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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 review



The Galaxy S5 has been out of for a few months now, and managed to sell more than 10 million units in its first month. It’s every bit the smash we thought it would be.

Is it worth the excitement? It makes significant improvements to the camera and screen compared to last year’s Galaxy S4.

However, the Galaxy S5 has already been gazumped in tech terms by the LG G3. It has a QHD screen that’s much more pixel-packed than the Samsung display.

We’re not convinced you should care all that much, though. The S5 screen is still super-sharp.

The price has already come down a fair bit too. You can get a SIM-free Galaxy S5 for around £480. It’s not cheap, but is a good bit lower than the £600 RRP. It’s often slightly cheaper than its biggest rivals, the HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z2.

What are the Galaxy S5’s best and worst bits? It has waterproofing, but having to constantly re-seal the charging socket is annoying. The screen looks great, but parts of Samsung’s custom interface could do with being a bit friendlier, a bit simpler. And while the camera is top-notch, it’s pretty slow when taking low-light shots.

The fingerprint scanner, a Samsung feature introduced in the Galaxy S5, can be pretty fiddly too. However, some people get on fine with it. It’s just not as easy to use as the Touch ID sensors o fhte iPhone 5S.

What results is a great phone, but one that requires a little patience at times.