If you got a chance to read my previous article where I compared the iPhone 5S and the Galaxy S5, you know that I had to choose between these two top-notch smartphones. Finally, after comparing the pros and cons of both devices, I went for the Samsung Galaxy S5. I love the smartphone and its features, but it’s far from perfect. So, before sharing the reasons why I love this smartphone, I thought it would be a great idea to share the reasons why I’m not so found of it.

7 Things I hate about my Samsung Galaxy S5

1. Slow charging via USB cable
Although the smartphone charges really fast when it’s connected to its original charger, I can’t say the same thing about charging it from a computer via USB cable. That way, the process is slow and painful. If you are using the S5 while you charge it through USB, you won’t even notice a rise in the battery levels. It’s that slow…

2. The fingerprint sensor
Compared to the iPhone’s sensor, the fingerprint sensor on the S5 is awful. In 8 of 10 cases of trying to unlock the device, it will not recognize my fingerprint on the first try. And that’s bad for a feature like this…

3. No flashlight button on the quick menu
Maybe I’m comparing this feature with the one found on the iOS 7’s Control Center, but for me, the flash light was/is important and I’m using it all the time in various situations. You can understand my surprise to find out that there is no way to add it to the main screen of Galaxy S5 without installing additional apps.

4. The audio speaker
When I bought this smartphone, I knew that the sound system was not great, but when you actually get the chance to test it, you will learn that is not even in average league. The small external speaker located on the rear of SGS5 produces sounds at various levels and depths, because your hand will interfere with the sound waves when you are using it, and this variation can be really annoying. Also, if you place it on a flat surface, you will notice another change in the quality of the sound. I was really disappointed about this detail, but things don’t stop here. Let’s talk about the…

5. Headphones
I’m not particularly found of the audio quality of the Samsung Galaxy S5’s headphones, but I can’t say they are bad either. The only problem is the remote control on the headphones’ wire. There is no way to play the previous song using a button combination. For example, on other similar devices, when you click two times on the “play” button on the wire remote you will go to the next song, and when you click it three times, you will get to hear the previous song. On SGS5, I couldn’t find a way to play the previous song without taking my smartphone out of my pocket.

6. The main camera sticks out
Houston, we have a problem! Samsung really messed this feature up so bad that there are no words to describe it. How could they add create a feature that’s so important for users (the 16MP camera) and let it unprotected? As you may now, the main camera on the Samsung Galaxy S5 sticks out on the back of the phone, making it vulnerable to shocks and surface scratches. This means that without a proper case for your S5, you should not place it on any flat surface like a table with the face up, because the camera’s protective glass will scratch or even crack.

7. The lag of TouchWiz
This smartphone was supposed to compete at the best smartphone of 2014 and still, when you are using it for a day, you notice a lag in the system. Most users agree that the TouchWiz interface is a bit sluggish and outdated and Samsung should have opted for something else. See the video comparison between lag on the HTC One and the SGS5 here.

Bonus: Touch/buttons sensitivity
If you read the #2 reason on this list, you may think that the buttons are too slow and they don’t capture your push. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. They are way too oversensitive and they will capture actions even when you don’t want to. And this issue appears in the worst possible moments.

So, this is my list of things I hate about Galaxy S5. I’m not saying the S5 is a bad device, and I’m really pleased with my choice. But few things could have been better, and Samsung could have payed more attention to some details that are really important for the customers. What’s your most annoying issue with Samsung Galaxy S5?

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Published by Martha Kent

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  1. 1. USB charging on the S5 is NO different than any other phone. Charging a phone via USB port on a PC is capped at 500 MA for USB 1 and 2 (900 for 3, depending on motherboard). These are capped and no phone will change that (however you can hack a wire to do so). This phone requires 2.1A (as do all modern day devices), and 500 MA to charge a large battery will take nearly forever. Use the wall charger – USB is not intended for long-term charging.

    2. Make sure to use a finger that’s clean and swipe it straight and correctly, the same way each time. Mine works at least 95% success rate, and works 0% for all others whom try. Works fine with both my thumb or index – Just have to swipe correctly. If you think you’re doing this and still have to swipe it 8 to 10 times (really?), you may have a defective device and it’s replaceable under Samsung Warranty.

    3. No need. Default widget allows you to add a flashlight button – This is even faster access than the quick menu. Just enter widgets, and add the flashlight. No third party app required. One click on, one click off.

    4. I can agree the speakers aren’t perfect, but it’s not what was flaunted about it. Vs 90% of all other smart phones, they are on par. No sense comparing it to say, the HTC One, which has incredible sounding speakers (lol, on a smart phone?), but A.) Who uses speakers that avidly.. B.) Lacks serious other features.

    5. Get aftermarket headphones. This has been the case for every single phone ever made. If you care about rich audio with quality controls, there isn’t a perfect pair of headphones in any phone’s box on the market. Nothing new.

    6. Get a case. Not having a case on a smartphone, in my opinion, is ignorant. 

    7. There’s always the option of rooting if you really hate TouchWiz, but there’s a reason it comes with it – It is generally very well liked by the android community, myself included. It beats sense.

  2. On point 5,there is also that you can control media player with your own voice, for example say next, and wuala, you go to it, why loose time pressing a button 3 times? Some other things you can control with voice like the camera, if there is a quiet ambient I say shoot, and click you made it…

  3. bricenott72 how though? i’ve been looking for that option for YEARS and i cant seem to find it, please point me in the right direction.

  4. Maybe it’s just me sucking, but gosh, the charger plug in is annoying. Often it’s hard to get it to fit. I have to turn on the light at night for perfect vision. Make a hole. Put a thing in the hole to charge. That’s how it should be. Not a complicated directional thing of two sizes that must be arranged in a perfect fashion.

  5. Even so, the S5 is a great smartphone. I have it since 2015 and it still runs perfectly. And sometimes, the camera is better than today’s smartphones.

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