Now that the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been out for a while now I thought I would perform my own review.

The Samsung S5 was released on April 11 2014, in 150 countries.

Samsung have delivered a great phone with an updated user experience and new features such as a heart rate monitor, fingerprint sensor plus an updated camera. The S5’s internal hardware at launch was among the most powerful ever made for a smartphone; it provides a solid experience for the user. I feel like the S5 is a real threat to the iPhone, previous models were almost there but this is the model that may make people switch.

The only flaw with Samsung phones is generally the industrial design. I feel the S5 has made a step in the right direction in regards to the industrial design although it still feels lacking. The phone is available in 4 colours, Copper Gold, Electric Blue, Charcoal Black and Shimmery White. The rear of the phone is still removable allowing the user to replace batteries and to insert the microSD and Micro SIM.

The phone is classified as water resistant up to a depth of 1 metre for approximately 30 minutes. It is also dust resistant, but you have to have the micro USB port cover on correctly for this to be the case.

Software wise the Samsung Galaxy S5 is running Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat plus a new version of the Samsung Touchwiz interface which has implemented Google’s flat design.

Features

Display:  5.1 inch screen 1920×1080 display

Camera: 16MP rear and 2MP front

Memory: 2 gigabytes of RAM

Battery: Li-on 2800 mAh

Processor:  Quadcore Snapdragon

Storage: 16/32GB and is expandable up to 128GB

Supported Audio Fomats:  MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Supported Video Formats: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

3G: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz

4G: 700(APT), 850, 900, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2300(TDD), 2600 MHz

Sim Type: Micro Sim

Connector: Micro USB 3.0

Let me go through what I believe are the Pros and Cons of the phone:

Pros

  • Amazing Battery Life
  • Killer display
  • Photo Quality is impressive
  • Water resistant – It is good to see one smartphone manufacturer looking at this.

Cons

  • Fingerprint Sensor – Really, I do not know anyone who uses this feature; I mean who wants their prints in a random database owned by Samsung or whoever they allow access to?
  • Heart Rate Monitor – I know there are a lot of fitness apps around but I do not know how many people would use this?
  • Plastic Body – Samsung really need to look at making their phones a bit classier. The S5 is beginning the process but I still think they are way off. Use some metal.

Overall, I think the Galaxy S5 is a great step forward for the Samsung brand. I would not hesitate in picking this model as my main phone. The only thing that still bugs me about Samsung is that the products do not feel as premium as an iPhone. Once they get the industrial look and feel right I think they will have people falling all over themselves to get one.