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Old April 7th, 2014, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The first review is in a few days before the official release:

Samsung Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801) review | Android Authority

High five: Samsung's best phone gets better | Cnet

Samsung Galaxy S5 review: Fab Five - GSMArena.com

AnandTech | Samsung Galaxy S 5 Review

Samsung Galaxy S5 review - Pocket-lint

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review | Tech Radar

Samsung Galaxy S5 review | T3

Samsung Galaxy S5 review | trustedreviews.com

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review | phandroid.com

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review | stuff.tv

Samsung Galaxy S5 review | engadget.com

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review | The Verge

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You can guess how most of the reviews are going to go, however good the Galaxy S5 is it will never overcome the build issue with reviewers and will receive huge mark downs for being made of plastic.

Probably also get marked down touchwiz, bloatware and features the reviewers don't like.

Almost not worth reading them to be honest.

EDIT:

Good example already, it's just going to be a repeat of lasts years reviews.

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/phones/mobile-phones/samsung-galaxy-s5-1226990/review#articleContent
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A few more reviews, bit underwhelming, according to Anandtech there are thermal issues affecting performance which isn't a good sign, might be HTC's "optimizations" making it look that way but even compared to older devices with Snapdragon 800 it's not that great.

Also the camera software seems to need some work

Samsung Galaxy S5 review: Fab Five - GSMArena.com
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That's the most complimentary review of a Samsung device by AnandTech that I can recall reading!
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That's the most complimentary review of a Samsung device by AnandTech that I can recall reading!
Agreed, they did a decent job for change.

At least they reviewed it for what it is, instead of focusing on the negatives which allot reviews like to do when it comes to Samsung devices.
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You can guess how most of the reviews are going to go, however good the Galaxy S5 is it will never overcome the build issue with reviewers and will receive huge mark downs for being made of plastic.

Probably also get marked down touchwiz, bloatware and features the reviewers don't like.

Almost not worth reading them to be honest.

EDIT:

Good example already, it's just going to be a repeat of lasts years reviews.

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/phones/mobile-phones/samsung-galaxy-s5-1226990/review#articleContent
Most reviews so far have not done that since feel the other things offset it. I am not a fan of metal builds due to less shock resistant with pocket level drops. Metal functionally absorbs nothing.

I also prefer a replaceable battery, which unibody designs have an inherent problem with.

Would have preferred same size as S4 though. No harm no foul, since would not buy without a 32gb option.
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Here is a couple new reviews:

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I am not a fan of metal build either. They are a lot less durable, less scratch resistant, etc. Give me plastic any day.
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Hey Guys am not ripping on the Galaxy S5 for the plastic build... but here's an honest review from me... hope it helps

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review - YouTube
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Reading all the reviews on the S5, they're sure bashing it for not having any major changes and a so-so looking phone. I notice that the other big gun, the latest iPhone 5s is no different. It has even less changes than the S5. So why all the hate on those reviews on the S5?

I agree with the so-so look... bland.
However the plastic Samsung uses absorbs drops better than metal.
Then there is the water proofing... So the phone will take a lot more abuse then those pretty metal phones the competition is offering.
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Droid Life seems to really hate S5.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review | Droid Life

Solid 2 seconds lag on recent apps button? I wonder if they had defective one or what.
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I don't think they hate it; they just don't like it and are honest about that.
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This just isn’t the phone for me (or Tim it sounds like).
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Solid 2 seconds lag on recent apps button? I wonder if they had defective one or what.
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The design of the Galaxy S5 just feels like a step in the wrong direction for mankind. The phone is abnormally large when compared to what Samsung did with last year’s flagship phone. They squared it off, making it uncomfortable in the hand. They tossed on a slippery, dimpled exterior coating. They increased bezels dramatically. There is this really obnoxious flap that covers the charging port that will likely break within two months of use. And the faux-metal rim job is nothing but an ugly disaster that makes the whole package look and feel cheap.
Is really off base! They were looking for something to bash and probably paid by HTC to do so...
I like the looks of it fine, maybe not as fancy as HTC, but everyone puts a case on their phones so all of that is MOOT!!! Slippery? The black version is not slippery at all, the white version a little more. I tell you what was slippery... the red S3, S4 versions were very slippery, but I liked the looks of them much better... but, like I said above, once a case is on, all that goes out the window...

Their so called performance comments don't jive with all the other reviews and I agree there, again off base. For one example, I've done what they said here:
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The new multi-task button also fields a solid 2-second delay before popping up your list of recently used apps
Didn't happen to me! Maybe they had the Developer options Transition animation scale set to full bore 10X which will do that... maybe, mine is set at 0.5X.

Nope, they were looking for some things to bash!
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Is really off base! They were looking for something to bash and probably paid by HTC to do so...
Having read the review, which in a number of places compares it favourably with the M8, I very much doubt that suggestion. What this remark did do was remind me of some of the times Samsung have been caught astroturfing, something they'd probably rather we forget .

In fact I'd have said that the bulk of the review was positive, but they called out things they didn't like. So they saw lag which you didn't, but I recall similar variations when the S4 came out last year - some people said it lagged, others did not - and if they saw what they described it's fair to say so. As for the feel of the phone, that's subjective, and what's fine for some is not for others. Speaking personally, current phones have got a bit large for my tastes (something that putting it in a case doesn't help ), so I don't mind seeing reviews push back against this. But these things are personal preferences so I'd never expect everyone to agree, and I pay little attention to what reviews say a phone feels like because the only thing that matters is how it feels to me.
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I don't think they hate it; they just don't like it and are honest about that.
They are traditionally Moto, Nexus fanboy site, so anything from different brand gets rarely reviewed positively, objectively without bias from what I see. Their blasting S5 design as being slippery with too much bezel, 2 seconds lag on recent apps button are nothing but personal bashing without any basis no matter how it's looked at.

They don't seem to like HTC either, so I don't think HTC had any influence on this review though.
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find out - http://www.droidtipstricks.com/2014/05/whats-new-in-samsung-galaxy-s5.htmlWhats New in Samsung Galaxy S5 ?
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The biggest bashing Samsung got from all the reviews was the looks and being plastic.
After the consumers buy the fancy phones and put a case on them, unless your phone savy you can't tell what they have so the nitpicking went right out the window. First pic show S5 with iPhone 5s and second pic shows the M8. The S5 & M8 look completely different.



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Here is another review just released today.

This one I actually enjoyed reading. The guy explains that some features are "personal preference" but all in all, I think he did a real good job.

I rate the review at a 4-1/2 Stars out of 5 stars.


Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: Is Samsung's 2014 Champion The Best Galaxy To Date? : Prices, Specifications, Reviews | Know Your Mobile


For instance he says this in the Camera section:
Samsung Galaxy S5: Camera

With a number of Samsung’s recent smartphones I’ve been rather enamoured with the imaging capabilities. With devices such as the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, Samsung hit a good balance point between visual quality and ease-of-use, and I found that consistently, Samsung offered a very rewarding experience in terms of easy “point and shoot” operation with excellent picture results.
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Shortest review I ever saw!
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