L1520 had the stereo speakers of the Z2 and IE was comparable with the latest edition of Chrome, I would agree with you. Maybe the refresh of the L1520 gets it right. If not, there is always the hope that the next high-end Lumia gets it right.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:32 1

81. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


It actually does have 4 FHD speakers, and the Nokia browser is the fastest, since it compresses data to a maximum by only sacrificing things like ads, on a pc however yes ie11 isn't as good as chrome

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:04 5

86. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


First thing speakers are not measured as full hd, second they arent four speakers they are microphones. Third opera mini is better at data compressing than nokia browser. Fourth wp8 isn't as cool as android. Fifth your avatar is of android#18 so you could have better suited as an android fan.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 11:32 1

100. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


After owning a lot of Sony and Sammy products I've never had a louder phone than my 808 PureView, however the audio in the lumia 1520 is even louder, more clear and crisp, true I do stand corrected on the microphone portion, opera mini isn't used by default in the xperia line, but Nokia xpress does come preloaded with non American handsets, wp8 is definitely better looking and less laggy than android and it's 8 cores will ever be while running on a dual core and 1gb of ram, I used to bleed android until I had disappointment one after another with the laggyness and poor battery life, my last android phone was the galaxy note 2

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 19:01

115. fireblade (Posts: 708; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


did you read this article?

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sony-Xperia-Z2-vs-iPhone-5s-vs-Lumia-1520-low-light-camera-comparison_id53270

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 00:31

119. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


No I sure did not, but if you know about photography these no flash conditions and extremely dark severely affects the pictures, specially if you set the iso ratio too high, then the pictures will come out as noisy as a picture taken with a Sammy toy, unless you have a tripod handy and increase the shutter time to try to minimize noise, or you know, use a phone that has a xenon flash that also has six angle lens with carl zeiss optics, you know the people that supply Sony for their cameras, and that also has 41 million pixels in every picture, oh yeah its the Nokia lumia 1020! I just remembered that because I'm typing this from it silly of me

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 01:11

121. elitewolverine (Posts: 1726; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I read the article. You put the Lumia in a hole where the sensor wasn't allowed to flash focus. In the nokia if you are not using manual settings it will adjust the flash vs no flash during focusing for a better picture.

The 1520 has ISO and Shutter speed settings that would have made that dark hole look amazing. Hell even my 925 can do that. Congrats sony for catching up.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:45 1

92. maherk (Posts: 1029; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


And the Z2 still proved that Sony doesn't have a single clue on how to make a good screen for their flagship. Z, Z ultra, Z1, Z1s and they never found out how to address this problem. And what's scary is that the Z1 has a better screen than your precious Z2.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:44 1

27. rd_nest (Posts: 770; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


You are not a Sony fanboy!! Keep going..

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:46 4

33. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I'm a Sony fan...that likes other manufacturers not just Sony. So yeah, I will keep going, I love tech. Hell yea!

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:50 8

71. rd_nest (Posts: 770; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Who do you think you are fooling?? You're the worst retarded troll in whole of PA. And you know that. You think everyone here are fool and idiots when you say "you like all manufacturers".

A guy who says Xperia Z2 tablet as the best tablet of 2014 is either an idiot or a troll.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:18 4

77. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Why would I fool you since you're so gullible? Do you even know what you're talking about? Wao, did you took those words out of your butt? Now, since when did I say "I like all manufacturers"? I said "I like other manufacturers". You should go see a ophthalmologist if your eyes have problem, or are you taking a medication recently?

"A guy who says Xperia Z2 tablet as the best tablet of 2014 is either an idiot or a troll."
Now, since when did I say it is the best tablet of 2014? I only said it's one of my favorite device in MWC 2014. Stop taking those words outta your butt if you don't know what you're talking about. What's the matter fool, you don't like me? Eh, I don't give a sh*t about it.

Have a nice day, sir. Peace!

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 12:07

102. rd_nest (Posts: 770; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


yes, I don't like you. As a matter of fact, I don't like any troll.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:51 2

84. Odiin (Posts: 272; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


According to you which one is the best tablet?

If he likes Sony then he bcm Sony fan, in that case u are basing Sony so you r called Sony hater. Is it like that?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:27 2

88. tadaa (Posts: 250; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


he may be quite annoying, but he sure as hell ain't just a sony fanboy. he supports most manufacturers when i read his comments

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:37 14

19. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2956; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yep. Sony did AMAZING job with the Z2!

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:05 3

42. Mittal (Posts: 429; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Sony did what they should have done long ago... How they got away with putting TFT pannels on flagships so far beats me!
But their designs are generally very good

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:18

53. bodzio1809 (Posts: 68; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


TFT can be IPS, TN etc. They used TN or MVA probably :)

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 03:34

131. Mittal (Posts: 429; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


ohh ... much to learn i guess :P

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:45

69. Ashoaib (Posts: 2283; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Gs5 is looking cool in white color... I take my old bashing of gs5 back...

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:26 20

2. ankiipankii (Posts: 35; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


1568 papasmurf ...lmfao

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:28 15

3. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


now he starts liking bezels ,even if Z2 has better waterproofing

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:37 10

18. tech2 (Posts: 2187; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Even with that GS5 has slimmer bezels that Z2 inspite of supporting a bigger display and a physical button with fingerprint scanner.

BTW, you forgot to mention GS5 has better dust protection. #HalfTruthIsFullLie.
Besides gsmarena lists both can survive under water for about 1 hour 30 minutes.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:40 8

23. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


lol its a Splash Proof same as S4 Active
nothing new

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:15 5

48. tech2 (Posts: 2187; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_Code

GS5: IP x7 stands for - immersion upto 1m

Z2: IPx8 stands for - immersion beyond 1m

Thats not exactly splash proof, is it ? My Moto G with water proof nano coating is splash proof.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:41 5

25. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Water protection is more important than dust protection, so dust protection is nothing to brag about, although it's good to have that protection.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:46 7

32. Xenaz (Posts: 95; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)


Isn't GS5 have a smaller display than the Z2?
5.1 vs 5.2??

I'm not sure about the GS5, but the "water-proof" actually means it is able to works under water like taking picture/video, while "water-resistance" means that the phone won't die under water but won't work properly under water. Just like the Z can't be used under water while Z1 can.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:17

51. tech2 (Posts: 2187; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Sorry. My bad :(

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:00

38. chunky1x (Posts: 254; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


The bigger question is. How does the water proofing affects performance. The common problem with waterproof/water resistant phones(Z, Z1 and S4 Active) is that there are no more vents for heat exchange between inside and outside airflow. This results in higher operating temperatures and lagging performance on extended heavy usage already seen in the ff devices mentioned.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:10 6

44. tech2 (Posts: 2187; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


If the device gets too hot just dip it in water ! :D

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:13 1

47. chunky1x (Posts: 254; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Good idea. :D

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:20 2

56. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Yeah..and if you don't have any water just spit on it ...

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:27

58. chunky1x (Posts: 254; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Peeing on it also helps.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:05 3

75. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2956; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


But pee is warm lol.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:40 1

67. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Brilliant. :D

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 12:59

105. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 407; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Water cooling?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:35 3

62. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Z2 (5.2") has 0.1"= 2.5 mm larger screen than S5 (5.1").
Stereo speaker need more space than small physical button + finggerprint scaner just look at HTC One 4.7" phone but taller than most 5" phones, at the same time the iPhone 5s have the same dimensions as the iPhone 5 although the iphone 5s has a fingerprint scanner.
And i'm pretty sure that 3200 mAh battery is physhically bigger than 2800 mAh.

If you samsung put 5.2" display, stereo speaker and 3200 mAh battery into S5.
S5 will likely have larger and thicker dimensions than Z2.
And until this day you can't find any Galaxy phone with better screen ratio or thinner body than Xperia phones.

Z2 has better water protection and from what i know for electronic devices water is far more dangerous than the dust.

FYI IP58 is dust protected and can survive from immersion in water generally up to 3 m.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_Code

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:47 1

70. ahomad (Posts: 154; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Z2 has bigger screen, dual fron speakers, bigger camera sensor and bigger battery, thats why it has bigger bazel and bigger overall size

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:30 9

6. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


LMAO! You made me laugh! xD

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:32 11

9. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


now he will say 3gb RAM is of no use :D
2 gigs is more than enough

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:34 13

11. akki20892 (Posts: 3555; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


We all (No) vs papasmurf (Yes )

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:39 9

22. tech2 (Posts: 2187; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Its not only Smurf but another 100k users like GS5.http://www.phonearena.com/news/T-Mobile-collects-record-100K-registrations-for-the-Samsung-Galaxy-S5_id53255

Only nerds on internet hate Apple and Samsung.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:42 10

26. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


actually half of them thought its a new s4

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:19 5

54. tech2 (Posts: 2187; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


If a 'new S4' can generate that excitement. I can only imagine the stir, GS5 its 'successor', created.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:29

60. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


as u said --"I can only imagine the stir, GS5 its 'successor', created"
no one really likes ur comment :D

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:39 4

66. tech2 (Posts: 2187; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


No one likes Apple as well. But you're forgetting that 1% of tech geeks don't form 6.5 billion of potential buyers.

By your logic, Nokia has the biggest fan base but they couldn't protect their beloved brand from selling did they ?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:45 11

30. dbdrummer88 (Posts: 29; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Most people admitted that the reason they preordered was for the chance to win a free phone. Therefore the results are flawed. Not saying the phone won't sell well however.

I would sign up for a chance to win a free mini cooper, but I would never drive one.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:20 5

55. newbey123 (Posts: 434; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


I was one of the people that signed up, but only for the chance to win a free one, so that I can win one, then sale it online and get an HTC One. i would never actually pay or use the S5.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:49

94. willard12 (Posts: 820; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


So you don't think Samsung will sell a lot of GS5s? Or will the sales be flawed also?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 11:46

101. dbdrummer88 (Posts: 29; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Did you even read my comment?

"Therefore the results are flawed. Not saying the phone won't sell well however."

I clearly stated that only the results are flawed, and I said that this will NOT reflect in bad sales.

Not sure if you skipped over it, but reread a post and know its meaning before making a bad comment.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 13:00

106. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 407; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


This guy knows.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 14:59

109. techaman (unregistered)


they signed up to win free phone thats all

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:29 6

4. cleat-glitch (Posts: 99; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


i think everyone is missing the point...its going to win overall

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:46 1

31. Darnelll (Posts: 16; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


It will sell well since its the new galaxy, but it just isn't as impressive as previous versions upon its release for who get excited about phones. I would think that the group of people that visit phonearena don't properly represent the population that would consider the S5. I also don't think the majority of people would know the S5 isn't as major an upgrade as versions before.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:07 4

76. cleat-glitch (Posts: 99; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


wen they do the side by side the s5 is going to beat down the z2 all day long...everyone overlooking the point wat samsung has done wit the s5

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:50 1

95. johnehms09 (Posts: 49; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


Then buy one.. If you can live everyday someone laughing on your phone..

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