Galaxy S5 - £500
Why this smartphone is built for you
The Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a top-end smartphone that runs on a version of Android KitKat augmented with Samsung's 'TouchWiz' UI. It is Samsung's flagship device for 2014 and replaces the Samsung Galaxy S4. It has an improved camera, it is water and dust resistant and it is more powerful than its predecessor.
This phone has a 5.1 inch HD touchscreen that displays in 432PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The Galaxy S5 has a 16MP camera, can record video in up to Ultra HD 4K and has a 2.1MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
Performance is provided by a 2.5GHz quad core processor and 2GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 94 out of 100.
The Galaxy S5 has an estimated battery life of around 22 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 2800mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh. The battery on this phone is removable.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Galaxy S5 comes with 16 or 32GB internal storage (depending upon the model) and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 128GB external storage. It also comes with Google Drive installed which gives you an additional 15GB of free cloud storage.
The Galaxy S5 comes 4G ready so can take advantage of high speed mobile Internet in locations where it is available. It has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. The Galaxy S5 is able to connect to HDMI enabled TV's or projectors (this requires a separate microUSB to HDMI adapter). It has NFC which enables you to make contactless payments and share files with your friends and the S5 can connect to DLNA enabled devices (such as a laptop or smart TV) meaning that you can stream content both to and from this phone wirelessly.
This phone comes in a dual SIM version (called the Samsung Galaxy S5 Duos) that enables you to pop in two SIM cards at once and choose the one you want to use. This comes in handy if you are planning to use your phone abroad extensively or want to keep your business and personal calls separate.
The Galaxy S5 has an FM radio and an MP3 player. It is IP67 certified which means that it is water and dust resistant. It is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter Apps and has a built in heart rate monitor, a finger scanner and an 'Ultra Power Saving Mode' that could potentially see 10% battery last for up to 24 hours. It is also designed to work with Samsung's Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit smartwatches. The S5 comes preloaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. Other apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Spotify are available to download from the Google Play Store, along with the latest music, films, TV shows and games.
The S5 is a premium device in every sense. It is powerful, desirable and comes loaded with features. It is an excellent all-rounder and sits admirably at the top of the Samsung Galaxy range.