In February, Samsung (SSNLF) introduced the latest edition in a phenomenally successful Samsung Galaxy line of flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S5. It has been on sale in the U.S. since April and in its first month, outperformed last year’s Galaxy S4 launch by selling 11 million units.
Just like last year, the Galaxy S5 is up against tough competition. The HTC One M8 (reviewed here) is winning kudos, Sony (SNE) is making waves with its Xperia Z2 and Z1 Compact, while LG’s new G3 is bigger and offers a more pixel-dense display. Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5s continues to hold its own against the latest Samsung Galaxy challenger, even as it preps the iPhone 6 for a likely fall launch.
Samsung sent me a Galaxy S5 review unit to use for a few weeks. Is this smartphone good enough to fend off Samsung’s rivals until next year? Here’s what I thought of the latest Samsung Galaxy flagship: