The Samsung Galaxy S5 is water and fish proof—we tested.
Samsung's newest flagship is finally here. With the Galaxy S5, Samsung hopes to break out of the boring spec-bump-style upgrade that the company said hindered sales of the Galaxy S4. While the design is mostly the same (and we might say a little worse), Samsung's solution to consumer indifference is a boatload of extra features. With the S5, Samsung added things like a fingerprint scanner, a heart rate monitor, and water resistance.
A spec bump also happened of course—just about every number on the spec sheet is bigger than it was last year. The S5 has a faster Snapdragon 801 processor, a better camera, better Wi-Fi, and a display that is both brighter in sunlight and dimmer in darkness.
16MP rear camera with Phase Detection AF, 2MP front camera,
142.0mm x 72.5mm x 8.1mm
$200 on contract, $649 unlocked
RBG notification LED, IrLED, NFC
The Galaxy S5 is actually a little bigger than the S4. It's 5.4mm taller, 2.7mm wider, and 0.2mm thicker. Samsung used this extra space to bump the display up to a 5.1-inch, 1080p AMOLED, slightly larger than the 4.99-inch display in the S4. The screen size increase didn't keep pace with the bigger body though. In a world where bezels are constantly shrinking and OEMs like LG are touting the screen-to-bezel ratio on their devices, Samsung took a step backward. The company made the side bezels thicker and the top and bottom of the device taller. If the image above wasn't labeled, you would think the S4 (the one on the right) was the newer device.