I had Iphone-itis until the Samsung Galaxy S3. Now the Galaxy S5 has 5 key features that made the upgrade a no brainer.
1. Google Voice Searches Rock
There are two voice search options. Google Cards and voice search works perfectly over wifi and pretty good over data. 15% of the time the voice file fails to go thru and you get nothing. The rest of the time time it picks up my contacts, my applications, and dictation text messages really, really well. So well I actually prefer to dictate over typing because it is so reliable. The faster processor makes the voice a real time interaction without any more annoying delay in processing the requests.
The S Voice on the phone itself has also improved. It is not as good as Google's, but it is a great fall back when the data plan is not connecting to Google Servers.
2. Ultra Power Saving Mode
The overall battery life is great at full power. But what about those times when you are on the go, need the phone to be just a phone and you don’t want to worry about updates and background data killing your phone at the end of the day when you want to reached by phone or text?
I always left power saving mode on, but the new Ultra mode is great. It turns everything OFF except for phone and text. It turns your phone screen gray too. Internet is available, but only “on” when you open the app, and it turns off the moment the phone screen turns off or you close the app.
I took the family to Legoland this weekend and tried the Ultra power mode as my additional batteries hadn't arrived yet. The phone only used 5% of the battery over the 7 hours I was at the park. The Ultra mode gives 12 days of standby time for phone and text.
It is not sexy but is a very powerful, functional new capability. There are times I use my phone and drain the battery to 30%, and now I can turn on the Ultra mode to still get phone calls without worrying about my phone being dead in the next 60 minutes.
3. 3 Amp Charger
3amp charger is fast! The new plug allows for legacy micro usb to work as well. This is great for plugging in on the go. I ordered new car chargers that can put out the full 3 amp. My current 2 Amp car charger still charged the phone while running navigation on my trip.
4. Heart Rate Monitor
Heart rate monitor is a great add and party trick. Pedometer is bit off, but good start. I love my Fitbit Force, but wished for a heart rate monitor and now I have it. Just lightly touch your finger below the camera and the sensor will get your heart rate and store the data in a graph. This is to tie in to the new line of Samsung Gear 2 smart watches that will also log health stats.
5. Number Row On Keyboard
The new sharp screen allows for a full number row on the keyboard. This makes typing in passwords so much easier than holding down letters to get a number. The keyboard layout has also reduced my thumb typing errors.
6. Super Selfies
The front facing camera has a wider angle of view and new selfie mode to capture more friends and make you look even better in social media! I feel safer shooting pics of kids by the pool now that the phone is water resistant to 3ft for 30 minutes. I wouldn't try it, but its nice to know it will survive a water ride at Legoland or a lone splash of the surprise cannonball into the pool by my kids.
7. King Of Hooters
The S5 also has an Infrared blaster to act as a tv/cable/dish remote. Sports bars will never be the same. Download the right app for the TV or Cable/Dish box and you are in control. My kids still haven't figured out my new telepathic TV magic! Now you can watch whatever you want regardless of the waitress or management’s preference.