Samsung Galaxy S5 Review- Old Wine In New Bottle

S5With 11th April release date, Samsung’s new flagship smartphone Galaxy S5 was launched in India last week. Samsung is yet to reveal the exact pricing of its new flagship smartphone. The company has said however, that their flagship smartphone Galaxy S5 will be priced somewhere between Rs. 51,000 and Rs. 53,000 in India. Galaxy S5 is already available for pre-orders from 29 March, 2014. Samsung has also launched three wearable devices in India, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit with their new flagship smartphone.

Notably, the company has launched the Exynos-powered octa-core version of the Galaxy S5 in India and it is being specified as the Adonis Prime 2 (Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz) + XMM6360 by Samsung. The company has also confirmed the octa-core variant in India will only offer 3G connectivity as of now. The company said they may launch the 4G-variant later once networks mature in India.

The biggest new features being touted on the Galaxy S5 by Samsung include a fingerprint scanner on the home button, a heart rate sensor placed near the 16-megapixel camera, and the IP67 certification that makes it dust and water-resistant. Check out our quick review of Samsung’s flagship smartphone below.

Check out the complete specifications of the Galaxy S5 and Evolution of S Series

Quick Review –

  • The first thing about galaxy S5 that strikes us  is the amazing  quality of the screen. It has the same resoultion (1,920×1,080) as the Galaxy S4’s display, but gives you much whiter and brighter better picture. Text also looks more crispy and sharp.
  • The fingerprint reader of Galaxy S5 can be used to unlock the phone or to make payments. Right now, payment through only PayPal is supported. This fingerprint reader can also be used to unlock and secure private storage on the phone.
  • The heart rate monitor can be activated by pressing your thumb to the sensor below the camera and then opening the S Health app simultaneously. However, We are not sure of its accuracy and usefulness.
  • Galaxy S5 is astonishingly quick and fast. We had absolutely no problem in opening complicated web pages on S5, which render quickly and scroll around with not a trace of hesitation.
  • The other useful thing  about Samsung Galaxy S5 is that it is waterproof and dustproof to an IP67 rating. According to this rating, S5 is almost completely resistant to dust and waterproof for 30 minutes to a depth of 1 meter.
  • Just to make aware our readers, the phone has 16GB capacity and out of which around 6GB is already taken up by system files and other apps, so only around 10GB would be available to the user.
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 has included an Ultra Power Saving mode to help prolong your phone’s battery life. Samsung claims that the phone will give you around 24 hours of battery life from just 10% charge in when in Ultra Power Saving mode, hopefully giving you enough battery for an important call or text.

The good news for Samsung fans  is that S5 feels solid, well made and less cheap than other models. S5 is a quiet improvement though with respect to previous versions, but many will still disappoint expecting big updates in this flagship smartphone. It would be interesting to see the market response for this phone. Would you upgrade your existing phone to S5? Let us know in below comments.

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