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Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

  • CPU
    Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400

  • Memory (MB)
    16/32 GB, 2 GB RAM

  • Camera (MP)
    16 MP, f/2.2, 31mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash

  • Battery (mAh)
    Removable Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery

  • WiFi
    Yes

  • Price Range
    €330

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our experts

8.5 4.3 1
  • Battery 9 / 10
  • Features 9 / 10
  • Performance 8 / 10
  • Design 8 / 10
  • Camera 8 / 10
  • Connectivity 9 / 10

The Samsung Galaxy S5 goes by a number of other names depending on the country you are located in. It is also called the G900F in Europe, G900I in Asia and Australia, G900M on Vodafone, G900A on AT&T, G900T on T-Mobile and G900W8 in Canada as well as being called the G900K/G900L/G900S in Korea. The Samsung Galaxy S5 was released in February 2014 and was and still is a very popular mobile more than 3 years later.

The mobile phone has EDGE as well as GPRS like most modern mobile phones today. It also covers all the bands such as 2G as well as 3G and 4G as can be seen below. You will note that it covers all the 2G version from GSM 850/900 as well as GSM 1800/1900 mobile phone networks. Note that certain network bands are country specific so check where you buy your mobile phone from if you are buying a mobile phone online such as Ebay or Amazon. It might not seem important right now but it will be if your phone is meant for use in another country.

Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – G900F, G900I
HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 – G900A
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – G900M
HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – G900T
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800) – G900F
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 17(700) – G900A
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 17(700) – G900M
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 17(700) – G900T LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 28(700), 40(2300) – G900I
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A Cat4 150/50 Mbps

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The mobile phone is the standard size in the Samsung range. The size is very handy and fits well into your hand with a smooth finish and only 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm (5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 in) in size. It is also very light at only 145 g (5.11 oz). The mobile phone also uses a Micro-SIM comes with an IP67 certified (dust and water resistant) which you find mainly on the higher end mobile phones. It is also water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes which is very useful as mobile phone insurance is getting to be very expensive.

The screen on the mobile phone is very good much like other Samsung mobile phones, the Samsung Galaxy S% is no different with its super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with its standard 16M colors ability. The screen is also large being a 5.1 inches screen which is ~69.6% screen-to-body ratio. Note that the phone does not have a wrap around screen like others so the screen to body ratio is not as high. The screen resolution is excellent with a 1080 x 1920 pixel screen and its pixel density is also good at ~432 ppi pixel density. The screen resolution is much better and has a higher pixel density (sharper pictures) than the Samsung Galaxy J5 which has also bee reviewed on this website.

Samsung Galaxy S5The operating system is the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to 6.0 (Marshmallow) which is almost standard today on many of the Samsung mobile phones as can be seen in the Samsung section of this website. The Galaxy S5 uses a Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset which is a MSM8974AC CPU 2500 MHz max and GPU 578 MHz. you can more about the chipset here. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is powered with by the Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400. The GPU is also powerful being a Adreno 330 which was released in 2013 a year before the mobile phone was released.

The internal memory is large as it has a very good camera for its price range. The memory of this mobile phone is 16/32 GB as well as 2 GB RAM. If that is not enough there is also a dedicated slot for expansion with a microSD, up to 256 GB of storage space. This will fill as there are 2 cameras on the phone. The main camera or rear camera is a 16 Megapixel camera with a f/2.2, 31mm as well as phase detection autofocus and an LED flash. The camera on the phone has a 1/2.6″ sensor size camera with  geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection as well as panorama and HDR. Recording in HDR (High Dynamic Range) will fill the memory rather fast as it records greater detail from bright and dark areas in the photos or video. The video quality and frames rates are very good. Note that running this for a long period will shorten the charge very fast as the processor will be running high. The video comes in at 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR, dual-video rec. The secondary camera is a 2 MP, f/2.4, 22mm, 1080p@30fps camera. You can see the specifications for the Samsung Galaxy S5 above in the top tab.

The phone also has a loudspeaker as well as the usual alert tones such as vibration; MP3 as well as WAV ringtones. There is also a 3.5mm jack and a 24-bit/192kHz audio ability with active noise cancellation and a dedicated microphone. Connectivity on the phone is also good with all the standard goodies such as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct as well as hotspot. These are found on most mobile phones today. The Bluetooth has Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP, EDR, LE as well as aptX.  GPS is also covered by A-GPS, GLONASS as well as BDS. The Galaxy S5 also has NFC, infrared port as well as microUSB 3.0  (MHL 2.1 TV-out). Note that there is no radio built into the phone.

Something that should be mandatory today which you will find on the Galaxy S5 is a fingerprint (front-mounted) sensor as well as an accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer as well as a gesture and heart rate sensor. Messaging on the phone is covered by SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail as well as an Internet Messenger. There is no Java on the phone however there is a HTML5 browser. There is also a Qi/PMA wireless charging option so look into this as well as ANT+ support as well as a photo editor.

The removable Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery in the Samsung Galaxy S5 is good for 390 h standby time and 21 h in talk time. Overall the Galaxy S5 is a well balanced mobile phone in the US$360 range of mobile phones.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 - Specs

Network

  • 2G Network
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions
  • 3G Network
    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - G900F, G900I
    HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - G900A
    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - G900M
    HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - G900T
  • 4G Network
    LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800) - G900F
    LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 17(700) - G900A
    LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 17(700) - G900M
    LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 17(700) - G900T
    LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 28(700), 40(2300) - G900I
  • SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages.
    Micro SIM

Data

  • GPRS GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G cellular communication system's global system for mobile communications (GSM), Generally, GPRS is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • EDGE EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment) is a wireless network technology generally considered the next step in the 2G network offers data transfer rates up to four times faster than ordinary GSM networks, Generally, EDGE is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • Speed
    HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A Cat4 150/50 Mbps
  • Web Browser Web Browser => a web browser is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web, including Web pages, images, video and other files, The primary function of a web browser is to render HTML, the code used to design or markup webpages.
    HTML5

Display

  • Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor)
    Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Size
    5.1 inches (~69.6% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution
    1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display Colors Display Colors is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others.
    16M colors
  • Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality.
    ~432 ppi pixel density
  • Touch Screen
    Yes
  • Display Protection Display Protection => Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind.
    Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Features
    - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    - IP67 certified - dust and water resistant
    - Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes

Camera

  • Primary Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality.
    16 MP, f/2.2, 31mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR, dual-video recording
  • Camera Features
    Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR
  • Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration)
    Yes
  • Secondary
    2 MP, f/2.4, 22mm, 1080p@30fps, dual video call

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices.
    4.0, A2DP, EDR, LE, aptX
  • Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.
    Yes
  • Wi-fi Hotspot
  • USB
    microUSB v2.0, USB On-The-Go
  • GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky.
    Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS/ BDS (market dependant)
  • NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
  • HDMI HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device.
  • Headphone Jack

Hardware

  • Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming.
    Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
  • CPU CPU (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone.
    Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
  • GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion.
    Adreno 330
  • RAM (Memory) RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
    2 GB RAM
  • Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.
    16/32 GB
  • Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras.
    microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
  • Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device.
    Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, gesture, heart rate

Media

  • Audio Playback
    Yes
  • Video Playback
    Yes
  • FM Radio
    No
  • Ring Tones
    Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker
    Yes

Messaging

  • SMS SMS (Short Messaging Service) is a text messaging service component of phone, Web, or mobile communication systems. It uses standardized communications protocols to allow mobile phone devices to exchange short text messages over the networks.
    Yes (threaded view)
  • MMS MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content (audio clips, video clips and images) to and from mobile phones over wireless networks using the WAP protocol.
  • Email Email (Electronic Mail) is a system for receiving, sending, and storing electronic messages, Similar to a letter, email is text messages that may contain files, images, or other attachments sent via the internet to a recipient by using applications and software prograps. An email address is required to receive email, and that address is unique to the user.
    Yes
  • IM IM (Instant Messaging) is an exchange of text messages through a software application, it enable you to create a kind of private chat room with another individual in order to communicate in real time over the Internet.
    Yes

Software

  • Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.
    Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • Java Support Java for Mobile Devices is a set of technologies that let developers deliver applications and services to all types of mobile handsets, ranging from price efficient feature-phones to the latest smartphones. Java is currently running on over 3 billion phones worldwide, and growing. It offers unrivaled potential for the distribution and monetization of mobile applications.
    No
  • Features
    - Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
    - ANT+ support
    - S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
    - Air gestures
    - Dropbox (50 GB cloud storage)
    - MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264 player
    - MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
    - Photo/video editor
    - Document viewer

Power

  • Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
  • Battery Life
    Up to 390 h (Standby) : Up to 21 h (Standby)
  • Batteries Included
    Yes

Battery

  • Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
  • Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions.
    Removable Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery
  • Placement
    Rear
  • Standby Standby Time is the total amount of time that you can leave your is fully charged, turned on and ready to send and receive calls or data transmissions before completely discharging the battery.
    Up to 390 h
  • Talk Time Talk Time is the longest time that a single battery charge will last when you are constantly talking on the phone under perfect conditions, Ambient temperature and highly dependent on the cellular network environment such as the distance to the closest cell network tower.
    Up to 21 h
  • Music Play
    Up to 67 h

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