Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Every year tech-savvy consumers anticipate the announcement of the latest smart-phones to do battle throughout the proceeding calendar months. Samsung look to have a foot in front of their competitors in 2014 with the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S5.

The S5 being unveiled at the 'Unpacked' event.
The S5 being unveiled at the ‘Unpacked’ event.

Samsung announced the S5 on the 24th of February during their ‘Unpacked’ event in Barcelona. The S5 measures in at 142×72.5×8.1mm and weighs 145g, which is slightly heavier than the S4.

Feature wise, Samsung have improved the camera on the S5 with a rear facing 16-mega-pixel, HD camera with the fastest ever auto-focus on a smart-phone. At 1/3 of a second, the auto-focus speed beats any other mobile phone on the market at present.

Enhanced image stabilisation means pictures are less blurry and slight movements in facial expressions are captured more accurately via a ‘High Dynamic Range’ (HDR) feature.

Selective focus is another nice addition. Whether you focus on a near or far object while taking a photograph, the feature allows you to switch the focus between objects, after the picture has been taken.

The fantastic ‘super AMOLED’ display returns in the S5 as predicted, but with the added addition of ‘adaptive display’. This allows the screen to adapt instantaneously to your surroundings and lighting conditions, maximising the detail on screen.

The S5 comes equipped with an ingress code of 67. What this means is that the handset is dust tight and can withstand splashes of water. A feature that proved extremely popular on the Sony Xperia Z and will be a welcome aspect amongst more outdoorsy consumers.

The ultra-power saving mode sounds very promising on the S5. Once the battery life reaches 10% the feature kicks in, switching off all connectivity on the phone except calls and texts.

It also automatically turns the display to black and white. Samsung claim that the user should get 24 hours use from a 10% battery during this unique power saving mode.

Samsung are said to be ‘supporting a healthier lifestyle.’ Their ‘S-Health’ app, which was available on the S4, makes a return on the S5. The idea is that it clocks your distance walked, your speed and calories burned.


Samsung have upped the anti with a built in heart-rate sensor located just under the rear-facing camera. It would appear that this is an expansion of their ‘S-Health’ initiative but I do wonder how necessary it actually is.

One feature very impressive  new feature is the download booster. Effectively, it allows the user to activate wifi and mobile data (such as 4G) simultaneously. They then work together in order to speed up downloads.

With the fast paced, media rich, and technologically dependant lifestyle we’ve become accustomed to, I find this feature a subtle stroke of master-class by Samsung. They’ve clearly got the needs and wants of the tech-savvy consumer in mind.

2014 looks set to be the year that smart-watches really break into the market. Samsung announced three new additions to their ‘S-Gear’ range with the Gear 2, Gear Neo and Gear fit.

The most impressive of the three is the Gear fit. It features the first ever-curved AMOLED display on a wearable accessory. From tracking your heart rate to monitoring your sleep, the Gear fit is a must have accessory for the fitness fanatic, Galaxy devotee.

The S5 looks set to become an instant hit amongst hardcore Samsung users and I’d be surprised if it didn’t gain a few new fans. The IP67 approved rating is a particularly strong selling point. Available in a range of colours, I predict another very good year for Samsung.

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