Samsung Galaxy S5: Just Missed

Bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy S5 proves his extra class with many exclusive features and excellent hardware in the test.The battery life is rather average and the unspectacular design can not keep up with the noble competition.

Samsung Galaxy S5: New Design, Old Problem

Samsung relies on a new design element for the Galaxy S5, but remains faithful to the old material. A Smartphone with plastic back in leather look, whose shiny Vorderseite is similar to the Galaxy S2 comes out. According to Samsung is the material on the back not leather, but “high-quality polycarbonate”. The S5 has a externally completely unspectacular and boring, especially in black. It feels good and relatively good grip in the hand, but heavier and larger than its predecessor Galaxy S4 at Electronicsencyclopedia.com. The Smart phone is perfectly processed, but significantly better competitors Apple and HTC.

The USB port on the housing supports USB 3.0, but only a USB 2.0 cable is included in the scope of delivery. A small flap conceals the USB port because the Galaxy S5 IP67 is protected against water and dust. According to this standard, it is completely dust-tight and protected against temporary immersion. The battery cover is still removable, including micro SIM and microSD slots are hidden. MicroSD card with up to 128 GB fit memory into the S5. Samsung brings officially only the 16 GB version of mobile phones to Germany. So around 10 Gbytes of internal memory remain the users. Because the practical App2SD function on the S5 is installed, you can but move apps to the microSD card to create in the internal space.

Galaxy S5: Large, Bright & Colourful Display

The display lush dimensioned with 5.1 inches achieved strong values in the laboratory: with 391,2 cd / m² without ambient light is there for an AMOLED significantly brighter and light-as the display of the predecessor of S4. The contrast is slightly lower with 175: 1, but still good. The laboratory values show that white tends easily to blue as it is usual for the display type. Given the brilliance of colours, this seems but bearable. The screen is also expected sharp. You can turn the display brightness on request back radically until only in very dark place something on the screen. The touch interface responds directly and feels comfortable.

Brilliant Camera

The 16-Megapixel camera of the S5 impressed. You take photos of very sharp (951 line pairs at Deadleaves LOW10) and beautiful images-and that not only during daylight hours. Even in poor light conditions and even in lit. Even the noise is relatively low. The camera has no problems with contrast, renders distant objects sharply, and fast throws. With the real HDR mode you see before the snap on your display, as the subject is altered by HDR. The LED flash shines but slightly too bright for our liking. The camcorder records up in 4 k resolution, 2 mega pixels has the good front camera with adjustable blur and wide shooting angle. In the Photo Gallery see test images taken with the S5.

Battery And Acoustics

The 2,800 mAh battery runs good 7:09 hours. However, the battery is fully charged after only 2:18 hours. An excellent value, rechargeable batteries of this size need but usually around three hours. When checking the quality of the language, we complain about a slight noise in the pipe. Otherwise, lies the sound at a high level and ensures good intelligibility.

Galaxy S5: Performance & Operating System

The brand new quad-core Snapdragon 801 does an excellent job and is well tuned to the operating system.The potent GPU provides fluid sequences in gaming.Factory, the Android version 4.4.2 is installed, on the Samsung however puts the own TouchWiz user interface. The post-test was still no update on Android 5.5 available. She UI presents itself renewed, is considerably more clearly structured, and color highlighting functions. We liked the new symbols, the Setup menu is much clearer in this form.

TouchWiz is not more so overloaded as before despite many of the features. On the LockScreen, you will find information and clever shortcuts. For example, you can stop the airplane mode from the LockScreen off. The news feed MyMagazin now sits in a Blinkfeed manner left next to the homescreen. Samsung keeps the sensor buttons and the physical home button below the screen though, but separates from the long outdated menu button. Instead a re cent apps button, open most recently used applications on the left of the home button now sits. Very well, we find the built-in file manager that into meaningful categories stored files on your system and facilitates the access to them. The new S voice responds well to numerous commands, even simple statements as “Wi-Fi from” understands it. Overall we find but better the classic Google search by voice. You responds with more beautiful voice, can make even the alarm, and provides answers to questions of fact in the text and language. A combination of S voice and Google voice would be clearly superior Siri.

Samsung Galaxy S5: Fit With S Health

Samsung has overhauled the fitness application S health. Numerous additional functions and the full integration of the Gear fit speak a clear language. In addition, Samsung the SDK for developers has been released. In the future, so we can expect a lot of support for S-health. In the app, you set up a profile including weight, size and current fitness status. S health monitored training sessions and recommends a diet plan. A heart rate monitor is sitting on the back also. To use, you must stand still and keep a finger on the scanner to measure your heart rate. Regular measurements are so difficult during a training session.

Galaxy S5: Fingerprint Scanner

The S5 has, similar to that iPhone 5S, a fingerprint scanner on the home button. The scanner is used to unlock of your phone and pay via PayPal. He responds principally well, but something frickelig. You must remove vertically with the finger on the scanner, which requires an additional gesture unlock. You swipe your finger not perfectly straight over the scanner, the fingerprint is not recognized. You can save up to three marks.

Galaxy S5: Internet And Connectivity

If you want to with the S5 to the Web, help the latest standards. Wi-Fi-ac, LTE Cat4 and HSPA + enable fastest possible surfing times. In addition, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, an infrared transmitter and the aforementioned USB 3.0 port are available.

Alternative: HTC One M8

The more refined Android top model is HTC one M8. Also the HTC comes with a microSD slot, the battery life to be very good. It is not waterproof though, but boasts high-quality aluminium. It costs approximately 237 EUR in online trading, is so much cheaper than the320 euro Econo Galaxy S5. Only Vermouth is the weaker of the one M8 camera, that it delivers better sound in ears and stereo speakers.

Worth The Switch From S4 To S5?

Remains to be answered another question for Galaxy fans after testing and alternative. S4 owners who are satisfied with your Smartphone, does not necessarily have to change on the S5. The new S-class from Samsung is without question a strong upgrade and does everything better than its predecessor. A quantum leap forward but isn’t. Who is running around with a S3, however, definitely should upgrade.

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