Samsung has unveiled it next shiny phone in the Galaxy line of phones, the Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona which is being streamed live for all to see and enjoy. The phone is now dust and waterproof and dons a new fingerprint scanner on the home button, a 16megapixel camera and an inbuilt chip that monitors your heart rate. It also claims to have a new ultra-fast WIFI system that can combine downloads from WIFI and LTE at the same time.
The screen is also bigger than the S4 and now boasts a 5.25 inch screen. It will also come with Android Kitkat 4.4 although no one will care as they all look identical with Samsung’s Touchwiz interface bolted on top of Android. To their credit though, the new Touchwiz has some minor look and feel changes, but nothing major to write home about.
There were no details on memory options but the phone will be available in 4 colors, black, white, blue and gold.
Now the question on everyone’s lips is, is it worth the upgrade? Is it sufficiently different from the S4 enough to justify a possible N$8000 purchase?
We have reached this point whereby people are getting tired of the updates that these phone manufacturers because it seems every single year they are introducing something. And because for now we seem to have reached phone feature maturity there’s not really much to separate the competitors and the new phones from the old phones.
Most people are set on the platform they want, for example an IPhone user will only upgrade to another IPhone, an Android phone user will most likely upgrade to another Android phone. Reason being switching platforms means you lose all your apps if you are a heavy app user. This is especially more unpalatable if you actually bought some app like myself. So at the end of the day, all these new phones are just competing against their old selves.
Personally, I don’t see myself quickly jumping on the Galaxy S5 bandwagon. Unless they left some interesting new stuff to introduce at the S5 for launch, I’m keeping my S4 for now.