With the Galaxy S5, Samsung has topped its 2013 model with this year's top-tier specs, like an excellent 16-megapixel camera and superspeedy quad-core processor, and even more hardware features, like a fingerprint scanner.
The Galaxy S5's 5.1-inch HD AMOLED display has just about the same specs as the Galaxy S4, with the addition of new adaptive screen technology that improves automatic brightness settings in various lighting situations. The result? A clear, bright, beautiful display.
The GS5's back panel is a nice matte finish that deflects gummy buildup and glare.
The fingerprint scanner stores up to three profiles.
If you don't swipe just right, you'll get an error.
The heart-rate monitor takes your blood pressure.
Ultra power-saving mode turns the screen to grayscale to save power dramatically.
Seal this charging port to make the phone water- and dust-resistant.
This rubber gasket also seals delicate internals.
The phone's 16-megapixel camera improves low-light functions and took great daytime shots.
The front-facing camera automatically airbrushes photos.
An IR blaster lets you control your TV.
The Galaxy S5 is slim and light and very portable, despite its larger size.
Samsung's physical home button remains, though the menu button is replaced by a touch-sensitive multitasking button to the left.
The speaker grille on the back makes speakerphone conversations somewhat muffled.
Here, the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and iPhone 5S fight it out in a dogpile.
Compared to the larger Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, the iPhone 5S looks dinky.
A short stack by any other name.