Samsung is recognized for piling on the points, but for the Galaxy S5 ($199 for 16GB on Verizon) the organization has adopted a more measured way. Yes, the built-in pacemaker rate sensor and fingerprint reader are a bit gimmicky. Exactly what wins us over are the S5’s impressive display, enhanced camera, and water-resistant chassis. Add it all up, and it’s easy to see why Samsung’s latest smartphone is also its greatest.
Once repeat, Samsung’s flagship smartphone grows wrapped in a plastic chassis sooner than metal, but that does not suggest the Galaxy S5 is unattractive. Mainly, the S5 looks and tastes better than its predecessor, thanks to its textured rear panel. Using a soft-touch dimpled design, the S5’s removable back is a significant improvement over the Galaxy S4’s glossy rear.
Samsung Galaxy S5 (Verizon) Water Proof design while Samsung needed to make a particular active version of the Galaxy S4 to offer protection to water; the S5 has that goodness baked in. With its IP rating of 67, this design can face a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes. We dropped the S5 in a jar of water for a few minutes and then pulled it up and dried it off. The handset continued to work just fine.
Samsung Galaxy S5 display you would not find a gorgeous display on a smartphone. The Galaxy S5’s 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display is not only brighter than its predecessor but also allows more vibrant colors and more significant difference than the HTC One M8. In a side-by-side example watching the “X-Men: Days of Future Past” trailer, Wolverine’s face looked warmer and more detailed on the S5.
It’s hard for any smartphone to play against HTC One M8’s double Boom Sound speakers, but the S5’s single rear speaker went decently loud while we gushed Pharell William’s “Happy.” Ultimately, though, HTC’s device wins hands-down.
Following the lead of the iPhone 5s, that Galaxy S5 combines a fingerprint reader inside its home key for unlocking the device and meaning into our Samsung account. But, unlike Apple’s implementation, you can also use the sensor for changing payments via PayPal.
To make its smartphones feel more natural to work, Samsung followed a makeover to its TouchWiz interface, which runs atop Android 4.4.2 on Galaxy S5. In case, the Settings menu has a flat look with colorful bands representing the rights. The notification drawer also wears circular keys, with ten available quick-setting shortcuts, and ten more if you start grid view.
It might not appear like a big deal, only should a dedicated whole row on the S5’s keyboard is a huge time-saver. This feature carries over from the S4, as does dark text including swiping through SwifKey technology. Although the letters on this layout are tinier than about the HTC One M8, we didn’t make many typos and appreciated the light haptic feedback
The Galaxy S5 boasts a robust 2.5-GHz Snapdragon 801 processor simultaneously with an Adreno 330 GPU including 2GB of RAM. Those ingredients blended to deliver efficient performance in artificial benchmarks and mixed results in some real-world tests.
Overall, the S5 produced crisp and colorful images outdoors and somewhat better-looking picture than its predecessor inside. In a close-up shot of flowers, the Galaxy more than held its individual versus the iPhone 5s. The S5’s image had more even focus throughout, and better features in the petals.
The Galaxy S5’s 2,800 mAh battery lasted 8 hours plus 25 minutes toward our Laptop Battery Test, which involves endless Web surfing over Verizon’s 4G LTE network by the display light set to 150 nits. That’s better than the smartphone class standard of 6:59, but shy of the 9:42 we witnessed on the AT&T version of the S5.