The unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S5 delighted some and disappointed most, as experts feel that the series' latest offering is a bit monotonous just like its predecessor was last year. It's more of an update to the S4 than a brand new model, which is why tech geeks around the world aren't too impressed with it.
Here are a few things that might make you want to postpone your plans on splashing your hard-earned cash on the new Galaxy S5:
For years, the Galaxy S series users have been wishing for a metal unibody. Pre-release rumors had us believing that Samsung might have finally dipped into metal a la Apple and HTC, but sadly, the speculation wasn't accurate. We'd have to do with the cheap plastic body for now unless Samsung has plans of releasing a separate S5 model with a metal body later this year.
The Galaxy S4's 5-inch Super AMOLED display was quite nice and even better would have been the 5.25-inch screen that the rumor mill had us believing the S5 would have. But we now know from Monday's revelation at MWC that S5 will come with a simple 5.1-inch Super AMOLED panel. The 1920x1080 pixel full HD resolution has crossed over into the S5 without any change at all.
Same Old UED
Updates after updates to Android and iOS that make little difference to the overall user experience design have turned the smartphone experience a bit stale. At last month's Consumer Electronic Show, Samsung dropped a major hint that the S5 might be getting its new Magazine UX but alas, that did happen. The new phone has Android KitKat out of the box and Samsung's latest TouchWiz, but that's about it.
One can almost predict that in the not so distant future, some fresh, new OS will swoop in and capture the imagination of smartphone owners. The Samsungs and the Apples of the world should dread that day.
Not the Best Chip in Town
You'd expect the best Samsung phone on Earth to have the fastest processing chip available – which is the Snapdragon 805. But the Galaxy S5 has the slightly slower and older Snapdragon 801 chip. There isn't much difference between the two, but still, if you're paying premium price, you must also get the best stuff.
Where Is The Next Big Thing In Battery Technology?
The S4 came with a 2600 mAh Li-ion battery and the S5 would with a marginally better 2800 mAh Li-ion. Tech gossipers had us dreaming about some super fast charging battery, but that didn't happen either. To cover its inability to offer something truly revolutionary on this front, Samsung has introduced something called the 'ultra power saving' mode, which if activated, would apparently make the last 10 per cent of your battery last for up to 24 hours. That's cute, but we're not buying that.