Samsung Galaxy S5 gets Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

After already landing for South Korean, Trinidad & Tobago, and Sprint versions of the Galaxy S5, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is now heading out for the global model of the S5 (SM-G900F).

The SM-G900F variant is widely available in Europe, Latin America, and numerous countries throughout Asia as well.

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Previous roll outs have pegged the update at around 1.5GB, so definitely download the update over WiFi. The upgrade to Marshmallow doesn’t seem to have had such a large visual impact on the look of the Galaxy S5’s UI when compared with some of Samsung’s newer handsets.

But the update does still include the main new Marshmallow features, such as Doze, granular app permissions, and Google Now on Tap, as well as the latest Android security patch.

The update has already been spotted landing on handsets in Sri Lanka. Given that the global model is available across so many regions, there’s no strict time frame for when the update will arrive for your particular handset. It could take days or more likely weeks for the update to get around the world, so don’t stay up looking out for that update notification or hammering the manual update check button.


Best Cheap Mobile Phones 2015

Wondering what the best cheap smartphones to buy right now are? Whether it’s a budget Android smartphone or Windows Phone handset you’re after, we’ve hand-picked the best mobiles under £200.

So your wallet can’t stretch to one of the best smartphones like Apple’s iPhone 6 or an Android smartphone great like the HTC One M8 or the Samsung Galaxy S5? All is not lost. You can still bag yourself a decent smartphone experience at a fraction of the price.

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Click the links below to find the perfect cheap phone for your needs or read on for more information on what to look out for.

Best Cheap Smartphone Overall | Motorola Moto G (Price: £124 (8GB), £160 (16GB) )
Best Cheap 5-inch Phone | Motorola Moto G (2014) (Price: £144.99 )
Best Cheap Windows Phone | Nokia Lumia 735 ( Price: £180)
Best Cheap 4G Phone | EE Kestrel (Price: £99 )
Best Cheap Phone Under £100 | Motorola Moto E  (Price: £79.99 )
Best-looking Cheap Phone | Sony Xperia M2  (Price: £140 )
Best Cheap Phone Under £50 | ZTE Blade Q Mini (Price: £49.99 )

The likes of Alcatel, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia, Sony and ZTE are amongst the phone manufacturers trying to make budget Windows Phone 8 and Android smartphones a more attractive alternative than the headline-grabbing £500%2B numbers, with the Xperia M2 and the Motorola Moto G 2 amongst the better candidates out there.

There are certain features you’ll have to do without, like a Full HD 1080p display, for instance. Instead, less premium 720p or 480p screens are the order of the day. Yes, they’re nowhere near as sharp but for basic smartphone duties they’re more than adequate – just don’t expect to be able to watch Full HD movies on them.

Processing power is another department that usually takes a hit. Quad-core chips are largely out of the question and instead it’s all about single or dual-core CPUs. This makes the phones a little slower than flagship models but with a modicum of patience they’re well up to the job. If you’re a huge gamer though, you won’t be happy with this.

In the snapping department, you shouldn’t expect iPhone 6-like quality. For under £200, you can still get a decent pair of main and front-facing cameras, but quality will start to drop off when you venture below £100.

Perhaps most crucially, you can still get access to Google Play and the Windows Phone stores to download apps and games. What’s more, in our pick of the best handsets, all of those features are packed inside a body that doesn’t look like it’s been hit with an ugly stick.

If money is tight and you’re after a smartphone without the expensive contract, we’ve rifled through our latest mobile phone reviews to give you the best cheap smartphones to buy right now.

Buying a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, S5, Tab S or Any Samsung 4K TV – Get A Free Year Of Netflix And Milk Music Premium

In the market for a new high-end Samsung gadget? Then you’re also eligible for some free streaming video and music. In the latest round of Samsung perks, the manufacturer is giving away a year of free access to both Netflix and the premium version of its own Milk Music service. You can get in on the new deal by purchasing a new Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Tab S tablet (in any size or capacity, including carrier versions), or a Samsung 4K television.

The promotion is a valuable one: access to Netflix alone is $7.99 a month, and the premium upgrade for Milk Music is $3.99 a month, so a free year of both is a $144 value. Netflix will be what people are more interested in here, since it’s accessible on practically any connected device these days, from phones and tablets to standard web browsers to smart TVs and set-top boxes. The premium version of Milk adds offline listening, unlimited radio skips, DJ commentary, and a sleep timer on top of the Samsung-exclusive music service.

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After poking around the redemption page a bit (and trying to get credit for some review devices), it looks like most current Samsung owners are out of luck. You can only redeem the offer with your serial number if you purchased your phone, tablet, or TV after January 4th, 2015. The promotion is also almost certainly exclusive to the United States. On the plus side, it looks like current Netflix subscribers can get free credit courtesy of Samsung.

The promotion will last until Jan. 17. and is just for the first 115,000 people to take advantage of the offer. They will have to go to the SamsungPromotions.com site after they purchase their qualifying smartphone or tablet to register their claim and then, if accepted, they can get their credit for 12 months of service on Netflix, which is normally worth $107.88. The good news is that the credit can be used for both new and existing Netflix accounts.

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S5 discounted at Walmart for the holidays

If you’re in the US and you want to buy a new iPhone, or a Samsung Galaxy S5 (which, of course, isn’t that new anymore), you should check out Walmart’s deals for this holiday season. According to Bloomberg, Walmart is selling the iPhone 6 16 GB for as low as $129 on contract (on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint), while an iPhone 6 Plus 16 GB can be had for as low as $229. The iPhone 5S has been discounted, too, and you can grab one for $49 on contract.

As for the Samsung Galaxy S5, this can be purchased for as low as $79 (with a contract from Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint). It looks like the S5 is the only important Android handset to be part of Walmart’s promo offering.

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Bloomberg has it that all these deals are available only in stores, so you won’t find them online. But it’s probably worth taking a trip to your local Walmart store if you’re planning to buy a brand new smartphone this month, isn’t it?

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Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha

The S5 mini and Galaxy Alpha have many similarities but many differences. We explore them all in our Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Galaxy Alpha comparison review.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is a smaller version of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S5, while the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a sort of metal version of the S5 smartphone. Here, we compare the two S5 spinoffs in our Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha comparison review, which looks at specs, price and features to determine which is best. See also: Best smartphones 2014

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is part of Samsung’s flagship S5 line-up, designed for those who want a premium product in a compact body, though Samsung has slimmed-down the specs as well as the size. The Galaxy Alpha seems to be the start of yet another new range from Samsung, which is known for its tactic of launching smartphones in almost every size, shape, spec, price and colour it can think of. See also: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Alpha comparison

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Galaxy Alpha: Price UK

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha will set you back £499, while the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is cheaper at £389, though as we wrote in our full review, we think the latter is still too pricey for what you get. See: Samsung Galaxy S5 mini review

As the name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is a compact version of the Galaxy S5. It’s available in the same white, black, gold or blue options as the S5, with the same dimpled plastic rear cover. See also: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S5 mini comparison

The Galaxy Alpha, on the other hand, seems to be Samsung’s stab at the iPhone 5s (or maybe the upcoming iPhone 6), with a metal frame around the edge. The rear cover of the Alpha is still plastic, though.

Of course, there’s also the matter of size, which could become the deciding factor between these two phones. The S5 mini has a 4.5in display, which isn’t actually very ‘mini’ when you consider the iPhone 5S has a 4in display. It’s 9.1mm thick, weighing 120g.

That’s compared with the 4.7in display found on the Alpha (interestingly, that’s the screen size expected for the upcoming iPhone 6). The alpha is thinner than the S5 mini at just 6.7m, and is also lighter, despite its slightly bigger display, weighing 115g.

The Galaxy S5 mini has a removable cover, giving access to the also-removable battery, plus SIM and microSD slots. As far as we’re aware, the Galaxy Alpha’s back is not removable, which means no access to the battery. The Alpha also misses out on the IP67-rated dust and waterproof protection boasted by the Galaxy S5 mini.

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Galaxy Alpha: Screen

As mentioned above, the Galaxy S5 mini has a 4.5in display while the Alpha has a slightly bigger 4.7in display.

The Alpha’s Super AMOLED display is 720p HD resolution, at 1280 x 720 pixels, making 320 pixels per inch. Similarly, the S5 mini has a Super AMOLED 720p HD display, but with 326ppi pixel density in part due to its smaller display. You’ll hardly notice a difference in quality between the displays on these two devices, making them very closely matched when it comes to the screen.

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Galaxy Alpha: Hardware and performance

We’ve yet to get our hands on the Galaxy Alpha to run our full benchmark tests, but looking at the hardware specs alone, we can begin to see how it compares with the Galaxy S5 mini.

The S5 mini has a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM and Mali 400 graphics. We found it to be fairly snappy, though there was some lag when opening certain apps, particularly S Health.

The Galaxy Alpha has more impressive hardware, so we’re expecting it to offer smoother and quicker performance. It boasts an Exynos 5 octa-core processor, with four 1.8GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores. That’s paired with 2GB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Galaxy Alpha: Storage

The Alpha is only available as a 32GB model, though, and doesn’t have a microSD slot for expandable storage, which is a bit of a surprise for a Samsung smartphone.

The S5 mini comes with 16GB of onboard storage, but offers the ability to add a further 64GB through the microSD slot.

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Galaxy Alpha: Connectivity

Both the Galaxy S5 mini and Galaxy Alpha offer 4G connectivity, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. The Alpha is compatible with the faster 802.11ac WiFi, unlike the Mini which sticks to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n.

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Galaxy Alpha: Extra features

Both the S5 mini and Alpha boast the new fingerprint scanner and heart-rate monitor that the company debuted with the Galaxy S5 in February.

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Galaxy Alpha: Camera

When it comes to cameras, you’ll find an 8Mp camera on the rear of the Galaxy S5 mini. It can shoot at 1080p video, and features auto focus, an LED flash and HDR.

The Galaxy Alpha boasts a more impressive camera than the S5 mini, with a 12Mp shooter on the rear. It has Dual Camera, an LED flash HDR and the ability to record video in 4K quality.

On the front, the Galaxy S5 mini and Galaxy Alpha both have a 2.1Mp camera that can record full HD video.

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Galaxy Alpha: Battery

The Galaxy Alpha sports a 1860mAh battery, but it appears to be non-removable. The Galaxy S5 mini a slightly 2100mAh battery, which is removable thanks to the removable back of the phone itself.

We’ll update this article when we’ve been able to spend some time with the Galaxy Alpha, to bring you information about how long you can expect the battery to last.

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Galaxy Alpha: Software

Both the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini an Galaxy Alpha offer Android 4.4 KitKat, and both are expected to be upgraded to Android L later this year. Samsung overlays its TouchWiz UI on both phones.

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha comparison review: Explore the pros and cons of Samsung’s S5 mini & Alpha smartphones

Samsung Galaxy S5 said not selling as well as S4

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 might be one of the most advanced smartphones the company has launched, but it’s reportedly not selling as well as the company hoped.

In the first three months since its April release, Samsung sold 40 percent fewer of the big-screen Galaxy S5 smartphones — designed to take on Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — than expected, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. In total, Samsung sold 12 million Galaxy S5 units during the three-month period, compared to 16 million Galaxy S4 units during the same period, the report claims, citing people who claim to have knowledge of Samsung’s plans.

For its part, Samsung has not disclosed actual Galaxy S5 sales, but the company reported a 74 percent year-over-year drop in profit in its mobile business during its last fiscal quarter. It also warned that conditions would remain tough in smartphones as competition heats up toward the end of the year.

The Journal suggests the company could be shaking up its corporate structure. Samsung is contemplating removing J.K. Shin, the company’s current mobile chief, from his post and replacing him with B.K. Yoon, who currently serves as chief executive of the company’s home appliances and television operations, the Journal reported. It’s not clear when a decision might be made on the matter.

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Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday on the Journal’s story.

Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 to much fanfare in April. The device was viewed as an evolutionary upgrade to the Galaxy S4, featuring a textured backplate and improved resistance to dust and water.

However, the company’s mobile troubles have been well-documented over the last several months as it has been forced to acknowledge that increased competition internationally — especially in China — and growing concern over its margins have caused it to rethink its mobile strategy. Samsung is planning to reduce the number of devices it sells and maintain more of its focus on those that are particularly popular.

Despite the Galaxy S5’s troubles, it actually sold better than the S4 in the US, according to the Journal. In China, arguably one of the most important mobile markets worldwide with the growing consumer market, sales were down 50 percent compared to the Galaxy S4.

Samsung Galaxy S5 to feature iris scanner

Will Samsung take biometrics to the next level with the Galaxy S5?

Rumors surrounding Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 have been rife as of late. We’ve heard in recent weeks that the device could (finally) feature a premium, metal chassis and that it is likely to be the first Android-based device to launch with a 64-bit chipset, to rival Apple’s iPhone 5s. If today’s little slice of gossip is to be believed, Samsung apparently has decided to add an iris scanner to the device’s spec sheet, along with some other bleeding-edge tech! This would make the manufacturer’s next flagship device leapfrog Apple’s as the technological gadget du jour.

Ordinarily, with rumors that sound a little far-fetched, we’d be rather blasé, but the source of this particular rumbling is none other than ZDNet Korea, a site that has been spot-on with some of its predictions in the past.

The site’s source is claiming that Samsung’s next big thing will launch in February 2014, at Mobile World Congress, and that the device’s proposed hardware could be leagues ahead of what we’re already seeing in the current smartphone market.

The device is said to feature a qHD display, which will run at 2560 x 1440, a 64-bit, octa-core Exynos chipset and an iris scanner for security purposes. That will require users to pop the device up to their peeper to unlock it. While the process may sound a little inconvenient the security applications are potentially groundbreaking, as the process is considered far more secure than more “simple” biometric measures such as fingerprint recognition.

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According to sources, Samsung has perfected technology to do the job of scanning users’ irises and the company is now looking into viable methods of mass producing the modules that will do the job.

The decision to bypass a potentially more mature technology in fingerprint recognition may not necessarily be a game-winning move, though. Iris reading tech is still considered to be in its infancy, despite it being utilized by certain countries around the globe. Security experts have mused that even now, commercially available iris scanners can sometimes be fooled by high-resolution images of a subject’s eye, so it will be interesting to see how Samsung has gotten around this potentially huge issue if indeed the company has decided to make use of the technology for security purposes.

Other rumors regarding the upcoming device suggest that it will come in different flavors to suit different tastes. Users who prize build quality will be able to pick up a metallic version, for example, and perhaps a more surprising suggestion is that Samsung may move away from Android for the release of the Galaxy S5, preferring instead to use its own Tizen OS.

MWC is mere weeks away now though, so we shouldn’t have long to wait before we find out whether these rumors are startling fact or mere science fiction. So stay tuned folks, 2014 looks like it’s going to kick off in style!

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The Next Big Thing Is Here The Samsung Galaxy S 5 and the features are out of this world. S Health helps you track your fitness goals the 16 megapixel camera gives you crisp photos and the 5.1-inch HD Super AMOLED display lets you see it all in stunning high definition. Enjoy bright images and full HD video on the go with this crisp oversized screen and rich color display with resolution of 1920 x 1080. Experience the most-loved features of Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) – sleek simplicity and speed. Capture high-resolution pictures with the rear-facing camera and take all the selfies you want plus video chat to your hearts content with the 2 megapixel front-facing camera with the new 16 megapixel camera. Put the 2.5GHz quad-core processor to work to do more of the things you love. The Qualcomm Snapdragon processor gives you breathtaking speed jaw-dropping graphics and long battery life. Use the heart rate sensor and S Health to measure your heart rate from your phone. Chart your workouts calories and more with the S Health fitness tracker. Dont sweat the small stuff. With an IP67 certification the Galaxy S5 is resistant to sweat rain liquids sand and dust. Use HD Voice capabilities to experience crystal-clear call quality with reduced background noise while calling another HD Voice-enabled phone on the Sprint network.

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Galaxy Note 3 pushing Galaxy S5 release date

We all were excited to know after the comments of Samsung that they are scheduling Galaxy S5 release date in the January but now stats & rumors are defining something else.

Galaxy Note 3 has started breaking the records. In just past 3 months, the count of shipped Note 3 units is 5 millions. Well, it is a big number for such duration. No doubt, Samsung is receiving huge profits with every single unit sold. Now, Samsung is expecting the same constant profit for months. Yes, you are thinking right. If Samsung will bring Galaxy S5 in 2014 then it will cut the sales of Note 3. When it is all about profit then definitely, everyone will move smartly. And rumors are talking; Note 3 is pushing Galaxy S5 release date to late 2014.

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This means, no Galaxy S5 in  2014? Well, it is all predictions and possibilities, who know if Samsung will schedule Galaxy S5 release in 2014. There is no proof and official words, so we can’t totally depend on these rumors. Let’s hope for good and we might see 64-bit true octa-core processor, 4GB RAM and 2K UHD display.
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Galaxy S5 Review

After spending months with a Samsung Galaxy S5 review device, it is clear that the new Samsung smartphone offers enough to compete with the iPhone 5s, but it is not a perfect experience.

In this Samsung Galaxy S5 review I’ll explain why you should buy the Galaxy S5 and what to know before you do. I use a Verizon Galaxy S5 review unit and an AT&T Galaxy S5 review unit to test the experience on multiple carriers and with different levels of software and apps installed.

While the Galaxy S5 does not offer a 2k display like the LG G3, it is the best looking mobile display I have ever used. Unlike the iPhone 5s and HTC One M8, the Galaxy S5 offers a removable battery that extends the usage and software to boost remaining battery life dramatically when users need it.

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In addition to the Galaxy S5 review units from Verizon and AT&T I carry an iPhone 5s with me on a daily basis. I also rotate in the Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One M8 to see how this device compares to the best smartphones on sale in the U.S.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and on smaller and prepaid carriers. The overall experience is the same across all carriers, though coverage and included software varies between the two devices.

The Verizon Galaxy S5 is $99 on contract at a local store, while AT&T charges $199 on contract at this time.

Amazon sells the Galaxy S5 for $99 on Verizon and Sprint. Occasionally there is a free on contract Galaxy S5 at Amazon. Expect to pay $99 to $199 on a two year contract or $25 to $32.50 a month on a new payment plan.

Galaxy S5 Design

The Samsung Galaxy S5 design is still not up to the level of the iPhone 5s or the HTC One M8, but it is better than the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3.

A removable dimpled back cover made of soft touch material seals the internals of the phone so that it can survive for up to 30 minutes in three feet of water. This doesn’t sound like much, but it means the sink, a toilet or a puddle will not break the Galaxy S5 like other smartphones. This is one of my favorite features, allowing me to take the Galaxy S5 with me on fishing trips that involve wading through a creek. It’s also a go to phone for use near a hot tub or in the kitchen.

The Galaxy S5 is available in black, white and gold on U.S. carriers. There is an electric blue option sold elsewhere. The soft touch material and dimples help with the overall grip of the Galaxy S5. Pull the back off and attach a leather Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Cover case for a more premium feel. There is also a Galaxy S5 wireless charging back that adds some thickness, but lets you charge without opening the small port cover.

As part of the water-resistant design there is a plug that covers the port. It remains attached when charging, but is a pain to open and close every night.

Silver trim on the edge of the Galaxy S5 looks like metal, but it is actually plastic that can scratch and scuff. The Galaxy Note 3 features the same style silver band and after 9 months there is a chip out of it from a bump against keys or a rough surface.

The front of the Galaxy S5 looks beautiful with a slight etched design hidden behind a large span of strengthened glass. Thin bezels flank the sides and there are an array of sensors at the top of the device near a Samsung logo. There is a physical home button and two capacitive touch buttons on the bottom edge. The home button includes a fingerprint scanner that can unlock the phone, but it is not as reliable as the iPhone 5s’ Touch ID feature and I stopped using it after two weeks. You need to slide a finger across it just right, which leads to many failed attempts.

Samsung did a good job of keeping the overall size to a reasonable level. There is a one-handed mode that users can activate, but after using the Galaxy S5 review unit I did not find it necessary in my day-to-day use.

Volume and power buttons are on the right and left sides of the device, making them easy to reach while holding the phone with one hand. Pull the back of the Galaxy S5 off to swap in a second battery or to add a Micro SD card for more storage. There is a heart rate sensor below the Galaxy S5 camera.

Galaxy S5 Display

The Samsung Galaxy S5 display is slightly larger than the Galaxy S4 it replaces, measuring 5.1-inches with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Size and specs don’t tell the entire story of the Galaxy S5 display, and neither will photos of the Galaxy S5 review unit.

Samsung doesn’t match the 2,560 x 1440 resolution on the 5.5-inch LG G3, but it is still the best smartphone display I’ve used. This could change with the LG G3 release, but it is definitely better than the iPhone 5s Retina display.

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The larger Galaxy S5 display is better suited for games, movies and reading than the iPhone 5s. The 5.1-inch Galaxy S5 display doesn’t sound much bigger, but the extra 1.1-inches adds tremendously to the entertainment value. The display is significantly bright and is readable outdoors in the sun.

A screen is one of the most important parts of a smartphone, and the Galaxy S5 display is a joy to look at and to use.

Galaxy S5 Camera

Samsung packs a 16MP camera in the Galaxy S5 that focuses faster and takes better looking photos than the Galaxy S4. For all that Samsung includes with this camera, it is still not perfect. Although the camera focuses quickly, the photos are too often blurry in low, and even moderate, indoor light. It’s possible to retake some photos, but a smartphone camera needs to consistently deliver great photos to impress.

The Galaxy S5 includes many camera modes that help users take great better looking photos that show motion, erase unwanted objects or people and much more. The video below explains many of these Galaxy S5 camera modes.

After using the Galaxy S5 camera for several months I find the live HDR feature is the one that I enjoy most. Instead of taking a photo and guessing what it looks like, the live HDR option shows what a HDR photo will look like before I take it.

HDR, or High Dynamic Range, takes several photos and merges them into one photo that can help deliver stunning photos with more range in colors and exposure. The photos below how this compares to the iPhone 5s, which does not include a live HDR option.

The camera also includes a selective focus option that helps users take a photo and select where the actual focus is later. This can blur the background to make the subject stand out. This feature works, but it requires a learning curve to get the distances right and may require users to take the photo multiple times.

From a video standpoint the Galaxy S5 records 4k and 1080P content. This means you can make great looking videos of your kids, pets or adventures.

The gallery below includes many photos from the AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5 review devices, across a range of situations. These represent the Galaxy S5 photos I snapped over a two month period of pets, friends and more.

Galaxy S5 Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S5 review devices, like the rest of the models sold in the U.S., use the same Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM, which is enough to handle top notch Android games and day-to-day use. Switching between apps, going to the home screen and other actions are faster on the Galaxy S5 review unit from Verizon than on the AT&T Galaxy S5.

This difference may be due to installing more apps and services on the AT&T Galaxy S5 and using it for a longer period of time as a daily driver. This is not unique to this Galaxy S5 review unit, as other Gotta Be Mobile team members report a similar lag after extended use.

Galaxy S5 Software

The Galaxy S5 review units share the same software, other than some branded AT&T and Verizon apps. The Galaxy S5 software remains one of the features users love or hate. Samsung layers on a new  look and new features to Android 4.4.2 with TouchWiz. The bright overlay includes Magazine, a new notification drawer, a new look for settings and a collection of added apps and features.

TouchWiz on the Galaxy S5 is much nicer than previous versions, although some users will want to quickly turn off My Magazine on the Galaxy S5 to prevent wasting time sliding to that screen by accident.