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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by victek, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. victek

    victek Android Enthusiast
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    I know there's a dedicated S5 forum, but I'm asking here because I wonder if any DNA owners are looking at it? My DNA has been great, but it has issues now due to age and I'm thinking of an upgrade. The S5 just became available and I expect it will take some time for things to shake out, but what do you think so far? :)
     



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  2. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Android Expert

    I hate Samsung phones. I'm looking for something to replace my DNA, but it will not be a Samsung. I'm interested to see what the LG G3 and whatever replaces the Moto X are like. One of them is likely to be my next phone.
     
  3. Skipdawg

    Skipdawg Android Enthusiast

    Same here. Love the DNA but of of the updates awhile back screwed something up. Not sure I can wait till December to upgrade so may get something new before. I also don't care for Samsung and have been following what they have been saying about the LG G3 a friend has the G2 and it is a great phone.

    I may just port my land line over and get a 2ed cell phone. I've had the land line number for over 20 years and want to keep it.
     
  4. mamawm

    mamawm Well-Known Member

    i don't like touch wiz. so anything that's not samsung. i'm still considering the g2 and the m8 seems really sweet. the z2 would be worth looking into if verizon would give sony a chance. samsung has been really locking things up lately and it just kinda rubs me the wrong way.
     
  5. victek

    victek Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the replies. I haven't used touch wiz before so don't really have an opinion. I did read a review that said touch wiz has been toned down on the S5 and is generally more usable. I've only had HTC phones so far - Sense is OK, but I prefer 3rd party launchers and apps so the stock UI doesn't make much difference. The M8 has some nice features, but it sounds like the camera is weak. The metal back looks good, but I keep my phones in a case. The S5 has a 16 mp camera, 4k 30fps video, removable battery and microSD card support. I know you can't just go by specs, but those features seem worth considering.
     
  6. mwl1119

    mwl1119 Android Expert

    I'm not eligible to upgrade until January but I just bought an HTC One (2013) off of swappa for $250 so plan on rolling with that for the next 9 months.
     
  7. PsychDoc

    PsychDoc Well-Known Member

    I pown the DNA and I did a side-by-side comparison with the S5. I was absolutely shocked. The screen was much brighter (with both on maximum brightness) and had way better contrast and purer whites. The camera comparison was simply a joke the S5 was so much better. Pretty much like a full frame DSLR to an instamatic. The only area where the DNA bested to S5 was in the speaker. It was louder and clearer. Yes, I wish the S5 had build quality like the M8 or even the DNA but, like most, I'm going to put a thin case over it anyway so who really cares? I'm sold and as soon as Verizon gets in the black S5 (they're sold out all around the NYC area) I'm getting one. I have unlimited date but when I switch they'll permanently give me 6 gigs on my line for the same $30/month. Given that I barely use 3/4 of a gig now as I'm usually using wifi, that 6 gigs is essentially the same as unlimited.
     
  8. victek

    victek Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the helpful comparison. The S5 is looking like a good upgrade. By the way do you run other launchers, like Nova? I like Nova and have other 3rd party apps for text, email and calendar so the stock UI and apps don't matter.
     
  9. PsychDoc

    PsychDoc Well-Known Member

    Yes, I've been using Nova Launcher since I got the DNA and I couldn't be happier. I'm planning on installing it on the GS5 immediately so I really don't care how good or bad TouchWiz is or isn't. Same with the keyboard. Swiftkey is getting installed instantly.
     
  10. victek

    victek Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Great! Do me a favor and let me know if Nova works well on the S5. Also have you ever used Swype? It looks like Swiftkey also supports tracing through the letters to spell words. That's the only way to go for me.
     
  11. MrDangerous

    MrDangerous Android Enthusiast

    Imagine... A newer phone with newer specs being better...
     
  12. MikeC01

    MikeC01 Newbie

    My family recently made the decision to move our plan from Verizon to AT&T so the DNA had to go. I felt the S5 was the best choice of the AT&T phones although I gave some strong consideration to the M8. The constant issues with my DNA made me want to give Samsung another try.

    As MrDangerous mentions the specs are better on this phone and I find that it runs faster and smoother. Physically, the phone is slightly larger and I always felt the DNA was pushing it when it comes to how big of a phone I would want. The S5 does have a pretty cool feature that shrinks the screen for easier one handed operation though which helps. The power button and volume rocker are in completely different locations than the DNA as well and that's taking some getting use to. I like that the battery cover comes off, but I miss the Qi charging of the DNA. The S5 is getting a Qi cover that you can buy but it's not out yet. Overall, I love the look of the S5 with the faux leather back but it does feel more cheaply built than the DNA.

    I haven't loved TouchWiz so far. Everything seems to be in a different place and there seem to be a lot of additional sub menus in this skin which makes it harder to find different settings. I also feel that the HTC skin had a more adult look and TouchWiz looks more cartoon like in many places which is in stark contrast to the very adult look of the phone itself.

    Anyway, so far I like the phone overall and I think when I find the right cover to minimize the bulkiness (a problem I initially had with the DNA too) and the wireless charging back plate is released I'll be a lot happier.
     
  13. victek

    victek Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    If you don't mind using a generic wireless charging kit you can already get them on eBay. Very affordable - < $20US - and the one I have has been working fine on the S5 so far. It uses the existing back.
     
  14. MikeC01

    MikeC01 Newbie

    I also forgot to mention that the battery life of the S5 seems to be much longer than the DNA as well.
     
  15. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Android Expert


    If you were using wireless charging that doesn't surprise me. It's so bad for the battery.
     
  16. MikeC01

    MikeC01 Newbie

    In the last 14 months or so, I've had 3 maybe 4 DNA's so I can't imagine the wireless charging impacted the battery life all that much.
     
  17. victek

    victek Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Can you say why wireless charging is bad for the battery?
     
  18. Skipdawg

    Skipdawg Android Enthusiast

    Year and a half no issues with wireless charging. I have a watch also that dose that. 4 years and no issues so I'd say that is a non-issue.
     
  19. Bidzinski

    Bidzinski Lurker

    HTC M8 is a very nice phone and side by side in comparison to the S5 it is all about preference of feel and looks. They both have great quality and a while back I changed from Samsung to Apple then went to the htc one, and then when the new M8 came out I purchased that and was happy with it but it was to similar to the htc one so I got the z2 and the S5 and there is very little difference for me all the three new phones were great, which one to keep is still a hard decision.
     
  20. victek

    victek Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    That's good to hear. I did a little research and the only thing that comes up is maybe the heat generated by wireless charging can shorten the life of the battery. Even if that's true it's an acceptable trade off with the S5 IMO. I would much rather not wear out the USB port (which happened with my previous phone) and keep the port cover intact for the water resistance. Since the battery is replaceable it doesn't matter if it wears out before I'm done using the phone.
     
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  21. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Android Expert


    It creates heat, which is the number one killer of Li-Ion batteries. Since there's no specific advantage to it, other than saving the 4 seconds it take to plug the phone in, I see no reason to use it. Now, if the phone had a replaceable battery, I might consider it.
     
  22. victek

    victek Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    One advantage is it eliminates all of the wear and tear on the USB port caused by plugging/unplugging the phone when charging with a cable. My DNA eventually stopped charging reliably for this reason, which is what motivated me to switch to wireless charging when I got the S5. Regarding heat I think wireless Vs wired charging deserves a closer look. Charging with a wire causes heat too and I expect that all wireless chargers are not created equal. Understandably you don't want to do anything to reduce the life of a non-replaceable battery, but that's not an issue with the S5.
     
  23. Skipdawg

    Skipdawg Android Enthusiast

    I had my wireless charging pad 2 days before the DNA. I have never plugged in my DNA via USB to charge.

    Oh and I've had the the watch that charges that way 5 years now. Got it in 2009.

    Now if I was going to use a phone for 5+ years I might watch it but under 3 the average is just a little over 2 years with my cell phones. See no issue. My phone gets warmer from prolonged use more than sitting on the charger.

    I got my DNA 3 days after it hit the market. As I said no issues with charging or battery. I can still go a day and a half full charge. With my normal use.
     

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