T3’s Mark Mayne braved Barcelona’s bustling Mo­bile World Congress halls for hands-on time with the Galaxy S5…

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When you’re one of the most widely an­tic­i­pated launches of the year, it’s easy to un­der­whelm. But while the S5 is no ma­jor over­haul, there’s lots here to get ex­cited about.

The 5.1-inch­screened S5 is large by iPhone stan­dards, but by no means “ph­ablet enor­mous” if you’re al­ready in the su­per­size hand­sets club. Its 1080p AMOLED front re­ally shines, un­like its back, which is cov­ered in a grip-friendly faux leather.

Crit­ics claim the new quad­core pro­ces­sor is “just good enough” rather than a quan­tum leap, but we found it plenty quick. The cam­era also boasts a va­ri­ety of tweaks to keep it near the top of the snap­per pile.

The fin­ger­print reader, part­nered with NFC and PayPal hook-up is a gen­uinely in­ter­est­ing in­no­va­tion, al­though we’re less wowed by the heart-rate mon­i­tor on the back, es­pe­cially when the more use­ful Gear Fit is on the way.

The S5 is full of ideas, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see which ones take off.

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