Samsung Galaxy S5 review Q&A: your questions answered


Last week was marked by the publishing of our super-detailed Galaxy S5 review, along with a plethora of in-depth comparisons against its biggest rivals. As usual, we also had our Q&A post where we wanted you to be able to ask whatever questions have been left unanswered by our review. So, it's now time for us to take a look at those question and see what we can do to help you out!


You can find the SAR values of the Galaxy S5 in its 'full specs' page. They are as follows: Head: 0.63 W/kg; Body: 0.82 W/kg; Product specific use: 0.82 W/kg; Simultaneous transmission: 1.59 W/kg.


It is possible to use the thumb of the same hand in order to unlock the GS5 with the fingerprint sensor, but it's very hard to get right. Sometimes, it may work, while other times - it will not. It's mostly designed to be used with central, straight swipes. You'll be having a lot of frustrating moments if you attempt to use it with just one hand.


The Galaxy S5 should be fine if submerged for a few minutes in hot water (though it depends on your definition of hot). However, we can never be sure about the long-term outcome if you systematically have your phone act like a submarine.


The latest version of TouchWiz is definitely less gimmicky than the previous one. Most options and smaller features are still there, but they are better organized and don't stand in the way of regular user experience. The new TouchWiz is also faster and runs more fluidly - there is still some accidental hiccup here and there, but once things get started, everything moves at a respectable pace. To see the GS5's camera in action and how it competes against its rivals, take a look at our newest camera comparison!


Quite likely.


The Samsung Galaxy S5 performed spectacularly in our battery life test, achieving a result of 8 hours and 20 minutes. That's better than almost every single ~5" smartphone out there. We've updated our Galaxy S5 review with more info on this! We haven't noticed any abnormal heating behavior when playing games or executing other demanding apps.


We've compared the GS5's heart rate monitor to a third-party pulse-measuring app, and have found out that the results are pretty similar. It looks like there isn't so much added value with the Galaxy S5's dedicated heart rate monitor.

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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)

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14 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6865; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

can someone comment on the S5 speaker vs Note 3's speaker?

2. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

I love everything about this device *.*

10. rcl4444

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

Except for the larger size, thick side bezels and being heavier than the S4! And lets stop bandying about the "it's a trade-off for water & dust proofing" excuse... the Sharp Aquos phone is water & dust proof, is slim and has the thinnest side bezels and bezel to screen ratio of any phone to date!!!

12. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

It's for the waterproofing and fir durability .. tell sony about it or htc without an ip67 .. sharp aquos? Where do u get a sharp faquos? Is it a phone? Please mention a reasonable and reliable smartphone brand.

3. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Galaxy S5: Biggest Corby to date.

4. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Best phone of the year next to the GN3.

5. jadjr

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

can we take underwater photos with the gs5? and is there a dedicated mode in the camera settings for underwater shots just like on the gs4 active?

6. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

No capacitive screen can be use while submerged underwater, not even with Wet Tracking technology... but Sony phones include a Shutter key... and Samsung phones allows you to set the volume keys for taking pics..... Strangely enough, I have had better results taking pictures under sea water than in a pool (the screen remains "less touched by water")... which to me is the complete opposite logic, given than sea water makes a better electricity conductor...

7. jadjr

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

yeah i already knew that no capacitive screen could be used underwater. tho, my question was if i could use the gs5 to take pics underwater with the volume down key just like i did with my gs4 active

11. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I don't see why it can't be done... I am guessing yes.

8. Mohammad_Abu-Shukur

Posts: 25; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

my opinion is that its a nc phone but its disappointing the differences between the performance of the s4 and the s5 wont be that big for a normal user like me(who still uses his nokia e71) it doesnt worth to spend the money on it

13. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Lmaoooo nokia e71

9. tsd71

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

I evidently was a bit late posting my questions to the original Q&A article, so I hope it's okay to ask here instead. (I didn't yet have my S5.) Does anyone know the answer to any of the following questions? 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 the 911 ICE contact. Samsung needs to use a slide-to-call rather than a button for the Emergency call.) Thanks!

14. spratt

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

I changed my Samsung S5 to sent every text I receive to my email. This is not something that I want, but I don't know how to change it back. Does any body know how to change back to receiving text and not forward to email?

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