Over the last 5 years, Samsung has emerged as the kingpin of smartphones, constantly shelving out models that leap over their predecessors. Their constant zeal for innovation, focus on utility building and relentless marketing efforts has made the other players in this field dormant. This spring, Samsung brings out the latest entrant to the arena of smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S5, in its bid to neutralize the competition even further. Let’s see whether its arrival results in the slow fade out of its precursor, the Samsung Galaxy s4, or whether the oldie is able to hold its ground in front of this new giant!
Looks that matter
Samsung has worked to sharpen the design and feel of S5. Although it still has a plastic body, the perforated back has given a soft finish that feels good to touch. The S5 is a wee bit heavier (15g) and wider (2mm) than S4, with anodized finish around the corners. Battery can still be accessed easily by opening the back cover, a useful function which most high-end phones have done away with.
The launch line-up of S5 promises the conventional colors of black and white along with the blingy and vibrant blue and gold variations. TheS4, being in the market for over a year now, is available for an array of colors, from red, purple, silvery mist to the subtle yet bold black and whites.
The screen of S5 gives an impeccable image quality thanks to a restructuring of the Super AMOLED core and added efforts to calibrate the screen color and contrasts. Without taking anything away from the quality display of S4, it can be easily said that The S5 has brought with it probably the best in its class screen, with a never before seen natural tone of colors that give a better control and color accuracy.
Smarter at its core
Galaxy S5 uses the Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5GHz processor in deviation to the Snapdragon 600 quad core 1.9 GHz used by its prototype, the S4. This alteration has made the CPU leaps and bounds better, as validated by the Geekbench 3 benchmark which gives S5 a whopping 2908 points in comparison to S4’s 2,240 points for overall CPU capabilities.
What it means for users-High graphic requirement games can be played longer on S5, along with a better ability to handle multiple tasks running simultaneously.
Battery back-up is a big bone of contention for users these days as the usage of phones has increased considerably, demanding more life out of the little machines. Galaxy S5’s hardware upgradations due to a power horse processor have resulted in a lot more stamina that the S4 lacks. A 14-hour stretch of video playback in S5 as compared to 11 hours in S4 is a significant improvement. Apart from that, The S5 has introduced an extreme power-saving structure that makes the screen go black and white and lets you use only some essential apps, cutting down the rest. You can really hope to make the phone last a full day with just 10 per cent charge left, thanks to this mode.
It seems that Samsung people have really put on their thinking hats when it comes to S5’s camera. For the first time, this phone uses an ISOCELL sensor (again a product of the Samsung think-tank) for a 16MP resolution, with a 16:9aspect ratio. However, the real clincher is the new HDR mode which gives you an amazing focusing speed of 0.3 seconds and lets you capture multiple frames, even ones you never intended to!
The S4 tames in comparison with a 13MP Sony sensor and a 4:3 aspect ratio that cuts in to the sensor without letting you use the full 13megapixels, stopping short at just 9.6.
Added to that
The S5 is replete with features that are not to be found in S4. Here are a few:
Fingerprint scanner- Though iPhone5S was the first to introduce this feature, the S5 has added pretty useful services to it, for example, your Pay-Pal purchases can now be made just by the swipe of your thumb. Located beneath the central select button, it can be even used to lock/unlock the phone, along with the traditional pass codes. An interesting thing about this feature is that it is open to other app developers to innovate around and use.
IP67 certification-This standard certifies that S5 is surely not a scared water baby as it can survive for 30 minutes under 1 meter of water! (It still does not give you a license to plunge into the pool with the phone in your pocket!)
USB 3.0 port-Galaxy S5 is one of the very few phones that use the larger-socketed micro USB 3.0 connector for swifter data transfer and faster charging, when used with a USB 3.0 computer port.
What’s the verdict then? The Samsung galaxy S5 has surely emerged as a worthy successor to the S4, building on its qualities while getting rid of its faults, more or less. It is a phone that is will make the smartphone world sit back and take notice! As for the buyers, it will set their hearts racing, and measure it for them as well with its heart rate sensor app!