Are not you the finestUpon initial contact with the Galaxy S5, let's face it, you can not say it's love at first sight ... Not that the device is ugly, but let's say you do not feel that little thrill, the want to touch the hull of the fingertips, to admire every curve. From this perspective, the Galaxy S5 is not the last HTC One ... But do not worry: it soon appears as a pleasant to use smartphone and who starts perfectly in hand. Light, thin and not slippery for a penny, the product is well designed, despite his eternal plastic look. Note however some small addicted appeared on the edges, just after a slight fall yet ...
Where the unit is strong, and stands out from previous generations, it is the side of its IP67 certification, which allows to consider use in all conditions, almost. At the beach, the mountains, the sea, beside a pool ... For two weeks, the GS5 was carted in any environment, without flinching. After immersion in water for a few minutes, the interface was still reactive and hull dried in seconds. So, we may well consider taking some aquatic shots (being careful not to let go, anyway), especially since it is possible to start shooting with the volume knob . Beware, however: If immersion in seawater we posed no concern at first, we put some doubts as to wear, ultimately caused by salt.
Anyway, like the previous Xperia Z, we find here the pleasure to take his smartphone almost anywhere without fear of the return of order after a day of being exposed to sand, dust or water. And that, for a product to almost € 700, it's a selling extremely important, so we would like our competitors take the same direction.
Inexhaustible deviceThe other two great qualities Galaxy S5 to emphasize when talking about everyday use - and travel - are the extreme clarity of the screen, even in direct sunlight, and autonomy foolproof. The quality of the slab Super AMOLED is indeed quite impressive, it is very bright and has impeccable vision angles. Whatever our summer reading environment, she has never been found wanting, and needless to say that the pictures taken with the camera have a very nice rendering. In short, we are dealing here probably the best display on the market, period.
Autonomy, meanwhile, is once again impressive. Want to watch your own movies on the plane for a long flight? The video playback can run for almost 14h in a row, and again, without activating airplane mode. Overseas, without data enabled, but using regular WiFi to surf or check email, we were able to hold for more than three days to reach 5% of battery.
Samsung Galaxy S5 video Autonomy (mn)
In everyday life, the Galaxy S5 has therefore shown a great companion that is fast, fluid interface and quick to give us the information you need quickly. GPS fix is very fast and accurate - whether you're in Paris or 10,000 km from France - the few games tested to pass the time in a departure lounge were always perfectly playable and partial redesign TouchWiz allows finally proudly display the device. Samsung has indeed opted for more sober and less garish colors, bringing a touch of sweetness to the mix.
Samsung Galaxy S5 AnTuTu Benchmark Score
Samsung Galaxy S5 3D Mark score Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy S5 SunSpider score (ms, less is better)
The camera everydayFinally, it remains to be addressed for which the Galaxy S5 has essentially served us for two weeks of vacation: his camera. Indeed, we have chosen to serve us only smartphone to capture the many landscapes of Bali, just to know whether or not the latest high-end Samsung replace a good little compact. The many photos we publish below you will probably answer yourself this question, but it is clear that the camera does a very good job, especially outdoors.
Accurate colors, sharp images, good capture of light ... In "auto" mode, the camera sensor of GS5 does miracles, almost, and that's certainly the way you will use the most, given the high speed Autofocus and the shortcut available directly from the lock screen. But, as usual, Samsung blind his camera features and shooting modes, most efficient and useful time, even if there is nothing very new compared to the Galaxy S4.
In the end, there is no doubt that the Galaxy S5 is the perfect companion for the daily and offers everything you expect from a premium smartphone. Apart from its look ultimately unremarkable, he answered indeed to all needs and desires, never fail in its mission. Powerful, with a period of phenomenal life, a beautiful and bright screen and a great camera, the GS5 is an undeniable success, if not a surprising product. If you are looking for a reliable road companion, you've found anyway.