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Smartphone review: Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone, out in the UK on 11 April, is set to be one of this year's hottest smartphones. We look at its features and cost.

Samsung has been a main player in the smartphone market since it launched the original Galaxy S smartphone back in 2010.

To the untrained eye, the Samsung Galaxy S5 might look somewhat similar to the other devices which make up the Galaxy range of smartphones.

Metallic studded jacket

At a glance, a quick look at the screen and you'd be forgiven for mistaking the S5 for its predecessor the S4.

But turn both devices over and you can immediately tell the two smartphones apart.

The S5 sports a metallic, studded jacket available in gold, black, white and electric blue.

This gives it a slightly fresher look than the S4's smooth polycarbonate rear casing.

Fingerprint scanner

The added technology is a little different too.

Taking Apple's lead with the iPhone 5s, Samsung has provided S5 users with a high-tech fingerprint scanner built into the phone's home button.

This not only bumps up the security of the smartphone, but may make you feel a bit like an international spy.

16MP camera

Samsung has been good at adding decent quality cameras to all its flagship mobile phones.

The Galaxy S5 is no exception, sporting a large, 16 megapixel rear-facing camera, compared with the S4's 13 megapixel offering. 

And the smartphone also offers technology normally found in professional camera equipment.

The S5 offers a new and improved autofocus system, the fastest of any smartphone, which means crystal clear images in 0.3 seconds.

The High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature means pictures appear in life-like colours regardless of the lighting conditions.

The device's real-time HDR mode also applies to the video camera too, which is another world first from Samsung.

Waterproof and dust resistant

Another feature of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is that it's water and dust resistant.

It is able to withstand those splashes and drops which are inevitable at some point during your smartphone's lifetime.

The Galaxy S5's waterproof capabilities mark it out as a future-proof phone.

5.1-inch screen

On top of that, the Galaxy S5 has a slightly larger screen than its predecessor, jumping up to 5.1 inches versus the 4.7-inch display of the Galaxy S4.

In terms of specs, the S5 towers over the S4, offering a mighty quad-core 2.5GHz processor teamed with Snapdragon 801 chipset.

Add this to 2GB of RAM, and you've got an incredibly fast smartphone which can keep up with the ever growing demands put upon it.

Samsung Galaxy S5: Cost

The brand new Samsung Galaxy S5 can be found for a SIM-free price of £560 in either gold, blue, black or white. 

However, if you'd rather get a free Galaxy S5 handset with a pay monthly deal, you'll currently pay around £33 per month with either O2 or Vodafone.

This deal includes unlimited calls, texts and 1000 megabytes of data.

There are also a range of free gifts that you could snap up with your Galaxy S5 deal, from Groovex stereo headphones and Samsung tablets, to LG smartphones and Samsung phone accessories.

'S5 sure to be one of the big players'

David Abrahamovitch, co-founder of mobile phone review site, says: "This year is already set to be an exciting one in the smartphone world.

"And the S5 is sure to be one of the big players in the game.

"We've witnessed huge demand for the Samsung Galaxy S5 in particular, with a number of smartphone users holding out for Samsung's big release."

This guest blog was written by Charlotte Kertrestel from

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