When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 and a trio of Gear smartwatches, the company made a big to-do about how it listens to its customers. We know, we know: Every company’s supposed to be doing that. But remember, this is Samsung we’re talking about. It dominates the Android market by such a wide margin that it makes rivals like LG and HTC look like quaint startups. Put it another way: Samsung could release a phone with no improvements, and it’d still sell millions.

At least, that’s how it used to be. The smartphone market has seen a downturn of late and even mighty Samsung has been affected. Sales are down, and the manufacturer must now make phones that give people what they actually want (shocker, we know). So what can we expect from a humbled Samsung? A durable phone that brings a toned-down TouchWiz UI, a better camera, longer battery life, improved performance, a fingerprint scanner and enhanced health tracking. I received an unlocked review unit from GSM Nation, which was the first outlet to start shipping the phone in the US with AT&T- and T-Mobile-compatible LTE. Now that I’ve been testing it for a few days, let’s see if the Galaxy S5 lives up to all those promises.

If you’ve seen one Galaxy S device, you’ve seen ’em all. Each iteration of the popular smartphone series has had a few nips and tucks, but overall it’s maintained the same look over the years. The S5 is no exception: The only new features here are its squarish shape and its plastic, waterproof casing — dimpled to look sort of like leather (it doesn’t really). Even then, you can tell at a glance that it’s a Galaxy S.

If there’s one word we’d use to describe the Galaxy S5 design, it’s “inoffensive.” It’s not exactly a visual treat like the new HTC One M8, but it’s not ugly either. And that’s not surprising, really: Samsung usually plays it safe with its designs. This time around, I’ve heard plenty of jokes referring to the GS5 as the “Band-Aid Phone,” a nod to those dimples on the back. Truly, though, I only see that in certain colors, especially the gold version. Fortunately, my white unit doesn’t look like a Band-Aid at all; in fact, I prefer it to the glossy covers used on the GS3 and GS4.

Indeed, there’s something to having a less slippery design: I was able to grip the 8.1mm-thick phone without feeling like it was going to slip through my fingers. In particular, the blunt edges and mostly flat back make it easy to wrap your fingers around the device. And that’s a good thing, since the GS5 is larger than its predecessor in every way (5mm taller, almost 3mm wider and 0.2mm thicker). In other words, if you thought the GS4 was too large, this year’s version may be too much. It’s also 0.52 ounce (15g) heavier, but I only noticed the difference when I was holding one device in each hand. And besides, by modern-day standards it’s compact: Compared to the One M8, the GS5 is shorter, thinner and lighter, and that’s with a slightly larger screen, too.

I mentioned earlier that the GS5 is waterproof. More specifically, it’s IP67-certified, which means it can be immersed in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. But before you decide to take it for a swim, make sure to close the back using the rubber gasket and seal the charging port. Curiously, the headphone jack is completely open, but somehow is impervious to water.

There are only a few changes to the button layout, compared to last year’s GS4. The power button and volume rocker are still on the right and left, respectively. There’s now a micro-USB 3.0/MHL 2.0 port on the bottom, which is protected by a waterproof tab. The IR blaster, meanwhile, sits on the top left, with the 3.5mm headphone jack over on the top right. Additionally, the home button now includes a capacitive fingerprint sensor, which I’ll discuss in more detail later on. Around back you’ll find the small speaker grille, but the biggest change can be found farther up: Samsung installed a heart rate monitor next to the LED flash, just underneath the rear camera.

As ever, Samsung included a removable back cover and a swappable battery, with a capacity of 2,800mAh (up from 2,600mAh). There’s also a microSD slot for up to 128GB of external storage. Out of the box, you get either 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage; just remember that the operating system takes up a lot of space before you even get around to installing apps or downloading movies. In fact, my 16GB unit had a little under 12GB of space when I started using it, so if you’re even slightly concerned about storing large files, I recommend going with the 32GB model or buying a big memory card to compensate.

I won’t spend a lot of time on connectivity because it will ultimately vary depending on where you live and which carrier you use (that last bit is particularly true in the US). That said, most variants feature quad-band GSM/EDGE, quad-band HSPA+ 42.2 Mbps (850/900/1900/2100) and LTE Cat 4 (which offers speeds of up to 150 Mbps). The GS5 also supports carrier aggregation, which basically means that it can fuse together LTE from different towers to increase your data speeds. But again, this will largely depend on whether your carrier even supports that technology.

Finally, you’ll also get Bluetooth 4.0 + LE, GPS/GLONASS, DLNA, USB OTG, MHL 2.0 and WiFi Direct. There’s also dual-band WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, but the GS5 is the first phone that we’ve seen with two-channel MIMO support. In English, it includes an extra antenna, with which you could theoretically double your speed — provided you have the right kind of supporting equipment, of course.

Oh, and while I’m on the subject of speed, most versions of the GS5 come with a new feature called Download Booster, which essentially combines the power of LTE, WiFi and Grayskull to help large files download faster than they would on any one connection. The service won’t work on anything smaller than 30MB, and doesn’t apply to certain protocols like FTP and UDP. But if you’re trying to install an app, load a YouTube video or save a movie your cousin shared with you on Facebook, Download Booster should do the trick. If you don’t have an unlimited data plan, however, be very careful about how often you use this — if you’re not keeping tabs on your usage, your next bill might give you an aneurysm.

Display

The S5’s 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display has the same resolution as last year’s flagship despite the larger size screen. Yes, pixel-density snobs, that means you’re subjected to nine fewer pixels per inch (441 vs. 432). In any case, those nine pixels were worth the sacrifice: The display here is a surprising improvement over the S4. The difference is easy enough to see with the naked eye, especially when you put the two devices side by side.

For starters, the S5 is much brighter than the S4, not only indoors, but also in direct sunlight (with auto-brightness turned on, the display goes up to around 450 nits). At the same time, it’s also capable of dimming down to as low as two nits in pitch-black rooms. This makes for a more comfortable viewing experience when you’re reading in a dark bedroom or (tsk, tsk) catching up on Facebook during a movie. The viewing angles have improved significantly as well: Even from a severe angle, the colors are more lifelike, and it’s easier to read onscreen text. Admittedly, the HTC One M8’s S-LCD panel does a better job with whites and darks, although the GS5 offers more color saturation (and it’s not even over-the-top saturation this time, either). As you can see, I’m being rather nitpicky here, but I believe most users will be happy with either display.

And if you’re not happy? Unlike most non-Samsung phones (save for Nokia), the GS5 has five screen modes: Professional Photo, Cinema, Dynamic, Adapt and Standard. They all use a different color gamut; so if one doesn’t fit your fancy, try the others to see what works best.

Fingerprint scanner

Until the iPhone 5s came out, the last flagship phone with a fingerprint scanner was the Motorola Atrix 4G — and that was three years ago. Back then, it was clear the technology wasn’t ready for prime time, mostly because the sensors didn’t actually work very well. Now, in 2014, the S5 comes with a capacitive fingerprint scanner built into the home button — yep, just like on the iPhone. It remains to be seen if this leads to another court battle, but regardless, you can’t fault Samsung for choosing the home button: We touch that part of the phone dozens (if not hundreds) times a day.

So, how exactly does the scanner work here? Samsung’s setup features Synaptics’ Natural ID, which consists of a tiny sensor that sits underneath the button. (Synaptics calls it “a miniature touchpad with built-in capacitive sensing.”) When it’s time for the phone to learn your prints, you swipe your finger over the home button several times, allowing the sensor to read the inner live layers of the tip of your finger. Using signal strength, the sensor can draw a “map” of your fingerprint and presto — you’re all set. You can store up to three prints total, although I’d prefer even more.

If the sensor doesn’t recognize your finger after five attempts, the phone will prompt you to enter an alternative password. It’s an alphanumeric password, mind, so you’ll have to include both numbers and letters instead of a simple four-digit PIN code. On one hand (no pun intended), Samsung likely did it this way to make the phone more secure, but I still believe users should be able to choose what type of password they want.

Speaking of security, should we be concerned about privacy? According to Samsung and Synaptics, the answer is no. When the sensor talks to the processor (“Hey, this print checks out just fine. Go ahead and let them in.”), all information is encrypted. What’s more, the prints are stored locally on the phone, and instead of storing an actual image of your print, it only logs a virtual map. Spoofing also wouldn’t work; Synaptics says that any change in the physical properties of the phone will result in rejection.

All in all, Samsung makes more use out of its fingerprint scanner than Apple does with Touch ID. Both the GS5 and iPhone 5s use the scanner to unlock the phone, obviously, but that’s where the similarities end. The only other thing Touch ID can do is approve App Store and iTunes downloads. Samsung, meanwhile, lets you make online payments through PayPal, as well as access a private “locker” for confidential files. I’d also like to see these companies open up their sensors to third-party developers; all in due time, hopefully.

Getting down to brass tacks, how well does the thing actually work? It depends. I trained the GS5 to recognize both of my thumbs and my right index finger, since those are the three digits I use the most when waking up the phone. Over the course of several days, I made dozens of attempts with each finger and it only recognized me on the first try about half the time — and that’s a generous estimate. More often than not, I had to swipe my finger two or three times before it let me in; typing in a PIN code would’ve been more efficient. Worse, there were other times when the scanner wouldn’t recognize me at all, even as I adjusted my swipe speed, angle and finger pressure. And even when it works, there’s a small delay after you swipe before the phone accepts your print.

As for one-handed use, don’t even bother. It’s technically possible, but the odds of success are so low I have a better chance of seeing Narnia each time I open my closet. Normally, I hold the phone in my left hand and try to swipe the sensor with my left thumb; however, my thumb is at such an angle that the sensor simply can’t recognize it. Sometimes it’ll work if I push the phone up a little higher and try to position the thumb at a more shallow angle, but even then, it takes multiple attempts, and it’s so off-balance that I’ve come close to dropping the device several times. Apple’s sensor, on the other hand, has no problem picking up my fingerprint from any angle.

To be fair, my experience may get better over time (although in Apple’s case, it got worse for a while). It’s obvious there’s a learning curve here; it can take practice to place your finger in just the right place, at just the right speed with just the right amount of pressure. However, I don’t believe most people will be that patient — after a few frustrating attempts, users might simply turn the feature off (or worse, attempt a warranty swap because they think it’s defective).

There’s a bit of a silver lining, at least: If you don’t like it, don’t want to use it or it simply doesn’t work for you (or all of the above), you don’t have to use it. And unlike the HTC One Max, whose fingerprint scanner sits below the rear camera, the sensor itself isn’t visually distracting.

Heart rate monitor

Samsung’s been making a big deal about health recently. It’s offered an app called S Health for quite some time, which helps users track their exercise and food intake. Starting with the GS4 in particular, the app’s been able to monitor heart rate and steps with the help of third-party accessories. Now, though, both of these features are built directly into the GS5, giving you one or two fewer fitness gadgets to carry around. That said, the heart rate monitors built into the new Gear 2 and Gear Fit smartwatches integrate with S Health, so the company’s hoping you’ll buy some fitness wearables after all (so long as they’re made by Samsung, of course).

To get started, go to the Heart Rate section of S Health. Then, once prompted, put your finger over the sensor, keep still and stay quiet. Be careful where you put your finger, though: The sensor, which uses a light that allows it to “see” and measure your pulse, is positioned almost directly beneath the camera lens. Without your eyes directly guiding your finger to the right place, it’s easy to mistake the camera lens for the heart rate monitor. (Pro tip: You’ll want to keep a cloth handy to wipe off the lens if you do this a lot.) As with the fingerprint scanner, positioning is crucial. If my finger was even slightly off, the monitor couldn’t measure my pulse and I’d have to redo it. When you’ve done it right, you’ll know pretty quickly since it only takes five seconds or so to complete the process.

Our team tested the heart rate monitor against more dedicated fitness devices like the Garmin chest strap (connected to a Vivofit) and the Adidas Smart watch. After a series of tests, we noticed that the GS5’s results averaged about five or six beats per minute lower than the Garmin and Adidas. That said, the scores did match sometimes, but this was the exception rather than the rule. In other words, the GS5 sensor will do a good job getting you an “in the neighborhood” reading, but you’re still better off with a standalone monitor if you want the most precise results.

Software

As with the hardware design, Samsung’s TouchWiz software tends to err on the safe side; in the past, Samsung only made minor tweaks to the UI. With the GS5, however, the company’s Android skin has received quite the face-lift, resulting in a design that’s flatter, more modern-looking. If you ask us, it’s a step in the right direction — and a sign that Samsung knows it needs to freshen up TouchWiz. Even so, the layout is confusing. The old TouchWiz used tabs on nearly every screen, but no longer. Meanwhile, Samsung introduced a new font, and for whatever reason, the interface uses a lot of circles. Oddly, too, there are some inconsistencies; the settings menu uses large, circular icons (though you can switch to list or tab view at any time), which makes it more of a chore to scroll through the menu. Icons in the main app drawer, on the other hand, hew to the old-school TouchWiz look. And that’s not all: There are elements of stock Android (4.4.2 KitKat) sprinkled in as well.

Most core apps have been redesigned to be more visually appealing, and even the recent apps menu has a fresh look. But given that Google recently had a discussion with Samsung about how it can down its Android skin, it’s frustrating that there are at least two versions of most core apps — Samsung pushes its own in-house software, even though Google provides similar apps of its own. This means there are two app stores, two music players, two browsers, two photo gallery apps, two voice assistants and three messaging apps (four on the AT&T version). While there’s something to be said about choice, this is just a tangled mess, and I have to wonder if the extra baggage bogs down the phone’s performance. Fortunately, you can hide the apps you don’t plan to use, which at least cuts down on the clutter.

My Magazine has carried over from the Note 3, but it’s now accessible by swiping from left to right. If Samsung is indeed interested in getting on Google’s good side, I’d like to see the company give us the choice between My Magazine and the Google Now experience. Curiously, it’s not even part of the TouchWiz launcher, but, rather, a separate application. As for the feature itself, it’s basically Flipboard with a few customizations — in fact, clicking on categories and links will often take you out of My Magazine and into the actual Flipboard app.

Older Samsung features like Air browse, Air view, Smart stay, Smart scroll and Smart rotation are all still here, though they aren’t quite as in-your-face as they once were. In fact, most of them are buried in the settings, so you have to want them in order to find them. Safety Assistance, Blocking Mode and Easy Mode are also around.

In the settings menu, you’ll find a small, but important addition: a search function. If you know what you’re looking for, but don’t feel like spending an hour swiping through 20 menus to find it, you can search for the term and head straight there. Heck, if you’re searching for a checkbox, the search results will include that box in the list, so you don’t even have to go into the menu to toggle it.

Like the HTC One M8, the GS5 features an extreme power-saving mode (Samsung calls it, “Ultra power saving mode”), which promises to conserve power when you find yourself getting dangerously low and need to stay afloat in case a call comes in. When you turn this feature on, it changes the launcher to a simple grayscale theme, caps your display brightness and restricts most apps from working, reserving your battery for only the tasks you’d need in an emergency. Mileage will vary, but even at 10 percent, you should be able to eke out nearly a full day of battery life.

One last thing worth mentioning: the built-in “baby crying detector,” which can be used with a Gear Watch. Put your phone within a meter of your little one and anytime they have a fit, your watch will vibrate. Of course, Samsung’s quick to point out that this isn’t intended to replace your babysitter, so if you’re thinking of sneaking out for a spell, don’t.

Camera

Samsung has a history of making smartphones with good cameras, but that doesn’t mean it can rest on its laurels. The competition is getting fiercer: Nokia, Sony and even Chinese outfits like Oppo are doing some fantastic things with imaging. And so must Samsung. With the GS5, the company added a 16MP rear camera, some clever new editing tricks and a new “ISOCELL” technology that improves sharpness, low-light performance and color accuracy. (In case you’re wondering, the front-facing camera is still capped at 2MP.)

Just like the One M8, the GS5’s top resolution uses a 16:9 aspect ratio for widescreen images, rather than the traditional 4:3. Fun fact: If you don’t like going widescreen, the highest res you can get is 12MP, which is actually a lower resolution than the GS4’s 13MP 4:3 camera. Obviously, pixel count isn’t everything, and there are other aspects of the imaging experience to consider, but I still found this a tad disappointing.

Resolution is likely the least interesting imaging spec on the camera, so let’s take a quick look at the other stuff. The GS5 has the same f/2.2 aperture as its predecessor, as well as a focal length of 4.8mm (up from 4.24mm on the GS4). The 1/2.6-inch sensor is larger, but utilizes the same pixel size of 1.12 microns. Fortunately, ISOCELL addresses the concern with having such small pixels, and we’ll cover that shortly.

The new camera settings, meanwhile, are easier to navigate now that they’re accessible from the viewfinder and can all be found in one place. While this may be confusing to some, I prefer it this way over the GS4, which has multiple levels of menus. Unless you knew exactly where to go, it was difficult to find what you were looking for. Fortunately, there’s space on the sidebar for up to three custom shortcuts, so you can drag over the settings you’ll be adjusting the most.

The camera modes have also been streamlined here. Quite a few are no longer listed by default, but if you press the “download” option, you’ll be taken into the Samsung Store, where you can find all of them. What’s more, Eraser, Drama and Best photo modes have merged into one mode known as “Shot & More.” This is a lot like what Nokia has done with its Smart Camera. While it makes more sense to combine them into one mode, there’s still a lingering problem: I don’t always know that I need Eraser until after I’ve already taken my shot. As an example, I usually don’t know that a photobomber is going to step into my shot until I’m actually taking the picture; switching to Shot & More mode means I have to know there’s a good chance that some random dude is going to try to become part of my family portrait. Lastly, the default auto mode is now smart enough to detect when it’s nighttime, so it can adjust to that particular setting automatically. (That said, you can turn on the photo stabilizer effect to get even more light, if auto doesn’t work well enough.)

The HTC One M8 has UFocus; now Samsung is introducing something called Selective Focus. As with UFocus, you can blur out the background or a target in the foreground. The catch: You have to be within 1.5 feet of whatever object is in the foreground. Even then, there were many times when I couldn’t get it to work. Small objects, large objects — it didn’t matter. The feature is temperamental, it seems, but at least it saves the image as a regular photo if you don’t succeed. Even when it does work, it’s not perfect. In the image above, I took a picture focused on the red sundial and when I shifted the focus to the buildings in the background, not everything in the foreground actually blurred out, as you can see below.

I was particularly impressed by the GS5’s real-time HDR feature. Normally, I have to chance it with HDR images because I don’t get to see how it will turn out ahead of time. The GS5’s processor is powerful enough, however, that it’s now possible to see what the image will actually look like before taking it, which increases my likelihood of taking a good photo. This feature is also available in the One M8.

Samsung also says the camera is capable of focusing on targets in 300ms (0.3 second), making it just as fast as the M8. This is made possible through phase detection (PDAF). Unlike most smartphone cameras, which determine focus through contrast, PDAF divvies up incoming light into a pair of photos and then compares the two. If you don’t have enough light coming in, the camera will shift back to the traditional contrast autofocus method. I couldn’t see a noticeable difference in focus lock times between the GS5 and the M8 (same goes with default shutter speed). Either way, both were quicker than the GS4.

The GS5 also lets you manually tweak the settings to your liking, but it doesn’t offer quite as many options (or as good a UI) as the new HTC One. It’s not much different from other Galaxy phones, either: You can set white balance, metering method, exposure and ISO (up to 800). Still, HTC adds extras like shutter speed and focus type, along with sliders and the ability to save presets, so you can easily switch back and forth between modes instead of having to change each setting every time.

The GS5 may not have an extra camera to add depth information, but it brings plenty of great editing features that make you feel as if you’re enjoying Photoshop on your phone. You can still rotate, crop and resize; add stickers, frames and drawings; throw in portrait effects; and adjust color saturation, contrast and temperature. What’s different this time is the ability to select a specific part of your photo and tweak just that part while leaving the rest of the picture untouched. In other words, if one part of your image is blown out, you can select that area and tweak the settings to tone it down. In case you don’t really know how you want to adjust the shot, there’s also an auto-enhance feature that might give you a nudge in the right direction.

The size of each pixel on the GS5’s main camera remains the same as on the GS4, so does Samsung do anything else to improve low-light performance? It does, in the form of its new ISOCELL technology, which first debuted last fall. The explanation of how it all works is pretty technical and I’ll let the video above do most of the explaining. In short, ISOCELL adds tiny barriers between individual pixels, which increases image sharpness, color accuracy and light sensitivity — all aspects that come as disadvantages for most BSI sensors. The new tech also allows the lens to be closer to the sensor, which makes it so the camera module can be smaller.

All told, ISOCELL improves Samsung’s imaging quality, but the results aren’t quite as good when compared to the One M8, Lumia 1020 and iPhone 5s. I’m not saying nighttime images on the GS5 are horrid — they’re still perfectly usable in most cases — but the performance just isn’t up to par with other devices that have popped up on the market in the past year. Simply put, most night shots appear darker and noisier.

Fortunately the GS5 holds up well in good lighting conditions. My pictures were slightly more detailed than they were on the GS4 and One M8. I didn’t have to make any adjustments to the settings in direct sunlight, whereas the M8 tends to take blown-out shots if I don’t dial back the exposure a notch or two. Image quality was also on par with the iPhone 5s, with only slight variations in color saturation.

(Note: I’ve uploaded a gallery of full-res photos here.)

Performance and battery life

In the year since the GS4 came out, we’ve seen two new generations of high-end Snapdragon chipsets: the 800 last fall, followed by the 801, which is what Samsung used on the GS5. As is too often the case, it won’t be long before the muscle behind Samsung’s state-of-the-art model is no longer the best available, as the Snapdragon 805 will land in a few months, with the 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 landing this time next year. Heck, maybe that’s what we can expect in the GS6!

With a quad-core 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a 578MHz Adreno 330 GPU, the GS5 is predictably powerful. Even so, I can’t shake the feeling that something in the bowels of TouchWiz is preventing it from reaching its full potential. Despite having a faster clock speed than the One M8 (both phones use a Snapdragon 801, but the M8’s version has a lower max speed at 2.3GHz), most transitions seem to take longer to complete and apps load slightly slower than they do on the One.

Again, it may feel like I’m making a mountain out of a molehill, but this slight lag also translates into some odd happenings on the graphics side. My game tests of choice were Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2, since both need some serious horsepower to run smoothly. Most of my gameplay unfolded without incident, but the titles slowed down and even froze up more often than they should have, considering the powerful chipset being used.

The S5’s battery held up well during my week of use, and it’s a slight improvement over the GS4. Still, the HTC One M8 is even better. With heavy usage, I tended to get concerned near the end of the day that the 2,800mAh battery wasn’t going to make it. Thankfully, though, it never completely gave up on me. In other words, the battery got me through a full day, but more often than not, it came a little too close to empty. In our formal rundown test, meanwhile, the battery kept going through nearly 10 hours of video playback. That’s not as impressive as the M8, which lasted 11 and a half hours, but it’s still better than the GS4, which gave out after nine hours and 15 minutes. With more moderate use, you should last into a second day; naturally, mileage will vary depending on what you’re doing with your phone and how strong your signal is.

Audio on the GS5’s speakers isn’t quite as loud or clear as BoomSound on the One M8. Worse, the sound rattled the back of the phone anytime I cranked up the volume. In fact, the louder the music got, the more muffled and blown-out the sound became. Plugging in a pair of headphones helped me to sidestep the problem, at least. Likewise, call quality on both my unlocked handset and my AT&T version sounded clear with no complaints on either end of the line. Bluetooth connectivity worked flawlessly, even with several devices connected at the same time, and NFC performed as well as I’d hoped. GPS navigation didn’t have any noticeable issues, either.

Wrap-up

Chances are, you’ll be happy with the Galaxy S5 if you choose to buy it. It’s a solid upgrade to the Galaxy S4, with reasonable improvements to the design, software and camera. I can’t say this is your most visually appealing option, especially compared to the all-metal HTC One M8, but the dimpled back and waterproof casing at least add more durability than we’ve enjoyed on previous Galaxy S devices.

The fingerprint scanner and the heart rate monitor, on the other hand, need some work. Each delivers inconsistent results and can be quite frustrating to use. The good news is that you don’t have to use them if you have the same experience that I did; the bad news is: If you don’t take advantage of these features, you have fewer reasons to buy the phone in the first place. What’s more, Samsung put a lot of energy into integrating these features into both the GS5’s hardware and software, which makes me wonder what the company could have included instead if it left those out. If you’re looking for a good Android phone, the GS5 won’t let you down. I’d be happy using this as my daily driver. That said, I wouldn’t waste an early upgrade on it, either.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Pros

  • Fantastic display
  • Daylight images are on par with other flagship phones
  • Waterproof casing and improved design
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Fingerprint scanner can be frustrating
  • Selective focus doesn’t always work as promised
  • Heart rate monitor isn’t completely accurate
  • TouchWiz UI looks better, but is still confusing
ConclusionThe 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. Chances are, you’ll be happy with the phone, but don’t fork out the extra cash for an early upgrade.

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/11/samsung-galaxy-s5-review/

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  1. J’ai une Golf V de sept. 2004, et j’ai exactement le m锚me message d’affich茅.Apr猫s 锚tre pass茅 une 1猫re fois chez VW, o霉 ils m’ont supprim茅 le d茅faut (car c’茅tait un d茅faut appel茅 ),et un jour plus tard j’ai de nouveau eu le voyant d’allum茅 !!Rebelote retour chez VW et cette fois ci le chef d’atelier me dit qu’il va falloir prendre RDV pour examen approfondi.Il semble que ce soit un d茅faut de l’airbag du si猫ge conducteur (donc soit remplacement de l’airbag soit remplacement de la connnectique).Appparement les airbags sont garanti 72 mois (soit 6ans), logiquement cela ne me coutera rien.A voir j’ai RDV le 27/08/08 je vous dirai le lendemain 脿 combien 莽a m’est revenu.Donc un conseil passe les voir pour qu’ils le suppriment une premi猫re fois, si tu te d茅brouille bien tu ne payera pas le forfait de 44 pour le branchement de l’ordinateur (moi les deux fois je n’ai rien payer, mais au dela je pense qu’il ne faut pas abuser.).Probl猫me r茅solu !!En fait c’茅tait un domino sous le si猫ge conducteur malgr茅 qu’il 茅tait bien connect茅 ne faisait pas contact, et donc faisait appara卯tre le du sac gonflable Solution du techno centre VAG, couper le domino puis souder les c芒bles ensemble et mettre une gaine thermo r茅tractable. Puis effacer le code d茅faut et voila probl猫me r茅solu.En fait ce probl猫me co茂ncidait avec le montage de mon autoradio, mais il n’y a aucun rapport avec l’autoradio (et c’est m锚me impossible car ce dernier est sur un faisceau totalement diff茅rent des airbags).Par contre l’op茅ration n’est plus sous garantie (avec remise 莽a m’a cout茅 150 mais en cas d’avarie de l’airbag ce dernier quant 脿 lui est sous garantie pendant 72 Mois (hors main d’uvre).Voil脿 !!Ce message 茅tant un message d’aletre s茅curit茅 il ne dispara卯t pas comme par enchantement.Comme je te l’ai indiqu茅 plus haut, quel que soit le cas de figure il est IMPERATIF de passer par la valise pour effacer le messageEt comme l’indique jon34 ne sachant pas sur quelle cosse tu doit intervenir il faut de toute fa莽on que tu passe 脿 la valise avant d’intervenir sur le si猫ge.De plus tu n’est m锚me pas sur que c’est la connectique qui est en cause, il y a trois raison possible de l’affichage de ce message (cf. post ci dessus).锘緿茅fenseur des droits de l’enfant

  2. That process yielded some recommendations that surprised even Pottie, a veteran in the field. He says the temptation to screen every refugee or immigrant for parasites, for example, is there for every practitioner, but the guidelines make it clear it’s medically sound practice to be selective based on risk factors, which the guidelines outline for each region of origin.20 Kansas State after violating team rules. 20 Kansas State after violating team rules.. The conference was sponsored by the Slade Gorton International Policy Center and the National Bureau of Asian Research. Former Sen. DoctorNDTV: Why did you choose your present job? Dr Sanjay Bhattacharya: I am basically a medical microbiologist with a specialisation in clinical microbiology and virology. From the beginning of my medical career, I had been more interested in the basic scientific aspects of medicine issues such as how diseases occur, what causes them, how to diagnose them.

  3. This popular route is none too hard as it climbs the same spine as the Blue Ridge Parkway. Pisgah and into the town of Waynesville is where this route takes you. These abilities put Super Nova on par with Alita in her initial Imaginos Body.Core Field Deep Scan: A scan of a target to pinpoint its inner capabilities. Used to determine how Alita was blocking his and Mbadi’s attempts to hack her.[2]Nova II’s brain bio chip was extracted following his capture by Mbadi and was attached to an interface that allowed it to communicate.Henry Adams, need as a country more government intrusion into our everyday lives in order to be safe? More government nets thrown over society as a whole in hopes of snaring something anything? I don think so. The lies in the fact that these type programs treat everyone in this country as if we are the terrorists enemy.

  4. She just wouldn be making enough money. So she enters the dangerous world of suburban pot dealing while her suppliers, Heylia James and her cousin Conrad Shepherd, never let her forget what petty white girl troubles she had.. “The dog can be a distraction to the pain that a patient feels, and also to the rigor or the monotony of the therapy,” Lefrak explains. Over the years, she says she’s witnessed the good animal assisted therapy can do, “For one, it provides comfort for those who respond to animals.SAGE reviewed the current pandemic situation, the current status of seasonal vaccine production and potential A(H1N1) vaccine production capacity, and considered potential options for vaccine use.The experts identified three different objectives that countries could adopt as part of their pandemic vaccination strategy:protect the integrity of the health care system and the country’s critical infrastructure;reduce morbidity and mortality; andreduce transmission of the pandemic virus within communities.Countries could use a variety of vaccine deployment strategies to reach these objectives but any strategy should reflect the country’s epidemiological situation, resources and ability to access vaccine, to implement vaccination campaigns in the targeted groups, and to use other non vaccine mitigation measures.Although the severity of the pandemic is currently considered to be moderate with most patients experiencing uncomplicated, self limited illness, some groups such as pregnant women and persons with asthma and other chronic conditions such as morbid obesity appear to be at increased risk for severe disease and death from infection.Since the spread of the pandemic virus is considered unstoppable, vaccine will be needed in all countries. SAGE emphasized the importance of striving to achieve equity among countries to access vaccines developed in response to the pandemic (H1N1) 2009The following recommendations were provided to the WHO Director General:All countries should immunize their health care workers as a first priority to protect the essential health infrastructure.The first thing that any employee needs to learn about customer service is compassion. Patients and family members are experiencing a great deal of stress once they are in a health care facility. A third reason for high health care costs is that there is less price competition than in other industries, such as consumer electronics. That’s because most people don’t pay cash for health care.

  5. After seeing the lactation consultant, put her suggestions and tips to use and change your nursing technique. A different breastfeeding position, using a nipple shield or preparing for breastfeeding in a certain way all help to improve your baby’s latch and increase the amount of calories he consumes through breastfeeding..

  6. But an earthquake in the Cascadia Subduction zone just off the Pacific Northwest could create tsunami size waves within five minutes. “You’d feel that kind of an earthquake on land,” Nicolini says. “It a large piece of property, talking about several city blocks where we trying to make people adhere to a policy. A lot of people are here for a day and then go.Crash Fire blight causing problems for fruit farmers Construction workers discover PSU time capsule from 1956 Gypsy moths spotted in Centre Co. Water therapy teaches Centre Co. High levels of latex aeroallergens have been detected in areas of heavy glove use, such as operating rooms, emergency rooms, and intensive care units (Heilman et al. 1996).

  7. Don see that kind of activity this time of year, usually, he added. A very strange thing for us to see that amount of influenza at this time of year. Note that the physical training given to members of Hospital Corpsman is as rigorous as the training for Marines corps. So if you are inclined for a military life coupled with a passion to be a medical professional, this can be the best option for you..The thousands who die annually from flu complications are those likeliest to need medical care: the elderly, the very young and those with weakened immune systems. Patients and their families have a right to expect that those who care for them have done everything possible to protect them.

  8. Officials say it will broadly answer some of those questions, although probably not in detail.Further evidence of the improving investigations is the increase in cyber related arrests.According to the FBI, there were 202 arrests on cyber cases in 2010, compared to 159 the previous year. And a number of those were high profile, multimillion dollar breaches involving investigations that spanned several countries and foreign enforcement agencies.

  9. For public utilities and the states that regulate them, cyber threats risk denial of electricity, water, natural gas and telecommunications. Our state emergency managers include cyber threats in their portfolio of hurricanes, ice storms, other natural disasters and physical sabotage.

  10. Visit them at . PRLog can’t be held liable for the content posted by others. Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest defence contractors, is investigating the source of a major cyber one week ago against its information network, the company said.”Throughout the ongoing investigation, Lockheed Martin has continued to keep the appropriate US government agencies informed of our actions, the company said.President Barack Obama has been briefed about the attack, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Sunday.”It has been part of the briefing materials that he has, Carney said. Understanding, based on what I’ve seen, is they feel it’s fairly minimal in terms of the damage.”Lockheed Martin said its officials are working the clock to restore employee access to the network, while maintaining the highest level of security.”It did not mention the suspected source of the cyber The company’s information security team detected the attack almost immediately and took what is described as actions to protect all systems and data, the statement added.The statement said that despite the attack, the company remains confident in the integrity of its multi information systems security.”Federal officials, for their part, told US media that the consequences of the attack for the Pentagon and other agencies was and no adverse effect on their operations was expected.Headquartered in Bethesda, a Maryland suburb of Washington, Lockheed Martin employs about 126,000 people around the world.When he is not on the job, you might find Dave exploring his other passions that include gourmet cooking and golfing. He is also a dedicated fan of Tampa Bay Rays baseball, and Syracuse University sports.. I think my young students identify with a 19 year old and think that a lifetime in prison is a harsh penalty. They think there was reasonable doubt, and they say that these rich people should have never put Woodward in that situation..

  11. 28. This is the university first day of canceling classes since January of 1978.The University of Michigan has canceled classes for Tuesday, Jan. 28. This is the university first day of canceling classes since January of 1978.University Prep debate team raising money to compete in national tournamentUniversity Prep debate team raising money to compete in national tournamentUpdated: Friday, January 24 2014 6:03 PM EST2014 01 24 23:03:01 GMTThe debate team at University Prep High School, a charter school in Detroit, is Michigan first urban debate team to qualify for the Tournament of Champions.The debate team at University Prep High School, a charter school in Detroit, is Michigan first urban debate team to qualify for the Tournament of Champions.Suspect in custody after woman assaulted, burned with blow torchSuspect in custody after woman assaulted, burned with blow torchUpdated: Friday, January 24 2014 5:46 PM EST2014 01 24 22:46:04 GMTDetroit police say they have a person in custody after a woman was taken from a gas station Wednesday morning, beat up and burned with a blow torch.Myself, I always like Raptures or Blue Light where you would never see that kind of people that was mentioned before. I just got back from the beach and visited some of their clubs. Boy was I impressed. The key was this. They would have a club that could cater to all types of people. I was in this really cool 3 in 1 club. Where one section would be techno the other would be live and the last would be hip hop. Plus within each club they had different parts to it. So individual wouldn get bored or could choose to do other things in the club like hanging out at a lounge bar. Not all of us can dance you know.

  12. When the regulations were announced, some trucking companies initially feared any trucks manufactured before 2010 would be taken off the roads. Even more alarming for many was the fact that these regulations hit right after the new trucking hours of service regulations, which affected weight and time limitations for drivers. But nearly all states, with the exception of California, have not yet cracked down on the industry regarding the new regulations which pertain to greenhouse gas emissions.We must view this case, not just through our own eyes, but through the eyes of parents who lost a child. While this decision does not do justice to Michael Brown and his family, it serves as an opportunity for Atlanta, and the rest of the nation, to engage in a thoughtful conversation on how to build greater trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

  13. It’s easy to say don’t let them bring you down. It’s noble to say they are my brothers and I cannot be angry for we are all in this together, even if they are plotting against my self interest. We actually try to take the upper road, but each letdown leaves an emotional scar and state of hesitation. Earlier in the week, I referenced a report on global prosperity that ranked the United States outside of the top ten. The part that confounded me most was the notion we are a nation that has lost trust.”I have seen nothing yet that comes out of the investigation that would lead me to conclude that (this was) . officials close to the investigation last week said the FBI examined data it received from a home made flight simulator and other computer equipment used by MH370’s pilots, but found nothing illuminating.

  14. A quick snapshot of a contradictory, puzzling season: Illinois started 2 7 in league play but now is surging. Miami is challenging for the tournament’s top overall seed despite having a loss to Florida Gulf Coast on its rsum. Evaluations of Kansas differ based on how much stock one wants to put in the loss to TCU, one of the sport’s biggest upsets in years. Virginia has three losses to CAA teams on its profile but is proving its worth in ACC play. And there’s the question of how to assess Kentucky the rest of the way without Nerlens Noel, the projected No. 1 NBA draft pick now sidelined for the season.And that vote! I have no doubt that some of the BOV did vote their conscience, but I am equally sure that others voted yes out of gutless expedience. I actually would have been much happier to see a split vote; at least that would have been some evidence of integrity, of standing by one convictions. But rather than the BOV taking the opportunity to publicly own up to their mistake indivdually, to state openly why each one had done what they had done, apologize, and state why they were now voting to support President Sullivan, they all just voted yes in resounding voices as though it were the simplest and most obvious thing in the world, as though they were the heroes in this little melodrama.

  15. Laundry days, however, get to me. Every Sunday, I haul my bag of dirty laundry outside and fill three large buckets with water. In the first bucket, I dump my pile of clothing and add detergent. With a bar of soap, I wash each article of clothing individually, scrubbing out the sweat stains and trying in vain to master the graceful technique my host mother and sister have cultivated.

  16. Are still finding that interesting, Lattimore said pointing to a small pile of the Guy Fawkes guises. Are people still buying those? yeah, she said. keeping that Anonymous thing alive. masks overall are no longer in vogue. get lots of try ons, but they don sell as much as they used to, Lattimore said.

  17. In this undated publicity image released by ABC, Matthew Perry portrays Ben Donovan in a scene from “Mr. Sunshine,” premiering Wednesday, Feb. EST on ABC. (AP Photo/ABC, Michael Desmond) UNDATED PUBLICITY IMAGE RELEASED BY ABC, NO SALES. ARCHIVE OUT, TABLOIDS OUT. Here is perhaps the strongest indicator that the national economy is bouncing back: Several of our old pals from “Friends” are no longer among the ranks of the unemployed.

  18. care. Accordingly, this is a painful decision and one we do not take lightly. We want to be clear that the decision has nothing to do with our DSHS customers, but only with the State, Bartell said. We

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  20. the mightiest army on Earth.Sen.His high school friends said they fell out of touch with Loughner and last spoke to him around March, when one of them was going to set up some bottles in the desert

  21. Sandoval calls for a legacy of ‘leadership, vision and courage’ in starting second term By SEAN WHALEY LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNALJan 5 2015 6:16pmCommentsCARSON CITY Gov. Brian Sandoval and five new constitutional officers, all Republicans, were sworn into office Monday in a ceremony on the steps

  22. At lunch, Radnor meets Jenkins’s friends Robert Desiderio and Kate Burton and quickly becomes enchanted by their 19 year old daughter, Elizabeth Olsen, who is studying literature and performing with an improv troupe. Pleased with himself for getting her stage mantra that the answer to every question

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