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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.

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).

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
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).

Scores

Engadget

83
 

User Reviews

90
jordibo
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
60
ks1
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
90
sakura446
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
85
Average Critic Score
Product Review
SlashGear
All in all, it's a solid update from the Galaxy S4. It may not be the first device with a fingerprint scanner, but we still won't argue with the convenience it adds, and the improvement in build quality is welcome.
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The Guardian
The S5 has some of the features, but has a much simplified menu system, making it easier to change settings than previous Galaxy models.
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Android Central
Our main takeaway from our brief time with the Galaxy S5 so far is that Samsung is has been listening to customers and critics alike, and has finally gotten around to addressing many of our gripes with its build quality, software and UI.
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Recode
There will certainly be those disappointed by the lack of any groundbreaking features, but I also think it’s okay to focus on improving existing features to enhance the functionality and usability of the device.
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AnandTech
he addition of new features and consistent improvements to performance without compromise relative to the previous generation is definitely something to be applauded, and with review units, hopefully it will be possible to see how the GS5 stacks up against the competition.
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Pocket-Lint
Combined with the Gear 2 or Gear Fit the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a complete life tracker and complete life managment device - we can't wait to get our review sample to really push its apparently near-boundless limits.
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The Verge
Things are faster, nicer feeling, and easier to use, but it’s still a Samsung smartphone through and through, and will likely be just as successful if not more so than its predecessor.
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Engadget
The design philosophy behind this version of the Galaxy S involves a modern, glam look, and it even shows in the user interface. It's still very much a TouchWiz device, but it has a much different appearance than previous versions.
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CNET
It may not be the most exciting new smartphone there is, but from what I've seen so far, the Galaxy S5 earns keeps Samsung's legacy of high-end Samsung smartphones strong.
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Techno Buffalo
... we’re already confident that this is the best Galaxy device yet. In fact, it’s so compelling that we think Samsung is going to attract more fans than ever this time around.

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