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Samsung S5 G900F first days review

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17th May 2014, 03:46 AM   |  #1  
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Hi All,

I have my G900F handset for some days by now and I thought it would be good to share my view about it.
About me, I am a heavy mobile user. my recent handsets in sequence are as follows... SonyEricsson Arc s, Samsung Note 1, HTC sensation, Sony Acro S, HTC one X+, and finally Samsung Galaxy S5 G900F.

Design:
- The device looks normal, nothing fancy (pass)
- The used materials don't really look expensive, it is a plastic handset (negative)
- The battery cover cracks some times if I try to squeeze the phone (negative)
- It's light, thin, and comfortable to hold/use (positive)

Performance:
- Doesn't really feel that I am using a 2.5 quad core processed phone except when I run games. (negative)
- RAM usage doesn't make sense, it is more than what I expected. (negative)
- Still it is quite fast but it would be faster (I feel that my previous HTC One X+ is faster). (pass)
- Battery performance is really good, and it gets charged really quick. (positive)

Screen:
- Screen brightness is amazing (positive)
- Picture quality is really good in general (positive)
- Touch screen is very responsive (positive)

Sensors:
- auto brightness response is really disappointing (negative - used Lux application which makes it much better).
- response of proximity sensor of HTC One X+ was faster, but still not bad in S5 (pass)
- disappointing experience with the proximity sensor when using S View cover (negative).

User interface:
- HTC sense was better and more friendly (pass)

Sound quality:
- people hear me well but can be better (pass).
- I hear people loud, but not Crystal clear (pass)
- loud speaker quality is above average but not amazing (pass).

Hope it helps.

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17th May 2014, 08:50 AM   |  #2  
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why dont you just go and buy HTC ONE (M8)
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17th May 2014, 11:09 AM   |  #3  
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I was comparing between both before buying. My reasons were related to the technical specs some how... and to have some change since my last mobile was htc.
too late now.. money is spent
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17th May 2014, 09:45 AM   |  #4  
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All of a sudden, everyone is an expert* critic * reviewer*


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17th May 2014, 11:15 AM   |  #5  
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What an addition
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All of a sudden, everyone is an expert* critic * reviewer*


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17th May 2014, 11:18 AM   |  #6  
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What an addition

Well it's not as if you've owned a lot of high end phones to compare with is it?

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No worries... this is my experience based on what i expected and what i found.

the comparison is based on comparing with my previous handset, and what i expected.

Anyway, I have it now and will have to enjoy it

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Well it's not as if you've owned a lot of high end phones to compare with is it?

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Performance:
- Doesn't really feel that I am using a 2.5 quad core processed phone except when I run games. (negative)
- Still it is quite fast but it would be faster (I feel that my previous HTC One X+ is faster). (pass)

You are giving 2 different ratings for the same thing? Also i dont know, its blazing fast for me. Seems to m that when someone complains about the speed of the S5 they mean how the UI feels. Try disabling Animations.

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- RAM usage doesn't make sense, it is more than what I expected. (negative)

And here i dont think you know what you are talking about. High RAM usage is in no way bad. You want as much data stored in the RAM as possible for quick access.
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Yes, i am talking about how the ui feels.

the ram usage means the ui and the running applications are consuming alot. Yes, the main function of ram is to keep but the main function of the ui and the apps is not to exhaust the ram
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You are giving 2 different ratings for the same thing? Also i dont know, its blazing fast for me. Seems to m that when someone complains about the speed of the S5 they mean how the UI feels. Try disabling Animations.



And here i dont think you know what you are talking about. High RAM usage is in no way bad. You want as much data stored in the RAM as possible for quick access.

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Yes, i am talking about how the ui feels.

the ram usage means the ui and the running applications are consuming alot. Yes, the main function of ram is to keep but the main function of the ui and the apps is not to exhaust the ram

Dont use TouchWiz. In fact for some reasons most Samsung apps seem a tiny bit slower than others dont know why. One thing that is a bit annoying is the home button. Open something and close it with the back button and then do the same thing but close it with the home button. The homebutton takes significantly longer, because its waiting to decide if it is a short press or if it should wait to launch the long press action. There should be a way to change that though. And try disabling the Animations or at least make them shorter. When people talk about the M8 having a smoother AI and they talk about lag on the S5 it seems like the Animation speed on the S5 is longer which makes it feel like it lags in comparison.


And considering the RAM:
Having as much as possible loaded in the RAM just is a good thing. Free RAM is just a waste. And looking at the RAM usage of each app there doesnt seem to be anything that exhaust the RAM. After a cold boot my RAM is filled about 60% and with almost every App already loaded to the memory. As long as there arent different apps that need to run and exceed the 2GB limit at the same time you wont notice anything. RAM full and you start a new app? An old process gets killed or suspended and you will only notice that the RAM was exhausted when you do extreme multitasking and constantly switch back to suspended apps.
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