Unlock Samsung Galaxy S5 – The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the immediate successor to the Galaxy S4, and it was released on 11 April 2014 in 150 countries. It is sort of a Galaxy S4S, to kind of follow Apple’s naming convention, and what I mean by that is that this is an evolutionary step up from previous version, rather than a radical re-design.
How to unlock Samsung Galaxy S5
There are a couple of all-new features, notably the fingerprint sensor and a very welcomed IP67 certification for dust an water resistance. There’s also a heart-rate monitor built in.
So let’s get to it.
Samsung’s flagship phone arrived with the company’s maximum hype to arguably what it is the most competitive segment of the market. With the iPhone 6, the LG G3, the HTC One M8 and Motorola’s X phones, this should be one of the big horsemen of 2014. So, does it has what it takes? Read on!
Body and design:
It’s plastic, flexible back cover and silver edges resembles the Galaxy Alpha, with the same dots that gives some grip to it (none of the soft polished stuff found on the back of the S4) The edges of the phone look like metal but it is actually plastic, and it comes as obvious once you hold it in your hand. It’s on the light side with 145g (5.11 oz) but this kind of kills the “premium” look of it. This is no HTC One M8 with a full metal body design… So… Yeah, Samsung, you blew it. Just in the “look and feel” of it, because the dotted pattern back and the size of the phone makes it easy to hold and use, and the fact that is water proof is also great. Speaking of which, the IP67 certification means you can take it to the shower maybe but not to the pool, you can use it comfortably in the kitchen or beach without any worries that it will not be ruined. The only drawback is that in order to cover it’s USB3 charging port and protect it from water, Samsung included a plastic door that you have to open every time you plug it in. And every single time you unplug it from the charger, you’ll get a sign on the screen remembering you to close the little door.
At the moment of launch, Samsung offers 4 color options: dark gray, blue, white and cheap gold, excuse me, gold.
Behind the colored back door, once opened, you’ll find the micro SD memory card slot expansion (internal memory is 16GB or 32GB), the sim-card slot and the 2800 mAh removable battery. By the way, battery life is very good with one full day of heavy use, a day and a half of normal use. You can also activate Samsung’s ultra power saving mode and get basic functionality in case of an emergency.
Last thing worth mentioning at the back is the loudspeaker hole at the bottom and the heart rate monitor at the top, below the camera, right next to the LED flash.
Flipping it around, we see an awesome screen:
At 5.1 inches and 1080p resolution, full HD super Amoled display, this is serious quality display although not the biggest in pixel count out there, it is certainly super sharp, contrasty and vibrant.
Down below the screen, the home button also serves as a fingerprint scanner for unlocking the device and some apps (like Paypal) but it’s kind of difficult to use: you have to slide your finger across it at a certain speed and angle in order to work. Nothing like the iPhone’s sensor. And also there’s no mention of “secured onclave” where the fingerprints are stored like Apple does. So who knows where do they go.
The processor is a very powerful Snapdragon 801 Quad-Core at 2.5GHz, it is 4G LTE ready, the camera is 16 megapixels and arguably one of the best phone cameras out there with super sharp and vivid colors, also capable of recording 4K video and live HDR photography preview.
It comes with Android 4.4 Kitkat with TouchWIz on top of it, but at this point you should be able to upgrade to 5.0 Lollipop. Speaking of touchwiz, this time around the settings got out of control, with an endless list of features that Samsung will need to clean up. Same thing on the Camera app, with so many switches and toggles, Samsung is at risk of losing the “normal” people and sticking just to enthusiasts. There are just too many.
If you loved your Galaxy S3 or S4 and you where eagerly waiting for a faster, prettier upgrade with a super-camera and great battery, then you must buy this one. But, if you are confused by thousands of settings and messages and you like your phone simple and premium, you may consider other choices.