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

0. phoneArena 27 Feb 2014, 07:24 posted on

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…

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posted on 27 Feb 2014, 18:45

114. almostdone (Posts: 231; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

At least 10x the amount of the Z2.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:34 5

12. docxx (Posts: 63; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Both are on preorder in Germany at amzon.de, honestly there is no reason why you sould spend 100 bucks more for the Galaxy!!

Zperia Z2 = 599€
Galaxy S5 = 699€

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:34 9

13. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1416; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

People who vote here are the minority of actual customers. We are the tech geeks who read and care for tech. We are maybe 1/10 of the total customers. So us not liking something doesnt affect the majority at all. It will sell well no matter what. MARKETING>TECH GEEKS OPINIONS.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:58

74. vasra (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

16GB flash memory difference.

If the Sony Z2 didn't ship with anemic 16GB I would order it in a hearbeat.

With 16GB (yes, I can buy a sd-card), it's PASS for me.

This is 2014. Top end models should have a 64GB option as well. If you want less, buy the lesser option. Now there is only one stupid option. This will drive away many hardcore and top-end users who use A LOT of storage space.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:56

98. johnehms09 (Posts: 50; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)

And not all customers are geek, they also looking on fashion side, phones are not only for geeks eh?.. If you can live everyday someone laughing on you phone.. Design is very important to me, and i hate band aids cause i dont want wounds..

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 12:20

103. JMartin22 (Posts: 1969; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

1/10? That's a generous amount. Try 0.01/10 - there are 10s of millions of consumers buying Galaxy phones. These Sony and HTC phones aren't owning anything and that's what's frustrating the very vocal minority on sites like this. It's unfathomable by their psyches.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:35 3

14. chunky1x (Posts: 270; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)

S5 is redundant considering S4 is still new. Most of the S5 features are not as ground breaking as the S4. The worst part is the performance of S5 is slightly faster and in some cases equal to S4. Next gen smartphone should have the 64 bit architecture and perform close or equal to PC.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:27

59. tech2 (Posts: 3455; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

+1 to that. But for someone looking for a phon right about now GS5 is still the best device for'em.

BTW, of all the features I am really digging UltraPower Saving Mode.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:50 1

72. chunky1x (Posts: 270; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)

It is up to the buyers. S4 is not so old, significantly cheaper when the S5 comes out and some of the S5 software will come to it. On the other hand, S5 is water resistant, power mode is a great feature and it has a heart sensor. However, there is a real threat of the S4 cannibalizing S5 sales just for the price drop. S4 may go so cheap that you have more cash to buy a waterproof case and even a decent headphones with some cash to spare for the price of the S5.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:36 2

15. toink (unregistered)

Great internals with an ugly face.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:36 1

16. Darnelll (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)

The S5 is too large for me. I REALLY like the water proofing, but at the end of the day I don't want such a large phone in my pocket. I just wish I could have a premium phone in a compact body that ran android. I've been on the android band wagon since it came out, but now that all the google apps I use are now on IOS I may switch when the new iphone comes out later this year. I feel like a traitor, but I have to. For me, a phone is primarily about function and it's physical aspect is just as important as it running smoothly with out lag or hiccups. Unfortunately, the android phones that run the best are always the largest one.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:47 2

34. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Z1 Compact sounds perfect to you. Also Moto G, if you live in country where it is sold. And iPhone is also great option.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:36

17. Xenaz (Posts: 144; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)

PA really likes to start/flame wars among fxnboys.... =_="

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:38

20. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

I like GS5, but I don't love it or like it very much. Waiting for the rumoured higher-end model.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 13:41

107. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)

Same, in six months or so both the Z2 and the S5 will look pretty bad, for now they're equally solid options for the average consumer.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:40

24. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Next to my 1520 the GS5 doesn't excite me, but it's a worthy evolution of the Galaxy S line...

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:44 3

28. lukkiristi (Posts: 68; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

To answer PA's question, for me it would have only taken Samsung to keep their own promise and bring something new & improved to the table design-wise. That's the thing that mattered most to me, and that's the thing they utterly screwed up.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:50 3

36. lukkiristi (Posts: 68; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

And pretty much the same goes for TouchWiz.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:45 6

29. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

The Galaxy S5 will sell, but the sales will be worse than the S4 since many people are disappointed with the S5. Awesome specs in an ugly design, not a good combination.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:00 2

39. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Like others, not surprised poll turned out like this with those in the know.
The reality is general public and this poll are polar opposite and marketing will move many just because of the package name.
Nothing to be jelly of imo by any means, it's a mild step up.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:04 2

40. Mube007 (Posts: 235; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)

Hey samsung u drop the ball on the s series for the second straight year....

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:05

41. Apoorvtheman (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)

This time z2 owned it I admit z2 is the first phone which I will consider with iPhone 6:-)

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:09 4

43. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

I find it odd that so many don't like a device they haven't been able to view, touch or use in person. What kind of tech geeks are we making now days? In my day, it was our persinal experience that made a conclusion. By looking at further findings and specs hidden within the design of this phone, it looks pretty bad ass. I'm embarrassed to be mingling with uninformed people that call themselves technology enthusiasts.

John B.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 13:46

108. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)

I feel the same, I lost so much respect for PA's viewer base following the S5's announcement. It's been non-stop flame wars since.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:11 2

45. xtremesv (Posts: 297; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

I was a fierce defender of the Galaxy S line until the S5. I defended the plastic and other drawbacks but I think enough is enough. I remember when I first had in my hands the first Galaxy S, I was marvelled by its size, design and gorgeous display. That Super AMOLED was out this world compared to those opaque LCDs. That sensation hasn't returned ever since. The S5 has been given a powerful chipset that's good but not satisfying everyone else has similar power beneath their flagships, all the other characteristics seem almost like a regression: larger, heavier for a mere 0.1" increment in display size, even the lateral bezels are wider and that bizarre kind of ice cream sandwich perforated back. I could forgive Samsung if all other manufacturers had plastic unappealing phones but it's not the case, right now we have impressive designs, devices that exude a premium feeling, excellent shooters, splendid LCD displays which rival easily the best Super AMOLED and the worse part some of those good designs come from unknown companies here in the western. A fingerprint reader on the home button, Samsung really? You have been sued for copying Apple!!! A heart beat monitor? Come on! I'd rather wait 200 years for a real medical tricorder. This time, no thanks.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:32 4

61. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

Well. I would welcome a tricorder myself.

But, in all seriousness, this phone's internals have also included the provisioning for carrier aggregation that is coming to fruition very soon by ATT and Sprint. This would make this phone blazing fast. Twice as fast as anything we have seen. The camera with 16mpx, as a newly designed sensor that will make it much faster than the 13 used on the S4. The fingerprint sensor is designed to augment rather than limiting it to just a couple things.

Plastic seems to be the draw back for so many, yet, when my friend and I happened to by the same phone case (one for his iphone and one for my S3), the phones looked very similar except he has a much smaller screen. Premium build is limited to no protector case. Once covered, aesthetic looks and feel are negated. You aren't physically viewing or touching the material. The point becomes moot. What I like particularily, is the fact that the phone is waterproofed and still retains removeable battery and sd cards. This is huge with me and so many others. I like what I see in this new offering regardless if it is as major as many wanted to see.

John B.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:31

89. Cicero (Posts: 870; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)

Very good post. My opinion too.+1

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 08:14

124. xtremesv (Posts: 297; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

You're relying on the same argument in favor of plastic I wrote years ago when the S3 and S4 were announced. But that doesn't cut it anymore, just because you're using a case doesn't necessarily negates the fact that your expensive smartphone is made of plastic with an awful back pattern. The first time you touch your device, you feel it, you want to be certain that you're holding something worthy that looks outstanding even if minutes later you put it in a case. Years before I said the back of the phone was not important, the only thing that mattered was the display, the problem now is that Super AMOLED is not cutting edge anymore, it looks OK. New LCD technology has reduced the gap expeditely and now I see displays like the LG G2 and I don't think Super AMOLED can completely satisfy me, maybe it bored me after owning all Galaxy S, I don't know. But as I said the S4 will be my last GS until Samsung realizes that 90% of the people don't need a heart beat monitor. Finally I'm giving credit where it's due, nice additions: better camera, water and dust resistance, attributes that for me aren't enough to keep alive my lineage of Galaxy S upgrades.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 11:39

130. docxx (Posts: 63; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Great post! unfortunately most people ignore the facts and just follow the mainstream.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:16 3

50. Nabil2511 (Posts: 152; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)

not surprised at all with the results of this poll

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:18 1

52. dJ_daddy (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Apr 2011)

A premium build and snappy ui like iPhone is what I need...only issue is my hands too big for a 4 inch device...waiting for a larger screen.. S5 won't even dream of buying a device that feels so cheap like the nexus 7 2012....s3 s4 all feel like toy phones. Gimmicks don't make a device premium....user experience does, so for the time being, living on with nexus 4 which compared to the galaxy line feels pretty decent....awaiting the new iphone

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:20 3

57. abhijithcs96 (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Samsung designers make a plastic crap

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:35

63. venomania (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)

Samsung is a big company, why it become so lazy to make more innovation? the best galaxy s series for me is S3 and never it found again after that...

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:35

64. gnppw (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)

I'm pretty sure that it will sell well in my country. :/
Z2 is better, but Sony's quality control and aftersales service are horrible here.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:38 2

65. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Still haven't shown the premium version of the GSV. Z2 beasts this GSV hands down

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:50

73. ARRA1N (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

The handset is Huge and whats the problem with sammy plastic and bigger every time ? a heartbeat sensor is just a feature that will come in handy once in a million.
The G pro 2, Xperia Z2 Iphone 5s and surely Windows Lumia 1020 and others are better than this interms of smoothness looks and feel this handset is just waste of money ...Samsung did a fantastic job with the galaxy s Armani edition but they dont need armani to do it again plus the STUPID DESIGN on every galaxy makes the design feel old and flat

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:20

78. Nobodeyx (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

You know what you guys should do? You should set the expectations, set the hype up so high on a new device through a series of article that there is no way a phone could actually have all the things the rumors said it would.
Then you can post a poll asking if people are disappointed that the phone does not have all the things YOU said it would have.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:23

79. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

I was extremely disappointed with the S5, but that doesn't mean I hate it. It's still a nice phone in the end.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:31 1

80. alumoyo (Posts: 357; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)

I think Samsung knows that their true flagship is the Galaxy Note now - I think most people know - its just Phonearena who need a little time to CATCH UP! I really don't see what all the fuss is about.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:32

82. KingQwerty (Posts: 15; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)

Samsung is clearly waiting to break out the higher end specs for their phone that is an answer to the iPhone 6. Sucks for us consumers but they are just watching out for their own corporate asses. I have an upgrade in early April and I am going to be patient to see how things develop..Can HTC wow me? We'll see...

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:47

83. Arthurhkt (Posts: 483; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

Nah, frankly speaking, even thou most of us say no, in the end of the day the sale still will go boom, why? Cause if it is Samsung, consumer that are not tech geek like us will not care about the performance or new feature, they bought it because of trend and brand. I doesn't hate Samsung, in fact if you have a good reason to buy the new Galaxy S5, please do. But personally i found it doesn't really has any wow factor for me

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:03 1

85. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; 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, 10:13

87. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

I was disappointed to not see Design 3.0. To me, this is just a GS3 mk3.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:35

90. stijnvbrummelen (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)

It is not that bad. Samsung did improve the design (not cheapy plastic) and touchwiz (looks not as ugly as last year's one). So they did improve some things that were bad. And come on, a 2k screen will be a big battery drainer. So samsung played safe.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:35

91. Ace_Aze (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)

Maybe people may not be liking it, but has we have seen, there has been over 100,000 pre-registrations for it in a carrier or a retailer i think, only in 2 days

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:46

93. arslanwaseem (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

I was writing about GS5 yesterday on my blog teckarena.com It is really amazing handset but when my handle turned over the back of this smartphone then I really disappointed and was thinking that What Samsung have did with the back of this smartphone?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:53

96. BooBooooooo (Posts: 56; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)

You missed one thing; reasonable price

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:54

97. Loubielou (Posts: 508; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Instead of People jumping in a getting the Galaxy S5,they will either wait for the Price of the phone to Drop,Which will be Very Quick or Switch to another Android phone with better Functions,Samsung should not have created such a Disappointing Smartphone,with People Expecting something Amazing,Why?didn"t Samsung tell the Public about Premium phones coming later,as the Galaxy S5 will not be no match with iPhone 6 from Apple in June

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 11:06

99. davenycept (Posts: 200; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)

Everyone is riding that Z2 im just going to call it the "bezelsome phone"

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 12:27

104. Tattari (Posts: 24; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)

to be fair , everyone sucked this year , Sony has always been good on paper , but meh in actual usage , specially with the Z1 , but i certainly hope that the Z2 does much better than the Z1 , Galaxy s5 is not bad , but not worth it , it packs a couple nice features , but totally not worth the upgrade from S4 to it , in fact Note 3 might prove to be a better phone than the S5 for now .

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 17:23

111. ameran (Posts: 282; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)

I am done with Samsung. They have started doing the same thing what Apple done to its fans and users. I am sure my next phone wouldn't be either Samsung or iPhone.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 18:37

112. Professor (Posts: 212; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)

I will like basically a phone with specifications similar or equal to the LG-G2 BUT with regular side mounted controls... And since I don't like all the bloatware that phone manufacturers and carriers add to the phone IT HAS TO BE a Play Store Edition.

Why not buy a Nexus 5? Because I have a Nexus 4 with Kit Kat (4.4.2) and its battery life is UNACEPTABLE after it was "upgraded" to Kit Kat. I need a phone with a battery that can last at least 1 day. So that means a 3,000+ battery.

(When my Nexus 4 used to have ver 4.2 its battery used to last 5 or 6 hours. Now (with ver 4.4.2) under the same usage conditions it only last 1 or 2 hours (and that's by turning Wi-Fi off and by setting Google Play Store to work only when connected to Wi-Fi only). With 4.2 and used to have Wi-Fi on and no settings changed and my battery life was more than triple than with Kit Kat. Also now it takes forever to charge. I suppose because the phone is basically using more battery even on idle than what the charger can supply. Sometimes I have to turn it off so it can cool down because it also over-heats now with Kit Kat due to now Android OS is continously running and using all the phone resourses in the background. I install a new battery thinking that it was the battery but is due to Kit Kat "upgrade".

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 20:43

116. jorell1019 (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

One thing for sure..
they said they dont like it but they will buy it.. :)

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 20:54

117. Professor (Posts: 212; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)

Samsung is the top selling android and always will be mostly because there are some people that always buy the new one just to say "I have the new one"... Even if LG G2, G-Pro2, and even the G3 is better. Just because its the new Galaxy...

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 22:25

118. Arirank (Posts: 40; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)

Let JK-Shin see this PA.. He never heard us.. X(

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 00:32

120. Sondae (Posts: 279; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)

I am not surprise why people dont like S5 because most of its feature that samsung put on s5 are already in the market. The S-health and heart rate wont be used unless your a health fanatic or athlete. Its kinda waste of internal storage. Still people have different taste. I am waiting how s5 will sell to people, rather go or upgrade my phone to note 3.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 05:08

123. manus88 (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)

"people" doesn't even know that they showed the GS5, they don't know what MWC is or where Barcelona is located ahahah! You better say "internet experts of smartphones"

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 05:07

122. manus88 (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)

A big NO from internet experts usually translates in a big YES from normal people, this phone will sell a lot, again ahahah!

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 09:26

125. vedraj (Posts: 75; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)

by the way who would like to have an heart rate sensor on a mobile,.The whole concept of the mobile was to call and connect, in which case the Z2 does a really gud job with its front stereo speakers.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 09:34

126. vedraj (Posts: 75; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)

The GS5 will probably priced higher than the Z2 ,cos of its inclusion of the fingerprint scanner and a heart rate sensor, by the way who would like to have an heart rate sensor on a mobile,.The whole concept of the mobile was to call and connect, in which case the Z2 does a really gud job with its front stereo speakers.
Nowadays the whole idea of a phone or a mobile is over taken by the smartphones,which is very gud for some people n in some areas.But its not worth it in other areas,such as the developing countries.
anyway coming back to smartphones,Sony on the other hand has Done a very gud job in keeping the User Interface and overall use of the phone to a very simplistic way
So saying the above words i like to say that SONY XPERIA Z2 was Waaaay Better than The GS5 In the MWC

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