When the Samsung Galaxy S5 was launched at MWC 2014 in Barcelona this February, everyone was really excited and surprised to see all the features added to the S5, such as the IP67 specification, heart rate monitor and fingerprint scanner. Merging two models into one (previously, IP67 specification was reserved for the Samsung Galaxy Active range, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active we reviewed recently) was an interesting step to take, but did it work? Find out in our Samsung Galaxy S5 review.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Review:
Design and Display:
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 5.1″ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080×1920. The super AMOLED is almost a standard for Samsung as it has been in almost all their high-end mobile devices for years. The screen has a good depth of colour, even in full sunlight.
The design of the Samsung Galaxy S5 review unit is somewhat keeping in style with the rest of the Samsung range. We found that despite some minor changes, the aesthetic hadn’t changed much since the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, with its silver bezel round the edge and plastic back which can be peeled away. The power button is on the right hand side of the phone, and the volume rocker on the left. The top has the 3.5mm headphone jack aswell as the IR sensor for the TV remote. On the bottom, there is a small cover which protects the Micro USB socket from dust and, most importantly, water. As mentioned previously, the rear cover can be removed to insert the Micro SD card, Micro SIM and the 2800mAh battery. The phone will remind you every time you turn it on to make sure the rear cover is firmly pressed in so that the rubber seal protects the battery and keeps its IP67 standard certification.
Running a Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz Quad-Cor