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Tuesday Poll: Are You Buying the Galaxy S5?

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Because we have asked this question for every other major flagship phone over the last couple of years, it’s time once again that we ask if you are going to buy Samsung’s new beast on the block.

The Galaxy S5 seems like it has every thing one could ask for in a current high-end phone (great camera, big beautiful display, revamped UX and next-gen processor), though maybe there wasn’t enough change from year-to-year to create the same kind of buzz we had last year. Or maybe because Radio City Music Hall and Times Square weren’t involved, this year’s launch seems almost somewhat tame.

Either way, let’s find out – are you buying the Galaxy S5?

Are you buying the Galaxy S5?

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  • Robert Castles

    I’ll be monitoring aosp/cm progress. If drivers present a problem I won’t be getting it.

    I want the g2 screen,with Samsung camera, buttons the side, sd card, and removable battery, cyanogenmod.

    Is anybody listening?

  • Alex

    I may not have the same opinion of this phone as most of the DL community, but I will buy my first Samsung phone when this is released on Big Red. I have always stuck with Motorola phones and now I will jump ship and retire my droid X.

  • Derek v

    Prefer my note 3 so no.

  • RaptorOO7

    Since I am not happy with my current phone and I plan to switch carriers and move to AT&T I am weighing the GS4 vs GS5, I just don’t know IF its worth it. Wait 6 weeks and the GS5 is (likely) the same price as the GS4 today. Don’t need to change carriers today, I can do it in 6 weeks but the question is if you could buy either one which is really worth it?

    Fortunately HTC has an announcement in a month and LG could release something though not likely.

  • Blue Sun

    All I gotta say is no to TW, Samsung Bloat Apps & Knox.

    • roberthenderson

      Root – freeze what you don’t like – change your Launcher/icons/widgets – Done

      {that is the beauty of Android, flexibility and choice. Unlike the other tards who are just getting a second keyboardist to try now}

  • Chuggowitz

    I’ve been against the galaxy products since the s3 due to the crummy looking (and feeling) build quality, but this is just on another level. They used the word “glam” to describe it in the press conference, however tacky would be more apt. Samsung’s answer to other manufacturers having better build quality? Make their plastic backs look like they have better quality. And that horrendous camera bulge isn’t doing it any favours. At a cost which is the same on contract as an iPhone 5s, HTC one or experia z phone, I still can’t fathom how they can justify using such garbage materials. It’s the equivalent of Mercedes and BMW using leather in their cars and Audi deciding “nah, pleather is good enough”.

  • Daniel

    Samsung has to stop making their phones LARGER with every generation and also needs to drop the physical buttons for standard-on-screen ones…oh, and drop TouchWiz all together and give us stock Android and then maybe I’d pay them any mind.

  • I’m really trying to like the S5 but I’m just not able to. I used to own an S3 and I loved it, now I own a Moto X and only a few phones have managed to impress me. Please get rid of TouchWiz, Samsung! I’m curious to see if there’s a Google Edition for the S5, what it’d look like.

  • mberk

    I’m still rockin’ the Galaxy Nexus. I will either buy the Galaxy S5 or the new HTC when that comes out. Since I’ll be throwing a case on my new phone, I don’t really care what the outside of the phone is made of. I’m more concerned with the internal components.

    • roberthenderson

      I am seriously amazed how many tards are talking about build materials. Either you’re very rich or not very smart if you don’t have a case on your phone. And anyone who has spent a couple of minutes searching on eBay for replacement backs for a samsung galaxy phone, will see that there are dozens of different choices of styles, materials and colors.

  • Tim242

    Yes.

    • Chris M

      Did you vote 500 times? lol

    • Silver Veloz

      I purchased the Moto X through Motomaker when Verizon “finally” had it available. I was one of those lucky ones that got the glitch, where I was able to keep unlimited data. When my contract is up, I will decide which direction to go. Samsung or ???. By the way, Tim, I do love reading your posts. These people on here get all worked up. It’s hilarious.

      • Tim242

        I got through on that glitch as well and got the Note 3. I ended up returning it and keeping my S4 though. I would try something else, if there was a viable option for my tastes. I was going to look at Moto’s next offering, but not so sure now. I won’t buy LG on principle, because they use poisonous lead in their cords. I also could not handle buttons on the back. If not for the buttons, I might would just use a different cord. HTC killed it for me on the One by reducing the screen size and having too much bezel, plus lying about a Verizon release and then releasing it 6 months late. Sigh haha

        • Silver Veloz

          I’m curious about Moto’s next offering also. I have plenty of time to see what happens. I’ll, of course, read reviews and read daily updates here on Droid Life. I do watch the Droid Life shows also (Tim-o-Tato).

  • Joshua Seeley

    no way…happy with my X for now… waiting to see what moto-leno have to offer later this year!

  • indiecognition

    NEED DROID 5.

  • TheBlazingCaucasion

    LOL! Please… An overwhelming 75% of phone users do not want the newest technology available on the market? A fingerprint scanner, a much improved camera, Full HD screen, faster WiFi, and security to add to an already amazing phone?

    This poll parades like HTC’s jealous advertisement that should have been pocketed and grieved over in the wee hours of the night alone. That’s the real remorse, because I suggest this poll is filled with nothing but a bunch of people who are busier trying to sabotage an innovation that is potentially better than their own — instead of spending time perfecting and creating a better model themselves. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.

    • Chris M

      innovation? where?

    • Justin Rogers

      I currently have the Note 3.. I have previously owned the S3, Note 2 and S4 but I will not be buying the S5.. sorry the phone is just ugly and there is really no compelling reason for me to sell my Note 3 for this device. I don’t care about fingerprint scanning and faster WiFi and I already have a full HD display. The only feature that even somewhat catches my eye is the camera…

      There you have it… I said no and I am def not some HTC fanboy (owned the HTC on and hated it)

    • HarvesterX

      I think it’s filled with people who have no reason to buy this over their G2s, Note 3s, or as some will say their Moto Xs (lol we all know how I feel about the X, but I know many of you think it’s the second coming of Christ, so..I tossed it in).

      The S5 has nothing to entice us away especially those of us grandfathered in and who spent full retail on one of those I listed. The S5 sounds like a good phone to get if switching from something else, and can’t wait for LG’s next offering or Motorola’s. “I break this bread, and this half represents the body of Samsung, this half the marketing”

    • BrandonWhite116

      Its too bad Disqus doesn’t show the down vote count anymore… up vote on my comment is a down vote for “TheBlazingCaucasion’s” comment above.

      • Intellectua1

        Yea it kinda makes voting irrelevant now..

    • TheBlazingCaucasion

      Is it because people have simply grown immune to excitement for new features unless it something so wildly out of mind, that they refuse to acknowledge features that are still new? This might explain why Chris believes fingerprint scanning is not innovation or simply doesn’t understand the definition of the word.

      Fair enough to those who have phones they feel are comparable and not worth an upgrade. I acknowledge if I had an S4 or a note I might feel the same. But, at the moment the S3 has me feeling leaps behind. My initial comment was sparked at the suggestive nature that only 8% of us would want to experience a phone that has features no other phone has — even if it simply faster WiFi. I could argue that faster WiFi, at one point, could have been enough to get people running toward the phone. Perhaps, it’s just not that exciting anymore in the ever faster changing world of expectations for cell phones.

      Maybe when the S6 is capable of dressing me in the morning, all the while shaving my face and cooking me breakfast, then the 75% may find passion to want a new phone.

      • BrandonWhite116

        You are way off. Finger print scanning is not innovation, iPhone had it a year ago, my dell had it 4 years ago, this is not something new, and it is not something I would ever use.

  • Droid Ronin

    These polls definitely do not tell the story of our purchase decisions in the next few months. Back when the Moto X was announced, 75% of us said we wouldn’t buy it, yet now it is one of our favorite phones.

    • flosserelli

      This poll is also skewed toward a small subset of the market. The average Joe has no idea why one android phone is any better or worse than the next one. All he knows is what his friends & coworkers have, and what he sees on TV. The S5 may not be the ΓΌber-phone that everyone expected, but Samsung will still sell millions of them.

  • paul_cus

    I don’t buy Samsung phones. Their screens are nice, though.

  • Jeremy Gross

    i think i will be alot more impressed in htc m8

    • roberthenderson

      I would have been very interested to were it not for those giant enormous bezels and my hate of space wasting on screen buttons.

  • needa

    looks like the same bloat and cheap plastic. so no.

  • Antonio Joaristi

    Whats with all of you who say people are only bashing samsung is the cool thing to do lawl. It’s like you can’t have a popular opinion or the hipsters will tell you how wrong you are.

    • e_droid

      haha exactly.

    • HarvesterX

      It’s not cool to bash anything just because it’s cool. I’m not bashing Samsung by voting no. I don’t care for Samsung as a company because of actions they’ve taken in the past. I think I see more people though PURCHASING Samsung phones though than bashing them in order to be cool. That’s a different topic

      • roberthenderson

        purchasing to try to be cool? No, that’s definitely what iPhones are for.

  • Eltahur

    Stop it with these huge screens!!

  • tomn1ce

    I Just got the Note 3 in Dec. There’s no way I would give it up for the S5. Only if I get it for free on a contest or something. But right now I’m enjoying the Note and looking to see what the Note is all about. I won’t be picking that one up either but I’m interested to what samsung makes out of the Note 4…..I was hoping to see a phablet from Motorola but lets see what Lenovo cooks up in that department.

    • HarvesterX

      This is what I’m talking about. Why would anyone with a Note 3 or G2 care? No wonder there are so many no’s

  • Kyle Lunde

    I traded my GS4 for a Lumia 1520… so no

    • CoreRooted

      I’ve *almost* pulled the trigger on the 1520 a couple of times now. Not as my main device, but as more of a Windows Phablet to use at work. Do you like it? I haven’t really had a chance to sit and play with one for very long. Pros/Cons?

      • Kyle Lunde

        It’s a great device. I talked myself into it because I still have my nexus 7 2013 to get access to my android stuff and I signed up for ATT next so I’m only “stuck” with a windows phone for a year. I’m really loving the UX and how buttery smooth it is, the screen is gorgeous, the marketplace in so much better than it was even 6 months ago. Cons include: the apps that are in the marketplace are just plain ugly (like they were created in 2006). There is limited customization options. No Swype! Overall the device is usable and even enjoyable. I’m really looking forward to the 8.1 update which will come with a notification center and Cortana as a voice assistant πŸ™‚

        • CoreRooted

          Cool! Thanks for the feedback. I work in a Windows shop (aside from my precious Linux prod servers), so having a Windows Phone would make sense (and then I could throw my iPhone 5S at my boss lol).

  • Rodeojones000

    TouchWiz, multiple gigabytes worth of bloat, physical home button, Knox…

    Where’s the “Not even if it was free without contract” option?

  • Sqidward

    Just think of it as the galaxy 4s, Samsung’s just pulling a apple move, just slight bumps, LG on the other hand is going in the right direction they will take over Motorolas spot,
    Crossing fingers htc puts something amazing or bust. I think LGs new phone set the bar high.

  • Christopher Moore

    Even if this was free on contract its not worth replacing over my Note 3. I wouldn’t even do a even swap.

  • Tyler

    This poll needs an Im not in the market for a new phone button

  • Chris

    It should be called S4s

  • Joey Sandoval

    F*** you samsung

  • Raven

    It is too big for my interests. Perhaps I might be interested in something like an S5 Mini if they don’t gimp the processor for a change.

  • Joey Sandoval

    Judging from the poll

  • hughjaas

    SAMEsung (that would be a no from me. nothing compelling)

  • Phssthpok

    Lack of OIS means a no, I’ll stick with my LG. I’m sure it’s a great phone, and water resistant is awesome, but it doesn’t offer enough to change,

  • Trysta

    Wasn’t really in the market for a new phone but imagining that i was…

    No.

    Specs are fine. Touchwiz is meh. But the external design is (to me) a big turn off.

    I actually thought the Galaxy S4, while unimaginative, had a pretty nice design. It was basically all screen and very minimalist. The Galaxy S5 looks worse and almost like a rough draft of a design that still needs a few more months to bake. And as someone who doesn’t like cases the external design is important to me. It is also WAY too big for a mainstream phone. Seriously go to phonearena and use their size compare. The nexus 5 (which is bordering on too big but I still love it anyway) is completely dwarfed by this phone. The Lg G2 which has a larger screen isn’t as big…

  • Simon Belmont

    Wow. 75% saying no to the SGS5.

    Swing and a miss for the Android enthusiast crowd, Samsung. But, don’t worry, you’ll still sell millions to the casual users.

  • Jason Kahn

    Another blog is confirming the pre carrier bloatware S5 rom is eating 8GB of storage. I’m sure the carrier version will be pushing 10GB. Given US carrier history fingers crossed they will offer the 32GB option Or at least not a single carrier exclusive. With games getting bigger and most not able to be installed to SD cards 6GB usable storage is not enough

    • roberthenderson

      that is strange, I thought KitKat was supposed to be more space efficient. Does that mean that Samsung themselves managed to put a lot more bloat into what they were doing? I have a notary so I wouldn’t swap out for this new phone. But I can imagine that there will be a lot of enthusiasts who end up rooting the phone and then zapping a whole lot of that bloat.excuse any grammatical or spelling errors as I am dictating this by voice on the fly

      • Jason Kahn

        from android central, 7.86 remember that’s pre carrier bloatware

  • Ahku Droid

    It’s just too big, I hate the cartoony TouchWizTouchWiz (even reduced), and Samsung was never known for having strong radios (signal strength is important in my hilly area).

  • Zaint

    I’m really happy with my LG G2 even waiting for kitkat update. Prefer waiting for G3 ,comparing with this same same sung.

  • Patrick Smithopolis

    I have a Nexus 5. Samsung didn’t give me a reason to upgrade.

    • Ron H

      The Nexus 5 just came out 4 months ago with high end specs. Why would you even be looking for a new phone? Samsung has higher specs, and a better camera…I honestly don’t get what people are looking for out of sammy.

      • Patrick Smithopolis

        I like phones in general. I get a new one every six months or so.

  • fillyo75

    I have an S4, while I think many of the features are an upgrade, I can’t deal with Knox and not being able to flash custom ROMs. It will be locked down like a mutha. Looking at HTC One (2014)

  • FAL_Fan

    I have the Note 2 and Note 3 so I’ll be waiting for the Note 4 πŸ˜€

  • jak_341

    Once you go Note, you don’t go back.

  • spudskier

    Upgrade is in October, curious what Moto has up their sleeve for September and possibly HTC (but I doubt HTC)

  • me

    Yeah everyone bashing the s5 on here or claiming they wont get it but the sales will probably be thru the roof. Just like those yahoo or CNN articles about fast food. Most commentors rip on it calling it garbage and saying they dont touch it… but lo and behold mickey D’s, Carl’s et Al ate making money hand over fist

  • Erik Grudzien

    No. No more Samsung products for me. After my experience with AT&T S4, never again. Likewise, how the block users from being able to downgrade to old firmwares and general rule of making it hard CyanogenMod and other 3rd party AOSP roms to run on it did it in. Likewise, the camera was garbage. My Nexus 5 8MP camera blows my old S4’s 13MP camera out of the water. (Hell even my iPhone 4S took better photos than the S4). Likewise, my Galaxy Tab 2 7.0″ isn’t even 2 years old and they already abandoned the device. Thankfully I can run AOSP based 4.4.2 roms on it. Only Nexus phones from now on.

  • hoosiercub88

    I like it honestly.. The Gold and Blue are nice colors. I love my Moto X and the only thing it leaves me wishing for is just a little more. I don’t know if that makes sense but it is. I’ve considered picking up another phone this year just to swap between, something different, likely not even Android. We’ll see.

  • It’s not even worth voting on with all this Samsung bashing party going on non-stop on DL, oh well, one day you’ll figure it out

    • Ron H

      I know, it’s crazy. The rumors built up this phone with things like a 4k display..yadda yadda yadda. People expected the rumors to be true, and when they weren’t everyone started QQing all over the forums. I am still rocking my Galaxy Nexus, and this looks like a damn good upgrade for me. If your rocking a S4..yeah..you probably shouldn’t upgrade. But for everyone else, this is a solid device with solid specs.

      • Sean Bello

        dude, a Nexus 4 would be a massive upgrade for you. let it go.

      • Christopher

        Same here. Just trying to figure out what my best upgrade option is, since anything I get will be a massive jump.

      • roberthenderson

        I’m really starting to wonder if crapple and HTC have told their employees to troll these websites.

  • Thomas

    No reason to leave my Note 3 for this. Bring on the Note 4 rumors.

  • Quint

    I said no because I just bought a Note 3 and I am more than pleased with it,

  • JasonWhite

    G3 please.

  • Cael

    The outside is too ugly for me…
    The inside doesn’t really catch my attention…

  • Preach2k

    This phone is more like a Galaxy 4S!!! There is not much of an improvement then the GS4.It is just a bump up. Nothing to get excited about.

    • Ron H

      What exactly were you expecting to be different? Phones have been updating this way for the past few years, it’s basically an industry norm. Same thing will happen if there is a MotoX2, a G3, or any other phone for that matter.

      • Preach2k

        What I am saying is to those that have the Galaxy S4. They do not have to buy this phone because there is not much of a difference. I was looking at this for my wife but she wasn’t impressed. She is thinking of the Moto X instead.

        • Ron H

          Moto X has a duo-core processor, and a crappy camera. If she wasn’t impressed with the S5, then she is going to be depressed with a Moto X.

          • Preach2k

            I have the Galaxy Note 3 and I love it. She likes my phone but she says that it is way to big for her. I was talking to her about the Nexus5 or G2 from LG. She wants to look at them again.

        • Sean Bello

          Most of the people that have a GS4 can’t upgrade right now. Samsung is aiming it at GS3 and iPhone 4s users more than anything. you don’t make a phone for people that more than likely can’t buy it based on how the industry worked up until very recently.

          • Preach2k

            I agree with you. Myself and people that I work with and friends buy a new phones every year and sell the old one on eBay or Craig’s list. I bought my GNote3 outright and I love it. The only phone that will make me get rid of it is a GNote4 that is if it is worth it spec wise.

  • EC8CH

    Of coarse I’m not buying a Galaxy S4s… I just bought an Ebony Moto X.

  • Anthony F

    Since my S3 is alive and well I have no reason to upgrade. I haven’t been actively following new hardware as closely as new software especially since buying a nexus 7, but LG and Motorola are definitely catching my attention more then the samsung lines these days.

  • Curtis

    Ouch… sorry Samsung.

  • JΓ©rΓ΄me Besnard

    No thanks. I currently have a N4 with ST ($50 per month) and I will be switching to a moto X with Republic Wireless ($25 per month).

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    No, simply because I’m waiting for the Note 4. Downsizing to an S phone after using my Note 2 for over a year would feel weird. Note phones are usually more powerful and have more unique features anyway. πŸ˜€

  • PizzleWizzle

    Im coming from S3 so i probably will upgrade to the S5. I can see how if i had an S4 i would be disappointed in the unveiling as I was disappointed in the S4 when i had the S3. Things I look forward most in phones are the Camera and expandable memory. this phone is dust/water resistant,will be able to hold the 128gb microSD cards, and has an amazing camera. I will see that HTC has in store for me in a month and make a better decision, but if they don’t have an amazing camera and arent at least IP67 rated I’ll pass. Dont know why everyone is so butthurt about the 2GB RAM… I understand Note3 and other phones already have 3GB but is it really even necessary? My S3 only has like 1.25GB RAM and still runs fine.

  • Tim Aries

    Sorry to say, but I feel bad for Samesung fanboy this year.

  • Snowbo13

    lg g3 with onscreen buttons I am waiting for you!

  • pd240

    I will wait for the DL staff recommendation and first impressions but so far this looks like a solid upgrade from the G2. Looking forward to reviews on the camera.

  • Jeremy Gross

    i have higher hopes for the htc m8

  • Intellectua1

    I have an upgrade in March, right now I have the S4 I passed on the Note 3 because of Knox (AT&T version) for me it’s either this or the Note 3. Even though I was looking at possibly the G2 Pro I’m just not comfortable getting any other brands so I’m just going to stick with what I know.. Right along with the 128GB micro sd SanDisk just came out with I’ll be fine..

  • Mike

    Sony Z2 if it comes to US in March otherwise Nexus 5. If LG G3 would hurry up and come out I would really consider it as well.

  • The physical home button is finally throwing me off. Time for Samsung to get with onscreen controls.

  • crazed_z06

    Already have the Note 3… If I were in the market for a new phone, it’d be at the top of the list though.

  • Ben Rollier

    Still deciding. I need to see the camera in action.

    • Daniel Walsh

      Deciding. It should be a no

      • Ron H

        Why should it be a no? It has a great camera on a solid device.

    • Brandon Nicholson

      Processing…

  • Dominick White

    I am holding out and waiting to see what Note 4/LG 3/ and the next Nexus bring to the table

  • Ronaldo

    If I were in a position to upgrade from my S4 I’d consider it, and then I’d get a Note 3. So far the S5 looks to be a bit of a let down.

  • Daniel Walsh

    I find it hard to believe that VZW would carry the Z2.

  • cofarea cornel

    Hmmm…i have the S4 and i would not buy the S5 just for finger print and a heart beat thing, how many of us are really going to use those features?

  • Matt G

    All I was looking for from Samsung was a better designed phone. From what I have seen so far they did not accomplish that and may have gone in the wrong direction so I will pass and stick with my Moto X

    • Jeff Miller

      99% of the hand ons beg to differ

      • Matt G

        All in saying is from what I have seen so far, the back on the Note 3 looks a lot nicer. The heart rate monitor and flash make the phone look like a phone from 4 years ago. Maybe it will be different when in person

        • Jeff Miller

          Hold judgement until you actually see and hold the device for yourself. Videos do nothing

  • LLcdPH

    Nope. Happy with my Droid MAXX and don’t see anything here that would make me want to switch. I’ll wait and see what Moto does.

  • t3chi3

    If it comes to Verizon I’m really looking forward to the Sony Z2

    • Daniel Walsh

      Sadly the Z2 won’t come to VZW. It wlll only go to t-mobile. Sony needs to get the Z2 on every carrier though.

  • roberthenderson

    I hate onscreen buttons (until some non-idiot engineer figures out that Pie Control or Wave Launcher app style is the way to go) , so I’ll be waiting for the Note 4.

  • BA_Carroll

    I wonder if you put up a poll about the gear fit how many people would say “yes” to that?

  • Daniel Walsh

    The Sony Xperia Z2 is the better phone by a longshot.

    • Ron H

      The Xperia isn’t nececarrily better, and definatly not by a long shot. It has more RAM, and more MP in the camera, and a bigger battery..much of which..doesn’t actually matter. The camera has been proven to rely on the software not MP..and samsung has already proven to have one of the best cameras on the market. Nothing uses 3GB of ram..hell..nothing uses 2GB of ram currently..so it’s wasted $$. The S5 has a faster processor (both run the new snapdragon), higher pixel density, and a Amold screen. Plus, Samsung has been known to keep their Galaxy S line up to date. Sony has yet to prove their stance on updates. The Z2 will most likely not be available for all the carriers, also the price for the S5 has yet to be released. So before you make general statements, you should educate yourself a bit more.

  • SmartGuy

    ALL YOU PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS AND DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT PHONES SO PLEASE STFU. I work at Verizon and people left and right have been coming in asking about it/trying to pre order it. This phone is the best Android phone out there. You people just need to stop acting like you know anything about phones. Trust me everyone should get this phone, this is best phone out of every android.

    • James

      “I work at Verizon” – friend, you just lost all your credibility here

    • Daniel Walsh

      LOL

    • Matt G

      Man I didn’t realize you worked at Verizon of course your right!

    • JSo

      So because everyone is coming in and asking for it, its the best phone? The general consumer doesn’t know the difference between a Samsung phone and an HTC phone. To the general consumer, every android phone is a Samsung phone. There are better phones than the S5

    • Adrynalyne

      Someone who works for Verizon calling others idiots.

      That is rich.

    • Guest

      Run

    • Al-Burrit0

      Its hard to tell sarcasm from the internet

    • MistaButters

      Most of the people I know who work at Verizon don’t know anything. Also, I used to work at Best Buy, and I can tell you that most customers are uninformed and almost always go for the biggest most hyped brand. (aka Apple & Samsung).

  • I wish that this poll was at least somewhat indicative of mass consensus so that it would force Sammy to change things up.

  • Jeff Miller

    Its like the cool thing to say…heck no Im not getting this garbage. When in reality, and per almost EVERY hands on, they all say this device is very nice!

    Give it time, the same peeps voting no will have this phone in 2 months. Rewind back to the Moto X announcement. Jeeesh, you would have think it was the worst phone to ever be built, now looooooook!

  • trentsws

    I’m so happy with my Moto X…

  • Al-Burrit0

    So talking specs the Z2 is actually better In everyway, but obviously the S5 gets all the press. I guess because no official announcement for here in the states and because its Samsung. So NO, no upgrade for me. πŸ™‚

  • LTEasy

    LG G2 still better….(future proof)

  • Bionicman

    Going to pick one up for my wife. She has an S3 and the better camera and battery life will make it a nice upgrade. I have a Note 3 and I am not upgrading mainly because i promised myself I would stop upgrading my phones every year but also because the features aren’t a huge jump from the Note 3. I’d say if I still had my Note 2 I would be seriously considering it.

  • Michael Suriel

    Why wasn’t there a “Hell no” option?

  • JSo

    No. TouchWiz is ugly, I never liked the look of the whole Galaxy S line and I dont think I could go back to a phone with physical/capacitive navigation buttons after the nexus phones.

    • Daniel Walsh

      It has always been ugly. Sammy comes with the lamest designs and hardware.

      • JSo

        Yes they do. I really can’t see the beauty in a Samsung device when I look at my Nexus 5.

      • Adrynalyne

        They weren’t always the lamest designs, but when you keep slightly varying the same one, over, and over, it gets lame. This is just like Apple. Neither company has the balls to do a redesign (software and hardware) and take a risk on an entirely new look. They just play it safe each year.

        Edit: Except iOS7. That was ballsy.

  • ASV505

    Why do these phones keep getting larger?

  • keowsk

    I will wait for the note 4 or a phone with 64 GB + INTERNAL storage and micro SD

  • Alan Paone

    Waiting to see what horrible flaw the next Htc One has, but the S5 doesn’t really fix what was wrong with the 3 or the 4

    • MichaelFranz

      you mean besides that black logo bar? πŸ™‚

      • Alan Paone

        Ugh. Don’t remind me. It’s more stupid than dealbreaker though, so hopefully that bar winds up being the worst thing that happens.

        • MichaelFranz

          honestly i think the S5 looks better. Just based on the HTC renders. I like a more squared off phone which samsung did more of, and HTC looks to be rounding corners which i dont like. Plus the top speaker grill is not even with the bottom for bomsound. Im sure its not a big deal, but between that and the black bar it makes them more eyesores then anything.

  • MKader17

    This poll really makes me wonder how the prepaid market will effect what phones the DroidLife constituency will own in the next 2 years. Most DL readers started with The OG Droid then moved to the GNex and now its a Nexus 5, Moto X split (IIRC). For me, I may own my phone for more than 2 years now, since I’m off contract. Its going to take something amazing (and probably cheap) to get me to move away fromy current phone.

    It will be cool to see what happens and I’ll step back and live vicariously through the tech enthusiasts.

    • 213ninja

      “Most DL readers started with The OG Droid then moved to the GNex and now its a Nexus 5, Moto X split”

      i think that might be true to say about DL active (dare i say) contributors. who knows what the readers are rocking….

      • MichaelFranz

        those phones are the purists of the last couple years of android. You forgot Nexus 4, but that wasnt as big because that was the start of the pre-paid, uncarrier, no contract era so more adopters of Nexus 5 came rather then Nexus 4

        • Also Nexus 4 had the unfortunate design of a glass back, which although cool, was not practical for durability.

          • MichaelFranz

            yup, thats my concern with the Sony Z2. I think its the same style glass front and back.

        • Turb0wned

          And no LTE.

      • EC8CH

        OGD -> GNEX -> MOTOX

      • CoreRooted

        G1>MT3G>HD2 (started with WinMobile and then always had Android on it)>[a half-dozen or so other Android devices]>OG Droid>NO GNex (went with HTC/LG for awhile>LG Revolution>S2>S3>G2. πŸ™‚

        OG G1 FTW… That thing was AWESOME!

      • MKader17

        Haven’t seen a pole lately but I was surprised to see how many had the gnex late in its life.

    • Alan Paone

      With its bottom headphpone jack, the G2 (and next One) might split some of us Gnex refugees too. Its a shame there was no real succesor

      • MKader17

        I beleive you are right. It seems to me the G2 was wildly underated unfortunately. Kind of wish I would have pulled the trigger on Amazon’s $200 glitch.

  • MichaelFranz

    S4 owners will probably say no, same for Note 3 owners or those who like the Note size over the S-series. I do bet majority of the still strong S3 owners will say yes because they will probably have an eligible upgrade and wont have to buy off contract etc etc. Compared to the S3 the S5 shines and is a huge step up. Regardless it is still going ot be successful. I have one upgrade in my account and i might use it on this. I am going to wait and see what happens with HTC and if the Sony Z2 makes its way state side early enough. I’ll wait for it to come out and maybe wait a month or 2 to see reviews all over and see how battery life really is etc etc.

    There are a few things that I still question regarding it. Why only 2Gb ram an why is only 8GB available on the 16GB model? I questionsed the 2800mah battery and i figured they would of went 3000mah or bigger since other flagships have it. Is there a premium version still coming in a few months that has that display we hoped for?

    I have to say i’m really liking the colors, at least in pictures. DL staff you saw and felt it, is it as good as it looks and does it feel right in hand?

    • 213ninja

      in the hardware vid i think it was Tim who said it fit well in the hand, and he added that he though the s4 did as well.

      • MichaelFranz

        Yea i saw them. I’m sure they didn’t have enough time with them as they wanted. Will just have to wait until they get a review device and for them to post up a full review on it. I will say that the staff here are very unbiased when it comes to certain aspects of devices. They don’t have a specific hate for anything but will point out goods and bads (i mean it is why they have this site right?) of any device they look at.

    • CoreRooted

      To be honest, 2GB of RAM in any Android device is plenty as long as the OS/skin has been tuned (if pre 4.4) properly. KitKat has really made Android perform amazingly fast on devices with even 1GB of RAM (case in point, I have it running on my HD2 and it performs as well as my S3 does). The only reason any Android device would need more than 3GB of RAM is if the OS and/or skin (TW) is bloated to the point that it is using more than 1GB of RAM to begin with.

  • Jason Kahn

    Only if Samsung introduces a Google Play Edition, I love the Super Amoled in Full HD, but can’t stand touchwiz. If no GPE, then I am 100% ready to buy the Nexus 5

  • troy studnicka

    After watching some hands on videos I am starting to like the phone a bit more. The back looks kind of cool. .. People who are playing with it states it feels more premium than the previous s series phones. The swipe to pay with PayPal is pretty cool especially if you use PayPal a lot like I do. The problem with everyone, is that you were too busy in believing the rumors and not holding out until the official unveil. I have since not cared for rumors and am waiting to see the phone and what others are saying once a phone is out. Will I upgrade to the S5? Maybe not, but I’m looking forward in seeing what the next 6 months brings.

    • OF

      That was my problem. I let the rumors hype me up. I’m not due for an upgrade till July, so hopefully something spectacular is out by then πŸ™‚

      • MichaelFranz

        The problem is every time we wait for something spectacular we all end up, in one way or another, saying something good and bad because the rumors don’t own up to the official release. Until late summer/fall this and the new HTC will be the phones to have.

      • troy studnicka

        Yep they’ll get ya every time lol

    • troy studnicka

      And if you see this phone along side others especially it looks better even if it does look a lot like the S4. Well it doesn’t on the back that’s for sure. So far the only other phone I like the looks of better than the S4’s if you will lol is the LG G2 Pro

    • howitzerr

      omg finally someone on this internet to share my opinion

      This might be the first Galaxy S phone i find interesting for a long time. It looks more mature than the previous super plastic toys and the new UI is welcome

      • The Narrator

        And with 8gb left to use!

        • Bionicman

          ahh expandable storage is an amazing thing.

          • Adrynalyne

            Not all apps can use expandable storage. So once you max your internal storage, you are fooked.

            Did it a few times on my Note 2. Couldn’t install any more apps, and the phone slowed to a crawl (that was fixed with 4.3 though), despite having a 64GB sd card installed.

          • The Narrator

            Out of the millions of people buying a “Galaxy” I doubt most of them know how to do that.

    • Granted a lot of people hated the Moto X when it came out (aside from Kellex and co.), but if a phone isn’t getting good feedback from the get go, it’s usually not a good sign.

    • cizzlen

      Finally someone with some good old consumer logic. I’m not sure if I’ll get the S5 but I’m especially excited for HTC and LG this year.

      • Adrynalyne

        That isn’t consumer logic.

        Consumer logic is follow the crowd led by marketing.

  • reyalP

    I was hoping they would come out with something a little different looking with a more premium materials. The one nice thing is the back is no longer that cheap shiny looking plastic that I associate with Samsung. Personally, I don’t like the looks of the new model but definitely looks better then the S4. Touchwiz doesn’t bother me becasue I would load a third party launcher anyway. If Samsung really wants to cash in they should do something like Motomaker.

  • 213ninja

    when you vote no, make sure you say the same thing you said yesterday in the 6 other s5 release posts so I can enjoy it in the comments.

  • MattM1974

    I got an S4 at launch and it’s awesome and still have another year on my contract. No real reason for me to upgrade. Guess it’s the S6 for me next year!

    • DJyoSNOW

      Or note 4 ;D

  • Dan Lopez

    Hell no. I’ll gladly keep my G2.

    • Hamforce

      How long have you had it?

      • Dan Lopez

        Bought it in November. Love it. So snappy. I’ve been mainly on stock ROMS. It just works.

    • Brandon Nicholson

      Totally agree. I haven’t been more pleased with any other phone as I have with the G2. Nice features and it just works FAST. I had a brief insanity period where I went to a Note 3 after my G2, which only made me love my G2 more.

      I would love to take a Moto X for a spin, I was always high on the features they were providing, but I do love my G2.

  • Orion

    Hmmm let me think about it….ummmmm ummm no. Looking to see what moto and LG is doing.

    • Alan Paone

      LG will do the same thing samsung does. Here’s hoping lenovo doesn’t mess up moto too much.

      • Orion

        Well LG has been doing a better job that Samsung lately. G2>S4 and if the rumors are true, the G3 will destroy the S5. As far as moto, lenovo will not affect them in 2014. moto is still launching their phones as planned. Next year is another story.

  • OF

    I’m so disappointed lol. It’s my fault though. At this point in my life I should’t be setting myself up like this. Hype very rarely delivers. That being said, I never thought I’d see the day that I might purchase a Sony or HTC phone! The Z2 looks sick and hopefully HTC has something nice up their sleeves πŸ™‚

  • I’m still on the fence. I really would like to get this phone but my issues lie with Android apps. I’m using the iPhone 5s and the apps are just seem to look and work better. It’s all a very coherent, consistent experience. I’m a bit OCD about design, so while the out of the box experience is nice on the GS5, it seems I won’t get the same with many of the third party apps I use on a daily basis.

    But then again, that’s just me. And I always come back to android, even if it’s a short period. Lol.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      The experience has become more unified over the last year or so on Android, especially if you are willing to try out different apps to suit your needs.

      That said, the consistency in UI/UX on iOS is one of its advantages. They have a much higher design floor (it’s hard to make an app on iOS that is just flat bad), but it also has a pretty low ceiling, as you can’t go too far out of the box based on user’s expectations. With Android, the design floor is virtually non-existent (I’m looking at you straight skeumorphic iOS6 ports and Ginger-bread style apps), but it also gives the freedom to make some truly stellar designs, like Muzei.

      I’d say that on Android, it is possible to have a consistently high design across apps, but it requires a much larger amount of effort, both in trying/removing apps and in app discovery. The reward is arguably worth the effort, and developers really seem to have heard their users’ pleas regarding UI updates.

  • Justin Kos

    My nexus 4 is still running great.. So no

  • WitnessG

    If I was in the market I would probably get it but I’m not looking for an upgrade.

  • pball_inuyasha

    I have an S4 and while it’s a good phone it’s too locked for my tastes now. I’m lucky to have a rom running through safestrap but I’m stuck with a handful of roms most of which don’t interest me. I’ll be waiting for a wide open phone with a decent off contract price. So pass on the S5 which is a minor update in my eyes.

  • Opinionated_In_Bangor

    Won’t be buying it. Not enough of an upgrade over the S4 that I already have. I’ll be waiting to see what other phones hit the market. Samsung failed with this one.

  • EdubE24

    It just has so many uses….

    • Rammstein

      Gotta love HTC’s reply

      • Derek Duncan

        gotta love HTC’s marketshare too…

        • The Narrator

          lol at this

          Just because they don’t have millions to spend on marketing, doesn’t mean they are bad.

          • Derek Duncan

            No, but it comes out bitter and desperate.

          • Mein

            It was posted on their Facebook page…do you expect them to ignore it?

          • The Narrator

            Nope

          • Rob

            I find it funny actually.

          • Adam Crawford

            Only to fan boys of other manufacturers.

          • Silky Johnson

            they definitely spent millions on marketing the one….. and we all know how that turned out

        • Eric

          Someone doesn’t have a sense of humor…

      • EdubE24

        This one cracked me up…

        • Brandon Nicholson

          Shoe almost looks faster, and is most assuredly a marked improvement over last years model.

          • EdubE24

            Image rocking those with your gold Gear watch and phone at the gym! Your heart rate monitor on the phone would explode with all that awesomeness!!

        • Intellectua1

          I like those..

          • EdubE24

            Gotta let a playa play!!!

      • Cael

        Seems to be the only thing they do right… now if they could just perfect it and stop screwing up…

  • dsDoan

    No, but I would’ve considered it, had they dropped the antiquated home button and gotten with the modern times by finally adopting Android’s proper on-screen navigation.

  • gintoddic

    Their innovations are gimmicks people will not use. Heart rate sensor ON the phone? Who is going to use that? Also, this will not work with a case on it so that’s just a big derp.

    • 213ninja

      i agree it seems gimmicky, but may work well, we don’t know yet. i also doubt case manufacturers will cover it up, that’d be just like covering the camera and flash, which won’t happen.

      • gintoddic

        Working well and having use are too different things. If I put a rocket engine on a phone that works well am I going to use it?

        • 213ninja

          maybe my comment should have been, “people might use it if it works well, I would”. because, i would. do you know how much more accurate their fitness calculations can be with a heart rate? if fitness matters to you, and you want fitness tools on your phone/wrist, then this feature stands to be quite useful, if it works well.

          • gintoddic

            So let me get this right, you are going to whip out your phone while you’re running, walking etc. to place your finger awkwardly on the back side of the phone (which you probably have to keep still) to get your heart rate? This makes no sense. Yes, the gear fit gets heart rate on its own which makes sense. But the only time someone is going to want to see heart rate is when they are actively working out and having to put your finger on your phone just sounds useless.

          • 213ninja

            like i said, i’d have to see how it all works. i’d have no problem putting my finger on the back of my phone while jogging. i change tracks on my playlist and tweak with gTracks all the time and it doesn’t hinder me whatsoever.

            i’m not quick to judge. i’ll wait for a review.

          • gintoddic

            I just think it’s a type of stat you want to glance at on your wrist and not have to touch your phone. It’s redundant considering they put the same thing on the gear fit.

          • 213ninja

            i agree that if you purchase both devices, it seems redundant.

            and with FitBit shutting down shop on my Force, the gear fit does intrigue me.

    • Kevin

      i have the heart rate monitor app which is good enough for me.

      • gintoddic

        so you have a device that monitors this already?

        • Kevin

          any smartphone where the LED is next to the camera can monitor it if you use the app… and the basic app is free. i just use it for curiosity’s sake, not for true tracking.

  • David Stevens

    Id rather put a campfire out with my face

    • BK

      Nice. From what we know of this year’s flagships so far, I’m more than happy I decided to pull the trigger on a Moto X not too long ago (insert Lenovo criticism here)

      • Ryan N

        Same, I went for the moto x too. The spec war has been over. The new war is the feature war. To bring new features to handhelds without them being gimmicky… (Looking at you fingerprint and heartbeat sensor)

        • Ralph Bretz

          Same thoughts here. The Moto X and I hate to admit it the iPhone’s prove the spec war is over. The only reason Samsung has to use these quad core or octo core processors is because of all the gimmicky crap features and bulky Touchwiz. The fact that the ROM is 8GB’s to start with is ridiculous.

          • Turb0wned

            We’ll said. I decided to use my iPhone 5s the last few days and absolutely no lag or problems just like my Moto X.

        • David Stevens

          I’m glad we are over the spec war. Now OEM’s have to differentiate themselves via software. Moto knocked this aspect out of the park.

          • MistaButters

            We (as in DL readers) may be over the spec wars, but it’s obvious the general public is not. The Moto X was one of the best reviewed phones last year, but it failed. It did not sell well by anyone’s account.

          • Kevin

            Are you trying to say the general public cares about specs? I’ve never seen someone ask how much RAM or what kind of processor their phone has.

          • MistaButters

            I’m trying to say customers look at the little card and automatically think bigger numbers are better. I used to work at Best Buy and customers would see “Quad Core” and just assume it must be twice as good as a “Dual Core” without even knowing what it meant.

      • Al-Burrit0

        Anybody saw that lenovo released some phones? One of the phones have a moto x look to it, but the specs and software are of course not as good.

      • 4g63mark

        I also bought the Moto X. I had to get the developer edition though. 16GB non expandable is just not an option for me. What sold me on the Moto X was the ergonomically correct shape and size. I’ll never even consider going larger than 4.7″ because this phone is just big enough to enjoy media on, while still being a trouble free phone for 1 handed use. Mark my words. I will NEVER purchase a phone that needs 2 hands to effectively operate…… As a matter of fact, I’ll buy a 4″ iphone before I’d buy a 5+” phablet.

      • Turb0wned

        Best phone ever period. Moto X and iPhone 5s is what I use. Sold the Nexus 5 in 3 days because I liked the Moto X much better.

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    Besides the 16mp camera, my LG G2 still outdoes the phone on most specs…. so why would I?

    • Spider210

      The g2 probably would have been perfect with an sd card slot

      • OneForTheGoodDays

        Crazy thing is, I am running Nameless ROM, and technically with the on screen buttons, have a more advance Nexus phone.

      • Cael

        This. Played with it yesterday at the Verizon store. The G2 and Moto X are the only phones I’ll consider at the moment (until Sony announces the Z2 for Verizon, HTC doesn’t ef up, or the G3 if it isn’t too big) and they both don’t have one.. I’d make an exception though…maybe…

      • CoreRooted

        I have the 32gb version and haven’t had a need for an SD card yet. Granted, I live in a metro area and have a good data plan and access to a lot of WiFi hot spots. But, I used to be the guy with spare SD cards in my backpack at all times… So… Yeah… YMMV.

  • Hamforce

    I have an upgrade now…wait for S5 or Wait for HTC One2 or something out there now? (on VZW)

    • e_droid

      I would (wait), I’m on VZW as well…

      • Hamforce

        What are you looking at for phones?

        • Brandon Nicholson

          I currently have a G2 but upgrade just to try phones out.

          I would consider the G Pro2 (just for the SD slot), new Moto phone, Z2 or new One, but I am skeptical about the new One, but will wait to see what they offer. Unfortunately, I would have to wait to see if GPro or Z2 come to Verizon.

        • e_droid

          Waiting to see how HTC’s phone will be this year and the same with LG. Reviews are great to get info on new devices however I need to see how it feels in my hand and how well it will be for me to use in real life. I mean, there might be a surprise for us at the end of the year with a really great device coming from a respectable company. Just waiting to see what will be available.

    • MistaButters

      What phone are you currently using?

      • Hamforce

        Droid Razr Maxx(stock)

        • MistaButters

          Hmmm. Even though that’s a pretty old phone, I’d probably wait if you can

        • clobberedchina

          You are in for a treat. I had the Droid Razr Maxx as well. Getting a new phone was lots of fun. Enjoy!

    • Zach B.

      I would at least wait to see what HTC has to offer, and perhaps to see what else anyone has coming down the pipeline.

      • Daniel Walsh

        The new HTC One doesn’t impress me. The design has downgraded and IDK about the 2 camera thing. Another gimmick like the ultrapixel?

        • Zach B.

          Yeah, true, but I don’t think it’s going to be a BAD phone necessarily. I think it’ll be a love/hate kinda phone. You’ll either like it or don’t.

          • Daniel Walsh

            It does have superior hardware though

        • onlygoodtime88

          you have not seen it. wtf

    • Christopher

      Same here. Been due for an upgrade since Jan on VZW

    • LiterofCola

      Xperia Z2 (if evleaks is right of course about availability)

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      HTC will show off their new device before the S5 is available, so you will be able to make a better decision. If neither one really excites you, then save your money and wait for something that does. With most phones now in the “acceptable” range long after they are released, there’s almost no reason not to wait for that “zomg amazing” device.

    • onlygoodtime88

      one word HTC 2

  • David Thomas

    look at the specs… meh… NO. Still lovin’ on my Note 3!

    • David Thomas

      …but I am thinking about the next Nexus phone, as a #2 daily driver!

      • Denvertoad

        +1 on the Note 3. Great phone. Widget Locker – Nova Prime TW not a problem.

  • Ryan N

    Its sad to say, as I love to see any tech company thrive, but Sammy may have peaked with the S4.

    • Alan Paone

      You mean S2? They’ve been coasting since then

      • turdbogls

        I think they peaked at the S3. that phone SOLD like crazy.

        • Alan Paone

          Sales have always been going up, but I actually wanted an S2, the S3/4 weren’t as exciting.

          • Turb0wned

            Yup, same here. The S2 days were nice. Samsung blows now.

        • CoreRooted

          I loved my S3. Love my S2 also. The S4, I basically shrugged and didn’t really care about it at all. Same thing with the S5. Fingerprint sensor and heart rate monitor? Of all the things they could have done with the device to bring back the awe they had with the S2/S3 and that’s what they do. #smh

  • Boblank84

    Not that interested in the phone itself. I do like the back allot better, reminds me of the first nexus 7 which I thought has a great feel. Also nice to see the change of the menu button to recent.

  • evan brown

    I never thought I’d say this but Samsung is basically Apple. They are now too successful for any innovation or changes, its really a shame google sold motorola.

    • dsDoan

      As part of the acquisition, Google vowed to run Motorola as a separate business, giving Motorola no preferential treatment. I would love to see Google produce their own Android devices, but making a deal like that from the start voided any chance of this happening with Motorola.

      • evan brown

        They didnt give them any special treatment with regard to other OEMs, but google definitely had a large influence on their newest devices. If google made their own devices, I dont think any of us would consider any other devices.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Googlers placed in high-ranking management positions influenced the new design and corporate goals at Motorola. You could argue that was indeed Google’s influence, but ultimately is was the people from Google, and not Google as a market force. A different set of people in those positions likely would have ended up with a different device and corporate philosophy even if they were still from within Google.

          Google does make their own devices. The Nexus line is designed by them from top to bottom, with a little help from their manufacturing partner on some specifics regarding manufacturability. And yet, thos devices are still niche.

    • Daniel Walsh

      Samsung sadly dominates Android. The other Android makers make better Android phones, but they will never sell as well as the S series.

  • e_droid

    I have a Galaxy S III still and the S5 doesn’t really impress me enough. I don’t want a finger print scanner or heart rate monitor along with their other cheap gimmicks. My upgrade is at the end of the Summer, can’t wait to see what else will be out by then.

    • Aaron

      the next nexus phone

      • MistaButters

        We might see leaks and rumors by then, but Nexus phones don’t come out until Fall.

        Also, you probably shouldn’t use an upgrade to buy a Nexus :p

        • Naive android fan alert lol (talking about Aaron)

        • The Narrator

          I would say it’s likely soon when they announce their smart watch

          • MistaButters

            That’s twice now you have taken comments I made about phones and started talking about watches.

            You can’t use a contract phone upgrade to buy a watch.

          • The Narrator

            That wasn’t me, lol. You said the next nexus wasn’t for a while, but at Google IO when they announce the watch, I’m sure that’s when the next Nexus will be announced

          • MistaButters

            It was you. The article about the S5s being in the background of the watch video πŸ˜›

            But no way the next Nexus phone is coming at I/O. Not a chance.

          • The Narrator

            I don’t expect them to release it without one. That or the Nexus 8

          • There’s no necessity to release it alongside another Nexus. They very well may do that, but again, not necessary.

            Also, I doubt they’ll deviate from the Nexus 7 too much. Hopefully they cut down on the forehead and chin of the previous models.

          • The Narrator

            The Nexus 7 failed expectations sales wise and they need to compete with the iPad mini

          • Really? Because Google underestimated the amount of Nexus 7 (2012) models that they would need to produce to meet demand. I’m not sure how the new one has done so far, but I think most people can agree the iPad mini is a joke of a tablet. If anything, the Nexus 7 is competing with the Kindle line first and foremost.

        • e_droid

          If there is any way I can keep my unlimited data on VZW and get a new phone I will be happy…

          • CoreRooted

            There is. It’s called buy devices off-contract. πŸ™‚ However, there’s speculation that unlimited data is truly going away. But, that speculation has been out there for years now. *shrug*

          • Rob

            You can. It’s called paying full MSRP. That’s the only way to keep unlimited data on Verizon. How do I know? Because I still have unlimited data on Verizon.

          • Adam Crawford

            I still have unlimited data, you can use upgrades from other members on your plan as well and rotate. That’s what I’ve done to keep unlimited.

          • Rob

            yeah, I’m on a plan by myself. No family plan here.

      • Morris

        I thought I wouldn’t like a pure stock phone and then I got the Nexus 7 and now I want a Nexus phone but I can’t leave Verizon.

        • steveliv

          Then you should get a Moto X. It is like 95% stock Android, and the 5% that isn’t are pretty cool features (touchless controls, active notifications, etc). It is pretty much the closest you will get to Nexus on Verizon.

          • Morris

            I hear you but the Moto X is limited to 16GB of storage and theres no SD card support. I usually put all my pictures and videos on my SD card and I use Titanium to backup to my SD card. I know I can backup to the cloud and back up my pics but I really don’t like investing in a phone that I’m going to have for two years and be limited to 16GB.

          • steveliv

            You can get the Moto X with 32gb at Verizon or at MotoMaker.com

    • roberthenderson

      I don’t understand why everyone puts down the Samsung software. If you like it use it, if not then don’t. Options and flexibility are what separates Android from crApple. I had the S3 and went to the Note 3 and the difference is night and day. Samsung has removed the blue hue from the screen and I personally find 1080p to be sharper for movies and zooming in on the Web and photos. The quad core processor will fly compared to the S3. There will be much less lag in everything you do. The camera on the S5 is tons better than the S3 and video will be much less jittery. If none of this is important to you, then it is not a worthy upgrade. But most people would say that is a serious upgrade. Now if I was coming from the S4 to the S5 I would definitely hesitate before pulling the trigger. But going from the s5 is a massive leap in every core component.

      • Bionicman

        here in Droid Life its popular to bang on Samsung but fact is, they usually have some of best cameras in Android phones, good battery and overall good performance. yet people here feel the need to bash them even though some of the competitors aren’t as good. my thing is, I’m all for whatever is good for Android. and Samsung is good for Android… though that doesn’t mean I’ll never buy a phone from another manufacturer. its just cool that we have choices and can pick phones that meet our needs.

        • Adrynalyne

          Uh, nobody disputes Samsung cameras. Everyone knows that Nexus and Moto X cameras might do the job, but are not as good. I don’t think anyone bashes on Samsung for their cameras. The same old design, the same old software, the increasing bloat, only to be countered by increasing hardware specs, that is what Samsung gets bashed for.

          If Samsung would refresh their software look to get out of the Gingerbread era, bring out refreshing designs with their devices, and spend a little more time on the user experience, there would be less bashing.

          A camera alone doesn’t make a device awesome. Ask Nokia.

          • Bionicman

            but a lot of that is subjective. i don’t necessarily mind the looks of touchwiz on my Note 3 and i think it looks better on the GS5. plus you can change the look with launchers soooooo.

          • Adrynalyne

            If only touchwiz was just a launcher….

            Of course it is subjective. Thats why we have those who like and dislike Samsung.

          • CoreRooted

            THAT ^^^

            If TW was “just” a launcher, I’d actually consider getting another Samsung device. But TW is basically a platform now. From the statusbar changes to the way Android itself operates. You can’t remove TW without a custom ROM (or some MAJOR tweaking). Same thing for most of the other “skins” out there (Moto, LG, Sony, etc). It wasn’t enough to basically throw a launcher into ASOP. They had to go and muck around with the core system.

          • Agreed. TouchWiz is an abomination. That’s why we bash them. Ditch TouchWiz and all of the sudden we have a very capable phone on our hands.

        • Turb0wned

          And they come with lag, which you know, all us Android people on droid life love…. Oh and an overlay that takes up 9GB.

        • e_droid

          Yes, it is cool that we have choices and that’s why I will probably pass on the S5 this year. If you like it and want to get it for yourself, enjoy it my friend. I still will tell my other friends that have enjoyed the S3 and S4 to check out the S5 as it does have a slew of enhancements over their predecessors. They like those features that Samsung packs in; but I’m not them. My SIII has been good to me, but with custom roms and turning off just about all the TW features that I don’t use. They do put great hardware in their devices so I am waiting to see what other companies will follow up with now. It’s only February, got a lot of time for more to come out and I like having options.

          • Bionicman

            I actually pushed the Moto X to a lot of my iphone buddies. i believe it would be an easier transition from the iphone because of the smaller form factor, plus the touchless features impressed them. funny enough though, they had so many other friends and family that had “Galaxy phones” that they were drawn to them instead of other android phones.

          • e_droid

            I did the same for a friend of mine. He had an iPhone 4s and was tired of Apple wanted to check out an Android phone. He liked my S III but didn’t want it (wanted to see what else is out there). We went to the store and he was able to get a Moto X for free on his upgrade. I told him to just get it, he wouldn’t be disappointed. He still thanks me at least once a week based on the recommendation.

        • Kevin

          They have great cameras, but I don’t know about battery and performance.

        • Tootsie

          So how much is Samsung paying you? No doubt they have paid commentors here on Droid-Life to help their propaganda.

          • Bionicman

            i wish they would! They could pay me with a Note tablet, GS5 and Gear 2 please. but alas they are not. I’m a lover of all things Android.

        • Adam Crawford

          “here in Droid Life its popular to bang on Samsung but…”

          Here in Droid Life its popular to bang on any manufacturer. No one gets an unfair amount. I am an HTC owner and ANY HTC post is “Well my Rezound…” Haven’t checked Motorola but I’m sure it’s the same with them as well.

          Just a bunch of haters hating things… together..

      • Morris

        Sure the camera is much improved over the S3 which is a big plus and I use the camera daily. But the thing is does $250 justify a better camera? The processor is faster and I’ve used a Note 3 and it is faster but honestly S3 users does your phone lag with the current games out there? Is your battery that bad? I just see that S3 is a great overall phone and can still do plenty of stuff the current phones can do except of course the added features. I’d love a bigger screen and better camera but I don’t think I can justify a $250 jump just for that.

        • roberthenderson

          I am NOT ,in any way implying that the Galaxy s3 is a bad phone. That is why, after I pointed out some of the bigger advantages and upgrades, I said if these things don’t really matter that much for you, then off course you should go ahead and skip it. I was just giving my personal feelings about how I felt when I upgraded from the Galaxy S 3. and that I felt that a lot of people would see the jump from the galaxy s3 to the Galaxy S 5 as a huge and worthwhile upgrade. I still have my galaxy s3 to use as a backu, so there is no ill will against the phone. And again, if for you the much improved screen, video camera, battery life, software goodies don’t justify an upgrade, then obviously you wouldn’t do it.

      • e_droid

        Oh no! I have a differing opinion than you on a device that I have owned for almost two years! You don’t have to explain why the s5 is better than the s3. Of course it will have better hardware and a better camera. Another great thing about Android; there are other ‘skins’ / OS’s other than TW and I am ready to explore them outside of Samsung. I was hoping they would make TW a little closer to the stock android experience and that doesn’t seem like it is happening.I don’t want to always have to install a custom ROM be available to disable and take away things on the device that I’ll never use. I really wish another device like the Moto X would come out with great hardware and a great camera because that is all I need on a PHONE.

        • roberthenderson

          An old saying goes “you can please some of the people some of the time and all of the people none of the time.” So the odds that you’re going to find something with everything that you want is very slim. And even if you had your perfect phone it wouldn’t be perfect for me or some other person. The point is that there is going to be some give and take for pretty much everybody or you can just clench your fists and hold your breath & keep waiting for your perfect phone.

          • e_droid

            Yes, and this is typically why I don’t comment on sites at all anymore. If you have an opinion be ready to be attacked, and it’s a shame. Excited that a new Moto X will be out at the end of the year.

      • RaptorOO7

        I had the GN3 and regret getting rid of it, not sure I would get it again given the size, but compared to the GS5 I think its the better purchase.

    • Moto X

  • Qbancelli

    No. I hate TouchJizz and cartoonish icons.

    • T4rd

      Me too, so I root and install Wanam Xposed along with Nova Launcher. =p

      • Turb0wned

        Sucks that you have to do that to get a $700 phone running correctly.

        • T4rd

          Not to get it running correctly. To adhere to my aesthetic preferences. The changes are totally superficial and not required at all.

  • Daniel Walsh

    NO!

  • MistaButters

    The issue is that it doesn’t feel that much different. It’s like a Galaxy S4S. And considering there have been rumors of a QHD Samsung phone with a Snapdragon 805 in the works, plus the deal with Google trickling down, I don’t see how anybody who stays up to date on Android phones would consider this.

    • Daniel Walsh

      It feels like a refresh model. Nothing really special. Sammy knows they will sell like hot cakes anyway.

    • The Narrator

      When MKBHD calls it an S4s, you know Samsung dun goofed.

    • Adrynalyne

      I wish companies would spend more time on their software experience. Seriously though, what game or application taps the Adreno 320 much less the 330 in 800, and the higher clocked 330 in the 801? 2.5 vs 2.3ghz isn’t going to make much a difference. Increasing memory bandwidth with the 801 over the 800 solves a problem that doesn’t yet exist. You would think OEMs would take this time to improve software because the hardware is way ahead of the software. Continuously increasing hardware specs is not as noticeable like it once was.

      • CoreRooted

        Could not agree more. I have the LG G2 and I have YET to throw anything at it that taxes the hardware. My old S3 really didn’t lag at all, even with AAA games. For the first time in a LONG time I’m actually completely happy with a year old device and not wishing it had more power to it.

  • Synguest

    I couldn’t buy a flagship phone at this time with only 2gb of ram. That’s not likely to have much longevity.

    • MrOrange645

      Kit Kat is optimized to run on devices with as little as 512mb of RAM, so I would imagine 2GB would be sufficient for the next two years of this phones life cycle.

      • Synguest

        That’s great for the OS. but do you think that apps aren’t going to grow in requirements?

        • Sean Royce

          Not to 3GB for christ sake. We’re not using fully fledged gaming PC’s.

      • Aaron

        Yeah lets hear what TouchWiz has to say for that

        • Daniel Walsh

          At least Touchwiz looks a little better LOL

    • Omar Amer

      yes, as we speak google is finding ways to use more RAM with their next iteration of android so all people with 2gb of RAM will be forced to upgrade and not get the newest version… *rolls eyes*. /end sarcasm

      You know, with most higher end phones including 2gb of RAM as standard… there should be a reason in there somewhere they are doing that.

      • Synguest

        It’s pretty short sighted to only consider the base OS as a consumer of ram. Touch wiz(multi window mode?), or any of the thousands of apps available on play will also you that memory. Maybe you just run your phone with no apps though.