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)

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140 Comments

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: 965; 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: 3271; 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: 1918; 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

26. DEATHSTROKE9

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

46. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Why, do you think iPhones have such problems?!

68. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Oh, dont you think so?

90. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Not at all: touch id works, vibration is in limits, no lag, ui is great, plesant sounds; no protective cover for charging port.

93. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Bluetooth. Just saying.

121. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I've seen something with a dial round thing on it; my grandfather told me it is a phone ;). You are right about bluetooth, except it too works for Apple [authorised] devices.

98. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Ok....now what about things with iPhones that dont work well? Thats what post #3 is saying. And before anyone says the iPhone has no problems....please read the troubleshooting sections of macrumors first. Or just any iPhone, iOS troubleshooting section of a large site.

111. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

iOS 7 crash, it bounce me back to spring board once a while. The audio jack was stop working when i connect my headphone and i need to reset all setting to fix this problem. No lag? no problem with iphone? I ask you why apple need to updates iOS so much that every time i connected my device to the iTunes it ask me to update the iOS version?

122. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Change the phone, it must be broken. Have you ever thought that Apple updates it's OS because it wants it's users to have the best software findings as fast as possible?

124. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"Change the phone, it must be broken." Apply that to this article...and all of sudden we have no article...

128. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Dude, iPhones have their own unpleasant issues - I can accept that; can you accept what this article sais about Samsung?

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