Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Among friends, family, and co-workers, I’ve been the designated “tech support” and resident techie for as long as I can remember. And although I love all kinds of gadgets/tech, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for phones. I got my first mobile phone almost a decade ago, and still remember how much I loved that little Samsung. So when AT&T approached me to spend some time with one of their newest phones, the Samsung Galaxy S5, I was very excited to give it a try and get back to my Samsung roots. 

One of my favorite features of the Samsung Galaxy S5 were the S-Health apps. Health is HUGE in mobile this year, as we’ve seen from the expansion of the wearable tech market (e.g. FitBit, Jawbone) and rumors are swirling about more tech devices/built-in apps on your mobile to help you keep track of your health.

The Galaxy S5 acts as a pedometer, counting your steps with movement, whether the phone is in your hand, pocket, or handbag. As a FitBit user, I appreciated this feature, but the downside of it is that you don’t always have your phone handy on you to count your every step. The phone also has a heart rate sensor on the back and keeps a log of the numbers which I thought was pretty cool.Although I haven’t tried it yet, the Samsung Gear Fit (Samsung’s fitness band) would likely be an awesome accessory to this phone, keeping all of your fitness and health numbers in one place.

The camera quality on the phone is amazing – and probably one of the biggest selling points for the Galaxy S5. Shooting 16 megapixels (double the picture quality that iPhones churn out), I couldn’t stop snapping pictures of everything around me. If only all mobile cameras were like this! Definitely allows you to get away with taking pictures on your phone vs. spending extra money on a camera.

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Although I’ve gone through my phases with the rest of the world in phones – Samsung to Motorola Razrs to BlackBerries, I’ve been an iPhone owner for the past few years. So how does it compare? Most noticeable is the size difference (see below comparison of Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S), the Galaxy S5 is 1.1 inches bigger bigger. While I can comfortably hold the iPhone in my hand, it’s a little bit of a stretch for me to hold the Galaxy, but I was able to adjust quickly. That said, the screen size on the Galaxy S5 was great for browsing the web and reading. I found that I was enjoying it more than my iPhone or iPad mini! In the words of Goldilocks it was juuuuuust right!

I really loved the plastic casing of the Galaxy S5. Although I’m not a frequent dropper of my phone, it does happen occasionally and comfort of not being afraid to turn the phone over and see the damage would be wonderful! Additionally, it’s much more water resistant than other devices, which is a huge relief!

Overall, I really liked the Samsung Galaxy S5. Although I’m not ready to trade in my Apple device just yet, this phone definitely has a lot of features that I love and wish Apple would take note on. On the opposite end, there are some notes Samsung could take from Apple – namely user friendliness (some features aren’t as intuitive as they could/should be). Imagine the possibilities if the two companies overcame their fued and created a device together!

* Disclosure: AT&T lent me the Samsung Galaxy S5 for review purposes. All opinions are my own.