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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Peer pressure?
by AndyB on Tue 8th Apr 2014 13:22 UTC in reply to "You're not alone."
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It's simple, the general public want to be the same as their peers!

I think it's safe to say that most of the buying public are not techy people, so they are easily glamoured by the plus points of each offering, which Samsung do have a lot of lately. People are also glamoured by the fact that because someone else has something, they want it too. This is how the iPhone became what it is and now it seems to be the turn of Samsung S3/S4/S5 phones.

Incidentaly, I consider myself as a techy person as I code interactive websites for a living, and I am just waiting for my S5 to arrive to replace the S3 i've had for almost 2 years, partly because I like large screens and mostly because I like the features offered. The only downsides I can find to the S3 are that it's slippy to hold without a rubber case, and it doesn't have a 4G option on the model I got, both of which are changed on the S5!

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