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It’s fair to say that Samsung have been at the forefront of the smartphone market for the last few years, so it’s no surprise to see that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is getting a lot of people excited. The sequel to the Galaxy S4 is expected to be available globally in April, with a UK price tag of £599, but just why should you buy the Samsung Galaxy S5?
Whilst there were rumours of an entirely new design, Samsung have stuck to the old phrase ‘if it’s not broken, don’t fix it’ when it comes to the overall design of the S5. The S5 is a lot bigger than the S4, to be honest it’s not too far off phablet size now.
The shape is very similar to that of the S4 and the metal surround is identical to the Note 3; it’s the back of the handset where the biggest design changes have happened. Gone is the shiny plastic that Samsung were often laughed at for using, replaced by a more grippable plastic that actually looks and feels a lot nicer.
The most impressive design change is the fact that the S5 is waterproof. We’ve seen Samsung play around with this feature in the past, but it’s the first time their flagship handset has been waterproof.
The S5 is a powerful beast with a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, but only 2GB of RAM (we were expecting a little more). The display is a 5.1inch FHD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) screen that’s both IP76 Dust and Water Resistant, so there’s some really high quality viewing to be had with the handset.
Where all the buzz lies though, is with the addition of Android Kit Kat. Kit Kat has bought a lot of cool changes to the S5, from the difference in the look and feel of the notification bar, to the quick links to get to the S Finder and Quick Connect.
As expected the camera has improved to have a 16MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. The shoot speed is 4K at 30fps and with a whole new bag of features including video stabalisation, every image will look better than on the S4.
The camera on the S5 is expected to be better in both the daylight and nighttime than previous models, thanks to the ‘Reflector-Integrated Flash LED’ feature. The idea is that the flash will illuminate the entire photo, rather than just one section.
One of the biggest issues for smartphone users is short battery life, so having a 2800mAh battery with 390 hours standby time and 21 hour talktime is quite impressive for the Galaxy S5. That’s not it though, Samsung have built in an ultra low power mode and state that the handset will last 24 hours with only 10% battery left. It does this by turning down the brightness and limiting the apps you can use during this period.
It’s a great addition, but I’m sure most will be sceptical about whether it really works.
There’s no denying that the Samsung Galaxy S5 looks like an excellent addition to Samsung’s lineup and will be as popular as the S4 and S3 before it. We’ll be getting a wide selection of Galaxy S5 cases in over the coming weeks, so keep your eyes on the site.