We aren’t sure how many people are thinking about buying the rumored Samsung Galaxy S5 but we’re sure there are a lot of people that fall into that category. As we march closer to an expected Galaxy S5 release date, we want to offer up some early tips for those who might be committed to the device already or are truly on the fence, wrestling with a decision.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed anything yet but it has become very clear that the company is hard at work, preparing a successor to the Samsung Galaxy S4. The device, currently dubbed Galaxy S5, has seen an absurd number of rumors emerge over the past few months, some of which have started to firm up inside the new year. Galaxy S5 rumors point to a powerful device and one that should compete with the likes of the iPhone 5s, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the HTC One, and HTC’s rumored HTC One successor, the HTC M8.
Rumors point to both a plastic and metal design for the Galaxy S5, the metal design being a change from Samsung’s previous Galaxy S models. It’s also rumored to have a 5.2-inch QHD display and or a 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor or a Exynos 6 processor, a 16MP camera that could include ISOCELL technology, Android 4.4 KitKat, and a number of wide sweeping software changes that should ensure that the Galaxy S5 is vastly different from its Galaxy counterparts. At least until Samsung upgrades the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 with some of the new features.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors also suggest a possible launch in February or March with a release at some point in April, possibly around the same time that the Galaxy S4 was released. Nothing is set in stone but it’s quite clear that things are progressing and those who have waited for the Galaxy S5 or are simply in the market for a high-end smartphone, will see a launch very soon.
With that in mind, we want to offer some tips for those who might be caught in the Galaxy S5 rumor maelstrom, are looking to buy a smartphone for the first time, or simply need some tips in order to improve their plans. Here, we offer up seven of our own Samsung Galaxy S5 buyers tips, derived from years of preparing and buying smartphones.
Prepare for an April Samsung Galaxy S5 Release Date
Rumors are swirling, Galaxy S5 launch date rumors have backtracked, and Samsung still hasn’t sent out any invitations for its launch event. Suffice to say, prospective Galaxy S5 buyers are probably confused and looking for answers. Well, we don’t know exactly when Samsung is going to announce the Galaxy S5 but we imagine that it will be in February or March. Every single rumor, leak and report can’t be wrong. There has to be some truth to it all.
A recent report from Bloomberg suggested a release by the end of April and the report backed up just about every Galaxy S5 release date rumor that has emerged thus far. So, at this point, it’s probably time to circle the month of April on the calendar and prepare for the Galaxy S5’s arrival sometime during that month. Samsung will more than likely send out invites to an event weeks in advance and when it does, consumers will have their official answer. For now though, start preparing for a Galaxy S5 release in April and stop thinking about the “what ifs” and alternatives. April is likely.
Research Other Devices
Now is the perfect time to start researching alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy S5. There are going to be a ton of options on the table once the Galaxy S5 arrives and the more prepared that you are, the easier the decision is going to be. We suggest taking a look at the current crop of smartphones first and narrowing down your options from there. Devices like the HTC One and Galaxy S4 may be old, but they’re still potent and most importantly, they’re affordable. They will likely be much cheaper than the Galaxy S5 once it arrives on shelves.
Consumers will also want to look into devices like the iPhone 5s, Galaxy Note 3 and Moto X, three of the strongest smartphones out on the market. The Galaxy Note 3 and iPhone 5s are both going to be on shelves once the Galaxy S5 arrives as they are relatively new. Prospective Galaxy S5 buyers would be wise to take a look at both of them in the build up to the Galaxy S5’s launch. It won’t hurt.
From there, we suggest taking a look at some of the rumored smartphones of 2014. The HTC M8 and iPhone 6 both come to mind as they will pose a threat to the Galaxy S5. The HTC M8 is rumored for next month while the iPhone 6, or at least one version of it, could arrive sometime this summer. It’s important to take note of these devices before diving into the Galaxy S5.
Look Into Carrier Options
In addition to doing your homework when it comes to Galaxy S5 competitors, we suggest exploring potential Galaxy S5 carriers as soon as possible. The Galaxy S5 hasn’t been confirmed for any U.S. carriers at this point but there is no reason to believe that it will land beyond the Galaxy S’ usual crop of carriers. That means AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon, and a host of smaller regional and pre-paid carriers.
Each carrier has its pros and cons. Verizon for instance has the largest network in the land but it also tends to be last in line when it comes to software updates. T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network is small but it also has a speedy HSPA+ 42 network backing it up, something that other carriers do not have. Data plans vary, costs differ, and it will be important to know what you’re getting into once the Galaxy S5 is announced for these carriers. And it will be.
Research how much data you use and which carriers offer the best 4G LTE coverage in your area right now and deciding on a new carrier will prove to be a much easier task come release day.
Don’t Hype Yourself Up
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is going to be a good phone, there is no doubt about that. However, it’s probably not going to be perfect and those who are expecting a perfect smartphone from Samsung need to start tempering their expectations right now. A lot of the people that were disappointed by the Galaxy S4 last year were the people that bought into the insane hype and got themselves worked up to the point that there was no way that the Galaxy S4 would meet expectations.
Rumors are going to emerge all the way up to the Galaxy S5 announcement and you will want to keep a level head or else you’re going to be setting yourself up for disappointment. Those that don’t let that happen will find that their smartphone shopping experience will be a much more manageable one and far more pleasant.
Stay Up to Date
That said, we encourage prospective Galaxy S5 buyers to stay up on the latest Galaxy S5 rumors. While there will be features and dates that don’t pan out, rumors do do a good job of narrowing things down. In the next few weeks, we expect to have most of the Galaxy S5 figured out thanks to rumors and those who have been paying attention will certainly be a leg up on those who join the game late.
Rumors should always be taken with a grain of salt but we expect Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors, now that we’re this late in the game, to continue to peck away at Samsung’s new flagship, revealing just about everything buyers need to know about the Next Big Thing.
Keep those expectations tempered but take in a healthy dose of speculation. It’s part of the fun.
Start Saving Money Now
This may sound like a no-brainer but it’s important to keep in mind. The Samsung Galaxy S5, more likely than not, will come with a price tag that is in and around $199.99 on-contract, $650 off-contract. We haven’t seen any confirmations just yet but given the pricing of the iPhone 5s, we expect Samsung and its carrier partners to offer competitive pricing. The only rumor that we have seen is from SamMobile who suggests that the metal Galaxy S5 will be around 800 Euros and the plastic model will be 600 Euros. That’s extremely expensive, if true.
Point is, the Galaxy S5 isn’t going to be cheap. It’s a flagship smartphone and it will command a flagship price tag. Those who are thinking about buying it should think about setting some money aside for the purchase. Perhaps it’s $5 each day up until the Galaxy S5 launch, or something of that nature. We’ve done this in the past and it has helped soften the blow of buying an expensive piece of technology.
Evaluate Storage Needs
It’s not clear just how the Samsung Galaxy S5 lineup is going to look. Last year’s Galaxy S4 came in 16GB form only to Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular though the device did come armed with a microSD card slot that can store up to 64GB. As we’ve pointed out, the microSD card storage is limited to certain files, making the on board storage that much more crucial. 32GB versions of the Galaxy S4 came to AT&T and Verizon and those two carriers only. Whether the Galaxy S5 follows that or not is unclear.
What’s important is that prospective buyers start evaluating their needs right now. Are you the type of person that takes a lot of photos or shoots a lot of video? Then you’re probably going to need to go with one of the largest Galaxy S5 storage options or if there is only one option, think about investing in a cloud service. Average users that don’t game or shoot a ton of content might think about getting the smallest Galaxy S5 storage option available.
This may seem ridiculous but it will make deciding on a specific option easier come release day. In some cases, it may also save a lot of money. Larger storage variants are always more expensive.