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Samsung Galaxy S5 Receives Official Unboxing Treatment From T-Mobile

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Release of the Galaxy S5 from Samsung is still set for April 11 on all major carriers here in the US, but that didn’t stop T-Mobile from recently opening up the device on its YouTube channel. A T-Mo employee went hands-on blogger status, ripping open the GS5’s packaging, giving viewers a peek at what they will find upon purchase of the phone. 

Nothing too special is found inside, but that’s not a surprise. Once the contents are pulled out, the employee flips on the device, gives us a brief software and hardware tour, and that’s about it.

If you can’t wait for all of the blogs and tech sites to start posting up unboxing videos and reviews, this is a good place to start.

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  • Joe

    Do we know yet if T-Mobile will get blue?

  • Dude

    Does the s5 still have the crappy region lock?

  • Intellectua1

    Still torn between this and the Note 3.. Was leaning towards the Note 3 yesterday but after seeing this I’m thinking S5 again..

  • Carlos Lopez

    All i want is good battery life lol or at least significantly better than the n5

    • Adrynalyne

      Thats it?

      I have a pristine Samsung Omnia for sale. It has been on the same charge for the last 5 years ;)

  • trevorsalienarms

    Gotta be the least exciting Galaxy release ever. I’m sure they’ll sell boatloads like usual, but this thing feels like a resounding “meh”. Is it a stop-gap to “the next big thing”, or has it all really and finally been done before?

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    We have a $15minute video (in German) of the HTC One (2014) floating around from this weekend. Pretty good video outside the fact I have no idea what the guy is saying.

  • JohanV

    That’s a nope. Still very happy with my Nexus 5.

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Ok so i had to pause it at 24 seconds just to stop laughing. Dont get me wrong, Im a Tmo customer and im definitely satisfied with the service but fasted 4g lte service in the nation is just inaccurate. Their service is plenty fast for me but this guy is smoking crack. Yes I do get he is doing this for Tmobile but it doesnt make him any less high.

    • Synacks

      I think T-Mo is either fastest or 2nd fastest. Verizon is 3rd due to so many people on the LTE network. AT&T is either 1st or 2nd because their network is newer and hasn’t been around long enough for it to be flooded with people.

    • fuzzymaths

      I was able to get a faster speed on t-mobile LTE than I was on my comcast wifi. Granted a wired connection is still faster but 37mbps down and 7mbps up is pretty damn good for ~$80 month with unlimited data

    • Daistaar

      That fastest proclamation is coming from real world speed tests. Namely, people using Ookla’s Speed Test app. T-Mobile towers put out the fastest LTE speeds across the country compared to Ookla tests run on other carriers. That’s what they’re bragging about. It makes sense but is subjective since everyone can be number one in some category this way. Verizon is number one in coverage and customer service, AT&T is number one in orange and so on…

  • Synacks

    I went to a Best Buy on Friday and played around with a white GS5. It’s actually a lot better in person than these pictures can give us. The “golf ball/bandaid” back cover is actually really nice to the feel, doesn’t feel cheap or plasticky like the S4. The metallic plastic on the sides aren’t horrible either. The face of the phone has a theme similar to the back that looks pretty cool. Looks kind of like something inbetween the golf ball design and carbon fiber.

    I asked a Best Buy employee to bring over an S4 so I can compare it with the S5 and the screen quality is miles ahead of the S4. Much brighter too with both phones on max brightness. I currently have an HTC One and will be getting this phone come April 11.

    • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

      Im so torn but I think im going to preorder one this week from tmo. I just dont like that they dont have the blue one.

      • Synacks

        Yeah I was hoping they would have a blue one when I was there. The black one looks like crap, I’m NOT going to lie. It’s either white or blue for me. I’m on Verizon so hopefully we see blue.

    • The Narrator

      Based on the looks are screen you’re buying it? Did you not even bother to look at the software?

      • Synacks

        The Touchwiz software is fine, it’s VERY snappy (zero lag on the store unit), if I don’t like it I can always run any other ROM. Stock Android, Cyanogenmod, AOKP, etc…

        • ReturnOftheMack

          If you’re on Verizon don’t get your hopes up for an unlockable bootloader…

          • Synacks

            I know man, we’ve gotten shafted in the past. I got lucky with my HTC One because we had an unlockable bootloader for 24 hours before they locked it down after launch. I swooped in very quickly. I’m hoping something similar will happen with the GS5. Even if it doesn’t the GS5’s software isn’t terrible by any means. I’m looking forward to the super battery saving feature.

          • ReturnOfTheMack

            Same, I got my HTC One when a bootloader unlock/S-OFF exploit worked. Apparently it’s not possible on KitKat right now because root is not obtainable. To my knowledge ROMs are possible on the Verizon GS4, to an extent, even without an unlockable bootloader. Maybe developers will have more luck with the GS5.

            Personally I’m not Samsung fan though, mostly because it doesn’t have on-screen nav buttons. I know the HTC One doesn’t have them either but I needed something to replace my Galaxy Nexus and I couldn’t pass it up for $30.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      I did the same. The difference was shocking. There was a glare on the s4’s plastic while the blue s5 i held was deep and bright. Felt like something i’d hold. It wasn’t cold, it had a warmth to it. I compared the greens on the screens and i think the s4 screen is better but i’m sure i’ll look again. The redo of the notification area was the icing on the cake. While i don’t think its amazing, it’s still way better than what they had.

    • T4rd

      Blasphemy! Didn’t you know that DL enforces a strict “No positive posts about Samsung phones” rule?! =p

      • Synacks

        Lol, I’m just trying to be honest. I’m one of those rare people that will buy a phone that has the best specs/features/design regardless of brand. I also have phone ADD so I try not to buy the same phone line twice in a row unless it’s clearly the best phone hands down.

        Here’s my crazy ADD phone history. GS1, Droid Charge, iPhone4, Galaxy Nexus, iPhone5, HTC One, GS5 (in 2 weeks). 7 phones in 4 years.

        • needa

          you better be careful or Drew is going to come over here and give you a piece of his mind.

        • T4rd

          Hah, I’m the same way. Since the OG Droid launched, I’ve only had the Gnex and Note 2 so far though. I got the wife a Rezound (bad choice) and GS4 though. I’m definitely considering the GS5 or Note 3 to replace my Note 2 though.

        • PoisonApple31

          Droid Charge – ouch!

          • Synacks

            Yeah that was my least favorite phone besides the iPhone4.

          • Intellectua1

            Yea I had the iPhone 4, that thing blew balls. It was so laggy.

        • Mark

          I have something similar to your phone ADD lol.

          Droid Ally, HTC Incredible 2, Droid Razr, HTC DNA, iPhone 5, Moto-X, Xperia Z1. From all those phones, the Moto-X wins best phone hands down. If it had a better camera, it would be the greatest Android phone ever made. I miss you., Moto-X. *sniff*

      • PoisonApple31

        If you are going to be give Samsung a compliment, don’t forget to bring down the G2. That really gets the responses here!

    • Mike H.

      Thanks for the tip about best buy. I am finally ditching verizon and will need an unlocked phone. I have it narrowed to nexus 5 s5 or m8. I think ill go friday and see if they have either the s5 or m8 to play with.

    • Stephen D

      I went and played with one today. The dimples in the back cover are a lot more subtle in person. I really liked it. I still don’t know if I want to give up my Note 3 for it, but I can JUMP in a month so I need to decide soon.

    • Adam Snegg

      I know I also went and its sooooo much nicer than the s4. Although people don’t realize it, if you go through a FULL specs sheet list, you can see that they improved on almost everything in the s4. The gestures are all improved (I noticed that they were more responsive and I could use them from a farther distance). The software looks a lot like stock android, but still retains the s4’s customization options (and more). The back feels so nice in your hand, kind of like a rubbery leather. Also, to me it feels lighter than the s4, even though the specs say otherwise. Plus, the camera produces very natural colors. I will be pre-ordering this phone on Verizon in blue.

  • AndroidUser00110001

    16GB of user storage?

  • Trent Russell

    I did a triple take when he opened the box. It’s indistinguishable from a note 2 aside from the spacing between the proximity and light sensors.

    • The Narrator

      Haha exactly. I thought i saw an S4 at first.

    • Synacks

      Yes it’s very Note’ish in person as well. They had the Note 3 and S5 right next to each other a few days ago and S5 seems like a smaller Note 3 with the new back.

  • Ray

    My mind is telling me No… But my body…. My body… Yep that’s telling me No also.

    • rawr

      There is a German M8 hands on too, they both are pretty disappointing.

      Why couldn’t they just make the Ubunutu Edge…

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I was actually Impressed by that video. And what is this Unbuntu Edge you speak of? Isn’t that vapor?

      • Adrynalyne

        Fledgling OS on a high-end smartphone is a recipe for disaster, both in cost of RnD and sales.

    • sc0rch3d

      Thank you very much Samsung…. **click, click, click, click, type type type, submit** (Nexus 5 ordered)

      • Big Daddy

        Fuq the nexus devices

      • RKSoni

        Ha ha ha… but I find the best phone is Oppo’s Find 7 which has awesome features… telecomvibecom