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Samsung Galaxy S5 review

Samsung goes for evolution over revolution... again.

Samsung Galaxy S5: ATT

As we expected, the Samsung Galaxy S5 for AT&T is here. It's almost no different at all from the version you can buy on other carriers all over the world, but there are few things that make the AT&T model different.

First, aside from the branding and log on the back, there are the bulk of AT&T apps. These apps are not-so-lovingly called bloatware or crapware, and for good reason. It's rare that you'll ever use any of those apps at all - there are always better Android counterparts.

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The apps that AT&T includes are Messages, Mobile Hotspot, Mobile TV, myAT&T, AT&T Locker, AT&T Mobile Locate, AT&T Navigator, Caller Name ID and AT&T Family Map. As you can see, that is a lot of useless apps.

You'll find that the Samsung Galaxy S5 for AT&T requires a minimum of 4.51GB to run the system or OS. That means the 16GB model we have really only has less than 12GB usable space, which is paltry. Luckily, the Galaxy S5 does support micro SD cards.

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We really do wish that AT&T didn't stuff all its garbage apps into the Galaxy S5, but that's to be expected now. The last thing we need are these apps that no one uses eating up our precious resources.

AT&T speed

AT&T is always bragging about its network being the biggest and most reliable in the nation, but it's no longer the fastest. T-Mobile is actually much faster wherever T-Mobile's LTE is available, and that's not in very many places, unfortunately.

In our tests, we averaged 6.4Mbps down and 2Mbps up between San Francisco and South San Francisco, along with the East Bay.

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Those speeds aren't very fast at all when compared with other LTE networks. In fact, they're more inline with 3G HSPA+ speeds (or what AT&T now likes to call "4G" when you're not in an LTE zone).

If you're thinking of picking up a Galaxy S5 for AT&T, you're going to get a rather solid handset. It's a great iterative improvement over the Galaxy S4 - it still has that good ol' plastic feeling that Samsung is well known for - and the display, battery and camera are solid.

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Network speeds are good enough, and pretty great if you happen to be in an area where AT&T LTE is blazing fast. Your speeds and call quality will largely depend on where you are, but you can count on the Galaxy S5 not being at fault for any call quality or speed issues.

You can buy the AT&T Galaxy S5 now starting at $199.99 with a new two-year contract.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported128 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy S5
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 850, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2100, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time21 Hour
Product ModelSM-G900F
Screen Size13 cm (5.1")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)145 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.4.2 KitKat
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 3.0
Pixel Density432 ppi
Front Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
SIM Size SupportedNano
Height142 mm
Width72.5 mm
Depth8.1 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time390 Hour
Product NameGalaxy S5 SM-G900F Smartphone
Processor Speed2.50 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon 800
Product LineGalaxy S5
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Barometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, Health Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberSM-G900FZWABTU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationStriking design
The first thing Will noticed about the latest Galaxy smartphone is its new striking design, which comes in a choice of colours - Charcoal Black, Electric Blue and Shimmery White. However, beneath the perforated exterior are more eye-catching features; like the new camera. It has the world's fastest autofocus speed, at only 0.3 seconds, and Selective Focus, which allows you to focus on what's important and blur everything else.

Capture the moments that matter
Being able to capture and save precious memories is one of the most important features that a smartphone can have. The new Galaxy S5 has superior camera functionality, featuring a 16 megapixel camera with an enhanced menu and user interface so you can effortlessly take, edit and share photos.

The Galaxy S5 has the world's fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds and the advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR), so it is possible to reproduce natural light and colour with striking intensity at any time. Also new is a Selective Focus feature which means you can focus on a specific area of an object while simultaneously blurring out the background. With this capability, you no longer need a special lens kit to create a shallow depth of field (DOF) effect.

Tap into the fastest connections
The Galaxy S5 offers the most advanced LTE experience and Wi-Fi performance available today, ensuring blazing fast data speeds for unrivaled media consumption and productivity.

The Galaxy S5 supports the fifth generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 2X2 MiMo, and the largest LTE frequency supporting Category 4. If that wasn't enough, for anyone looking for an even faster connection, the Galaxy S5 also features Download Booster, a Wi-Fi technology designed to boost data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously. No matter where you are, you are guaranteed to have the fastest available connection.

Be more fit and active
With the enhanced S Health 3.0, the new Galaxy S5 offers more tools to help you stay fit and well. It provides a comprehensive personal fitness tracker to help you monitor and manage your behaviour, along with additional tools including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a new, built-in heart rate monitor. You can further customise your experience with an enriched third party app ecosystem and the ability to pair with next generation Gear products for real-time fitness coaching.

Essential device protection
The Galaxy S5 is IP67 dust and water resistant. It also offers a Finger Scanner, providing a secure, biometric screen locking feature and a seamless and safe mobile payment experience. The Ultra Power Saving Mode turns the display to black and white, and shuts down all unnecessary features to minimize the battery consumption.
Limited Warranty2 Year
Standard Memory2 GB