Top 5 Phones to Consider Before Buying the Galaxy S5 [August, 2014]

The flagship Samsung Galaxy S5 is still an extremely solid smartphone option and one that you should certainly take a look at before settling on a new smartphone. That said, we think there are five phones that you absolutely must weigh before committing to the Samsung Galaxy S5 this month.

It feels like forever ago but the Samsung Galaxy S5 hit shelves just about three months ago. It’s still an extremely new smartphone and a device that will remain a top option until Samsung decides to replace it with something new, something better.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 only stands to get better. In the past three months we’ve seen its price drop well below its starting $199.99 price tag. We’ve also seen carriers roll out major bug fix updates that have helped to improve the overall quality of the device. The Galaxy S5 should also get Google’s Android L update, the update is expected to arrive later on this year.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 was a fantastic smartphone back in April when it first came out and it’s still a device that we think you should have an eye on in the month of August. Of course, there’s also good reason to keep an eye on some of its competitors.

We are constantly bombarded with questions about which phones to buy. In particular, we’re constantly asked about the phones consumers should weigh against the Samsung Galaxy S5. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend, the smartphone market is full of solid choices, but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider to be the top five.

These phones represent the devices that we’d recommend to friends and family. And while our list may differ from yours, these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like the devices listed here deliver the best, all-around package for this month and this month alone.

That said, here are the top five smartphones to consider before buying the Samsung Galaxy S5.

iPhone 5s

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iPhone 5s

The iPhone 6 might be on the way but we think you need to rule out the iPhone 5s, Apple's flagship smartphone, before buying into the Galaxy S5.

The iPhone 5s comes with a fantastic design, camera, processor, display, and solid software. If anything, check it out for iOS. Many people prefer iOS to Android and if you're coming from another operating system, say Windows Phone or a BlackBerry, it's worth investigating before buying into the Galaxy S5.

You may not walk out of the store with it, but it's certainly worth a look.

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