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Old May 22nd, 2014, 12:19 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Well, I AM a power user every day and had many smartphones over the years, see sig. I have no problem with touchwiz and am perfectly happy with it.
I don't like it when people say touchwiz is no good and launcher or that launcher is much better than touchwiz etc. It is up to the individual.

Sounds like you've used NovaLauncher before and are happy with it... more power to you. But to say you've never used touchwiz and judge it in a negative light is not correct.
Although TW does like here and there but that's a software issue which can be updated, if the engineer plans to do so..

I've also have tried the highly raved Nova Launcher, I didn't like it and went back to TW.

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I am another who feels that TouchWiz does a good job.

I tried KK Launcher and did not like the loss of some of TW's neat features that are interlaced into the S5's O.S., so I unloaded KK Launcher and went back to TW.

I did not try Nova Launcher simply because I assumed that the same results would occur as in KKL., it would also loose the neat things I enjoy with TW.

I do not sense any slowness on the part of TW. I doubt that I could sensibly measure a difference in speed between any of the launchers.

As in another post I just made, if it is not broken, I don't need to fix it. KISS.
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The contact popup after ending a call drives me nuts! I just called them, I know who it was, I just hung up why would I want to call them or text them right after I got off the line with them! I wish there was some way to disable it!
This feature is really helpful if the caller does not answer, in which usually I send them a text, then all I have to do is touch the message button from this screen and voila. Or touch call again to try them back again and really annoy them
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Not really impressed with the Fingerprint lock. On iPhone 5s you just pressed, whereas you have to swipe and I don't always get it right as holding phone whilst trying to unlock it ls a nightmare with small hands!
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Gotta live with it or do auto updates or shut off the notifications.
It is kinda like what I get everytime I post here:
I mean this happens with stupid stuff - for example, my direct dial widget can't seem to remember that it is supposed to use the phone. Seems like it forgets, even if there is no apparent update. Never had this issue with my S3.
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I am another who feels that TouchWiz does a good job.

I tried KK Launcher and did not like the loss of some of TW's neat features that are interlaced into the S5's O.S., so I unloaded KK Launcher and went back to TW.

I did not try Nova Launcher simply because I assumed that the same results would occur as in KKL., it would also loose the neat things I enjoy with TW.

I do not sense any slowness on the part of TW. I doubt that I could sensibly measure a difference in speed between any of the launchers.

As in another post I just made, if it is not broken, I don't need to fix it. KISS.
KK launcher, and nova, are almost identical. from the menu settings, and windos in that.. to the feel of everything.. so.. if you didnt like KK, you wont like Nova..

my issues with TW, is that the icons are sooooo huge.. and the app drawer icon, is just as huge.. and its on the right hand side of the screen. i like my app drawer icon in the center.. as has been with every other android phone i have had. again.. to each his own i guess..

and the folders.. when you create a folder.. its a very ugly icon..
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KK launcher, and nova, are almost identical. from the menu settings, and windos in that.. to the feel of everything.. so.. if you didnt like KK, you wont like Nova..

my issues with TW, is that the icons are sooooo huge.. and the app drawer icon, is just as huge.. and its on the right hand side of the screen. i like my app drawer icon in the center.. as has been with every other android phone i have had. again.. to each his own i guess..

and the folders.. when you create a folder.. its a very ugly icon..
Grin..... when your eyes get to be 75 years old, those icons won't look so huge anymore.

Just today, my eye doctor said "son, you got the makings of some cataracts there".... and I asked, "how long before the surgery is necessary?"

Things are not as sharp to me as they were 20 or 40 years ago.

Personally, I don't object to the folders. I like the small outlines. Would rather have a different color than the choices available, but the blue is okay as it shows up okay with my solid black wallpaper.


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Grin..... when your eyes get to be 75 years old, those icons won't look so huge anymore.

Just today, my eye doctor said "son, you got the makings of some cataracts there".... and I asked, "how long before the surgery is necessary?"

Things are not as sharp to me as they were 20 or 40 years ago.

Personally, I don't object to the folders. I like the small outlines. Would rather have a different color than the choices available, but the blue is okay as it shows up okay with my solid black wallpaper.


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i completly agree with you.. i wish touchwiz was more customizable.. i would use it.. thats why i like nova and kk.. everything is customizable.. from the grid size on home screen.. to icons, to app drawer grid..
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Grin..... when your eyes get to be 75 years old, those icons won't look so huge anymore.

Just today, my eye doctor said "son, you got the makings of some cataracts there".... and I asked, "how long before the surgery is necessary?"

Things are not as sharp to me as they were 20 or 40 years ago.
Been there, done that with both eyes. Was going blind in my left eye. While driving, closing my right eye, with my left eye, I couldn't make out what KIND of car that was passing me on the freeway. Scary! and being legally deaf, even more scary.

Had cataract surgery and WOW! I could see as soon as they were done! And see normal. Today's modern cataract surgery is indeed the way to go. Go do it!
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My single biggest annoyance is the home screen button. Coming from a Galaxy Nexus, I really miss my virtual button, it's ready easier to press
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My single biggest annoyance is the home screen button. Coming from a Galaxy Nexus, I really miss my virtual button, it's ready easier to press
Virtual is easier... Really???
You can't turn on your phone that way, but you can with the button.
Much easier to push that anytime you want to go back home instantly too.
Very easy to get at.
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Virtual is easier... Really???
You can't turn on your phone that way, but you can with the button.
Much easier to push that anytime you want to go back home instantly too.
Very easy to get at.
It's much easier to push a virtual home button than a physical one.

I don't want to turn my phone on that way, and never tried until you mentioned it. I never will again. I'll stick to the button on the side
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It's much easier to push a virtual home button than a physical one.

I don't want to turn my phone on that way, and never tried until you mentioned it. I never will again. I'll stick to the button on the side
I'm just the opposite of you. That is the only button I use to turn the phone on and to get to home screen. I could beat you too, if you want to race. LOL
Besides, to turn the phone on YOU HAVE TO PUSH a BUTTON on the side or center/bottom!!!
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I'm just the opposite of you. That is the only button I use to turn the phone on and to get to home screen. I could beat you too, if you want to race. LOL
Besides, to turn the phone on YOU HAVE TO PUSH a BUTTON on the side or center/bottom!!!

I don't think you get my gripe. I don't mind having to turn on the phone by pushing a real button.

When I'm in an app, it's noticeably more difficult to get to the home screen with a physical button than it was on with a virtual button as I used to do on galaxy nexus.
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I don't think you get my gripe. I don't mind having to turn on the phone by pushing a real button.

When I'm in an app, it's noticeably more difficult to get to the home screen with a physical button than it was on with a virtual button as I used to do on galaxy nexus.
Actually, I don't even see how to go home with a virtual app. Never tried. I find it easy just to push that button to go home, no matter where I'm at in phone.
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Actually, I don't even see how to go home with a virtual app. Never tried. I find it easy just to push that button to go home, no matter where I'm at in phone.
You'd press the home button, which would still be located in the same position as the physical button on this phone, it's just not a physical button. It would be just like the "back" button and "multitask" button.
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You'd press the home button, which would still be located in the same position as the physical button on this phone, it's just not a physical button. It would be just like the "back" button and "multitask" button.
Yeah, I don't see a "virtual" home icon. You could probably easy enough find one in the app store...

Well, I for one think Samsung got it right with this one. I love it. Never even thought about it until you brought it up... but I still like the physical button.
Not too late for you to take the phone back if you don't like it and get a phone that has one. Most phones are pretty darn good now days.
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I much prefer the physical button. It is KISS and it works every time.
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Yeah, I don't see a "virtual" home icon.
Because there isn't one :facepalm:

They use a physical button instead.

This isn't something that could be changed with an app, it's the hardware design.

And no, I won't be returning the phone over a fricking button lol
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Because there isn't one :facepalm:

They use a physical button instead.

This isn't something that could be changed with an app, it's the hardware design.

And no, I won't be returning the phone over a fricking button lol
Since that back button was an issue for you.... you sure wouldn't want a iPhone 5S as they don't have a back button of any kind, virtual or hardware.
My wife has the iphone 5S too and I've played with it from time to time and find it frustrating that there is no back button there!

This is what Stuntman had to say about his work iPhone S5 back button:

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The pastel colors for the phone and messages drive me nuts. I know there are other launchers and message apps but untill i figure how to get hose downloaded and running right im stuck with these ugly colors.

When I select previous calls, i can't just call whoever is listed. I have to click on it, then click on the very tiny phone icon, to bring up another window with a larger phone icon for me to finally call someone.

The home button, if i click it it says to use touchwiz home easy or touchwiz, wtf are these?
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The pastel colors for the phone and messages drive me nuts. I know there are other launchers and message apps but untill i figure how to get hose downloaded and running right im stuck with these ugly colors.

When I select previous calls, i can't just call whoever is listed. I have to click on it, then click on the very tiny phone icon, to bring up another window with a larger phone icon for me to finally call someone.

The home button, if i click it it says to use touchwiz home easy or touchwiz, wtf are these?
totally agree.. colors are hideous..

totally agree with the calls thing.. however.. there are workarounds.. when your in your call logs.. you can swipe from left to right.. it will auto dial.. you can swipe from right to left.. to message.. i have not used the phone dialer anymore.. i go to contacts.. and search that way..

for the home button.. you select touchwiz always.. not just once.. should make touchwiz your default home..


for your other ideas.. there are other launchers.. fully customizable.. i personally like KK launcher.. or Nova.. so much more options there.. i wish touchwiz was more customizable..
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Virtual is easier... Really???
You can't turn on your phone that way, but you can with the button.
Much easier to push that anytime you want to go back home instantly too.
Very easy to get at.
i came from a phone that didnt have a home button to wake the phone.. HTC One.. it is much nicer to be able to wake the phone with the home button.. however.. it is to easy to screw up in your pocket... in my pocket.. my phone will wake and screens will move.. or.. icons will move.. apps will open from widgets..

thats my only complaint.. other than the touchwiz not being able to be modified..
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i came from a phone that didn't have a home button to wake the phone.. HTC One.. it is much nicer to be able to wake the phone with the home button.. however.. it is to easy to screw up in your pocket... in my pocket.. my phone will wake and screens will move.. or.. icons will move.. apps will open from widgets..
That has happened to me a couple times too. If you get the flip case, that won't happen. I took mine off, thinking of going back to it for that very reason, to control when and how it opens the screen.
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i came from a phone that didnt have a home button to wake the phone.. HTC One.. it is much nicer to be able to wake the phone with the home button.. however.. it is to easy to screw up in your pocket... in my pocket.. my phone will wake and screens will move.. or.. icons will move.. apps will open from widgets..

thats my only complaint.. other than the touchwiz not being able to be modified..
I stopped all of that by making the Lockscreen require a Draw Pattern to unlock.

That worst that can happen is the screen lights up a few seconds and then blacks out again.
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I stopped all of that by making the Lockscreen require a Draw Pattern to unlock.

That worst that can happen is the screen lights up a few seconds and then blacks out again.
Agree with a slider even allows for no home button access. I use widget Locker and adds much more customization.
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I stopped all of that by making the Lockscreen require a Draw Pattern to unlock.

That worst that can happen is the screen lights up a few seconds and then blacks out again.
while i agree with that.. i set my phone to not lock until after an hour i think. not requiring a pin until that time..
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I cannot find this feature. Where is it?
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Settings... lock screen... then click lock automatically.. u can set the time up to 30 minutes.
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Folder icons = UGLY (with out a launcher)
The missing ability to move the app drawer (with out a launcher)
Notification badges, the need for them disappeared in 2008 when android came out with the notification bar..
Widgets not being in the app drawer when you slide past all of your apps
The lack of a wireless charging back cover included

Those are mine that I remember
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I am a new user to android and obviously the S5, but I LOVE the OS and the phone, with that being said, the dialer is a little annoying, but my biggest gripe (and prob a silly one) is I am not fond of the tiny signal bars. I am used to the dots of iOS, but even then, my wife has the G2 and love those bars. I Am assuming there is no way of changing them w/o being rooted? Thanks everyone...GREAT forums!
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Folder icons = UGLY (with out a launcher)
  • The missing ability to move the app drawer (with out a launcher)
  • Notification badges, the need for them disappeared in 2008 when android came out with the notification bar..
  • Widgets not being in the app drawer when you slide past all of your apps
  • The lack of a wireless charging back cover included

Those are mine that I remember
Of those listed, the only one that I view as remotely important is all phones should have wireless charging capability.

The other things you mention are merely personal preferences.
As such, none of them bother me, in fact, The App Drawer (block of grid dots) is exactly where it belongs IMO. Why, it should be out of the way and Always in the Same Place.

YMMV but that is life.

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Of those listed, the only one that I view as remotely important is all phones should have wireless charging capability.

The other things you mention are merely personal preferences.
As such, none of them bother me, in fact, The App Drawer (block of grid dots) is exactly where it belongs IMO. Why, it should be out of the way and Always in the Same Place.

YMMV but that is life.

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Like they did with the S5, the selling gimmick was the waterproofing & heart monitor as a selling point, on the next "Latest Great Thing, Samsung Galaxy ?" they will include wireless charging along with aluminum chassis to compete with the iPhone (iPhone is gonna go with a 5" screen with their latest model)... as for me, I can live without it just fine.

I'm just guessing folks...
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Like they did with the S5, the selling gimmick was the waterproofing & heart monitor as a selling point, on the next "Latest Great Thing, Samsung Galaxy ?" they will include wireless charging along with aluminum chassis to compete with the iPhone (iPhone is gonna go with a 5" screen with their latest model)... as for me, I can live without it just fine.

I'm just guessing folks...
Guess I was behind the door when those "important points" were deemed important.

I turned OFF S Health as useless for me, and it uses way too much battery.

Also, the "water proofing?" More gimmick than reality. I view it as not that much different than my Galaxy S which is "splash resistant", although it would not survive a dip in a glass of water. Actually it would, if it were just a short dip and the battery jerked fast, and then put the phone in a vacuum chamber as I do all phones that get damp.

A mechanic's vacuum pump is a great tool to have on hand. If one has a habit of being around water with their phones, I suggest getting a vacuum pump, a gallon glass jar with a metal lid that has a rubber seal.

Solder a brass fitting to the lid that fits a rubber hose, that connects to the vacuum pump.

Wallah! Emergency Rescue for a damp phone.

26 inches of vacuum for an hour will dry just about anything. It even sucks the oil out of a car's air conditioning system!


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The title of the thread is biggest annoyances with the s5, does not say important, what is important to one may not be of importance to another

Many people want a phone that is aesthetically pleasing, I am one of those. So my personal preferences are important to myself, and who knows, possibly others as well
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A very big annoyance for me is that the phone starts all the time while sitting in my pocket. I had an s2 for the past 3 years in my jeans pocket without any protection or flap around it, without this annoyance. The home button on the S5 sticks out to much and it starts the phone all the time. When it rubs than to the inside of my pocket lining, it messes up the phone. Does any one know how to stop the phone from waking up with the home button ?
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A very big annoyance for me is that the phone starts all the time while sitting in my pocket. I had an s2 for the past 3 years in my jeans pocket without any protection or flap around it, without this annoyance. The home button on the S5 sticks out to much and it starts the phone all the time. When it rubs than to the inside of my pocket lining, it messes up the phone. Does any one know how to stop the phone from waking up with the home button ?
I've got around the problem by using a pin code to unlock, bit of a pita but works
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The pastel colors for the phone and messages drive me nuts. I know there are other launchers and message apps but untill i figure how to get hose downloaded and running right im stuck with these ugly colors.

When I select previous calls, i can't just call whoever is listed. I have to click on it, then click on the very tiny phone icon, to bring up another window with a larger phone icon for me to finally call someone.

The home button, if i click it it says to use touchwiz home easy or touchwiz, wtf are these?
Did you know you can just click whoever is listed and then put the phone to your ear and it will automatically dial for you? I find it useful, but I think it would be nice to have the option to just click and call right away. My old HTC Rezound does that.
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Did you know you can just click whoever is listed and then put the phone to your ear and it will automatically dial for you? I find it useful, but I think it would be nice to have the option to just click and call right away. My old HTC Rezound does that.
Are you aware that IF you are viewing your Favorites List and you touch the a name in that list, that the S5 will auto-dial that person "right now".


My son a couple days ago sent me a message that my phone was "butt dialing him"...

It wasn't, what was happening was I was selecting his name from the favorites list and then editing the picture for his contact.

I also had it happen a few other times, for exactly the same reason. I had put some of my co-workers in my Favorite list and then I selected them and then touched their picture. It auto-dialed them twice. 1st when I pulled them out of the favorites list, and then when I touched their "photo".

If you want to edit photos, etc.... make sure you do it from the Contacts List or you will get a lot of "butt calling" complaints.
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A very big annoyance for me is that the phone starts all the time while sitting in my pocket. I had an s2 for the past 3 years in my jeans pocket without any protection or flap around it, without this annoyance. The home button on the S5 sticks out to much and it starts the phone all the time. When it rubs than to the inside of my pocket lining, it messes up the phone. Does any one know how to stop the phone from waking up with the home button ?
I solved my problem of unintentional waking up the phone by the home button being squeezed in my jeans pocket in this ... acceptable way:

By gluing 2 little elevated plastic squares left and right from the home button.
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Kinda ruined the looks of the phone.

Mine is set up to if the button is pushed the screen comes on, but can't go anywhere until I swipe it to the right. If I don't swipe it, it turns off in 15 seconds.
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Kinda ruined the looks of the phone.

Mine is set up to if the button is pushed the screen comes on, but can't go anywhere until I swipe it to the right. If I don't swipe it, it turns off in 15 seconds.
Yes, that's almost ok, except that when it wakes up the phone, the screen is briefly turned on and that drains the battery. Also, than I hear the lock-screen touch sound: poing poing... in my pocket ... enervating ! Buying a wider looser jeans should also cure the problem ...haha
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Yes, that's almost ok, except that when it wakes up the phone, the screen is briefly turned on and that drains the battery. Also, than I hear the lock-screen touch sound: poing poing... in my pocket ... enervating ! Buying a wider looser jeans should also cure the problem ...haha
Your setup drains the battery more.
Simply turn off the sound and set vibration for email & text only.
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2 main annoyances.

1. the usb port 'cover' - I know necessary for IP67 and all but a slight hassle to open and shut every day. I hear some people are removing it.
2. No Samsung 'dock dashboard app', which I suspect they removed because they assumed with the usb port cover not many people would be docking the device. I use Dock Clock Plus which is an awesome app that is highly customizable enabling me to use my S5 as an alarm clock with weather widget visible on my night stand at night when I 'retire'.
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I hate the fact that you cannot disable a lot of the Samsung bloatware, S Finder is one of them, you can "Force Stop" it, but it just restarts on it's own, I don't want to go the root option. Phil
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STILL having trouble with the phone nor remembering anything! Doesn't seem to be related to updates or reboots (though that wasn't an issue on my S3), but the phone just won't remember default apps. I have to constantly tell it my phone is how I want to call out. And it's not universal or related to stock apps. It never wants to ask if I want K9 to check my mail vs stock.
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The camera has a mind of it's own and I really want my S4 back if this is how it's going to behave.
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The camera has a mind of it's own and I really want my S4 back if this is how it's going to behave.
Just like my S2, also this S5 has the annoying habit to set itself to a low resolution of 6Megapixels. So I keep resetting it to 16M. It can be related to the Panorama mode or the zoom function. I haven't figured it out yet, but i should appreciate that Android made a function to LOCK the camera resolution to maximum. I know that while zooming the resolution goes down. But I have this problem all the time at NO zoom and I never manually lower the resolution.
I am not saying that the S5 is a bad phone, but I would appreciate that Android and Samsung use this feedback to improve the software in further updates.
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