Should You Upgrade from a Galaxy S4 to a Galaxy S5 by Blaine Kelton

I’d like to introduce to you Thoughts, Ramblings, and Daydreams first guest blogger, Blaine Kelton. 

Blaine is a college grad with a degree in Journalism.  He found my sight and politely asked if he could guest post.  We passed e-mails for a while and I found him to be very sincere and a go-getter.

I’m not a big tech guy, but Blaine is.  He sent me this post about the upcoming Galaxy S5 and asks if it’s worth considering.  (I found a few things that made me go, “Hmm. Interesting.”)

So, please read his post and, more importantly, leave a reply.  let him know what you thing.  We all need feedback.  Let him know what you like and don’t like.  It’s all helpful.

So without further adieu, welcome Blaine.

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With the upcoming release of Samsung’s Galaxy S5, the question on the minds of many is whether it’s immediately worth an upgrade from a Galaxy S4 to the new flagship. The answer is unclear, and frankly it depends on what you want from your smartphone.

Everyone knows that a smartphone is only as good as its ability to accommodate current apps and technology surrounding the phone as well as its ability to interact with existing digital infrastructure. In those respects, both the GS4 and GS5 fully demonstrate proficient ability.

So what’s different? Taking a look at the physical dimensions and displays, the cameras, and the chipsets differentiates the phones for the most part.

Dimensions and Displays*

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The GS4’s screen is 5″ and makes use of Super AMOLED technology. The display shows with a resolution of 1080×1920 with pixel density of 441ppi.

In comparison, the GS5 doesn’t get much bigger in terms of display, which for Samsung is an unexpected upgrade given that from one flagship to the next we generally see a considerable increase in size. At 5.1″, the trend is pretty much broken. Still, the phone implements the Super AMOLED technology and maintains a 1080×1920 resolution with its pixel density at ~432, slightly less than the GS4 due to its larger display with the same resolution. Whether or not the display speaks to a worthy upgrade is yours to decide.

Cameras*

The GS4’s camera is a 13MP model with LED flash technology and its prominent features include image stabilization, autofocus, face and smile detection, panorama, and an HDR mode. The video recorder records video in 1080p and offers image stabilization at 30 frames per second.

Samsung hit the camera hard with the GS5. The full upgrade boasts a 16MP camera with LED flash technology and the added features include phase detection autofocus and improved image stabilization. The video recorder now offers 4K video recording at 30 fps and also includes improved image stabilization. The GS5’s camera and its capabilities are among the most talked-about features and should be a huge consideration in going forward with an upgrade from a GS4 to a GS5.

Chipset

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The GS4 always had a powerful processor, that being the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 at 1900MHz. The device is capable of running updates to the JellyBean operating system and includes an Adreno 320 graphics processor. The 9GB of user storage (of a total 16GB onboard storage) is expandable by microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC for a total of up to 64 GB.

The GS5 hits the chipset pretty hard as well. The new flagship is super-speedy with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor operating at 2500MHz. The device runs on the newest Android OS for smartphones, KitKat, and includes an Adreno 330 graphics processor. The 10.7GB of user storage (of a total of 16GB onboard storage) is expandable by microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC for a total of up to 128 GB.

Don’t forget that the GS4 can be updated to run KitKat. In addition, because of the potential of expanded storage, no one should have problems in that arena. If the above stats leave the GS5 a little underwhelming, consider the following additional features.

The GS5 comes equipped with the much-discussed heart rate monitor on the back side just under the camera. To that end, Samsung is really pushing health and fitness technology in its product line. On the inclusion, Verizon Wireless states, “Even your heart gets some love with the first–ever built–in heart monitor that checks your heart rate with just the touch of a finger.” And they’re not the only ones talking. Health in the mobile age has been a trending topic since the initiation of the S Health Partner in the Samsung product line.

The GS5 is also waterproof and dust resistant, with an IP certification at IP 67. Unless you’re a free-diver texting on the way down, that means you’re totally covered. Literally.

The inclusion of Galaxy Gifts for the GS5 will also be a major consideration for most in that they include subscriptions making use of the heart rate monitor and camera upgrades. Totaling just under $600, the options are nice indeed.

If you’re still having trouble deciding between a new upgrade or sticking with the older model until you’re ready, just be sure to remember that the choice ultimately lays with you and what is valuable to you in a smartphone. Keep your research thorough prior to the April 11 release of the Galaxy S5 to keep your options completely open.

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