Reviews and Problems with Samsung Galaxy S5 / SM-G900
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active review: sturdy, but not “everything-proof”
21 June 2014
Conclusion: Whatever the paint job, whether a Galaxy S5 Active belongs in your pocket depends on how much meat you really need on your smartphone’s bones. Remember, the stock S5 is already immersion-resistant, and while a MIL-STD-810G rating should mean the Active is much more durable, in our experience that doesn’t seem to be the case (at least in terms of everyday drops and fumbles).
Pros: The Galaxy S5 Active is exclusive to AT&T in the United States, where it , for $199 on a two-year contract. Customers interested in an installment plan can pay either $33 or $27.50 per month on AT&T’s NEXT 12 and NEXT 18 plans, respectively, while those in search of a smartphone sans contract will need to fork over $659.99 to take the Active home. That puts it at almost exactly the same price point as AT&T’s Galaxy S5, further blurring the line between these handsets.
Cons: The Galaxy S5 Active is exclusive to AT&T in the United States, where it , for $199 on a two-year contract. Customers interested in an installment plan can pay either $33 or $27.50 per month on AT&T’s NEXT 12 and NEXT 18 plans, respectively, while those in search of a smartphone sans contract will need to fork over $659.99 to take the Active home. That puts it at almost exactly the same price point as AT&T’s Galaxy S5, further blurring the line between these handsets.
Samsung Galaxy S5 (Verizon) review: a safe bet with a side of dull
20 May 2014
Conclusion: In all, we walk away from our short stint with the Galaxy S5 feeling somewhat unmoved, as if we’d been using a Galaxy S 4 all along, only after installing a new backplate and software update.
Pros: Gorgeous Super AMOLED display, IP 67 ingress protection, Exceptional camera performance in great lighting, Ideal for mobile gaming, multimedia consumption, Removable battery
Cons: Feels insubstantial in the hand, Subpar camera experience in low-light, Software feels half-baked, Highlight features like the fingerprint scanner are unreliable
Summary: Space...the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Notebookcheck as she continues her mission to explore the (Samsung) Galaxy S5. The crew is hoping for a result that is out of this world - and although the scores fall slightly short of expectations, the S5 nonetheless earns the smartphone-crown.
Pros: Outstanding screen, Long-lasting battery, Very good and well explained software, Camera quality very good, Recording and playback quality of UHD videos, Resistant to water and dust, Supports many current transmission standards, USB 3.0 port, High quality GPS, High voice quality, Sturdy case, Battery can be swapped out, High performance, Doesn't get very hot, Low power consumption under low load, Ultra Power Savings Mode extends battery life, Charges quickly, That Sams...
Cons: Case is torsionally not completely rigid..., ... and complains with slight creaking when forces are applied, Pop-up warnings to close the covers properly get annoyoing, Compared to the predecessor, only some details have been improved, Not as easy to maintain, Finger print sensor not always easy to use, Somewhat lackluster random read and write performance, Not a lot - although HTC's speaker system is something that Samsung should take a look at
Summary: The Galaxy S5 does incorporate new features like water and dust resistance, a heart rate monitor and a fingerprint scanner, but the area where it loses is its design. Samsung has not done enough to make the Galaxy S5 a desirable premium smartphone.There is no compromise on performance though but we really wished that the Samsung would overhaul the build and design of its smartphones.
Pros: Excellent display and touch feedback, Offers good overall performance, Fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor work well, Good camera with 4K video recording support, Water and dust resistant
Cons: Design seems very outdated, Low graphics performance on benchmarks, Materials used are of low quality, TouchWiz UI needs a bit more polishing
Conclusion: The Galaxy S5 was supposed to change things. It was supposed to be the dawn of a new age for Samsung: a product lighter on gimmicks and heavier on real improvements, from a company newly focused on listening to its customers.
Pros: IP67 ingress protection, Outstanding, adaptable display, Excellent camera performance in good light, satisfactory performance underwater, Impressive specifications, Improved user interface
Cons: Industrial design doesn’t live up to “glam” messaging, Software still looks, feels half-baked, Poor camera performance in low light, Features like fingerprint scanner, Ultra Power Saving under-deliver
Summary: The Galaxy S5's main shooter has gotten a bump in megapixel count this year, going from 13 to a massive 16. Samsung can't help but extend its feature creeping ways to its camera software, but that doesn't stop the camera itself from taking fantastic shots most of the time.
Especially in well-lit settings, photos here are sharp, vibrant, and detailed. Colors are lively and balanced, and fine details are relatively easy to make out.
Summary: With a practically flawless display, excellent camera and streamlined software, the Galaxy S5 marks a triumph for Samsung. A water-resistant body and long-lasting battery solidify the S5's position as one of the leading smartphones on the market. Unfortunately, this version of the S5 is held back by sluggish Sprint LTE speeds, at least where we tested.
Pros: Gorgeous 1080p display, Excellent camera and features, Solid performance, Water-resistant body, Long battery life
Cons: Slow inconsistent LTE connection, Inconsistent fingerprint sensor, Cumbersome USB port flap door
Summary: “It’s all in the little things.” It’s a common axiom in sports, in design, and in life. Inches make champions; big things have small beginnings; a small leak can sink a giant ship. It’s a tired cliché, but it’s true. It’s even true in smartphones. Apple’s greatest success isn’t the iPhone’s camera or its software or its battery life — it’s the scrolling and drawing animations, the obvious care put into even the smallest parts of the user experience.
Pros: Great display, Excellent performance, Camera can take amazing pictures, Waterproof
Cons: Overwhelming features and options, Cheap, boring design, Camera struggles in low light
Summary: You know what you’re getting with the Samsung Galaxy S series at this point. Pick up an S5 and you know you’re going to end up with the fastest phone on the planet (at least for a few months), with the most incredible display, and bang up to date software. For many, that’ll be all they need to make the most of the truly customisable marvel that is Android.