5 things that could have made the Samsung Galaxy S5 better

5 things that could have made the Samsung Galaxy S5 better
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is finally here, but after all the waiting, rumors and leaks we can’t help but wonder - couldn’t it have been better?

Many will be quick to point out that the Galaxy S5 did not live up to all the hype. It did not have the rumored Quad HD display, nor a Snapdragon 805 chip, nor an iris scanner, after all. Truth is, it was almost impossible to live up to all these expectations as they were based on wishes rather than reality.

However, there are other things that Samsung could have done in the Galaxy S5 to make it better. Righ below, you can see the 5 features that Samsung could have implemented without going into sci-fi territory, but didn’t.

Related phones

Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Quad display won't make any phone better, stop it. Quad displays are stupid and i'm glad they didn't put that stupid s**t on their already bad phone. What would have made this phone better, is it not being made. But honestly, band aid backing, heart rate monitor, finger print scanner, ugly bezels bigger than the S4 because of copying water proofing. Awful flagship is awful and QUAD HD would not have saved it

23. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Am just stunned the only touched on size when it comes to design.. I mean the phone is obviously the ugliest of all flagship phones!! How can victor miss that?? It just heightens the notion that phonearena are in samsungs deep pockets

39. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Design is a matter of opinion buddy. What you just said is like me saying "The HTC One has a terrible design because it's not in my favorite color." It's obvious they did something wrong when the majority if people think it looks bad but the gold is the only one that live up to the hate for me.

43. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

What flagship phone do you rate below the S5 in design?? & whats this favorite colour of yours??

73. puckhead

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

while you are correct that it is a matter of opinion, but you have to admit most ppl will think the phone got uglier. The dimpled back.... The iPhone, the HTC One and the Nexus 5 are much more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It appears samsung changed it just for the sake of change. its still a great phone tho

79. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

i couldn't agree more. i've been following PhoneArena and other sites like GSMarena for several years and PA has always been partial to Samsung and i bet (in fact, i am 100% sure) that the review score on the S5 will be at least 9 out of 10, which is obviously not deserving of the S5's incredibly huge deception. Why did Samsung even release the S5? If u really want a Galaxy phone, just buy the now cheaper S4 - it's more pocketable with its smaller size and looks exactly the same as the S5.

29. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Spec wise the phone is average (not including 3GB is unforgivable Samsung!) but the worst thing about this phone is it's FUGLY!! The whole Samsung design department needs to be FIRED!

80. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

I was waiting in anticipation for the live S5 reveal since last year! and right after i saw the S5 on the live stream video, my hopes sank faster than the titanic. I closed the youtube broadcast and went off to read articles about other manufacturers' upcoming flagships. The only real hopes left for this year are HTC One+ and LG G3. The S5 is simply the biggest disappointment in smartphone flagship history!! To think i waited months and saved up to buy that uninspired, boring, phablet-like plastic device... So many rumors... Design 3.0? yeah right!

48. galanoth07

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

+1 zachattack. QHD will just drain more power from the battery

52. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

I am huge Samsung fan and convinced 10s of my friends to buy galaxy devices and they were happy but this time I am totally upset and won't recommend S5. The Galaxy Note 3 is still the most powerful phone in the world, by powerful I mean the overall performance and productivity offered by it.

68. force44

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

imran86 I am totally with you on this. I am a fan also and the reveal of the S5 made me think this is the most disappointing reveal I have seen and the S4 reveal wasn't exciting either. As Foneaddict said the lack of 3GB of RAM is unbelieveable considering you just did it on the Note3. Really don't like the back at all. A smooth matte finish would have looked better..unexciting..but better. And maybe it's just me but I really don't care about fingerprint scanners either so there is nothing here for me. If the Note 4 is just a Note 3 with waterproofing and a fingerprint scanner, I will be keeping my Note 3 for another year or looking to HTC

74. puckhead

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

I have the N5 but if I was a samsung person I would get the Note 3 too. Totally agree with you. I like the stylus features. I may get samsung phone or tablet some day and its def gonna be one that has the stylus features

2. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Hire LG's, HTC's, and Sony's R&D.

14. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

They're only used to copying. They couldn't copy this time because everyone is suing left right and center, these days. So they did the next possible thing for them. Copy their previous design.

65. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Another idiot that doesnt know how to research the whole copying thing.

70. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Observation ~ research.

3. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

you can't really complain on the size. they had to go water-resistant. it's even good that they managed to bring a slightly smalelr size than the xperia z2 althought the z2 has a slightly bigger display, considerably bigger battery, and bigger camera sensor.

25. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I for one do not care about water-resistance. I do not take my phone near the shower or pool nor use it in the rain. If I wanted it to be water-resistant, I would buy a case or buy nano-coating to it. They could have gone the way of the S4 and release an active version but nooooooo, they assumed everyone will adapt to the bigger size. Wrong move samsung, you just lost a customer passionate about your products (I'll stick with my S4 and get the iPhone 6)

71. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Question of choice in my opinion.

54. keari

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 02, 2013

and they did not only went water resistant but also managed to have a removable battery

66. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

nano coating enough said -_- , btw they have the active line up too. I am hoping for the note 4 although.

64. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

But *why* did they have to go water resistant? Is this really that big a selling point for all that many users? It's absolutely nowhere near my checklist when going through what I want from a device. And granted different people have different opinions, I just don't see it being this massively important feature for all that many people. Size however, is.

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

How about a better design that doesn't look like a band aid?

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S5 Designed for doctors and nurses.

42. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

But my father (who is a doctor) hates samsung

57. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Right? My father, also a doctor, uses an ipad at work!

63. darkkjedii

Posts: 31644; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dr. J is my father lol ;)

15. lukkiristi unregistered

That's exactly what I was thinking. Design (or the lack of it) is the biggest disappointment for me.

18. adjou

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 06, 2010

Band-aid for Samsung's own wound.

50. galanoth07

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

When would be the time that Samsung will use better materials on their phone?

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless