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Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on: a winning formula gets refined

0. phoneArena 24 Feb 2014, 13:02 posted on

Finally, after a lot of long, painful waiting, the Galaxy S5 is here. Samsung has unpacked its newest flagship Android smartphone, and as you can imagine, the excitement is just electrifying! However, getting unpacked was the easy part for the Galaxy S5. What remains to be seen now is if the gigantic expectations for this ambitious smartphone are going to be fulfilled...

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:13

144. limporgyuk (Posts: 276; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)

That poor guy presenting must be so embarrassed by that device, not only were the audience not clapping when he wanted them to as they were clearly unimpressed but also he must have watched the Sony event and realised that their device was far superior. Who thought that the dimple effect was better than the faux leather effect and who thought anyone actually wants a heart rate monitor in their phone. HTC or LG for me this year, they have design and innovation down to a tee

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:13

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

Looks like a solid improvement!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:14 2

146. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

I think a lot of people are trying to find the right insult for Sony or Samsung fans. The truth is fan or not this phone is disappointing. A Samsung fan can not sit here and honestly tell me this is a God send or even a reasonable bounce from the s4. Everyone expected extraordinary and they didn't get it. Samsung did a lot of cool things with it but it's lack luster.

Oh and everyone giving Sony a rough time are you serious? Rehashing the same phone? Do you even know who Samsung is? Their design remains the same even in 2014. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Which is why Sony has no reason to change their designs. Their gorgeous OS and phone don't need drastic changes. Sony put out arguably the best phone I've seen yet. The z2 fixes any wrong previous versions might have had isn't that the point of a new flagship? To improve on the predecessor? All of you can stop acting like pissed off school girls now. The fact is Sony gave it their all and Samsung didn't because they think they are untouchable. I'll give Samsung kudos on focusing on the family. They have some smart marketing I'll give them that. Sony though.. it sickens me the crap you scrubs say about them. They've had one of the nicest designs since they started. Their camera is ranked as one of the best, they added an amazing new IPS display, always water proof, their OS is impeccable. That's all I have to say about that

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:49

160. 1EXreMAR (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

Congrats on that post buddy, fully agree.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 11:43

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


posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:19

148. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

i was thinking about upgrading from my g2 to the gs5. but after this announcement i'm going to pass. it has a smaller battery, smaller screen, cpu upgrade is not a big enough upgrade to justify buying, has the same ram, same design as the s4. the only thing i can think of that would be worth upgrading to may be the camera but the verdict is still out on that. looks like i'm waiting for the g3 to come out.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:23

149. wando77 (Posts: 843; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

Brightness and dimming has been improves MASSIVELY

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:49

151. iMemo (Posts: 110; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)

"it looks like the Galaxy S5 wll
continue to be the trend-setter in
the industry." No ways... That's a boring phone right there, not in any way a 'trend-setter'.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:26

158. Imaxxacre (Posts: 72; Member since: 23 Aug 2009)

At first glance I was pretty disappointed, but I'm actually excited for this thing. I admit that adding a fingerprint reader was probably just to stay competitive with Apple. Still though, it has a monster processor, amazing screen, very promising camera, water/dust resistance, and some legitimately useful sounding new features.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:40

159. 1EXreMAR (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

This looks like from the Stonehenge compared to the Z2.
And Mickey Mouse: don't even bother telling people that upgrading from S4 to S5 is equal to coming from Z1 to Z2. Z2 has a HUGE SCREEN IMPROVEMENT OVER Z1, A WHOLE UNIVERSE. If HTC doesn't put 4 gigs of RAM, 64GB storage by default +micro or else this year winner is SONY!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 17:07

161. jad.boutary (Posts: 107; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

What 4 GB of ram!? I have HTC one max and never needed more than 1 GB of RAM

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 17:47

165. rueleonheart (Posts: 20; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

My huge problem with Z1 and Z2 is the easily scratched screen. Big turn off.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 11:47

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

By sure SONY is the winner!

Z2 compact & Z3 to be released in 2014!!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 17:46

164. rueleonheart (Posts: 20; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

I am pretty sure that the design and the "feel" of the cover is actually better if we personally see the phone. I actually like the front design than S4. The back cover will surely look better when I personally see it.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:43

173. kinnizle (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Apr 2013)

Samsung is dead to me.. This is the largest dissapointment ever. If the company is going to be releasing pathetic upgrades then they have no business trying to acquire a purchase from me. The lack of innovation and mediocre products IMO will hurt the company. I mean seriously I can't believe more ppl arnt as outraged as I am about this and for Phone Arena to play along with this garbage is also disappointing. I was expecting something new, something reinvigorating but what do we get the same crap that happened with the S4 but worse this time I mean really!!! This no longer is a flagship device..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 22:29

175. kobbycarson (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)

why people saying ugly got uglier... the s4 was one of the best designed phones of 2013

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 01:24

182. fireblade (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

the worst designed phones of 2013. Have you ever seen something like Vivo Xplay 3S? HTC One?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 23:16

177. garz_pa (Posts: 154; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

I was surprised John V. isn't covering the S5 announcement.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 23:48

178. CaptainDroid (Posts: 8; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)

just wait for the galaxy NOTE 4......

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 01:58

183. Chilaz (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)

I'm very disappointed with Samsung. I was expecting something trully remarkable not that copy of the old S4. You must improve your design or else you'll lose fans. I'm done with Samsung. I'm going for another maker...maybe Nokia or the mighty Z2(well that is a phone worth mentioning), who knows...Smell_Ya

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 03:56

188. jackson_kaeluen (Posts: 87; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)

LG is better than SAMSUNG! Galaxy S5 is a huge disappointment! Anyway I will never like SAMSUNG because their innovation is not smart and useful! Like Air Gestures

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 14:16

200. Darkhell (Posts: 33; Member since: 03 Nov 2013)

Air Gestures are rarely useful for the average consumer. However if you have your hands dirty from cooking or working on a car they can come handy. Also the sensor that is used can be used while phone is off to show time and notifications. Over all Air Gesture is not that impressive or needed. I think the ultra power saving mode and the new WiFi the S5 are the 2 innovative features since both are highly useful and only on that phone.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 03:58

189. jackson_kaeluen (Posts: 87; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)

Fingerprint scanner, Apple got the best Touch ID fingerprint scanner, Samsung and HTC is swipe! You need to swipe!

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 05:32

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

Samsung's looks better than HTC's.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 14:30

201. Darkhell (Posts: 33; Member since: 03 Nov 2013)

Touch and hold or swipe, not a big difference, fingerprint scanners have come and gone on many devices because not many people like them.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 06:07

192. JIGGA4LIFER (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)

. PapaSmurf's comments are true about this phone. Yea, to some it is a disappointment cause of some of the features, but dust and waterproof on a phone is non-existant to certain phones. I will get this phone just for that. Even though I will put a case on it, I prefer it to have those features to last long....

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 08:53

197. crethuth (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)

Well lets se who's gonna sell it first. Hope Dualsim(.)fi will get it soon!!

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 11:37

199. Dadler22 (Posts: 161; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

I'm not a huge fan of the flat black, I liked the grey they were using on the Note 2 the best

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 13:08

204. theo14461 (unregistered)

Ho Hum, another Android phone, ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzz

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 07:52

206. Adlanaufar (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Mar 2014)

Wait galaxy s5 prime

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 12:33

207. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 268; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)

no no not at all
i wait for new one
any one care about design and beauty really can buy this?

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 23:58

208. Bretts (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

Huge fan of Samsung but very surprised with this release. I was expecting something spectacular once again from Samsung, but as Marques Brownlee said it, this is practically the Galaxy S4s. These specs are still amazing, but the Galaxy S series usually starts the next step for specs and everyone else catches up throughout the year and I was expecting more advanced specs than these. Though, I absolutely love the new KitKat look on it, and I also like they replaced the menu button with a tabs button (like the Nexus 5) to the left of the home button as I would use this very much and also that the apps optimized for the Nexus 5 is now also on the GS5 (the 3 dots indicating the "options" for the app instead of having the menu button next to the home button on the GS4). The back doesn't look great, but it doesn't look terrible either. It's just different from what we're used to. What I think from the GS5 is that this is a mix of the end of the Android 4.0 chapter and Samsung is trying to establish a beginning for the big Android 5.0 release.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 01:35

209. screenprotector (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)

I want to say "i want you"
phone screen protector

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 20:23

212. TougeMobile (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)

Z2 should be compared to note 3 not s5. The Zs also not able to transfer apps to SD car major drawback if you ask me.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 11:58

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

The good thing about the S5 is that Sony will get a bigger market share, so the pressure of innovation on Samsung will be even higher.

At the end everyone will benefit!

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 14:01

216. COZMAN (Posts: 99; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

Had an S4. Forgettable. Samsung Tablets are good but the phones are cheap. Samsung needs to look at an iphone for build quality. It is untouchable. With the new S5 it is obvious that Samsung blew it releasing a clone of the S4. Innovation is what consumers want. Not a repeat of what they saw last time around.

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