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Samsung Galaxy S5 Unboxing and Quick Tour

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available across the country (and much of the globe) starting tomorrow, April 11. And since that’s the case, we wanted to start showing you all there is to expect from a device that could end up being the most popular Android device of the year, like its predecessors. In other words, we’re going to bombard you with Galaxy S5 coverage, just like we did with the HTC One (M8) over the last few weeks.

To kick off the party, we have your standard unboxing. In house, we have the AT&T model in white, though the packaging experience shouldn’t differ greatly on other carriers. In this clip, we’ll pull all of the goodies out of the box, take you on a tour of the outside, talk specs, and then cruise through a couple of software points.

Who is ready for the Galaxy S5 launch? More coming!

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  • mcdonsco

    Alright, submerge it in water and you’re ok? GREAT.

    But, after a few days use now, if you want to do that, include wireless charging standard so when my nails are freshly clipped I don’t need to pull out my pocket knife to charge the phone!

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  • Chris

    This conversation is actually pretty civilized, but I never got why the comments section of new phone / phone reviews devolves into “this vendor sucks because… that vendor sucks because”. If you are happy with what you have…and it does what you want it to…. then life is good.

  • Furnaceboy

    Jesus christ what an ugly phone

  • BOB Dudek

    NOT the presentation..) Hype ,aside, Underwhelming .device ..at the least..and Unremarkable at most. other than the + on the 5′s screen..after I demo’d both M8 and S5 last night in Totowa VZ store..for a while..the 8′s 32g storage + Sdcard, and just outright superior feel/build..would make the new HTC1 a VERY hard choice to pass up. I.E.> = money.= contract/plan

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  • andrewstuart81

    The reason why samsung S5 failed to impress us are bit.ly/1jyl89Z

  • Eric Whitaker

    I’m not a fan of the “Verge” style reviews. I like the old DL style.

  • Mauricio Sanchez

    I kinda want this. I love my Moto X (obviously.) I think I’m just spoiled, I always want a new phone, haha. As gimmicky as Samsung has become over the years, there are a few things I can’t take away from them. Their cameras (and camera software) are spectacular, some of their added features actually can end up being useful (and aren’t as intrusive as other manufacturers make theirs,) and if you want speed and performance, look no further. But I’m a Motorola guy again after this Moto X. Excited for the new one releasing this summer :)

  • Chuggowitz

    God this is a gaudy looking phone.

    • NexusMan

      Gaud is in the eyes of the beholder. Some would say a giant, shiny silver metal phone with big front facing speaker grills, and a black bar featuring a logo, is gaudy too. To each, his own.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Great job on the fingernails too.

  • NexusMan

    I’ve been very vocal about how I do like the back of this device, and think it looks quite nice, but I must say, I do not like the sides, at least on this white version. I think it does look terrible. I’d just change those sides, remove the Samsung branding from the front, lose the home button, put the multi and back buttons in their correct spots, and place the buttons on screen.

  • mcdonsco

    My question is how does it FEEL in comparison to the Note 3? I have a note 3 now and it’s proving to be too big for me so I am planning on getting the S5 but I wasn’t thrilled when I saw that it is bigger than the S4.

    Kellen?

  • patrick

    I know the phone is not out until tomorrow but you think that “ok google” status bar would on the S4? I guess it gives us a bit of the google now launcher utility without having to deal with those big icons that came with the GEL

  • JackMeOffski

    Tim Cooks is having a pool party tonight.. Who want to come….get it! Like a lot of dudes there.

  • reyalP

    The side bezels look huge! Why?

    • M3D1T8R

      Because they are, supposedly due to it now being water resistant.

  • Robert Lamb

    Man, that new TouchWiz is fugly.

  • Milton

    But, will it…lag?

  • Jprime

    This phone would probably be a beast, but it looks so frustrating to use

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I want a new phone. Part of me wants to get a nexus 5. The other says stay with the G2 because nothing is exactly better. Maybe the s5.

  • hldc1

    Wow that TouchWiz is fugly.

  • Liderc

    Man that skin looks bad. How do they not make things look better being the biggest Android seller in the world.

    • NexusMan

      My guess is they don’t have American designers designing it, and Koreans don’t find their designs nearly as ghastly as some of us do.

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      They probably know that their phones are selling great as is, and fear that changing the UI will cause a lot of people to be upset.

    • Derek Duncan

      I actually like it and I think of lot of people do too.

    • Kisuk3

      Holy crap Samsung what a clusterf*ck skin

      You could spend a lifetime in that settings menu alone

    • mcdonsco

      At first I thought it looked better than the s4 but then started noticing, well more like focusing on, the hideous agua blue theme throughout.

      Starting to bug me.

      Also, they got where they are playing it safe.

  • M3D1T8R

    Yuck. What is this, 2011 all over again? Bulky, hideously ugly, cheap, gaudy fake chrome metal and nasty shiny plastic phone design, terrible obsolete physical home button, backwards back/recent apps buttons, only 16GB standard (about 5 usable or something, and the m8 has 32). And that new Touchwiz, I was hoping would show some major improvement with the redesign, nope, it just looks godawful. What a joke. Glad we have the M8 and possibly the Z2 to look forward to on Verizon (hoping). Samsung is done.

    • Ali Bazzi

      Samsung is done? You are clueless. It will sell extremely well.

      • M3D1T8R

        I’m not talking about sales. But even on that metric, they didn’t acheive what they hoped with the S4, and this will not do it for them either like they could have with a better design. At best they’re coasting. But more like treading water.

        • NexusMan

          lol

        • Dominick White

          Have you been drinking heavily today?

          • M3D1T8R

            I don’t drink. Just naturally crazy.

      • BOB Dudek

        ..Well….maybe…Just ..Not to me.Underwhelming..IMO and I handled and used/operated/played with/ ( did not hit the screen and blow the battery up with a hammer ,though) one a week ago.

    • NexusMan

      Don’t forget that gorgeous, vibrant display.

      • M3D1T8R

        Yeah this is actually the one thing I really like about it. I definitely prefer AMOLED to LCD. But LCD is “good enough” so that this one thing doesn’t nearly make up for the laundry list of negatives.

    • chris125

      It has like 11gb free. We get it you like Htc, but at least have your facts straight first

  • crazed_z06

    That USB plug looks like it will break off within a few months of ownership

    • awrone

      I already know I would hate taking it off EVERYTIME for charging. I think I will just remove it myself LOL

      • Kane Desousa

        And lose water resistance…

      • Carlos Lopez

        Just get a wireless charging back and a cheap charging plate

        • NexusMan

          exactly

    • M3D1T8R

      Yeah I eventually got sick of it and just tore off the one on my DNA, since it was starting to sort of bend/crack in half anyway from constant use.

    • BOB Dudek

      ..Hours..count on it..Samsung is..

      #newaccesoriesfors5

  • ceruleanblue

    I think the raised edge of the frame is to protect the screen when the phone is placed face down.

    I look forward to hearing Droid Life’s take on the S5. In the mean time, for those interested, Anandtech did a thorough review of the S5 and its performance improvements over the S4.

  • Peter Amirian

    Let’s see if DL releases as many articles about this phone as they did with the HTC M8 :P

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Oh they will, it’s definitely a more popular device those page hits will be amazing. I’m just looking forward to the giveaway that I won’t win.

  • Xavier_NYC

    Is CarrierIQ on this? I know ATT likes to bake it into their models and it destroys battery life..

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      ….is that still a thing? I remember that popping up a while back

      • Xavier_NYC

        Yup, It’s on the New HTC One and was on my LG G2 until I rooted and flashed CM11

  • MikeSaver

    WHY DIDNT YOU HAMMER THE BATTERY? WASTE OF A VIDEO

    • guest

      I don’t get how this comment got downvotes. I guess some people can’t have a sense of humor even on a friday afternoon

      • WestFiasco

        You can see the downvotes ?

        • grumpyfuzz

          comment with 13 votes is higher than this.

          • WestFiasco

            Ohh, I’ve never noticed it’s been set to sort by best since I’ve been using disqus Lol. Thanks for the hint.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Ebay Daily Deals has the 16GB for $629 with free shipping. Only the white is left at this point.

    • Kane Desousa

      The international version… A.K.A no 4g lte

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        hmmm you may be right there.

    • M3D1T8R

      LOL, that’s called a “deal” for this, for only 16GB? Surely that is the normal retail price. You can get the new One for $600, 32GB standard.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Well I guess it’s just a “deal” for the S4…seeing that I believe it’s $650 out right from the carriers.

  • RoadsterHD1

    No thanks…..

  • Brandon Sobotta

    Do not want.

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      Dat bezel

  • RoadsterHD1

    WOW The UI looks terrible. I almost thought it was an unboxing for IPhone6

    • ALMOST!

      Yea man, it is almost like third party launchers don’t exist.

      Almost…

      • RoadsterHD1

        That would be the first thing anyone should do. However even the settings area looks like a kids toy.

        • Dave

          I put Nova launcher and minimalist home screen set up on my GN2 and it looks nothing like TW.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      iPhone? If it’s one thing I can ssay is that TouchWiz reminds me nothing of iOS. No matter how much I dislike TouchWiz

      • RoadsterHD1

        LOL….. Your Nose is growing again…

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          To say the basic homescreen of TouchWiz looks like iOS is saying the same for pretty much any Android homescreen. It’s infinitely configurable. No one’s Android homescreen looks the same….unlike iOS….is what I’m saying

      • rawr

        I still can’t believe that they still don’t have app drawers. Who wants apps on their home screens 24/7.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          THAT..is highly annoying…ever see an iOS user flip through endless screens? I on’t understand why they don’t have a drawer

          • rawr

            My gf has iOS (been trying to get her to go android, I did convert her from that Threes rip off (2048 I believe) to Threes) and every time I see something on her phone I wonder how people can argue for the OS.

            Maybe they can’t do app drawers because Google has a patent on them, and if so, maybe if Apple didn’t sue so much companies would be more likely to let you have basic innovations.

    • Mark Aaron Collado

      its getting closer lol

  • rawson815

    As a guy that buys all the phones lol I was sold on m8 for premium design …… And s-off in a week or so , but the s5 hasn’t quite got me running to the store tomorrow. Anyone have any big thoughts to change my mind?

    • pyro74boy .

      Do the same thing I’m doing go do a side by side test with the M8 vs GS5 and buy the phone that you like the best between the two. This is advice that a fan-boy will NEVER give to you.

      • weeee

        Not true at all. Fanboys should have the confidence that when he does a side by side, he will always pick the right phone. In this case though, even The Narrator couldn’t argue for HTC. Well he could but we all know he talks out of his ass.

        • Carlos Lopez

          Speaking of, I haven’t seen “The Narrator” in a while

          • rawr

            I think after the M8 fell short he kind of took a break since he was a doomsayer against Samsung. He posted some random gibberish on my post in the S5 download booster thread “Or you can just not leave /s”

            75 upvotes, I should probably stop trolling on guest accounts and make a real one. I posted that on our work network too (I work for VZW as a developer), I would totally give up my 50% for GSM phone choices and unlimited data, but T-Mobs is still a little too weak for me.

        • pyro74boy .

          Yeah I know of him and have seen some of his posts.

        • fillyo75

          The right phone is different for each person

  • pyro74boy .

    The GS5 is going to be the best phone this year at least until the Note 4 comes out in my opinion, I was very disappointed with the HTC M8,s camera performance. Yes I’m fully aware that it’s good enough for posting pics over websites like Facebook twitter and Google+ but for someone like me who wants to do more then just post pictures over social media websites the M8 is not going to be that phone. I know that the fan-boys will be crying and hating on my post but any true person who has done their homework will agree with my opinion. I also will give the M8 a fair review because outside of it’s camera it’s still a very good phone and I will give it it’s justice when I do a side by side test with the M8 vs GS5.

    • Maxim∑

      The best phone this year? No lol, quite a few important phones coming later this year

      • pyro74boy .

        Okay maybe not the best but one of the best at the very least. But really with all this being said the real true best phone is the phone that is right for each person. To each his and her own.

        • Maxim∑

          For now I agree its the best well-rounded phone on the market, better than the M8, they seemed to have finally improved the performance of touchwiz which is huge. I’m interested mostly in Motorola, Samsung and Apple’s future

          • pyro74boy .

            Apple’s future LOL I would love to see Apple go under because in my opinion the iphone should have died with Steve Jobs.

          • Adrynalyne

            Because competition dying off is a good thing. /s

          • michael arazan

            No, but their frivolous lawsuits dying would be a good thing, especially for creating a company (Rockstar Consortium) just to do nothing but sue other companies without even creating any products whatsoever.

          • Adrynalyne

            Apple isn’t the only guilty party there.

          • Azn_Android

            Typical blind Apple hate on an android blog. I thought us android fans were supposed to be the smart ones. Keep the blind hate to yourself please. Apple is just as competitive with iOS as Android is and still has a substantial fanbase. Competition is never a bad thing.

          • pyro74boy .

            I will NEVER defend a company like Apple when they won’t even take responsibility for their very own issues. Do you remember when the iphone3gs was having antenna issues? Apple got in real hot water when they made a very stupid statement claiming that other companies where also having these same types of issues [WAY WRONG ANSWER] The correct and ONLY response should have been [we are aware of this issue and it will be fixed ASAP] When it’s your company faced with an issue you don’t make a stupid statement like this and yet you have the nerve to tell me to keep my hate to myself? WOW looks like someone better go check their Apple stock to see how much money they made today. LOL It’s a free world and if you don’t like other people’s opinions then that’s just to bad because you’re not going to ever change my mind about Apple and their pathetic agenda.

          • NexusMan

            Its hard for there not to be hate toward Apple on an Android site, when Apple uses every opportunity to claim they invented every aspect of mobile technology and design and tries to sue AndroidAndroid manufacturers for that nonsense. I’d say there was nothing “blind” about his hate.

          • pyro74boy .

            Amen to you and your comment about Apple. It’s nice to see that we agree about Apple.

          • M3D1T8R

            Yeah but Apple’s upcoming use of full sapphire on upcoming devices will be a real innovation, which I really want to see come to Android devices soon.

          • NexusMan

            Innovation, how so?

          • M3D1T8R

            Full sapphire front face instead of gorilla glass, basically unscratchable, and probably combined with some kind of laminate, much less likely to break. Apple already uses it for the camera lens cover, I think at least since the 5, and with the S5 the fingerprint cover as well.

          • NexusMan

            I get the benefits (as well as con’s) of sapphire glass, I guess, I just wouldn’t term the use of it as “innovation.”

          • pyro74boy .

            You do know that Apple did not invent the fingerprint scanner right? It was on a phone called the Motorola Atrix before Apple had anything to do with it. Apple does not invent things on the iphone they just take other companies ideas and then tries to make people think that it was their idea to begin with sorry but that’s not what I would call innovation and is more proof that Apple is full of miss hype and untrue information.

          • pyro74boy .

            Sorry but when I think of Apple I don’t think of innovation,

          • michael arazan

            Probably going to cost an additional $100 for a full front sapphire piece

          • M3D1T8R

            Manufacturing cost will only be around $10. So yeah, Apple, in keeping with tradition, will probably charge an extra $100.
            But there’s a chance they’ll make it standard on all of the high end model.

    • RoadsterHD1

      What about the nokia windows phone with 43MP or something like that.

      • pyro74boy .

        I’m not big into windows phone myself. However I will say that the cameras on Nokia phones are very hard to beat.

    • rawson815

      Man I’ve been using the m8 for a little while now and the more I use it the more I like it can’t beat the metal feel but that’s completely my 2 cents just giving you a heads up

      • rawr

        I like the feel of polymers more than metals in my hand. Even gun manufacturers realize that polymers are superior to the heaviness (and smelliness) of metal.

        • Dave

          My droid X was metal…it’s full of dents and scratches. I would still rather have a polymer phone, remember it’s 2014…not 1992, plastic has come a long way.

          • malcmilli

            its 2014 and not 1992, metal phones are different too. I personally didnt have a problem with samsung using plastic, i had a problem with the type of plastic they were using. It just *felt* extra cheap. I know its fine after you drop it, but then again, the One performs just as well as the gs5 in many of these very unofficial drop tests.

          • NexusMan

            The head of another site, accidentally dropped his M8 once, in the 1st week of having it, and his review video shows all of the dents, scratches and dings it received from that one fall.

          • malcmilli

            that sucks… i saw another site do a drop test comparison between iphone 5s, gs5, and m8, and iphone 5s cracked on the 2nd drop, gs5′s screen cracked on the 3rd drop, and m8 got damaged on the 4th…. but as always those tests are hard to hang your hat on when the results vary so greatly.

            My friend has had his m7 for almost a year, he’s dropped it quite a few times, and it still feels good when i hold it. On the corners/edges theres a few scratches n small dinks but it’s no different than anything i have experienced in any phone i have had when i dropped it without a case. So i guess as always, your mileage may very.

            Side note: I’m scared to death of dropping my Nexus 4, its the only phone i have ever owned to never see the light of day outside of a case.

          • NexusMan

            lol. I hate cases. I refuse to use them.

          • malcmilli

            agreed, to me its like buying a BMW or other sports care and then leaving that trunk bumper flap down all the time

          • NexusMan

            Exactly. An M8, not kept in a case, is gonna look like crap in 6 months.

        • M3D1T8R

          Yeah I actually agree with this. Soft touch feels nice, doesn’t scratch like aluminum, and most importantly for me, bette for signal strength too. I still love the overall design of my DNA and wish HTC would make an updated version like it but with current specs +SD slot, etc. They basically did that with the Butterfly S last year but unfortunately it didn’t come to US/Verizon as a “DNA+” or whatever, because of Moto’s exclusive on “Droids”. Hopefully some day…

      • pyro74boy .

        Glad to see that you’re liking your M8. My issue with HTC is their bad battery life issues but it also looks like the M8 has improved upon that and that’s great because even though the M8 is not my phone of choice I still want it to sell like hot cakes and for all those people who are buy the M8 over any iphone that’s spells a winner if you support the Android O.S.

        • Mark Aaron Collado

          All flagship android device and maybe midrange phones are better then an iPhone lol.

        • JD1031

          My battery life has been great. I get about a minimum of 16 hours and up to 26 hours depending on how much I use it. As long as it gets me through a full day, im happy.

        • M3D1T8R

          Check out MKBHD’s review of the M8, battery life has been excellent.

    • fillyo75

      I agree I walked in to buy one but left without one

    • TruEastSydeBoi

      Are we forgetting the G3? The G2 alone is still on pretty equal terms with the S5

      • pyro74boy .

        The G2 is a good phone I will give you that but I don’t like the buttons on the back. Plus I have had very bad luck with LG phones in the past. It seems to me that LG spends to much time trying to make their phones look like Samsung and copying everything they do. I know everyone does this but LG seems to do this more then the rest.

        • The Narrator

          The twist is. LG does it better. But hey, go enjoy your phone. We’ll enjoy the latest and greatest.

          • pyro74boy .

            That’s your opinion but in no way a fact.

          • NexusMan

            Are we talking about copying?

        • TruEastSydeBoi

          I’ll say that they all do some copying to a degree. But as you stated with it having back buttons, they were first to come up with that. Which to some people is great for being in one handed reach button presses or people’s (haha) “selfies”, just different, you just need to get used to it, and the drawback that you can’t access them when the phone is on it’s back or car dock. The back LED is great too! Also they did innovate the knock on feature which many users desire in their other devices. Also I don’t remember any of my Samsung UI’s having the native popup incoming call and text feature. Also I do agree with Narrator that they do it better instead of just copying phones; enhancing. My G2 has a better 1080p screen, better camera hardware, and way better battery then my S4 and Note 2. All just my 2cents, enjoy whatever gets you off.

          • ramifications

            I have a G2 as well, and it is certainly an awesome phone (the best I’ve ever had). But while the G2′s camera is a good one, the camera on the S4 is definitely better. My sister has the S4 and her phone takes faster pictures, with less blur, while I have to try 3 or 4 times to get an equivalent picture indoors or in imperfect lighting. The G2′s pictures are also a bit dull colored.

          • pyro74boy .

            The Note 2 I’m using is by far the best all around smartphone I have ever used and had outstanding battery life I could go 3 days plus on pretty heavy use before the phone needed to be plugged in the wall. I have gone as well over a week on very light use as well. I have also had the best overall look with Samsung smartphones and trust me I have used them all.

          • NexusMan

            I like the Note 2 too, but honestly, its easier to get 3 days of battery when you have a giant phone to stuff that large battery into. Not everyone wants a giant phone.

          • NexusMan

            I have always found Knock On to be hilarious. Just don’t get the need.

    • Apostrafee

      No

    • Steve B

      The GS5 will be the best phone for all of two weeks, until the One Plus One is announced.

      Basically a Nexus device, with HTC build quality and an industry leading camera, oh and for under $400. #NeverSettle

      • pyro74boy .

        I don’t like stock Android and never really have. I’m not a software developer and don’t care for bug fixes day after day. And even though Nexus devices have the latest software version of Android many people forget that it’s still in beta format until it leaves the Nexus line of phones.

        • Steve B

          Well, enjoy your redundant hardware, fugly software and gimmicky bells and whistles. And enjoy always being 1-2 Android “beta” versions behind.

          • pyro74boy .

            And you enjoy always having bug fixes and having to deal with stupid issues not found on anything but Nexus devices slowing down your phone and making your battery die an under an hour even when the phone is on standby mode. Meanwhile I will be enjoying a much better overall user experience because I will be running a better version of Android that’s the finished product and that is truly ready for prime time and I won’t have to worry about waiting for the next stupid bug fix because someone forgot to add a date on the calendar. LOL

          • Steve B

            You sure have a distorted view of the current state of the android os. If you think you get a better software experience on a Samsung device, there’s no hope for you.

          • pyro74boy .

            Think whatever you want but my Note2 is the smoothest running phone I have ever had no joke and I was using all the other brands before I touched anything made by Samsung and had to deal with Android phones that where very laggy and had a very bad overall user experience with so don’t try to claim that there’s no hope for me when I have compared my phone to even Nexus phones. The Nexus phones are not for the everyday user. I also don’t understand why there is so much hate on Samsung? I have had the best overall luck with them and until they let me down I’m not changing my story.

          • NexusMan

            I think they both have gotten better.

          • M3D1T8R

            Touchwiz “a better verzion of Android”, LOL.

          • pyro74boy .

            I have no issue with Touchwiz

          • NexusMan

            Most people don’t care about “dot” updates. Unless, something is not working properly on their phone. And, in what world are you living where Nexus hardware is not also, “redundant?”

      • NexusMan

        None of that has yet to be proved. I predict One Plus One will be Dud Plus Dud.

    • Sabil V

      I go with Lumia Devices Because the pureview. maybe not the best phone. but best camera phone imho

      • pyro74boy .

        I love Nokia phones but them running the windows O.S. I don’t care how good a camera is if it’s not running on an O.S that I like then it’s means nothing to me. I do however agree with you about Nokia having the best cameras on their phones.

    • Akashshr

      Still think the S5 is as gimmicky as any other samsung phones…This phones surely goes up the wahzoo in specs but looks terrible! That pimpled back is horrible, it actually looks worse than the S3/S4, never though that would happen!
      People need to realise what junk samsung is putting out there…That settings menu of touchwiz lol! Its unbelievable that a group of software execs approved that!
      Nexus for life! Or sony Z2…or LG G2/3…Those are the real phones, With clear care gone into them!

      • NexusMan

        Definitely disagree there. I think the new backs are a GREAT improvement over the glossy, slipper backs of the S4.

      • pyro74boy .

        I disagree completely and don’t understand why there is so much hate on Samsung phones. Before I touched anything made by Samsung as used all the other brands and had issues with every single one of them so your not selling me on the Nexus line of phones because I don’t like beta software and want a phone that is running a finished software version of Android that’s not full of stupid software bugs. I think people are just hating on Samsung just to hate. They are still the #1 selling Android handset and NO ONE really comes close to them in terms of who is making the most amount of money on Android handsets. You have the right to your opinion but so do I so I agree to disagree with you and my first hand use already has proven someone like you wrong. But to each their own and as long as you’re happy with whatever it is that your using then that’s all that really matters. It seems to me that LG is to busy trying to copy Samsung because all the new LG phones look like a copy of Samsung so it’s funny how someone like you claims that Samsung is no good but yet you support LG who copy’s just about everything that Samsung does. Do you notice that LG always seems to come out with something right around the same time that Samsung does? When I compared my Note 2 to the LG Optimus g pro I thought I was looking at the same exact phone. If I where Samsung I would sue LG for that ,lol I have heard very good things about the Sony Z2 but my issue with it is that it might not get support here in the good old U.S.A.

    • michael arazan

      Last year all the android sites called the Moto X (their opinion) the best phone of the year, so I would wait till you put all your eggs in one basket.

      • pyro74boy .

        Remind yourself of what you just said when you’re using that great top of the line camera [NOT] on the Moto X LOL using a phone with hardware specs from almost 2 full years ago. LOL The Moto X might be the most overrated phone of all from last year. So please don’t make me laugh . LOL

  • MicroNix

    If the Sony Z2 doesn’t come to Verizon, it looks like there will be no competition for this phone.

    • rawr

      Yea I would jump on the Z2 over this but if they don’t announce it before May 1st (my arbitrary deadline) I’m just going to go with the 32gB version of the S5.

    • M3D1T8R

      I’m also not in a big hurry, waiting eagerly to see on the Z2, or possibly as far as a Moto X refresh. But if the Z2 doesn’t come I will very likely end up going with the M8, now that it got S-off (for free wifi hotspot, essential for me).

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Meh… No thanks Droid Life. #TeamM8 . . . .

    Okay JK! JK! . . .Been looking forward to this haven’t actually gotten a SOLID look at the device from an Android site so I’m definitely interested in seeing the features, and how it runs.

  • dns2k

    havent checked the specs but is the micro sd not under the back plate? or is it nestled at bottom w/ usb?

    also echo is a bit more prevalent than other vids before.

    • James_75

      Didn’t you watch the video? It’s clearly pointed out under the cover on top of the Sim port.

  • Hep

    The new mic sounds clear, but makes your hands seem fake. Like you recorded the sound separately. Still a good unboxing, as always, though.

  • JSGoodBoy

    “Who is read for the Galaxy S5 launch?”

    I am! I’m very well-read!

    • dannyWHITE

      I guess Tim was so excited about the video that he forgot to proofread.

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

        I didn’t write it, but I can fix it! :P

  • Chris Bobrowitz

    Kellen, get out of your cave bro, audio echooo

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      That would be Kellen, broooooo.