Today I am going to review one of the most important smartphones of 2014 – the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 is the latest flagship device of the Galaxy S series and it was just launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Display & Design
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is quite similar in design to the Galaxy S4, it has a very similar design language with rounded corners and a metal trim alongside. The only major difference in design and hardware is actually on the back.
The back features a soft touch finish with a dimple patter, it really feels a lot nicer than Samsung’s older glossy finishes, it feels very similar to the Note 3 without the leather looks but otherwise it feels pretty much like the Galaxy S4 in your hand.
The phone comes in with a 5.1 inch display with a capacitive button for multitasking and a new fingerprint scanning home button on the front. You can still take the back cover off to access the battery and the SIM card slot.This is definitely a Samsung phone as it has got all of Samsung’s apps and helpers and things like that.
Hardware & Software
On the back of the device you can find a 16 megapixel camera, a LED flash and a new heart rate sensor that uses your fingertip to measure your heart rate. The phone has a micro SD card as well and a 2100 mAh battery that Samsung says gets 20% better battery life than the Galaxy S4.
Inside the Galaxy S5 is a quad core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz and 2GB of RAM, this is what makes the phone really fast and responsive. There is actually no lag that I can particularly see, the interface is definitely very familiar to Samsung users even if there are some slight differences.
For example, if you swipe over the home screen you can access the My Magazine feature which was available with a swipe-up in the Note 3 but otherwise it is a pretty standard home screen. The settings menu and the tabs are gone for a more icon based approach and it is running Android 4.4.2.
The great thing is that S-health has been greatly improved in addition to the heart rate sensor on the back. It has a new exercise coach and pedometer and it has the ability to be expanded with third party apps that can tap into that Samsung feature that they will release soon.
The heart rate sensor uses the sensor near the LED on the back and in order to use it you just need to place your fingertip on it and it will give you a reading for your heart rate in about 5 to 10 seconds.
Samsung is going to be releasing the Galaxy S5 in a variety of different colored backs, there is blue, black gold and white so depending on which market it will be released the color will be available but in the U.S. they are going to launch the Black and White model.
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