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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

 
83
Average user Score
 
90
jordibo
06.15.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
60
ks1
04.07.15
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
 
90
sakura446
02.21.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
Deplane
12.28.14
A great phone if you like a glorified S3, let's say the S3's Big Brother.
 
90
kait
12.14.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
charisr
08.23.14
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
100
apathania
08.22.14
Perfect 5 inches HD super AMOLED display.. battery life, I love touch wiz, camera in-built features etc.
 
90
asianunion
08.17.14
I had used this phone for a few days only, but I still went through most of the features of this phone. Although it doesn't really give me that much surprise, It is still a powerful phone. I do like this phone, but I probably gonna get the iPhone 6 when it comes out. Another thing i haven't mention about this phone is the finger print sensor, It is working pretty well, but it is not as sensitive as iPhone's unless you do it vertically. I do recommend this phone if you like samsung's features and UI.
 
80
mklasse
08.15.14
This is the second samsung mobile device I have ever bought. First samsung I had was the original Galaxy tab 10.1, not good at all, laggy, crashed a lot, etc.. I was disappointed. Switched to iPad and never wanted to look back. For smartphone, however, I find iOS is too restrictive (no bluetooth sharing to non-iOS devices, everything has to go through iTunes, etc.. which is not a problem for me on tablet) so I stick with Android. Few reasons I bought the Galaxy S5 over the competitors for me was the S-AMOLED screen (I have always amazed by it since previous Galaxy S iterations, probably not that amazed anymore though since LCD is catching up in terms of image quality), the 16MP ISOCELL camera (I am aware megapixel is not equal to image quality, but 4MP HTC camera just doesn't do the job well if you download it to your PC or try to crop the image, you lost that much image detail). Fingerprint sensors is convenient way to unlock the phone, sometimes pattern or passcode can be guessed, but not fingerprint. I don't use the heart rate sensors or pedometer that often, so I consider that feature a gimmick.The plastic bezel looks so cheap on the S5, but then again I always use a case for my phone. I did not get to feel my HTC one M7's aluminum body that often. I went without a case for a while and then dropped the phone, luckily to carpet floor and no damage. So at the end of the day, choose cases with premium feel and the phone would feel premium also. Overall the S5 feels snappy even with much-hated touchwiz. I will use custom launcher anyway so touchwiz is not really an issue for me. This is a big step up from the last Samsung mobile device I owned, and might have just restored my faith in Samsung again.
 
80
EnoughSaid
08.12.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget

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