Samsung Galaxy S5 User Reviews
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First samsung flagship makes me happy
pooma has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
It's an awesome phone, but some features are not useless. However, it's beautiful, the feel and grip are very nice, the camera is awesome and the screen is very good! The IP68 certification makes you feel safer as well.
3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.Report
35tomycity has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
After using for a little while, I've concluded this is a good phone, however it feels as if everything but the camera is below premium. The build is noticeably cheap, battery drains quickly despite all power save features in use; however the speed and camera might be enough to convince you.
3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Report
great screen and camera ... bad mic and ugly design
leo.d.monkey has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I had my prejudices against this phone at first.
It looks like it was designed by a hobo... but it had all the features i was looking for in a phone.
First impression was fine and dandy great camera and dreamy screen. Samsung bloatware is very annoying... the ui was ok for me.
But soon i found the mic was crap, people could hear me better on my old cheap $50 Lumia 530 than on my $500 samsung... speaker phone mic never worked well.
Just search on google "samsung s5 bad microphone" and feast your eyes , i would not risk it knowing that now (off course tried everything to fix it (android samsung forums))
... assistance will take a month to look at it... just great.
Gave my L 530 to a aunt , the s5 will have to do for more 2 years : P
5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.Report
Overrated and overpriced
holydemon6 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I bought this phone with the idea to buy a good flag ship phone this time, instead of buying a cheaper good-enough Windows Phones. Reading all the reviews it looked it was impossible to go wrong with this phone. But I liked it less than my previous cheaper phones. It felt slow and the battery drain is very annoying. Very disappointing. I sold it and switched back to Windows Phone
5 out of 22 people found this review helpful.Report
Useful phone for busy people
iLovesarcasm has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
A very useful phone for busy business people who are always on the go. Design is not that bad like what other brand fanboy says but not the best. I value usefulness and efficiency over design. Camera is great except in dark but you won't always take pictures at the dark. Battery is superb and reliable, better than my iPhone.
5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Report
it is a great phone
reyenrique has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
the quality of the phone is good the display is great and the camera is great plus battery is great the only thing l fine out is the sound or the call quality is fair . not good of this type of phone at all but the rest of this phone is great indeed
13 out of 21 people found this review helpful.Report
I'm Happy and content with it
aravindsbabu has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
People who want to buy this phone, just go ahead and buy it. You may hear S5 is slow, S5 is ugly etc etc..
As Samsung is a Big D*CK playa in the smartphone industry it is all but natural to get crticism from all sides and fanboyism takes that critcism to trolling.
Is S5 slow- What about LG G3, its much more jerkier than the S5 ( much evident in most of the YouTube videos)
IS the design monotonous or ugly- Look at Lumia devices, all are the same ALWAYS , 520 525 720 820 920 everything... Xperia devices - same good design implemented for years, and the whole metal thing is good but over hyped. Other materials can be good too..
27 out of 35 people found this review helpful.Report
works like a charm
clirim has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Haters gona hate,It works very smoth there are a lot o features that everybody will be surpised and grateful that samsung has put to make ojr lives easyer and better.You can set it as one handed operation for easy use with one hand ,the display is wonderful very rich in color,the 2.5ghz procesor just dont recognize lag ,its just like says "bring it on its all that yo got". Let me tell you about build quality, it is far better than aluminium metal, it feels so good in the hand that i cant find a word to describe it, there are more chances to slip from a hand an alumjnium metal build phone than this that have used Samsung. They are not fools that have used this material in the back. Im very thenkful ti samsung and gretful that they made such a gret device. Thanks.
18 out of 29 people found this review helpful.Report
bbslimer has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This is a great phone so far. I have had motorolla's for the last few and they were great. The last samsung I had was terrible (GLYDE). So I was reluctant to get another, but WOW, this is a great phone. I love the screen, the camera, how fast it is. I'm not sure what others think of the finger print scanner, but I think it is easily workable but not as easy as the iPhone. The only major issue is that I wish it had better call quality. However the call quality is good enough that I wouldn't consider exchanging it for anything else. Also, loving the kids mode.
19 out of 23 people found this review helpful.Report
Amazing phone, but it could be better.
butteredjelly has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Amazing phone. That's about it. Probably the best phone out there. But it still could be better. I couldn't find the internet browser for instance. I have Verizon, so I don't know if they took it off or something? But it's not there. And I don't use Chrome. Or any others. I like the Samsung browser. I'm a bit disappointed it's not even on a Samsung phone.
9 out of 30 people found this review helpful.Report
jadjr has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I've been using this phone for some days. Ans it's just perfect. Really pleased with my choice. I've got to play with the HTC One M8 , and believe me, even thought it's a premium phone, the galaxy s5 beats it hands down when it comes to its comfortable feels. Higher speed, more vibrant screen, better camera, more usefull features,ans most importantly a better battery life, which a really important thing for me . And let us not mention the faster WiFi , 4g and 3g connection available on this phone . So this is it. :)
17 out of 26 people found this review helpful.Report
Cha7520 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
The best built Samsung phone ever! The 16MP Camera is just amazing. And OMG....this Battery!! Where do I even begin!! LOL. This 2800 battery is CRAZY!!! 10 + hours of use and I was at 75%! Awesome!! Overall I'm satisfied with this phone. The only thing is sometimes...once in a blue moon, the UI freezes up just for a second.
14 out of 19 people found this review helpful.Report
worth upgrading to!
Android has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I was debating on why I should or should not upgrade, but I'm glad I did. This phone is awesome. It's fast, battery life is really good and it's not too big for my pockets. It's just perfect for my hands. I know lots of people with little hands complain about not being able to hold phones with 5 inch screens. I would definitely recommend this phone to people that are OK with 5 inch screen phones. Love the Galaxy phones.
17 out of 22 people found this review helpful.Report
best smartphone in 2014 so far
koko1 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
the best phone i've ever used, nice design, great performance, battery that stay for a 10 hours and a lots of other things. the only thing i hate is the speakrs, it could be better than the current one, but its okay i can live with it
15 out of 21 people found this review helpful.Report
this is the phone ive been waiting for
thedarkside has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
the S5 feel great in my hand as im having a hard time putting it down. the screen is beautiful in displaying colors and anything imaginable. the call quality is something ive never had a problem with. its dust and water resistant which is good for my active life style. no issue with battery life. the camera is stunning. the finger print scanner (in my opinion) is better than the iphone 5s.
the S5 doesnt seem to be missing anything that i look for in a cell phone. although the UI could use a touch up (again) its all around a great phone for me!
17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.Report
Tizen007 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is destined to be one of the best-selling phones of 2014. The S series it belongs to has sold more than 200 million, and if this new version doesn't sell by the truckload, a whole lot of people will be disappointed.
This is another good entry in the series, and some real improvements to the screen and camera make it a worthwhile upgrade for fans of the other S phones. Not every new part of the phone is a smash hit and it is not really a huge step on from the Galaxy S4, but the Galaxy S5 still earns my recommendation.
It works well, and takes about eight seconds, but there are two obvious questions – is it actually useful, and can you get this functionality elsewhere? At present, you can only use the Galaxy S5's heart rate sensor in the S Health app (although it appears to be part of the Samsung Bluetooth LE SDK, so should be able to be used in third-party apps), where it makes a graph of your previous results.
It will come in handy for measuring your resting heart rate, which is a reasonable indicator of general fitness levels. But it's not much cop for mid-exercise readings, where it would be of more use. Quite simply, holding your finger on the back of the Galaxy S5 while running is not a good idea. For that you really want a wrist-worm device like the Galaxy Fit.
The device has VERY good battery life and a stunning display.
28 out of 46 people found this review helpful.Report
nearly the same as GS4
vinayryder13 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Samsung is just not improving on the build quality. Strong camera and the silicon have the edge here. screen's over saturation is eye popping but unnatural. Waiting for the F series now. A metallic body like that of htc one will perfectly boost the sales of high end devices.
8 out of 63 people found this review helpful.Report
Mehdia has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Overall is best update Big S4 but but brightness this Phone is Perefct and very very better of S4 and this design is cool! i work today by Galaxy S5 just can say Galaxy S 5 without Difficult battery is very Good .
Touchwiz new is beauty and faster and Simple
Best smartphone is display kill for all device ,Display Galaxy S5 Is Pure and without Rival
Overall word : Galaxy S 5 is King Android!
26 out of 39 people found this review helpful.Report
A great upgrade from OneX
kylehudsons has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Overall is great but the design could be better... There is nothing special for me to say as you guys can find all the reviews on YouTube already...
Nevertheless a great phone indeed.... Nice vivid screen, 4G LTE is fast no drop on phone call... Camera features are also great... The finger print sensor is also working amazingly great...
22 out of 32 people found this review helpful.Report
Fantastic on the whole
DA775 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Best phone I've owned so far. Display is fantastic as is the touchwiz UI, which I actually prefer to the near stock android I had on my old Xperia Z1C. Performance is very good overall and it blazes through most tasks. Web browsing including videos and downloads is speedy even over 3G. Deserves a shout out for durability as well, with the screen surviving more than its fair share of nasty drops completely unscathed as of yet. Battery is decent, but with heavy usage still needs a daily charge. Camera is decent, but disappointing in low light, especially the front facing camera which sucks in comparison to the iPhone 5C. Only issue so far is that the finger scanner completely stopped working after a couple of months, but that's probably a result of being dropped one too many times. IP67 Waterproofing is also a brilliant feature if you like using your phone in the bath/shower!
rafaelpiresgomes has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
It's an awesome phone, but some features are not surprising/useless. However, it's beautiful, the feel and grip are very nice, the camera is incredible and the screen is breathtaking! The IP68 certification makes you feel safer as well.
A must-buy phone
vakchris has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
the phone is a dynamite.
Battery is excellent with very heavy use(7-9 hours at least) and the new lollipop touchwiz is beautiful,useful and less laggy.
This phone has one of the best cameras out there but the selfie camera has problems.
Samsung multimedia,call and sound quality are very very good and it's a phone you can love only for its excellent and bright super amoled display.
The built quality isn't good at all but all others are very good.
Best phone I've ever owned!!!
belieber1996 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Regardless of the price, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of few flagship phones that seems to be worth the investment. The Snapdragon 801 processor works without a hitch and no struggle with multitasking, despite the TouchWiz interface. The 5.1" AMOLED display is big and bright, and I can barely wrap my whole hand around the phone. The camera has stellar quality, and has many different modes to suit any situation. Since I have AT&T, I haven't experienced any major problems in terms of coverage. The battery life seems to be on the good side, but it can be slightly better. Overall, this phone can definitely handle any task I've thrown at it, and then some!
3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.Report
shaahin.different has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
iphone is much better. This phone has some problems, battery drain, Oversaturated screen, Lagging plus overheating and frustrating fingerprint sensor. I seriously considering switching back to iphone.
3 out of 17 people found this review helpful.Report
Really nice phone!
bushy7 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I remember when the Galaxy S5 was released, it got a lot of bad reviews because of the lack of change and the looks. My wife got the S5 a month ago and everytime I handle it I'm pretty impressed with it. The phone looks better in person . The features are great. I wish my Note 4 was water resistant. The screen is very good. Samsung makes the best screens. The camera is really good, the only weakness is low light photos. Overall this is a good phone.
7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.Report