The Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of those phones that hardly needs an introduction. Like the iPhone and HTC One series, it's a flagship smartphone that gets plenty of attention... and sales. Samsung sells hundreds of millions of Galaxy phones each year, and the Galaxy S5 will be available on all major and many smaller carriers around the globe. Also like most recent smartphones, the fifth generation Galaxy S offers small improvements and a few new features rather than revolutionary change.
The Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung's TouchWiz software and UI. It's a little less Hello Kitty looking but still swipes a heavy hand over Android. To Samsung's credit, the phone doesn't bog down under TouchWiz's weight, and no doubt the 2.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU with higher clocked Adreno 330 graphics and 2 gigs of DDR3 RAM helps. The phone has 16 gigs of storage and a microSD card slot. We'd really like to see 32 gigs to compete with the HTC One M8, especially since there's just under 11 gigs of available storage out of the box.
Samsung went with a faux leather plastic back, not unlike their recent higher end Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition and the new Pro tablets. This time it's a stippled leather look, with a pleasing soft touch feel. Though the 5.1" phone is actually a hair bigger than the Galaxy S4, it still feels great in hand thanks to a slim design and intelligent curves. Is there any metal in this design? Nah.
Here's our Samsung Galaxy S5 Quick Look Review. It's 9 minutes rather than our usual 30 minutes, so you can get core info pronto. Don't worry; we'll have our usual detailed coverage in video review and written review formats too.