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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Samsung makes good phones...
by Slambert666 on Tue 25th Feb 2014 02:52 UTC
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Member since:
2008-10-30

I used to have a Samsung Galaxy II then got a Nexus 5.
I have to say the SG2 is vastly superior as a phone, ie. Contacts, Calling, Messaging and battery life just works the way you expect it to do. Sound quality is good and the keyboard has no surprises, and the integration between the basic phone components just works.

In the Nexus 5 it is a completely different story, the basic phone features are borderline defective. Integration sucks to such a point I've had to install 3party apps for everything, even the sound quality reminds me of 1995. Battery life is about half of the SG2. In the messaging keyboard the enter key was replaced with emoticons (why?) / I know it was <shift> <emoticons> gives you access to the enter key, but why? Hangouts is completely useless as a SMS app. Phone signal gets dropped as soon as you try call out, etc.

Maybe for people who do not use their phone as a phone the Nx5 is ok, but for people who use their phone for calls and SMS primarily it is just not a good phone.

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RE: Samsung makes good phones...
by Priest on Tue 25th Feb 2014 03:15 in reply to "Samsung makes good phones..."
Priest Member since:
2006-05-12

This is pretty much also the reason I stopped messing with ROMs on my phone. I had cyanogenmod or something and set my alarm to get up in time to do breakfast with dad with my son.

I slept in and missed the appointment and my son was really sad about it. I looked at the alarm settings and it turns out new alarms default to muted and you had to go into a setting and change it form mute for each alarm you set or something.

Who the hell thought having new alarms persistently default to muted would be a good idea? That was the end of running nightly builds on my phone for me.

I realize Touchwiz could be better but at least it has a QA process.

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Foranamo Member since:
2005-07-06

I think this is a perfect indicator that it is all just a matter of personal preference. I myself had an SGS2 too, until one day morning it just completely stopped functioning.

Lived a month or two with a WP8 phone, absolutely apalling.

Got the Nexus 5 the day after it hit Play and the one and only thing I agree with is the battery life. Not that it matters since it's never ran out in the middle of the day, I've always had enough battery to go through the whole day and when I go to sleep I just put it on a QI charger.

I feel that compared to the SGS2 the Nexus 5 is an actual smartphone without any manufacturer 'dumbing'. I tried to replace most of TouchWiz with.. well, anything. Because anything is better then the glacially slow skeuomorphic mess that is TouchWiz and all the software that comes with it.

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Slambert666 Member since:
2008-10-30

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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