Samsung Galaxy S5


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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is almost here and as opposed to its ‘revolutionary’ predecessor, Samsung are going for a more measured, deliberate upgrade with the Galaxy S5. This iteration will focus on features we need, use and love as opposed to highlighting new tech and gimmicks.

DimensionsThe Samsung Galaxy series have always been lightweight units despite their size. The S5 doesn’t buck this trend with a weight of 146g. And while the Samsung Galaxy S4 wasn’t quite the largest smartphone money could buy, it was still a monster. The Galaxy S5 is even bigger at a whopping 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm. Still not the biggest, but there’s no denying whipping the Samsung Galaxy S5 out of your pocket will draw attention!

AestheticsAnd for the right reasons this time too. Samsung’s Galaxy series have ever struggled aesthetically pleasing but with a silver bezel (aping the Note range) and an artificial leather back, for once, the Samsung Galaxy S5 looks the part of a market leader. It still lacks the ostentatious gold of the iPhone 5S, but that leatherette back actually improves overall grip and comes in a range of colours.

Improved TouchscreenThe Samsung Galaxy S5 Screen continues to inch towards Phablet territory with a 5.1 inch Full HD Super AMOLED at 415ppi. It’s not the massive upgrade some might expect but the inclusion of an infinetly useful fingerprint sensor compensates. Couple this with a suite of new fitness applications and functions, for instance an inbuilt Heart Rate monitor and the Galaxy S5 has your health in mind!

Under the HoodInternally we’re looking at the same brand of subtle upgrades, but this doesn’t detract from the phone’s awesome processing potential. 2GB of RAM is more than enough to be getting on with for a pocket computer of any size. Add in the mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.5Ghz quad core CPU and you have one of the fastest Smartphones on the market. The Galaxy S5 bundles with KitKat, Android’s new 4.4.2 OS. There’s a learning curve involved, but it's a UI that keeps the U constantly in mind.

Snap HappyPhotographically (it’s a word!) the Samsung Galaxy S5 is formidable. And this goes beyond the 16MP rear facing camera or 2.1MP front facing one. It’s the .3 second autofocus. It’s the quick launch video calling. It’s the real time high definition recording. It’s the selection of selective focus options. It’s the 16:9 3840 x 2160 videos at the push of a button. Samsung reckoned you wanted these features. So it gave them to you.

MiscellaneousAncillary features like USB 3.0, a Micro SD slot, replaceable battery and the now mandatory IP67 water and dust proof port covers (thank you Sony, for bringing this one to the playing field) round out a package that isn’t trying to WOW consumers, but one that is trying to satisfy them instead. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available worldwide from April 2014. It’ll be available in charcoal, blue, gold and white.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1Despite there being fewer models, it’s arguably harder to stand out from the crowd in the Tablet market than the Smartphone scene. But the fact Samsung’s new Note 10.1 is as light as the vaunted iPad Air helps. As does a unique homescreen and some much needed split-screen multitasking. Given Tablets are traditionally a luxury item, the patented Samsung build doesn’t work in its favour. That said, the Samsung Magazine UI couples with a gorgeous 16:10 LCD screen and some phenomenally fast processing (3GB RAM, 1.9+1.3/2.33GHz Quad Core) to offer a serious contender for the Tablet crown.

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In Short: The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the latest flagship handset from the mobile giants. We’ve been putting it through its paces, read on for more

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