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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a great example in the advancement of technology and Samsung as a company. When it first came out it was one of the best phones on the market and within a year it has been replaced, but then of course that is the same with all tech products.
The S5 packs a Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 processor with 2 GB of RAM that supposedly makes it quick. I, however, have not had a great experience with speed and performance in my everyday use. I have found my phone to be quite laggy and sometimes even freezing on pretty much any app, sometimes the apps don’t even show up on the home screen. It may be quicker than my iPhone 4s that I had before but sometimes I just want to throw my phone into the ocean because it’s that bad.
Talking about throwing it into the ocean, I recently tested the IP67 waterproof capabilities while on a trip in the Netherlands. I was worried about testing this feature at first but it had no problem and it was still early usable with no long term side effects. When I say long term there were no side effects this is because water got stuck in the headphone jack constantly turning the headphone mode on and off for a good 12 hours, killing the battery at the same time. They should have included a headphone jack plug…
Moving on to the camera quality, there is little to complain about from the 16 Megapixel camera on the back. It does exactly what you would expect it to do in moderately good quality as well. The S5 is also capable of filming in UHD mode, but unless you have the equipment and storage space for these videos there isn’t much of a point.
The battery included in the S5 is rated at 2800mAh which Samsung advertises will give you 21 hours of talk time. I have not tested this 21 hour talk time rating but I have a feeling that unless you put the phone in extreme power saving mode it’s not going to happen. I have no problem using my phone all day from 7 in the morning to midnight, I have never really needed to worry about finding somewhere to charge my phone. When using a good charger the battery charges quickly and stays charged for a surprisingly long time. I recently went on a camping tour around Europe and only charged my phone for maybe an hour a day in the car over 10 days and never had a problem.
The screen is a great quality AMOLED display that can display perfect black tones, this is quite noticeable. The display has been one of my favorite parts of the phone, it’s great for watching movies on Netflix and it is also easy to see when using it as a GPS in the car.
In short, this phone has a great camera, display and battery but I have had a lot of trouble with the performance. I would unfortunately not suggest this phone to someone who wants a reliable and quick phone. I will most likely be going back to an iPhone the next time I upgrade… or before.