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Samsung Galaxy S5 (CDMA) / Galaxy S5 Sport

 

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Great hardware, software not so much

 

May 2, 2014 by scottegos2   updated May 4, 2014

Carrier: Sprint

This is my third Android phone - started with the Photon, then had an HTC One M7, now this. I'd bought the HTC because I didn't like the GS3 (my wife has one). I definitely new I needed to upgrade because I needed triband LTE in my office. On the whole, I'm happy with this choice despite the amazingly substandard software; however, see below in the obligatory pros and cons.

*Pros:
- Beautiful Screen
- Vastly improved mobile data reception compared to the HTC One M7. Mostly that's probably because of Triband LTE (aks Sprint Spark)
- Improved wifi (2 radios/antennas vs 1 for HTC One M7 *or* M8)
- Very fast CPU and GPU
- Replaceable battery (can get them for $5 on amazon or ebay) which is really helpful for travel.
- Sturdy and waterproof construction
- lightweight (relative to M8 - marginally heavier than M7)

Cons:
- Touchwiz really, really stinks. The settings menu is a confusing nightmare and there's no way to come out of lock screen into particular apps (aside from taking pictures while locked). Nova launcher helps a little, but can't fix the other stuff
- Bloated with awful software - Without exception, all of the Samsung stuff (S-whatever) stinks.
- Can't talk and use mobile data. This is a problem with Sprint Spark, but it's a step backwards from the Photon and the HTC One where, assuming 4g was available, I could talk and either tether or just do a quick internet search or look at email. Now, the only way to talk and access internet is if you're on wifi. HATE it.
- No lock screen widgets except camera!!
- Fingerprint scanner is not great. I can get my index finger to work but almost never my thumb.
- Audio - the sound basically stinks both volume and quality-wise. With headphones it's better.

Oh, yeah. It has a camera. I don't care.

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Flimsy Parts / Charge port already broke off

 

Jun 13, 2014 by BankerLA

Carrier: Verizon Wireless

Had the phone for only a month and the charge port cover you have to open to insert the connector broke. The water resistance feature is now null and void which is really disappointing given I've only had the phone for 30 days. Samsung and Verizon will not honor the warranty to fix it. I have been a loyal client to both companies, but will keep my options open next time I purchase a phone. This is unfortunate. I'd think either company would step up and honor the commitment to demonstrate client service loyalty. Guess that's not the case anymore.

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