Captivate-->SGS 2 -->Nexus 5 -->SGS 5 -->HTC One M8 on the way
I've had the SGS 5 for a little over a week and it's got some great features, but one 'flaw' I just can't live with. My issue with the SGS 5 is the lag. Its just not as fluid of an experience and I was hoping I could get past it, but it just drives me crazy. I think the Nexus 5 w/ ART ruined me on that front. So I'm off to try the M8.
I have 'turned off' all the bloat and features I don't use, ditched the stock launcher for Nova and still the thing has a hard time promptly opening apps, waking up and scrolling.
However, here are the good and bad in my xp...
-Feature packed (this is a con too for me)
-Perfect size IMO. Nice in hand and in pocket.
-Battery life. For me it has been great. Waaaay better than the N5 with custom kernel(s).
-Fingerprint scanner. (I just love this for some reason :P)
-Svoice. works well for me and is pretty accurate.
-Email app works well with Exchange account.
-Touchscreen to sensitive or not narrow enough. issues when taking pics and pressing the menu buttons. probably my fat fingers (not really that big).
-Headphone jack cracks with some headphones when moving. (super annoying)
-Too many features. Probably took me 2 days to stumble upon and turn off all the BS...and this isn't my first rodeo.
-Settings menu chaos. WTH Sammy???
-Hardware key is nice for real estate, but I believe it adds to the 'lag' perception. On my device it's like .5 sec for response after pushing. A full on "<push> one thousand" count.
-General lag in zones.
-Just not as overall responsive as you'd expect from a device with these specs.
-ART buggy with TouchWiz in my experience.
-Locked down and not looking like that will change anytime soon. This wouldn't be a big deal to me if the lag wasn't an issue. But because it is, I can only imagine what the experience will be like in a year or two.
-Feel like TouchWiz has to be too aggressive with memory which also diminishes the experience. Apps that shouldn't have to cold start, do. Just my brain trying to make sense of something and probably technically wrong.