Samsung Galaxy S5 Is the Upgrade You Can Skip

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is boring. While its competitors, Android flagships such as the HTC One M8 and Google Nexus 5, stake out their territory with a couple of standout features, the GS5 wants it all. Bells and whistles, however, don’t necessarily add up to a great experience.

And Samsung pulled out plenty of bells and whistles. The smartphone, which goes on sale April 11 in the U.S. on every major wireless carrier, is notable for being the first mobile device to offer a heart-rate monitor. There’s also a fingerprint sensor. The camera has a new, faster kind of autofocus. And it’s waterproof! Pretty sweet, right?

It should be. However, with each supposedly standout feature, I couldn’t help but think about how they didn’t really make the phone stand out that well. Other phones have most of them, by and large with better execution. Those phones may not have specs that are quite as good, but they’ve got more flavor.

At 5.1 inches, the screen on the Galaxy S5 is just a bit larger than the Galaxy S4. It packs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM. The internal storage is 16GB, but you can supplement that with a microSD card. The rear camera snaps images at 16-megapixel resolution, and impressively, it can capture 4K (3,840 x 2,160) footage. The front camera is 2.1 megapixels.
If setting up yet another smartphone sounds like a nightmare to you, you’re in luck: Samsung makes it easy to get started via the Smart Switch app. It even works with iPhones by letting you log into your iCloud account to gather your Contacts, Calendar and email. And if there are Android equivalents of your apps, it’ll download those, too.

Designing Right
The Galaxy S5 gets on your good side right away with a design that’s simply outstanding. At 5.1 ounces and 0.32 inches thin, its size-to-mass ratio feels dead on. Although it’s technically wider than the HTC One M8, it’s easier to hold because it’s so light.

The grooved metallic trim on the outside may look a little retro, but as a tactile experience, it Your fingers will almost always have a sure grip, which helps considerably when operating the phone with one hand. The plastic backside of the phone, which is removable, is nothing special, although the dotted pattern is a refreshing change from Samsung’s recent design addiction to faux-leather trim.

The display is incredible. I say that with the caveat that the displays on all flagship Android phones today are incredible. They’re all around 5 inches, and they all have full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080). Colors really pop on the Galaxy S5’s Super AMOLED screen, although it tends to give whites a slightly bluish tinge.

Unlike many other Android manufacturers, Samsung opts for a home button on its Galaxy phone, and the S5 follows that pattern. It must because it needs the button for one of its marquee features: a fingerprint sensor.
Samsung’s fingerprint sensor — the first time the company has offered the feature on a smartphone — is conceptually the same as the one on the iPhone 5S. You can store multiple fingerprints, and their primary purpose is to ease the oft-repeated task of unlocking your phone 30-odd times a day, potentially saving time and hassle.

On the iPhone 5S, this typically works fine since the sensor on the home button has a large enough surface area to catch a decent fingerprint no matter how you press it. Not so on the Galaxy S5: You need to slide your finger downwards over the button to activate it, similar to the sensor on the HTC One Max.

It sounds comparable, but it’s night and day. I’d say the failure rate for my index finger and thumb was greater than 50%. The phone was constantly telling me to swipe slower, wipe the pad or simply that my digit wasn’t a match for the prints stored. For my pinky finger, the failure rate was more like 90%. Once you hit five strikes, you’re shunted to your alternative password, which is even harder to enter than a PIN.

Source : Mashable

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