Samsung Galaxy S5 review: Better, but not the best

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A hefty improvement over its predecessor

I've always referred to Samsung as the iPhone of the Android world because their devices are the ones you suggest to your friends and family members who are effectively Android noobs and need a device that's easy to figure out, well-supported, and performs well. As a seasoned Android user, Samsung's Galaxy handsets continue to perplex me, but not to the point where I don't see their mass appeal. After all, it's got the latest specifications, a really stellar camera, and that bright screen coupled with a long-lasting battery that means its good for catching up on TV on the go. It has all of the bells and whistles a typical smartphone user would want.

But I know you're pondering something else: The HTC One (M8) or the Samsung Galaxy S5? That's not an easy question to answer. Each phone caters to a slightly different audience. The Galaxy S5 is a fantastic Android phone, but it still misses the mark on some of the things that the HTC One (M8) excels at. It's not the best for blasting music, for instance, and while the TouchWiz interface has been cleaned up, it's still a step behind HTC's. Extra features like the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor miss the mark.

While I give the edge to the HTC One (M8), they're both excellent phones and the one that's right for you will depend on what you use your phone for. While the Galaxy S5 is an improvement over the GS4, it's not the same big leap that the Galaxy S4 was over the Galaxy S III, and Samsung's competitors have stepped up their game over the last year. If it's an all-around great phone that you're after, and you can stomach some of the shortcomings we covered here, there's no reason not to consider the Galaxy S5. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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