galaxy S5: Samsung phone by the book






  • Good hardware
  • Dust and waterproof
  • Removable battery
  • Touchwiz looks tighter


  • Fingerprint Scanner works hard with one hand
  • Heartbeat Sensor little more than a gimmick
  • Design puts skimpy off at competition
  • TouchWiz feels spots ‘bloated’

Samsung has in recent years become the absolute leader in the smartphone market. Apple needs to do it with a lot smaller market and manufacturers like Sony, HTC and LG may distribute the proverbial crumbs. Although the Galaxy phones are selling like hot cakes, there’s always been criticized on Samsung phones. The materials used did not quite connect with the high selling price and software level seems Samsung quantity of features sometimes preferable to quality.

With each new phone from Samsung over the same questions arise: the materials feel better this time, there is less bloat present and seems TouchWiz more on stock-Android? Until now, the answer was always no. Galaxy S5 is the answer a little bit. Samsung uses a new type of plastic for the casing and TouchWiz has gotten a freshening up. Yet the Galaxy S5 unmistakably a Galaxy phone.

We expect that Samsung is trying to stand out with a range of software features, but the S5 it is all about new hardware features. And not in the usual ways, such as the screen or the processor, there you should not look for innovation. Samsung has just completed the excellent hardware and have two novelties: a fingerprint scanner and a heartbeat sensor. The usefulness of the first is unclear, but what good is a heart rate sensor in a phone?

To that question and many others we have tried to find an answer. During the past week In addition, we have also looked at the new AMOLED screen, the faster soc, the brand new camera and all new software enhancements that the S5 has to offer.

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