The Samsung Galaxy S5 is arguably, the most sought after and feature-rich phone of the year. Customer expectations are at the highest level for this flagship phone. However, this phone came up short in a few areas that we will discuss here.
Security and Privacy Problem
The Galaxy S5 comes with a fingerprint sensor, similar to the iPhone. However, Samsung as enabled third-party application developers to interface with this sensor, thus exposing itself to malware and hacking. iPhone claims that the fingerprint value is securely stored within a vault within the phone. They are not saving any kind of information on companies’ server. The Galaxy is integrated with Paypal, and if your fingerprint is hacked, it could be costly! This security hole is probably the biggest drawback of the Galaxy S5.
Some users have reported issues with the Galaxy S5’s 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera device. Reports indicate problems with the steadiness of the lens module coating method. This is a result of manufacturing difficulties in molding the 6-element optics. Issues seem to have been resolved in later builds of the phone, but keep an eye out on this if you have one of the first batches. We have an article for Galaxy S6 camera quality comparisons that may be of interest to you.
Heart Rate Monitor
One of the new features included in the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a Heart Rate Monitor. Using this monitor is both simple and useful. Samsung has embedded the heart rate monitor feature into the S Health app that is currently available. In addition to measuring your heart rate, it will tell you about your total time resting, exercising, standing, etc. Nifty looking charts are also available to you. For the most part this feature is solid, but there have been reports with consistency issues – repeated measurements can have above normal variance.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Design
Samsung attempted to overhaul this version of the phone to set it apart from the previous generation S4. The S5 features a matte back, whereas the Galaxy S4 is slick and shiny. One huge departure with the S5 is that the body is made completely out of plastic. The average user may think there are metal components to the body, but that is just a type of plastic. The new-design side’s area unit is ribbed too, which does not look as nice as the S4. Still, it feels smooth in hand and Samsung succeeded in simplifying the design.
One thing that is immediately apparent, is that Samsung neglected the internal speaker. There are two sound pipes on the top of the back side but the sound coming from it is pretty tinny and bass-free. The speaker also causes fairly severe vibration within the lower a part of the phone’s rear. Compare to HTC One and other smart phone its average in this area; also it is a bit annoying.