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So I have finally taken the plunge to get a new phone! Being loyal I, decided to stick with #TeamSamsung.
It costs around £390 for handset with 16 GB Memory. With 02 I will pay the value of £320 for the phone. Being quite savvy it’s advisable to shop around.
In essence it's a smartphone like many others, and with this S5 Mini I get a decent 4.5" screen. It has really good screen clarity and quality for watching videos and navigating around the phone is easy as one swish of the finger across the screen will introduce you to all the different applications and functions.
Running on Android, the apps are vast and popular. With this phone it has this cool bobble where messages can linger in the corner, so no need to exit an app to reply to messages. The only downside is this doesn't work with WhatsApp.
I find it easy to locate to music on my phone as it is all stored in one music player list.
Connecting to Wi-Fi is easy to do and with my 4g Internet it is quite fast, but of course this will depend on the network provider for the phone. There is no difference in the 8 Mega Pixel camera aswell which is good.
Making calls and texts is easy enough to do. Same to any phone, just type it in, or use the personal assistant to tell the phone who to call or text! Sound quality is also perfect, I have not had any issues with hearing the other person, nor have they had issues with hearing me!
My biggest disappointment is the change in navigation with this galaxy model. In the bottom left hand corner, when pressed there was a highlighted button which would act like a “menu button” or if you were in an app it would prompt you to log out. Now, they have changed it to some weird “recent button” where instead it just brings up a whole list on the screen of the recent apps you have been in and now you can close them or re-enter them at a quick touch.
My next concern is the dodgy battery life. In the box it came with a charger and by the time I got home it was at 36%. I charged it for ONE HOUR and it did not go up past 36%! I was livid, however, I then used my old S III charger and it works like a charm. Takes about an hour to charge to full capacity which is a big shame as Id hoped it would improve.
I got my phone in white but it also comes in black. It is a pretty decent smart phone, and I recommend it. If you are already a Samsung user you will find it easy to navigate and not much difference. If you are new to the team, welcome to #TeamSamsung!
After having the s4 mini for some time it came time to upgrade and the samsung galaxy s5 was my first choice. Because of the steep price tag i went for it on contract with vodafone as there was no initial cost. I got it in white.
When it arrived the box was nice and small and inside was the handset, battery, charger, headphones and instructions. Once i put the battery and sim in the back i was surprised at how light it was to say its pretty big as phones go. Its definitely a good looking phone.
It comes with the latest android software; kitkat already installed. This said the phone will do lots of updates in the first few days. As usual it comes with a fair few apps already installed; all the google ones, facebook, youtube etc. I find it quite frustrating that you can't uninstall some of these that you don't want.
Setting up the phone is super easy so its quick to get going and if you have a memory card with all your contacts etc your good to go. I love the fact that you can add to the memory with a micro sd card (something you cant do with an iphone) although the 16gb internal memory is not to be sniffed at.
The camera is absolutely fab, its the best quality image i've seen from a phone and the image editor is good, allowing you to add filters, touch up the image, crop and rotate too.
The finger print recognition is a pretty nifty little gimmick that allows only you to unlock the phone. That said it cam be pretty difficult to get the hang of swiping it properly and if you get it wrong 5 times it locks for 30 seconds. You must also have a back up password.
I'm pretty sure this phone does a whole lot more than i will ever actually use it for but what i do use works brilliantly. Thus far i've had no problems with it freezing or crashing (something my s4 mini did frequently) and it runs numerous applications with ease.
One mega downside is the battery life; it drains crazy fast and i usually have to charge it over night and one other time in the day to top it up, ive had it die on me a few times. In an emergency though it does have a super battery saver mode that literally allows you to call and not much else but its handy if your desperate.
Overall i love my phone. Yes its a little bulky, but that means the screen is great for watching videos and using the net.
Yes it drains battery fast but it does alot!
Really impressed samsung, beats apple everytime for me!
I have been using the S2 version, as I find that it does everything I want it to whilst keeping things simple.... but, due to work, I was handed the newest Galaxy range, the S5, which makes my old faithful S2 look like a Nokia 6220 in the hands of a giant.
This S5 is quite big, having a 5.1 inch crystal clear screen
The battery last longer than any other I have come across, which is a miracle with mobiles these days.
The heart rate monitor is ok I guess but I'm old school and prefer to use my finger on pulse method to know my heart's about to explode. So the monitor is not something I use.
I do however use the access security, which comes in the form of a finger print. You set it up using your chosen finger and every time you want access to your phone you use that fingerprint to do so. This stops me having to hide my screen from others when I am inputting the password. All phones should follow suit with this as it is a brilliant idea.
It also boasts that it is water resistant, not waterproof, so don't take it deep-sea-diving with you. What it means is that, once all the flaps are closed properly, the phone will be protected from spilt drink on it. Which is another great idea for mobile phones.
So, after using this for a few months, getting to grips with the built in apps, some of which are as useful as a chocolate teapot, which is annoying as you can't uninstall them. Not with a root anyway, which invalidates the warranty. But most are good apps, plus, I have added many of my own. So now the phone is how I want it.
It is simple to use, especially if you're used to smart phones to start with. It's fast, with the apps opening almost instantly, zipping from one to another in the blink of an eye, almost. The internet, both wi-fi and 3/4G, open up with the speed of a thousand gazelles, although running through he internet does depend on your browser/position/provider, but it all goes well, you'll be eating through your data allowance before you realise.
The screen is the best i've seen, which means watching a video or looking at pictures is a pleasure, with no need to squint. The camera is quick, clicking almost as soon as you press the 'take' button.
The only downside of this phone is the fact that it cost a small fortune to have this in your hands, we're talking about £300 - £400. and even on contract you're talking about £100+ upfront with a good £30 - £40 per month.
The Samsung galaxies have been setting a very high standard as of late, with each one becoming slightly more advanced than the last, the s5 is no exception and it has amazed me. The most bold feature of the phone is its heart rate application which accurately measures your heart rate when prompted to does. This may come across as a bit of a gimmick however it is very useful when doing sports for example. Another important feature is the phones incredible ultra long battery life, far more longer than previous galaxy s models. This is even more amazing due to the phones slim design. You also get the all new fingerprint scanner which gives you added security and peace of mind as you do not have to worry about forgetting your password. You also don't have to be cautious when unlocking your phone as there is no password for people to see. You also get a large amount of space which is very useful for storing all of your files. Another feature which gives additional peace of mind is the water resistance ability, meaning that you don't have to worry about getting your phone wet. A slight downside of this smartphone is that it is rather large which can leave you with an awkward struggle if you are trying to get it into or out of a small pocket. You do also get an excellent camera which is perfect for taking great shots. When considering all of this I believe that the price is reasonable.