The Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the best Android smartphones on the market and a device that you should absolutely be taking a look at if you’re in the market for a new smartphone. We just don’t think you should buy the Samsung Galaxy S5 right now and here’s why.
In February, Samsung took the stage at Mobile World Congress 2014 and debuted the Galaxy S5, a successor to the popular Galaxy S4 and a device that the company paired with the Galaxy Note 3 against Android competitors and the iPhone.
Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 arrived in April and immediately became one of the best smartphones on the market thanks to an array of high-performance hardware, a solid design, useful and good looking software, tons of carrier options, and an affordable price tag. Even now, the Galaxy S5 sits as one of the best smartphones money can buy.
The Galaxy S5’s hardware is still holding up, its software is improving thanks to new bug fix updates, and its price has dropped dramatically since its arrival earlier this year. Instead of $199.99 on-contract, retailers like Amazon are offering it for $100 on-contract or less. It’s a tempting offer for one of the best Android devices on the market.
So, it’s no surprise that we continue to get bombarded with questions about the Galaxy S5, about whether or not it’s worth picking up over devices that currently populate the Android market.
If you had asked me this question several weeks ago, I would have probably told you that the Galaxy S5 was absolutely worth buying. And if you ask me the same question in about a month and a half, I’ll tell you that same.
Right now is a different story. Right now, I think the Galaxy S5 is worth avoiding, if you can help it. Here’s why I don’t think you should buy the Samsung Galaxy S5 right now.
Reason number one. The next 40 to 60 days represent the absolute worst time to buy the Galaxy S5 or any other smartphone for that matter. That’s because we’re hitting the tail end of the yearly smartphone cycle. The devices that arrive in the next two months or so will likely represent the top smartphone options until the cycle begins anew in the beginning of 2015.
So what does this mean exactly?
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Maybe the best reason to hold off on buying the Galaxy S5 right now is the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note 3′s successor, is just over the horizon. We’re talking mere weeks from now.
Earlier this month, Samsung confirmed the Galaxy Note 4 release and pegged it with a September 3rd launch date. While Samsung still isn’t talking about its announcements, this date is set in stone.
What this means is that in just a few short weeks, we’re going to see another Samsung Galaxy flagship smartphone option emerge. This only happens once a year. And if rumors are correct, the Galaxy Note 4 could be a pretty big step up from the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 2 as Samsung looks to compete against the LG G3 and the iPhone 6.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to deliver a number of changes including a better 5.7-inch QHD display, a more efficient Snapdragon 805 processor, an upgraded camera with optical image stabilization, a UV sensor, a fingerprint sensor for added security, and a design that could combine sleek looking plastic with a metal frame.
So with its S Pen stylus and unique TouchWiz software, larger screen, and an array of other powerful specs, the Galaxy Note 4 should offer some things that the Galaxy S5 just doesn’t have. On September 3rd you’ll not only get another smartphone option but you might find yourself looking at a new Galaxy Note that trumps the Galaxy S5 in a number of areas.
I think it’s worth waiting a few weeks to find out.
The Galaxy Note 4 isn’t the only device slated to arrive in September. Apple’s iPhone 6 launch is expected to take place on September 9th. That date isn’t confirmed but Recode’s John Paczkowski is a solid source and we expect to see invites sent out sometime in the next three weeks or so, perhaps in and around the Galaxy Note 4’s launch date.
This year’s iPhone could match up very well with the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy S5. It’s rumored to have two new screen sizes, 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches, both of which will provide more screen real estate for gaming, the web, getting work done, and television shows and movies.
In addition to the screen size changes, the iPhone 6 is also rumored to have a higher-resolution display, a slimmer and better protected design, a camera that’s improved over the iPhone 5s’, and an A8 processor that could deliver better performance and battery life. The device is expected to be a significant step up from the iPhone 5s.
So by holding off on the Samsung Galaxy S5, you’ll not only run into a new Galaxy Note but you’ll probably also be able to weigh the Galaxy S5 against a brand new iPhone. Apple’s iPhone is another device that only comes around once a year so it’s certainly worth holding out if you can.
Galaxy S5 Deals
If the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 don’t impress you, you can still buy the Galaxy S5. In fact, the Galaxy S5 could get a whole lot cheaper in the month of September.
The Galaxy S5 is already discounted at retailers like Amazon but we could see them drop the price even more to make it a more attractive alternative to the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6. We’re expecting the same from other high-end devices as well.
Devices like the iPhone 5s, LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and HTC One M8 will likely see their prices drop in September as retailers sweeten their offers after the arrival of the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6. Point is, the Galaxy S5 isn’t going anywhere and there’s a good chance that it, and its rivals, are going to get even cheaper once next month rolls around.
So, if you’re not in any hurry to replace your current smartphone and you aren’t one hundred percent sold on the Galaxy S5, I highly recommend waiting, at least until September. In September, you’ll have two more options to weigh against Samsung’s flagship and you should also have access to cheaper devices including a cheaper Galaxy S5.
We understand that every situation is different. Phones break, money appears, whatever. If you simply can’t wait, make sure that you don’t pay a ton for Samsung’s Galaxy S5. There are a number of great deals that drop it well below its $199.99 asking price.