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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

by August 20, 2014
Build Quality

I'm giving it a build quality of 3 out of 5. It is a good build quality but too flexible and that touch screen issue I referred to in the article is a real problem. The only way around it is to have it in an Otterbox case that prevents it from bending. The case protects it, but makes it a lot bigger... That's an issue for a lot of people as they purchase it because it is so thin and big.

Price Point

The price point is on par with other devices with similar feature sets and reputation. I think it is a fair asking price.


The feature set is large and robust. It would be cool if the fingerprint sensor worked better, I got jazzed about using it and then got tired of entering my "Just in case the fingerprint thing isn't working" pin after xx attempts. I was so jazzed it took me 3 days to get sick of entering my pin 1/3 times and averaging 3 fingerprint swipes to get in. Gestures work OK, S-Health is phenomenal and cool as heck... and WOW universal remote!! The couch potato in me is riding the high, let me tell you... I was in Jersey Mike's and they were watching the Soccer thing (world cup whatever) on it... I turned the channel because... what? really? Sports? Umm... NO.

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S Health is awesome
Huge 5.1" display
Universal Remote built in
Heart Rate monitor


Fingerprint sensor sucks (seriously)
Camera is slow randomly and I've missed shots because of it
Because it is thin and large it is bendy, this can cause touch screen issues

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Some of the features don't work very well in practice. The Camera is randomly sluggish and when that happens you are missing your shot unless it is a group of adults standing in place saying cheese. The fingerprint sensor sucks so bad I want to swear right now. SH*T. SH*T. The screen is thin and large so it is bendy. If if bends too much (half a mm in any direction) you can create an issue with your display where it becomes unresponsive (because the touchpoints are being set off without touching it). You can avoid that by using a Otterbox case which we recommend.

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