In this two part video, I take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 over the HTC One M8 – both are the latest Android phones for their respected manufacturers. Both of these phones are on loan from Verizon.
After playing with the Samsung S5, I see why it s one of the top smartphones on the market. Samsung definitely takes the Android software and makes its own. A great camera, powerful battery and even more secure with its own fingerprint scanner to unlock the phone.
Let s start with the screen. With a 5.1 inch phone using the AMOLED technology, you will be able to do everything from get that video shot to play Clash of Clans without squinting.
The design of the phone is pretty standard, but kinda lack-luster. The plastic case phone comes in a white or black case. The phone is pretty thin and has a weight of 5.1 ounces.
The S5 touts some interesting features including being somewhat waterproof along with the ability to measure your vitals.Checking out the waterproof option, if you spill your drink at the cafe, if you drop it in the sink or *GASP* toilet, you will be able to clean it off and move on. That is, as long as the USB cap is securely in place and you don t drop it at the bottom of the pool while you re watching a funny cat video.
The back of the S5 has a way you can check your heart rate. Place your finger on the LED flash and the phone can monitor your heartbeat. This is perfect for those who are trying to raise their rate for that 20 minute lunch power walk. If you are running low on juice, there are many mobile locations that let you switch out the battery. Especially in airports where power outlets can be hard to find.
Other specs to the Galaxy S5 include a 2.5 GHz quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM and either 16 or 32 GB of memory. You can even expand the phone to 128 GB through the MicroSD card.
One of my favorite features is the Ultra power saving mode. If your phone is at 10%, you can flip it over to the ultra saver so you can do what the phone was originally made to do – get phone calls and text messages.
I also like the unlock biometrics to this phone. Swipe the finger across the bottom of the screen to unlock.
Of course, Samsung has a series of accessories that can help your phone go further, including the Galaxy Gear watch.
One of the downfalls to this phone is simply their micro USB connector. The USB charger is not compliant to other Android phones. The plug s advantage is simply speed – in charging and in data transfer. The connector draws 900 milliamps, which will charge the phone faster than the standard micro-USB working at 500 milliamps.
The micro adapter is a little bigger than the standard, too. So if you are using a friends charger and they don t have a Samsung device, you might want to carry around a few adapters.
Overall, the S5 is a powerful phone with a lot of interesting features you can use in everyday life. It takes the phone to a new level – especially with the biometrics and heart rate monitor.