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Galaxy S5 Vs HTC One M8

Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Which is the best Android phone in the world?

Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Which is the best Android phone in the world?

By on April 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM.

For smartphone fans around the world, things really started to get interesting over the past couple of months. First, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone in late February, revealing a smartphone that was quite impressive and touted a number of great new features, but failed to live up to the hype stirred up by dozens of rumors. Then, HTC unveiled its own flagship phone, the HTC One (M8), and launched it the very same day.

We called HTC’s new handset the best Android phone on the planet when we published our in-depth HTC One (M8) review. But now HTC’s flagship handset finally has some serious competition in the Galaxy S5.

The new M8 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 went on sale within weeks of each other and there is little question that these two smartphones are the best all-around Android phones in the world at the moment. But when it comes to wearing the crown, there can be only one.

So, which next-generation flagship smartphone is the best in the business right now? More →

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Samsung Galaxy S5 sales double

More signs point to the Galaxy S5 being a winner

By on April 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

More signs point to the Galaxy S5 being a winner

When Samsung launched the Galaxy S5, it did so amid fears that the smartphone market was becoming saturated. However, based on recent reports about launch-day sales of the S5, it looks like Samsung will do just fine this year. According to a report from CNET, the Samsung Galaxy S5 sold at more than twice the rate on its first day at U.K. mobile phone retailers Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse. More →

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Galaxy S5 Gear 2 Gear Fit Ads

Video: Check out Samsung’s radiant ads for Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit

By on April 16, 2014 at 1:56 PM.

Video: Check out Samsung’s radiant ads for Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit

Samsung’s advertisements have traditionally been rooted in reality, showcasing new devices and slamming the competition, which is why the latest spots appear to come from out of left field. Posted on Tuesday, Samsung’s new commercials are an imaginative, fantastical look at the just-launched lineup of devices: the Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Q2 Shipments

Samsung has high hopes for the Galaxy S5, reportedly expects to ship 35M in Q2 alone

By on April 15, 2014 at 5:25 PM.

Samsung has high hopes for the Galaxy S5, reportedly expects to ship 35M in Q2 alone

Samsung has high expectations for the Galaxy S5. The 2014 flagship phone has received widespread acclaim for its stellar display and surprising durability, leading to huge adoption numbers and growing sales predictions from Samsung. The Korea Times reports that Samsung shipped 1.3 times as many Galaxy S5 units on the first day of sales than it did on the launch day of the S4. More →

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Galaxy S5 Durability Test

New study suggests Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is more breakable than the iPhone 5s

By on April 15, 2014 at 1:51 PM.

New study suggests Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is more breakable than the iPhone 5s

The Galaxy S5 can do plenty of things that the iPhone can’t, but even with IP67 certification, Samsung still hasn’t built a more durable phone than the iPhone 5s. The Associated Press shares the latest results from SquareTrade’s durability tests, which put the iPhone 5s just half a point ahead of the brand new Galaxy S5. According to SquareTrade, the relative small size of the iPhone 5s gives it an edge over the 5-inch Android phones which have begun flooding the market. An iPhone owner is simply less likely to drop his or her phone. More →

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Verizon Galaxy S5 Sale

Verizon’s Galaxy S5 already half off from Amazon

By on April 15, 2014 at 1:34 PM.

Verizon’s Galaxy S5 already half off from Amazon

Samsung’s hotly anticipated Galaxy S5 smartphone just debuted a few short days ago, but the device is already being sold at a big discount. Verizon Wireless’ version of the new flagship phone, which normally starts at $199.99 on contract for the 16GB model, can now be ordered from Amazon for just $99.99 — a discount of 50% off the up-front cost of the phone. More →

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Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Hack

Galaxy S5′s fingerprint scanner has already been hacked, PayPal accounts at risk

By on April 15, 2014 at 9:41 AM.

Galaxy S5′s fingerprint scanner has already been hacked, PayPal accounts at risk

When it comes to Samsung’s fingerprint scanner technology embedded in the home button on the new Galaxy S5, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that we have spent plenty of time testing it, and we’ve found that it works very well. The bad news, however, is that it has apparently already been hacked, leaving Galaxy S5 owners’ devices and their PayPal accounts at risk. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Cost

IHS: ‘no breakthroughs,’ ‘nothing earth-shattering’ about Galaxy S5

By on April 15, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

IHS: ‘no breakthroughs,’ ‘nothing earth-shattering’ about Galaxy S5

Research firm IHS says the Galaxy S5 costs $256 to make, Re/code reports, a price that’s significantly higher than previous Samsung high-end handsets but which is becoming the norm for the company’s new flagships. While the $256 bill of materials for the handset does not account for the cost of software, distribution and marketing, Samsung is expected to enjoy a gross margin of about 60% on the Galaxy S5. More →

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Galaxy S5 Battery Life Test

Galaxy S5 has ‘jaw-dropping’ tablet-grade battery life

By on April 14, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

Galaxy S5 has ‘jaw-dropping’ tablet-grade battery life

One of the features the many Galaxy S5 buyers will certainly enjoy is excellent battery life. While Samsung said that the Galaxy S5 can offer up to 10 hours of web browsing, up to 12 hours of HD movie watching and up to 21 hours of 3G, the phone scored 8 hours and 20 minutes of battery life in Phone Arena’s test. The publication concluded that the Galaxy S5’s 2,800 mAh battery is able to surpass phablets with bigger batteries and essentially provide tablet-grade performance. More →

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Galaxy S5 SM-G900 Root

This is how you can free your Galaxy S5 from bloatware and TouchWiz

By on April 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM.

This is how you can free your Galaxy S5 from bloatware and TouchWiz

As with previous Samsung flagship devices, the recently launched Galaxy S5 handset comes with the company’s custom user interface on top of Android, as well as various bloatware apps, which buyers may not necessarily appreciate. Luckily, there is a way to better customize and manage the Android device, although it requires users to root their Galaxy S5 units in the process. SamMobile reports that many Galaxy S5 versions can be rooted, thanks to the work of recognized developer Chainfire, including several models launched in the U.S. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

The worst thing about the Samsung Galaxy S5

The worst thing about the Samsung Galaxy S5

By on April 14, 2014 at 11:40 AM.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 might be a brand new smartphone, but it’s also quite familiar in a number of ways. The look of the phone is very similar to the Galaxy S4 aside from the new texture on the back, and the software is unmistakably similar as well. In fact, I noted in a recent post that the best thing about the Galaxy S5 just so happens to be its gorgeous display. The screen, of course, was also the best thing about last year’s Galaxy S4.

As it turns out, these two flagship phones also have something else in common: Their worst feature. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

The best thing about the Samsung Galaxy S5

The best thing about the Samsung Galaxy S5

By on April 14, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

It feels like we have been waiting forever for the Galaxy S5 to launch. The release of Samsung’s new flagship smartphone actually comes less than a year after the Galaxy S4 first debuted, but to be frank, the S4 was a pretty big let down. It was a jack of all trades, master of just one: the display.

Samsung’s flagship smartphone for 2013 wasn’t a bad smartphone, per se, but it really wasn’t anything special. And it certainly wasn’t the envelope-pusher we were looking for from the top smartphone vendor in the world.

But with the Galaxy S5, Samsung tried even harder to wow us. More →

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