The Samsung Galaxy S5 has finally been announced, and for all the hoopla about metal backs and virtual reality, the phone is simply an upgrade. While the fingerprint reader and heart-rate monitor are a nice touch, the visual upgrade people were looking for in the form of aluminum or leather wasn't really there for the Galaxy S5 from Samsung.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 does feature some visual improvements. For one, the back of the phone is textured with a dimple-like surface. The surface itself will now also be available in four different colours. This includes Black, White, Gold, and Blue. But what else does this phone have?
Technically speaking, it's a powerhouse, but that was expected. This smartphone runs the latest version of Android (4.4 KitKat), and is run by a powerful motor composed with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. The battery is somewhat improved, but battery life will likely be helped more by special power-saving technology found within the devices software. Probably the most exciting feature for geeks is for the phones ability to combine LTE speeds with Wifi to soften the data demands of large downloads. This could be a huge saver for those on a limited data plan.
So what do I really think of the Samsung Galaxy S5? Well, for one, this phone is recycling a lot of tech that Apple pioneered and mastered with the 5S. The fingerprint reader is there, and that's cool, but this caught no one by surprise. Other features are niche-y, like the fitness elements and the hybrid downloading feature. For most, this phone will be a dimply, faster Galaxy S4 with some bells and whistles that may or may not interest you. All in all, any Samsung power-user who is impressed by this announcement, good luck with your incremental hardware updates and Apple feature snatching because this phone could have and should have been so much more.