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The Great Smart Phone Samsung S5 Spesification

Posted by efid on June 1, 2014 in gadget |

I’m bored with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which is the main phone that I use when I’m not in the process of testing other phones. We’re right at the beginning of the new phone rollout season and so far Verizon Wireless has sent me the new HTC One M8 and now the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android smartphone to try. The HTC One looked great on the outside, but it didn’t have one of my must-have features – wireless charging. The S5 doesn’t ship with that feature either, but there will be a wireless charging cover available for it soon, so I was anxious to try this phone to see if it could become my new daily driver. Let’s find out if it will be.

Hardware specs

Processor: 2.5GHz Quad-Core
Operating System: Android 4.4 & Touchwiz
Memory: 16GB on board memory + 2GB RAM/Supports up to 128GB microSD Card (sold separately)
Network: LTE Band 13/4 (700/1700 MHz), CDMA/1xEVDO Rev. A (800/1900 MHz)
Global Network: EDGE/GSM (850/900/1800/1900), HSPA/UMTS(850/900/1900/2100)
Display: 5.1” Full HD Super AMOLED Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 Touch Screen Display
Camera (rear): 16MP
Camera (front): 2 MP
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Headset: 3.5mm Audio Jack
Battery: 2800mAh (Removable Battery)
Dimensions: 5.59” (H) x 2.85” (W) x 0.31” (D) inches
Weight: 5.11 oz

Package Contents

Samsung Galaxy S5 Android smartphone
USB AC adapter
micro USB charging cable
Earbuds with extra buds

 

Style and design

Samsung hasn’t really departed very much from the styling that they’ve been using since their first Galaxy phone and the new S5 doesn’t look all that different than the Samsung Galaxy S4 from last year. It’s a little more rectangular than the S4 and looks really similar to my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 as you can see above. It’s still made of plastic with chrome accents that look like metal but aren’t.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available in white or black. As you can see, Verizon sent me the white version to test.

 

The front of the phone has a 5.1 inch display that is bright, crisp and vivid. It’s .1 inches larger than the S4, but the size increase isn’t noticeable at all. At least not to my eyes. I have no complaints about the display. It’s very easy on the eyes. I enjoy viewing pics, surfing and reading books using the S5.

Above the display is the earphone, front facing camera and ambient light sensor. Below the display is the physical home button with soft touch buttons on either side that light up when activated (not shown). The left soft button brings up the task manager instead of menu and the right soft button serves as a back button.

If you flip the phone over, you’ll find the camera lens, LED flash and speaker.

 

The home button below the display doubles as a fingerprint scanner that can be used to unlock the phone and authorize transactions with PayPal. Setting up this security method requires you to scan your fingerprints, which is just a matter of swiping the pad of your fingertip eight times. You can store up to three fingerprints and also set a text password to use if the phone fails to recognize your fingerprint after several consecutive swipes. I’m not a fan of using fingerprint scanners to unlock my phone. Honestly, I don’t use any security to lock my phone. I like to press the home button and be able to immediately do whatever I want with no swiping or typing of passwords. While I was testing the fingerprint unlock feature, I would often end up having to type in the alternative password because the phone would not recognize my swipes. It would often tell me to swipe faster, slower or to swipe the entire pad of my finger. Nine times out of ten it would not take my first, second or even third swipes. I’m sure there’s some nuance to swiping that I’m obviously not good at even after trying – A LOT. It became a nuisance after a day or two, so I turned it off.

 

The back of the S5 has a flexible plastic cover that has a dimpled texture with a matte finish that provides some grip to what would otherwise be a slippery phone.

 

The LED flash below the camera lens doubles as a heart rate sensor. Using the included Samsung S Health app, it will tell you to place your finger on the sensor and wait for a few seconds as it measures your heart rate.

 

Your heart rate will then be shown on the display and will be recorded into the app for future reference.

 

The back cover snaps off to reveal the user replaceable battery, SIM slot and micro SD card slot. I was a little disappointed to learn that Samsung didn’t add Qi wireless charging to the S5. But I have heard that the OEM wireless charging covers should be available soon, which is acceptable – although annoying that you have to spend more money for a feature that should be built in to all phones by now.

 

One the top edge of the phone you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone and an infrared port that is used with the included Smart Remote app.

 

I tested the Smart Remote app with my Samsung TV and DirecTV set top box and it worked great.

 

On the bottom edge of the phone you’ll find another microphone and the USB charging connector. Notice the cover over the USB port…

 

It opens to reveal an elongated USB 3.0 charging port. Don’t worry, your old micro USB 2.0 cables will still work fine in the right side of the port. But if you use the USB 3.0 cable included with the S5, it will charge the phone much faster.  But if you use a USB 3.0 cable with the S5, it will charge the phone much faster. The cable included is NOT USB 3.0. It’s only USB 2.0.

 

 

The opposite side has the power button.

In hand the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone feels comfortable to hold. It’s solid and doesn’t have any problems passing the Gadgeteer squeeze test without flexing, creaking or cracking. I don’t have anything negative to say about the style and design of this phone. It’s not flashy, or drab. It’s somewhere in between the two. I’m a little disappointed that Samsung didn’t update the look of the phone, but I guess if it’s not broke, why fix it. Right?

Camera

The camera on the S5 has been updated from 13MP up to to 16MP. The camera does a really good job and I’ve noticed no problems and have no complaints. Here are a few image samples:

 

I was impressed by the low light shots (see the bookcase picture above). That part of the room had no lights on and the picture was taken at night. The image is grainy and isn’t something I’d want to print, but it does show that the phone is capable of taking decent low light shots without using a flash.

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