Recently I had the opportunity to test out the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone for a week, and here is my two minute review.
The Galaxy S5 is the next in a long line of Android based smartphone’s from Samsung.
A Closer Look
And you can replace the battery easily on the S5 (which also means you can carry a replacement with you for those times you really need it):
It is larger than my usual iPhone 5.
Using the Samsung Galaxy S5
As you would expect from an Android phone you have all the usual Android apps (the S5 comes with Android 4.4.2 out of the box), along with a number of Samsung specific apps, including S Health and Galaxy Essentials.
Here are some of the screens:
The biggest improvements over the Galaxy S4 are the screen and the camera. The screen is a lovely 5.1 inch 1080p super AMOLED screen and it looks great, really making anything you look at stand out with a very clear and sharp image, even in daylight.
The camera is a 16MP camera, and Samsung are pushing is that the S5 can autofocus on your subject in the blink of an eye. I found the camera to be really good, certainly meaning that I was happy only having the S5 with me for when I wanted to take the odd snap here and there.
The battery life was great, I was constantly getting a full day’s use out of it during the week I had it for test, and because the battery is removable you could always carry a spare with you, although there shouldn’t be too many times you would actually need one!
Samsung say that the S5 is water-resistant, you are reminded of this when removing the cover. I didn’t have any issues but then to be honest, I really didn’t want to have it out in the rain too much anyway.
The S5 also has a built-in fingerprint scanner, although I found this to be a little fiddly at times, and I can easily see some people getting frustrated with it and leaving it disabled.
I really liked the Samsung Galaxy S5. It looks and feels like a premium smartphone (which it is), although I am still not sure about what Samsung have done with the back of the phone, but that really is a matter of personal taste rather than something problematic with the phone.
You can get the Samsung Galaxy S5 from Dialaphone from as little as £27.99 per month.