Everyone know me to be a little phone whore. Some would say I have a problem with phones. So when I heard about the Galaxy S5 I thought…meh. This is probably just the S4.5. Nothing to fart about. Well the opportunity arose and I got a spanking new S5 from Digicel. Of course I wouldn’t say no. So this is my opinion on this bad ting call a phone.
First thing that pops at you is the build of the phone. It isn’t like the HTC One or M8. Sweet metal body with curves to match. Hmph that phone right there is sexy. Nope this little bad ting is like Nicki Minaj. All plastic. Plastic back. Fake metal side. Nothing about it screams premium. I guess with all the law suits Samsung fighting off with a stick from Apple they had to skim on build quality. Don’t worry that doesn’t men the S5 isn’t still good to look at.
For the real phone purist they will tell you having a replaceable battery is a God sent. Nuff time my old nokia phone started to die on me and all I needed to do was swap the battery and she is like brand new. So a point for samsung for keeping that in this build. We also have the option for external storage. So all those man who got anime shows and other stuff that you have to have on your phone this is another cool feature you don’t see on most high end phones. Since the iPhone other carriers been forcing down our throats internal memory and batteries. Screw that. Gimmie the option to add extra space. Instead of spending another $400 for another phone.
SO lets get to the meat and potatoes of the S5. Is this better than the S4. Well it is better in terms of power under the hood. Also the camera is in my opinion AWESOME. I took a few shots with it and felt like I was a professional. Man roll up and ask me what kind of camera I had to take that shot. When I whip out my phone LIKE A BOSS man had to do a double take. Sadly this bad ting look like the S4 from the front. I had to flip it over. You know the S5 signature design. The dimples sort of act like a grip for your hands to hold it. It also have this heartbeat monitor thing. To the back where the flash is. Waste of time. Never used it and will never use it. moving on.
I hate Touch Wiz. That is the GUI (graphical user interface) or the launcher that is presented to you. I swapped it out with Nova Launcher one time. Thank God android is customizable. Then I swapped out the Samsung Keyboard with the Google Keyboard. Yeah I owned the Nexus 4. So I really like the minimalistic design of stock android. Even though the S5 comes with Kitkat 4.2.2 out the box I felt that Samsungs Touchwiz interface was a bit laggy. Switching between apps there was a slight lag. Once I dumped that touchwiz for nova launcher BAM. Like a pimp wearing gators on a sunday afternoon. Smooth!
Some features that stood out for me was the Private mode, Kid Mode and uninstalling of factory apps. Let me start with the Private mode. This comes with the S5. Thing is what it sounds like. A mode for your eyes only. You an set it up with the Finger print scanner. Yeah I don’t think that finger scanner idea was original. Samsung took that from Apple. Yet it is there and I used it. Mind you it don’t work all the time. But it works nonetheless. So once you unlock the mode pictures, videos and “files” can be stored in that folder. So if you are a man or woman who have some hot sexy pictures mixed up with pictures of your family picnic and don’t want nosey people just browsing ur phone. We all been there. “Don’t swipe to the left!” Yeah it rough. So Samsung hooked us up with that.
Then we have the Kid Mode. OMG that thing is what the doctor ordered. I have a son who loves angry birds. So he would take my phone and play all my games and screw with my homescreen. Then he click on all the ads in certain games. Then you know when you have your phone full of kiddy games that you don’t play hotting up your phone. Well the S5 will allow you to hide apps on your profile while allowing the kid mode to show all the kiddie apps for your child to play with. This mode also is password protected. So once you set it up you place the code in and they have fun. Once they are done they give it back to you. Place the code and viola! Your back to your profile. Nothing changed. This mode is awesome for parents who want to keep their phone their way. Not your children’s way.
To all the iPhone fanboys this is nothing new really. Think of this as the iPhone 5s to the Galaxy S4. While I must add that the camera is better. Also the screen size is much bigger. I personally like the size. Looks awesome to play movies and play Clash of Clans on. I am addicted to that game right now. All in all this is a solid phone. Records in 4K. Takes great pictures. Private mode to hide naughty pics and videos. What more can you ask for. Oh did I mention it is waterproof. Yes. I tested it myself.
So if you are on the fence about this phone it isn’t rocket science. The average joe Blow should get this phone. For the Phone Whore who humps specs and measure every detail I say do your homework. Most people who just want something that works this phone just works. That is why she is a bad ting. Whenever you need a fix she is there. Waiting for you to call.