Carnivore99: The camera test looks good but the cheapness of the materials in this Galaxy S5 make it a hard phone to get excited about. Also, the lens must be susceptible to scratching, the way it protrudes from the back of the case.
I'd love to see the LG G3 tested next. We're still waiting to see a flagship Android phone to hit it out of the park.
Oh I agree with nearly all of this but I've seen plenty of products made from plastics that feel a lot more premium than this phone. When spending this much (especially at non-contract pricing), I don't think it should feel like such a cheap quality product.
The camera test looks good but the cheapness of the materials in this Galaxy S5 make it a hard phone to get excited about. Also, the lens must be susceptible to scratching, the way it protrudes from the back of the case.
Peiasdf: No off-screen buttons, no unibody construction, no integrated big battery, no front facing stereo speakers, no 64/128GB internal storage and no weatherseal. It is like LG isn't even trying.
SONY Z2 is good only if it has off-screen buttons and iOS.
Actually, no integrated battery = major positive. It's a lot more convenient to carry a spare battery than a bulky external charger and cable like all my friends with iPhones have to.
Meanwhile, still no 32GB version of the Galaxy S5 in the US. Great product launch.
I'd love to see Apple put out a special photographer's edition iPhone with a large sensor and PureView-equivalent technology in it, even if it were a more expensive, premium iPhone model.
Nokia has already demonstrated there's a demand for such a thing, just imagine how much *more* popular it would be as an iOS product instead of Nokia's awful Symbian or Windows Phone offerings.
venancio: Looking forward to another round, but this time with Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 instead of the older models...
In the meantime have you got an individual test of the Galaxy S5 coming soon? It would be great to put that up against the DxOMark Sony Xperia Z2 report from last week so we can at least draw our own conclusions between those two for now.
Dominick101: 808 is still king when it comes to IQ, period.
I don't care what the camera tests prove, I'm not buying another phone unless it comes with Symbian.
Is Samsung taking a cue from Apple fabricating an artificial product shortage stunt? This is the second story I've read warning of S5 delays. The other one claimed it would be due to a fire at the factory.
Looks nicer than the Samsung GS5. I'd rather have a better camera & lens than a fingerprint reader and heart rate monitor. Plus I'm a Samsung owner now and I'm really tired of the cheap plastic shell, that's the one thing that has made me envious of the iPhone. The glass and aluminum casing on this one put it into Apple's league as to looking and feeling like a high quality product.
Is the battery removable?
Also, does Sony have a good history of providing Android updates or do they tend to strand you with what it came with?
Peiasdf: This cannot make call so all you got is a 4G camera and I presume if AT&T is selling it, you have to sign a data contract.
I'm sure AT&T would love nothing more than to have people use a device like this on their pricey shared data plans. Sending 16 megapixel photos over 4G is sure to put customers into data overage territory really fast.
There's more to Instagram than retro filters. It's as creative as you want to make it but like any other photography tool it requires time, effort and talent on the user's part to achieve quality results. As always, just like the Guardian, garbage in = garbage out.
The Instagram developers are completely Apple-centric and have been in no rush to develop for Android or any other platform despite their hollow promises to the contrary. The absence of a native iPad app by now also indicates a disappointing level of overall complacency on their part, in my opinion. I guess when you're the King you don't have to try very hard, but it's unfortunate to see them rest on their laurels so early.
Don't get me wrong, I do like the app and the IG community that has grown around it. But I think it would serve Burbn right for someone else to come along and come along and do a competing app better at this point, leaving Instagram to wonder how they became the MySpace of the photo-sharing app world.