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Open Thread: New Galaxy S5 Owners, Share Your First Impressions

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Did you pick up the Samsung Galaxy S5 today? If so, we want to hear all about your initial thoughts.

How does the 5.1-inch FHD Super AMOLED display look? How does that plastic body feel in hand (those dimples tho)? How is the performance from the Snapdragon 801? Have you used the fingerprint scanner? What carrier did you go with? Taken any good pictures yet with the 16MP sensor? What is your favorite feature so far? 

Answer whatever you’d like to, but really, we just want to start up conversation around the device through the DL community. You are all the best in tech with great views and opinions. Let’s hear them.

Also, if you haven’t yet, check out our Galaxy S5 unboxing, plus tutorials of Toolbox and the fingerprint scanner.

  • Dirk Antoine

    Am I the only one that hates this S5? Once again I bought into the hype once again im extremely disappointed! Do I have a bad phone? AGAIN? I mean when I got the S3 people said I probably got a bad unit…then the S4 was “probably a bad unit”…..and now the faquin S5…bad unit? Am I the only one who has no data connection when im on the phone????…

  • gage

    I love the phone but my battery life isnt to good i put it on ultrq power save mode at 1pm it was 37% I closed every app thwt was on and then at 3 pm i look at it and its all the way down to 16% i took it to tmobile they rqn q test on it qnd everything came back good so idk i was wondering if qnyone else was havn this issue

    • Ken

      I had same problem with battery life. See my review posted right before yours (sort by newest). Let’s vote up each others post and see if others are having same problem. I just voted up yours.

    • G

      I had the same issue. They swapped the phone with a new one and still same thing. Worked out it was my sd card. When I removed it My battery life improved dramatically. From not lasting more than 12 hours on a full charge with idle use, I now getting about 20 hours of idle time with 90% of the battery remaining to use.

  • Ken

    Had the phone for two weeks. My biggest complain is horrible battery life. People beware, either all those reviews lied or Verizon did something to thier version of S5. The battery can merely last 10 hours with avarage use. I’m busy during the day spending 3/4 of my time in meetings. My old Razr Maxx can last for 2 days and a new iPhone served me well for 12+ hours. I tried disabling most of Verizon apse, installing juice defender, didn’t help. The big battery consumer is android system. The plastic body actually feels OK, just a bit slippery to my taste, but much better then iPhone. The screen looks great indoor, but ducks under sunlight. Much worse than iPhone and Razr Maxx. CPU is super fast. Figure print scanner works well but it is disabled as soon as I connect to company’s exchange server. I think this is silly. I haven’t made extensive use of the camera.

    • Ken

      BTW, I have had two phone in my family having exactly same battery problem.

      • G

        Try removing your sd cards from the device

  • spumz

    s5 screen not lighting up when I receive a text message

  • Ashleigh

    My only complaints really is the camera lag… Between the S4 and the S5 my pictures come out consistently worse with my shaky hands, the steady setting doesn’t seem to help much and its very annoying to wait for. And whatever is going on with the network. I have the TMobile version and it seems like it has trouble deciding if there is a 4G/LTE connection or not sometimes waiting almost 3-5mins for things to load. Seems like once it looses 4G/LTE it cannot recover on its own, and forgets to tell you that. I find myself switching between airplane mode and rebooting the phone a lot when it can’t seem to find the network and I haven’t gotten any messages in a while. This drastically effects my text message speeds and sometimes I’m even missing calls. I have had it a little over a week now, and I’m having trouble trusting that its connected. Wi-Fi isn’t as bad, but I have noticed some lag there as well, this could be related to slow wi-fi speeds though. Not sure if this is soley a TMobile issue or the phone, but it is becoming increasingly annoying as the days go on. I wish I could blame it on “rural” areas like PGMag describes but I live and work in and around NYC, which is hardly rural by US standards. Although the phone is much better than my S4, network is not something I can brush off, its the most important feature… I maybe returning it in the next week if this issue doesn’t resolve itself soon. Is anyone else experiencing any network related issues? I can’t seem to find anything online about it other than Sprint users LTE disabled by default, and I have about 3 people I know that are having the same type of connection issues. Bad batch possibly?

  • Angel Andres Rosado

    Hi,

    Sadly, I’m returning mine to T-Mobile after receiving it on initial release (April 11th). Here’s why:

    1. Three days in, the phone’s “TouchWiz” app crashed. TouchWiz is the program that tells the phone how to operate the touch-screen. So, even though I could get to my home screen using the physical button on the bottom of the phone, I couldn’t actually get the touch screen to work. Even shutting it down requires confirmation by way of the touch screen. So, I had to open the phone and remove the battery. I’d hate to have to do this in the middle of an important moment.

    2. Eight days in, I suddenly stopped receiving text messages. I was able to get messages out, but no incoming. After lengthy phone calls to T-Mobile, we (T-Mobile and I) still couldn’t determine if it was the network or the phone causing this problem.

    3. The straw that broke the camel’s back (so-to-speak) was when I called T-Mobile today to follow up on the text messaging issue. T-Mobile couldn’t access their own systems to even look up my name. I was transferred, then accidentally hung up on, the again transferred to two other “agents” before being told that T-Mobile had some kind of system upgrade going on (yes, during working hours) for their customer service computers.

    Long story-short, this phone could be a flop or it could be great. Unfortunately, the end of T-Mobile’s “20Day” return policy is fast approaching for me. I’m not comfortable risking $700 for a phone and $50 a month on a network that may or may not be operating as advertised. I’ll wait until I know the majority of the bugs are worked out before taking a shot at it again.

    Hopes this helps you. 🙂

    Sincerely,

    -Angel

    • Ashleigh

      I’m having the same network issues on tmobile. I have a little over a week left before I can’t return it anymore. I’m at a point where I don’t know what to do, I haven’t contacted TMobile yet about this problem. I will probably go to the store tomorrow and see what they say.

      • Rebecca

        I’m having the SAME problem, and every representative I talk to is “surprised” to hear this. Yet I come online and find complaints for days about this same issue and that Tmobile is VERY much aware of it…. Weird

  • lokey1000

    The main issue I have with the phone thus far is that I do not like the fact that when the phone rings, a voice announces the call also. I spent two hours in chat with Samsung Tech “expert”. He connected to my phone and even he could not determine why it was doing it. We turned off all TTS stuff and car mode and check boxes blah blah blah. finally we rebooted and had to wipe out the phone. it stopped….until this morning after adjusting a few settings, it started again. I reverted the settings yet it still does it. I would need to reset my phone again and not touch the settings in hopes that it would stop but WTF! Just saying. been thinking all morning about taking it back for the new HTC M8 or the Note 3. Thought?

  • Saad

    Is there any one who find hot screen while charging or using mp3 player in Galaxy S5 ??

  • Terry Porto

    I purchased the M8 a couple weeks ago and really liked it (coming from Droid Maxx)…Blink feed to me was nice and I really liked Sense 6.0. This phone had zero lag anywhere. My biggest issue with the M8 was how slippery and delicate the phone felt and how tall it was. I don’t like cases so the M8 felt like a wet bar of soap in my hand. Even with the free replacement inside of 6 months on a broken screen…I felt like it would be full of nicks and scratches. So I returned it and for an S5. No comparison for me from how the S5 feels in the hand. Plastic or not, its light and feels solid in the hand and grippy…But I’ll be honest Touchwiz is a bit over bearing for me and the lag when I wake it up is driving me crazy. I found that it is the SD card causing wake up lag…Everyone loves the build quality and the aluminum on the M8…Not me I would love an M8 in an S5 exterior. Or better yet a Google Play Edition S5.

  • debbers97

    Picked up my phone and have 2 problems and have NO IDEA where to even find help for it!! Since day one my phone says I have 2 voicemails but I don’t… I have done everything I can to try and clear it but it won’t. Today all of a sudden it keeps tell me that the car mode is stopped. I can’t get the voice mode of “HI GALAXY” to work…. not very happy since it has been less than a week 🙁

  • mcdonsco

    Strange…when I first got the s5 it took pictures instantly…now for some reason it takes forever to take a picture.

    WTF?

  • mcdonsco

    Ok…the aqua blue theme everywhere on the phone is starting to bug me.

    Is there a way to change that?

  • mcdonsco

    I will say this…a number of folks ragged on it for the “gimmick” heart rate sensor because an app CAN do that…

    …but not as well.

    I remember trying it on a few different phones using an app; the flash got HOT fast…often it couldn’t read your bpm before you felt like your finger was burning.

    This one doesn’t burn/get hot near as I can tell and gives pretty accurate results.

    Yet no reviewers are giving samsung kudos for it NOT being a gimmick; it works well.

    Now, the finger print reader compared to the iPhone 5s; that’s another story.

  • mcdonsco

    Is anyone else getting a message to check the back cover every time they boot the phone?

    Is it saying that just as a reminder or is there a sensor that thinks its not firmly closed?

  • ravenofdoom

    Needing root on my verizon GS5… it’s the missing element to allow me to undo the tethering block on Verizon for unlimited data… and to allow writing to the SDcard. I can’t tell you how stupid android 4.4.2 is for disabling applications’ ability to write to the SDcard within the OS.

  • Six83

    Battery is a dissaster!!! Looks is so-so… Very fast and very good photos… Bloatware and samsung UI is anoying as hell.. Will sell it as soon as new moto x comes out or trade it for M8..

  • alilfish

    I’m new to this site … I haven’t had an Android phone and currently have an iPhone 5s. I’m very interested in making the switch from Apple to Android. My main question is about picture quality. I want to be able to take pictures of my daughter and family things at home, outside, etc and have them not only look good on the phone or computer but printed in different sizes as well. How is the phone camera for that? Do you see it being better than the 5s? Reviews I’ve read say they’re comparable but I want user reviews. I also like Android since you can customize it more, screen size and speed among other things.

    Do you think the S5 is worth trading in my my 5s?

  • dan

    Having problems with texting on gs5 can send texts all right but having trouble getting texts. Called t mobile. It is a problems many GS5 owners are having. Not sure if it’s a T mobile issue or if it’s across all cell provider’s

    • Jenness

      I see in my notification window I received a text but then I go to my text message screen and the messages aren’t there. I’m Verizon. Going to have to call them about this glitch, I use texting a lot for work and can’t seem to find if there is some data cap on texting that would cause me to have the inability to see the texts past a certain point. Message+ by Verizon is the default app so not sure if that is what it is.

  • Teresa

    I purchased the m8 first. Beautiful phone, but very slippery and uncomfortable for me personally. I was also experiencing horrible battery drain issues and my husband’s was fine – checked for wake lock issues, rebooted, etc. and it was still losing 3 percent battery every 10 minutes. I switched to the S5 and there is a noticeable difference in battery life and the phone just feels better in my hand. I’m impressed so far!

  • Well my S5 got stuck in a recovery boot cycle after I got a security alert saying I needed to restart in recovery mode. I had to reset to the stock rom using Odin and now it’s just in a infinite boot cycle. Any ideas on how to fix this, or should I just take it back to the store and hope I can get a replacement. Thanks.

  • topherct

    Just got the S5 today. I love it. I upgraded from the galaxy nexus. The screen is fantastic and I am pleasantly surprised with the build quality even though it is plastic. I would recommend this phone.

  • BDWilliams85

    I got the phone on Friday 4/11/14… I haven’t noticed until today but when im connected on WiFi my network signal bars still shows 4g or 3g…I did a factory rest and its still like that anyone else having this happen to them? Maybe it was like that from day 1 and I never noticed. Thanks!

    • KCCO

      Depending who your carrier is could it be that download booster that I have read about? That is supposed to use 3G/4G in combination with WiFi when turned on. I know ATT&T/Verizon blocked it though from what I read. Not sure on the rest.. Just a thought though..

  • SefQuiN

    Waiting on the Note 4… patiently.

  • SefQuiN

    My wife switched from the S3 to the S5… and she really likes it. Biggest improvement is the screen and the camera, other than that I feel it did everything the S3 did just that it does it very well compared to the S3…. lol

  • daniel

    Every feature I’ve explored so far is fantastic, I’m especially impressed with the camera and photo editing capabilities. However, I’m having trouble with music. I can’t seem to get my music to sound good (even using the equalizer app) and none of the songs I download ever have album art. Any advice?

  • Alex James Simon

    The stock earphones that come with the Galaxy S5 are extremely good, I don’t usually like cheapy earbuds, I use Sennheiser HD558s and a headphone amp, but these do not sound cheap, they sound amazing, they actually sound better then my Sol Republic Ultras. I will be using them for gym use.

  • MichaelFranz

    After a few days with it I can say a few more things……

    First thing….go get milk music!! Loving it

    Finally went to nova instead of touchwiz home. I just like it to damn much. Might go action launcher but we will see. Acdisplay works nice so I’m not to hurt losing it from droid maxx. Only thing is I miss the “OK Google” from touchwiz home. Hoping nova gets that built in. Additionally you can put the Samsung widgets on nova but tapping them doesn’t launch the app. S-health for instance

    Battery is decent so far but its just settling in. Used GPS yesterday and it drained hard. Went from like 92-80 in a 30 minute ride with a little traffic.

    One annoying thing which I hope gets addressed is the auto brightness. As I sit in bed at night with it turned on the screen is nice and bright and maybe too bright…but from a battery saving perspective if I turn off auto brightness and turn the brightness slider all the way down. It’s plenty visible and would be much better on battery.

    The camera seems great but I have a feeling I’m not using some things to their full potential. Hoping an in depth camera review/video review is done.

    Google wallet works great…used it twice to pay yesterday.

    Overall I’m liking it so far. Going to need a few more days though.

  • Drew

    Battery life is terrible running Exchange Services. Returning today.

  • The State

    Switched from the iphone 4 to the s5. Long story. It won’t charge on my active computer’s USB port. However, plugging it into the wall works. Is it supposed to be that way>

    • Ashleigh

      How old is your computer? The phone requires USB 3.0…. it can charge on USB 2.0 but very slowly… maybe even like 6hrs+. If your port is anything less than 2.0 I can imagine it wouldn’t charge at all. The iPad used to have this problem with PC USB ports that were slower.

  • Angel

    So when Samsung first announced the GS5 I wasn’t impressed, at least I thought I wasn’t…but the more people talked about it the more I looked at it and the more it grew on me. The GS5 feels nice in hand and yes get over it..it’s plastic but we already know that and we also know that planet earth is not the center of the universe. Lol ..very fast smooth device with a cleaner TouchWiz UI. The camera is fast and can already tell you that the selective focus is one of my favorite features. I’m loving this tech toy and even more today after getting Gear Fit which I have already found very useful like not having to take my phone out of my pocket to see who’s calling or texting. It’s a good combination. So if you like Samsung and don’t mind the plastic which is not horrible then you will have a great device.

  • Adam Lamberson

    Well I was perfectly happy with my S4, and had no plan to upgrade. I did however get called out to a cattle trailer on fire…still not sure how that happens, and left my butt naked s4 siting on the back step. I wanted a new phone, and verizon only does the like new certified. So far I like it. I dislike the magazine app, and the bloatware is atrocious, but all easily remedied.

  • ramridge

    Very disappointed with phone. Traded a Note 3 in because of the size and the Note 3 seems way smoother

  • Zachary Wood

    I love my s5 and gear 2. Upgraded from a droid razr maxx and kept unlimited data on verizon. Its a great phone from that one. Beautiful screen, thin, fast. I love it and the gear is a cool and fun companion. I work at best buy and people love asking about it and even wow’d by it. Definitely worth the 500+ dollars… Well, for me for the next 2 years that is.

  • Trysta

    OK so I finally had the chance to try one in person at best buy. Much better than my initial impression of the phone. I actually kind of like the emphasis Samsung has placed on function with this phone, particularly the water and dust resistance. I would still be worried about overall size but I might be able to live with it. The phone seemed fast to me for most things. It also seemed like one of those devices with so many features that you accidentally activate some without having any idea how you did it. I’m happy with my Nexus 5 but I can now see the appeal of the galaxy s5.

  • HotInEER

    Wanted to give the S5 a try, but after playing with the display model in the store, I couldn’t get past how cheap it looked and felt in my hand. Touchwhiz, slightly better is still touchwhiz. I loved my S2 and S3, however have been turned off by the S4 and S5. Loved my HTC One M7, and will go with the One M8, at least till the G3 comes out.

  • Deepak

    Got my s5 and I really hate its battery performance. Very very bad…hardly 24 hours for minimal user. .

  • Dennis Maples

    Got my S5 yesterday at an Attempt Corp store….
    1. Has the same delay/lag as my S4
    2. I sometimes have to press the home button more than once to “wake” it.
    3. The camera lag is crap, STILL.
    4. The video option of slo-mo is crap, low res, 720 with low FPS. This I do not understand because the S5 can shoot 1080p at 60FPS! WHAT’S WORSE??
    Slo-mo shoots somewhere around 30-60FPS, that’s unacceptable. At least my wife’s I IPhone 5S Will shoot slomo at 120 FPS at 720 P.
    Why Samsung did NOT up the FPS for slomo is just lazy or just retarded..
    5. I have a DISPLAY issue….when you open the camera outside when it’s dark out, or inside in a dark room, turn the brightness up, open the camera settings, at the bottom left, spanning all the way over to the bottom right, there’s a “flickering” purple hue! So I go to the Art Corp store and showed the manager, his also does this so we assume it’s “normal”…I’ll try to include a screen shot for you on this thread…
    6. The lag….repeat, LAG! Not sure if it’s Touch Whiz or what.. but it’s just laggy. The delays. The texting. I have disabled literally EVERYTHING still laggy. Even turned off all “animations” via Developers options…
    May exchange for an IP5S.
    7. Hate the speaker placement

    THINGS I like

    I do LOVE the battery life.
    Love the fast charging.
    The brightness level is insanely amazing even in bright light.
    Love the very premium feel. It just “feels” more heavy, solid. Even tho its plastic, it feels way more premium than the S4.
    Love the fact it’s waterproof!!
    Love the new style of charger. No more tiny USB plug.
    Love the display. It’s super sharp.
    Calls sound way better than the S4. Very solid.
    AND THE REALLY GOODS THING IS……NO MORE MICRO SD SELF REMOVED ISSUES LIKE THE S4!!! I can’t tell you how many times my MICRO SD card would Uninstall on its on….

    • iKrontologist

      This lag or delay you speak up is only seen by iDiots who’ve owned iOS devices that can only do one thing at a time. That’s because it’s still using NeXTStep’s “Preemptive Task Management” on the base HFS+ file system. Which can only stack tasks one on top of the other. So all it added is the ability to suspend one App to run another one. YOU CAN’T RUN MANY TASKS AT ONE TIME!!! …….NO REAL PERVASIVE MULTITASKING!

      So it’s an illusion only….. and iOS is only ever running only task at a time. With Multitasking, it starts quickly, but you will never beat Android on getting many things done faster. Give iOS a list of tasks and Apps to run, then give that same list to Android. iOS jumps on the first task, but won’t get to the others until after Android is done running them all!!!! …….so which do you really want? At work fast, but only doing one thing or Android working on many things very fast. Like Super Computers….. instead of iPod Nanos!!!!

      • jnt

        To be quite honest, it feels laggier than the Moto X at times, and definitely laggier than the M8 a lot – especially the camera. It’s by no means slow, but it just *feels* like it’s having trouble keeping up with your fingers sometimes. Maybe that’s just how the animations / transitions are designed. I’ve owned a lot of Android devices as well as iOS devices, and still feel this way about the S5.

    • Terry Porto

      The wake up lag for me was the SD card. I removed it and 2 to 3 second wake up time was gone. I had a 64g SD installed.

  • Dennis Maples

    Got my S5 yesterday at an AttCorp store….
    1. Has the same delay/lag as my S4
    2. I sometimes have to press the home button more than once to “wake” it.
    3. The camera lag is crap, STILL.
    4. The video option of slo-mo is crap, low res, 720 with low FPS. This I do not understand because the S5 can shoot 1080p at 60FPS! WHAT’S WORSE??
    Slo-mo shoots somewhere around 30-60FPS, that’s unacceptable. At least my wife’s I IPhone 5S Will shoot slomo at 120 FPS at 720 P.
    Why Samsung did NOT up the FPS for slomo is just lazy or just retarded..
    5. I have a DISPLAY issue….when you open the camera outside when it’s dark out, or inside in a dark room, turn the brightness up, open the camera settings, at the bottom left, spanning all the way over to the bottom right, there’s a “flickering” purple hue! So I go to the Art Corp store and showed the manager, his also does this so we assume it’s “normal”…I’ll try to include a screen shot for you on this thread…go onto a dark room to see the purple in the screen shot I put up.
    6. The lag….repeat, LAG! Not sure if it’s Touch Whiz or what.. but it’s just laggy. The delays. The texting. I have disabled literally EVERYTHING still laggy. Even turned off all “animations” via Developers options…
    May exchange for an IP5S.
    7. Hate the speaker placement

    THINGS I like

    I do LOVE the battery life.
    Love the fast charging.
    The brightness level is insanely amazing even in bright light.
    Love the very premium feel. It just “feels” more heavy, solid. Even tho its plastic, it feels way more premium than the S4.
    Love the fact it’s waterproof!!
    Love the new style of charger. No more tiny USB plug.
    Love the display. It’s super sharp.
    Calls sound way better than the S4. Very solid.
    AND THE REALLY GOODS THING IS……NO MORE MICRO SD SELF REMOVED ISSUES LIKE THE S4!!! I can’t tell you how many times my MICRO SD card would Uninstall on its on….

  • Jstew

    After transferring SMS messages from my Iphone 5s I’m having some lag time issues. Sometimes the app completely locks.

    • alil25

      I’m considering going from the iPhone 5s to the S5, are you happy that you did?

  • Anderson Ruiz

    Am I the only one who’s finger print scanner stopped working ?

    • iKrontologist

      Probably….. you might want to take it back in to check. It’s really simple tech. Only the chip set is complicated and Samsung is using the same tech as they use in other FDA Cardiac Heart Rate Monitors for hospitals and doctor’s offices!

  • its sad that ill never give another samsung device a try…if i was picking a phone today id be the m8 or still the x(the form factor is by far the best)…until samsung gets rid of that home button and makes a premium device inside AND out…i wont give them a penny

  • moto x

  • antjphotog

    Loving the camera (pictures so crisp), fingerprint scanner (unlocking is just a slide), it’s delicate and sturdy all in the same sentence. The screen size is perfect. Still enamored with the phone and using it to it’s full potential.

  • Shaun O’Toole

    I’m trading out my iPhone 5s for the GS5 Monday after I went and held one at my t mobile store this morning. THAT SCREEN. It’s not even fair. I could look at the M8, but I had a REALLY bad experience with the DNA in my last days in VerizonVille, so like others have said, you can’t unremember the bad devices that you’ve had when you’re a serial tech hound like those of us on here. This whole debate is about whatever you personally need. I’m a gym rat who takes a lot of pictures, so it’s GS5 for me. They may have even sold me a Gear Fit after I saw that!!!!

  • William Krueger

    I bought the m8 the day it came out on verizon because my samsung gnex just had it! I had that phone for over two years so I got my money’s worth. I never owned an HTC before. I absolutely love samsung as a company and all their products. The m8 is nice, feels decent (a bit to long) smooth, and a nice build quality. BUT….. Non removable battery and an ok camera is kind of bothering me a tad. Why put an average camera in a flagship smartphone? The camera performs great software wise and takes decent pictures. I would have thought they want exceptional as far as photos go instead of decent just to compete. I hope I made the right “forced” choice. At the time (3 weeks ago), that was my only option. The 5 seems like the best from what I’ve read. But that being said, 16gb only (at least for now) is total crap in my opinion.

  • M3D1T8R

    No offense to my Droid Life friends, or anyone else, but I’m really tired of the slang term “pick up” meaning “buy”. My brother in law and everyone it seems uses it constantly these days. What’s the problem with saying you “bought” something? It’s like we have some weird self consciousness about admitting the reality that we buy products, so we have to say we “picked up” something. Like, yeah it was just laying there so you know, I picked it up. Ok end rant.
    I haven’t played with the S5 in store yet, but since the design has utterly disappointed me thus far (not yet in hand), I eagerly await doing signal strength tests to see how it compares to the relatively disappointing M8 in that regard. Will report back when I have done so.

    • ToddAwesome

      I’m picking up on what you’re saying, but, I don’t buy it.

  • patrick

    Does anyone know if the S5 Google search bar with always listening feature(“Ok google”) can be ported over to the S4? I think it would be a nice feature to have. I know i can get it on GEL but not a big fan of the big icons and the inability to reduce their size. Hopefully someone can do it.

  • JackMeOffski

    My S5 feels hard and firm like my penis

  • eddit13

    Why are people obsessed with the dimples? The phone feels great to hold. A big step up from the GS4, which I ran with for a week before trading for a HTC One (m7). Not doing that this year. Also, don’t most people put cases on their phones??

    • LionStone

      Nope, many people don’t use a case… Bought enough of them already, glad I don’t spend extra for them any more as well as screen protectors.

    • PoisonApple31

      People are obsessed with the dimples because its something new to rip on Samsung. Previously arguments are falling on deaf ears.

  • fillyo75

    I’ve been playing for a few hours, came from an S4. First off, screen is gorgeous, S4 was nice, but this is nicer. It flies, I am not getting any lag here, I’m being honest on this. Camera seems impressive, although I don’t understand the whole processing thing in low light, the S4 did that too. Touchwiz has been refined, I see some improvements, but generally feels the same. The phone feels good in the hand, I actually like the back, and it feels soft and not slippery, which is a good thing. I like the smaller footprint of the S5 versus the M8. I set up Google Wallet as a default NFC payment option, will test it out tomorrow, heard it works. Fingerprint scanner seems to work just fine, don’t plan on using. Outside of that, it’s small refinements over the S4, definitely happy on decision to buy. I will stick with TW launcher for a few days and see if I need to go back to Nova, I have to see how I feel about the whole magazine thing to the left, which is basically news updates.

  • jen55

    I’ve had my GS5 for 2 days now and I’m not impressed, The fingerprint never works even when I put 3 fingerprints of the same finger in the fingerprint storage. I’m surprised when the fingerprint unlock actually works. The heart rate sensor is cool but when is it actually going to be used? for me, probably never. The settings page is absolutely obnoxious. Its all on one page and you have to scroll through the whole thing to find what you are looking for which i annoying especially when I’m looking to quickly turn my mobile data on. There is no shortcut from the pull down menu for you to turn on mobile data. I’d rather go back to my GS4 rather than had wasted the anticipation and money on this phone. There are some good updates but that’s all they really are, just updates.

    • fillyo75

      Wow, you really have no idea how to fix your little issues, you can customize all that

    • JackMeOffski

      The finger scanner doesn’t work if you have doo doo on your fingers.
      Learn to wash your hands you dirty bird or stay away form Tim Cooks house parties..

  • kali bred

    I used a couple setting up the phone for some customers and I have to say they felt pretty nice and ui was pretty nice too and I don’t really like Samsung phones but I only used it briefly so can’t really say anything more the that

  • anders

    I’m still a keyboard fan even after going from the Droid 4 to an HTC One M7 with Swiftkey and Swype. Have any of you S4 and possibly S5 owners used those keyboard attachments? Which ones or brands are recommended? My main use case is for SSH and a chrooted Debian shell. So having esc, ctrl and alt keys would be nice.

    Thanks!

  • Synacks

    It’s fantastic. The USB3.0 charger it comes with charges the 2800mah battery insanely fast too….

  • Zain Kalwani

    Hey i did my first Custom Rom review and was wondering how i did! Would appreciate feedback! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiop_GVp2vE

    • Mike Aurin

      Custom ROM reviews should have more then just demonstrating how fast it is. It was 3:30 minutes worth of swiping through your app drawer and settings list.

      • Zain Kalwani

        Thanks man! I will definitely keep this in my mind next time I do one! Very appreciated! Have a nice day!

        • Mike Aurin

          You too buddy. I like how you focused on ART being enabled, different battery styles, soft keys, etc. Just easy with your swiping haha.

          • Zain Kalwani

            Haha thanks! Thanks for pointing out the good things I did as well! And I’ll work on my scolling! Lol

  • Dreman

    Just picked it up from vzw, so far so good. Build quality feels way better than my previous s3. Touchwiz isn’t terrible, I don’t like it, but it isn’t the worst thing in the world. I use nova so it doesn’t matter as much anyway. Phone runs amazingly quick compared to s3 and camera is a HUGE improvement. Got a tempered glass screen protector and tech21 case and am liking them so far. Hopefully i continue to like it…

  • Justin Larmay

    Honestly I think one of the biggest improvements is the back. Absolute worst thing about the gs4 was the grimey greasy back. This feels so much better.

    • needa

      it is insane that samsung made the decision to go with that back.

    • Rafy286

      I feel the opposite about the back of the S5 compared to the Note 3. To me it feels like Styrofoam.

  • sincityjohn44

    I feel like I’m running iOS7 on the GS5 @_@
    It kind of feels like and looks like an S2. Not too impressed. I’m borderline disappointed with this phone to be honest. But that’s my opinion. I like the M8 a lot better. Kellen has girl hands and complains about it too much. Not that girl hands are a bad thing 😀

    • M3D1T8R

      I thought the same exact thing, reminds me of the S2. Made a “2011 all over again” comment in the unboxing thread.

      • Jonathan Oh

        The bigger issue is why do you have satan as your picture?

  • Justin

    S5! It’s a champ!

  • BeejRich

    This is off topic, but I’m so jealous of those who are able to phone hop like from a Nexus 5, to an M8, the a GS5, so on….

    • Derek Duncan

      Swappa

      • mcdonsco

        I never have any luck there…I know they have no seller fees which is awesome but my item never sells there; to get it to seems as though I would need to lower it to less than what I get one eBay after fees.

        Maybe your recommending for buying?

        • Derek Duncan

          I have had luck selling and buying from Swappa. You can’t price too high. Savvy people buy/sell on Swappa. But less hassle since no big fees and you know you ate buying or selling a good conditioned item.

        • jnt

          It really all depends on demand and timing. If it’s a device that’s not in high demand, then you have to lower your price more to get it sold. If it’s a high demand device, then you can price it accordingly, and then it becomes all about how good your ad is and how trustworthy you seem.

        • trwb

          To get it to sell it has to offer more than the devices listed or it has to be priced less than the current listings. I have had a ton of luck selling but I always assume that I am going to have to sell it for lower than the current listings.

          I used to do this constant flipping of phones but it gets old after a while and you lose too much money if the device isn’t in demand or the market is too saturated. You gotta buy and sell the right devices and keep an eye on market trends.

          • mcdonsco

            I do…usually end up about $150 or so out of pocket on a “regular” sale; usually entirely on fees…but I get it back every once in a while by getting lucky on something…like recently bought 2 new phones from BB for contract pricing (even though I’m unlimited), quick $1,000 before selling fees. Paid for my s5 🙂

            (Or paid for more than a year of swap losses, if any)

            I would say I am averaging around $300-$400 (max) cost to always have whatever i want and each listing is attractive (mint condition, with a good case that it’s been in since day one eyc).

            Totally an addiction. But, I get bored of the same one quick.

      • Same. I’ve sold 4 phones there the past year or two. Buy a new phone for $600 or so, sell it for $400-$450 6-12 months later, and repeat.

    • Meh

      My S4 had issues from use and it broke itself. I have warranty and that got me a free S5

  • Alex James Simon

    My impressions, amazing display, displaymate was right. Super fast haven’t experienced any lag, Audio Quality through Headphones is incredible, thanks to the Wolfson wm5110 DAC, makes a great audio source if you like using real headphones and a headphone amp. The SoundAlive EQ app makes your music sound even better, I keep it flat, with the Small Room effect enabled. For a reference on how powerful the Snapdragon 801, is for gaming, Block Story, with the view distance and graphics set to max, the game avarages 40-60fps, my Nexus 7 (2013) only avaraged 10-20fps on the same settings.

  • jnt

    Once again, the decision between the M8 and S5 is not an easy one.

    I like the feel of the S5 – thinner, nice tight feel, not slippery, and I’m not worried about dinging nicking it if it bumps against a key or something on my desk (vs. the soft aluminum). The M8 feels great as well, for different reasons. 6 in one, half a dozen in the other IMHO. I like the more narrow and premium feel of the M8, but the thinner/lighter/less-slippery feel of the S5. I also like the height of the S5. If the M8 had stayed a little shorter, it’d be about perfect in size and feel.

    I’m uncertain the image quality improvement in the S5 will be worth the tradeoffs. So far the M8’s camera is a lot faster, more consistent, and focuses really well. The S5 seems to have issues focusing in scenarios where it really shouldn’t. I loved the S4’s camera, so I’m a bit disappointed so far to be honest. I felt the S4 was capable of some of the best pics on the market b/c it wasn’t focused on bringing in as much light as possible, and therefore well-lit images were never blown out. It feels like the S5 has taken a step towards the “gotta-bring-in-more-light” camp.

    I already wish the S5 had similar unlock gestures to the M8. Kinda of like the Moto X… once you’re used to going through a single step to unlock the phone when you pick it up, you’re pretty spoiled.

    Fingerprint scanner. It’s not as bad as I’ve read. With a little muscle memory it’s been really consistent and not as nitpicky as others have stated. However, it really sleeps to slow down the lockscreen in general. Your finger doesn’t have to be straight on, it can be at an angle. You just have to go through the whole motion and keep it flat.

    Lag… It’s a lot better in general, but still doesn’t touch the M8 in terms of responsiveness and lagginess – very similar to the S4 vs M7 honestly.

    Screen… it’s gorgeous. But it’s AMOLED. It’s gorgeous. But my eyes still feel a sense of relief going to a LCD screen, especially one like the M8’s. That’s just a me thing. I’ve always preferred LCD… for whatever reason it’s easier on my eyes. Though I guess with AMOLED, we can take advantage of apps like AcDisplay to mimic some of the Moto X features.

    Can’t think of much else at the moment…

    • Ed

      I’ve got AcDisplay running on my M8 and it works flawlessly!…not sure why the screen type would make a difference? Educate me 🙂

      • jnt

        AMOLED screens only light up the pixels that are in use. So, in theory, it’s better on the battery when those notifications come on, b/c it lights so few pixels. However, on a screen like the M8, the entire screen has to turn on in order to show those notifications.

  • Intellectua1

    Will go check it out this weekend. Waiting on the 32gb version before I buy though

  • jnt

    Mine showed 9.53gb of FREE space out of the box (Verizon). Just FYI…

    • hkklife

      That’s just insulting. All of that power under the hood and its gimped by a lack of storage.

      • jnt

        Actually I was pointing that out as a positive. That graph that was floating around G+ recently, and other articles, made out the S4 (and possibly the S5?) to be horrible b/c they had somewhere around 8gb if I remember right. 6.5 gb for all the software isn’t that bad. M8 is similar, but obviously has 32 to start…

        • flosserelli

          The system uses 6.5 GB out of the box? That is 40% of the total internal storage. Insane.

          • Carlos Lopez

            My t-mobile one has 10.24 i’d imagine some of the 6.5 is carrier bloat

    • M3D1T8R

      So the M8 has about three times the usable storage vs the S5. Sad.

  • Maxim∑

    I don’t own one and have never tried it.

    But Im going to say I hate it

    • MicroNix

      Great reasoning.

    • Mike Aurin

      You are the reason this site has gone down hill over the lat 2 years.

  • Jkdem85

    I just checked it out exstensivly at best buy. Seemed to be a bit laggy when opening apps especially the browser. Engadget wrote about this in their review today where they scored it a pedestrian 83 (major drop from last year.) For frame of reference m8 scored a 87. I had a note 3 and s4 all of last year and lag definitely creeped up on me in both those devices. So hesitant to try the s5. I have plenty of time left to decide to return my m8 or not, as of now I’m keeping it

    • Kane Desousa

      The note 3 didn’t lag at all for me, it’s probably the bloat.

      The s4 lagged like crazy but the note 2 didn’t…

      Also display models have a whole bunch of demo processes running at all times.

      • hkklife

        Haven’t noticed any major lag in my Note 3 other than when launching the camera app. Maybe the slower NAND in the GS5 is to blame? And/or maybe having “only” 2GB RAM?

        • Kane Desousa

          Great display and the phone isn’t slow at all. I just bought it a hour ago and have been messing with it. Faster than my note 3 was so far.

  • Kane Desousa

    I want this phone to come in already… C’mon tomorrow cant come sooner.

    • mcdonsco

      And THAT is why I don’t “pre-order”.

  • DigitalDK

    Am I the only one on here annoyed by Verizon Messages being the default app from the get go on this phone and the M8? I know it’s an easy fix, but it’s really unnecessary and one more app to disable…

    • Yoannazeee

      What app do you use for messaging?

      • Jared Denman

        Hangouts

        • Yoannazeee

          I’m on an s3,tried hangouts thought it would work out for me but Imissed have the group messages. TThat’s really my big issue, I’m group chatting with a bunch of iPhones and they have no delay and get all the messages. Vz messages is the best I’ve been able to get so far, though still has a delay

          • Ray

            Handcent does group messaging without issue.

      • fartbubbler

        Textra.

        try it.

    • Justin Larmay

      I’m annoyed mostly by the my magazine home screen. Is it just me or does it not work like at all for you guys too? I know that you can disable it, but I want to use it. I just don’t understand why it’s not like the my magazine on the note 3?

    • mcdonsco

      Took me all of 2 seconds to end it’s reign on my phone…not real annoying.

  • Brandon

    very light, and the display is amazing!

  • James

    Did anybody go from the Note3 to the S5? If so, what do you think about your decision ?

    • mcdonsco

      I’m about to…i rarely use the s pen, got it for the huge screen, but overall device size is proving to be a problem for me.

      My N3 just sold today, was waiting for it to sell before getting s5…might go in later today and get it.

    • jim

      to happy with the Note 3 to change

    • Carlos Lopez

      i’m really happy with it so far, I can text one handed again, battery is almost exactly the same (for me), it feels great in the hand, all in all I really like it so far

  • bob

    I refuse to get anything HTC due to their Thunderturd… I mean Thunderbolt disaster.

    • Mak

      I had the Thunderbolt. Worst Android phone I’ve ever had. However, I think it’s time to see how HTC has changed and not automatically dismiss their current phones. With that said though, I’m leaning a little bit more towards the S5 right now due to USB 3.0 and a removable battery.

    • Still licking your wounds from a phone that’s more than three years old, which is an eternity in the age of technology. Further, that was a carrier controlled device. I think you’re being a bit unfair, but that is your choice.

      • K

        It is indeed getting quite ridiculous. It was nice to be upset at HTC/Verizon back then but people seriously need to let it go. It’s 2014!

        • crazed_z06

          People dont forget

          • starnovsky

            Never forget, never forgive.
            Both Verizon and HTC lost a customer because of Thunderbolt.

      • JeffColorado

        They did it to us HTC Rezound owners too. It wasn’t just the Thunderbolt. There’s a pattern developing. HTC does not have the best history when it comes to support.

        • LionStone

          None really have great past history, but HTC has great ‘recent’ history.

          • chris125

            HTC has one year of good history. Even the one x/s aren’t getting updated while the s3 is getting kitkat. They all “suck” it all comes down to who sucks less.

        • I was on Sprint so I had the HTC Evo. Outside of the lousy battery life, I loved that phone.

        • schlanz

          well lets look at the earlier 4g phones on vzw from other manufacturers.. samsung charge, lg revolution, moto bionic, droid razr, samsung stratosphere.. none of them were good and were all plagued with issues. I had both the thunderbolt and rezound and had great experiences with both, though I had both rooted and had extended batteries.

          all the OEMs are releasing great phones now. I hated Moto for the first Droid Razr and Bionic and the Charge was absolute crap. Samsung turned their fortunes around with the S3 and Moto redeemed themselves slightly with the Razr HD and then completely with the Moto X. LG G2 is literally the first LG smartphone VZW has carried thats even remotely good, and its far far better than good. I’m no longer interested in HTC devices thanks to other OEMs stepping it up now but in all honesty the Thunderbolt was the best of the earliest 4g droids and when the Rezound came out it beat everything else at the time.

          • M3D1T8R

            Hey now, my LG enV was a pretty sweet phone. ..back in 2006 or whatever it was!

        • rapperman

          Samsung certainly did it with the Charge. Not sure what the point is. Can’t think of a manufacturer who hasn’t dropped the ball at least once or twice.

    • S9779

      This is non sense I’m sorry if this logic applied one need to buy any Samsung since the Droid charge was such a horrendous pos. For a first attempt at an lte smartphone the thunderbolt was not that bad.

      • chris125

        The thunderbolt was a total POS. Worst battery life I think ever on a smart phone. Issues upon issues that took HTC forever to fix(if ever even got fixed) It was rushed and it showed. It left a sour taste in many people’s mouths and they aren’t quick to forgive even if it was 3 years ago.

        • schlanz

          you HAD to use it with an extended battery to make it tolerable. curiously the battery went from anemic to epic with the extended. and it did have issues but it was a very easy phone to root and had a great dev community with lots of stable roms to work with.

          compared to the samsung charge and lg revolution and even the bionic that came months and months later, the thunderbolt was the best.

          • chris125

            Even with the extended battery, battery life was still pretty awful. I know I went through with both extended battery and without

          • schlanz

            Perhaps it was the fact mine was rooted but my extended battery easily took me the whole day and I wouldn’t hesitate to qualify myself as a heavy user.

          • hkklife

            No way was the TBolt the best of VZW’s 2011 devices. The Bionic had 2x the internal storage, 25% more RAM and 2x the # of CPU cores, all in a more compact package with more pixels. The Bionic had a hideous first 6 months on the market, sure, but it became sweet by the time ICS rolled around and JB only helped matters.

          • schlanz

            on paper it looked better but actual performance there was no perceptible difference. the bionic had too many software problems out of the gate and the droid razr came out before most of them were addressed.

            the camera was still better on the thunderbolt, the screen had more accurate colors, and the 32gb sd card actually gave it a combined storage higher than the bionic.

            not to mention it released 6 months before the bionic.

        • LionStone

          Did you have bad signal? Because I usually had really good LTE so my battery life was not bad at all.

      • starnovsky

        Thunderbolt was sold in much greater numbers than Charge. Droid Charge wasn’t that much popular, by far.

    • T_Dizzle

      How is your S5,which is what this thread is about?

    • Gfunk81

      I traded in my Thunderbolt today at Target and they have me $100 toward my Samsung GS5! I ended up paying $106 for the SG5! I knew that keeping the Thunderbolt around would be good for something.

  • Jon

    Can anyone measure how fast it charges from a PC’s USB 3.0 port with a USB 3.0 microUSB cable? Also, how fast you can transfer files to/from the device over USB 3.0? For me, USB 3.0 is a major feature.

    Thanks!

    • jim

      should charge just as fast as my Note 3, dead to full in 3 hours

      • hkklife

        Might be even faster due to the smaller capacity battery on the GS5 and the Snapdragon 801 versus the 800.

    • Alex James Simon

      Not sure, from a PC, but from a outlet it charges incredibly fast, I’ll measure and post back in a bit, it’s 6:47 pm EST at the time of this post and 48% battery life.

      • Alex James Simon

        It is now 7:07 and the battery is at 69%, so a 21% increase in roughly 20 minutes.

    • jnt

      I went from 26% to 100% in almost exactly 1 hour and 30 minutes, with about 5 minutes of usage in there.

    • ramifications

      According to AnandTech, it’s the fastest charging phone they’ve ever tested. 0-100 % in 1.9 hours from a wall charger.Their reviews are also always the best and most informative and they measure, graph, and compare nearly everything.

      Here is the link to the battery section:
      http://www.anandtech.com/show/7903/samsung-galaxy-s-5-review/5

      • jaco

        How about from a PC’s USB 3.0 port? That was the main question. Does the S5 negotiate with the PC to draw the full 900 mA?

      • The Narrator

        It won’t be once the Find 7 is released 😛

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        DL reviews are the best*

        • Kevin

          They don’t even compare photo quality to other phones yet they always complain about a phone’s camera. No offense.

      • Bald_Sasquach

        I hadn’t looked in a while but I remember thinking my G2 charges faster than that. I just checked out my battery meter, and yep, 2% to 100% in 90 minutes last night.

    • Jason B

      Well, USB 2.0’s power limit was 500mA per port. USB 3.0 raised that to 900mA. So, if you have a 3000mAh battery, it’ll take roughly 3.3 hours to charge via USB 3.0 (completely dead to full). It’ll scale accordingly depending on how much power the battery needs. It’s about equivalent to a wall charger, but still not even.

      Also the transfer rate is 4.8Gbps (~600MB/s).

  • SungJi Yoon

    I had been using this phone and I was wow. Although this phone was made out of plastic, Samsung’s attempt to eliminate the cheap plastic feeling really worked. The camera is better than ever, and screen is very vibrant and just amazing. I had a Note 3 as my previous phone and I think it is worth upgrading; different experience. I really like the Galaxy lines improving.

  • Out of curiosity, is the 32GB version of the Samsung GS5 available in stores or is it just the 16GB version?

    • MichaelFranz

      only 16GB available. sucks but its not all that bad….you get about 10Gb to play with plus 128Gb SD max

      • Wow, that’s simply not enough space. I get that you can add an SD Card, but you can’t install apps or games to it. At least 6 of that 16GB is spent on whatever Samsung and Verizon stuffed on the device.

        • MichaelFranz

          its not that bad trust me. I mean if your the type to download games that require additonal downloads and take up Gb upon Gb of space then yea it can be annoying. While i do agree 32Gb should of been standard and if not then they (carrier or sammy) should of included a 32GB sd card with the device. im ordering a 64Gb samsung card of ebay tonight, instead of 60-70 in store they are only 35-40 bucks

    • 16GB is all I’ve seen, but like MF said, can toss in a 128GB SD card.

      • MichaelFranz

        you calling me a MF? you SOB 🙂

    • mcdonsco

      Wish they would launch with 32…only reason i care though is resale

  • Johnny Steele

    This thread is going to make or break my decision. I have the Galaxy S4, I have had the S3, and the Note 2. While I cannot deny Samsungs overall are amazingly well-rounded…I want something different! So I am stuck between the S4 and the HTC One M8. I will be watching this thread with vigilance!

    • ApplesNAndroids

      I just bought the HTC ONE M8. It’s an awesome phone. I also have the LG G2, iPhone 5S, and Note 3. The one M8 is my favorite but it’s definitely a hefty phone. Beautifully crafted and well made though. A joy to use!! I still cannot get over tocuhwiz and it’s EVERYWHERE on their devices. I’m not big on ROMS now as I like phones working as they should out of the box. Good luck with your decision!

      • Colin Huber

        I find that Touchwiz is easily subdued with a 3rd party launcher like Nova.

        • ApplesNAndroids

          The launcher, yes. However it still exists everywhere else. Difference of opinion though!

    • MichaelFranz

      If your verizon you have a 14 day return policy…i sguest going in store and playing with them as much as you can or buy one, swap it in a few days, and see which one is better after swapping. if they let you still do that

    • mcdonsco

      To me its a no brainer…

      Samsung support, performance, accessories and reliability vs htc…no contest.

      Combine above with removable battery and ip67…Samsung all the way.

      • Grayson

        Performance? Samsung hasn’t produced a better performing phone than HTC since the S3. I think you need to try something else to get some perspective. Even LG, Sony, and Motorola phones typically perform better than Samsung phones these past couple years.

      • lmao…u def never had another phone…samsung support n performanc?…lmaoooo

      • Rafy286

        While I understand your perspective, they both are almost identical except for accessories. Actually HTC has shown to get the updates quicker than Samsung and with less bloat. Take the Note 3 for example, most carriers updated to KitKat in the last month and a half with Verizon still in the certification process. HTC in the other hand all their devices since the M7 and on are on KitKat.

  • MichaelFranz

    I’m an early adopter and I will say i do like it. I dont quite know if i love it yet but its getting there.

    The screen is gorgeous and compared to my old device (droid maxx) the colors are just so much more crisp and vibrant.
    The camera is leaps and bounds better. Took a couple sample shots with both devices and you can surely tell the difference.
    Some of the bloat on it is annoying and i get that, but i will learn to deal. The new touchwiz though i will say is very nice. the flat look UI is very nice, i just wish they gave you some themeable options. the Green on some of it needs to go.
    The device itself feels pretty good. I held the HTC again just before i picked it up while i was waiting at the store and i will say yes the HCT one is beautiful and the deisgn is simply something to be proud of, but the S5 losing the rounded edges and squaring it off a bit and the soft touch back is nice. The dimples arent all that bad. I highly prefer it over the S4 and S3 (i owned an S3).

    As for the fingerprint sensor, im on the fence about it. I made a quick decision and spent $40 for a tempered glass protector which is a very ncie protector but it kind of gets in the way of the finger unlock. I will say i wish you could either PIN/pattern and swipe unlock giving you the option in case you get annoyed and cant exactly swipe your finger. I might be wrong but i havent stumbled on it yet.

    I will say im missing the active display from the droid maxx….thats the one feature i will miss terribly. Hopefully i can get AcDisplay working sometime soon. Overall so far though i woudl say im happy. Its onyl been 5 hours and im sure i’ll beat on it the weekend. The snapdragon flies on this thing. I have seen no lag while downloading and installing apps and also having sync of mail running and going through the device. very smooth.

    • Jason Morton

      I received a S5 today as well (T-Mobile) and I have similar opinions. Question for others… Do you feel that Screen Protectors are even useful at this point anymore? Especially since that will remove the IP67 dust resistant feature as well…. Gorrilla Glass 3 or equivalent is very good and doesn’t need the added protection in my opinion. Thoughts?

      • EdubE24

        I try to be careful as possible but still find small fine scratches on my devices.

      • MichaelFranz

        i never usually rock cases or protectors. But seeing as this was temptered glass instead of plastic flim i figured i would try it. its nice and feels just like a screen, you dont get that normal screen protector feel. Like i said its a bit raised so using the finger sensor is tricky because of it

        • needa

          i am using a glass protector on my x. they scratch easily and they also break very easily. i have dropped mine a couple of times onto my hardwood floor and the top corner broke off. the side of it chipped off. and there are two cracks that stretch all the way across the screen.
          dont get me wrong i love it. and will be buying another one. but they do not hold up well.

      • Alex James Simon

        I feel I probably don’t need a screen protector, but I definitely want a protective case

      • Carlos Lopez

        I see no reason for one I treated my N5 like crap and it had no scratches at all

      • ramifications

        I haven’t used a screen protector in 4 years and the only scratch I had was on my galaxy nexus that I dropped out of a window onto a deck 20 feet below.

        I have an LG G2 now and havent seen a single scratch on it. That being said, I do use a case that has a slight ridge that covers the edges of the glass. That could help prevent scratches when placing it down on its face.

    • B

      Thanks from a Maxx owner who is feeling antsy.

    • Jkdem85

      Make sure you look at photos off the phone. Amoled screens always make photos pop

      • MichaelFranz

        i sent the photo from one phone to another via beam and vice versa….trust me its better 🙂

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Friend got the S5 today, sister got the Moto X. She wanted to get a droid to replace her razr so I made her get the X. I’d still take my Nexus 5 over either any day

    • Grizzly Atoms

      Why did you make your sister get an old ass phone?

      • CaptainHowdy13

        She had a $50 maximum, she wanted the G2 but it was $99. She also liked moto maker and did that.

      • Kane Desousa

        The Moto X might be “old” which it isnt but its a great phone and performs amazingly. Also very small.

      • Kevin

        Old ass phone that stays relevant and gets faster updates than other flagships.

        • needa

          faster updates than nexus devices.

          • grumpyfuzz

            4.4.2?

      • Cael

        Because the software is what matter.

      • M3D1T8R

        Half a year is “old ass”. Funny world we live in.

      • lol old…ive used both the m8 and s5…my x doesnt feel old at all…i got a big d i dont need an oversized phone to make up for it

  • My first thoughts: Best display I’ve seen, Displaymate was right. Coming from the M8, this thing feels light as a feather…and like lots of plastic. Kind of refreshing in a way since the M8 was so damn heavy. Doesn’t feel as good in hand as the Nexus 5, though. TouchWiz is the same meh, just reskinned. Can’t wait for Nova and to test this camera out. 🙂

    • MichaelFranz

      I might go back to action launcher. Kinda wanted to get Domo anyway 🙂 The display is something to marvel at. Kinda makes you want to rock that birghtness at 100%

    • Kane Desousa

      Can’t wait to get this device tomorrow.

    • jnt

      I’m sitting on both and I can’t figure out the camera – and I intended on keeping the S5 and selling the M8… so I’m not Samsung hater.

      Honestly it seems to struggle focusing in even medium to not-quite-really-bright light. “Picture stabilization” defaults to On, but that creates a scenario where it treats a LOT of situations like Night Mode on the S4 – i.e. “hold the camera still while this processes”. The M8 just does a normal pic in that situation. The M8’s camera in general is a lot faster and the ease of use alone could trump the image quality difference between the two – especially since the M8’s isn’t bad. Navigating in and out of the camera is extremely laggy – and I mean extremely. It’s almost laughable honestly.

      And are you saying the lighter weight is good or not? I do think the S5 feels very tight and solid, even though it’s not a big hunk of metal.

      • mcdonsco

        I’m currently on a Note 3 and just sold a G2 and was just in a best buy checking out the s5 this morning. The camera on the S5 blew me away with how ridiculously fast it was. It was just about instant, tap the button and “snap!”; zero lag.

        Not sure what you looked at, but it doesn’t sound like what I looked at.

        • jnt

          Oh yeah, it’s definitely fast. It’s not as fast as the M8, but it’s fast. But the super fast auto-focus seems to miss in scenarios that are pretty well lit (not super bright sunlight though). This is *complete* speculation, but it almost feels like they might’ve sacrificed some auto-focus accuracy in order to make it faster.

        • Synacks

          Allow me to +1 your reply because I just fired up the camera from the lockscreen and took a picture in under 3 seconds from a turned off screen.

          • jnt

            Really? Man, I can’t get mine to do that. Seriously… If I open the camera from the home screen (i.e. the screen is on and already unlocked) it takes exactly 3 seconds almost every time from the moment I hit the camera icon to the moment it’s green and ready to shoot… the bulk of that time being opening. If I add in turning the screen on and using the camera from the lockscreen, that adds another 2 seconds a majority of the time.

            On my 5S, I can open and shoot a good clear pic in 2-3 seconds. On my M8, closer to 2 seconds sometimes with the gesture shortcuts – and again, good clear picture. On the S5, I have yet to do it in under 5 seconds. There appears to be a hangup or lag when the camera is actually trying to open, b/c it stays black for a good second or two before the viewfinder actually appears. Not sure why…

          • moew

            Fresh camera launch vs it being loaded once already?

          • jnt

            Unfortunately no. Here’s an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xsNn8ib_2M

            It does that every time I come from the lockscreen, no matter how soon.

          • Rafy286

            I just tested a friends S5 on T-mobile against my M8 and noticed the same. I think you are just comparing it to how quick the M8 opens. When I tested it against the Note 3 the S5 was a clear winner. The focus in the s5 is pretty quick though.

          • jnt

            Good point!

          • LionStone

            I did too on my DNA and from screen off, picture (with flash), 3 seconds 🙂

      • Adam Martinez

        The Picture Stabilization default on my Note 3 drives me crazy as well.

    • WitnessG

      I went into Best Buy today and while I was there I was able to check out the S5. I have to agree with Kellex and Displaymate, hands down the best display on a smartphone. The camera takes some really nice photos, from what I was able to do within the store, and it was super fast.

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      I went to Best Buy and was surprised that the M8 felt LIGHTER than the S5. On the other hand, they have those 20lb anti-theft devices on them, so it’s hard to tell!

    • Derek Duncan

      I put Nova on it. Excellent. Loving this phone. Fingerprint scanner is terrific. And the back. Love the dimples

  • JBartcaps

    I am at VZW right now, do I pick this up guys?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      The fact that you’re already at VZW means you already have your mind made up

      • JBartcaps

        I’m also looking at the One M8 and clarifying information regarding Edge 🙂

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Well obviously the M8 is the better device. And I trust that you would make the right decision to support the best OEM there ever was, HTC. (not a paid endorsement) . . . . 🙂

          • JBartcaps

            Lol, can’t let go of my unlimited data so I got neither

          • EdubE24

            Did you ask about the 6GB plan? They don’t tell you about it, but when I asked they offered it up. If 6 a month is good, then its a great deal. Also no edge plan needed!!

          • Cael

            BLASPHEMY!

          • Nexoduss

            Just checked I’m at 13gb with 4 days left haha

          • EdubE24

            Dang Playa…

          • Nexoduss

            Haha i just can’t imagine going down to 6 yet alone 3

          • EdubE24

            In my rooting/romming days I would blow past that. But now I rarely come close to four, so I’m good with six.

          • mcdonsco

            Problem is, it’s not future proof…we’re moving into an EXTREMELY DATA HEAVY age and carriers know this, that’s why they ditched unlimited…It’s all about the Benjamins. They get you to say what you just said…2GB to spare and next thing you know in a year or two your hitting 12gb’s and paying up the rear for it.

            They will have to pry my unlimited data plan out of my figurative cold dead hands.

          • EdubE24

            If that time comes I will half to reevaluate how I’m using my spare time…lol

          • mcdonsco

            I wish I could do that…haven’t even been all that “busy” this month and yet I’m at just shy of 14gb’s now…when I’m busy I easily hit 20gb’s.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Come on buddy, you should know by now that if you want to keep unlimited you need to buy full price.

          • JBartcaps

            I was ready to give it up though! I really just want all the phones, all of them. And I want unlimited data on Verizon for the Nexus 5.

          • mcdonsco

            You know you keep unlimited data with full retail right? And if you are a gadget freak like me and never satisfied with your current phone (no matter how nice / new it is) then resale on current models is pretty high.

            I’d say my stupid mobile addiction costs me about $600/year (Wifey hates it; just rolls her eyes when she sees I’m using a new phone)…but then, in the last year I’ve owned:

            Note 3
            S4
            Maxx
            Moto X
            LG G2
            Note 2
            Adding S5 to that list tomorrow

            And briefly, Very briefly, had an iPhone 5s, a Nokia Lumia (something or other) / HTC 8 (is that right?; Win Phone). Returned those though…All the others I sold.

            I figure, it’s worth it to me to pay $600/year to always have the latest and greatest, though I am going to *TRY* to keep the S5 when i get it for at LEAST 6 months.

            Those that only do the 2 year upgrade and read this site (as well as other tech ones I’m sure); I just don’t know how you do it…I don’t think I’ve EVER had a phone for even a year, let alone TWO years.

          • chris125

            go to best buy, get their credit card, buy phone full price on their no interest. That way you can make small payments and if you decide you want something else you can sell it and do the same thing over again. Plus then you don’t have to deal with verizon and some of their snotty sales people, trying to get you off unlimited data.

          • hkklife

            Raw deal. BB marks their handsets’ full retail prices up by $100 or more or VZWs own prices.

          • PoisonApple31

            Best Buy will price match Verizon’s prices and many other retailers. Last year I sure as hell wasn’t going to pay $800 for the Note 3! Just ask.

          • JustAGuy

            You should ask about the VZW Device Payment plan. It’s not really advertised at all. But they’ll let you finance a phone separate from your contract and no edge or loss of unlimited needed.

    • Make sure you play with the HTC One first.

    • Play with both this and One M8, just to see the difference. You’ll know immediately how opposite they are.

      • JBartcaps

        Was leaning toward the S5 but walked out of the store with nothing. Decided the keep my Moto X with unlimited data.

        • JSo

          Your Moto X is probably good enough for now. 🙂

      • ApplesNAndroids

        I just bought the M8 and my fiance has the S5. Personally I think the M8 is Much better.

        • Considering you were the one that purchased the M8, of course you would think it was the better one…

          • ApplesNAndroids

            I purchased both of them. Thanks for your detective work though.

    • JSo

      What do you use right now?