Galaxy S5 goes on sale today: 14 things you need to know

April 11, 2014

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The day Samsung fans have long anticipated is upon us. Six weeks after its official unveiling at MWC in Barcelona, the Galaxy S5 is going today on sale in 125 markets from Europe, Middle East, North America, Latin America, and most of Asia.

We’ve already walked you through many of the most important things to know about the Galaxy S5, but in case you missed it, or if you want a bird’s eye view of everything, we’ve broken everything in bit-sized chunks in this post.

1. Galaxy S5 review

Still on the fence? Our Galaxy S5 review can help you decide if you want it or not.

2. What’s new in software?

When you power the Galaxy S5 up, these are some of the biggest changes in the software department you can expect.

3. Fingerprint scanner – is that any good?

Marketing aside, is the fingerprint scanner a compelling reason to buy the Galaxy S5? We explain it here.

4. Shutterbugs, check this out

If the camera is what you’re after, don’t miss our camera shootout.


5. The competition

Maybe the Galaxy S5 isn’t for you. How about the HTC One M8? Or the Xperia Z2? Or the Oppo Find 7?

6. Worth upgrading?

If you already got the Galaxy S4, are the new features on the S5 worth shelling out your hard earned money?

7. Where do I get it from in the US?

8. Region locking

Like the Note 3, the Galaxy S5 is region-locked. That means you will need to make at least five minutes of phone calls on a carrier from the region you bought it from before you can use it in another region. Details here.

9. How does waterproofing work?

The Galaxy S5 is guaranteed to withstand immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to one 1 meter of water. It might survive more than that, but there’s no guarantee. You will need to make sure the back cover is properly snapped into position and that the cover on the bottom is secured.

10. Accessories

If you want a smart cover, we suggest choosing a Samsung one or one from a manufacturer that specifically guarantees compatibility. We’ll be updating this post with a list of best accessories.

11. What about those smartwatches?

In some markets, you might be offered a bundle with the Gear Neo, Gear 2, or Gear Fit.

12. Tell me about the color options

There are four color options, but depending on your market and carrier not all of them may be available to you. See our comparison.

13. Galaxy S5 user manual

Consult the Galaxy S5 user guide here.

14. Get your freebies

The Galaxy S5 comes with FIFA 14 pre-installed and a bunch of subscriptions and free apps. Check them out here.

Comments

  • Alex James Simon

    I’m surprised no one has really mentioned how fast this phone charges because of USB 3.0.

    • Anonymousfella

      Plus qualcomm quick charge 2.0 should make a visible difference

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  • Rauel Crespo

    You Forgot to mention the 5GB of user accessible storage for Apps and the fact that you can’t install or transfer most Apps completely to the SD-Card. It would be nice to let your readers know that little nugget of info so they can opt for the 32GB version if it’s available for them.

    • das

      where u get 5gb from ??????? lol ignorance

      • Rauel Crespo

        Please prove me wong with a screen cap.

        • Maverik72

          Just so you know this is my new S5 with about 30 or so apps downloaded from the play store.

          • Rauel Crespo

            No games huh?

          • Maverik72

            The room, Temple Run 2, The room 2, Farm Hero saga, Clash of Clans, and of course Solitaire. LOL.

          • Maverik72

            Why? Your original post had absolutely nothing to do with my gaming apps. It was about the amount of user accessible storage. I’m not here to argue I just simply posted what you asked for. I also have had amazing battery life thus far. The beauty of all this is we all get to pick the phone we like best and use it. The issue with the HTC One M8 camera was the deciding factor for me. Heck no phone will be perfect for us all. We all have different needs and or wants from our mobile device. So to each his own and enjoy life.

          • das

            u made good choice, plus the s5 screen is superior ,AMOLED has clearly surpassed IPS and super LCD ,ISOCELL sensor is also much better than the BSI ,and its nice to be able to change battery if needed ,having a ” premium ” looking phone just scares people into scratching the device ,best to have a plastic phone with a nice looking case on it and not worry :)

          • Maverik72

            I made the right choice for me. I like the phone very much.

      • Anonymousfella

        its around 8gb i think….similiar to what s4 offered

        • das

          my s4 had 11gb spare ….

  • das

    S5 is a beast ,but ill wait for note 4 :)

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  • dukeofducks

    I’m hoping for an updated desktop dock with MHL 3 + OTG USB 3.

  • ComeBackSteveJobs

    I went to the Tmobile store to get the Galaxy S5, after browsing around a bit I walked out with the M8.

  • The-Sailor-Man

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvz1Vd4SvZg
    Here is one hand use of fingerprint scanner:
    But it works because the guy there is german,
    For the the americans though, one-hand works only with Apple logo device. LOL
    Same with the camera bashing …..and so on.

    Guess what is the name this site? :)
    This article is made , for the ppl that wanna buy the great S5, you to discourage them with dirty tricks.
    You have no chance though.