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5 reasons to buy a Galaxy S5 GPe

Kris Carlon
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We're only days away from seeing the Galaxy S5 unveiled at Mobile World Congress, and while the temptation may be to instantly rush out and buy one the second it is available, here's five reasons you should wait a little longer and pick up a Google Play edition Galaxy S5 when it appears instead.

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Nothing sounds better to me right now than a Galaxy S5 Google Play edition. Here's why. / © AndroidPIT/MovePlayer

Rapid updates

Samsung's updates are rubbish. They can't keep to a schedule, they can't release stable updates (their stability patches are even unstable), too many devices are left behind because they release so many devices and it all just takes too long even for the flagship devices. Not so with a Google Play edition. If you opt for a GPe version of the Galaxy S5 you'll be getting any new version of Android within weeks of Nexus devices getting it. And I can't imagine anyone out there not being happy about that.

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Samsung make nice phones, but their firmware updates need some attention. / © AndroidPIT

More space, less bloatware

Just imagine how much actual internal storage you'd have in a 32 GB Galaxy S5 if half of it wasn't wasted with useless Samsung bloatware that you don't use and can't remove unless you root your device and void your warranty in the process. A Google Play edition of the S5 would have the core Google apps suite and a few others pre-loaded but that's about it. Meaning you could actually use your internal storage to install apps you actually like and want to use. Wouldn't that be nice?

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Samsung are known for many things, and bloatware is amongst them. / © AndroidPIT

Stock Android experience

TouchWiz is certainly not the worst manufacturer skin laid on top of stock Android like a bad blanket, but it's not the best either. Sure, some of you love it but I don't think I'm being unreasonable to say it's far from perfect. Perhaps the new TouchWiz or Magazine UI will be something clean and beautiful and streamlined, but I'm not holding my breath. Or maybe, just maybe, stock Android is a much nicer option. I think so, and that's exactly what you'll get on a Galaxy S5 GPe.

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Samsung's TouchWiz UI (left) on Android 4.4 and stock Android 4.4 KitKat (right) / © AndroidPIT

The best hardware and firmware

The Nexus 5 is still a helluva beast when it comes to raw hardware, but when the Galaxy S5 is released the best that Google has to offer is going to have a hard time keeping up. And when the Google Play edition of the S5 comes out the Nexus 5 is going to be left for dead. Cutting edge hardware with a pure Android experience scraped over the top of it with a replaceable battery and microSD expansion and a better camera and a bigger battery and better speakers and, well, you get my point.

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Harcore specs, stock Android experience, expandable storage, removeable battery? I like! / © AndroidPIT/Moveplayer/Google

Membership in the Samsung Club and Stock Android Club

With a Google Play edition of the Galaxy S5 you get to fit in with the tech geeks while still going undercover amongst the Samsung Club. From the outside you'll look like someone on the cutting edge of marketing driven consumerism, but deep down you'll know you've taken a more individual approach and got yourself the best of both worlds: Samsung's hardware, look and popularity, and stock Android's cleanliness, useability and lack of bloatware. And then, when your other Samsung-owning friends are crying about slow or buggy Samsung updates you can show them up by having the latest version of Android already on your phone.

Would you prefer a Galaxy S5 with TouchWiz or stock Android? How ''stock'' are you expecting the new TouchWiz to be?

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  • Sean Stockemer 2 months ago Link

    has it been leaked that the S5 will have a microsd slot?

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    • Jango 2 months ago Link

      S5 should have a microsd slot. It will be not problem even if it has no. Because it must support OTG to add storage with Meenova MicroSD reader: *admin edit: links are not allowed in this section*

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  • Sean Stockemer 2 months ago Link

    I'd assume it would, as well. personally, I'd definitely prefer a GPe. But waiting well be hard. and I know I'll wind up rooting it anyway

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  • mark rogers 2 months ago Link

    I wanted the s4Ge but jumped too soon and bought the s4, then they released the Google edition I kicked myself about that. I'll be waiting this time for the s5Ge this time 😊

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