Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Feb 2014 22:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

The Galaxy S5 is here.

Our main takeaway from our brief time with the Galaxy S5 so far is that Samsung is has been listening to customers and critics alike, and has finally gotten around to addressing many of our gripes with its build quality, software and UI. It's still a plastic phone, and a plastic phone running TouchWiz at that, but the GS5 represents a clear improvement for Samsung in a bunch of important areas. The new Samsung UI strikes us as something we might enjoy using, rather than software that's just there. And the soft-touch back feels infinitely nicer in the hand than the glossy, slimy plastic of old.

It still baffles me how Sony, HTC, and even the Chinese manufacturers can make such beautiful, elegant, and well-built Android phones, and then people go out and buy Samsung Galaxy phones. They're so... Eh.

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Samsung makes good phones...
by Slambert666 on Tue 25th Feb 2014 02:52 UTC
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I used to have a Samsung Galaxy II then got a Nexus 5.
I have to say the SG2 is vastly superior as a phone, ie. Contacts, Calling, Messaging and battery life just works the way you expect it to do. Sound quality is good and the keyboard has no surprises, and the integration between the basic phone components just works.

In the Nexus 5 it is a completely different story, the basic phone features are borderline defective. Integration sucks to such a point I've had to install 3party apps for everything, even the sound quality reminds me of 1995. Battery life is about half of the SG2. In the messaging keyboard the enter key was replaced with emoticons (why?) / I know it was <shift> <emoticons> gives you access to the enter key, but why? Hangouts is completely useless as a SMS app. Phone signal gets dropped as soon as you try call out, etc.

Maybe for people who do not use their phone as a phone the Nx5 is ok, but for people who use their phone for calls and SMS primarily it is just not a good phone.

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