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Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The S5 is a solid upgrade over last year's model, with improvements to the hardware, software and camera. However, certain headline features like the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor are mediocre at best. Chances are, you'll be happy with the phone, but don't fork out the extra cash for an early upgrade.

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Pros
  • Fantastic display
  • Daylight images are on par with other flagship phones
  • Waterproof casing and improved design
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Fingerprint scanner can be frustrating
  • Selective focus doesn't always work as promised
  • Heart rate monitor isn't completely accurate
  • TouchWiz UI looks better, but is still confusing

Reviews

85
 
Average Critic Score
Critic Reviews 31

83
 
Average User Score
User Reviews 27
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Specs

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
5.122
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Type
Operating system
Screen size
Internal memory
Camera
Smartphone
Android
5.122
161
Yes

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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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83
 

User Reviews

80
Kyyul
The Galaxy S5 is my first Samsung phone. I've had peers using Galaxy phones...read more
70
Vad
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
100
thor1459
Its better than HTC...
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