Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 go on sale today worldwide

After being first revealed at the Mobile World Congress trade show in late February, Samsung has announced that its new flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S5, is now on sale worldwide, including in the U.S.

Samsung's press release says that the Galaxy S5 is available in 125 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and most of Asia. In the U.S, the phone is available from Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile for the price of $199.99 with a two-year contract or $599.99 with no contract. Verizon is offering its customers who get the phone with a contract a second one for free after a $50 mail-in rebate.

The Galaxy S5 runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 "KitKat" OS, and has a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920x1080. Inside there's a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor running at a clock speed of 2.5GHz, along with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 16-megapixel camera.

Along with the Galaxy S5, Samsung is trying once again to convince people to get a smartwatch with the launch of the Gear 2, along with the Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit. The release of the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the fall of 2013 was met with poor reviews from critics.

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I already buy one and let me tell you this phone is AWESOME!!!.. Fast like crazy camera is way better them the S4. i will Recommend it to Get ONE!!! WHY WAIT?

I would not touch any sam$#! 7 products again.

Not after sending my Galaxy note 2 in for a failed pushed update.
I sent the device in for a rma the the proper packaging in order I'm typing (Box, peanut foam at bottom of box till box half full , wraped device with bubble wrap, put device that is bubble wraped in box on top of peanut foam, added more peanut foam ontop of device to fill box, taped up box,)

No scratches on my sceen what so ever. also my Camera Flash (torch) was bright and working.

Well guess what??

I get the device back. Guess how I got it back??

In a box like how I did???

Nope I got the device back in a bubble wrap envelope about the same size of the phone. Was not evem in a box.

Well guess what??

I open the envelope up take phone out and what do I see??

I see scratches all over my screen.

And also my Camera Flash (torch) is vary f-in dim not bright at all since the rma so they did something and now they don't want to do anything.

So they damage my device amd don't take responsibility for it. Then this company does not deserve to be in business.

Next friday when I get home I will post video of me picking up package. I would post video and photos but I'm now at home till then.

Edited by mynotecan, Apr 11 2014, 7:05pm :

Kalint said,
You... should try the watch first...

I wonder how much functionality the watch has without being connected to a phone. I'm assuming just a timepiece....

samsung has one of the ugliest designs, my cousin had an S4 right after it was released so i got a chance to see it in person, and its nothing special

a friend at the same time had an S3 and i got to check it out, and the interface looked awful

Ha, with your posts on this article you seem like the opposite of Samsung's old practice of paying people to give them good comments. That said, I agree with what you are saying. I had the first two Galaxies, boy they were ugly. The new ones are slightly better actually, but still look like cheap plastic crap and the UI isn't exactly gorgeous.

Thought this phone was out already, just assumed they had it ready when it was announced. Seems they are worse than Nokia these days with that.

Still, mass market, cheaply made - always a winner, even if it is a dogs' dinner.

Actually, 3rd party companies are being used for paid comments, so it's pretty wide spread these days or pure fanboyism.

A good indicator of how "techy" someone is by hearing them complaining about stock OS from ANDROID.

mr_sock_00 said,
Actually, 3rd party companies are being used for paid comments, so it's pretty wide spread these days or pure fanboyism.

A good indicator of how "techy" someone is by hearing them complaining about stock OS from ANDROID.

im not sure i understand what are you saying
if it is that im being paid to flame on samsung, no, im a person who complains a lot, so its natural for me, still im trying to be more objective in my opinions

so what i dont like about samsung galaxy phones is that they are all oval, have that ugly physical home button and look like oversized tamagchis

its my taste i guess, because i like sharp, edgy designs on everything, all the cars since the late 80s are smooth and oval and i hate them so much, the designs from the 70s are my favorite

Where did you get that impression? The Samsung Galaxy S series is an extremely popular smartphone series. Even if it was beyond horrible, rest assured that people would at least care.

Every reviewer has said "Meh" about this phone. The only reason people care about phone is that samsung has a massive marketing budget and dwarfs the competition.

Hmm I guess I should have read those. I won;t be running out to get one anyways. I've seen previous Galaxy phones in the store and always thought they had big beautiful displays and some neat features.

patseguin said,
Looks like a wonderful device. I'd be all over it if I didn't have so much invested in iOS apps.

Apps couldn't keep me on iPhone once Android caught up (after 3GS). Apple has been behind the curve ever since, IMO.

Android apps are the main reason why I didn't pull the trigger and switch to the Lumia's and Windows.

I chose to get a Note 3, because the S5 - although a solid good high end phone - just doesn't add enough. Finger print? Heart rate? I'll never use. Waterproof? Marginal and annoyance of USB flap.

I'll take the extra screen space, the pen and the 32GB option on the Note 3 instead.

wernercd said,

Apps couldn't keep me on iPhone once Android caught up (after 3GS). Apple has been behind the curve ever since, IMO.


Android apps are the main reason why I didn't pull the trigger and switch to the Lumia's and Windows.

I chose to get a Note 3, because the S5 - although a solid good high end phone - just doesn't add enough. Finger print? Heart rate? I'll never use. Waterproof? Marginal and annoyance of USB flap.

I'll take the extra screen space, the pen and the 32GB option on the Note 3 instead.

I had a Nexus 4 for a year and liked it and apps were OK. When I got back into iPhone with 5s, I'd forgotten just how high quality the apps were. Just my personal opinion though.

jakem1 said,

I never liked any samsung devices because
a) they are cheaply made
b) they are gimmicky and stop working properly after few months.
c) samsung added a buggy interface aka touchwiz on top of almost less buggier android.

why they are successful? 80% of their success is because of android rapid growth and to the mass marketing they do. another 20% because they have good display and user feedback.