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 more: Five flaws in Samsung Galaxy S5's TouchWiz
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.

Related Articles

Full review of the Samsung Galaxy S5
Five flaws in Samsung Galaxy S5's TouchWiz
Five reasons to avoid the new HTC One (M8)
Full review of the HTC One (M8)
Five reasons to buy the new HTC One (M8)
Who makes the better smartphone? Samsung or HTC?
The best smartphones of 2014

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags TouchWizsamsungGoogle4.4S5AndroidKitKatgalaxy

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Tony Ibrahim
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?