Samsung Galaxy S5 review Q&A: ask away!

Samsung Galaxy S5 review Q&A: ask away!
The Galaxy S5 is an amazing smartphone - that's what we concluded in our review of Samsung's new smartphone. It scored 9.1, which is a pretty impressive achievement for a phone review on our site, and boy was it a long and extensive review! Dealing with an exceptionally hot and interesting device, we did our best to go through all its features and specifics, but you know, we can never be sure that there weren't any questions left unanswered.

This is why we're launching this Q&A session: feel free to post your inquiries about the Galaxy S5 in the comments below - anything that has remained unclear even after you've read our detailed review. We're going to publish our answers in a few days, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, if you've accidentally missed it, be sure to go check out our Samsung Galaxy S5 review!

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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66 Comments

66. tsd71

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

1) Where is the "Voice Control" setting that was on the Galaxy S4? (I miss being able to yell "Stop!" at my phone's alarm clock to turn it off.) 2) Where is the resizable (2x4) "Calendar" widget from the S4 (that shows the multi-day calendar agenda list)? Was this an ice cream sandwich or jellybean widget? (The S5's "Mini today" widget cannot be sized horizontally, and doesn't allow multi-day viewing or vertical scrolling.) 3) Is it possible to disable the "Emergency call" button on the lock screen? Three accidental "bumps" (Emergency call, ICE Contacts button, 911 contact) and you are pocket-dialing 911, with no way to disable this supposed "safety feature"! (You cannot delete or change this ICE contact. Samsung needs to use a slide-to-call rather than a button for the Emergency call.)

63. Scorpion

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

Hey PA don't you think that a removable cover with some ruber, may be not enough when protecting from water/dust? And I've seen all kinds of complaints about the S4 active for example online. And about the software. Settings look one way, everything else different? Why?

62. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Ok here's one for ya PA is the reason you always give high reviews to Samsung and Apple is because y'all afraid ya gonna get sued for posting anything negative like the other ite did you reported about?

61. night_elf

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

I have two question: 1, why doesn't phonearene publish their rating process? i really wonder how they come up with 9.1 on the S5. 2. Display review: Displaymate says its the best Display Panel today on a mobile phone, while when you read the phonearene review (the display part) sounded to me like its somehow midrange quality. Examples... Color reproduction: PA says: "Luckily, the Samsung Galaxy S5's display also has improved color balance and accuracy compared to its predecessor. Sadly, it's still far from being a well-balanced display". Displaymate: "The Galaxy S5 Cinema Mode has the most accurate colors for any Smartphone or Tablet display that we have ever measured". Its not only that, the brightnes is also diffrent: Phonearena: 442 cd/m2 Displaymate: 698 cd/m2 So whos lying here?

59. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Is it faster than the previous Touchwiz, how often does it stutter or those problems have been solved?

56. tigerhunts

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 30, 2014

Seriously, when we talk about phone camera quality, a must-have test is night shoot. You guys must test shoot a lot of photos at night, all conditions, GS5 versus: GS4, iPhone 5s, Sony Z2, Nokia 1020, Nokia 930, Nokia 808, OPPO Find 7 (using Sony newest 2nd generation Stacked CMOS: IMX 214), then a decent DSLR or mirrorless, to compare CMOS and lens quality.

57. tigerhunts

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 30, 2014

BTW, according to sources, the phones used or will use IMX214 Stacked CMOS are: iphone6, OPPO Find 7, ZTE Nubia X6, Meizu MX4. (Though, I doubt iPhone 6 will use IMX219 instead)

55. gjkiii

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

The S4 (which I love) is terrible in outdoor sunlight. How much better is the S5?

52. cgraham8

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

Is there any Slo Mo recording option like the iPhone 5s? I haven;t seen it listed anywhere.

50. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Question : I've seen on Samsung India website mentioning the Galaxy S5 Processor as "Adonis Prime2 (Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz) + XMM6360" ?? what type of processor is this ?? Is it an exynos lineup ?? what are it's capabilities as compared to Snapdragon 801AC ?? Hope to see the answer soon.

48. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

What is the average temperature rise once under heavy load? And how modifiable is the kernel source? Can it be modified enough to provide double tap to wake?

44. vedraj

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Im just worried about the water proofing , what if the flaps for the micro usb port is open and water enters the phone through it accidentally, weather it has a nano coating for its components or should i have to buy a new one.?

43. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

How does the durability of the bezel look? On my white Galaxy S3 the bezel has gotten scratched from light wear and tear and it now looks AWFUL. Does the new finish look more durable?

40. Ashirbad

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

how are the pics in low light and indoor conditions...any change there ?

37. mhk258

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

How is the audio output of samsung galaxy s5 and does the design differ from the previous samsung flagships especially galaxy note 3

32. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

How accurate is the GS5's heart rate monitor? Does a third party apps like Runtastic and Instant Heart Rate(which uses the smartphone camera and LED flash) have the same results as gS5's dedicated heart rate monitor?

36. papss unregistered

I have been trying some apps with my m8 and runtastic is terrible and misses half my steps

42. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Instant Heart Rate work well in my LG Optimus G Pro. Very consistent heart rate readings and results.

54. papss unregistered

I've not tried the heart monitor yet

31. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Please check the no, of available storage space on the 16G model. The number of bloatware installed on the S5

30. silver

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

I wanna know if the GS5 have the same leg in the phone/contact like in the S4 and the S3 what do you think they fix it on the S5?

28. abhijithkumar.nit

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

What are the results of your custom battery test which were not mentioned in your review? Also, does the phone has any heating issue when playing games or any other demanding tasks?

27. magnanimus

Posts: 566; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Does it come with S4 Air Gestures or was that a failed experiment?

41. sgodsell

Posts: 7669; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Air gestures come with the S5. I use air gestures on my S4 when I am showing off my photos. It works every time for me.

26. Apoorvtheman

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Does it takes lesser time to charge than other top tier phones? Can I connect usb 3.0 hdd hard disk to it straight away??

22. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

does the battery explode if I hammer it?

21. Tomfromsouth

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Charging capabilities. Does it have some sort of method that decreases the charging time; eg qualcomm quick charge 1 or 2?

35. papss unregistered

It has USB 3.0 which charges very fast

20. iushnt

Posts: 3182; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Can we connect a portable usb3 HDD on galaxy s5? How does exynos version perform on benchmarks compared to SD801?

18. tahirk

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I would love to know about the New Touchwiz, is it improved drastically (Can we still say it to be Gimmicky). Do we still have the lag as with Galaxy S4. Similarly, I would also love to know about the Camera. How does it competes with LG G2, Note 3 & Lumia 1020.

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