Price: $200 (assumes a two year contract)
As you saw with our post yesterday, we are continuing our crusade to jump off (at least temporarily) of our Apple fanboy wagon. We reviewed the HTC One yesterday and are reviewing the Samsung Galaxy S5 today. While we had been seeing a lot of positive things in the tech blogs about the HTC One, we were most excited to get our hands on what we (and most) consider the top dog next to Apple. We gotta give the guys over at AT&T a shout out for letting us demo both the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy the past week too. The Galaxy S5 could be an excellent gift idea for all of the mothers out there or if you’re needing a graduation gift to. Just sayin’.
The Good: The phone was very responsiveness to our touch and the keyboard was extremely accurate. We understand that keyboard accuracy isn’t a big deal for most (and not a problem) but anybody over 6 feet tall can probably appreciate it when a phone takes into account the “fat finger effect”. The Galaxy S5 did an awesome job in doing this and we could tell from simply clicking buttons on a website to sending a text. We also thought the built-in health monitor that the Galaxy S5 has might actually get us to get off the couch (would be worth the purchase alone). We expect Samsung will continue to release updates making that health monitor more and more accurate (and taking away the need for a Fitbit or other fitness monitors). The Galaxy also boasted a fingerprint scanner which we didn’t fully appreciate until this recently became available on the latest iteration of the iPhone. It makes getting into and out of your phone much easier than entering in a pattern or numerical security code. The S5 camera also seemed to be much better and allowed for a wider variety of options. We actually let one of our 13 year old nieces try the phone out (as their generation will likely pick the next flagship phone) and she was extremely happy with the quality of selfies she was able to take (sigh). One of the biggest wins for the Galaxy S5 that isn’t played up enough by Samsung is the fact it is waterproof right out of the box. iPhone users are still having to buy bulky cases that hinder the touch sensitivity of the phone while the Galaxy S5 doesn’t need it and still works even after being dropped water.
The Bad: Gadgets 4 Guys couldn’t find anything directly in the specs to prove it but when we put the HTC One and Galaxy S5 next to each other, the S5 appeared to have a slightly less clear video picture than the HTC One. It could be the screen and what it is made out of but we noticed it enough to make a note here. We liked the overall feel of the Galaxy S5 but weren’t crazy about the material they used on the back of the phone. It was a small thing but did seem to cheapen the feel of the phone. We weren’t able to test it thoroughly but did see that some complained the phone slowed down a bit when you began to run multiple apps.
Our overall conclusion? We now understand why the S5 and iPhone are at the top of the smart phone food chain. Galaxy has put a lot of effort into the little things which was what had always made Apple a step ahead. The fitness monitoring and goal setting was awesome and the ability to drop the phone in water and have it work perfectly was incredible (we promise we didn’t drop the phone in water AT&T!). Click here for image source and where to purchase the Galaxy S5 from AT&T.