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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I have to agree with you about most of the Samsung software being s**t... But the point is that the basic phone functionality (SMS, Contacts, Phone calling and call quality and battery life) is really good.

My point is that Nexus 5 fails on many of these points:
1. Hangouts keyboard has a enter key hidden behinds emoticons (WHY?)
2. Contacts does not integrate well with Phone and Hangouts for SMS and Phone functions.
3. Call quality is borderline defective...
4. Dialing is not integrated with hangouts etc..
5. Battery Life is less than one work day (WHY?)

The Nexus 5 may be good at many things but all I can say is that: out of the box the Nexus 5 is not a good phone, but the SG2 is a good phone out of the box ...

The Nexus 5 is a much better pocket computer than the SG2, but I think that most people are not prepared to live with a partly defective phone for very long.

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