Galaxy S5 review: no five star rating

Galaxy S5

Galaxy S5

Samsung’s fifth Galaxy, the S5 doesn’t even approach the design and interface of the HTC One (M8) and iPhone 5s, so what’s it got going for itself? The 16MP camera is outstanding, possibly the best mobile phone snapper I’ve ever used, also the S5 is light and responsive, making it an excellent phone for handbags and boardroom tables. Yet for US$700 I want more from a smartphone than a dimpled rear and cool camera. Those wo own a Galaxy S4 can safely skip this gimmick-heavy phone. The remainder (those who can afford it) should carefully weigh up their options before plonking down those hard-earned coins. So why am I so underwhelmed by the Galaxy S5? I’m not a fan of novelty and the S5 is packed to the rafters with extra features and software tricks that can’t bare the strain of repeated use.

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