Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S5 16GB Sprint

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  • Full-HD screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Powerful Quad-Core processor
  • High-quality cameras
  • Intuitive customized interface


  • Fingerprint scanner can be finicky
  • Unexciting design

Bottom Line

While the Galaxy s5 may be older, it still offers a competitive performance compared to other mid-tier phones being released today.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a bestselling 2014 smartphone that received positive reviews for its fantastic Full-HD screen, excellent battery life, a powerful Quad-Core processor, high-quality cameras and an intuitive customized interface on top of the Android KitKat operating system. However, some reviewers noted the upgrades from its predecessor weren’t significant, its fingerprint scanner can be finicky at times and the design is unexciting compared to other top smartphones of 2014. While the Galaxy S5 doesn’t have the sharpest design, it is still a premium phone that is superior to many of its competitors due to its host of smart features and strong specs.

  • Weight: 0.32 lbs
  • Display Size: 5.1 inches
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Battery Life: 21 hours

Score Summary

Critic Reviews

  • 90
    CNet July 13, 2014

    Subtly improved and smartly refined, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a superior superphone that hits every mark but the sharpest design.

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  • 90
    TechRadar August 13, 2014

    Powerful, competent and with a whole new UI, it's a shame that Samsung hasn't progressed further with the look of its new challenger.

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  • 90
    TrustedReviews September 1, 2014

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 fits happily into the role of Galaxy S4 successor. It's a phone with some significant improvements over that model. It lacks the style of its nearest rivals, but it more than delivers on every other point and has a truly oustanding screen.

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  • 83
    Engadget March 6, 2014

    The S5 is a solid upgrade over last year's model, with improvements to the hardware, software and camera. However, certain headline features like the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor are mediocre at best.

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Operating System Google Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Weight 0.32 lbs
Battery Life 21 hours
Connectivity 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, micro USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared, GPS
Internal Storage 16GB
Removable Memory MicroSD
Display Size 5.1 inches
Display Resolution 1080 x 1920
Display Technology Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Front Camera 2 MP
Rear Camera 16 MP
Graphics Adreno 330
Water Resistance Yes
IP Rating IP67
Additional Features IP67 certified - dust and water resistant, microSD card
Dimension (LxWxH) 5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32

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