Samsung S5 Review: If you’re looking for a new phone, this is it!

Those of you who know me KNOW that I’ve always been partial to Samsung phones.  So it’s probably no surprise to you that I’m about to start raving about the new Samsung GS5 that I’ve been testing out for the past few weeks. (Thank you to Samsung Canada for providing the device).

The look and design:
From the look of the phone itself, I can see that Samsung has made efforts to update the appearance but the minimal changes are nothing to write home about.  The face of the device pretty much looks the same as its predecessors but I love the textured back plate and the chrome frame that outlines the phone (this beveled frame also saves the screen if you have a tendency to drop your phone like I do!).
The other thing I like about the S5 is the screen size – it’s smaller than the Note series of phones but still nice and big. Overall, it’s not too large for my hands which is a big plus.

The specs and guts:
16-megapixel camera; 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen; Android 4.4 with TouchWiz
Aside from the not-so-special outward design, the phone itself is very impressive!   Even with a multitude of resource-intensive apps that I installed, the phone is very responsive and I couldn’t crash it no matter how hard I tried.
The camera is 16-megapixels and is surprisingly crisp.  Zooming in, the camera stabilizes very well and pictures are very clear.  This Samsung has some cool camera features that aren’t in my old S3.  Features like virtual tour, panoramic, Shot & more and dual camera were so easy to take that my 7 year old was able to use them.  The S5 also has a large variety of photo filers/effects that can be used to get the perfect look: Sepia, Cartoon, Fishbowl, Oil pastel, Tint and Vintage are just a few of the options available.
Battery life: Anyone who knows me knows, that I spend a LOT of time on my phone.  Usually, I carry around a battery charger and very rarely can I make it to the end of the day without needing a boost. But, with the S5 I have been VERY surprised.  I can easily go 2 days without a charge – even when I’ve have been surfing, emailing, streaming, tweeting and my kids are playing games.  Samsung said that their batter life was good – and they weren’t kidding!
Anyone who has dropped a cell phone in a puddle or a sink full of water knows that sinking feeling of losing the phone forever.  While the S5 isn’t completely waterproof, it is touted as being water resistant.  The way they’ve done this by creating a port cover that prevents any water from pouring into the phone and damaging the goods. This doesn’t mean you can go swimming with  your phone in your pocket, but it doesn’t make me wonder why no one else thought of this before.

In a Nutshell:
  • Smooth new operating system
  • Better display
  • Improved camera
  • Great screen size
  • Amazing battery life
  • Waterproof
  • A more updated design would be good.
Price:
The S5 retails in Canada for anywhere between $600-$700 without a contract.  It’s available at all major cellular phone providers.
*** UPCOMING CONTEST: If you like the Samsung S5, stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway!
Thank you to Samsung Canada for providing a review unit in exchange for an honest review.

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