Tough question to answer whether to buy this phone or should I wait for next generation.Let’s go through the Samsung Galaxy S5 review for India, the newly unveiled flagship product by the South Korean giant at Mobile World Congress 2014 to decide if it is a worthy upgrade.
Features & Specifications:
- Processor 1.9 GHz + 1.3 GHz + XMM6360 Adonis Prime2 for Indian model Vs. 2.5 GHz Quad core application processor in international variant (Snapdragon 801-Best processor available)
- Display 5.1” FHD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080), 432 ppi (Great screen but expected was a 2k display)
- Dimension 142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, 145g
- OS Android 4.4.2 (KitKat- latest Android OS)
- Memory RAM: 2GB (Enough for multi-tasking)
- Storage:16/32GB User Memory + microSD slot (up to 128GB)
- Connectivity WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2)
- Download Booster (LTE + WiFi simultaneous reception)
- NFC, Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+ USB 3.0 IR Remote
- Network LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)( Would be great as most telecoms in India plan to launch 4G services in 2014-15)
- IP67 certificated Dust & Water Resistant, Emergency Mode, Ultra Power Saving Mode, S
- Health, Quick Connect, Private Mode, Kids Mode
- Main(Rear): 16MP (1/2.6”, Phase Detection AF) with HDR ability is quick and offer good quality
- Sub (Front) : 2.0MP (1920 x 1080, Wide-angle lens )
- Camera Features
- Fingerprint, Heart Rate Sensor
- Battery: 2800mAh (good capacity will easily run for entire day with 3-4 hours screen time, 3G usage for 5-6 hours,
- Standby time : 390 hrs (LTE) / Talk time: 21 hrs (WCDMA)
- Google Mobile Services*
Camera Comparison: Samsung S5 Vs. Nexus 5
Camera Quality Both the cameras are excellent but Samsung S5 Camera is slightly better compared to the Nexus 5, and in low light shots the difference is ever more visible.
Samsung Left us wanting for Some of these features:
Design: Not tremendous but yes some improvement on S4 & S3. You can’t call it bad because Samsung does know how to put a phone together well. But at the same time, it’s the same tired story on the design front: taking some elements from the predecessor, adding in some bits from the current Note and calling it all new.
Snapdragon 801: It was expected to launch with Snapdragon 805 instead of Snapdragon 801, would have made the devise 15-25% faster especially on the graphics front. Snapdragon 805 is expected to debut in 2014, with which device is yet to be seen but unfortunately Indian version comes with 1.9 GHz + 1.3 GHz + XMM6360 Adonis Prime2 we don’t know why Samsung thinks that selling a phone with this processor makes sense for them in India or they underestimate the technical knowledge of Indian customers. But we defer to Samsung Indian customers are the smartest and highest value seeking in the world and inevitably compromising on the power will not help Samsung’s cause.
Sound Quality: While HTC has beats audio and Sony has xloud, Samsung has ignored the music lover in all of the galaxy series which is years behind on what Apple has done with iPhone 5s. Samsung needs to improve software optimization and headset quality with S5.
Display: While rumors suggested that Galaxy S 5 will come with a 2k display(2048 × 1080) it is launched with(1920×1080) resolution, while we may not have content for 2k now enthusiasts may be disappointed.
While Samsung S5 is was launched in April, it now faces fierce competition from many devices. While we can say that it will be meant for subscribers who want maximum features and proper specifications at a reasonable price, unlike apple which has 5s selling above Rs. 50,000. The high price makes apple 5s a product which is out of reach for many middle-class buyers. While apple 5s is more affordable in US & European markets, Indian middle class which is a majority in number; finds it overwhelmingly expensive.
On the other hand, if we see the two handsets which were launched at the end of 2013 LG G2 & Google Nexus 5 have been able to attract the consumers offering excellent value for money.
Google Nexus 5 which is made by LG has found extraordinary success as they got the pricing correct for the product. The phenomenal success of Nexus 5 is attributed to significant hardware, latest OS(Kit Kat), the inspiring brand name Google and the sub 30k price which made it a rage among buyers.
Pricing: Samsung Success will be highly dependent on the price they pitch there product. They launched Galaxy Note 3 with price in the range of 45-48k which has not found many takers when you are getting a device like Nexus 5 much cheaper with almost similar specs.
Samsung launched it around 51,500 now retailing @ 48,000 but not finding many takers due to overpriced launch and teasing Indian customers by shipping phone without Snapdragon 801 which make this excellent device poor value for money in comparison to the competition. More expensive it becomes from 38,000 the value for money and performance per rupee start to decline and beyond 45k the device will become costly for value buyers who will try to stick with Nexus 5 or LG G2.
Samsung S 5 is undoubtedly a great phone to own; every product has some cons which is also the case with Samsung S 5. It is one of the most exciting mobile which makes sense for buyers who are upgrading from Galaxy S advance, S2 and S3 or mobiles with similar specs. S5 is a remarkable combination of hardware specs and software optimization. Samsung has not left any stone unturned while developing this marvel. It will be great for playing games, e-mails, social network apps, reading and viewing movies and anything you want to throw at it. The only reason for low sales is that it is just Rs.10,000 more expensive than what would have been its price looking at the current scenario.
For buyers of S4 or Note2 or similar specs, mobile phone owners may like to wait for Samsung S6 or Google Nexus 6.
We give Samsung Galaxy S 5 only 3 Stars rating for the Indian model primarily as pricing is too obnoxious. Also Read – Samsung Note 7 Is Finally Dead: Sale and Replacement Stopped