Samsung Galaxy S5 SIM-Free Smartphone, SM-G900F - Black
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- 5.1 Inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with 1920x1080 resolution
- S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
- Dropbox (50 GB cloud storage)
- Mobile fingerprint scanning
- Dust and water resistant to IP67 standard
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Colour: Black | Size: 16GB
Designed for what matters most to people, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the smartphone that puts you at the heart of everything, providing simple and powerful benefits for everyday life.
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Bought in mid-2015
I used to own a 'brick' iPhone. I'm talking about the second iPhone that came out. I've seen how smartphones have got better and expensive, especially iPhones. After couple of years, I decided it was time to get a new smartphone. And it was either this S5 or an LG G3 LG Electronics G3 4G Smartphone 16 GB (UK SIM-Free, Android, 5.5 inch) - Black . I went for the S5...
The Honor5 smartphone and the One Plus One smartphone was considered. I didn't go for them although they were great phones. -mainly due to the lack of warranty/support.
The phone came in a genuine box, with a genuine charger and most importantly, a genuine phone. I put my SIM in, charged a little bit and it was ready. It took me a while to get used to the phone- fiddling around and customising (something that is limited in iPhones). And it's a great smartphone. I've had it for nearly a year and this phone has everything I want.
RECOMMENDATIONS (which this phone has)
-Do your research. Know what you are buying. Compare other phones, focusing on specs.
-Android Operating System. I'm an iPhone convert. I believe Android is better- more customisable and more 'free'. iPhone (IOS) /Apple is not worth it.
-Minimum 5inch screen display. The S5 is 5.1inch. Not too big and not too small. Fits in pocket. Good size for everyday tasks including watching videos. The S5 has a Super AMOLED touchscreen.
-Full HD (1080x1920) display. Best quality display= good user experience.
-Minimum 6MP camera. The S5 has 16MP. The higher it is the better quality the images/videos would be. However, A LOT of memory is used up. So I changed the camera settings set at 6MP for images and 2.4MP for video.
-Minimum 16GB internal memory. 4.2GB out of 16GB is used for the system (Operating System, etc.) There is a 32GB version of the S5 and its definitely something to look into.
-SD-card compatible of up to 128gb. Easily remove and transport data from various devices. This is a must as the internal memory is limited.
-Minimum 2GB RAM. It's actually 1.7GB usable RAM. This is the ability to multitask. At idle, it runs at 1.2GB. It would have been better if it was 3GB. The S5 still runs smoothly.
-A Quad-Core CPU @ 2GHz with a Snapdragon Chipset. Process data/tasks quickly. Quad-Core is better than Dual-Core. Higher "@ __GHz" means faster processing. The S5 is 2.5GHz. And the latest chipset series is the Snapdragon series.
-Speaker/audio with a 3.5mm audio jack.
-Wi-fi feature. A must.
-At least 2500mAh battery. The higher it is, the more charge it can hold. The S5 is 2800mAh. The battery life is ok, although I charge it every day.
-Water resistant. You never know, you might drop your phone where you least expect it!
-The S5 has a fingerprint scanner on the home button. It works but I don't use it.
-Budget under £300. Smartphones are ridiculously expensive these days. You can get a good phone for under £300
-Minimum 2 years warranty. The S5 has 2 years with the 1st year being with Amazon (you would have to contact Amazon after 30 days if you need help).
-Buy New from "Dispatched and Sold by Amazon". Avoid any other sellers, including sellers that are fulfilled by Amazon. Reduce the chance of getting a defect. It would also be an easy process with Amazon if something was to go wrong. Majority of the 1* reviews are based on other sellers (such as sellers from Hong Kong)- customers getting fakes, problem with charger, etc.
I've had this smartphone for nearly a year and it's great. I didn't go for the S6 because it was more expensive than the S5, and I believed it wasn't worth it. No memory card and battery not removable- like an iPhone. S5 was just ideal. Has everything. I expect the S5 to last at least 5 years.
Great product. Packaged well and delivered well on time.100% recommended.
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The usb slot cover where the charger is put in has been ripped off.
A slight cracking on the back camera lense
A chip on the back cover of the phone
The charger was black (from burning in a plug socket?)
The wire send with the plug wasn't a genuine Samsung cable.
I have found this a really great phone, good screen, water resistant, speedy cpu, good battery life etc and if you are like me and don't chase the latest tech then this phone is still a great option.
However on the negative side I don't think Samsung could have made the phone construction feel more cheaper, lots of plastic used.
I would still highly recommend this phone.