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Samsung Galaxy S5 User Reviews

9.3 Based on 48 Reviews

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Call quality9.1/10
Battery9.2/10
Reception9.2/10
Display9.6/10
Build quality8.7/10
Text input9.2/10
Everyday usage9.3/10
UI speed8.8/10
Camera9.5/10
Multimedia9.3/10
Internet9.2/10

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nsnikhil
posted on 03 May 2014, 13:50 (Posts: 0; Member since: 03 May 2014)

7

Wished i would have rather bought a new laptop instead

nsnikhil has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Not up to the mark, the build quality is bad especially compared to htc one or even nexus 5, the finger print scanner is good idea implemented in a bad way,and the speaker are super tiny, the worst of all touchwiz.

Build quality 5/10
Reception 8/10
Call quality 6/10
Internet 8/10
Multimedia 7/10
Camera 9/10
UI speed 7/10
Everyday usage 7/10
Text input 6/10
Display 9/10
Battery 8/10

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shiraz88
posted on 02 May 2014, 09:30 (Posts: 0; Member since: 02 May 2014)

7

Not bad

shiraz88 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

Darsht place that really offers something different to the htc also ridiculed even hurt.
The build quality of Samsung phones is really strange and has always insisted on making phones with plastic casing!
With the introduction of the fingerprint hacking advised not to use the camera in 4k mode and not try its waterproof properties, the say wont.

Build quality 7/10
Reception 6/10
Call quality 7/10
Internet 6/10
Multimedia 6/10
Camera 6/10
UI speed 7/10
Everyday usage 8/10
Text input 7/10
Display 9/10
Battery 6/10

Pros

  • display
  • Sensors

Cons

  • Build quality
  • The fingerprint conditions
  • The state of being waterproof
  • Battery
  • gprs & edge
  • 2 GB RAM

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eboston
posted on 24 Apr 2014, 06:57 (Posts: 0; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)

10

Great phone!!!

eboston has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

This phone is pretty awsome. The size feels great I am coming from a note 3 and was a little concerned that i would miss that screen size but i actually like this better. The display is honestly the best I've seen in a phone before and all the features are pretty amazing as well

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

Pros

  • Camera

Cons

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JewishMan
posted on 23 Apr 2014, 16:56 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

10

Descent upgrade over my S4

JewishMan has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Very pleased with the Galaxy S5 so far. The display is a big improvement and the battery lasts a lot longer than the S4 even tho the battery is barely bigger. I dont notice a huge difference in the camera quality other than the upgraded HDR mode and the 4k video mode. I am loving the back cover of this phone too, it has a good feel. I wish the fingerprint sensor was on the back where the heartbeat sensor is, but oh well. Its just tough to use it with one hand. All in all though, Samsung nailed it this year!

Build quality 9/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 9/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 9/10

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ed72013
posted on 21 Apr 2014, 15:00 (Posts: 0; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)

10

Amazing phone!

ed72013 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

For any busy student in school, this takes care of your busy day with ease. :) Right now, this phone is penny for penny the best one out there in the market. Everything in its operating system runs flawlessly on the 2.5 Ghz quad-core processor. Many of my friends own iPhones but, this phone will stand out from all right now.

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 9/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 9/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 9/10

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bbslimer
posted on 17 Apr 2014, 22:11 (Posts: 0; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)

9

Impressed

bbslimer has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

This is a great phone so far. I have had motorolla's for the last few and they were great. The last samsung I had was terrible (GLYDE). So I was reluctant to get another, but WOW, this is a great phone. I love the screen, the camera, how fast it is. I'm not sure what others think of the finger print scanner, but I think it is easily workable but not as easy as the iPhone. The only major issue is that I wish it had better call quality. However the call quality is good enough that I wouldn't consider exchanging it for anything else. Also, loving the kids mode.

Build quality 9/10 Doesn't feel as solid as other phones I have had but not bad. Too Light and slips in the hand.
Reception 9/10 No problems with reception
Call quality 7/10 Not as good as my previous phone but I can hear well enough. This is one area where the phone could use improvement.
Internet 10/10 Great on internet
Multimedia 10/10 Great multi media capability
Camera 10/10 Love the camera. Pplay with settings to make it work faster. Have a young son ad its a great phone for recording and taking pics.
UI speed 10/10 Fantastic speed
Everyday usage 10/10 Love it so far. Day to day its great.
Text input 8/10 Pretty good text in put. Not the best not the worst but it does the job.
Display 10/10 AMAZING
Battery 10/10 AMAZING!!! I go days without charging. My old phone needed a mid day pick me up, so going to a phone that lasts me up to 3 days on charge is awesome.

Pros

  • Camera
  • Screen
  • Kids Mode
  • Battery Life
  • Responsiveness
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Call Quality
  • A little slick to hold

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butteredjelly
posted on 17 Apr 2014, 06:05 (Posts: 20; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

10

Amazing phone, but it could be better.

butteredjelly has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Amazing phone. That's about it. Probably the best phone out there. But it still could be better. I couldn't find the internet browser for instance. I have Verizon, so I don't know if they took it off or something? But it's not there. And I don't use Chrome. Or any others. I like the Samsung browser. I'm a bit disappointed it's not even on a Samsung phone.

Build quality 9/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 9/10
Internet 7/10 I couldn't even find the Samsung default browser. Anywhere. No link on any of the stores, not an app for it, nowhere.
Multimedia 9/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 9/10 Keys a little too small for my liking.
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

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jadjr
posted on 16 Apr 2014, 11:50 (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

10

Just Perfect

jadjr has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

I've been using this phone for some days. Ans it's just perfect. Really pleased with my choice. I've got to play with the HTC One M8 , and believe me, even thought it's a premium phone, the galaxy s5 beats it hands down when it comes to its comfortable feels. Higher speed, more vibrant screen, better camera, more usefull features,ans most importantly a better battery life, which a really important thing for me . And let us not mention the faster WiFi , 4g and 3g connection available on this phone . So this is it. :)

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

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kjr5192
posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:00 (Posts: 0; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)

10

Wow! Unbelievable battery life!

kjr5192 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Been using GS5 for almost a week now and here are my impressions:

PROS
-Fingerprint sensor works quite well. Now that I'm used to it, my success rate is about 80 to 90%
-After a full day (18 hrs) of intense use, the battery is still typically at 40%
-Camera is excellent
-Feels soft, comfortable, and grippy in the hand
-Screen is unbelievable
-Used it while walking for 20 minutes in the rain. Received a thorough soaking and still worked perfectly
-S Health is extremely useful. It's interesting to see how many miles I walk (and calories burned) in a typical day. It creates graphs with your data to track activity, calories, and weight over time, which has proven to be good motivation for me.
-Android is extremely refreshing and fun after using IOS for the past 6 months (my opinion)
-The biggest pro of all is the swappable battery. Most users only purchase new phones every two years, unfortunately batteries become almost unusable after a year or so. It's easy to throw around buzz words like "metal unibody" and "premium design" but at the end of the day, you're probably going to put a case on it anyway and when the battery is shot after a year who cares how it looks?
-The "Smart Remote" is amazing and incredibly useful
-Ultra-power saving mode works very well. I used it for a full day, and the battery only went down by 10%
-The one-handed operation mode is pretty handy. It can be enabled by simply swiping the screen in a certain way, and adjusted to fit any size hand....  

Build quality 9/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 9/10
Camera 9/10
UI speed 9/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

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whiteplatano
posted on 15 Apr 2014, 00:31 (Posts: 0; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)

10

I don't know why people complain about this phone

whiteplatano has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Overall this phone isn't perfect but it is nearly perfect. Build quality isn't the best but it totally isn't bad. Smoothness and cameras are prime features. And don't get me started on the battery which is amazing. I can last a full day easily

Build quality 9/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

Pros

  • battery
  • camera
  • performance

Cons

  • heartbeat sensor a bit gimmicky

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Cha7520
posted on 14 Apr 2014, 22:08 (Posts: 216; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)

10

Excellent Phone!

Cha7520 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

The best built Samsung phone ever! The 16MP Camera is just amazing. And OMG....this Battery!! Where do I even begin!! LOL. This 2800 battery is CRAZY!!! 10 + hours of use and I was at 75%! Awesome!! Overall I'm satisfied with this phone. The only thing is sometimes...once in a blue moon, the UI freezes up just for a second.

Build quality 9/10 Finally a Galaxy phone that can stand up to the harsh elements and drops!
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 8/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10 OMG!!! Unbelievable! 10 hours of use and I'm at 75%..this is CRAZY!!!

Pros

  • Camera is awesome!!!
  • The battery on this thing is AMAZING!!

Cons

  • Still not as smooth as Nexus phones!

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alexlewmc
posted on 13 Apr 2014, 09:25 (Posts: 0; Member since: 13 Apr 2014)

10

alexlewmc

alexlewmc has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

this new samsung galaxy s5 dun have so many improve but this smartphone have a few of reason to buy.First one,this galaxy s5 is water resistant andthen s5 have finger print.more information pls go to check thank you

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

Pros

  • huge screen and water resistant

Cons

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Android
posted on 12 Apr 2014, 23:12 (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Dec 2010)

10

worth upgrading to!

Android has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

I was debating on why I should or should not upgrade, but I'm glad I did. This phone is awesome. It's fast, battery life is really good and it's not too big for my pockets. It's just perfect for my hands. I know lots of people with little hands complain about not being able to hold phones with 5 inch screens. I would definitely recommend this phone to people that are OK with 5 inch screen phones. Love the Galaxy phones.

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

Pros

  • Fast, slim, very good camera

Cons

Android alternatives:

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dlaxer47
posted on 12 Apr 2014, 21:10 (Posts: 0; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)

10

The phone to copy

dlaxer47 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

After the first couple of days I haven't had one problem which is more than I can say for any other phone. It's more waterproof than advertised and the back feels very nice in the hand. The ability to add expandable storage is great and is blazing fast. Android and TouchWiz finally work togather. Excellent phone, only reason it didn't get a ten is because I'm comparing the battery to the note 3.

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 9/10

Pros

  • Display
  • Camera
  • Very water resistant
  • Battery life
  • Android/TouchWiz
  • Build Material
  • Screen Size
  • Speed

Cons

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koko1
posted on 12 Apr 2014, 01:07 (Posts: 99; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)

10

best smartphone in 2014 so far

koko1 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

the best phone i've ever used, nice design, great performance, battery that stay for a 10 hours and a lots of other things. the only thing i hate is the speakrs, it could be better than the current one, but its okay i can live with it

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

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pecemece
posted on 11 Apr 2014, 13:26 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)

10

Beast!

pecemece has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

I like everything about this phone! The camera is excellent, its water resistant and dust proof, it feels very nice in the hand and it's not slippery, fingerprint scanner works very nice maybe it needs some improvement but overall very nice phone.

Build quality 9/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

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thedarkside
posted on 11 Apr 2014, 11:53 (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

10

this is the phone ive been waiting for

thedarkside has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

the S5 feel great in my hand as im having a hard time putting it down. the screen is beautiful in displaying colors and anything imaginable. the call quality is something ive never had a problem with. its dust and water resistant which is good for my active life style. no issue with battery life. the camera is stunning. the finger print scanner (in my opinion) is better than the iphone 5s.

the S5 doesnt seem to be missing anything that i look for in a cell phone. although the UI could use a touch up (again) its all around a great phone for me!

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 9/10
Everyday usage 9/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

Pros

  • screen quality
  • camera
  • connectivity speed
  • battery
  • build quality
  • dust and water resistant
  • reception

Cons

  • the UI is better but not quite what i think it should be

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varunrawal
posted on 08 Apr 2014, 08:42 (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)

6

its not worth upgrade guys

varunrawal has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

very disappointed……..terrible build quality don't like it one bit…always loved the galaxy series this is more like the star series doesn't feel premium…total let down……………………….camera is the only thing which worth the write about

Build quality 1/10 very poor quality
Reception 2/10 there is network issue
Call quality 7/10 its the same as the gs4 honestly
Internet 7/10 its same old interface
Multimedia 8/10 gimmicky
Camera 10/10 only think good
UI speed 2/10
Everyday usage 4/10
Text input 6/10
Display 10/10
Battery 4/10 its nothing great

Pros

Cons

  • build quality
  • looks like th s4 active

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Tizen007
posted on 08 Apr 2014, 02:52 (Posts: 522; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

10

Stunning phone

Tizen007 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is destined to be one of the best-selling phones of 2014. The S series it belongs to has sold more than 200 million, and if this new version doesn't sell by the truckload, a whole lot of people will be disappointed.

This is another good entry in the series, and some real improvements to the screen and camera make it a worthwhile upgrade for fans of the other S phones. Not every new part of the phone is a smash hit and it is not really a huge step on from the Galaxy S4, but the Galaxy S5 still earns my recommendation.

It works well, and takes about eight seconds, but there are two obvious questions – is it actually useful, and can you get this functionality elsewhere? At present, you can only use the Galaxy S5's heart rate sensor in the S Health app (although it appears to be part of the Samsung Bluetooth LE SDK, so should be able to be used in third-party apps), where it makes a graph of your previous results.

It will come in handy for measuring your resting heart rate, which is a reasonable indicator of general fitness levels. But it's not much cop for mid-exercise readings, where it would be of more use. Quite simply, holding your finger on the back of the Galaxy S5 while running is not a good idea. For that you really want a wrist-worm device like the Galaxy Fit.
The device has VERY good battery life and a stunning display.

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

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vinayryder13
posted on 08 Apr 2014, 02:50 (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 May 2013)

7

nearly the same as GS4

vinayryder13 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Samsung is just not improving on the build quality. Strong camera and the silicon have the edge here. screen's over saturation is eye popping but unnatural. Waiting for the F series now. A metallic body like that of htc one will perfectly boost the sales of high end devices.

Build quality 3/10
Reception 7/10
Call quality 8/10
Internet 9/10
Multimedia 7/10
Camera 9/10
UI speed 6/10
Everyday usage 7/10
Text input 7/10
Display 3/10
Battery 8/10

Pros

  • newest snapdragon
  • camera

Cons

  • build quality
  • color saturation

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Mehdia
posted on 06 Apr 2014, 20:28 (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)

10

wonderfull

Mehdia has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Overall is best update Big S4 but but brightness this Phone is Perefct and very very better of S4 and this design is cool! i work today by Galaxy S5 just can say Galaxy S 5 without Difficult battery is very Good .
Touchwiz new is beauty and faster and Simple
Best smartphone is display kill for all device ,Display Galaxy S5 Is Pure and without Rival
Overall word : Galaxy S 5 is King Android!

Build quality 9/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

Pros

  • Amazing Display
  • IP67
  • camera 16 MP very Gerat
  • usb3

Cons

  • Hom Button not is beauty For Smartphone

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kylehudsons
posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:12 (Posts: 49; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)

9

A great upgrade from OneX

kylehudsons has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Overall is great but the design could be better... There is nothing special for me to say as you guys can find all the reviews on YouTube already...
Nevertheless a great phone indeed.... Nice vivid screen, 4G LTE is fast no drop on phone call... Camera features are also great... The finger print sensor is also working amazingly great...

Build quality 9/10 Could be better
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 9/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 9/10
UI speed 8/10
Everyday usage 9/10
Text input 8/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

Pros

  • Nice big screen
  • IP67 certified
  • Works best if you are in South Korea^.^

Cons

  • Doesn't come with an anttenae
  • Price

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arefmrehin
posted on 31 Mar 2014, 17:15 (Posts: 0; Member since: 31 Mar 2014)

9

Good Phone

arefmrehin has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

I highly recommend this phone to anyone new to the smart phone world! Beautiful screen display. Loud speakers. Fast browsing off and online. Happy to be the owner of this phone. I can not wait until a new version comes out I can only imagine the improvements - Aref Mrehin.

Build quality 8/10
Reception 9/10
Call quality 7/10
Internet 9/10
Multimedia 9/10
Camera 7/10
UI speed 6/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 9/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

Pros

  • Huge screen, Loud Speaker

Cons

  • Big, hard to put in pockets.

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