Samsung Galaxy S5 

Released March, 2014
  • Android 4.4.2
  • 4G
  • 5.1"
  • Quad core 2.5 GHz
Many folks are pleased to know that the Galaxy S5 is now waterproof, but despite that, some people will still prefer to keep its beautiful looks intact.
by PhoneArena (Apr, 2014)
It can't compete with the HTC One M8's 5MP front camera, but it's above average and you won't look like a blotchy mess.
by MobileTechReview (Apr, 2014)
7 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Samsung Galaxy S5

Performance

Processing power and speed

Galaxy S5
8.3
LG G3
7.7
Geekbench

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Galaxy S5
n.d.
LG G3
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Galaxy S5
5.2
LG G3
5.2
Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Galaxy S5
8.0
LG G3
9.2
Reviews from pocket-lint.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com, phonearena.com, fudzilla.com and 1 more

7

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Galaxy S5
7.0
LG G3
7.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Samsung Galaxy S5

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy S5
2,804
LG G3
2,272

Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung Galaxy S5


8.0
Viewing angles are extremely wide, and brightness, once Super AMOLED's Achilles' heel, is improved.

7.9
As usual with Super AMOLED displays, viewing angles are superb.

9.0
Great display, good camera performance, fast connectivity, software makes good use of larger display, reasonable battery life.

Overall

8.0 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Add the great viewing angles to the mix, as well as the fact that there aren't any on-screen buttons to take up precious space (very important for gaming), and you actually have on of the very best, if not the best phone in the ~5” category when it comes to audio-visual entertainment.
by PhoneArena (Apr, 2014)
Viewing angles are very good and there's plenty of brightness on offer.
by PocketLint (Apr, 2014)
The images produced by it have a wonderful detail level – everything looks exceptionally sharp and fine when viewing the images from a zoomed-out view.
by PhoneArena (Apr, 2014)

Camera

But if I really had to carry only one, I'd go with the Galaxy S5 for the larger and higher resolution display, better camera and expandable storage.
by MobileTechReview
The 16 megapixel rear camera has the usual amenities, including a backside illuminated sensor, HDR, panorama and fast/slow motion video recording.
by MobileTechReview (Apr, 2014)
16 megapixels, large sensor, phase detection autofocus – it's a treasure trove for smartphone camera enthusiasts.
by PhoneArena (Apr, 2014)

Apps

But all that aside, the Samsung Galaxy S5 hits all the important spec points: the camera is a great performer, the display is excellent, and hardcore games play fast and fluid thanks to the onboard power.
by PocketLint (Apr, 2014)
The apps tray is customisable, allowing you to create folders to group apps together, but it's not as simple as dragging one app on top of the other.
by PocketLint (Apr, 2014)
The Galaxy S5 also has very intuitive and well-designed Calculator, Memo and Voice Recorder apps – all of which having that new, fresh graphical style, and much more intuitive interface than before.
by PhoneArena (Apr, 2014)

Video

It can capture 1080p video and delivers clear video chat footage.
by MobileTechReview (Apr, 2014)
The full HD 1920 x 1080 screen is simply stunning, though pro photographers and other color purists might still find it a bit over-saturated.
by MobileTechReview (Apr, 2014)
We tested repeatedly and it gave consistent and fairly accurate results (in our in-depth video review I demo using it while cycling).
by MobileTechReview (Apr, 2014)

Battery

Actually, official statistics claim that the Galaxy S5 would be able to deliver the remarkable 21 hours of talk time and about 16.2 days of stand-by.
by PhoneArena (Apr, 2014)
Of course, there are other important factors to consider when it comes to battery life, such as the screen, chipset, and software running on the phone, so making conclusions about battery life based on capacity alone would be unwise.
by PhoneArena (Apr, 2014)
There's a 2800mAh battery lying under the skin of the SGS5 and Samsung claims it's good for 21 hours of talk time.
by PocketLint (Apr, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type Super AMOLED
Size 5.1"
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 431 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 2.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
RAM 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB
Supported card formats microSD

music

Supports FM radio No

software

Operating system Android 4.4.2
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11ac
  2. 802.11n
  3. 802.11a
  4. 802.11g
  5. 802.11b
Maximum data rate 1,733 Mbit/s
Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Weight 145 g
Thickness 8.1 mm
Size 72.5 x 142 x 8.1 mm
Numeric keypad None
Keyboard None
Is waterproof Yes

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes

photo & video

Camera 16 MP
Resolution 16 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 2.1 MP
Video resolution 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  2. LTE Cat3
  3. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  4. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  5. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  6. HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
  7. LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
  8. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  9. LTE Cat 4 (150/)

battery

Talk time 1,260 min
Talk time (3G) 1,260 min
Standby time 23,328 min
Capacity 2,800 mA·h
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