The Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone was well-reviewed by critics, receiving a score of 4.5 out of 5 from technology websites CNET.com and techradar.com, and an 83 from review site Engadget. These scores are similar to overall consumer opinion as reported by retailer Amazon.com, where it averages 4.5 stars from customers.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 was widely considered one of the best available smartphones upon its release in the spring of 2014. Critics praised its large 5.1-inch Full HD display, fast quad-core processor and excellent 16-megapixel camera and photo controls. Samsung's TouchWiz control system was also noted as an efficient interface to the phone's software and features. The new dimpled case design was also considered an upgrade to the durability of the phone compared to the S5, though some critics found the design odd-looking.
Negatives of the Samsung Galaxy S5 according to most critics included its finicky fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor, as well as its high price in some areas. Critics also felt that the S5 was largely an evolution of the previous Galaxy S4 model, rather than a leap forward for the Galaxy line. Engadget in particular was critical of the evolutionary nature of the S5 design, feeling that it was not advanced enough over the S4 to justify an upgrade for current owners of the S4.