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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Samsung Galaxy S5 Drop Test

Video: The Galaxy S5 might be the most indestructible phone ever made

By on April 14, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

Video: The Galaxy S5 might be the most indestructible phone ever made

Can anything actually kill the Galaxy S5? So far we’ve seen Samsung’s newest flagship device get run over by an SUV, dropped into a pool for an hour and even put through a full washing machine cycle and still come out working perfectly. Now YouTube user GadgetGuruHD has decided to go even farther in the mad quest to find out what can kill the Galaxy S5 by dropping it from the second story of a two-story building. More →

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Galaxy S5 Sales

Galaxy S5 sales have reportedly already climbed into the millions

By on April 14, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Galaxy S5 sales have reportedly already climbed into the millions

Will the Galaxy S5 find huge success and erase any memory of the S4′s lackluster sales performance last year? It’s far too early to know for certain, of course, but a new report suggests that Samsung’s latest flagship phone is off to an impressive start, with launch-day sales that not only topped last year’s Galaxy S4, but even doubled S4 sales in some markets. More →

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Samsung Gear 2 Gear Fit Teardown

Samsung’s smartwatch batteries are delightfully easy to replace

By on April 11, 2014 at 6:36 PM.

Samsung’s smartwatch batteries are delightfully easy to replace

Samsung is taking another stab at the wearable market this week with a slew of new wearables: the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches and the Gear Fit fitness tracker. As expected, the new Gear models are much improved over the original Galaxy Gear, with more comfortable designs and cleaner interfaces, but they also happen to be surprisingly easy to take apart. iFixit tore into the new wearables to find that replacing a battery in the Gear 2 is almost as simple as replacing a battery in a regular watch. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Launch Lines

Galaxy S5 fans line up around (some parts of) the world for Samsung’s next big thing

By on April 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM.

Galaxy S5 fans line up around (some parts of) the world for Samsung’s next big thing

Samsung first made a splash when it mocked the “iSheep” who stand in long lines around Apple stores waiting to get the newest version of the iPhone. However, it looks like the launch of the Galaxy S5 has produced some long lines of its own and you can bet that Samsung won’t be making fun of them in future commercials. More →

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