Top 5 Smartphones to Consider Before Buying the Galaxy S5 [June, 2014]

With the new Samsung Galaxy S5 now out on shelves, many people are thinking about making the new Galaxy S their next smartphone. Before buying it though, there are some devices that we think smartphone shoppers definitely need to weigh against the Samsung Galaxy S5 before taking the plunge.

At the tail end of last year, we started to hear rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S4’s successor, a device that many people dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S5. Rumors in 2013 hinted at a number of new features but it wasn’t until 2014 rolled around that we started to hear a lot more about the Galaxy S5.

In the beginning of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was one of the top rumored devices thanks to its stature and thanks to the volume of rumors that emerged in the weeks before its arrival. In fact, Galaxy S5 rumors were prevalent right up until the Galaxy S5’s launch event in late February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

At MWC 2014, Samsung took the stage at its Unpacked event and announced a brand new Galaxy S smartphone dubbed Galaxy S5. The device, as rumors suggested, arrived with a number of impressive additions including a new design, upgraded camera, improved screen, new TouchWiz software, and more.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 that arrived in February, and hit shelves in April, is a fine smartphone. It does not come with a metal design or QHD dispaly but we and many others still consider it to be one of the best smartphone options available to consumers during the month of June. It’s a device that we think should reside near the top of most, if not all, smartphone shopping lists.

Friends, family and readers who are interested in the Samsung Galaxy S5 continually ask about the other devices that they should be looking at. The question typically sounds something like “Well, if I were to want something other than the Samsung Galaxy S5, what should I be looking at?”

In an effort to steer as many people as we can in the right direction, we want to take a look at the five devices that we think need to be heavily considered before buying the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Keep in mind, our list may differ from yours but these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like they deliver the best, all-around package at the moment. This list will change from month to month as rumored devices get closer to announcement and announced devices get released.

iPhone 5s

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iPhone 5s

Yes, we've included the iPhone on here and for good reason. The iPhone 5s is one of the best smartphones on the market and it's a device that is certainly comparable to Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5.

Even if you consider yourself to be an Android man or woman, the iPhone 5s is worth checking out. It's one of the best all-around smartphones on the planet and doesn't have many weaknesses. It comes with an inspiring design, solid display, fantastic software experience, and one of the best cameras on the market.

Most Android users will avoid the iPhone 5s, we get that, but it's worth going hands-on and exploring the differences. Who knows, you might just make a switch. To get a better feel for the iPhone 5s, check out our extensive buyers guide.

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