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Is the Samsung Galaxy S5 worth it?

Is the Samsung Galaxy S5 worth it?

Samsung’s latest flagship phone is here. But is it worth it? Find out what’s new with the Galaxy S5 and what other things you could buy at the same price?

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 has been launched in India at a price of Rs51,500. But with much less fuss surrounding the launch than its predecessor, we have compiled a handy comparison with the S4:

The table below shows how the two phones match up, in terms of their specs. In fact, in an age of slimming down, the newer Galaxy S5 is slightly thicker. The GS5 has a quicker processor, an only marginally larger screen, an upgraded main camera (rear) and runs on the latest Android OS (4.4.2, KitKat). The screen resolution, however, remains unchanged, as does the amount of RAM, internal memory and the size of the front-facing camera’s sensor. The GS4 is lighter and slimmer.

So what you’re getting is essentially an upgraded processor and camera, and a new operating system – for which you’d be paying about Rs11,000 more.

Specifications: GS5 vs GS4

SPECS Samsung GS5 Samsung GS4
Price Rs51,500 Rs40,690
Thickness 8.1mm 7.9mm
Screen size 5.1 inches 5 inches
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Main camera 16Mp 13Mp
Front camera 2Mp 2Mp
CPU Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz Quad 1.6GHz + Quad 1.2GHz
Internal memory 16GB 16GB
Expandable up to 128GB 64GB
OS KitKat (4.4.2) Jelly Bean (4.2.2)

Features of the Galaxy S5

Fingerprint scanner
Even though their home buttons look very similar, the Galaxy S5 comes with a fingerprint scanner and you can register up to three fingerprints. You can also use a swipe over this sensor to unlock the phone and use your fingerprint to authenticate purchases.

Heart rate monitor
The GS5 comes with a heart rate monitor and it will allow you to measure your heart rate through the phone directly.

Dust and water resistant
The GS5 meets IP67 standards for dust and water resistance.

Power-saving mode
There is a power-saving mode which disables any unnecessary features and switches the screen to black and white to save battery power.

Camera features
A few improvements have been added to camera features including a fast auto focus, an HDR rich tone capture mode and selective focus which blurs out the background and highlights the subject.

Price comparison

Where? Price Rs46,952 Rs48,649 Rs48,750 Rs50,499 Rs50,900

Do you really need these features?
While the fingerprint scanner is an update to keep the company’s S line in touching distance of the iPhone, it can prove to be a useful feature – especially if this expensive phone is lost or stolen.

The power-saving mode will also come in handy when you’re running low on battery power. Since the battery hasn’t been upgraded much – 2,800mAh of the GS5 to 2,600mAh of the GS4 – this is a welcome feature.

The dust and water resistance may not be very helpful during everyday use and the heart rate monitor even less so.

The camera features are interesting, but don’t seem enough to clinch it for the S5.

The verdict:
The Galaxy S4 has almost everything that the GS5 packs and is still a very capable phone. We see no need to upgrade unless you absolutely must have the latest features.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is expensive – costing over half a lakh. For that price you could buy:

• A Honda Activa scooter (Rs50,267, ex-showroom Mumbai)

• An 8GB iPhone 4S + a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Mini with Retina Display (Rs 24,000 + Rs27,000 = Rs51,000)

• Two Dell Inspiron 15 3521 laptops with 4GB RAM (Rs25,700 each)

• 11 Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB HDDs (Rs4,500 each)

• A Hitachi i-Clean RAU518ITDA AC (Rs47,350)

• A Canon EOS 1200D with a two-lens kit + a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 Super-zoom camera (Rs36,600 + Rs14,500 = Rs51,100)

• 20 pairs of sneakers priced at about Rs2,500 each

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