There's been a lot of debate whether or not a Galaxy S4 owner should upgrade to the new Samsung Galaxy S5. The latter has been released on the market only recently, but I've been able to secure one for review and being a long-time Galaxy S4 owner, I have decided to make it simpler for those undecided.
If you own a Galaxy S4 and you're still not sure why you should upgrade to Galaxy S5, here are some arguments that might help you understand why Samsung's latest flagship smartphone is a worthy successor.
First of all, you get a unique piece of hardware. It's only recently been included in the latest iPhone, but it's now available inside the Galaxy S5 and that's the fingerprint sensor.
If you're obsessed about security, Samsung Galaxy S5 is a must. You will be able to set up your lock/unlock feature to use your own fingerprint, so that no one else can pry on your secret messages or kinky photos.
Aside from that, the fingerprint sensor has been approved for PayPal online payments, which means that you will be able to use this method by simply swiping your finger on the Home button.
Although PayPal via Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner is only available in 26 countries, I'm confident that it will be enabled in additional countries in the coming months.
Secondly, the 16-megapixel rear-facing camera is a real improvement in comparison with the 13-megapixel photo snapper that comes within the Galaxy S4, and I'm not talking features only.
The Galaxy S5 can capture 4k videos at an exceptional quality and the 16:9 ratio pictures taken with the camera are among the best. Obviously, there are a lot of contenders for the best camera-phone title, but Galaxy S5 is surely among the few that could be ranked number one.
Long battery life is something that long-time smartphone users are looking to get when they choose to purchase a certain device. Well, Samsung Galaxy S5 has you covered, as the smartphone comes with a 2800 mAh battery, which is not only bigger than Galaxy S4's 2600 mAh battery, but it also offers much longer autonomy.
I've tested both Galaxy S4 and S5 under similar conditions and the latter got ahead by a lot. You can easily get up to more than 1 day of use with the Galaxy S5 in comparison with the previous model, so if that's what you're looking for in a smartphone, there's no reason why you shouldn't upgrade.
Power is another aspect that's been greatly enhanced when looking back at the “old” Galaxy S4. Samsung's new flagship smartphone is equipped with a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, which is vastly superior to the Snapdragon 600 CPU embedded into the Galaxy S4.
The difference can be noticed even while browsing the menus and seeing how snappy the Galaxy S5 is and how smooth the animations are in comparison with the previous model in the series.
The Galaxy S5 is Samsung’s first flagship smartphone that received IP67 certification for dust and water resistance. And keep in mind that this is not just on paper, as there are numerous tests that have been performed, which show that the Galaxy S5 can easily withstand being submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes.
Last but not least, the new TouchWiz UI that follows the new “flat” design trend looks impressive. Even if you can achieve that on the Galaxy S4 using third-party apps, you have it for free on the Galaxy S5 without having to install any additional apps.
There are lots of other reasons that you should upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4 to the new Galaxy S5, such as LTE Cat.4 support, integrated heart-rate monitor and better design.
If you own the Galaxy S4 and you still haven't decided if the Samsung's new flagship smartphone is worthy or not, I urge you to upgrade to Galaxy S5 if you can afford it. You won't be disappointed.