Review: AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5

05/01/2014 8:46 AM

05/01/2014 10:04 AM

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is currently the most powerful smartphone on the market. When the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 review unit arrived we were eager to check out the new features that include a fingerprint scanner, a heart rate monitor, and waterproofing.

Compared to the Galaxy S4, the S5 has grown in every way. It is 5.0-millimeters longer, almost 3.0-millimeters wider, 0.2-millimeters thicker and weighs about half an ounce more. The 5.1-inch full HD display retains the same 1,920x1,080 resolution as the 5.0-inch S4 display.

A hinged rubber flap seals the USB 3.0 port to help provide water resistance in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The plastic back of the device has a dimpled pattern resembling perforated leather. It looks nice and feels fine.

As advances in mobile hardware plateaus, processors and displays seem to be almost secondary to the software experience. Some of the more distinguishing features are the S Heath fitness software, new camera features paired with the 16-megapixel camera, and an ultra power saving mode.

What to like
Large, gorgeous display
Water resistant
S Health software suite
MicroSD slot supports up to 128GB

Room for improvement
Performance of the fingerprint sensor lags behind the iPhone 5s
Heart rate monitor inconsistent at times

Quick verdict
The Samsung Galaxy S5 will likely be stand among this year’s smartphone elite. It’s a nice upgrade over the S4 which remains a great device , but perhaps not enough to prompt an early upgrade.

Key specifications
Display: 5.1-inch display, 1080p, 1920x1080 Full HD Super AMOLED
Processor, RAM: 2.5GHz quad core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB RAM
Operating system: Android 4.4, KitKat Storage: 16 GB internal storage, microSD slot
Camera: 16-megapixel
Size: 5.59x2.85x0.32 inches
Weight: 4.93 ounces

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