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" 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. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

S5 or Z2. I know you wont answer this lol.

8. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

I seriously can't decide between the two. I've been scouring the entire internet to find out which one would satisfy me the most but I can't sort it out. It also doesn't help that the Z2 hasn't been reviewed a lot so far. S5 pros for me according to what I read: great screen, more compact size, good build quality, great camera and better (?) auto mode, better battery life, more stable software. Z2 pros: better design, more RAM, better camera specs but weaker (?) auto mode, bigger screen, quicker interface but seems laggy and buggy at times, software buttons (love those), front facing speakers. I guess I'll have to wait for more Z2 reviews.

14. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

You know, if you are depending on internet reviews you'll get frustrated. Just get the phone you want, go to a cellphone store, review it by yourself, and right away you can decide what's best for you.. Tech sites are biased, it's a business..

16. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

I would but I live in France and stores rarely put out phones for try. 9 times out of 10 it'll be a dummy, only good for getting an idea of the physical size. And the few stores where you can actually use the phones, most of the time the phones have been used and abused to death, and end up abnormally lagging and bugging, so you won't truly know how the phone would operate if you bought it...

23. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Depends on your needs and likes. For me, I would get the 32 gb GS5 with removable battery, download booster, and battery saver mode. BUT I am waiting for a Galaxy F, Note 4, or something else not out....


Posts: 930; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

We have a winner.This guy knows my game plan. Galaxy F and Note 4 fore sure!

60. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Same here but the wait is so long.

58. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

i live in dubai and stores put all original phones to try and I can test all brands easily ;)

51. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Straight to Note 4 !!! Z2 is reporting many problems. S5 is good, but Note 3 is a monster and 4 will be better.

65. aravindsbabu

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Can anyone tell me the SAR value of this device..??

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

When should we expect a camera shootout between S5, Z2 and M8 ? and is ISOCELL really that brilliant or just marginally better than previous iteration ?

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I'll answer you on this. The s5 will win, the m8 will lose big time, xperia z2 will take two to three firmware updates to get the best image quality of the three. This may sound bitter but this is the truth.

3. zeus963

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

can it be unlocked via fingerprint scanner with "one" hand, i mean isnt it possible to use ur thumb and scroll horizontally over it, coz having to use 2 hands simply isnt the best option and that leaves scanner thing useless..?

6. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

IMO from playing with it at Best Buy, it is hard to use the fingerprint reader in one hand. But if you hold the phone in one hand and unlock it with the other hand then it works pretty much every time. That's the trade off between convenience and security. Gotta do a little more work for more security.

5. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

In the HTC One Max vs Note 3 video review, the reviewer said that Note 3 is brighter than One Max outdoor. One Max screen is the same as One (M7), andM8 iis supposed to be the same as M7 too. S5 is much brighter than Note 3, so why in the comparison you said S5's outdoor visibility is worse?

45. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Good point. Hope they answer this.

7. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

Alot of people say they like water resistant phones because they can talk in the shower etc. My question is, How well will the waterproofing work when exposed to HOT water and can the hot water cause other long term damage to the phone

24. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Dont put it in a pot of boiling water. Actually, SALT water is the real killer. Seriously though, you woukd have to have pretty HOT water to make a difference.


Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Which is better the snapdragon version or the exynos octacore, n does the new touchwiz have some lags

10. GamePlayer

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Is the ISOCELL camera better than a normal BSI sensor and is the low-light performance of s5 good?

33. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

From what I understand the new isocell camera is the S5 is suppose to make it focus really fast.

46. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

@sgodsell the feature you are talking about is phase-detection autofocus


Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

where is share shot,remote viewfinder,animated photo,S translate,Group play?

47. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

All are present, but now in a toned down form, reducing overall size, improving performance, but still providing all the functionality.

12. G7Knight

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

why is samsung releasing a s**tty version of the Galaxy S5(exynos crap) in India?

13. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Which phone has better camera, the Samesung galaxy s5 or the Nokia lumia Icon ?

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I'll answer regardless of camera its the SAME WP ugly childish comic book and useless OS with no apps and games

17. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I'll still have the BEST camera on the phone....the Nokia lumia 1020 BTW i think you never tried a WP device with pure view camera, you're afraid of something different that's why you blame the WP or you just like to be racist to Windows phone if you think android is "better" then give me the 350 euros that i gave for a stupid galaxy that has viruses cuz of the full of virus play store. Actually ALL my favorite apps (145) that i had on the lagdroid , i still have them on my Windows i don't miss anything.

19. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Chill Enjoy your ugly useless comic book. Bye felicia.

38. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Troll an lie much? 145 virus laden apps on your phone huh? You should be so lucky to find that number of usable apps on WP. WP is for you, at least until it gets popular it should be safe. Security through obscurity as they say.

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