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Samsung Galaxy S5: One Year Later
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: The Samsung Galaxy S5 was Samsung's flagship in 2014. Packed with a 2.5GHz Quad-Core SnapDragon 801 Chip, 2GB of RAM, a 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display, and more, the Galaxy S5 was one powerful and popular device when it launched.
Summary: Subtly improved and smartly refined, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a superior superphone that hits every mark but the sharpest design.
Pros: Samsung's Galaxy S5 excels at everything that matters -- Android 4.4 KitKat OS; a bright, beautiful display; blistering quad-core processor; and an excellent camera experience. In addition, Samsung's efforts to streamline its own custom interface and reduce pre-installed bloatware pay off.
Cons: The Galaxy S5 is a only small upgrade over the Galaxy S4. The fingerprint scanner can be confusing to use, and the heart-rate monitor is a niche feature at best. In some regions, the Galaxy S5 costs significantly more than rival top-rated handsets.
Conclusion: Sadly, the phone is not 4G enabled and will only be made available in 16GB versions as of now. On the other hand, rival LG's G2 is India's first 4G enabled smartphone which is being made available in both 16 GB and 32 GB variants. Also, the heart rate monitor on the phone hardly makes any sense as it has to be operated manually. The camera captures beautiful images at the blink of an eye and the user interface also works lag free. The camera is phenomenal as well.
Excerpt: The Samsung Galaxy S5 is more than just an incremental upgrade in hardware. It introduces a couple of new additions such as a fingerprint scanner and a heart rate sensor. On the software side, there’s a new Download Booster for faster downloads using both WiFi and 4G LTE connections at the same time. If you afraid to have your smart phone contents being viewed by your kids or strangers, the Galaxy S5 now comes with Kids Mode and Private Mode.
Conclusion: After going through all of the features, performance, and software of both phones, I would be lying if I wasn’t more torn on which phone is the better choice. Neither phone is perfect, the S5 for example had problems with its camera focus in testing. I also would prefer the camera lens be a little more protected than what the S5 has with it. Lastly, when compared to the G3 the lower resolution of the S5 was more obvious.
Summary: Apple has finally given in to current trends, with the latest iPhone releases featuring display sizes that are comparable to Android flagships. That definitely makes the fight between Apple’s newest and Android’s finest most interesting this year. Android Authority is in Hong Kong to compare the new iPhones with a slew of Android powerhouses. We’ve started off by pitting two of the biggest rivals in the smartphone world against each other.
Summary: Samsung is known for releasing numerous variants of its flagship device. In the case of the Galaxy S5 , you have the premium Galaxy S5 LTE-A , that is available in South Korea only, the mid-range Galaxy S5 Mini , the rugged Galaxy S5 Active , from AT&T in the US, and now, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport. Falling somewhere in between the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S5 Active in terms of ruggedness, the Galaxy S5 Sport is exclusive to Sprint.
Pros: Fantastic display, Great camera experience, Smooth performance
Cons: Lots of carrier bloatware, Not as rugged as it looks
Conclusion: There’s a lot to like about the Galaxy S5 Sport. In both real-world use and benchmark tests, the Galaxy S5 Sport consistently showed exceptional speed and responsiveness. Battery life was also excellent, easily lasting a full day or more depending on usage. We were also very pleased with the camera’s ability to capture crisp still images and high resolution video. The differences between the Galaxy S5 Sport and the Galaxy S5 aren’t extreme, but they are sigfificant.
Pros: Absolutely gorgeous display, Outstanding general performance, Excellent camera performance, IP67 Dust and Water Resistance, Excellent battery life, Attractive styling
Conclusion: With its powerful S5 internals, colorful textured shell, and pleasingly tactile buttons, the S5 Sport is a very good phone. But given its price, and the fact that it generally has fewer features than the similar S5 Active or the standard S5, it’s hard to find this phone truly appealing. Some will be drawn to its colorful red or blue shell.
Pros: Very powerful, like the Galaxy S5, Nice camera, Colorful tactile exterior, MircoSD slot, Removable battery
Cons: No fingerprint or heart rate readers, Less ruggedly designed than the S5 Active, Annoying pre-installed apps