Excerpt: The Samsung Galaxy S5 is no doubt an excellent smartphone. Better camera, faster performance, and a gorgeous display—these are just but a few things offered by the Korean giant’s latest flagship.
Summary: The Galaxy S5 boasts one of the best Android experiences currently available, but Samsung can no longer claim unchecked dominance over the market; HTC has upped its game this year, while Sony, LG, Motorola and others are quickly learning from past mistakes. If you have a Galaxy S4, there is little reason to shell out the money for its successor, but a Galaxy S3 owner approaching the two-year market in his or her contract should feel comfortable making the leap to...
Conclusion: As Samsung continues to refine its flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S5 is better than ever. It's the most powerful phone you can buy, and is a lock for our Editors' Choice on Verizon.
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: With its gorgeous display, powerful Snapdragon 801 processor and enhanced camera, the Samsung Galaxy S5 easily eclipses its predecessor along with nearly all other smartphones on the market. Oh, and let's not forget the fact that the S5 can go for a quick dip and keep on kicking. Plus, the T-Mobile S5 lasts nearly 11 hours on a charge, longer than the carrier models we tested.
Pros: Beautiful display, Water-resistant chassis, Improved camera is easier to use, All-day battery life
Cons: Inconsistent fingerprint reader, Plastic body, Annoying USB port flap
Summary: Samsung's Galaxy S5 is a stellar Android smartphone. Its more refined interface, practically perfect display and improved camera make it a worthy successor to the S4. Add to that more than 8 hours of battery life and a water-resistant chassis, and the Galaxy S5 finds itself at a level occupied by few other smartphones.
Pros: Beautiful 1080p display, Strong performance, Excellent camera, Water-resistant design, Good battery life
Cons: Inconsistent fingerprint reader, USB port flap, Plastic chassis
Conclusion: As Samsung continues to refine its flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S5 is better than ever. It's the most powerful phone you can buy, and is a lock for our Editors' Choice on T-Mobile.
Pros: Spectacular screen. Super-fast Wi-Fi and LTE performance. Excellent camera. Water resistant.
Cons: All-plastic design. Speakerphone could be louder and deeper.
Summary: The Galaxy S5 represents a shift for Samsung away from throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks to placing bets on fewer innovations. That strategy largely pays off with this handset. While the fingerprint reader could be more consistent, the S5 is a more refined product than the S4. We love the bright and colorful display, longer battery life and sharper camera with real-time HDR.
Pros: Best-in-class display, Water-resistant chassis, Sharp and feature-rich camera, Useful fitness app, Long battery life
Cons: Inconsistent fingerprint sensor, Annoying flap door for charging port, Plastic design