Samsung Galaxy S5 Early Buying Tips Guide

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | January 27, 2014 11:24 PM EST

As we are nearing the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date, here are some early buying tips that you may need to consider before you commit yourself with the device.

Samsung has made no official confirmation about the Galaxy S5 yet but it is evident that the Korean tech giant is preparing for its next flagship device. At this point, rumors suggest that the Galaxy S5 will come in both plastic and metal designs, which are changes from Samsung's previous Galaxy S phones. Reports claimed the Galaxy S5 will sport a 5.2 inches 1080p QHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 16 MP sensor rear camera with ISOCELL technology and Android 4.4 KitKat OS.  

According to a recent report by Bloomberg, the Galaxy S5 release date might happen by the end of April. As such, it is probably time to mark April as the release date of the Galaxy S5.

Do Your Research

Doing your research on the alternatives to the Galaxy S5 is best done at this time. There will be a myriad of choices when the Galaxy S5 arrives and preparation is the key to decide when the best time comes. Take a look at the current rooster of smartphones and narrow down from there. Try to consider devices like HTC One and Galaxy S4 although these devices are already old, they are still potent and significantly affordable. Once the Galaxy S5 will hit the shelves, these devices will be cheaper.

Consider Your Carrier Options

Aside from doing your research, you may also explore the potential Galaxy S5 carriers. Although the Galaxy S5 has not been confirmed for U.S. carriers, there is no reason to believe that it will come beyond the usual Galaxy S crop carriers. Basically, it will be AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, U.S. cellular and some smaller regional and prepaid carriers.

Every carrier has pros and cons. Check the data plans and its costs because it is essential to know what you will be getting from them. It is also important to research on the 4G LTE coverage in your area.

Check Your Storage Needs

At this point, the Galaxy S5's memory storage is not yet clear but the Galaxy S4 came in 16 GB and 32 GB variants with microSD card slot allowing expansion up to 64 GB. The microSD card storage is however limited to certain files.

Do Not Expect A Perfect Smartphone

There is no doubt that Samsung Galaxy S5 is a good phone but it is not going to be a perfect one. Temper your expectations despite the emerging rumors about the next flagship smartphone of Samsung. Otherwise, you are just prepping yourself to be disappointed the day it will be launched. 

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