Top 5 reasons to hate the Samsung Galaxy S5

How did Samsung get it so wrong?

5. Several gimmicks too many

The Galaxy S5 is full of wonderful innovations most people will never use. We’re huge advocates of innovation, but we want them to enrich our lives daily and not bog down our smartphone.

4. Seriously uncool

Nowadays it feels like everybody has a Galaxy smartphone. People no longer stop what they’re doing when they spot one; they simply pull one from their pocket. When phones go mainstream, their exclusivity and subsequent cool-ness drops.

3. It feels cheap

The Galaxy S5 is an expensive flagship, but that doesn’t make it a premium smartphone. Chrome, plastic and fake leather feel shabby in the hand. Worse yet, these materials adopt an uninspired shape.

The design has been dictated by accountants and executives. Plastic costs less and it is easier to produce in volume.

Read the Samsung Galaxy S5 full review here

2. Fatter, taller, wider, heavier

Flagship smartphones shouldn’t have regressive designs, but here we are. Compared to the year-old Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S5 is fatter, taller, wider and heavier. Samsung proved with the Note III that it can enlarge a smartphone’s screen and keep the footprint down. Unfortunately it appears Samsung couldn’t make this magic happen twice.

1. TouchWiz

Samsung’s Android overlay is undeniably the worst thing about the Galaxy S5. It is ugly, inefficient, restrictive, superfluous, taxing, confusing and proprietary. TouchWiz is the number one reason why you shouldn’t buy a Samsung Galaxy S5. In fact, we dedicated an afternoon jotting down everything wrong with it in a separate article, and you’ll find even more reasons in our review of the Galaxy S5.

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Tony Ibrahim

Tony Ibrahim

PC World

4 Comments

Dean Knowles

1

What a stupid and pointless article! I don't get those minutes of my life back, so thanks a bunch! "Uncool"?? "fat" ?? Wow, just the words i was looking for to base a professional purchase decision on.

And it's taller, wider and fatter by about ... what ... 0.06% right? Clearly a biased fan-boy of some other format at work here. So I am no closer to deciding if I should get one, thanks to this "professional" commentary. I recommend a career in a superstore somewhere mate, product journalism and research is above you.

Author

Staff

2

Dean,

I suggest your read our four-page review of the Galaxy S5. We recommend reading that if you're interested considering the Samsung Galaxy S5.

(http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/review/samsung/galaxy_s5/542924/)

Full disclosure: I own a HTC One (M7). My previous smartphones include the Galaxy S2 and S3.

Good luck,
Tony

IT_Observer

3

Tony, you have wtirten a good article about the strenghts and weakness of the Samsung Galaxy S5.
I like the way it has been explained, I own a Samsung Galaxy S3, I was thinking of buying the new version probably later in this year.
Now that Samsung is riding high on the success of the Galaxy series, it comes with a mediocre offering, this will not help Samsung if it wants to be the number one supreme leader of the pack.
Samsung must bring innovations, good quality products at very good price; people is not stupid to blindly buy a product just because is the latest one.
Samsung has got to the top because the previous products were good alternatives to the competition, now Samsung must channel all its efforts in providing complete satisfaction without sacrifying quality.
Now I will hold my decision to buy a phone until there is a better product, that's for sure!
Cheers!

IT_Observer

4

sorry for the the typo error, it should be written.
Thanks!

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