Samsung has kept removable backs part of the equation in the S5, and you’ll find the back can be taken off, revealing the battery, and microSIM and microSD slots.

The battery is rated at 2800 mAh.


Every April, we’ve come to expect as new phone from Samsung, and 2014 is no different.

Last year, the Galaxy S4 greeted the world, bringing with it a whole host of neat new features inspiring customers to ditch their old product and buy something new. And the Galaxy S4 was an excellent product, bringing with it a lot of performance in a slim and slick package, resulting in one of last year’s better phones.

But that was a year ago, and now Samsung has something ready for consumption in the form of the Galaxy S5.

Are you ready?

From a design point of view, there are minor refinements though it’s pretty much more of the same. If you like the look of the Galaxy S4 and even the GS3 before it, prepared to be happy because it’s more of that design.

The front is simple and inoffensive, with a plastic silver trim, while the back receives a different treatment from either the slick glossy plastic of the S3, and a totally different look from the fake leather stitching of late last year’s Galaxy Note 3.

That difference is a plastic dotted rubberised back, which manages to not just feel better than the fake leather Note 3, but also makes it really hard to slip and fall out of your hands.

We can’t fault Samsung for constantly choosing plastic, either: we may prefer the feel of HTC’s metal bodies and Sony’s choice of glass and aluminium, but Nokia and LG haver both produced superb plastic smartphones, and Samsung is no different in this way.

The buttons haven’t changed location, though, so that should be perfect for people who like the location of the volume on the left edge with power on the right, and to Samsung’s credit, at least the power is easy to get to, unlike the top power button on the HTC One (both the 2013 and 2014 models use the top for the power button).

Likewise, there’s still a physical home button flanked on each side by soft buttons, though menu isn’t here anymore, replaced with a multitasking button, a decision which makes sense given most Android phones have dropped the menu button and are using an option built into the apps.

Switch the phone on and you’ll be greeted by the next generation of Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay, and what a change it is, with a flatter design and less translucency, while the display shows things beautifully, with close to perfect clarity.