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Samsung Galaxy S5: did you like it?

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Samsung Galaxy S5: did you like it?
The Samsung Galaxy S5, the most hyped device in the last few months, is now finally official. Now, the one question that we are all trying to figure out ourselves is: do we really like it? Did it live up to the expectations?

We can quickly do a recap of the specs: it’s got a 5.1” 1080 x 1920-pixel display, a quad-core Snapdragon 801 system chip, a 16-megapixel camera and it runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. Plus, it has a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home key (you have to swipe it in order for it to work), and a heart rate monitor right below the rear camera. And that’s about it. 

Hm, but did we mention the strange back pattern? That peculiar "perforated" back looks interesting, but we don't what to make of it - we like it in some color versions, and we don't like it that much in others. 

What we really care about, though, is hearing your opinion on the Galaxy S5: do you like it? Did it live up to your expectations? Let us know right below.

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Samsung Galaxy S5: did you like it?
Yes 19.64% (1804 votes) (1804 votes)
No 80.36% (7379 votes) (7379 votes)

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:03 18

1. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)


Looking good with alot of nice Features :)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:04 37

6. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Now Who voted yes. Please!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:08 27

28. CaptYolo (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Of course fanboy Papa Smurf

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:09 10

37. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Lol nice guess.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:12 5

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


And you are?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:26 15

95. CaptYolo (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


A long time phonearena lurker who just opened an account

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:18 8

71. techaman (unregistered)


oh hell no no fanboy would vote for this crap

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:21

77. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)


I love Features

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:31 1

157. FeRoZ (Posts: 33; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


U made my day here u go 1 like ;)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:12 4

56. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Now where's the other poll? the Sony Poll LOL!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:29

103. THE_Hulk (Posts: 55; Member since: 09 Feb 2014)


So ny poll is already done and that showed a 45% positive vote. check it out in previous news

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:21

81. varuntis1993 (Posts: 49; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


You know on every feature announcement I was like 'copy'. Max things from sony phones and every one knows about the fingerprint scanner...dissapointed

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:34

113. jcdz89 (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)


I think even Daniel Bryan will say no..no..no..to this crap

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:24 9

147. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1623; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I think I can sum up today's announcement in one picture:

http://i.imgur.com/k2Uuf.jpg

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:18

171. igorb81 (Posts: 77; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I did. It's not that bad. I have S4 and it's very similar you don't have to fix something that is not broke. It could have been a little better but it looks great to me and the specs and features are rather nice. It could have had 3GB RAM but it's not a deal breaker to me and resolution is fine to me. Design and materials are meaningless to me since every single phone I used in the past was always enclosed in a very slim stylish case. So it's all right to me. I would prefer plastic over any material any day.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:27 1

193. Samir_Maric (Posts: 89; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)


Naah this i goes with xperia z2

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 06:00

214. 1701nino (unregistered)


I voted yes,let me explain.First of all i'm no sammy fanboy i hated samsung for years,but there are a couple of reasons why i like the S5.First of all what what did you expect,you should know by now that samsung can't make a product like the iphone 5s and htc one,they just don't know how,once you except this you'll feel better.Second people we've reached a wall in smartphone industry in terms of display and specs race.I'mean 1080p display on a 5' phone is great,they will repeat this a couple of years why 2k displays cannot be mass produced...yet,where do you go after that 2k and 4k on a 5.5 ' phone common please get real.Third,we've reached a point now that all flagship smartphones are so steong that they will be able support next versions of androix for at least 5 years(it's not like 2-3 years ago you boight a phone and i 1 year it couldn't handle a new software update),thats why my ipad 2 runs ios 7 without any issues.So taking all of this aspects into consideration i think samsung did what they could best with all componets.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:07 23

20. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


who the hell voted yes

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:08 15

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


I did.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:10 17

39. lucid.brat (unregistered)


Xpected from u...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:12 16

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


I forgot I'm on the internet. I can't broadcast my opinion without being bashed or criticized. Silly me.

Face it, it isn't a bad phone. It definitely will sell.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:23 2

87. maherk (Posts: 4820; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


So did I. Let them hate now, couple of weeks later we will hear the famous quote again "It is growing on me". My only disappointment was the ram, then I read that the reason behind not making it 3gb instead of 2gb was that 4.4 kitkat doesn't need much ram like the 4.3 did.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:37

178. techaman (unregistered)


ok what happens in 3 months when kitkat is going out and 5 is getting ready that means this phone is a temp phone.its not a flag ship phone and what is an old guy doing running the tech department, ax him get younger guy with finger on the heart beat hahaha pun of the people buying the phones.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:26 1

94. LordDavon (Posts: 136; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)


I voted with you Papa. I like the dialed back TouchWiz, SD801, and looks. While I don't really care about the fingerprint sensor or heart rate monitor, almost every phone has something we don't care for, but it is there anyway.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:20

143. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 253; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


As well as myself. I seems like Samsung really put what people wanted into this one. No gimiky features. Just things that are extremely pratical for users like the new battery management, better camera and download assistant thingy. All things I would like to see my phone do better.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:18

197. xsmartphonex (Posts: 41; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Lolz lolz

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:09 7

33. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3798; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


So did I.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:10 6

43. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 225; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


I did !
A decent phone with zero GIMMICKS .

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 23:54

224. asun2 (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Mar 2014)


No gimmicks? Since when does Samsung make a NO GIMMICK phone? When will people actually use the features Samsung crams into their phones? I daresay that the iPhone 5s is faster just because of a lighter but simpler UI. There is a reason why people said no... and that's not because we are hating. If Samsung had a better UI, maybe more of us would have said yes.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:16 11

65. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Even the most enthusiastic Samsung fan would admit that was a dissappointment

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