Samsung Galaxy S5 Quick Review: Water-Resistant Features, UI and Top Things You Need to Know

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By Precious Silva | April 30, 2014 1:52 PM EST

Samsung released its Samsung Galaxy S5 earlier this month. Most analysts agree that the South Korean tech giant released the device around April to earn a good head start from rivals like Apple. Whereas the timeframe is an advantage, the Samsung Galaxy S5 offers a number of good features. These include an excellent AMOLED display, improved camera, water-resistant body and new UI among others. Is the Samsung Galaxy S5 a good deal? 

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New Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone (L), Gear 2 smartwatch (C) and Gear Fit fitness band are displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smart watch and fitness band along with the latest version of its flagship Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist. Picture taken on February 23. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Display 

Many users will find the Samsung Galaxy S5 with incredible display. The Super AMOLED HD panel is considered as one of the best today. The display is bright and users can choose to dim it depending on what they see fit best. The viewing angles are also excellent. S5 comes with impressive outdoor visibility, users will not find it hard to see through it despite the glaring light of the sun. 

Camera 

According to Android Police, the Galaxy S5's enlarged sensors offer excellent image quality for a handset. However, users may have to find decent lighting to maximize the quality of images. The camera comes with a real-time HDR preview mode. People can choose from a wide selection of video recording modes including HRD video. 

Other highlights of the device include long battery life and water-resistant body. Users may have to get used to the USB cover port on the side. As for the speed, the Samsung Galaxy 5 levels up considerably from the Samsung Galaxy S4. However, the HTC One M8 is faster. Still, the device runs quick enough to accommodate basic user tasks. 

Overview of the specs include:

  • 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm (5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 in)
  • 145 g (5.11 oz)
  • Fingerprint sensor (PayPal certified)
  • IP67 certified - dust and water resistant Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.1 inches (~432 ppi pixel density)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • TouchWiz UI
  • Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
  • Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
  • Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
  • Adreno 330

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(Photo: Reuters / Albert Gea)
New Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone (L), Gear 2 smartwatch (C) and Gear Fit fitness band are displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smart watch and fitness band along with the latest version of its flagship Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist. Picture taken on February 23. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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