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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

The much-awaited second quarter of the year is finally here, which marks yet another smartphone release from one of the biggest mobile manufacturers- Samsung’s Galaxy S5. With a host of new features such as the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor, is it enough for the S5 to live to the high expectations?
Build and Design
If you have been following the Galaxy series, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see that the build and design is almost identical to its predecessor, in fact, you can hardly tell its difference from the Galaxy S4. The S5 is just a tad taller and heavier, measuring 142mm by 72.5mm by 8.1mm, with a weight of 145 gm. Expectedly, there’s the same plastic construction that is very Samsung. You would know better than to expect anything else and set yourself for some major disappointment right?
Still, if you’re looking for something new, there’s the matte, dimpled back panel. The S5 also comes in additional copper and bright blue colours, aside from the usual black and white hues. The bigger display is a 5.1-inch 1080p HD AMOLED screen, with an updated technology that allows the phone to adapt to various lightings accurately.
Processor
There’s also a slight improvement from the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 found in the S4’s quad-core variant. Instead, the S5 packs a Snapdragon 801 chipset clocked at 2.5GHz, as compared to the S4’s 2.3GHz chip. Given these specs, you can expect a newer, faster processor, and you won’t get disappointed. From launching apps to browsing to hardcore gaming, the S5 runs smoothly.
Hardware and Storage
The S5 is packed with a 2,800mAh battery, not the best of its kind today, but still pretty decent. It can last up to two days of light to moderate usage, but as expected, demanding tasks such as gaming can drain your battery juice that much quicker. If you use your phone heavily for gaming and video playback, you might as well opt for those units with 3,000mAh battery and up.
The S5 is available in 16GB and 32GB storage, with an extra room for up to 128GB external storage.
Camera
Samsung has done a fantastic job on their devices’ cameras, particularly with the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note series. So what’s new with the S5? There’s the 16MP rear cam, one that packs the new ISOCELL technology which aims to improve low-light performance, a noticeable upgrade from the S4’s 13MP. As for the front camera, it is still the same 2MP.
Pros

  • Updated OS
  • Gorgeous Display
  • Removable Battery
  • Good Camera
  • Fast Processor

Cons

  • Only a minor upgrade from the S4
  • High price tag

The Verdict
If you own the S4, you might not be all that thrilled with the S5, as there’s not much of an upgrade from its predecessor. Still, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is one capable device in itself, and whether it’s your first time shopping for a smartphone or you’re planning to switch to an Android OS, the S5 certainly would be a great place to start.