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Living with the Samsung Galaxy S5, week 2: exploring the depths of TouchWiz

0. phoneArena posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:39

Last week marked the beginning of a journey for the duration of which the Samsung Galaxy S5 had a front row seat. Actually, scratch that -- a more proper way to put this would be to say that exposing the S5's every nook and cranny is the end goal -- the journey itself is nothing more than a facilitator. Like we have in the past, we felt like Samsung's latest flagship is a many-layered device -- layers that a uniform review process doesn't necessarily uncover...

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posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:55 3

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

S2 was good.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 06:47 2

45. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)

Current touchwiz is awesome and way better than the one the GS2 had. each year it got better as I switched from Samsung to Samsung. and with the GS5 it's the best ever version

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 12:24 3

18. tahirk (Posts: 25; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)

By a week they didn't meant it took them a week when they pressed the menu button & after a week it showed up. There is a world of difference between slow and exploring all of the available options.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 12:26 3

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

But it really isn't.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 06:49 2

46. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)

lmao. Touchwiz has so many features, that an old guy reviewing it here got lost in the menu and it took him 2 weeks to know some of the GS5 features while it took me 2 hours to explore the entire set of features in mine. lmao. please tell me about sony ui or htc, the featureless old people brands. I guess It'll take him 2 hours to explore these.

posted on 07 Jun 2014, 01:26

58. chocowii (Posts: 470; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

Thats the point so many bloats, so many useless features and apps integrated in TouchWiz it actually slows down the experience. The bad part? You paid for those bloats which goes down the drain.
Sony UI is pretty straight forward, yeah it will took you 2 hours to find what you need. It is user more friendly than TouchWiz.

posted on 08 Jun 2014, 01:57 1

59. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)

Well, my experience is not slowed down, as these work when you click them. And h*ll yeah it has the Best camera and most awesome most advanced camera UI. sony UI is featureless, needs improvements and can't compare to Touchwiz in any aspect as it wipes the floor with it, although I've only seen a sony once, I was disgusted with the dark-so-deprived UI and it's nearly as terrible as stock android is. well, I guess we can't put the blame on sony, they're doing good, but it's a helluva task coming up with stuff that "compare" to a Giant like Samsung, so they use the too-much-features-you-don't-need compared to a featureless stock UI. 2 hours to explore my entire set of awesome features in my GS5, if it takes you 2 hours to find something in your phone, like the old guy reviewing it, well, I have bad news for you, you might need to check the heart rate monitor, or use an apple device it has even less features than a sony.

posted on 08 Jun 2014, 03:14

60. chocowii (Posts: 470; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

Well I dont have a heart monitor, but I have an app for that with no extra cost, same outcome.
As for vanilla experience, I heard some entry level Moto was faster than S5.
And how come you know all of Sony's outcoming if you have only seen it once? Based on the way you describe your Sony UI, the dark theme was in Gingerbread/Jelly Bean/ICS days thus you compare it to the recent iterations of TouchWiz ergo the S5 which runs on Kitkat?
And I admit that Sony UI is featureless, but others call it lightweight. Its all bare essentials. Its bloatless.
And thats the reason why I like UIs other than TouchWiz.
I dont pay for bloats, things that I dont need.
I dont pay for cheating UI.
I dont pay for gimmicks.

And I dont pay for cheap, overused designed plastics that look like a giant Corby phone.

posted on 08 Jun 2014, 05:02 1

61. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)

lmaooooooo. There's a reason I saw it once. there's a reason people prefer Touchwiz over anything else. and yeah lmao the excuse of lightweight because you can't match another UI. I pay for 575$ for apps and subscriptions I got with my GS5 and this means I basically got it for half the price since I use half those, and I use my phone to full potential that's why I own a SAMSUNG not an old-man-featureless-excuse-of-a-phone. and hey open your camera UI in your sony lmao. 21 megapixels, state of the art sensor, bla bla bla. can't take a pic. lmao the worse is that it can't take HDR, hey I use live HDR and all types of options and tweaks. and I see STUNNING pictures on an awesome young looking puchy screen. not a washed-out-barely-got-there-lcd. and that cheap over used plastic, it's what everyone loves and buys, while no one care about a rectangle made out of 1981 Mercedes E280 metal phone. seriously man, go get a life. Freakin Dinosaur.

posted on 08 Jun 2014, 05:44

62. chocowii (Posts: 470; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

Ha. At least my Mercedes doesnt look like a beat-up Hyundai Band-Aid.
Take your Corby S5 somewhere else. Who loves cheap? You? You must be poor. Your Corby S5 doesnt even look premium. Heck the design even is not original. Dimpled? Thats so Nexus 7 2012. Magazine? Thats so Tile UI. Poor Corby S5 doesnt evolve the looks, same idea from the first Galaxy S. Oh and exploding batteries too! So terroristic. Got from your North cousins eh? Lol! Explosive and poor battery. Didnt even reach 3000mah. My Mercedes ran 100 laps while your Hyundai Corby S5 stopped at 3rd lap.
Camera dont shoot? No HDR? Better read reviews man. Ignorance is not an excuse here.

Give me a link that says Xperia Z2 doesnt shoot HDR coz of what I have known that phone can shoot HDRs.
Poor little kid, doesnt know what hes saying.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:54 1

65. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)

lmaoooo yeah and it gets a 3/10 rating for HDR here on this site ( which is a known apple lover and samsung hater) and hey READ the comparaison between GS5 and zf@rt at GSMArena. I had a laugh reading it. your 1981 Mercedes lmao yeah if it's turned on in the first place at 120 hp and a terrible rectangular design even a skate board would wipe the floor with it. I'm talking 1981 benz not 2011 so don't go slr and sh*t. hahahahaha battery life on my GS5 is awesome. lmaoooo so now a SAMSUNG is outdated and a f@rty no one cares about it sony is up to date lmao go to the nursery home they'll love you there. and my grandpa too. hey come to college old man carrying a sony/nokia/blackberry and watch people make fun of you and your beard dye. lmao what a l0ser. I would imagine going to college with a sony in my hand, the first thing I'd hear is " dude why the f*ck did you get this thing? hey guys, he brought his grand daddys phone" and you're saying about the GS5 poor and cheap? I find your sony old, poor, cheap overly priced failure of a cr@p with a deprived featureless ugly old man UI. and hey, you said who loves the GS5? well the tens of record breaking millions love it and adore it and own it and the others who don't, respect it. and neither do I or the World or Samsung itself, cares about the opinion of the 0.0001% internet buutthurt group who hate on Samsung. and hey, open Wikipedia search for Samsung and search for Sony. compare. lmao one is winning in billions and the other has been losing for 6 in the last 7 years. why people no buy good sony :( why no people see light :( why is are samsung bad :( #GrandDaddy #StopPreaching #OldPeopleLover.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 06:31

66. chocowii (Posts: 470; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

Gosh, no links? All talk no walk. You dont have proof to what you say little girl. Cant even prove that Sony doesnt shoot HDR. Guess this time you win. I concede, I wont go down your level.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 21:06

70. KRONeage (Posts: 144; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)

All I'll say to you and this bogus Old Fart Reviewer is..... let's hear your complaints now about Samsung STEALING ALL YOUR iPWNED and Sony HDR..... less..... where oh where is your Xperia Z3.... dumbphones come year end sales totals? Samsung is again projected to blow iCrapphone sales, Sony who?, HTC, Motorola, Nokia sales combined off the charts.

Samsung will sell over 400 Million Smartphones alone this year and well over half of that will be high end Galaxy series phones. Including Galaxy Notes, Galaxy S series, Galaxy Active, Galaxy Zoom, Galaxy Mega, etc. How can Apple even compete with that. Let alone Crash n Burn Time Sony run by Sir Howie Stringnutz's clone in Kaz Harai!

And to think Sony, before Sir Stringnutz took over was #1 Electronics Company in the World. Apple wasn't even in the top 20 and Samsung was down around 7 or 8. If Ken Kutaragi would have been given the CEO position like he deserved, Sony may have still been #1. But.... they're not..... just like Apple isn't. Despite iDiots thinking they are over bogus "Most Valuable Company"? WTF?!? lol.... That title requires impossible qualifications to that and Apple and their fans always forget to mention they are publicly held and that's the only reason they can even claim to be #1 anything! hahaha.... Samsung is primarily Privately owned MegaCorp and Apple is just an iTrinket Maker controlled by it's share holders and brainwashed fans and iDiotic writers like this one!

BTW.... hope you know SAMSUNG is now the Largest CMOS fabricator on the planet, sending Sony down to 2nd place! ....the commenter you're responding to, has it right. You all are dissing on a company (right now the only true end to end manufacturer) for having too many features your moronic and iDiotic (for Apple) companies don't have!!!

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:01

64. 3rdDegree (Posts: 218; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)

I think LG's new GUI is probably better than Samsung's. It's finely optimised as well. Virtually no latency issues and much more mature in terms of aesthetics.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:17

5. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

I love these long term reviews!

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:37 12

7. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

This guys is ridiculous i have had the phone for about a week now and the abilities are crazy not looking for gimmicks but the shortcuts and visions of possibilities no longer having to download certain because its built it
1. the settings its not confusing its plain and to the point you can even minimize the menus or search specifically for them learned it in a day im not some phone nerd but common sense is all thats necessary living in a world of apple with turn your brain to mush
2. fingerprint scanner although not perfect has taken a little while to get used to but generally first definitely second swipe is completed and from reading the initial articles its easier to use than was portrayed for instance if you generally swipe the side of your thumb you can do so it doesn't have to be the whole full pad of the finger.
3. like the person above said they found uses for it maybe there are features on here not for everyone you can't offer an article on something you don't use and say its pointless you would offer that it can be beneficial to some.

dealing with multiple phones on a day to day basis it stands up well with out the headache you all perceive it to be there are so many helpful tools on the device that when used im still very surprised and weren't thrown in the list of "cool" things. get off the high horse stop praising devices that do nothing, have little to no innovation and just a pretty device.and look at the attempts made to create new ideas whether they are faulty or solid.

the fisker looked amazing promised a lot ...fell short and was recalled to be blinded.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:49 8

11. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)

No I think this guy's IQ is below average... so he should eat more fishes in his daily meal because of w3... he still confused with setting menu..! Some one give him a guidance map for setting menu..! Greedy guy....! I owned S5 for 3weeks and for me the setting menu wasn't confusing even at first day and for tree weeks I'm using fingerprint scanner for unlocking and really it satisfied me...! So poor guy stop bashing S5 every week because the owners know that you're totally lying and trolling..! Dont forget fishe.!

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:49 9

10. enthasuium (Posts: 138; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)

Touchwiz may be slow, some may hate, But you cant ignore it . Today almost all Launcher, google, apex, Nova, Go launcher all inspired by touchwiz.

Phonerena u believe or not s5 display is best and accurate. I will take experience statement made by Displaymate anyday no matter how much bias you are.

Smart Stay is very very useful.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:52 7

12. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)

Forget about this site iphone arena (I mean icrap arena)..they using icraps so their IQ becoming low every day..

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 14:02

50. androtaku (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)

then what are you doing here? there's dumdroidarena waiting for you

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 07:27 1

55. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)

to troll iFeaturePhone fans like yourself.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:56 4

14. Anshulonweb (Posts: 438; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

I want this type of article for htc m8 and xperia z2....

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 12:13 8

17. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)

This never gonna be happen especially for icrap devices.... this site is samsung troller site..they always find away to bash samsung flagships...I don't know what sammy they to them really...! Funny.. even they bashing the best thing about S5.. the diplay that display mate explained the best ever and some greats features....best camera. Great battery. Water resistant. Best display ever. Ultra power saving. Multiwindow. Private mode. Kids mode. Download booster and so on..! Did you notice how stupidly they hyped ios8 belatedly features..(android copy features and very simple)..I think it obvious for every one that this site is the most bias site..! I recommend every one to visit Gsmarena site. Because they are the best review site I haver ever seen for about 10 years..they don't trolling any brand. Of course they say every phones cons and it ok but fairly..! I'm not saying S5 is the perfect one but troling one particular phone is simply the shame..!

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 14:08

29. MEeee (Posts: 365; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

iOS 8 also has a new hidden feature called Grayscale for power saving.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 20:30

69. KRONeage (Posts: 144; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)

Guess who they copied on that? ;-P Hate all iCrApleholics with a passion. Gotta be the most arrogant, ignorant, conniving, vindictive, megalomaniac, Greedy, power mongering, Cult Club of imbeciles on the planet. I will never buy so much as a song download from them! :D

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:37

49. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

They will ban you for criticising them...

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:58 10

15. wilsong17 (unregistered)

Lol wow 2 week to learn touch menu are you serious... I mean maybe you should put the phone in simple mode
.. also you are bashing these features but guess wat you have to use then...

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 12:27 5

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


posted on 04 Jun 2014, 12:27 7

20. tahirk (Posts: 25; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)

You should have tried Child Mode ;). Two weeks to explore only a settings menu is hilarious.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 13:01 10

24. enthasuium (Posts: 138; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


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