Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Apr 2014 12:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

AnandTech's usual in-depth review.

Overall the Galaxy S 5 is a solid replacement to the GS4 (and definitely to any previous Samsung device). I find that pretty much all the flagships offer some set of tradeoffs that prevent any one from being the perfect device (iPhone's screen size, GS5's materials, M8's camera). It's unfortunate because I'd really like to crown a single device the king of them all, but instead we're faced with a handful of differing optimization points. Samsung got it almost perfect with the GS5. With a metal body, a rear facing camera with larger pixels (perhaps with some tweaks to camera output processing), a better NAND controller, and stereo front facing speakers, the GS5 would probably be perfect.

As much as I dislike Samsung - they simply have no taste - the fact of the matter is that reviews of their flagships are virtually always positive, and users have clearly voted with their wallets. Apparently I belong to a minority.

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I'm not a fan, but...
by grahamtriggs on Tue 8th Apr 2014 13:12 UTC
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I have to say, I generally avoid Samsung products - virtually every single Samsung manufactured product I've owned has failed within 12 months. Phones, hard drives...

The one area that has been slightly more successful is TV / monitors. They've not been too bad on the whole - although like LG, the TV firmware is usually pretty ropy. In particular, I don't understand why a 1080p TV should have such difficulty in remembering to use Just Scan / 1:1 for 1080p content...

But I find it hard to say they have no taste. You always have to balance with manufacturing cost - and Samsung often do a pretty good job of designing something that's relatively nice and cost effective. If you compare that to the likes of Apple - sure, it looks nice. But it doesn't always function the way I want, and I'm usually paying for an awful lot of "taste" that I don't need or want.

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