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Samsung Galaxy S5 tops Consumer Reports latest smartphone ratings

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Samsung Galaxy S5 tops Consumer Reports latest smartphone ratings
Three different versions of the Samsung Galaxy S5 captured the top positions on the list of Consumer Reports latest smartphone rankings. Both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active topped the list with scores of 79. Just one point behind was the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport. Even though all three models employ the same 2800mAh battery, the Galaxy S5 Sport appears to have received a slightly lower rating for battery life than the other two Galaxy S5 variants.

The LG G3 was next with a 78 score, followed by the Apple iPhone 6 which received a score of 77. Also posting a 77 was the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. The LG G2 was next with a 76 while the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge each scored a 75.

Other popular phones on the list included the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, which was ranked 15th with a score of 73. The second-generation Motorola Moto X had a 72 to grab the 20th ranking. The first Windows Phone model on the list was the Samsung ATIV SE. With a 73, the handset finished in the 19th position. Since the list was produced prior to the release of the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic, the top ranked BlackBerry handset was the BlackBerry Z10. The handset wound up with a 67 score, good enough to rank number 37.

Most of the top models had high rankings for Ease of Use, Messaging, Web Browser and Display Quality. Consumer Reports gave the 12th ranked Sony Xperia Z3 top marks for having the best-in-class pictures, and the 13th ranked Motorola DROID Turbo was recognized for its "superb battery life." You can find the rankings in the February 2015 issue of the magazine.


source: ConsumerReports

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posted on 01 Jan 2015, 14:56 16

1. tech2 (Posts: 3397; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


lol...........the entire list is dominated by Samsung. Great job, samsung !

Wish the profits could reflect that :/

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 16:23 9

8. JMartin22 (Posts: 1940; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


They're the second most profitable mobile phone vendor OEM among all tiers of smartphones... That's not enough?

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 16:51 4

10. alaw.14 (Posts: 227; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


Also they still make the most revenue.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 17:28 4

18. tech2 (Posts: 3397; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


That doesn't change the fact that Samsung lost about 74% of its profit YoY in 3rd quarter.

Inspite of comprehensively dominating the list the company deserved a much better year financially. Whereas, Apple with their buggy iOS releases and bendgate issues still continue to flourish.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 20:36 1

33. joey_sfb (Posts: 5428; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I think its good for consumers that Samsung has a good wake up call.

Hope they strive for bigger improvement for 2015!

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 21:19

36. pego99 (Posts: 86; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Cheap junk plastic. Only kidding. That's what apple retards say. I had a S4 then a S5 which is a great phone but I got a Note 4 (developer edition) which is a great phone too. It's better to get plastic contruction than to have a sealed battery which an all metal phone might have to have. It will be interesting what Sammy does with the S6 in Feb or March.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 05:46

46. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 423; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


At least Sammy devices won't blow up or set fire "automatically".

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 06:39

47. royjones (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Dec 2014)


Listen, this is an insider tip from a former employee of Samsung Jung daegu plant. I have nothing to gain from this. I do not endorse any phone brand. But, this has to come out for the sake of every hard Working consumer... There are 40 million units of unsold galaxy s5 in warehouses globally. Samsung is not going to throw them away especially with these company profit downfall. The memo from the Samsung high executive division are going to salvage everything from the galaxy s 5 and rebrand them as the new galaxy s6.. To cut their losses.. Now, it is up to you ( the reader) to tell your friends / family about this cunning scheme. Cheers 2015

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 14:07 3

59. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Let me go out on a limb and say that you're completely full of it. Cheers.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 12:43

65. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


hahahahahahaha. go to h*ll.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 14:59

2. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 523; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


These reports come out to slowly. If the rankings don't come out until the Feb 2015 issue, by then these rankings would seem outdated. Smartphone tech moves so fast.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 15:02 6

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Congrats, Samsung is beastin too.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 15:12 5

4. Loubielou (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


So pleased with My Galaxy S5,Batterylife is just Amazing,Camera Spot On,O.k the Critics Pulled Samsung down for using Plastic,but people now days buy Phones on there Performance more than the Look of the Phone,Samsung as Switched to Metal now,but that as made Samsung Upgrade the Prices of there phones,Keep Checking out what the Galaxy S6 will Look like and Will Offer,an i Hope Samsung really Show the Critics that they were so Wrong Pulling the Smartphones Down

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 22:58 2

39. NFSHesham (Posts: 265; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)


S5 didn't worth its price on release and doesn't worth its price now
I don't like apple's pricing strategy as well

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 15:28 5

5. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (Posts: 954; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


good job done Samsung.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 15:55

6. EC112987 (Posts: 603; Member since: 10 Nov 2014)


Awesome news the note 4 should of been top phone :) lol

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 16:14 2

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Note 4, 6/6+, S5, and M8 are my top 5. 6 top phone, N4 top phablet.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 16:36 2

9. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (Posts: 954; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


good choice bro. but I like Flagships from chinese OEM`s as well. Like Huawei etc..

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 17:14

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I haven't had one once of experience with them Zeus, the ones I picked, I actually had hands on with. I friggin live in AT&T.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 19:02

28. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


At least with AT&T you have other options. On Verizon, I literally can only activate the phones they choose.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 19:11

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ouch. I've always lik d that about AT&T, every phone in there is activated. I take pics/vids, text them to my phone, they really let you play with em. Helps one decide.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 16:56 1

11. EC112987 (Posts: 603; Member since: 10 Nov 2014)


Yea I love my iPhone 6 it's my go to phone, but I've come to use the Note 4 a lot as well. The M8 was very solid. Gave it to my mom as a Xmas present she loves it.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 17:17 2

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I'm thinking of grabbing an N4 off Craigslist. I really miss having a Note, been having one since the N2. The haters talk crap, but I'm an android fan too.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 18:02 1

20. EC112987 (Posts: 603; Member since: 10 Nov 2014)


Same here I like both platforms as well. The N4 is my first note and Its worth it

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 18:11 1

21. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (Posts: 954; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


cheers bro.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 02:13 1

44. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


get one.. you wont be disappointed. watching high def videos on it is amazingly sharp and ya just gotta love that camera lol

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 17:05 1

14. nwright94 (Posts: 193; Member since: 14 Oct 2014)


I agree but phablets are a little harder to get better satisfaction on because there's always those people who buy it and then think it's too big so they'll complain regardless of how good the rest of the phone is.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 17:02 1

12. theguy2345 (Posts: 1196; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


This list is crap for the most part. If real techies reviewed it, the results would have been much different. As much as I love mine, the M8 isn't on the same level as the note 4 (even though Samsung and android aren't my cup of tea). The Motorola Droid turbo would also be much higher. Again, I hate when mainstream media and regular people review stuff they really don't know anything about.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 17:42 1

19. HildyJ (Posts: 294; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Those damn consumers; always valuing usability over specs.

As a real techie, I want a 5" AMOLED screen with a Wacom digitizer, 8GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, running 64 bit Windows 8.1 with LTE phone capabilities. As a real-ist, I'm not holding my breath.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 14:12 1

60. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


You said "as a real techie" then you went and said Windows 8.1. I might can get you probation, but I'm concerned you'll have to do time.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 18:54 1

25. bambamboogy02 (Posts: 520; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Oh man, these people based their reviews on their own day to day usability of the device. Who are you to judge them and say they aren't good enough to review a device they purchased with their own hard earned cash? I'm pretty sure you are not a race car driver, but you can give me a fair bit of information and review the vehicle you drive and your opinion about it. Does it make your review any less relevant or less meaningful? The general public isn't "techie" like the majority of people on this website.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 20:56

35. theguy2345 (Posts: 1196; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


Yes it does, as someone who does stuff on a regular level, they do not deserve the same amount of respect and their review should count way less than someone who knows about it and someone who does it every day. It`s great a random person likes their phone. Doesn`t mean its golden. I would trust a race car driver way more than a regular person. They know how too actually drive, how cars work, and have driven many other cars and have the ability to compare them with experience. I, personally, know very little about cars. So I would trust someone who knows about cars, not someone who can barely drive themselves, as most people can't even use their smartphone. And again most people can't give ANY info about what they drive or what phone they hold in their hand. It's a miracle they know the model. You may think that is an exaggeration, but sadly, it isn't.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 00:48

41. mrochester (Posts: 528; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


I would be highly suspicious of the 'techie' being incredibly biased. I wouldn't trust a review written by anyone who comments on this website as it would be heavily biased towards Android. A 'normal' person's review would probably be better in that regard as they wouldn't have that level of bias.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 17:03 4

13. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (Posts: 954; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


NOTE 4 is the best phone/phablet out there. Though IP6+ is good too.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 17:12

15. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 494; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Just what I thought, I can't find S5 anywhere during holidays. All shops are out of stocks even online shops.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 18:16

22. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


I don't pay any atention to those stats because only fanboys vote and take them seriously...

I find the s5 to be mediocre at best...

And the iPhone is simply unbeatable, is killing it for a reason ...

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 18:35 7

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You gotta admit though, Samsung is making some killer devices. I'd choose a Corvette over a Porsche any day, cuz I'm a Vette guy, but the Porsche is a killer ride. I honestly feel the 6/6+ are as good as they are cuz of Samsung/Google causing Apple to feel the heat and step up their game. A lot of iOS 8's new features are android inspired/borrowed, let's keep it real bro. I'm an Apple first guy, but just as Samsung learned from Apple, and upped its game, Apple has done the same with iOS 7/8, and the new phones. To not credit Samsung, is to not give credit where it's due. We all have a little fanboy in us, be it cars, sports, or tech. Give it up to em, for making devices worthy of CR's recognition, and forcing our fav company to stop resting on its laurels, and give us what we've been wanting. I love my 6+, man do I love it, but I feel the overall best phab is the N4. Multi window, popup vid, the Samsung keyboard, S-Pen/S-Pen features, IR blaster, etc make for a compelling device. I'm an iOS first type of guy, but gotta keep it real, and give credit where it's due. Samsung/Apple are killing it for a reason. Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing Apple borrow one more feature, my Directv remote sucks ;)

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 18:59 5

26. bambamboogy02 (Posts: 520; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Well said. Spoken like a true gentleman who can appreciate and give credit to everyone who deserve it. Even if it's to the other party. I really believes phones and electronics in general will be 98% the same in the near future, similar to TV's. You might like the look and feel of one's menu over the other, but they all do exactly the same things.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 19:01 1

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yep, I 100% agree with that. Truly apples to oranges, and we the consumer win. Thanx bro +1.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 19:38 1

30. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Careful, you're going to cause him to blow a gasket.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 19:43 1

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I'm really hoping for some good insight.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 20:48

34. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


You're digging for gold in a coal mine.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 22:21

37. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


Well said, but I only mentioned the s5, i cant see what's so special about the s5, I simply don't understand why number one.i Didn't mention any other phones.

The most important thing is this though, this kind of articles are very funny..
And at the same time very dangerous..., just like the stupid samsung commercials, when people see fanboys voting as the best device the s5 it makes them even more negative at buying samsung devices..

I don't understand how some people in here can bitch about how brainwashed people are for buying IPhones and at the same time not having a problem that a garbage device like the s5 was voted the best phone in the world..., important notice, the reviewers didn't like the s5 much, and the sales of the s5 are not the best either..., so with what criteria is the best?

Long story short, there is no question what the best phone is, that's the iPhone 6, not because I say so but because the sales say so...

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 22:32

38. joey_sfb (Posts: 5428; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


The only thing that is special about S5 at least for me is water resistant.

Otherwise a disappointment, 2GB ram for a flag ship model is unacceptable unless they are prepare to sell it for less than $300 price range.

Well, S6 is around the corner, so Samsung you better start pulling out the big Gun and surprise us!

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 23:06

40. NFSHesham (Posts: 265; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)


Ok
What about people who have a limited budget with much less than what an iPhone costs and he's not in U. S. A where older models are still available as new and used devices are not at all in good condition in fact most of them replaced something through unofficial and untrustworthy service station?

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 04:13

45. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Great post, because I understand exactly what you mean buy it. Those who are brainwashed shouldn't throw stones in a glass house lol. Fanboys are fanboys, regardless of the camp.

posted on 03 Jan 2015, 00:34

63. TAMARETTE (Posts: 182; Member since: 15 Jun 2014)


Well for one thing, the S5 came out 9 months ago, and still has a better screen, more memory, better camera than the iPhone and sports a removable battery and sd card. And is ip67 water and dust resistant. So explain why the S5 is "garbage" again?

As for the critics disliking the s5, every phone has its fans and detractors. There are ton of respected review publications that rated the S5 high. There are also publications that dislike the iPhone because it is stagnant. And there are publications that admit publicly that to give a bad review to the iPhone means instant loss of phone samples and blacklisting by Apple, ie Bund.

But let's do get one thing straight. Apple is not a phone manufacturer. Apple have no fabs, no plants, nothing. Not a single iPhone, NOT ONE, has ever been built in the USA; 85 percent of them are made in China in sweatshops.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 12:41

57. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (Posts: 954; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


well said bro. +1

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 19:05

66. Cyberthing (Posts: 126; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)


Nice. Words of a consumer taking satisfaction in good products and features regardless of the brand. Brand loyalty is silly; product preference is favourable.

I don't know why you get knocked so much on this website, dude lol.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 11:33

54. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The iPhone is not unbeatable. In fact it has been beaten many times. If Samsung only sold the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note, they would have sold well over 600M phones last year.

Apple sells one model. You brag because APple sells mor eof one model than any OEM. Well that's easy when you sell one model. Yet in 2013 Apple had 4 selling models and only sold 150M total phones. Samsung sold 350M where over 150M were just the S4 and Note 3.

The iPhone IMO has never been the best smartphone. It is a nice phone. The first model was just a feature phone with a large display. It was a plastic cheaply made toy. In fact it was that way for 3 models. The iPhone 4 was a nicer model and is when I finally decided it was worth a buy with my money. After it and the 4S, I realized that Apple had done nothing with the device since 2007. Even today the iPhone has been around long enough to be more than what it is. It is sad that in 2015 the latest iPhone doesn't do anything different than it did in 2007. It's just bigger in size. That's it.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 17:01

61. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yeah dude, we know. I don't know what your issue with Apple is, but I assure you, no one here cares. Simply don't buy Apple, but your rants won't change anyone's mind. You're beating a dead horse, and I know, the Notes bigger yet smaller.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 18:21 1

23. John2014 (Posts: 43; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)


Who is the consumer? Sounds like YouTube views ranking.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 20:22 2

32. TAMARETTE (Posts: 182; Member since: 15 Jun 2014)


Congratz to the S5, and I'm quite amazed to see so little sputtering and fanboyism thusfar. For the most part, the Apple crowd have been respectful and quite a few 6+ users even voted for the Note 4. I agree that the Note 4 is the best phone but the Galaxy S5 has been severly under-rated by the tehcnophiles the last year. The phone is excellent and yes it could be better. I hope Samsung continue to improve Touchwiz and paring down the froth a bit. And I would like to see the Galaxy S6 have a completely new design language and a 5.5 inch screen. But it's impossible to please everyone.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 01:19 1

42. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Really?!? S5 satisfied more than Note4?!? Thats hard to believe for me.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 08:22 1

50. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 494; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Because S5 fits into the hands of normal people.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 01:30 1

43. snowgator (Posts: 3558; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I really feel Note 4 is better than S5, but I can see why S5 is a better fit for most people.

As a Windows Phone user, I am actually NOT at all shocked that the ATIV SE is #1. I would be all over that if it was on AT&T or I was on Big Red. I am actually just amazed Consumer Reports knows about it. Disappointed the great M8 did not do better for Windows.

I am pleased with LG's scores. That is an OEM that has really tried to do something different in design and it is nice to see a company that took some risks have it pay off.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 07:19

49. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I've owned a Note 2, 3 and 4 and I find the Note series at the top of my list every year. But I wouldn't recommend the phone to everyone due to size. Heck; I wouldn't recommend Android to everyone. I have one female friend that owns a Note 3 and she still haven't accessed Google play after a year. As much as I hate iPhones I would recommend the iPhone 6 in this case. Even my wife owns a iPhone. If you have user issues with iPhone I cannot help you.
You can either sit there and be tech support or just recommend iOS. Sadly some people are not tech smart to own anything above iOS. That's why I don't like iPhones. They get boring really quick.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 06:40

48. royjones (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Dec 2014)


Listen, this is an insider tip from a former employee of Samsung Jung daegu plant. I have nothing to gain from this. I do not endorse any phone brand. But, this has to come out for the sake of every hard Working consumer... There are 40 million units of unsold galaxy s5 in warehouses globally. Samsung is not going to throw them away especially with these company profit downfall. The memo from the Samsung high executive division are going to salvage everything from the galaxy s 5 and rebrand them as the new galaxy s6.. To cut their losses.. Now, it is up to you ( the reader) to tell your friends / family about this cunning scheme. Cheers 2015

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 12:00 1

55. AndreSinclair (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Jan 2015)


Don't believe they would do that are you sure you're not working for apple

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 09:50

51. AndreSinclair (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Jan 2015)


Great news for Samsung, perhaps those sheep that follow Apple and buy everything they produce will finally wake up and smell the coffee.
I HAve owned 4 samsung phones and loved everyone of them.
Just got rid of my Ipad and purchased a galaxt tab pro 10.1 the galaxy is far superior to the Ipad.
looking forward to the s6

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