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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WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

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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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

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.


I never used it on old devices, so I don't know how it compares, though I've heard it's gotten much better since then. I have it on the Note 10.1 2014, and there's about 25% of it I like and 75% that I don't. Fortunately, the stuff that annoys me the most can be turned off. A friend of mine has a Galaxy S4, and he has a custom ROM that he calls the 'Blade ROM' - all of Touchwiz's strengths, and none of its weaknesses ;)

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm sorry you're mentally ill, but it's a telephone and a computer. ZOMG SO PRETTY XD shouldn't enter in to it.


And I hereby award you with the Most Idiotic Comment Of The Decade-award.

I like the shit I own and use to be pretty and pleasing to look at. I prefer functional+pretty over functional+ugly. Why on earth would that make me "mentally ill"?

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I'm sorry you're mentally ill, but it's a telephone and a computer. ZOMG SO PRETTY XD shouldn't enter in to it.


I see you got modded down, but I agree with you. If it doesn't have tits, I can't say I care too much how pretty it is. As long as it's comfortable to hold.

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