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