Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 – Hands On

So, as you know, I got my hands on the Galaxy S5 on Monday evening. It’s now Thursday, and I finally found a chance to upload my hands on video. You’ll have to forgive me for the “Phonedog.com” intro and sign-off. I’d been introducing videos for Phonedog all day, it kind of got engrained in me.

We’re still yet to receive information on the Galaxy S5′s launch date on T-Mobile. We know it’s April, and we know more than 100k people have already signed up to be told when it’s in stock so they can grab one. That makes it Tmo’s most successful pre-launch registration so far. Pretty astounding.

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I think what surprised me most about my experience with the S5, was how much of a difference the new material on the back made. The leather-like material and pores covering the battery door have clearly divided opinion across the internet, but it feels fantastic in hand. So much better than the glossy plastic of previous generations. In all honesty, I really like the Electric Blue version I featured in the video.

Screen is beautiful and the changes to the settings menu take it away from the usual dull Android list in to an attractive and simple grid of circular colorful icons. It might not be as big a spec-bump as many might have wanted, but it is the only Galaxy phone I’ve picked up and immediately wanted. And that says a lot, coming from an “iPhone guy”.

 

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