Review of the flagship of 2014 - Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F/SM-G900H

A parity situation has emerged on the global market - de facto the market has been divided by two players, Apple and Samsung. Each company has its own flagship, for Apple this is actually the only product - the iPhone, you can not take into account the old models or the iPhone 5c, which appeared in 2013. For Samsung, the range of products is much larger, but the main focus is on the Galaxy S, which is the best-selling phone that competes with the iPhone. In 2013, sales of the Galaxy S4 came close to the iPhone 5, in some countries they even exceeded the iPhone by several months, but then a new model came out, and everything was back to normal. Samsung quite rightly believes that the Galaxy S4 has become a successful product, although dreams that its sales will exceed those of the iPhone have not materialized. Moreover, the potential of this device is very high, until today its versions are being released, which will live on the market for at least another year and a half. And here Samsung fell into exactly the same trap as Apple before them - the previous models began to look more attractive than the new ones. Let me remind you that with the release of the iPhone 5 and the new version of iOS 7, many people suddenly began to buy the iPhone 4s, since the design of this device and its characteristics seemed better to them. There was no difference in the quality and size of the screen, there were no significant, big differences either. This happened for the first time for Apple, when the old model, unexpectedly after the release of the new one, did not become a niche, but took up to half of sales.

For Samsung, Apple's model doesn't quite fit, it's hard to draw direct parallels - so after the release of S4, sales of S3 remained high and noticeable, but these were products of completely different price classes. In contrast to Apple, Samsung's flagships are constantly depreciating throughout the year, with a total loss of 33 percent in original cost. Therefore, shifting the situation to Apple will not work, the companies are in different positions. But it's safe to say that the Galaxy S5 tried to keep all the features of the previous device, and also not make it a competitor to the Note 3, plus keep sales of all variants of the S4. Despite all the public announcements, sales plans and the like, it's safe to say that the Galaxy S5, despite its flagship status, does not play such a role for Samsung. It is possible that this is due to the release of an older version of the device, the presence of which is denied by the company, or the release of Note 4 in September, to which the focus is gradually shifting. Of course, the sales volume of this model will be at least at the level of S4, perhaps 10-15 percent higher. But the sales boost will come from the cheaper variants of the S4, which we're betting on, as well as the Note line. This happened for the first time and looks like a conscious decision, from which all the characteristics of the flagship follow.

For the first time in the Galaxy S5, the technical specifications are not superior to those of a model in the Note line, in our case it is Note 3. Formally, we can talk about an improved camera, but it does not offer striking differences in photo quality, the processor is about the same performance, the amount of memory, including operational, less in S5. These are obviously products of a different class, and Note 3 looks very advantageous against the backdrop of S5, it was clearly breathed a second life into this announcement.

For the buyer, this means that buying a Galaxy S5 is not at all as profitable as it might seem at first glance, since its alternatives look extremely attractive and interesting. First of all, this is the Galaxy S4, secondly - Note 3. It is curious that there are almost no reasons for choosing the S5 over these devices - all these reasons are insignificant, and their combination will not become an outweighing factor for the majority. While it is possible that many consumers will change their phones out of inertia, this group of buyers has remained the same for many years. As an unclear factor, the release date of the new iPhone remains, if it takes place in the summer, then this will have an impact on the choice of many people. It is also obvious that by increasing the screen size, Apple will eliminate one of the most serious complaints that these smartphones had. These factors will certainly influence S5 sales and selection.

Many software features from the Galaxy S5 may not come to previous models, not because of the possibility of their implementation, but for purely marketing reasons, it is necessary to show the difference in the devices, to draw attention to the new product.

An interesting question is whether it is worth changing the Galaxy S4 to S5. Such a replacement will be pleasant (faster device, better camera, there are different chips), but you will not notice much difference. Although there is still some sense in this. But replacing Note 3 with Galaxy S5, in my opinion, is definitely devoid of any sense, these are products of a different class. However, let's look at what S5 is.

Design, dimensions, controls

Samsung tries not to experiment with the design of its devices, it remains unchanged from year to year. While testing the Galaxy S4 Black and S5 for work, I kept getting confused about which phone was in front of me. It is almost impossible to distinguish them by the front panel at a cursory glance. You will succeed much better in the pictures, but in life they are completely similar - even slightly different sizes are not striking.

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The size of the phone is 142x72.5x8.1 mm, weight is 145 grams. Let me remind you that for S4 these parameters were 136.6x69.8x7.9 mm, 130 grams. Slightly higher, slightly wider. In the hand, the difference is not felt in any way, exactly the same grip - it fits easily in any pocket.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy S4

Designers came off on the back cover of the device - it has a structure under the skin, with uniform dots applied to the surface. Initially, 4 different colors are offered.

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Two years ago I had an X-Drago Dash Dot case that had almost the same design as the back of the S5.

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I can't recall a case when a manufacturer would copy someone else's case when creating their flagship. This is another indicator of the crisis of ideas that is on the market - the same solutions are chewed up by many companies.

The feel of the back cover is strange, it is a little oily, as if soaked in some kind of solution. When you hold the device in your hands, your fingers begin to sweat on this cover (it is possible that this is an individual reaction of my body, but others also noted this after asking a question about their feelings).

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The whole body of the phone is made of plastic, there are no other materials here. The back cover has a rubberized edging, Samsung stated that the device supports the IP67 protection standard. It is curious that during the presentation they indicated that it can be used in the rain, but cannot be dropped into water. Let me remind you that the IP67 protection standard assumes the possibility of immersion to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes. The Galaxy S5 has a built-in microUSB plug but no visible audio jack protection. From informal conversations, it turned out that the company specifically emphasizes that you should not throw your phone into the water.It can withstand IP67 diving, Clean1999 Toyota Hiace but A loose lid will cause leaks. The company believes that this will not be a warranty case. All products with IP67 have the same notes in the instructions, they must not be swum in, they must not be immersed in water. Here is such a dualism. One of these days I plan to test the level of protection of this device on professional equipment and then share the results with you. The video will appear right in the review and on our YouTube channel.


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Another characteristic feature is the warning to close the charging connector cover tightly, it appears after each charge. There are no sensors here, just common sense, suggesting that in order to charge the device, you opened the connector. Also, after opening the case, you are asked to check its tightness.

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On the left side surface there is a paired volume control button, on the right side there is an on / off button. At the top end there is a 3.5 headphone jack, it is moved to the right (on the S4 on the left and next to the second microphone), this is done so that the microphone is not blocked when the headphones are on. There is also an infrared window.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 and Apple iPhone 5S

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Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Above the screen, you can see a 2-megapixel front camera, as well as a proximity sensor. The physical key below the screen is adjacent to two touch buttons - everything is unchanged here, except that the assignment of the keys has changed in accordance with the way it is done in KitKat.

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Display

Perhaps this is the biggest disappointment - for the first time in Samsung they decided not to increase the screen resolution for their flagship, but only slightly increase the diagonal - now it is 5.1 inches at a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels (432 dpi, in S4 - 441 dpi) . It is impossible to see individual pixels of the screen, the resolution of the human eye does not allow this. There are no barriers for superhumans, and they see pixelation even on this device. Screen type SuperAMOLED, displays up to 16 million colors.

One of the user misconceptions is that Super AMOLED screens are too bright, colors are saturated and unnatural. In the screen settings, you can choose any display option, including those typical for screens from other manufacturers (dimmer, natural colors). It is interesting that screens from other manufacturers give out the maximum possible, and it is impossible to make them brighter, more contrast, and colors more saturated. At Samsung, the flexibility of settings is maximum.

Similar to the S4, there is an "Optimize display" option. This is the most interesting setting, as the device analyzes the level of lighting around and, depending on the conditions, sets the contrast, brightness, plus adjusts the colors on the screen. It turns out that the white color looks white in almost all conditions. Another setting is "Professional Photography" (previously called Adobe RGB), but it almost does not affect the quality of the image display, the latter does not noticeably change compared to other settings (I could not notice this).

In the sun, the screen looks great, there are no problems, readability has increased a little, this is due to a change in the screen itself, which I would like to say separately. So, for the first time testing the video playback time on this device and the S4 Black Edition at maximum screen backlight, I noticed white light on the S5, the picture looked much worse. It was a clear step back.

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After playing with the settings, I found a rather funny thing - the picture quality is excellent and completely comparable to S4 with automatic backlighting (default setting), but trying to turn the brightness up instantly leads to negative consequences. Also, the performance of Adaptive Display is such that it is focused on the power saving mode, the colors are muted. To get a picture like on S4, you should choose one of the other display modes.

With the brightness, everything became clear in the sun, with automatic adjustment, it twists up precisely in these conditions, readability in direct sunlight increases dramatically. Although I could not notice much difference in Moscow with the same Note 3 (Samsung Galaxy S5 in the photos above).

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I have a strong feeling that the default settings are set in favor of some scenario where people want not very bright, muted colors and medium backlight - plus, it saves battery. You should choose these parameters for yourself.

And here are some photos comparing the screen with the S4. Let me remind you that the screen in S4 was and remains the best on the market, in the S4 review there was a large comparison of displays, the situation has not changed in a year.

Comparison with Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5 below:

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Comparison with Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5 from above:

Fingerprint reader

The function is rather curious and appeared in response to the fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5s, where you need to put your finger on the button. Unlike Apple's implementation, the S5 simply swipes across the center of the screen and touches the center key. In the settings, you can register up to 3 fingerprints, holding the phone with one hand is very inconvenient. Someone, perhaps, will contrive, and it will come out, but it doesn’t work out like that for me - therefore, only with two hands. With Apple, one hand is enough - and the device itself is smaller.

Almost always, the scanner works perfectly, determines the fingerprint quickly and unlocks the phone. During operation, I saw a message several times that the surface of the device was wet, I was asked to wipe it. Apparently, a sensor is used here, which is already in the S4 and measures the ambient temperature and humidity.

It is difficult to say anything special about the scanner, everything works and does not cause any complaints.

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Battery and power saving modes

The phone has a 2800 mAh Li-Ion battery (2600 mAh in the S4), the manufacturer indicates up to 390 hours of standby time, up to 21 hours of talk time, up to 10 hours of video playback and about hours of listening to music. In isolation from reality, these results are impressive, but you and I know very well that in practice, most Android smartphones do not live that long and show very different results.

Before discussing the operating time of the device, let me remind you that initially only the S5 version, built on the Qualcomm chipset, appears on the market, the Exynos version will come later - therefore, we are talking only about this version of the phone. But there shouldn't be any special differences.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S5

So, the easiest way was to take the same FullHD movie in X.264 and see how long the Galaxy S4 could play it (I took the Black Edition version on Qualcomm). Video playback software - MX Player, without hardware decoding. The result with the maximum brightness of the screen, the sound turned off and offline turned out to be typical - about 9.5 hours.

However, in the phone settings, two more modes were added to the already existing power saving modes, and a quick power button was created for them. There is a regular power-saving mode in which you can limit the background operation of applications, turn on gray colors for the screen (for AMOLED this is a feature - gray color consumes almost no energy). Moreover, you can work almost everywhere in gray scale, even watch a video - but it will be gray, which is not very pleasant and convenient.

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I was interested to see if it was possible to live a whole day in this power consumption mode. I managed to do it calmly, we can say that the device will last for two days, but it will not give you pleasure. It is unlikely that there will be people who will use the screen in such colors. There is also another limitation - in Whatsapp and other programs that use a background connection, work stops, you stop receiving messages. For social networks that Samsung knows and the SNS program, and with access permissions obtained on your phone (Facebook, Instagram, 4square, Twitter), you receive push messages from the Samsung service. That is, the power saving mode also has a software chip - instead of push messages from different services / programs, they come in a certain interval from only one. This interval cannot be configured, all settings are hidden from the user. Look at the graphs of using the phone in this mode.

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This power saving mode is good when your battery is running low, but you need all the features of your phone. Then, at 10 percent of the charge, you can easily live for about two hours, practically without denying yourself anything. Two hours is the active use of the device, just in your pocket it can live much longer.

In the early firmware of the device, the power-saving mode launch widget showed the approximate operating time in two modes - normal and maximum. For the commercial version, the first mode was removed, it can be activated from the menu, but you cannot see the estimated operating time.

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Maximum power limit cuts almost everything, at 35 percent battery the phone will be able to work in standby mode for at least 4 days. But, of course, it all depends on how you will use it. The gray scale is also turned on, but all communications are cut off, the list of running applications is limited only to those that you have allowed, all background processes are turned off. This is a very deeply revised procedure, since many system functions are disabled, you will not be able to take a screenshot in this mode, many built-in options will be unavailable (but you don’t need them).

I liked this mode because when the battery runs out, by activating this mode with one touch, you can safely live until the evening - SMS and voice will be available to you.

In the bottom line, we have a fairly typical and voracious Android, which, however, works quite comparable to the iPhone 5s on the same tasks. To avoid unnecessary disputes and battles, I want to emphasize that each of us has our own set of applications, work profile, backlight brightness, and so on. A phone that will work for one person for two days, another will sit down by dinner. Therefore, it is not necessary to give graphs of the operation of your devices, they do not say anything at all, you need to compare the devices at the same time, with the same load. For S5, you should focus on a full day of work, taking into account the fact that you will use certain energy-saving chips, without denying, however, all the pleasures of this device.

Camera

There is a separate material dedicated to the camera, in which you can learn everything that is possible about it.

Hardware platform, memory, performance

The phone uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974AC chipset, also called Snapdragon 801. This is the fastest chipset from Qualcomm at the moment, its previous version MSM8974AB was used in such a device as the LG G2. Quad-core processor, maximum frequency 2.45 GHz, graphics co-processor has a frequency of 578 MHz (previously 450 MHz). The frequency of the LPDDR3 memory bus has also been overclocked - from 800 to 933 MHz. In many ways, this is what gives an increase in performance.

The amount of RAM is 2 GB (half is free after downloading), internal memory is 16 GB (there is a 32 GB version, but it is unlikely to be widely available on the market). The amount of memory occupied by programs is about 4 GB. Memory card - up to 64 GB.

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In synthetic tests, the device shows excellent results, overtaking the same Note 3, despite the smaller amount of RAM.

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Before the advent of commercial firmware, the performance was lower, the device lost to Note 3. Now it is slightly better in performance. But these are synthetic tests that interest lovers of virtual parrots. For them - a few more tests.

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Review of the flagship of 2014 - Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F/SM-G900H

A parity situation has emerged on the global market - de facto the market has been divided by two players, Apple and Samsung.Each company has its own flagship, for Apple this is actually the only product - the iPhone, you can not take into account the old models or the iPhone 5c, which appeared in 2013. For Samsung, the range of products is much larger, but the main focus is on the Galaxy S, which is the best-selling phone that competes with the iPhone. In 2013, sales of the Galaxy S4 came close to the iPhone 5, in some countries they even exceeded the iPhone by several months, but then a new model came out, and everything was back to normal. Samsung quite rightly believes that the Galaxy S4 has become a successful product, although dreams that its sales will exceed those of the iPhone have not materialized. Moreover, the potential of this device is very high, until today its versions are being released, which will live on the market for at least another year and a half. And here Samsung fell into exactly the same trap as Apple before them - the previous models began to look more attractive than the new ones. Let me remind you that with the release of the iPhone 5 and the new version of iOS 7, many people suddenly began to buy the iPhone 4s, since the design of this device and its characteristics seemed better to them. There was no difference in the quality and size of the screen, there were no significant, big differences either. This happened for the first time for Apple, when the old model, unexpectedly after the release of the new one, did not become a niche, but took up to half of sales.

For the first time in the Galaxy S5, the technical specifications are not superior to those of a model in the Note line, in our case it is Note 3. Formally, we can talk about an improved camera, but it does not offer striking differences in photo quality, the processor is about the same performance, the amount of memory, including operational, less in S5. These are obviously products of a different class, and Note 3 looks very advantageous against the backdrop of S5, it was clearly breathed a second life into this announcement.

For the buyer, this means that buying a Galaxy S5 is not at all as profitable as it might seem at first glance, since its alternatives look extremely attractive and interesting. First of all, this is the Galaxy S4, secondly - Note 3. It is curious that there are almost no reasons for choosing the S5 over these devices - all these reasons are insignificant, and their combination will not become an outweighing factor for the majority. While it is possible that many consumers will change their phones out of inertia, this group of buyers has remained the same for many years. As an unclear factor, the release date of the new iPhone remains, if it takes place in the summer, then this will have an impact on the choice of many people. It is also obvious that by increasing the screen size, Apple will eliminate one of the most serious complaints that these smartphones had. These factors will certainly influence S5 sales and selection.

Many software features from the Galaxy S5 may not come to previous models, not because of the possibility of their implementation, but for purely marketing reasons, it is necessary to show the difference in the devices, to draw attention to the new product.

An interesting question is whether it is worth changing the Galaxy S4 to S5. Such a replacement will be pleasant (faster device, better camera, there are different chips), but you will not notice much difference. Although there is still some sense in this. But replacing Note 3 with Galaxy S5, in my opinion, is definitely devoid of any sense, these are products of a different class. However, let's look at what S5 is.

Design, dimensions, controls

Samsung tries not to experiment with the design of its devices, it remains unchanged from year to year. While testing the Galaxy S4 Black and S5 for work, I kept getting confused about which phone was in front of me. It is almost impossible to distinguish them by the front panel at a cursory glance. You will succeed much better in the pictures, but in life they are completely similar - even slightly different sizes are not striking.

Samsung Galaxy S5

The size of the phone is 142x72.5x8.1 mm, weight is 145 grams. Let me remind you that for S4 these parameters were 136.6x69.8x7.9 mm, 130 grams. Slightly higher, slightly wider. In the hand, the difference is not felt in any way, exactly the same grip - it fits easily in any pocket.

Samsung Galaxy S5

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Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy S4

Designers came off on the back cover of the device - it has a structure under the skin, with uniform dots applied to the surface. Initially, 4 different colors are offered.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Two years ago I had an X-Drago Dash Dot case that had almost the same design as the back of the S5.

Samsung Galaxy S5

I can't recall a case when a manufacturer would copy someone else's case when creating their flagship. This is another indicator of the crisis of ideas that is on the market - the same solutions are chewed up by many companies.

The feel of the back cover is strange, it is a little oily, as if soaked in some kind of solution. When you hold the device in your hands, your fingers begin to sweat on this cover (it is possible that this is an individual reaction of my body, but others also noted this after asking a question about their feelings).

Samsung Galaxy S5

The whole body of the phone is made of plastic, there are no other materials here. The back cover has a rubberized edging, Samsung stated that the device supports the IP67 protection standard. Curiously, during the presentation, they indicated that it can be used in the rain, but cannot be dropped into water. Let me remind you that the IP67 protection standard assumes the possibility of immersion to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes. The Galaxy S5 has a built-in cover for the microUSB connector, but there is no visible protection for the audio jack. From informal conversations, it turned out that the company specifically emphasizes that you should not throw your phone into the water.It can withstand IP67 diving, Clean1999 Toyota Hiace but A loose lid will cause leaks. The company believes that this will not be a warranty case. All products with IP67 have the same notes in the instructions, they must not be swum in, they must not be immersed in water. Here is such a dualism. One of these days I plan to test the level of protection of this device on professional equipment and then share the results with you. The video will appear right in the review and on our YouTube channel.


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Another characteristic feature is the warning to close the charging connector cover tightly, it appears after each charge. There are no sensors here, just common sense, suggesting that in order to charge the device, you opened the connector. Also, after opening the case, you are asked to check its tightness.

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On the left side surface there is a paired volume control button, on the right side there is an on / off button. At the top end there is a 3.5 headphone jack, it is moved to the right (on the S4 on the left and next to the second microphone), this is done so that the microphone is not blocked when the headphones are on. There is also an infrared window.

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One of the user misconceptions is that Super AMOLED screens are too bright, colors are saturated and unnatural. In the screen settings, you can choose any display option, including those typical for screens from other manufacturers (dimmer, natural colors). It is interesting that screens from other manufacturers give out the maximum possible, and it is impossible to make them brighter, more contrast, and colors more saturated. At Samsung, the flexibility of settings is maximum.

Similar to the S4, there is an "Optimize display" option. This is the most interesting setting, as the device analyzes the level of lighting around and, depending on the conditions, sets the contrast, brightness, plus adjusts the colors on the screen. It turns out that the white color looks white in almost all conditions. Another setting is "Professional Photography" (previously called Adobe RGB), but it almost does not affect the quality of the image display, the latter does not noticeably change compared to other settings (I could not notice this).

In the sun, the screen looks great, there are no problems, readability has increased a little, this is due to a change in the screen itself, which I want to say separately. So, for the first time testing the video playback time on this device and the S4 Black Edition at maximum screen backlight, I noticed white light on the S5, the picture looked much worse. It was a clear step back.

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After playing with the settings, I found a rather funny thing - the picture quality is excellent and completely comparable to S4 with automatic backlighting (default setting), but trying to turn the brightness up immediately leads to negative consequences. Also, the performance of Adaptive Display is such that it is focused on the power saving mode, the colors are muted. To get a picture like on S4, you should choose one of the other display modes.

With the brightness, everything became clear in the sun, with automatic adjustment, it twists up precisely in these conditions, readability in direct sunlight increases dramatically. Although I could not notice much difference in Moscow with the same Note 3 (Samsung Galaxy S5 in the photos above).

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I have a strong feeling that the default settings are set in favor of some scenario where people want not very bright, muted colors and medium backlight - plus, it saves battery. You should choose these parameters for yourself.

And here are some photos comparing the screen with the S4. Let me remind you that the screen in S4 was and remains the best on the market, in the S4 review there was a large comparison of displays, the situation has not changed in a year.

Comparison with Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5 below:

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Comparison with Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5 from above:

Fingerprint reader

The function is rather curious and appeared in response to the fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5s, where you need to put your finger on the button. Unlike Apple's implementation, the S5 simply swipes across the center of the screen and touches the center key. In the settings, you can register up to 3 fingerprints, holding the phone with one hand is very inconvenient. Someone, perhaps, will contrive, and it will come out, but it doesn’t work out like that for me - therefore, only with two hands. With Apple, one hand is enough - and the device itself is smaller.

Almost always, the scanner works perfectly, determines the fingerprint quickly and unlocks the phone. During operation, I saw a message several times that the surface of the device was wet, I was asked to wipe it. Apparently, a sensor is used here, which is already in the S4 and measures the ambient temperature and humidity.

It is difficult to say anything special about the scanner, everything works and does not cause any complaints.

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Battery and power saving modes

The phone has a 2800 mAh Li-Ion battery (2600 mAh in the S4), the manufacturer indicates up to 390 hours of standby time, up to 21 hours of talk time, up to 10 hours of video playback and about hours of listening to music. In isolation from reality, these results are impressive, but you and I know very well that in practice, most Android smartphones do not live that long and show very different results.

Before discussing the operating time of the device, let me remind you that initially only the S5 version, built on the Qualcomm chipset, appears on the market, the Exynos version will come later - therefore, we are talking only about this version of the phone. But there shouldn't be any special differences.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S5

So, the easiest way was to take the same FullHD movie in X.264 and see how long the Galaxy S4 could play it (I took the Black Edition version on Qualcomm). Video playback software - MX Player, without hardware decoding. The result with the maximum brightness of the screen, the sound turned off and offline turned out to be typical - about 9.5 hours.

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For most modern smartphones, this is an unattainable result, for example, MTK devices run a similar video for about 4-5 hours (with a comparable battery capacity). The S5 test revealed a curious moment - the device worked for about 12 hours and 40 minutes. Unfortunately, during playback, once it went to the main menu, so I had to start playback again - but the impact of this incident is minimal, it can be ignored, since the screen time shows how long the video played.

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Many people are impressed by the "bare" numbers, but how often do we watch non-stop videos and do not use other features? Of course, infrequently, because the phone is a universal combine in which we use literally all the possibilities. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate collectively how the battery works, how long it allows the phone to stretch. Here we can say that the S5 does not differ much from the S4, the operating time is comparable - with heavy use of the device, it will sit down around lunchtime (3-4 hours of screen operation and a couple of GB of data). With not very strong use, it can survive until the evening. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to notice much difference from the S4, the device definitely loses to the same Note 3, which currently remains the champion in terms of power consumption and quietly survives until the evening with any usage profile.

However, in the phone settings, two more modes were added to the already existing power saving modes, and a quick power button was created for them. There is a regular power-saving mode in which you can limit the background operation of applications, turn on gray colors for the screen (for AMOLED this is a feature - gray color consumes almost no energy). Moreover, you can work almost everywhere in gray scale, even watch a video - but it will be gray, which is not very pleasant and convenient.

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I was interested to see if it was possible to live a whole day in this power consumption mode. I managed to do it calmly, we can say that the device will last for two days, but it will not give you pleasure. It is unlikely that there will be people who will use the screen in such colors. There is also another limitation - in Whatsapp and other programs that use a background connection, work stops, you stop receiving messages. For social networks that Samsung knows and the SNS program, and with access permissions obtained on your phone (Facebook, Instagram, 4square, Twitter), you receive push messages from the Samsung service. That is, the power saving mode also has a software chip - instead of push messages from different services / programs, they come in a certain interval from only one. This interval cannot be configured, all settings are hidden from the user. Look at the graphs of using the phone in this mode.

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This power saving mode is good when your battery is running low, but you need all the features of your phone. Then, on a 10 percent charge, you can easily live for about two hours, practically without denying yourself anything. Two hours is the active use of the device, just in your pocket it can live much longer.

In the early firmware of the device, the power-saving mode launch widget showed the approximate operating time in two modes - normal and maximum. For the commercial version, the first mode was removed, it can be activated from the menu, but you cannot see the estimated operating time.

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Maximum power limit cuts almost everything, at 35 percent battery the phone will be able to work in standby mode for at least 4 days. But, of course, it all depends on how you will use it. The gray scale is also turned on, but all communications are cut off, the list of running applications is limited only to those that you have allowed, all background processes are turned off. This is a very deeply revised procedure, since many system functions are disabled, you will not be able to take a screenshot in this mode, many built-in options will be unavailable (but you don’t need them).

I liked this mode because when the battery runs out, by activating this mode with one touch, you can safely live until the evening - SMS and voice will be available to you.

In the bottom line, we have a fairly typical and voracious Android, which, however, works quite comparable to the iPhone 5s on the same tasks. To avoid unnecessary disputes and battles, I want to emphasize that each of us has our own set of applications, work profile, backlight brightness, and so on. A phone that will work for one person for two days, another will sit down by dinner. Therefore, it is not necessary to give graphs of the operation of your devices, they do not say anything at all, you need to compare the devices at the same time, with the same load. For S5, you should focus on a full day of work, taking into account the fact that you will use certain energy-saving chips, without denying, however, all the pleasures of this device.

Camera

There is a separate material dedicated to the camera, in which you can learn everything that is possible about it.

Hardware platform, memory, performance

The phone uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974AC chipset, also called Snapdragon 801. This is the fastest chipset from Qualcomm at the moment, its previous version MSM8974AB was used in such a device as the LG G2. Quad-core processor, maximum frequency 2.45 GHz, graphics co-processor has a frequency of 578 MHz (previously 450 MHz). The frequency of the LPDDR3 memory bus has also been overclocked - from 800 to 933 MHz. In many ways, this is what gives an increase in performance.

The amount of RAM is 2 GB (half is free after downloading), internal memory is 16 GB (there is a 32 GB version, but it is unlikely to be widely available on the market). The amount of memory occupied by programs is about 4 GB. Memory card - up to 64 GB.

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In synthetic tests, the device shows excellent results, overtaking the same Note 3, despite the smaller amount of RAM.

For Samsung, Apple's model is not entirely suitable, it is difficult to draw direct parallels - so after the release of S4, sales of S3 remained high and noticeable, but these were products of completely different price classes. In contrast to Apple, Samsung's flagships are steadily depreciating throughout the year, with a total loss of 33 percent in original cost. Therefore, shifting the situation to Apple will not work, the companies are in different positions. But it's safe to say that the Galaxy S5 tried to keep all the features of the previous device, and also not make it a competitor to the Note 3, plus keep sales of all variants of the S4. Despite all the public announcements, sales plans and the like, it's safe to say that the Galaxy S5, despite its flagship status, does not play such a role for Samsung. It is possible that this is due to the release of an older version of the device, the presence of which is denied by the company, or the release of Note 4 in September, to which the focus is gradually shifting. Of course, the sales volume of this model will be at least at the level of S4, perhaps 10-15 percent higher. But the sales boost will come from the cheaper S4 variants, which are the bet, as well as the Note line. This happened for the first time and looks like a conscious decision, from which all the characteristics of the flagship follow.

For the first time in the Galaxy S5, the technical specifications are not superior to those of a model in the Note line, in our case it is Note 3. Formally, we can talk about an improved camera, but it does not offer striking differences in photo quality, the processor is about the same performance, the amount of memory, including operational, less in S5. These are obviously products of a different class, and Note 3 looks very advantageous against the backdrop of S5, it was clearly breathed a second life into this announcement.

For the buyer, this means that buying a Galaxy S5 is not at all as profitable as it might seem at first glance, since its alternatives look extremely attractive and interesting. First of all, this is the Galaxy S4, secondly - Note 3. It is curious that there are almost no reasons for choosing the S5 over these devices - all these reasons are insignificant, and their combination will not become an outweighing factor for the majority. While it is possible that many consumers will change their phones out of inertia, this group of buyers has remained the same for many years. As an unclear factor, the release date of the new iPhone remains, if it takes place in the summer, then this will have an impact on the choice of many people. It is also obvious that by increasing the screen size, Apple will eliminate one of the most serious complaints that these smartphones had. These factors will certainly influence S5 sales and selection.

Many software features from the Galaxy S5 may not come to previous models, not because of the possibility of their implementation, but for purely marketing reasons, it is necessary to show the difference in the devices, to draw attention to the new product.

An interesting question is whether it is worth changing the Galaxy S4 to S5. Such a replacement will be pleasant (faster device, better camera, there are different chips), but you will not notice much difference. Although there is still some sense in this. But replacing Note 3 with Galaxy S5, in my opinion, is definitely devoid of any sense, these are products of a different class. However, let's look at what S5 is.

Design, dimensions, controls

Samsung tries not to experiment with the design of its devices, it remains unchanged from year to year. While testing the Galaxy S4 Black and S5 for work, I kept getting confused about which phone was in front of me. It is almost impossible to distinguish them by the front panel at a cursory glance. You will succeed much better in the pictures, but in life they are completely similar - even slightly different sizes are not striking.

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The size of the phone is 142x72.5x8.1 mm, weight is 145 grams. Let me remind you that for S4 these parameters were 136.6x69.8x7.9 mm, 130 grams. Slightly higher, slightly wider. In the hand, the difference is not felt in any way, exactly the same grip - it fits easily in any pocket.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy S4

Designers came off on the back cover of the device - it has a structure under the skin, with uniform dots applied to the surface. Initially, 4 different colors are offered.

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Another characteristic feature is the warning to close the charging connector cover tightly, it appears after each charge. There are no sensors here, just common sense, suggesting that in order to charge the device, you opened the connector. Also, after opening the case, you are asked to check its tightness.

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On the left side surface there is a paired volume control button, on the right side there is an on / off button. At the top end there is a 3.5 headphone jack, it is moved to the right (on the S4 on the left and next to the second microphone), this is done so that the microphone is not blocked when the headphones are on. There is also an infrared window.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 and Apple iPhone 5S

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Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Above the screen, you can see a 2-megapixel front camera, as well as a proximity sensor. The physical key below the screen is adjacent to two touch buttons - everything is unchanged here, except that the assignment of the keys has changed in accordance with the way it is done in KitKat.

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Display

Perhaps this is the biggest disappointment - for the first time in Samsung they decided not to increase the screen resolution for their flagship, but only slightly increase the diagonal - now it is 5.1 inches at a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels (432 dpi, in S4 - 441 dpi) . It is impossible to see individual pixels of the screen, the resolution of the human eye does not allow this. There are no barriers for superhumans, and they see pixelation even on this device. Screen type SuperAMOLED, displays up to 16 million colors.

One of the user misconceptions is that Super AMOLED screens are too bright, colors are saturated and unnatural. In the screen settings, you can choose any display option, including those typical for screens from other manufacturers (dimmer, natural colors). It is interesting that screens from other manufacturers give out the maximum possible, and it is impossible to make them brighter, more contrast, and colors more saturated. At Samsung, the flexibility of settings is maximum.

Similar to the S4, there is an "Optimize display" option. This is the most interesting setting, as the device analyzes the level of lighting around and, depending on the conditions, sets the contrast, brightness, plus adjusts the colors on the screen. It turns out that the white color looks white in almost all conditions. Another setting is "Professional Photography" (previously called Adobe RGB), but it almost does not affect the quality of the image display, the latter does not noticeably change compared to other settings (I could not notice this).

In the sun, the screen looks great, there are no problems, readability has increased a little, this is due to a change in the screen itself, which I want to say separately. So, for the first time testing the video playback time on this device and the S4 Black Edition at maximum screen backlight, I noticed white light on the S5, the picture looked much worse. It was a clear step back.

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After playing with the settings, I found a rather funny thing - the picture quality is excellent and completely comparable to S4 with automatic backlighting (default setting), but trying to turn the brightness up immediately leads to negative consequences. Also, the performance of Adaptive Display is such that it is focused on the power saving mode, the colors are muted. To get a picture like on S4, you should choose one of the other display modes.

With the brightness, everything became clear in the sun, with automatic adjustment, it twists up precisely in these conditions, readability in direct sunlight increases dramatically. Although I could not notice much difference in Moscow with the same Note 3 (Samsung Galaxy S5 in the photos above).

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I have a strong feeling that the default settings are set in favor of some scenario where people want not very bright, muted colors and medium backlight - plus, it saves battery. You should choose these parameters for yourself.

And here are some photos comparing the screen with the S4. Let me remind you that the screen in S4 was and remains the best on the market, in the S4 review there was a large comparison of displays, the situation has not changed in a year.

Comparison with Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5 below:

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Comparison with Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5 from above:

Fingerprint reader

The function is rather curious and appeared in response to the fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5s, where you need to put your finger on the button. Unlike Apple's implementation, the S5 simply swipes across the center of the screen and touches the center key. In the settings, you can register up to 3 fingerprints, holding the phone with one hand is very inconvenient. Someone, perhaps, will contrive, and it will come out, but it doesn’t work out like that for me - therefore, only with two hands. With Apple, one hand is enough - and the device itself is smaller.

Almost always, the scanner works perfectly, determines the fingerprint quickly and unlocks the phone. During operation, I saw a message several times that the surface of the device was wet, I was asked to wipe it. Apparently, a sensor is used here, which is already in the S4 and measures the ambient temperature and humidity.

It is difficult to say anything special about the scanner, everything works and does not cause any complaints.

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Battery and power saving modes

The phone has a 2800 mAh Li-Ion battery (2600 mAh in the S4), the manufacturer indicates up to 390 hours of standby time, up to 21 hours of talk time, up to 10 hours of video playback and about hours of listening to music. In isolation from reality, these results are impressive, but you and I know very well that in practice, most Android smartphones do not live that long and show very different results.

Before discussing the operating time of the device, let me remind you that initially only the S5 version, built on the Qualcomm chipset, appears on the market, the Exynos version will come later - therefore, we are talking only about this version of the phone. But there shouldn't be any special differences.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S5

So, the easiest way was to take the same FullHD movie in X.264 and see how long the Galaxy S4 could play it (I took the Black Edition version on Qualcomm). Video playback software - MX Player, without hardware decoding. The result with the maximum brightness of the screen, the sound turned off and offline turned out to be typical - about 9.5 hours.

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For most modern smartphones, this is an unattainable result, for example, MTK devices run a similar video for about 4-5 hours (with a comparable battery capacity). The S5 test revealed a curious moment - the device worked for about 12 hours and 40 minutes. Unfortunately, during playback, once it went to the main menu, so I had to start playback again - but the impact of this incident is minimal, it can be ignored, since the screen time shows how long the video played.

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Many people are impressed by the "bare" numbers, but how often do we watch non-stop videos and do not use other features? Of course, infrequently, because the phone is a universal combine in which we use literally all the possibilities. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate collectively how the battery works, how long it allows the phone to stretch. Here we can say that the S5 does not differ much from the S4, the operating time is comparable - with heavy use of the device, it will sit down around lunchtime (3-4 hours of screen operation and a couple of GB of data). With not very strong use, it can survive until the evening. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to notice much difference from the S4, the device definitely loses to the same Note 3, which currently remains the champion in terms of power consumption and quietly survives until the evening with any usage profile.

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This power saving mode is good when your battery is running low, but you need all the features of your phone. Then, at 10 percent of the charge, you can easily live for about two hours, practically without denying yourself anything. Two hours is the active use of the device, just in your pocket it can live much longer.

In the early firmware of the device, the power-saving mode launch widget showed the approximate operating time in two modes - normal and maximum. For the commercial version, the first mode was removed, it can be activated from the menu, but you cannot see the estimated operating time.

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Maximum power limit cuts almost everything, at 35 percent battery the phone will be able to work in standby mode for at least 4 days. But, of course, it all depends on how you will use it. The gray scale is also turned on, but all communications are cut off, the list of running applications is limited only to those that you have allowed, all background processes are turned off. This is a very deeply revised procedure, since many system functions are disabled, you will not be able to take a screenshot in this mode, many built-in options will be unavailable (but you don’t need them).

I liked this mode because when the battery runs out, by activating this mode with one touch, you can safely live until the evening - SMS and voice will be available to you.

In the bottom line, we have a fairly typical and voracious Android, which, however, works quite comparable to the iPhone 5s on the same tasks. To avoid unnecessary disputes and battles, I want to emphasize that each of us has our own set of applications, work profile, backlight brightness, and so on. A phone that will work for one person for two days, another will sit down by dinner. Therefore, it is not necessary to give graphs of the operation of your devices, they do not say anything at all, you need to compare the devices at the same time, with the same load. For S5, you should focus on a full day of work, taking into account the fact that you will use certain energy-saving chips, without denying, however, all the pleasures of this device.

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Before the advent of commercial firmware, the performance was lower, the device lost to Note 3. Now it is slightly better in performance. But these are synthetic tests that interest lovers of virtual parrots. For them - a few more tests.

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Review of the flagship of 2014 - Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F/SM-G900H

A parity situation has emerged on the global market - de facto the market has been divided by two players, Apple and Samsung.Each company has its own flagship, for Apple this is actually the only product - the iPhone, you can not take into account the old models or the iPhone 5c, which appeared in 2013. For Samsung, the range of products is much larger, but the main focus is on the Galaxy S, which is the best-selling phone that competes with the iPhone. In 2013, sales of the Galaxy S4 came close to the iPhone 5, in some countries they even exceeded the iPhone by several months, but then a new model came out, and everything was back to normal. Samsung quite rightly believes that the Galaxy S4 has become a successful product, although dreams that its sales will exceed those of the iPhone have not materialized. Moreover, the potential of this device is very high, until today its versions are being released, which will live on the market for at least another year and a half. And here Samsung fell into exactly the same trap as Apple before them - the previous models began to look more attractive than the new ones. Let me remind you that with the release of the iPhone 5 and the new version of iOS 7, many people suddenly began to buy the iPhone 4s, since the design of this device and its characteristics seemed better to them. There was no difference in the quality and size of the screen, there were no significant, big differences either. This happened for the first time for Apple, when the old model, unexpectedly after the release of the new one, did not become a niche, but took up to half of sales.

For Samsung, Apple's model is not entirely suitable, it is difficult to draw direct parallels - so after the release of S4, sales of S3 remained high and noticeable, but these were products of completely different price classes. In contrast to Apple, Samsung's flagships are steadily depreciating throughout the year, with a total loss of 33 percent in original cost. Therefore, shifting the situation to Apple will not work, the companies are in different positions. But it's safe to say that the Galaxy S5 tried to keep all the features of the previous device, and also not make it a competitor to the Note 3, plus keep sales of all variants of the S4. Despite all the public announcements, sales plans and the like, it's safe to say that the Galaxy S5, despite its flagship status, does not play such a role for Samsung. It is possible that this is due to the release of an older version of the device, the presence of which is denied by the company, or the release of Note 4 in September, to which the focus is gradually shifting. Of course, the sales volume of this model will be at least at the level of S4, perhaps 10-15 percent higher. But the sales boost will come from the cheaper S4 variants, which are the bet, as well as the Note line. This happened for the first time and looks like a conscious decision, from which all the characteristics of the flagship follow.

For the first time in the Galaxy S5, the technical specifications are not superior to those of a model in the Note line, in our case it is Note 3. Formally, we can talk about an improved camera, but it does not offer striking differences in photo quality, the processor is about the same performance, the amount of memory, including operational, less in S5. These are obviously products of a different class, and Note 3 looks very advantageous against the backdrop of S5, it was clearly breathed a second life into this announcement.

For the buyer, this means that buying a Galaxy S5 is not at all as profitable as it might seem at first glance, since its alternatives look extremely attractive and interesting. First of all, this is the Galaxy S4, secondly - Note 3. It is curious that there are almost no reasons for choosing the S5 over these devices - all these reasons are insignificant, and their combination will not become an outweighing factor for the majority. While it is possible that many consumers will change their phones out of inertia, this group of buyers has remained the same for many years. As an unclear factor, the release date of the new iPhone remains, if it takes place in the summer, then this will have an impact on the choice of many people. It is also obvious that by increasing the screen size, Apple will eliminate one of the most serious complaints that these smartphones had. These factors will certainly influence S5 sales and selection.

Many software features from the Galaxy S5 may not come to previous models, not because of the possibility of their implementation, but for purely marketing reasons, it is necessary to show the difference in the devices, to draw attention to the new product.

An interesting question is whether it is worth changing the Galaxy S4 to S5. Such a replacement will be pleasant (faster device, better camera, there are different chips), but you will not notice much difference. Although there is still some sense in this. But replacing Note 3 with Galaxy S5, in my opinion, is definitely devoid of any sense, these are products of a different class. However, let's look at what S5 is.

Design, dimensions, controls

Samsung tries not to experiment with the design of its devices, it remains unchanged from year to year. While testing the Galaxy S4 Black and S5 for work, I kept getting confused about which phone was in front of me. It is almost impossible to distinguish them by the front panel at a cursory glance. You will succeed much better in the pictures, but in life they are completely similar - even slightly different sizes are not striking.

The size of the phone is 142x72.5x8.1 mm, weight is 145 grams. Let me remind you that for S4 these parameters were 136.6x69.8x7.9 mm, 130 grams. Slightly higher, slightly wider. In the hand, the difference is not felt in any way, exactly the same grip - it fits easily in any pocket.

Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy S4

Designers came off on the back cover of the device - it has a structure under the skin, with uniform dots applied to the surface. Initially, 4 different colors are offered.

Two years ago I had an X-Drago Dash Dot case that had almost the same design as the back of the S5.

I can't recall a case when a manufacturer would copy someone else's case when creating their flagship. This is another indicator of the crisis of ideas that is on the market - the same solutions are chewed up by many companies.

The feel of the back cover is strange, it is a little oily, as if soaked in some kind of solution. When you hold the device in your hands, your fingers begin to sweat on this cover (it is possible that this is an individual reaction of my body, but others also noted this after asking a question about their feelings).

The whole body of the phone is made of plastic, there are no other materials here. The back cover has a rubberized edging, Samsung stated that the device supports the IP67 protection standard. It is curious that during the presentation they indicated that it can be used in the rain, but cannot be dropped into water. Let me remind you that the IP67 protection standard assumes the possibility of immersion to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes. The Galaxy S5 has a built-in microUSB plug but no visible audio jack protection. From informal conversations, it turned out that the company specifically emphasizes that you should not throw your phone into the water. It can withstand submersion to IP67, Clean1999 Toyota Hiace but a loose lid will cause leaks. The company believes that this will not be a warranty case. All products with IP67 have the same notes in the instructions, they must not be swum in, they must not be immersed in water. Here is such a dualism. One of these days I plan to test the level of protection of this device on professional equipment and then share the results with you. The video will appear right in the review and on our YouTube channel.

The entire body of the phone is made of plastic, there are no other materials here. The back cover has a rubberized edging, Samsung stated that the device supports the IP67 protection standard. It is curious that during the presentation they indicated that it can be used in the rain, but cannot be dropped into water. Let me remind you that the IP67 protection standard assumes the possibility of immersion to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes. The Galaxy S5 has a built-in microUSB plug but no visible audio jack protection. From informal conversations, it turned out that the company specifically emphasizes that you should not throw your phone into the water. It can withstand IP67 immersion, Clean1999 Toyota Hiace Clean1999 Toyota Hiace but a loose lid will cause leaks. The company believes that this will not be a warranty case. All products with IP67 have the same notes in the instructions, they must not be swum in, they must not be immersed in water. Here is such a dualism. One of these days I plan to test the level of protection of this device on professional equipment and then share the results with you. The video will appear directly in the review and on our YouTube channel.

Another characteristic feature is the warning to close the charging connector cover tightly, it appears after each charge. There are no sensors here, just common sense, suggesting that in order to charge the device, you opened the connector. Also, after opening the case, you are asked to check its tightness.

On the left side surface there is a paired volume control button, on the right side there is an on / off button. At the top end there is a 3.5 headphone jack, it is moved to the right (on the S4 on the left and next to the second microphone), this is done so that the microphone is not blocked when the headphones are on. There is also an infrared window.

Samsung Galaxy S5 and Apple iPhone 5S

Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Above the screen, you can see a 2-megapixel front camera, as well as a proximity sensor. The physical key below the screen is adjacent to two touch buttons - everything is unchanged here, except that the assignment of the keys has changed in accordance with the way it is done in KitKat.

Display

Perhaps this is the biggest disappointment - for the first time in Samsung they decided not to increase the screen resolution for their flagship, but only slightly increase the diagonal - now it is 5.1 inches at a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels (432 dpi, in S4 - 441 dpi) . It is impossible to see individual pixels of the screen, the resolution of the human eye does not allow this. There are no barriers for superhumans, and they see pixelation even on this device. Screen type SuperAMOLED, displays up to 16 million colors.

One of the user misconceptions is that Super AMOLED screens are too bright, colors are saturated and unnatural. In the screen settings, you can choose any display option, including those typical for screens from other manufacturers (dimmer, natural colors). It is interesting that screens from other manufacturers give out the maximum possible, and it is impossible to make them brighter, more contrast, and colors more saturated. At Samsung, the flexibility of settings is maximum.

Similar to the S4, there is an "Optimize display" option. This is the most interesting setting, as the device analyzes the level of lighting around and, depending on the conditions, sets the contrast, brightness, plus adjusts the colors on the screen. It turns out that the white color looks white in almost all conditions. Another setting is "Professional Photography" (previously called Adobe RGB), but it almost does not affect the quality of the image display, the latter does not noticeably change compared to other settings (I could not notice this).

In the sun, the screen looks great, there are no problems, readability has increased a little, this is due to a change in the screen itself, which I would like to say separately. So, for the first time testing the video playback time on this device and the S4 Black Edition at maximum screen backlight, I noticed white light on the S5, the picture looked much worse. It was a clear step back.

After playing with the settings, I found a rather funny thing - the picture quality is excellent and completely comparable to S4 with automatic backlighting (default setting), but trying to turn the brightness up instantly leads to negative consequences. Also, the performance of Adaptive Display is such that it is focused on the power saving mode, the colors are muted. To get a picture like on S4, you should choose one of the other display modes.

Almost always, the scanner works perfectly, determines the fingerprint quickly and unlocks the phone. During operation, I saw a message several times that the surface of the device was wet, I was asked to wipe it. Apparently, a sensor is used here, which is already in the S4 and measures the ambient temperature and humidity.

It is difficult to say anything special about the scanner, everything works and does not cause any complaints.

Battery and power saving modes

The phone has a 2800 mAh Li-Ion battery (2600 mAh in the S4), the manufacturer indicates up to 390 hours of standby time, up to 21 hours of talk time, up to 10 hours of video playback and about hours of listening to music. In isolation from reality, these results are impressive, but you and I know very well that in practice, most Android smartphones do not live that long and show very different results.

Before discussing the operating time of the device, let me remind you that initially only the S5 version, built on the Qualcomm chipset, appears on the market, the Exynos version will come later - therefore, we are talking only about this version of the phone. But there shouldn't be any special differences.

Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S5

So, the easiest way was to take the same FullHD movie in X.264 and see how long the Galaxy S4 could play it (I took the Black Edition version on Qualcomm). Video playback software - MX Player, without hardware decoding. The result with the maximum brightness of the screen, the sound turned off and offline turned out to be typical - about 9.5 hours.

For most modern smartphones, this is an unattainable result, for example, MTK devices run a similar video for about 4-5 hours (with a comparable battery capacity). The S5 test revealed a curious moment - the device worked for about 12 hours and 40 minutes. Unfortunately, during playback, once it went to the main menu, so I had to start playback again - but the impact of this incident is minimal, it can be ignored, since the screen time shows how long the video played.

Many people are impressed by the "naked" numbers, but how often do we watch non-stop videos and do not use other features? Of course, not often, because the phone is a universal combine in which we use literally all the possibilities. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate collectively how the battery works, how long it allows the phone to stretch. Here we can say that the S5 does not differ much from the S4, the operating time is comparable - with heavy use of the device, it will sit down around lunchtime (3-4 hours of screen operation and a couple of GB of data). With not very strong use, it can survive until the evening. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to notice much difference from the S4, the device definitely loses to the same Note 3, which currently remains the champion in terms of power consumption and quietly survives until the evening with any usage profile.

However, in the phone settings, two more modes were added to the already existing power saving modes, and a quick power button was created for them. There is a regular power-saving mode in which you can limit the background operation of applications, turn on gray colors for the screen (for AMOLED this is a feature - gray color consumes almost no energy). Moreover, you can work almost everywhere in gray scale, even watch a video - but it will be gray, which is not very pleasant and convenient.

I was interested to see if it was possible to live a whole day in this power consumption mode. I managed to do it calmly, we can say that the device will last for two days, but it will not give you pleasure. It is unlikely that there will be people who will use the screen in such colors. There is also another limitation - in Whatsapp and other programs that use a background connection, work stops, you stop receiving messages. For social networks that Samsung knows and the SNS program, and with access permissions obtained on your phone (Facebook, Instagram, 4square, Twitter), you receive push messages from the Samsung service. That is, the power saving mode also has a software chip - instead of push messages from different services / programs, they come in a certain interval from only one. This interval cannot be configured, all settings are hidden from the user. Look at the graphs of using the phone in this mode.

I liked this mode because when the battery runs out, by activating this mode with one touch, you can safely live until the evening - SMS and voice will be available to you.

In the bottom line, we have a fairly typical and voracious Android, which, however, works quite comparable to the iPhone 5s on the same tasks. To avoid unnecessary disputes and battles, I want to emphasize that each of us has our own set of applications, work profile, backlight brightness, and so on. A phone that will work for one person for two days, another will sit down by dinner. Therefore, it is not necessary to give graphs of the operation of your devices, they do not say anything at all, you need to compare the devices at the same time, with the same load. For S5, you should focus on a full day of work, taking into account the fact that you will use certain energy-saving chips, without denying, however, all the pleasures of this device.

Camera

There is a separate material dedicated to the camera, in which you can learn everything that is possible about it.

Hardware platform, memory, performance

The phone uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974AC chipset, also called Snapdragon 801. This is the fastest chipset from Qualcomm at the moment, its previous version MSM8974AB was used in such a device as the LG G2. Quad-core processor, maximum frequency 2.45 GHz, graphics co-processor has a frequency of 578 MHz (previously 450 MHz). The frequency of the LPDDR3 memory bus has also been overclocked - from 800 to 933 MHz. In many ways, this is what gives an increase in performance.

The amount of RAM is 2 GB (half is free after downloading), internal memory is 16 GB (there is a 32 GB version, but it is unlikely to be widely available on the market). The amount of memory occupied by programs is about 4 GB. Memory card - up to 64 GB.

In synthetic tests, the device shows excellent results, overtaking the same Note 3, despite the smaller amount of RAM.

Before the advent of commercial firmware, the performance was lower, the device lost to Note 3. Now it is slightly better in performance. But these are synthetic tests that interest lovers of virtual parrots. For them - a few more tests.