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Samsung Galaxy S5: did you like it?

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Samsung Galaxy S5: did you like it?
The Samsung Galaxy S5, the most hyped device in the last few months, is now finally official. Now, the one question that we are all trying to figure out ourselves is: do we really like it? Did it live up to the expectations?

We can quickly do a recap of the specs: it’s got a 5.1” 1080 x 1920-pixel display, a quad-core Snapdragon 801 system chip, a 16-megapixel camera and it runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. Plus, it has a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home key (you have to swipe it in order for it to work), and a heart rate monitor right below the rear camera. And that’s about it. 

Hm, but did we mention the strange back pattern? That peculiar "perforated" back looks interesting, but we don't what to make of it - we like it in some color versions, and we don't like it that much in others. 

What we really care about, though, is hearing your opinion on the Galaxy S5: do you like it? Did it live up to your expectations? Let us know right below.

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Samsung Galaxy S5: did you like it?
19.64%
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(1804 votes) Yes
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(7379 votes) No

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:03 18

1. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)


Looking good with alot of nice Features :)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:04 37

6. akki20892 (Posts: 3248; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Now Who voted yes. Please!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:08 27

28. CaptYolo (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Of course fanboy Papa Smurf

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:09 10

37. akki20892 (Posts: 3248; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Lol nice guess.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:12 5

54. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)


And you are?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:26 15

95. CaptYolo (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


A long time phonearena lurker who just opened an account

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:18 8

71. techaman (unregistered)


oh hell no no fanboy would vote for this crap

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:21

77. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)


I love Features

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:31 1

157. FeRoZ (Posts: 33; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


U made my day here u go 1 like ;)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:12 4

56. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Now where's the other poll? the Sony Poll LOL!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:29

103. THE_Hulk (Posts: 55; Member since: 09 Feb 2014)


So ny poll is already done and that showed a 45% positive vote. check it out in previous news

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:21

81. varuntis1993 (Posts: 43; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


You know on every feature announcement I was like 'copy'. Max things from sony phones and every one knows about the fingerprint scanner...dissapointed

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:34

113. jcdz89 (Posts: 62; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)


I think even Daniel Bryan will say no..no..no..to this crap

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:24 9

147. Dr.Phil (Posts: 863; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I think I can sum up today's announcement in one picture:

http://i.imgur.com/k2Uuf.jpg

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:18

171. igorb81 (Posts: 29; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I did. It's not that bad. I have S4 and it's very similar you don't have to fix something that is not broke. It could have been a little better but it looks great to me and the specs and features are rather nice. It could have had 3GB RAM but it's not a deal breaker to me and resolution is fine to me. Design and materials are meaningless to me since every single phone I used in the past was always enclosed in a very slim stylish case. So it's all right to me. I would prefer plastic over any material any day.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:27 1

193. Samir_Maric (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)


Naah this i goes with xperia z2

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 06:00

214. 1701nino (Posts: 227; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I voted yes,let me explain.First of all i'm no sammy fanboy i hated samsung for years,but there are a couple of reasons why i like the S5.First of all what what did you expect,you should know by now that samsung can't make a product like the iphone 5s and htc one,they just don't know how,once you except this you'll feel better.Second people we've reached a wall in smartphone industry in terms of display and specs race.I'mean 1080p display on a 5' phone is great,they will repeat this a couple of years why 2k displays cannot be mass produced...yet,where do you go after that 2k and 4k on a 5.5 ' phone common please get real.Third,we've reached a point now that all flagship smartphones are so steong that they will be able support next versions of androix for at least 5 years(it's not like 2-3 years ago you boight a phone and i 1 year it couldn't handle a new software update),thats why my ipad 2 runs ios 7 without any issues.So taking all of this aspects into consideration i think samsung did what they could best with all componets.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:07 23

20. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


who the hell voted yes

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:08 15

25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I did.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:10 17

39. lucid.brat (Posts: 80; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Xpected from u...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:12 16

52. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I forgot I'm on the internet. I can't broadcast my opinion without being bashed or criticized. Silly me.

Face it, it isn't a bad phone. It definitely will sell.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:23 2

87. maherk (Posts: 784; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


So did I. Let them hate now, couple of weeks later we will hear the famous quote again "It is growing on me". My only disappointment was the ram, then I read that the reason behind not making it 3gb instead of 2gb was that 4.4 kitkat doesn't need much ram like the 4.3 did.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:37

178. techaman (unregistered)


ok what happens in 3 months when kitkat is going out and 5 is getting ready that means this phone is a temp phone.its not a flag ship phone and what is an old guy doing running the tech department, ax him get younger guy with finger on the heart beat hahaha pun of the people buying the phones.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:26 1

94. LordDavon (Posts: 107; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)


I voted with you Papa. I like the dialed back TouchWiz, SD801, and looks. While I don't really care about the fingerprint sensor or heart rate monitor, almost every phone has something we don't care for, but it is there anyway.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:20

143. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 98; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


As well as myself. I seems like Samsung really put what people wanted into this one. No gimiky features. Just things that are extremely pratical for users like the new battery management, better camera and download assistant thingy. All things I would like to see my phone do better.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:18

197. xsmartphonex (Posts: 41; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Lolz lolz

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:09 7

33. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


So did I.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:10 6

43. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 219; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


I did !
A decent phone with zero GIMMICKS .

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 23:54

224. asun2 (Posts: 12; Member since: 03 Mar 2014)


No gimmicks? Since when does Samsung make a NO GIMMICK phone? When will people actually use the features Samsung crams into their phones? I daresay that the iPhone 5s is faster just because of a lighter but simpler UI. There is a reason why people said no... and that's not because we are hating. If Samsung had a better UI, maybe more of us would have said yes.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:16 11

65. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Even the most enthusiastic Samsung fan would admit that was a dissappointment

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:19 5

73. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Comment #21.

The jump from S600 to S801 is huge. People are ignoring that and comparing it to the G2, Z1 and Note 3 - all of which sport a S800.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:25 5

92. freebee269 (Posts: 516; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


i'm comparing it to the g2 because that's what i have. i can care less about the jump from the s4 to the s5. that doesnt concern me. what concerns me is the jump from my current phone to the gs5. and the jump isnt any better than my g2 except for maybe the camera and we still have to see about that. i'm looking forward to see what the g3 will be about. this gs5 was disappointing to me. and yes, this is my opinion since you like to point that out.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:29 6

104. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)


And that's fine with me. You don't see the point of upgrading, and I wouldn't blame you. Those who got the S3 on contract two years ago will be happy to upgrade. I might pull the trigger myself just for the fingerprint scanner and overall improvements Samsung made.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:38 5

124. bodzio1809 (Posts: 63; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


I get S3 two years ago and there is no way I will upgrade to this. For me this is a joke, not a flagship device. I would get Z2, but it's too big for me. Now I will wait to see what HTC will show. If they fail like Samsung I will stay with S3 or buy G2 :) With my contract I can wait even to October so maybe something new will come out.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:30

194. zachattack (Posts: 533; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


The G2 is the same size as the Z2 haha.. I would get the Z2 even though the G2 is a incredible device, Sony always mashes beautiful phones and this one is the king of 2014 so far

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:22

145. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 98; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


The camera, water resistance, battery saving mode and camera options all put the S5 above the LG G2. A phone that couldn't receive phone calls w/o shutting down until a recent update. Granted only some had that bug, but come on. Samsung before LG. Yeah right.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:53 1

196. freebee269 (Posts: 516; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


camera - verdict is still out. but g2 has ois s5 doesnt so in my opinion advantage g2.

water resistant - a feature that will not benefit me.

battery saving mode - g2 has that.

camera options - g2 has those also.

the things you named dont make me think the s5 has an upgradable advantage over the g2. i noticed you didnt meantion that the g2 has a bigger battery, bigger screen, better build design (opinion). but i would have left these out also if i was trying to make the s5 look better than it actually is.

also i've not heard anyone on xda talk about their phone shutting down when they received a call. unless they put a rom on it that had bugs that wasnt stock.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:34 1

164. FeRoZ (Posts: 33; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Dont u wry G2 is still the king ;) best smartphone of 2014 wil b either HTC M8 r G3 only if dey keep it r8 dis time better camera HTC n metallic design G3 ;) FTW ...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:46

131. dratomic (Posts: 431; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


where are you from? they literally filled the market with s800 packing s4s in europe and middle east instead of the s600 one

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:17 1

141. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)


US.

5char

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 22:51

203. dratomic (Posts: 431; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i still think s4 had no competirion. sure g2 was good but it didnt have those features thatmany people like.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:21 2

76. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 304; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Me. It's a solid improvement over the S4, dropped the glossy plastic, waterproof with a fingerprint scanner (2 major features if you ask me), better touch wiz, OIS.

Aside from waterproof and a fingerprint scanner in the same device there isn't anything new, but I fail to see why people wouldn't like it.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:10 3

44. ghaniosman (Posts: 64; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


yea exactly what i had in mind..great device

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:13 8

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


worst phone with worst wallpaper

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:23 1

146. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 98; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


You must have eggs in your mouth.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:17 1

69. techaman (unregistered)


are you kidding your self 2 gig ram my s3 has that 20ppi more then s4 200mah more then s4 its heaver then the s4 and bigger for what reason a fing heart rate monitor who the f give a sh$t about that you just wasted billions for nothing they will be giving this phone away for free because no one will want to pay for it its like whay buy a apple 4s when you can get a 4 that does the same thing.1080p screen same as s4 no 64 bit processor no internal updates this phone should have been called s4plus or neo am so pissed f samsung no more tvs dvd phones from them f them, the world will not stand for this crap. NOW THIS IS WHERE HTC TAKES THE LEAD AGAIN

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:21

80. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 304; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Calm down.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:22

82. HansP (Posts: 20; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Android doesn't support 64 bit processors. So... That would be pretty pointless, would't it? Unless you want Samsung to release a custom forked Android system?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:44

179. techaman (unregistered)


yes tizen its great from all the vids i seen its ready they should have put it out on this phone 2 versions people would take that one more aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr f you samsung wasted my life thinking you would give us somthing amazing

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:23 7

86. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)


1. Better collaborated screen (colors)
2. Larger screen, IP67 rating and fingerprint scanner = larger dimensions
3. Millions will buy it. Same as 4S. 4S was more popular than the 4 and sold a hell lot more than the 4 ever did.
5. 1080p screen = ppi over 430, meaning you won't see any pixels
6. Android can't fully take advantage of a 64-bit processor as of yet
7. HTC is suffering, in case you were gone all of 2013

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:34 3

115. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Thanks, for bringing some sanity, some reason-ability into this discussion as some of these people are technological morons...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:47

180. techaman (unregistered)


android can use 64 bit they have been working on the algorithms for almost 1 1/2 years now. its about circumventing touchwiz for android to speed up thats what android was designed for originally to speed up any phone its put on.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:48 1

181. techaman (unregistered)


i have 2 engineering degrees i would not vote for a system or product that could not go beyond a point.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:25

149. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 98; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


LOL. Thats why HTC One's are free after rebate and $50.00 everywhere else in the US.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:28

102. haseebzahid (Posts: 1801; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


oh please like what fp scaner heart rate monitor what does it gives new else the techs that other integrated already only good is 64GB ram nothing is better then last one same old and the bigest shit no OIS :P

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:36 1

119. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


There is no device on the market with 64GB of RAM....now, as for 64 bit processors, it is just a prop, as the latest iphone never really needed it...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:27

153. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 98; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Well said. I had somebody come in and ask about the processing power of the iPhone 5 and I told them it was the most powerful on the market, but the issue is. NO ONE MAKES ANYTHING THAT NEEDS A 64 BIT PROCESSOR.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 02:55

208. haseebzahid (Posts: 1801; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


i mean 64gb of SD storage sorry

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 17:15 1

186. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Such a disappointing start of the year. HTC's All New One has a crappy bottom bezel. S5 doesn't have any new innovations. G Pro 2 is almost identical to Note 3. Is there anything to be excited about the high end so far?? Even NVIDIA ruined the Tegra K1 by launching Maxwell less than two months later.

I am keeping my expectations very low from now on. :(

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 17:21

187. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Z2 was quite disappointing too.

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