I often liken getting a new phone to a starting a new relationship. Look, you’re going to be spending a lot of time together so you have to connect on multiple levels. I mean really connect; otherwise, off it goes in the kitchen drawer with the other misfit gadgets. So I found myself in an awkward predicament. I was totally happy and content with what I had (The Windows Phone) and to be honest, I wasn’t really looking for the next big thing—no reason to look elsewhere for my smartphone needs. But a few weeks ago, I found myself excitedly opening the box of the new Samsung Galaxy S5 feeling a little guilty, but hey, it’s phone after all and what harm would it be just interacting with it a little? I just assumed I’d give it a whirl for a while; send a few tweets, post a few pics and dutifully send it back. I’m not a true techy, so the thought of diving into an entirely new platform was daunting. Learning the ropes, signing in to all my social media accounts, configuring my network, signing into email, resetting passwords on all the above because I couldn’t remember the original ones stored on my (shhh) other phone. It’s just too much and having the latest and greatest gadget isn’t really my thing.
But when I first held the shiny new Galaxy in my hands and turned it on, my eyes glazed over and it was love at first sight. My gosh, the screen display is so magnificent—sharp and vivid; truly superior to any phone I have ever seen. After playing around with the S5 for only an hour (set up was a cinch) I methodically removed my SIM card from my Windows Phone, gently placed the brainless phone in my drawer screen-down and closed it softly. I then picked up my S5 and hurried to find the charger in the box thinking, “It’s you and me, baby!”
So what wooed me? Lured me away? Led me to stray from a perfectly good smartphone? An even better one. That’s right, the Galaxy S5 is simply better and it just fits my lifestyle like a glove. It’s got beauty and brains and everything I want in a phone—even things I didn’t know I wanted. First, it’s dust and water resistant so when my brains are temporarily out of order, I’m covered. What’s really cool (and more important) useful, is there’s a strong emphasis on fitness. The phone comes with a built-in heart rate monitor which I didn’t think would be matter until I started using it. (You place your finger on the back of the Galaxy S5 and it measures your heart rate.) There’s also S Health – this app acts as your best workout buddy. It tracks your steps, counts calories, has a personal coach, logs your workout routes and so much more. Very fun and again, totally functional–it really has helped me get to steppin’.
What else do I love? If you’re like me and you freak out when you’re out and about and your battery is running dangerously low, the folks at Samsung found a solution to that. You can activate the Ultra Power Saving Mode to save and extend your battery life so you no longer have to worry about missing important calls when your phone is running low on battery. It changes your screen to black and white and shuts down all unnecessary features to dramatically minimize battery consumption. You can’t Instagram your polka-dot pedicure when in this power-saving mode but those are the sacrifices you have to make to keep your phone running when you’re low.
Lastly, and this is a biggie: The S5’s camera is completely impressive and it’s honestly what sealed the deal for me. I could care less about many of the bells and whistles available on the latest and greatest devices. If it doesn’t have a strong, powerful and smart camera, I’m not interested. So after testing it out over and over, in multiple scenarios, I think the camera is top-notch. It’s a 16 megapixel camera and there are lots of great features to play with. For instance, with Autofocus – you can focus your shot in .3 seconds and it works very well. Another thing else wowed me is that it shoots in 4K video – this is 3x better as HDTV. While I’m still in the ‘getting to know you’ phase of my new phone relationship, I’m very excited about moving forward. I foresee a lot of selfies in the future!