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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Another year, another new Galaxy flagship from Samsung. While the Samsung Galaxy S5 is low on true substance it is an upgrade on Samsung’s previous flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S4. While features such as the fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor, and the new UI are nice touches, the Samsung Galaxy S5 struggles to truly wow or inspire like other phones out of the gate.


The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a new 5.1 inch 1080p super AMOLED screen. Additionally, on the outside the S5 features a removable back panel hiding its 2,800mAh battery and a MicroSD slot. Additionally, the phone features both water-proofing and dust-proofing tech. The new textured back is an almost leather like surface that appears similar to carbon fiber.

Internally, the GS5 features a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with 2 GB of RAM. It features Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and LTE. Additionally, the Galaxy S5 snaps photos with a 16-megapixel camera. The highlight features are the fingerprint scanner, which works similar to Apple’s TouchID, and the heart-rate monitor, a first in mainstream smartphones.


While it has some niche features that will impress some, the Samsung Galaxy S5 doesn’t put a fire in the heart of your average smartphone fan. The improvements are present, but incremental. The innovations are unique, but narrow in scope. There is no doubt that this phone is grand, but there isn’t much to be overly excited about when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S5.

 

Pros

-A solid upgrade

-Fingerprint reader and heart-rate monitor are a cool touch

-High-powered device

 

Cons

-Not much true innovation going on

-Not premium materials externally

-Not exactly trendsetting