Samsung Galaxy S5 in the test: Is it worth the purchase in 2015 yet? – Hardware Tests

Now that the Galaxy S6 is there, the Galaxy S5 is only really interesting for many users, because now it is particularly favorable, perhaps even a bargain. In our revamped Galaxy S5 test, we look at how his features still beating today. Whether the Galaxy S5 can be innovative even after one year, we review here.

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  • Design and processing
  • display
  • particularities
  • software
  • performance
  • camera
  • battery pack
  • Technical specifications
  • final verdict
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Samsung Galaxy S5: Price and Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available since April, 2014. Meanwhile (as of 12/04/2015) is significantly lower than the introduction of the price of the Galaxy S5. In price comparisons, the S5 is 370-450 euros. At its launch, this Samsung smartphone has cost yet whopping 699 euros. The long wait was therefore rewarded with a 330-euro discount. In addition, the prices seem a bit to get back to Christmas. The camp empty quickly, so you should strike as long as you can buy it yet.

Samsung Galaxy S5: Design and workmanship

Those who expect from Samsung in the design breakthrough surprises will be disappointed by necessity. The aluminum frame with the Galaxy Alpha was the biggest concession that it was at the time expected from a Samsung smartphone. Maybe it is because such a large manufacturer wanted to minimize the risk of failure small - Apple finally went up to the launch of the iPhone 6 the same path of minimal change. Samsung has been leaning only with the release of the Galaxy S6 from its own window; not to mention the S6 Edge, which provides with its curved edges display a stir and cakes.

AndroidPIT casemate s5 26Golf Ball Appearance: On the back, the biggest change will take place with the Galaxy S5. / © AndroidPIT

Compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, it is noticeable that the Galaxy S5 is slightly larger and bulkier acts. But that Samsung was riding on the wave of growing smartphones, which continues in excesses such as the six-inch Nexus 6 or the 5.5-inch LG G3 and now the G4. The edges around display are slightly wider than its predecessor. This is also reflected in Weight: The S5 is with 145 grams 15 grams heavier than the S4. While this decision is not all will like the choice of material for the back's been easier to accept: The grippy, rubberized plastic was indeed sometimes scorned as a sticking plaster look, but in hand, he actually feels pleasantly soft.

The battery cover is (no longer with the Galaxy S6) and the battery is not installed with the Galaxy S5 still removable solid - yet the S5 is protected to IP67 against water and dust, a good decision. The camera lens is slightly raised in typical Samsung top center of the device to the front sitting as usual, the physical home button, which houses the S5 first time a fingerprint scanners, and we describe in more detail specifics.

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Samsung Galaxy S5: display

Samsung puts on his display a high standard of known, and the Galaxy S5 is no exception. The AMOLED displays Samsung makes before nobody what she mastered safely. Intense colors, crisp contrasts, deep blacks and good viewing angles. The S5 has not a quite as bright display as the top competitors with LCD screen, while the brightness is good compared to previous Samsung models. Only in bright sunlight the display legibility suffers. Despite this minimal drawbacks, which is not one in the eyes of AMOLED friends, has the Samsung flagship of the currently best displays on the market.

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s5 s5 miniDisplayPort 2The new display generation from Samsung: the Galaxy S5 links, right the Galaxy S5 Mini. / © AndroidPIT

In terms of pixel density the competition, however, has not slept, so the S5 used in full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels has now been surpassed several times. Instead of the good 432 ppi of the Galaxy S5 you get now at LG in the G3 534 ppi; the direct successor Galaxy S6 you even get incredible 576 ppi. Whether your eyes are unable to see this difference remains to be seen; However, we do not want unterwähnt the current trend towards greater pixel density.

Samsung Galaxy S5: Special Features

The Galaxy S5 comes with a range of equipment extras, which were not available in previous models. The most important innovations are the fingerprint sensor in the home button, which follows a similar approach as Apple with its current iPhone models, however, is less clever implemented. The sensor is used to lock the phone, additionally individual apps can be secured by fingerprint. An authorization of PayPal accounts is also possible. In practice, the scanner but is impractical and less mature than Apple.

The scanner of the Galaxy S5 has to pass over the sensor, a simple placement of the finger is not enough. So you need to unlock two finger or thumb movements - only the sensor is activated by pressing the home button, then unlocked by Drüber strike - that's a little less comfortable than Apple and worked in the test of the Galaxy S5 is not always the first time. With the Galaxy S6 Samsung has done some better here, because that scans your fingerprint even if your pushing your finger only on the home button.

Also a premiere of the heart rate monitor on the back side, which can measure the heartbeat of the user in conjunction with Samsung's S Health app Health. However, here patience and tolerance is needed - in our tests, we often received only after several runs reasonably reliable information, the Pulse also shows only an approximate value and should not be regarded as infallible and accurately.

Samsung Galaxy S5: Software

The software has received a radical new look at the Galaxy S5. Samsung's TouchWiz user interface has been given a thorough facelift, which is noticeable especially in the quick settings and the notification window and the settings menu. Instead of playful, colorful looks older versions gedeck tere colors and flat, two-dimensional icons are duller in S5, resigned. Thus Samsung follows the example of Apple, which have undergone a similar radical step with iOS 7th But the pure Android there is this flat look for some time, and Microsoft has also set Windows Phone 7 on a similarly flat, no-frills look. These are therefore most likely a general trend in which the rules of aesthetics and "good taste" be environmentally slowly and reformulated and now Samsung follows.

Samsung Galaxy S5 settingsIn the Quick Settings menu of the Galaxy S5 you can clearly see that Samsung has created hand in designing the user interface. / © AndroidPIT

Also new is the extra home screen My Magazine, in which Samsung follows a similar approach as HTC with its flashing feed and the user provides an overview of current news from the news, but also from the relevant social networks. you can search directly from the notification panel for entries via the S Finder, Quick Connect also provides from there easy access to equipment and supplies in the area. Also new is the Toolbox, a small floating button that opens your fingertips and holds useful features. however, has remained the same, the very full and confusing at first glance the settings menu that has so many entries that you have to look every time to find the desired point.

That does not change even though the system update to Android 5.0, Lollipop, but can alleviate by tapping Settings on the top right three-point menu, ads taps and the tab view activated.

still do not like whom the software or who wants less pre-installed software that should try a Galaxy S6 at least, because

What is lacking is a uniform implementation of the new design - the user interface is adapted only partially to the new design, on the home screen or in the App Drawer seen none of it. Here you will be thrown back into the colorful and playful Android World of Samsung, which no longer fits the cool, clear atmosphere, which create the flat icons and fine writing.

There remains an ambiguous impression. Technically, everything fits, the system responds quickly, smoothly and without a shadow of a ripple. But the design is half-baked. Although the right direction, but in the new version on the S5 TouchWiz resembles a huge construction site. Because of course the Android system is not entirely innocent, that just because it is so open up a large optical bandwidth offers, which is difficult to control, such as the app icons. Samsung is that contradiction but probably can never dissolve completely, as long as it is based on Google's Android.

Samsung Galaxy S5: Performance

The Galaxy S5 came with a cutting edge at the time of publication chipset by Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 801 at a clock rate of 2.5 GHz, flanked by 2 gigabytes of memory. This good equipment makes in the performance felt: The S5 flits through menus and Homescreeens, apps start with virtually no delay and are also found in graphically demanding games or photo shoots any weakness.

galaxy s5 watermark 22The download-booster with the Galaxy S5 helps to speed up download times. / © AndroidPIT

Even when downloading data it brings the S5 thanks to a trick on excellence: by downloading booster to LTE and Wi-Fi can be bundled so that a download can simultaneously run on both channels - which reduces the load times again, but carries natural hazards for all which are equipped with only scarce data contracts.

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can S6 only with the update to the much more expensive Galaxy is noticeably have more power, because only the Exynos 7420 processor can unlike any other in the meantime published Qualcomm processor Snapdragon 805, 808 and 810 (in models like the Xperia be installed Z5, Galaxy Note 4, LG G4 or HTC One M9) can be a Galaxy S5 look old. Then there is the noticeable speed boost comes through the new flash memory of the Galaxy S6.

Samsung Galaxy S5: Camera

The camera is definitely one of the highlights of the Galaxy S5. The ISOCELL sensor provided in advance for attention, makes the S5 one of the best camera phones in the Android range. In addition to high resolution in 16: 9 format (16 megapixels), there are extra features like real-time HDR preview, fast autofocus and generally fast response time that distinguish the camera of S5. Also the "virtual Tour"In which you record a kind of extended, moving panorama photo, as well as the "selective focus"To which your imitated by adding a blurred background the bokeh classic SLR cameras are among the special features of the S5.

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AndroidPIT Samsung Galaxy S5 camera video stabilizationThe image stabilizer prevents blurry video. / © AndroidPIT

In low light, the camera gets quite quickly reach their limits, the noise is clearly recognized and stronger than rivals Sony and HTC. In all other areas but the camera is really good and stands out from the competition - concerns makes most traditionally very strong at Samsung finishing the recordings for optimizing contrast and color saturation, which can not be clear without further ado. For the average smartphone clippers the camera is nevertheless or perhaps because of a recommendation.

The weakness in low light, however, was seized last year in many smartphones with both hands. Asus offers ZenFone 2 camera modes in which resolution against light amplification can be exchanged; Samsung itself has reworked abundant in the Galaxy S6 and is his own opinion drawn past the iPhone camera. The latter, of course, we have tested.

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Samsung Galaxy S5: battery

Again, the Galaxy S5 can convince so that turned out the battery life than another plus next to the camera. The power cell 2800 mAh proves in tests than endurance strong. This is confirmed by both battery benchmarks as well as the stakes in practice (which of course much more informative are). In constant continuous use, the S5 comes in around eight hours of battery life, while video streaming in wireless least to around seven hours at full brightness. The interaction between software and hardware seems therefore to vote here, even if Samsung's TouchWiz is resource hungry known as. When browsing and when video streaming, the S5 is also clearly superior to the S4, also current device with a larger battery to come in a similar maturities in numerous tests, the S5 was in direct comparison with competitors from Android and iOS sector always on the front seats classify. One shortcoming of the powerful battery is simply that he needs more than two hours to be fully recharged.

While the duration of newer smart phones hardly improved and subjective impression has deteriorated, was particularly touched up at the charging time. Meanwhile, a number of smart phones already offer quick charge feature Quick Charge 2.0 of Qualcomm or provide own quick charge standards with which the battery can be charged sufficiently within minutes to endure a few hours again.

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Samsung Galaxy S5: Specifications

Dimensions:Mass:Battery capacity:Display size:Display Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Lightning:Android:User interface:R.A.M:Internal memory:Removable storage:chipset:Number of cores:Max. Frequency:connectivity:
142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
145 g
2800 mAh
5.1 inches
AMOLED
1920 x 1080 pixels (432 ppi)
2.1 megapixels
16 megapixels
LED
4.4.2 - KitKat
TouchWiz
2 GB
16 GB
32 GB
microSD
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
4
2.5 GHz
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0

final verdict

With the Galaxy S5 Samsung set standards and was a sense before - even if the Korean manufacturer has only taken over some of the features it already had with other manufacturers, such as the IP67 certification. But with its overall package and the standard extras the S5 offers even today a high quality that has convinced and little cause for criticism. Especially when you think of the now fair price. Sure, the design is now dusty. Pioneering design language is spoken elsewhere or only at the Galaxy S6.

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