Are you happy with your S5?

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By JDM Civic EG8, Senior Member on 5th August 2014, 07:46 AM
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26th August 2014, 05:01 PM |#11  
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Originally Posted by AxAtAx

Wait for the Note4, the s5 is a real disappointment.
Especially the childish looking OS, what a real drag!

Note 4 is too big. S5 LTE-A as the base flagship device would have been nice though. Otherwise, i came from the S4 and i love my S5. Overall its smoother, battery lasts forever even when downloading all day. Only down side of the phone is i had to pay for it ha.
26th August 2014, 08:12 PM |#12  
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had good battery life at first then the update killed that, still better than most.
the stock rom has tons of problems glitches errors all that, touchwiz is amazingly bad at everything, the camera is SO bad at focusing and actually taking pictures is a pain, every menu is just a huge wall of choices, no planning or thought went into streamlining TW
music playback skips (still)
tethering will not connect unless using a custom rom
phone slides out of my pocket like it was designed to do it
pixels visible on certain colors because its still a stupid pentile

msg to samsung; please copy the sense 6 msg app exactly, its lightyears ahead of yours

so other than halfway decent battery this phone is disappointing

on my 3rd replacement because data stops working all the time and calls are just pure static but the update fixed that
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27th August 2014, 04:17 PM |#13  
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Originally Posted by aburgthing

I recently made the jump both to T-Mobile from Verizon and the Galaxy S5 from the S3.

I did the same thing for all 5 of our lines (ETF pay off was the draw). The S5 is a great device. My mother has an S3 and the screen now looks small compared to the S5. The S5 has fantastic battery life and is very responsive in everything it does.

Very happy with the S5.

Also very happy with T-Mobile.
29th August 2014, 12:40 AM |#14  
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Overall I'm happy and would do it again.
I have to agree about the camera focus issue.....esp. closeups. I kind of think the the s4 camera was a bit better.
And I've had the s3, s4 and s5 and have always disliked the side button. The s5 is worst of all. I constantly look down at my pocket and my phone is doing things, like I pulled it out one time and it had brought itself into the playstore(!!!).....It has made multiple pocket calls on it's own. No kidding. I think I'm pressing the side button while slipping it into my pocket.
10th December 2014, 01:31 AM |#15  
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I ended up going with the Note 4 so far so good maybe I'll pick up an s5 to play with the roms in a few months
10th December 2014, 09:42 PM |#16  
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I was not happy with my AT&T S5 due to the locked bootloader. I am very happy with the TMO S5. Very customizable not toooo big, not too small. Doesn't lag, but gets a couple days of battery with medium use. Got a nice case and glass screen protector so it's pretty safe. Very dependable with Omega rom. What's not to love?
12th December 2014, 01:34 AM |#17  
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I am VERY pleased with my T-Mobile S5. It's my favorite phone I've owned thus far. I had the S3 before this and really liked that phone and also the Vibrant prior to that (which I was also pleased with). This is actually the 1st Galaxy phone that I've kept the TouchWiz base on though. I really enjoy the customization options on AOSP as well as the appearance, but I also enjoy the stability of KitKat TouchWiz base on this one (using XtreStoLite ROM by Edgar).

I like the Note 4 Specs, but it's just too big for me it wouldn't be comfortable in my pocket, and it's not like I wear skinny jeans either. Another nice luxury is the water resistance that the S5 offers, and the Note 4 does not. I hope that you enjoy your Note 4 though, best of luck!
16th December 2014, 01:32 AM |#18  
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Originally Posted by JDM Civic EG8

How's it going guys I currently have the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and in 15 days I'll be able to jump to a new phone. I have a question for you guys... What are some pros and cons on the s5? I'm huge into flashing roms don't want to be stuck with another phone where the development is kind of dead.(Not knocking on the devs for the T-Mobile note 2 but development was pretty much non extent)

Even at the end of the year, I still very much like my Galaxy S5. The reasons I purchased it are still completely valid for me, even with the release of the Note 4 as well as several competitor's phones. Part of the criteria is that while I have a larger display, it shouldn't be too much larger in overall footprint than my prior phone. This put it over the Note 3 as the Note 4 was not available at that time.

Couple feature notes:

1. Screen size/quality. Prior to the Note 4, the S5 was also Display mates "best display ever" report winner. The Super AMOLED display at 5.1" also had phenomenal color matching when the display settings are set to Cinema.

2. Camera. 16 megapixel ISO cell outperformed in daylight conditions and in my opinion eliminated the low light issues I had with the Galaxy S3. Note 4 has optical stabilization, so it's a better camera if this is your number one feature.

3. micro SD card. Important feature, I use it extensively to get the most out of my phone. Pictures, Music, Movies do not consume storage on the phone and some applications support installation to SD card.

4. Environmental protection. The S5 is IP67 against dust and water. While it's not water proof, I've started YouTube and thrown it into pitchers of water for 15 minutes or so for the brag factor. So the feared toilet dunk is not as much a concern as you can wash it with soap and water after retrieval.

5. Fingerprint reader. Yeah, it's not perfect but when properly trained, you'll find it works pretty well. I use it not only to unlock my phone, but in combination with Last Pass (has support for S5 fingerprint reader) and Pay Pal applications (fingerprint to pay). There are more on the way. Would be nice if Google adopted the API as a standard so that Google Wallet used it as well.


  • Moving from one Samsung phone to another is extremely easy, especially with the use of the Kies software to backup your content/settings.
  • Excellent display quality over Galaxy Note 2.
  • Greatly improved camera.
  • USB transfers are faster at USB 3.0
  • Pretty close to waterproof.
  • Great audio with headphones.
  • Solid Bluetooth functionality.
  • Touch Wiz UI has been greatly reduced in footprint and is actually useful.
  • Great battery life and the ability to go Ultra for days of power.
  • Fingerprint reader is supported by several third party developers besides just Samsung apps.
  • Official Samsung Qi wireless charging options are available (charging back or S View wireless cover).
  • Numerous case options

  • USB cover must be closed for IP67 waterproofing.
  • Wireless Qi Charging Back from Samsung makes the phone FAT.
  • Touch Wiz UI as memory/performance impact.
  • KNOX security has a "electronic fuse" that once tripped voids warranty. Flashing ROMs may trip that fuse if proper methods are not followed.
  • Fingerprint reader is not as accurate as desired.
  • Plastic build (low on issue meter as case hides this, other premium build phones have their metal hidden by cases so it's no big deal)

Even well over 8 months after release you'll find that the Galaxy S5 is a great challenger to even the latest released phones. Processor and Video performance are still incredible.

That said, there is rumors of the S6 coming sooner, depending on if you are willing to wait until March you may find the newer product has specs worth waiting for. But if you have to upgrade now, I believe the S5 will continue to be a solid workhorse for a few more years. Which is good, at $600 it's expensive to get every single generation point release. I skipped the S4 for example when waiting to upgrade from my S3.
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16th December 2014, 08:12 PM |#19  
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New to the s5, maybe 2 mths. I had one a few mths ago but the lack of dev made me sell it and stay with my s4 for a few more mths. Then I came across another s5 and decided the best way to fall in love with it was to donate one to my fav developer. So if you want to fall in love with your s5 check out my man @The Sickness and his sick and twisted me you will be in love with it as i am. Support on the rom is far one of the best in my opinion, all due respect to all other threads.
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29th December 2014, 07:08 AM |#20  
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OK but moving to note 4 in a couple months when I can jump

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