The dark side of the Samsung Galaxy S5: 5 (plus one) mighty annoying features

The dark side of the Samsung Galaxy S5: 5 (plus one) mighty annoying features
The Samsung Galaxy S5 came amidst sky-high expectations, and Samsung mostly delivered with top of the line hardware in the form of the Snapdragon 801 system chip, and a brand-new ISOCELL 16-megapixel camera for very sharp images.

The Galaxy S5, however, is not perfect, and after you use for a while it you start noticing some annoying details. Don’t you wish you knew about those things before you actually bought the phone? None of them is a deal-breaker, but combined, they just spoil the impression of an otherwise great smartphone. Plus, even if they don’t derail you from your decision to buy Samsung’s latest and greatest, it’s still good to make an informed purchase.

And finally, we just hope Samsung takes a look here, and pays attention to these annoying details and missteps in its Galaxy S5. After all, we’re already hearing about an even better Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime being in the works...

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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. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The Phonebook and contacts app still lags? I don't know why Samsung still can't fix a simple problem like that.

14. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I wonder why FriendsOfSamsung is not replying my comment.

118. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Samsung please make in the next Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphone: OIS Aspherical lens in the lens (i dont know whether they are now in S5) Remove modulation at medium and low brightness, as it did in the Fly IQ444 Diamond 2 Quattro, Motorola Razr HD (XT925) and LG G Flex Remove all profiles except the cinema and photo mode, because at testers gray is blue, red is orange, they specially put other profiles that have very cold tone (6500-6700K - cinema mode, 7500-8000K - others). Anyway all image are designed for SRGB standard, and enhanced range is color distortion and oversaturation. Also need 100% SRGB. Metal Body (antennas should be behind the plastic, glass or other material, but not metal, so did HTC, Apple and Sony, otherwise the connection will be very bad) Thanks It would be ideal. Isocell, improved super amoled (brightness, viewing angles, color reproduction in cinema mode (106% instead of 122%, 100%-ideal), anti-glare), waterproof, interface speed and battery life is awesome.

132. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

OIS, strong battery life, lag-free UI, and ease-of-use is why I own an LG G2.

22. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

45. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Why doesn't Samsung spend more on quality control over marketing is beyond me. Some of those could easily be remedied since they have the money.

66. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

"Wake up the dead" is a very nice feature. Its a plus point not a turndown... lolz

79. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Bloop Bloop! LOL :D

104. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

This feature for people who have been watching too much Netflix... :)

106. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I see more people complaining about weak vibrating alerts and praise any company that puts out strong ones for those times the phone is on silent mode. You can change the intensity so I don't see the problem. TouchWiz needs some optimization that's for sure. The nature sounds... I always change the default ringers for something I loaded up myself so a non-issue really. If you're tired of the whistle notification blame the users who won't change it. Even though I own and prefer the HTC M8, some of these are just really nitpicky and non-issue. That being said, one of the annoying features should be the diehard Samsung fans that troll articles on other OEMs.

94. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

From an actual Galaxy S5 owner since day one: 1) Fingerprint scanner works 9/10 times the first time I try to unlock the phone, even with my Otterbox 2) The vibration strength is way too over exaggerated. My Sensation 4G and MyTouch 4G that I used to have was about the same 3) Contacts app does not lag at all. I can swipe up to scroll down and it will blaze through all of my contacts with ease. Swiping a contact to the right to make a phone call takes less than a second so idk why people are making such a big deal about it? 4) This is the best version of TouchWiz that I've ever used. The only thing I don't like is the Settings menu where options are repeated, such as sound and display more than one 5) I like the little "bloop" noise as well as the little click noise on the LG G2 (personal preference) 6) I keep my nails cut to a reasonable length and have absolutely no difficulty opening the charging port. I can open it in pitch black at three in the morning I want to see if PA repeats this article with other flagships on the market, because I can name cons for each one.

107. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I don't have much issue with TouchWiz. There's enough useful functionality so I find myself missing some things when I use my Nexus and plain Android. On the Note 3, I found TouchWiz lagged a bit from time to time and I had to install Nova to get rid of the dumb "MyMagazine" that was hardwired to the home button. But the new TouchWiz on the GS5 is just a sea of homogeneous round icons that are difficult to tell apart. I don't think Samsung has any real plan for TouchWiz. They made it flat and homogeneous because iOS 7 was flat and homogeneous. IMO, it's worse now.

95. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Only one that would concern me is that Touchwiz ...still ...lags..... They need to just use stock Android. They should have kept the Cyanogen ROM folks. Many of us thought that was the beginning of Touchwiz being good. Now they are with the One Plus One folks.

99. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Maybe, it will stop lagging after they add twenty more cores, 25gb of ram, and extra butter.

108. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It will still lag because Samsung will have 12 BIG cores and 12 little cores and always be swapping between them.

2. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

LOL no. 3! :D


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

A vibration that can wake up the dead!!! Rofl!!! OMG! Am rolling all over the place. Lol

3. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Uh... would this site ever gonna do the same article for Iphones?

8. E34V8

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

It has to be an endless article :) .

50. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

true that

71. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

For sure NO... bcoz iphone is the most innovative phone in the history... by the way samsung is a so called copy of iphone so above list annoying features must be present in iphone as well otherwise its not fair to call samsung a copy :p

4. FriendsOfSamsung unregistered

People love the phone and it sells, has proven pa argument is total invalid, Samsung has his own league and no one come even closer on that, best interface, best camera, best build quality, best screen, best of every android smartphones. If Android, then Samsung, no doubt galaxy s5 is the best and will remain the best another 2 more years. Shame on you PA!!! Stupid Stupid!!!

13. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

The part with best build quality was the most funny. Lol. Stupid are your blind fanboy comments.

41. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Guys please. He's obviously been hired by LG, HTC, Sony, or Apple to give Samsung fans a bad name.

53. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Maybe yes, maybe not. But he deserves to get banned.

60. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Lets write a petition. I am giving a 101% agreement with your statement.

15. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

I know you get a lot of money from Samsung by making comment like this. Please give us some

35. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Even if he is hired to troll then probably not by Samsung. Because with such silly trolling he is just making shame for Samsung and for adequate Samsung fans.

72. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

highly suspected he hired by apple to make samsung fanboy look dumb

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Your comment is total invalid, you probably don't even know what you're talking about but you only want people to know how much you love Samsung. I feel pity of Samsung because they have a stupid blind fanboy like you. The reason why PA post this kind of article is because they want to show us what we may not like on the phone itself. That also means that the S5 is not perfect, it's excellent but not perfect, nothing is perfect. If you love Samsung, you should stop talking BS here, stay on topic, don't act so insecure when someone talk bad about Samsung, because Samsung is not perfect.

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