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Part 3: Samsung Galaxy S5 review

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Fingerprint Scanner

This is perhaps the best new feature on the Galaxy S5. Despite reports to the contrary, the fingerprint scanner works perfectly. It was easy to set up and easy to use. All you have to do is swipe your finger on the scanner and you are in. Some people like Apple's fingerprint scanner better, since you don't have to swipe your finger. However, we find this one just as accurate.

Battery life

If you are switching from the Galaxy Note 3, you will notice shorter battery life. That is a given since the Galaxy Note 3 has a 3,200 mAh battery compared to the Galaxy S5's 2,800 mAh battery. However, given that the unit is smaller, one has to expect this. When you compare the Galaxy S5 with any other unit on the market, you will appreciate just how great the Galaxy S5's battery life is.

Most users will be able to easily get a day's use with the Galaxy S5's battery. We cannot say extreme power users will last a full day, but there is always the Power Saving Mode, which does wonders when you realize you only have a little juice left.


Let's not forget that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a phone, too. It is the best phone we have used as well, at least on T-Mobile's network. Sometimes, it is hard to mistake the Galaxy S5 for a landline phone--it is actually that good. The speakerphone, even if it is somewhat tinny, works very efficiently as well.


The Samsung Galaxy S5 is definitely the "Botox" of cell phone upgrades--there are improvements, but most of them are subtle unless you look closely. If you are an Android smartphone user, we recommend the Galaxy S5 over all the Android phones currently available.

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