Feb 24 AT 7:20 PM Dustin Earley 9 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on roundup

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has been announced, we’ve given you a complete rundown of the specs and you know an extra bit about the camera. So what’s next? How about one of our regular hands-on roundups? We’ve sifted through the Internet to find some of the very best hands-on videos and reports, letting you know what the big names in the industry think of Samsung’s latest offering.


“The Galaxy S5 has been slightly redesigned from the Galaxy S 4, and surprisingly it has not taken after its Note 3 sibling and adopted a faux leather back. The S5 is styled more like the Moto X with a dimpled and rubberized coating on the back that gives it a nice in-hand feel. Samsung’s new phone is running the latest version of Android along with a new UX that’s a slight departure from TouchWiz. Throughout the design you can see that this is an evolution of the version of TouchWiz found on previous S models, but this one borrows a bit from Samsung’s Magazine UX and stock Android. This overlay turned out to be a nice and much-needed change.”

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“The only major difference with the hardware here is actually the back. The back features a new soft touch finish with a dimple pattern. It really feels a lot nicer than Samsung’s older glossy finishes.”


“All told, it’s very much a run-of-the-mill Galaxy S flagship, but there are enough new hardware features and software tweaks to make it feel fresh.”


“In contrast to many of Samsung’s new flagships in years past, here the changes seem largely external rather than internal. After all, we’re looking at the same screen resolution, same amount of RAM, and same storage options. That said, the design language is refreshed, with Samsung long having moved on from Hyperglaze, and the GS5 departs even from the Note-3-look we saw migrate to some of those more recent Galaxy S 4 variants.”


“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. The specs are high end, and enough has changed on the hardware and software fronts to seem worthy of an upgrade when your contract runs its course.

However, those tiring of Samsung design sameness and looking for a radical new look and feel don’t have as many reasons to stay if they aren’t moved by the phone’s fingerprint scanner or heart rate monitor. Samsung, perhaps a victim of its own hype machine, opens the door for phone buyers to hold off on making plans until HTC announces its One 2.”


“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; we’ll hold our judgement on the 16-megapixel camera until we can see the results from final hardware and software.”


“Although this Android phone offers a host of new capabilities, it looks as though Samsung listened to critics who said the S4 was bloated with novelty features. The S5 once again pushes the boundaries of what you think a smartphone can do but in a more practical and refined way.”

We’ll be sure to add more hands-on videos once they become available, so keep checking back. In the meantime, what do you think? While it’s hard to judge without getting the phone in your hands, right off the bat we’re a little disappointed. If nothing else, the wider bezels and bigger body leave a bit to be desired.

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • unknown

    plastic crap

  • kazahani

    Samsung Top Secret Plans For Smartphone Domination:
    1) Take GS4 and make the bezels bigger
    2) Make the back of it look like a golf ball
    3) Add a heart monitor (wtf… I mean wtf…)
    4) ????

    I think the only possible explanation here is abuse of illicit drugs.

    • jamal adam

      2) Make the back look like a band-aid (especially the tan colored one)

      I corrected it for you.

  • redraider133

    I am more excited about it being waterproof and dust proof. It is good to see more flagships being built with this ability. Not everyone wants to buy those “waterproof” cases, or always wants to have to worry about that.

  • famoso jorden

    I dont really understand that tech-bloggers hype this device that much. Commenting people might not be the majority of customers, nor do they tell majority of opinions out there, but Ive only seen 1 out of 100 comments being good about the S5s specs but mostly outer appearance.

    I must say that Samsung lost me long ago and do nothing to get me back as a customer. Why do they pump up their devices with stuff like heartrate sensors and fingerprint scanners? Why to make an ugly UI even “more ugly” (clearly my opinion). DO they think that’s really good looking and makes the flagship of 2014?
    What sells their phones is brand loyalty of their customers. They reached a point where they compete with apple directly. Its not jealousy that enrages the commenting masses, it’s clearly a brand that sells out itself, ruining other companies and competitors WITHOUT being innovative no more!
    What happened to the rebelling brand that “stole” apples design to make THE android phone that could go 1on1 with the iphone to built THE game changer the S2 and fought off all lawsuits with money and the will to succeed? It now hides in a hole full of gold, trying to get more rich by repetitive designideas (cleary copied from asus) and yelling to people “buy me, Im a Samsung, Ive been worth it years ago!”.
    Its sad to see a company get lazy on their peak of success, but it makes room to see other companies shine. I wish for HTC to get back on course and Oppo,Yota, Lenovo rush US and EU markets soon! Thank you Samsung for letting yourself down.

  • Jauhari

    Hmmm.. let’s waiting the Final Hardwarde and Software released

  • bandaid phone

    S5 hands-off, not hands-on

  • donger

    Why aren’t you guys there?

  • Akshay Sihag

    Galaxy S5 Review and hands-on pictures gallery –> http://www.mydroidstation.com/2014/02/samsung-galaxy-s5-review-and-hands.html