Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung has run through some of the major features of the display on the Galaxy S5. These include some subtle things like contrast enhancement in bright conditions, which improves viewing in outdoor conditions, and being able to adapt saturation and sharpness to meet the color range of ambient conditions so, for example, the screen gets a bit more yellow under blue lighting. We can see both of these qualities demonstrated in the animated GIFs below. 

As usual, Samsung is boasting about the contrast ratio and color gamut on their Super AMOLED displays, which apparently blow LCD out of the water. They're also saying touch responsiveness is the best in the market at 0.01 ms under any weather conditions.

You won't find anybody around here that isn't impressed at the technical prowess of the Samsung Galaxy S5, but how it all its parts come together is another challenge altogether, addressed in our review. Any new S5 owners around here? How impressed are you by the display? 

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

 
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cruz allen says:

Compare my S5 side by side with my nexus 5 and aside from having less glare than the nexus, it is less impressive. Colors seem saturated, auto brightness set and the whites aren't nearly as bright. Software isn't buttery smooth as nexus even with more power.... I want to love this S5 but every time I use it I am left wanting

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cgardnervt says:

Great post. I still love my M7 to much to upgrade. Might keep it for a bit longer.

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law2010 says:

Agreed.

I will stick with my bright, amazing, awesome HTC One M8.

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schrack3000 says:

I had the M8 for about a week. Ended up returning it and getting the S5. To each his own. I loved a lot about the M8, it just wasn't quite right for me.

willstilson says:

Agreed on the buttery smoothness. Just wanted to mention that I have found that changing the display profile under display settings can get the colors more natural/less saturated.

cruz allen says:

Dynamic is what I use on all my Galaxy's since GS2. Of the settings they have, I like it best

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Joel E says:

Pffft what?!
The S5 display is BAWS compared to the nexus 5. Are you colorblind?
I had the nexus 5...it adds this white glareish, washed out effect to everything..including blacks.
Turn your S5 screen to dynamic instead of adapt, put it and your n5 to max brightness, put em side by side....now find someone and ask which looks better

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cruz allen says:

Not impressed. Not noticeably better than the S4 which I got rid of for the N5. I like the water/dust resistance but honestly the finger print gizmos are nothing new. The screens low glare is nice but IMO the colors just never seem accurate on amoled screens. Although this is the best amoled I have ever seen, I still don't care for it. The M7-M8 screens to me are top notch and the nexus is a close second then comes all the amoled screens IMO

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cruz allen says:

My old Motorola atrix 4g had a legitimate fingerprint sensor... This new one isn't very accurate. Easy to trick. The atrix was laptop grade and that was a few years ago now

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SlimJ87D says:

Here's some scientific data that actually shows SGS5 >Nexus 5

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s5-review-1064p3.php

http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_nexus_5-review-1011p3.php

Brightness: SGS5 > Nexus 5
Contrast: SGS5 > Nexus 5
Sunlight: SGS5 > Nexus 5

Next time you play with the device, try different display settings, there are 4 of them you can change from. So maybe you had one not toy our liking.

cruz allen says:

I get it. Its a nice phone and it has some nice upgrade screen tech. But as far as the fluidity of use and day to day functions I find myself asking why a new phone with the 801 chip is lagging a bit just browsing my pictures or swiping to the app drawer? Is mine defective? It can't touch the fluidity on my N5. Its not as enjoyable to use either. Why in gods name does Samsung think the back button should be on the right? Sammy's the only one I'm aware of that does it. All my phones have it on the left not right. Why is that? Because android was designed that way and Sammy intentionally changed it. I dunno. I just havent fallen in love with the device like i hoped I would.

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codiusprime says:

No one is doubting that, your claim that the N5 screen is somehow less impressive is objectively false. The dude didn't even mention fluidity.

cruz allen says:

I was saying that other than the S5's low glare, I find the S5's screen less impressive than the N5. Just to clarify

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rd_nest says:

You guys are like typical Apple fans. They will tell you how 0.5 sec of faster app opening rate and 5fps of better screen transition with so much better than other important differences.
You guys conveniently forget how any Nexus is significantly gimped because of thermal throttling compared to phones with same SOC. The pathetic batterylife of Nexus devices is legendary. Samsung with all it's bloat can beat any Nexus device to a pulp in terms of batterylife. What's the use of so-called "bloatless" Nexus when it sucks in batterylife? Maybe it's the Google's software which exactly is the bloat here. No wonder Tizen increased batterylife 2x in Gear 2. Did you forget about camera quality? Google is a tiny toddler compared to Samsung/Nokia/Apple when it comes to camera quality.

archtech3d says:

Download and install the Nova Launcher. It makes the experience night and day and gives you an experience similar to Google. I hate touchwiz and refuse to use it... but love my GS5.

cybertec69 says:

+1^

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Have you installed CyanogenMod yet?

cruz allen says:

GS5 GPE FTW!!!

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rkirmeier says:

If all you want is plain Android then of course you are going to be disappointed with touchwiz. Most people like at least some of the touchwiz additions. Use a different launcher if you want a more traditional launcher/icons. The screen is great and you are just being too picky cause you are directly comparing them! Whites may not be as bright but at least blacks are in fact black! Although buttery smooth is nice if this is your most important factor in liking a phone that is funny. What do you sit around swiping your home screens all day? Get over the buttery smoothness, nothing will be as smooth as stock Android or AOSP based roms.

law2010 says:

Well, buttery smooth is part of what makes a high end smart phone nice. Other high end phones manage buttery smooth and many mid-level phones are buttery smooth, for example the Moto X.

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Run the exact same widgets on those two phones, and the Samsung is smoother than the Nexus 5, also thanks to the display not suffering from ghosting like all IPS displays do.

cruz allen says:

Done...and the N5 wins... Maybe mines junk

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I'll give you 100$ for that POS SGS5

cruz allen says:

Bahahaha

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rkirmeier says:

I'm not saying it can't be done and sure it would be nice if Sammy would make it smoother but the point it that it is what it is and saying you don't want a phone because it's not buttery smooth in the launcher is so stupid. Buttery smooth has zero impact on productivity and usability. Samsung has a ton of features and that takes away from the buttery smoothness a little. Accept it in exchange for the added features or don't and move on or if buttery smoothness is the most important thing to you then stick with stock Android...

Yes it is. Had many phones including S3 and S4 and got tired of Samsung. Moto X one of finest smartphones I have ever had and is smooth and screen is amazing. Absolutely works and no freezing. Simple put a great device. I use Nova on all my Android devices.

mgfjd12 says:

I agree with you. I like my S4 with TW. I like my S4 because of the features that I can use. I had a Nexus 5 and I didn't like it. I have the Nexus 7 2013 and it is ok. My S4 is not the smoothest but it is faster opening apps or surfing the web than the google devcies

Euclid88 says:

The S5 has a great screen but there's not really much reason to upgrade just because of the screen if you already have something that is 5 inches+ and 1080p (save maybe the Sony Xperia Z I guess)

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rkirmeier says:

I agree, I have an S4 and was planning to upgrade but the thicker bezels and generally larger phone disappointed me. Also not a fan of the physical home button so I'm waiting to see what LG has up their sleeve for the G3.

cruz allen says:

It is very good outside. Easy to see and lower glare. Hard to beat its outdoor visibility.

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Euclid88 says:

Outdoor visibility on the S4 is more than feasible. I'm sure the brightest LCDs from 2013 should also keep pace with the S5 in terms of outdoor visibility.
The S5 has a great screen, possibility the best in the market right now, but the S4, Z1, G2 etc are still within the top 10, so there's not much incentive to upgrade if you already own one of those.
The RAM is kept the same, and the CPU (from S600 to 801) is less of a jump from the Exynos4412/Snapdragon S4 to the Snapdragon 600 as seen from the S3 to S4.
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cruz allen says:

My point exactly. It ain't worth the money if you own a current flagship from any of those manufacturers or the S4.

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Wow, that gif is very convincing.

TheDu9du says:

scratch that; all GIFs are convincing

Chicago33 says:

Well I just compare the m8, galaxy s5 to my galaxy note 3 screen and the s5 blows those screen away. The best screen I seem so far. My wife took her m8 back after one day of using it. Saying it wasn't much of an upgrade coming the m7. So she got the note 3(same phone as me) I tried to get her to get the s5.

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Joel E says:

+9000
Its funny because my wife also got the m8 and wanted to return it same day (had to wait until the next day, was after 9pm :-)) No headphones in the box ticked her off and the set up was a pain. But she expressed how she didnt like that whenever black was on the screen it looked lit.
Went right back to her note 3

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sublimaze says:

How about an explanation of why the camera craps out?

Anyone with a name like sublimaze can't be trusted... Basically you consider yourself to be fentanyl, a super addictive narcotic...

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Zig261 says:

The LG G2 has the best display in my opinion.

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D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

It's a nice screen, but if Sammy didn't tell me, I wouldn't have noticed any difference whatsoever.

Joel E says:

Im in love with this display. Reading in the dark right before bed, it adjusts to the perfect brightness, walking around on my break at work in the sunlight, just right.
Before my wife returned her M8, we compared some youtube vids in HQ..I preferred the way the M8 treated whites...but in every other color especially black, I found the S5 kills it.

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fernandez21 says:

At least they didn't say it was magical.

I like the color of amoled screens but I'll steer clear. Burn in on every display I've owned with samoled. Auto brightness didn't help. never an issue on my super lcd screens.

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AKFL3TCH3R says:

Looks washed out..

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jschu22 says:

Maybe Samsung should explain why it takes the display longer to turn on than most other, "inferior" phones.

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K White1 says:

I immediately noticed the improved display. Last year, when comparing flagships in-store, I thought the M7 had the better display, but I think the S5 display stands out amongst flagships, so far. It appears a tad more bright and vibrant. And the commonly used wallpaper on it seems to really highlight that.

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m0scs says:

Just got my S5 today. I'm very impressed with the screen brightness. Night and day compared to my old S3 and significantly brighter than my wife's S4. Pretty impressive.

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My Samsung Galaxy s5 keeps switching locks. I set it to unlock by fingerprint, and it will switch to password. And the only way I can get it back to fingerprint is if I reset it. HELP!