When I went looking for a new phone this year, I ended up buying the Samsung Galaxy S5 even over it’s younger brother, the S6. That’s why I wanted to share my experience through a Samsung Galaxy S5 unboxing and then offer a review.
Here are the reasons I bought this phone:
- I’d seen the AMOLED in action; it’s sharp. The colors are vibrant and clear and if you choose backgrounds with lots of black (or all black), you will save lots of battery power.
- The main camera. The main camera records video in 2160p at 30 frames per second and even 60 fps in other shooting modes.
- The selfie camera is good, too. The front-facing camera records in 1080p at 30 fps.
- The phone is mildly water resistant. I wouldn’t submerge it for long, but the case is sealed with the intent of having some water resistance. Since we’re a boating family, this was important.
- The battery is removable/replaceable. There are no modern phones (including my last phone–the HTC One M7) that have this option. You can buy one at http://amzn.to/1SdAaSy (another affiliate link).
- You can add additional storage via microSD media. I bought this 64GB Class 10 microSD card. This is good because the 16GB model is fairly inexpensive.
- Price. I’ll talk about this later.
- Memory. The phone comes with 2GB of RAM. Many phones are still coming with 1GB of RAM–this is no longer acceptable.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Unboxing
I’ve already shared some of my reasons for making this purchase. Let me share, now, about the Samsung Galaxy S5 unboxing process and experience.
The S5 comes in Samsung’s wood grain patterned box. The package is small and extremely well arranged–you won’t get it back in. Everything you need is there including the adapter, the phone (disassembled), and some headphones. The days of the large owners manuals are thankfully gone.
The phone comes in an overabundance of cellophane wrap and you’ll be finding it for weeks (seriously). Charge the phone before the first use–you’ll note that the adapter sports a USB 3.0 cord. The phone (at least mine) also came with a screen cover on it. How thoughtful.
I’ve included a video that I produced and posted on my YouTube channel.
You’ll also recognize that my phone is the awesome blue variant of the phone. I originally wanted the bronze version but it was out of stock at the time. I’m glad it was, the blue is attractive.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a 2014 phone but it still works great and can be had for a fraction of the price (of even a few months ago). I’ve posted a series of links (an affiliate link)
I have posted links (above) to the international version (left), the AT&T/T-Mobile/Cricket version (center), and the Verizon Wireless version (right). The links I purchased were to unlocked versions (except the Verizon version). I did this because the savings under any carrier are insane when you buy them under contract. I saved hundreds of dollars purchasing my phone in this manner.
While the phones sport some minor feature shifts, the primary thing to remember is that customers will have to purchase the correct model in order for this phone to work on each specific carrier.
I’ve had this phone now for almost five months. I liked it so much that I bought my father-in-law one when he came to me asking for a smartphone (his first). You will only be disappointed if you’re comparing it to the flagship phones from future years.
So far, this has been the best phone I’ve ever purchased.
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