Aesthetically, the Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop with its TouchWiz twist is a sophisticated and modern affair, with bold colours and cleaner fonts, icons and menus. Some may feel that this simplification has dumbed down the Galaxy S5, though. We definitely agree that the phone doesn’t quite feel as ‘classy’ or business-like since it received the Lollipop update.
Samsung has reined in some of Lollipop’s flavour though, such as toning down some of the new ‘cartoony’ menu animations and avoiding the big bright tiles that dominate the dial screen of pure Lollipop devices. These changes may have been a step too far for some of the Galaxy S5’s devout crowd, but the Galaxy S5’s menus are noticeably snappier following from the update.
Notifications and settings receive the most obvious changes. Notifications now appear as white tabs that can be accessed in a drop down menu and cleared if needed.
If you delve into notifications settings you can now activate/deactivate the notifications of apps on an individual basis, which is handy.
The Samsung Galaxy J5 looks very much like a classic Samsung phone. It’s available in Black or White, and has a familiar but attractive rectangular style with rounded corners. It’s very slim for a mid-range phone, measuring under 8mm in thickness, and weighing in at a solid yet not too heavy 146g.
The phone feels good in the hand, and isn’t too big to use single-handedly.
The screen is a very nice size for a mid-range phone.
Measuring 5 inches, it’s large enough to enjoy photos, videos and games, yet not so big that you struggle to slip it into your pocket. It’s a HD display with a pixel density of 294ppi, making it fairly nice and sharp. It’s one of Samsung’s high-quality AMOLED screens, with plenty of brightness and contrast too.
Design-wise, this is exactly what we want from a mid-range phone, and the trade-off between size, screen quality and materials used is just right.
Lets dive into a head to head comparison and see who’s King between this two smartphone Giants….