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Its a keeper.
According to PA, loudspeaker of S5 is louder than HTC One(M8) hmm...
Louder doesn't necessarily mean better. You've also got to consider location and actual quality. S5 loses on both points.
Location of speakers, your review of One(M8) stated that "As your thumbs move directly over the drivers, your digits' movements do (slightly) alter the tonality of the sound" Indeed I found this noticeably annoying whilst playing a game and etc.
It seems like the location has cons and pros, don't you think? Of course you are entitled your opinion, but I'm just saying people don't think the location of speaker as an outright winning factor.
I'm a different Andy (Yes, I appreciate the confusion), and yes you have a point. We still think the HTC's are better overall, though.
Im a big fan of Samsung products but why oh why would they have a protruding camera lens which detracts from the look/ feel.
I won't be buying it for one reason. It's a Samsung.
Water resistant :)
looks really Nice :)
I was able to hold one in a Voda shop today.So like the Note 3 I recently did a deal on but more pocketable.I wish I'd waited. Sighs.
PS, some sites claim it uses a nano sim?
And the reason I won't buy it: Knox!
I held one of these yesterday.
It actually looks worse than the S4.Those bezels are HUGE.
It feels nasty and cheap.
The interface design is awful. You've got Touchwiz, Tizen and Android all looking and handling differently and all fighting for space on one handset. There are FOUR texting apps and THREE music players. The settings page is SIX SCREENS long. It's insanely cluttered and impossible to enjoy.
I can't see how anyone would look at this handset and choose it over even an S4. Physically the S4 is the better looking of the two (they're both ugly) and the S4s software isn't quite so schizophrenic.
I'm.. how is this a 9/10 handset guys? How? It's actually less good than the phone it's replacing.
Totally agree, This is a piece of overpriced plastic!
And how did they decide the price is £499, I can only see offers for £569?
I have some of the same criticisms. I think the HTC One M8 is a much 'nicer' phone, and I rate the Sense software more highly than TouchWiz.
However, the excellent screen quality and very good camera quality won us round.
The display in particular is a lot better this time around. It surprised me quite how good it is in various conditions - I've always been an LCD rather than OLED fan in phones (plasma in TVs, natch). But the S5 has won be around.
The camera too is a big improvement in certain conditions. I've heard some criticisms of the new 'faux stabilisation' feature. However, the way it is effectively built into the Auto mode means it'll result in better pictures for a whole load of people.
For me, though, the screen is the biggest winner here. And SOME of the S5's bad bits can be patched away with customisations either supplied directly by Samsung or Android.
The comment about the display being so much better than the one in the M8 is a bit strange, as Samsung's displays still have obvious issues : lower brightness than LCD and fuzziness due to the pentile arrangement. It really is a matter of preference. I sense a bit of ''fanboyism'' here. Shouldn't happen in a professional review.
I can smell a flop from Samsung's top model this time. Why Samsung decided they can have the highest priced flagship phone while they are making it out of plastic? In the UK it is £569 SIM free, which is more than the Sony Z2 £549, the HTC One M8 £529 and the iPhone 5S £549!It's not surprising they announced a drop in profits.
What is wrong with 'plastic'? What better material is there? Robust. Light weight. Impact absorbing. RF-transparent. Engineers to fine tolerances. I can't readily think of another material which fits the purpose so well. Quality is fitness for purpose, not bling.
Sheesh - they missed that in the review, it's a Samsung?
"Samsung's displays still have obvious issues.."So why even bother reading a review - you already know that all Samsung displays are the same hence this one is necessarily the same as its predecessors.
Plastic is unpleasant to the touch, gets static charge, lacks reasuring weight, flexes, creaks, poor aesthetics.I agree it has many great uses, but not in a TOP OF THE LINE product. Don't forget you are buying the most expensive smart phone out there and what you get a rubish bin plastic shell.
I actually have a S5, so my comments are based on interaction with the phone and not hearsay.The good:- a really amazing screen, and rated the best by everyone who has tested it. It really IS that good- a huge improvement in the camera- scaled down TW (works and looks better)- dimpled soft touch back cover is a pleasure to hold- ultra power saving mode (I travel a lot, and often used to run out of juice after a long day of normal use)- heart rate monitor and S-Health (I had a 3rd party HR monitor on my S3 as I do exercise regularly)- it's water resistant- lightning fast download (10% faster than S3 over same wi-fi
The bad:- the square shape (I preferred the more curvy shape of my S3- the chrome look plastic surround ( satin fining on S3 was classier)
Why do you feel the need to up-vote all your own comments?
I really like the M8 (except for the name) too.
I went in to have a look at the S5 because my work will have a look at it for employees and had my Lumia 1520 with me, and the difference between the two in terms of quality is, to my eyes, enormous.
The Lumia feels and looks like £500 worth of electronics, the S5 doesn't. And then you try and actually use the S5 and its WEIRD mish mash of three OS's and the gap just gets wider.
It really seems odd to me to give such high marks to a handset that is, as delivered by Samsung, mediocre both to look at and to use.
Because the designers at Disqus decided posters should have this option and I am using it - as designed.
i have a galaxy phone and i'm telling you apple is way better than his piece of crap i have right now
For the life of me, I just cannot understand why people hate on the samsung products because they are not some aluminum unibody design. Polycarbonate is rather durable, resistant to scratches and reduces the overall weight of the phone. The texturing of the polycarbonate is the only thing I have issue with (See S4).... smooth PC is a fingerprint magnet.
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