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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by SonicMetalMan on Tue 25th Feb 2014 15:21 UTC
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Got your back on this one Thom, Samsung phones hit me the same way. I've not been particularly fond of Samsung phones for several years now for reasons I won't get into here.

The trend I see these days points to the blandness you so eloquently expressed, the constant patent trolling is forcing all parties to roll out suitably generic hardware to avoid lengthy court battles that impact sales. Samsung is now falling victim to its own patent battles with HTC and Apple.

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