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By Andrew Williams
20 Nov 2014

Our Score9/10 User Score

.Fantastic screen
.Versatile, high-quality camera
.Excellent battery life

.Not the prettiest of 2014 phones
.Finicky fingerprint sensor

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Review Price £499.99

Key Features: 16-megapixel camera; 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen; Android 4.4 with TouchWiz
Manufacturer: Samsung

Originally reviewed on 11 April 2014

What is the Samsung Galaxy S5?
Samsung's flagship phones arrive on the scene with as much fanfare as Apple's iPhones. There's no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the biggest rival to the iPhone 6 and is the Android flagship of the year, at the very least in terms of hype.

Thankfully the Galaxy S5 lives up to it. It is an excellent phone. It's a big step up from the Galaxy S4, offering loads of improvements over its predecessor. There's a better camera, a greatly improved AMOLED screen and a fingerprint scanner. The latter is finickety, it's no-where near as slick as Touch ID on the iPhone.

The headline-grabbing feature of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is its water-resistance which means that you can happily use it in the bathroom or near at the beach without the constant worry of water damage. It's a great feature, but does come at a cost. The Samsung Galaxy S5 doesn't have the same slick design as the other top-of-the-range Android phones like the HTC One M8 or LG G3.

In the time that the S5 has been on sale we've also seen some significant price drops, with a SIM-free Samsung Galaxy S5 available for less than £400 if you look hard enough. That's a lot less than the £600 it first retailed for. However, it’s facing increasing competition from it's peers, not to mention the fashionable phablet brigade led by the iPhone 6 Plus and metal edged Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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So it faces some stiff competition but barring a few niggles the Galaxy S5 is still one of the best phones around. The forthcoming update to Android 5.0 Lollipop will give it an extra boost to compete with the iPhone 6 at least until the Samsung Galaxy S6 arrives.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Video Review
Watch the Galaxy S5 video to see the phone in action.
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