Samsung S5 review: not a revolution in industrial design

Samsung Galaxy S5 is the latest flagship phone. The phone is, in its own way, beautifully designed and the materials, while clearly plastic, are durable and should maintain a luster over time. This is a replacement for the S4 that should please shoppers already predisposed to Samsung and Android.

Samsung S5 isn’t a revolution in industrial design. It looks like the Samsung S4, with a bit of influence from the Note 3 that Samsung released last fall. The unit I tested had the black pebbled faux leather back, which is surprisingly pleasant to both touch and look at, and the phone is rimmed with a faux metal plastic border that reminds me of something from a 50s diner stool.

Samsung has developed TouchWiz, and the My Magazine feature on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a nice way to get your social media news in one place. The built-in Samsung apps all get updates this round, but the best new features on the device are, surprisingly, the ones that sort of seemed glommed on unnecessarily.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 is water resistant up to 1 meter for 30 minutes and dust proof. For those worried about water damage to their phone, this is a fantastic feature.

The heart rate monitor Samsung included on the device uses pulse oximetry to detect a person’s heart rate through their finger tip.

The battery on the Galaxy S5 is removable, so that’s already a big advantage over some of the competition. A great feature Samsung has launched with the Samsung Galaxy S5 is its “Ultra Power Saving Mode” (UPSM).When you enable this mode, the device screen is switched to grey-scale and you receive access to a limited number of features.

Samsung S5 battery is Li-Ion 2800 mAh one. It can be Stand-by up to 390 hours, talk time up to 21 hours music play up to 67 hours.

Primary camera: 16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, phase detection autofocus, LED flash

Features: 1/2.6” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR

Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR, video stabilization, dual-video rec

Secondary camera:  2 MP, 1080p@30fps, dual video call

SIM: Micro-SIM

Internal memory 16/32 GB storage, 2 GB RAM

Samsung Galaxy S5

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