Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

At first glance, this looks new Samsung Galaxy S5 more like a Galaxy S4 Plus from. Externally, not much changed in the new smartphone, it has been improved only in some places. The successor to the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a 5.1-inch FHD display, a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, up to 32 GB of memory, a 2800 mAh battery, a 16-megapixel camera, a fingerprint scanner, a heart rate sensor and Android 4.4.2 KitKat therefore. The device is only now arrived with us and therefore there are only first impressions!

Unlike other manufacturers, Samsung remains true to his line and replaced on plastic, which might disappoint some fans. It has of course its own advantages and disadvantages: Plastic does not feel as valent, but this is easier. At about the same size, the Galaxy S5 weighs 15 grams less than the new HTC One (M8). The design compared to the S4 has improved somewhat but still. The back of the new Galaxy smartphones very reminiscent of the first Nexus 7 tablet from Google. The material is significantly more stringent and less slippery than the glossy back of the Galaxy S4.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review
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The Galaxy S5 is with the dimension of 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm slightly larger, wider and a fraction thicker than the previous model (137 times 70 times 7.9 millimeters). With 145 grams, it brings compared to its predecessor and 15 grams on the scales. The case of the Galaxy S5 is protected in accordance with protection class IP67 against the ingress of dust and temporary immersion in water, which we can also confirm after a small water bath.

Samsung has the Galaxy S5 back to a Super AMOLED display with full HD resolution. Due to the slightly larger display though the pixel density is slightly lower, but still everything is razor sharp. Colors are reproduced AMOLED typically very crisp and the viewing angle independent. The experts at DisplayMate recently designated the display to be the best in a smartphone that has ever crossed their fingers. The Snapdragon 805 processor with 2.5 GHz ensures proper power on the device, the Antutu benchmark it reached almost 36,000 points and thus occupies a place in the top.

The most important new feature is the fingerprint sensor with the Galaxy S5. Like Apple with the iPhone 5s Samsung has this integrated into the home button. While one has to place the finger on the home button at Apple, has the Galaxy S5 as the HTC Max One will be painted with the finger on the scanner and from top to bottom, exactly in the middle and at just the right pace – otherwise the Fingerprint not recognized. After several failed attempts, then finally the password must be entered. So far not as comfortable as the iPhone.

Another presented with pride innovation is the heart rate sensor, but all is not as spectacular as it sounds at first moment. It has been around for some time apps for all kinds of smartphones, with which you can measure your heart rate, simply use the camera and the LED flash light. The working principle behind this is easy to explain: The LED flash illuminates the finger and the camera measures the color change with each heart beat, the blood flows through the veins. The process is called  pulse oximetry . However, Samsung has the Galaxy S5 built a small separate optical sensor and a red LED light next to the flash, which is solely responsible for the heart rate measurement. In addition, a pedometer is now integrated, which can show the steps after setting up on the lock screen.

With NFC, WLAN, Bluetooth, LTE and a micro USB 3.0 port all the usual case of a high-end smartphone interfaces are available.

Conclusion after the first Hands-On:  Great Smartphone, technically absolutely on the amount of time. The crisp screen with crisp colors convinced me. The differences to the predecessor are low and who can waive the fingerprint sensor and pedometer, can also lead to predecessor attack, which already exist for well under 400 euros. A more detailed test, we will post as soon as we the Samsung Galaxy S5 could try out all the features in a little longer. Those who want more details should look at our hands-on video above!

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