The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the flagship mobile phone from the popular Galaxy range of smartphones. It is a genuine contender for the title of best smartphone with the iPhone 5s and in many cases provides better specifications and features at a more competitive price. The Galaxy S5 is a popular phone for people that apply with bad credit histories.
All of the main UK mobile phone networks and online phone retailers offer Galaxy S5 contracts, many of which are very competitive due to the fierce competition between Apple and Samsung to be the number one smartphone manufacturer. Main selling points for the S5 include the fantastic 5.1 inch screen and the superior battery life amongst other things (see the review and specs below for more details).
The Galaxy S5 is a top end phone so the monthly contract prices will be relatively high and it is unlikely that you will be able to find the phone on a no credit check contract basis. However, by applying through companies that have passed more bad credit customers in our experience (see our get accepted page) you will stand a better chance of having your application accepted if you have poor credit.
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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the latest and greatest phone from Samsung and can arguably claim to be the most powerful and fully featured phone currently on the market.
The Galaxy S5 is a big phone. It doesn't quite verge on the tablet territory but as far as actual phones go if the form was much larger it would start to lose some of the inherent portability of a mobile phone. In terms of the size it is in between a Galaxy S4 and a Galaxy Note 3.
The S5 is made almost entirely of plastic and come as standard in four colours - white, black, blue and gold. There is a back panel on the phone which has a dimpled effect which is very welcome as it helps to aid gripping the phone - the last thing you would want to do is drop your new S5!
The big reason why it is such a large phone is the sumptuously large 5.1 inch screen which dwarfs the screen of the latest iphone's which only sport a 4 inch screen.
The Super AMOLED screen has a display of 1930 x 1080 with a resolution of 432ppi (which is also much higher than the resolution on the latest iPhone). Samsung are known for the quality of their displays and this model does not disappoint with excellent vibrancy from different viewing angles and when viewed in direct sunlight.
Performance-wise the S5 is specified to the highest standards. It has a quad-core 2.5 GHz processor with 2GB of RAM. Models can be bought that have 16GB or 32GB onboard memory, but the phone also has a memory card slot so you can add to the storage on the phone by buying a micro SD card.
In everyday use the phone runs extremely quickly with no noticeable lag with any highly intensive activity that you can throw at it. The Android KitKat 4.4.2 software is highly accomplished and watching movies or streaming content on this phone is a joy.
The camera and video capabilities are a particular highpoint on the S5. The rear facing camera is 16 megapixels (up from the 13 megapixel on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the 8 megapixel capability on the iPhone 5s) with an LED flash.
The picture quality as you would expect from a 16 megapixel camera is superb, with low level lighting a particular strong point. As a point and shoot camera it works extremely well, but if you are interested in particular camera effects, there are a huge range of different options to choose from such as touch focus, smile detection, selective focus, panoramic capture, etc.
The video capture on the S5 is now 1080p (rather than 720p on the previous S4 model) and amazingly it can also run at 2160p, which is 4K to you and me!
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is undoubtedly an impressive phone in many different areas, but if there was one area that was genuinely astoundingly good it is the battery life.
As with other Samsung phones the battery can be removed and swopped out for another very easily. The standard battery is rated at 2,800mAh which is pretty standard when it comes to battery capability on modern smartphones.
The really impressive bit is a feature on the phone called Ultra Power Saving. This is a feature which you can turn on by toggling through the menu which will maximise the charge levels on your battery. For example, if you turned this feature on after the phone had been fully charged you would be left with around 12 days' worth of use. But what it is truly useful for is when your battery is very low and you need to squeeze the last bit of charge out of the phone before the battery dies. For example, you are out and about and aren't close to a charging point. If you turn the Ultra Power Saving feature on with say 10% battery left the phone will tell you that you will have several hours of use left, which is remarkable. Not only is this extremely convenient, but it is also an important safety feature which means loved ones won't run the risk of being stranded with a phone with no battery charge.
The consumer magazine Which? conducted a test of the Galaxy S5 when it had 10% of charge left and the Ultra Power Saving feature was activated. They tested the phone both in default mode and Ultra Power Saving mode at a 10% battery level and used a mix of standby, phone calls and web browsing. They found that the default mode with 10% of battery left gave them a total of 6 hours before the battery died, with the Ultra Power Saving mode activated this was increased to 10 hours! Seriously impressive.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is dust resistant and water resistant. Officially the phone can withstand being submerged in a metre of water for up to 30 minutes, but if you search on the Internet tests have shown that the phone can withstand more than an hour.
The phone memory can be upgraded by the use of Micro SD cards up to maximum of 64GB.
There is a fingerprint scanner that is built into the home button of the phone. In order to set this up you will need to scan your finger print 14 times for the phone to recognise you then you would have access.
Samsung have bundled a health suite app called "S Health". This is an app that uses the onboard pedometer on the phone as well as the fingerprint scanner to ingeniously calculate your heart rate. There are a range of statistics and guides that you can use to help tailor and monitor your fitness plan to an accurate degree.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is up there with the best phones on the market today. Purely in terms of features it is probably the most sophisticated phone out there and it is a market leading in many of the different categories such as screen, battery, camera, etc. Other less noted features such as the phone being waterproof is an important upgrade (particularly in the rainy UK).
The phone is on the large size and this can be seen as a positive and a negative depending on your point of view. The positive is that due to the size you are able to have the most gorgeous huge screen to view, but on the downside if you have smaller hands you might struggle to operate the phone one handed.
The S5 may not have the refined styling of say an iPhone 5s, but as an overall package it is hard to argue that at the moment it isn't the best phone out there.
Height - 5.59 inches
Width - 2.85 inches
Thickness - 0.32 inches
Weight 145 g
Available colours - Charcoal Black, Copper Gold, Electric Blue, Shimmery White
Size (diagonal) - 5.1 inches
Type - Super AMOLED
Resolution - 1080 px x 1920 px
PPI - 432
Wi-Fi support - 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth - Bluetooth 4
Manufacturer - Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
Model - Quad-core 2.5 GHz
RAM size - 2 GB
Internal hard drive - 16 GB, 32 GB
External storage - microSD, up to 128 GB
Resolution - 16 megapixels
Resolution (secondary camera) - 2 MP, 1080p@30fps
Flash - LED
Focus - Autofocus
Video capture - 2160p@30fps
Version - Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Headphone jack - 3.5mm
Video out - Yes
Capacity - 2800 mAh
Use time - 390 hours standby/21 hours talktime/67 hours music playback