Should you buy the new Samsung Galaxy S5?

by Vincent Paul A. Garcia, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Apr 05 2014 12:46 PM | Updated as of Apr 07 2014 12:06 AM

Should you buy the new Samsung Galaxy S5?

MANILA - With the Samsung Galaxy S5 set to hit stores in a few weeks, many are sure to ask if the company's newest smartphone is worth the retail price of P34,990.

Samsung, and it goes without saying, definitely improved on the phone's predecessor, the Galaxy S4. But are a better camera and a handful of new features enough to warrant an upgrade?

Here are some key differences that set the Galaxy S5 apart from the rest of the company's current Galaxy S line.

First off, the Galaxy S5 is slightly bigger, thicker and heavier than last year's model.

The Galaxy S5 measures 142 x 72.5 mm and is 8.1 mm thick, compared to that of the S4 which stood at 136.6 x 69.8 mm and 7.8 mm thin.

It also weighs 15 grams more than its predecessor, but this may be down to the water and dust resistant treatment the smartphone now boasts. The Galaxy S5 is IP 67 certified, meaning it can be submerged in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes and is completely resistant to dust.

Second key difference of note is that the Galaxy S5 now has a finger scanner, similar to that of the iPhone 5S, which can save and identify up to three different fingerprints.

A heart monitor is also added to the Galaxy S5, as well as an ultra power saving mode, which Samsung claims can keep the phone alive for almost two weeks on a single charge.

Samsung once again tops itself by replacing the 19GHz Quad core processor of the S4 with a 2.5 GHz model in the Galaxy S5. With this upgrade, the Galaxy S5 is a slight second faster.

Another improvement, and perhaps the most noteworthy, can be found in the rear-facing camera of the Galaxy S5. Resolution jumps from 13 megapixels to 16, and the camera comes with a bevy of new tools.

Aside from its capability to take 4k (3849 x 2160) video, Samsung's latest smartphone also boasts the fastest auto focus of 0.03 seconds and real-time HDR mode.

It also has a new camera feature called selective focus, which allows users to refocus items in a picture after a shot has been taken. This feature, however, takes around five seconds for a single shot.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 definitely looks like a refined version of the S4, with the focus shifting from gimmicky features to a rehash of the essentials. The better camera, with its capability to record twice the video quality, should be enough to pique the interest of buyers.

But it really comes down to what the user deems are essential to their lifestyle. Like Samsung's back-to-basics approach, buyers should definitely consider if they need the added features and improvements or they want it.