The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
Apparently, no one at Samsung has any taste at all (and I say this as a G3 owner). If they painted a house, it would be purple with pink trim. If they hung artwork in their house, it would be black velvet dogs playing poker with Elvis.
This thing looks like they bashed it with a meat tenderizer. It gave a bear hug to Pinhead.
I might buy it but not until I see if any aftermarket battery covers are available.
This article is ridiculous. 16 megapixels vs 8 megapixels doesn’t equal double the image quality. Phones such as the iPhone and HTC’s phones have continued to outperform other phones with a higher pixel count. Your HDR argument is extremely weak. The iPhone actually creates HDR’s the correct way by combining several photos. Real time is just a gimmick. How can you claim 5 hours 46 minutes is miserable? That beats all the other phones on the market today. The S5’s power saving mode is a joke. Who want’s to see their screen in black & white. As for the S5 having better security, you’ve got to be kidding. The S5’s finger print scanner has been slammed in the media for not working that well. I’ve tested it and it doesn’t work nearly as well as Apple’s offering. The iPhone 5s has a more advanced fingerprint scanner compared to Samsung. The iPhone is using a static scanner which is way better than what Samsung has.
I have one question… Why are they comparing the Galaxy S5 with the IPhone 5S? The IPhone is a generation behind the S5. The IPhone 5S needs to be juged with the Galaxy S4. Whe the IPhone 6 comes out they can judge it to the S5.
As a former Iphone user, who switched to the Galaxy, I will just say this. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is amazing in many ways. The screen is leaps and bounds ahead of the Iphone in clarity and useability, (pixel count aside). It has a seemingly infinite choice of great options and features. But the Iphone, in terms of intuitive simplicity & thoughtful user friendliness is still the best. The Galaxy is tremendously complex, and for Iphone users who aren’t techy types, the learning curve is steep and can be frustrating. Just be aware of this if you are planning to switch over.
Way to go Samsung! The GS5 a much needed improvement over the GS3 and GS4. Samsung already knows durability sells, and the iPhone WILL have to catch this in order to remain popular.
With more than $575 in bundled apps and features including a fingerprint sensor and heart rate monitor, as well as dust/water resistance certification IP67, the GS5 will become the phone every fitness buff will have to get. And yes, it will still stream music and take calls while it is sitting in the potty, unlike your iPhone.
HDR might be a gimmick, but with best shot, controlled continuous, and the latest in autofocus and image stabilization tech, images from the GS5 WILL put those iPhone to shame with 2X the details, 2X the resolution and better lighting.
5 hours of battery life IS a gimmick, especially when other phones, including the GS3, GS4 AND now the GS5 all beat their respective iPhones (4, 5, 5C/5S, the upcoming 6) in the battery life department. Oh, and with changeable backs and removable batteries, the GS5 can look any way you want it (though the blue cover looks great and while some are complaining about the meat tenderizer look on the rear, I don’t mind it at all). I expect to see the GS5 have/support wireless charging, just as the GS3 and GS4 do today.
Apple needs to up it’s a-game today or they will not be in the phone business much longer. They will fall from grace, just as Motorola did, thanks to Samsung if they don’t improve the iPhone sooner.
Not sure why this is being talked about. The S4 was already better then Iphone. In fact a lot of phones are better then the Iphone. Iphone is behind the curve everytime they release a phone. I guess people get excited seeing an apple I will never understand why people want something that is beat before it is even released.
The reason it is being discussed is because it is a natural question people in the market for a new phone right now will be asking themselves, and since Apple will not have a new iPhone out until only God and Apple knows when – the iphone 5S is all there is with which to make a comparison.
Fact is, there is no logical reason – if you do seriously think through your decision – why you would buy an itty bitty screened iPhone with its woefully limited capabilities and negative hardware features (no removable battery, not waterproof, poor battery life, etc). But, since when has common sense been a determining factor re Apple products?
Only 6?? Its well over a full generation ahead. The Galaxy S4 had advantages over apple and comparing the S5 to the 5S is comparing a porsche 911 Turbo to a Ford Focus. Yes they are both cars but one is markedly different then the other.
Its getting harder to compare android to apple because apple has done nothing to show they are ahead of the curve anymore. Android is faster, has better screens, a better operating system. Apple just has support, nostalgia and a cult-like fanbase
Features features features. Everyone talking about features. The reason the iPhones are popular is the simplicity of the OS. My 3 year old can navigate an iDevice. You can’t give an Andriod phone to a 3 year old. It is too complicated. People here seem to forget that it is not the device but the operating system where apple wins. Sure, I can buy a souped up PC for less than a Mac, but I’d have to run Windows on it. I could buy a nice Samsung phone packed with a nice screen and all these features everyone keeps talking about, but i’d have to use the Andriod OS. And… I would guess that 70-80% of smartphones users don’t even use all those “features”.
Features features features. Everyone talking about features. The reason the iPhones are popular is the simplicity of the OS. My 3 year old can navigate an iDevice. You can’t give an Android phone to a 3 year old. It is too complicated. People here seem to forget that it is not the device but the operating system where apple wins. Sure, I can buy a souped up PC for less than a Mac, but I’d have to run Windows on it. I could buy a nice Samsung phone packed with a nice screen and all these features everyone keeps talking about, but i’d have to use the Android OS. And… I would guess that 70-80% of smartphones users don’t even use all those “features”.
There have been numerous reviews saying that iPhone’s fingerprint reader works MUCH better than the Galaxy. It’s been said that you have to swipe perfectly to use it where as with the iPhone you just touch it.
As 4 years iphone technician and s5 owner i can verify that firgerprint scanner isnt working correctly. Its very big trouble and hard to use, you cant unlock with 1 hand and i believe the problem is in the home button size. because of the shape of the s5 home button you should swipe your finger to unlock in the other hand in iphone 5s you just touch the must bigger home button.
Unfair comparison S5 (newest generation) against iPhone 5 last years iPhone generation. Nice upgrades and features of the S5, but I am waiting to see what the next gen iPhone has. I prefer a smaller screen than the 5″ as a phone should be a phone not a tablet with phone capabilities, YMMV. I use phone sports apps to track workouts, HRM, speed, distance and do not want to strap a tablet phone to my arm while jogging. I like the water resistant feature though.
John, you’re blatantly a complete Appleboy and an apparent idiot when it comes to technology.
The iPhones camera is the joke, they can’t even get their rear camera to work properly. Image quality is terrible, especially when comparing the the S5, which takes massively more detailed pictures.
I have an S5 and can vouch that the finger print scanner is fine as it is, I haven’t had any problem with it.
Your opinion on the battery life is questionable. My S5 last almost two days with moderate use and 19 hours with heavy use, and if I have a low battery, let’s say 15%, the Ultra Power Saving mode is most handy if I need to stay connected, 15% on that mode will give you around 4 days power. Get some kind of objectivity and admit that the S5 is a FAR superior smartphone. And to thos who say Android is too complex, get the hell off technology forums and go back to school.
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