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Samsung Galaxy S5 review Q&A: your questions answered

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!

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

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.

zeus963 asks: 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..?

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.

Just.Saying asks: 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

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.

tahirk asks: 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.

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!

AhmadAlsayegh asks: does the battery explode if I hammer it?

Quite likely.

abhijithkumar.nit asks: 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?

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.

chunky1x asks: 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?

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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posted on 16 Apr 2014, 02:03

1. maherk (Posts: 4850; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 02:07 3

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

I love everything about this device *.*

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 13:50

10. rcl4444 (Posts: 40; Member since: 06 Oct 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!!!

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 23:54

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

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 02:11 1

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

Galaxy S5: Biggest Corby to date.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 05:21 2

4. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Best phone of the year next to the GN3.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 07:08

5. jadjr (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 Apr 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?

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 08:08

6. buccob (Posts: 2736; Member since: 19 Jun 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...

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 10:37

7. jadjr (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 Apr 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

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 14:41

11. buccob (Posts: 2736; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 11:02

8. Mohammad_Abu-Shukur (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Nov 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

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 23:56 1

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

Lmaoooo nokia e71

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 11:22

9. tsd71 (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Oct 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.)


posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:33

14. spratt (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Apr 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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