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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Familiarity/Reputation/Tech Bubble
by Jbso on Mon 24th Feb 2014 23:29 UTC
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Personally, I quite like the look of Samsung phones. I didn't think much of them first, but they grew on me, probably not because of their own merits, but just because I see them all the time. Familiarity often improves your opinions of things.

Reliability is an issue too. I trust Samsung's brand at least as much as any other smartphone maker. HTC has a bit of a reputation for poor quality control and I'd say Sony handled the rise of smartphones poorly with some shoddy products (as SonyEricsson).

Samsung's infnity of SKUs can also help since any niche feature you may want is likely offered by Samsung.

I'd say some of the complaints about the Galaxy line are things that don't matter nearly as much (or at all) to the general public as they do to journalists and bloggers. Aluminum? Who cares, rubber cases feel much worse than any Samsung phone, plus you quickly get used to the feeling of the phone and no longer think about, unless your a review with a different phone every few weeks.

Touchwiz isn't so terrible really - I have a Samsung tablet and I've never had any problems with lag. Seems to work just as well as my iPad or Moto phone. I like the toggles in notification shade which, last I checked, are not in Android as distributed by Google. It has some features I don't use, but it doesn't bother me that they're there (does anyone really use Siri?) I'll grant, the uninstallable TripAdvisor app is fairly obnoxious - how often does Samsung think I'm going on vacation? I like that Samsung apps don't try to badger me into using G+. I don't care if the back is button is on the right.

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WorknMan Member since:

Aluminum? Who cares

This, this, and SO MUCH THIS!! Let's take a look at what the S5 has. First, we've got many of the same internals as the Nexus 5, which was already a beast of a phone to begin with. Then add a better screen, much better camera, removable battery, USB 3.0, an SD card slot, a finger scanner, and some new, faster LTE band that I don't know much about. On top of that, it's also water resistant. And people want nothing to do with it, because why? It's plastic. Which honestly disgusts me, esp when these 'cheap plastic' phones can take a direct shot with a hammer and not even flinch, as shown in this video at 0:50:

I'd LOVE to see your aluminum phones do that. To be honest, I simply do not understand society's fascination with cosmetics, even to the point that some people had written this phone off as soon as they saw some blurry pics that had been leaked, WHEN THEY DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT IT. I dunno... I just couldn't give a flying f**k what the phone is made out of, as long as it's durable, which the Galaxy S phones definitely are. As for Touchwiz, some people don't like it, and that's fine. I do find some features useful though, esp the 'blocking mode'. On the other hand, I have absolutely ZERO use for Sense, nor do I care about the stereo speakers on the HTC One. As long as the damn thing is loud enough so I can hear it ring/chirp from across the room, I'm good.

Edited 2014-02-25 01:42 UTC

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WereCatf Member since:

I just couldn't give a flying f**k what the phone is made out of, as long as it's durable, which the Galaxy S phones definitely are.

I would like having a pretty phone, one that looks classy and attractive, so I do care about the materials used and how they are used. That said, I still went with the LG G2 just recently as I had to get a new phone; it's ugly to look at, I don't like how the back is all slippery and the edges are rounded so as to make it even harder to hold the phone. Alas, I deemed it to best suit my needs: a large, high-res screen that makes it easy to read text on and tremendous battery-life. The features are, still, more important than looks.

As for Touchwiz, some people don't like it, and that's fine. I do find some features useful though, esp the 'blocking mode'.

I only have experience with TouchWiz on the original Galaxy Note, but there I hated it. Samsung had insisted on replacing all the default apps with significantly inferior stuff that not only took way too long to launch, but also looked hideous and hid away some of the most important functionality. Maybe it's gotten better in newer Samsung-phones, I dunno.

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zima Member since:

Plus aluminium phones are unpleasantly cold to the touch...

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