- Fast Processor
- Excellent Camera capablities
- Water resistant
- Build Quality not premium
Samsung Galaxy S5 had enough grunt to fuel the rumor mill for a very long time. Galaxy S5 has been endowed with innovative features along with improved utility. It heralds with features like 16MP camera, finger print sensor, IP67 resistance and heart rate sensor. The S health application has been optimized to work with the heart sensor and it also generates a food chart automatically based on your health patterns. The Octa Core Adonis processor produces whopping combined speed of Quad 1.9 Ghz + Quad 1.3Ghz. The redesigned rear sports a puckered texture which is designed to offer more grip when held in palms. The IP67 water resistance certification lets you tuck your S5 in your shorts and go for a relaxing swim in the beach.
Design and Build:
Samsung Galaxy S5 doesnt look strikingly different and embeds the Samsung DNA. The front fascade is dominated by the 5.1 inch screen and the slightly thick bezel that encases the front assembly. The menu button doubles up as a fingerprint scanner wherein you have to swipe your fingers to record it. The back key and the more information key are capacitive. The phone is wrapped with a thin metal strip across the periphery. The rear panel is surprisingly non glossy and instead finished with a soft perforated texture similar but more upmarket than the Note 3 artificial leather. Galaxy S5 camera lens is enclosed in a square protrusion with chrome lining. LED flash is located below the lens along with the heart beat sensor which senses your heart rate once you press and hold for 3 seconds with your fingertips.
Samsung has blessed the S5 with a 16MP primary camera and a 2MP camera as a secondary camera. It has contrast focus and selective focus option where in the camera focusses on a particular object and blurs or dims the surrounding which sort of adds a layer to the image. Face detection has been further improvised and the updated algorithm is expected to capture the faces more efficiently. Samsung has given an option to refocus the image after capturing it similar to the Nokia refocus. Galaxy S5 has the fastest auto focus unit focuses in just 1/3 of a second which is a feat considering the usual smartphone cameras take twice that time. The viewfinder has realtime photo and video preview which means that the picture you are seeing on the display is pre processed and shown to you instead of processing it post capturing. The ISOCELL technology takes care that the pixel retains the light without letting it spread to the neighbouring pixels leading to a well ventilated images.
Galaxy S5 has incorporated 5.1 inch screen with a resolution of 1080p. The viewing angles are good and the auto brightness works in complete sync with the surrounding. Touch Wiz UI has been give a subtle touch. The display is well lit even in the bright outdoors. The entire menu layout looks good with the round icons and the pinch of touch wiz. S5 has something called as automatic tint control which controls the tint level according to the surronding ambience.
Samsung Galaxy S5 is powered Adonis prime 2 which is essentially two quad core processors bundled together. The 2GB RAM which is fast enough to keep in pace with multitasking of any degree. The Adonis Prime processor is accompanied with Intel XMM 6360 pentaband receiver which combines the cellular network (3G) and Wi-Fi allowing speeds upto 42Mbps but still lack the LTE ability. Galaxy S5 is blindingly fast and never shows any signs of fatigue even when its loaded with umpteen number of application. Samsung has once again equipped its flagship with the best piece of hardware available in the universe. It would be good if this chipset doesn't heat up like the Exynos processor in the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Power On It:
Galaxy Grand S5 is propelled by a 2800mAh battery which can honestly light up the device for atleast one complete day. The battery is still removable and not inbuilt. Galaxy S5 offers a generous talktime upto 21 hours and standby time of 390hrs.
Samsung Galaxy S5 is a genuine attempt by the Korean manufacturer to stand out of the crowd with its innovations. Samsung seems to be following Apple a tad too keenly and devising their products accordingly. Galaxy S5 has the best hardware along with innovative features like the heartbeat sensor which also feeds any third party fitness apps. This smartphone is water resisitant and dust proof too. Samsung safely upgraded the Galaxy with 16MP camera with features like contrast focus and nifty auto focus but in the process omitted the much anticipated ISOCELL technology. Connectivity features are plenty and equally resourceful- 802.11 AC is a big leap from the 802.11 N WiFI as AC allows high speed data transfers and compatibility for routers upto 5 GHz. The LTE and Vo-LTE would have made the S5 a more desirable buy and future proof at the same time. We wish Samsung had not omitted the Snapdragon 801 processor which came with a LTE capablity. It will be hard to digest the fact that a premium flagship phone comes sans the LTE. We may soon see a variant with LTE support.