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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Durable goods
by fran on Tue 25th Feb 2014 14:12 UTC
fran
Member since:
2010-08-06

Removable battery. Hmm
So this phone falls into the durable goods category.

Not like some other phone....:p

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RE: Durable goods
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 25th Feb 2014 16:36 in reply to "Durable goods"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, until the stupid usb micro adapter breaks. The removable batter would have saved me there, if I had some other way of charging the battery.

If they integrated wireless charging into the phone finally, then I'd probably buy a samsung next. I'm apparently too rough on usb micro.

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RE[2]: Durable goods
by Hands on Tue 25th Feb 2014 17:56 in reply to "RE: Durable goods"
Hands Member since:
2005-06-30

It may not be ideal (due to added cost after purchase), but you can buy a Qi wireless receiver for both the S3 and S4 phones to charge them wirelessly.

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