Another year, another Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. It seems that Samsung isn't going anywhere for a very long time, as long as it continues to make bestsellers. Despite stiff competition, the Galaxy S line is still a strong brand today.
The fifth Galaxy S hopes to continue that success this year, with new features such as a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and a water-resistant shell.
It's probably tempting enough to make you want to upgrade. Already I hear people asking for its availability at mobile phone stores days before its arrival.
But before you make that upgrade, here are some considerations to help justify your purchase.
Design has not changed much
Samsung still retains its signature Galaxy S4 design here. Looking at it from the front, the S5 looks identical to the S4 and to an extent the S3 of two years ago. Some people might like this cheap-feeling plastic design, while some won't.
There's a slight increase in the display from last year's model, but you won't notice the difference easily. There's just not much of an increase from 5-inch to a 5.1 inch. At least the OLED display has been improved significantly.
Unfortunately, we're getting more plastic instead of more screen. The S5 has fatter bezels, and if you put it side by side with an S4, it's hard to not prefer the S4's slimmer design.
The back cover has soft-touch textured and pitted finish, which is an improvement to the S4's glossy plastic back.
Samsung calls its new design on the S5 the "glam look", and its only trying hard to make sure it looks different than the S4.
But unless you're used to only seeing Galaxy phones, the S5 is no longer the prettiest of the 2014 phones. The HTC One M8, the Oppo Find 7 and the Sony Xperia Z2 are more stylish.
The heart rate monitor is probably just a gimmick.
The heart rate monitor is the new feature Samsung has thrown in to the Galaxy S5.