The official launch date of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is tomorrow and there's no doubt that there will be plenty of people flocking to the shops to pick one up. Despite the harsh reception the S5 has received in the tech press, I'm actually a bit of a fan. Sure it could be better, but it's actually not all that bad at all. If you're on the fence and need a little help deciding if it's worth a look-see, here's our roundup of everything you need to know about whether or not to buy the Galaxy S5 tomorrow.
Galaxy S5 hands-on review
We got an early preview of the Galaxy S5 and did a quick hands-on video with Samsung's new flagship. If you want to get a better idea of the look and feel of the Galaxy S5 in action, then check out the following video.
Galaxy S5 software tour
We also went head to head with some of the major Galaxy S5 features. Including the Galaxy S5's S Health application, heart rate monitor, finger scanner, 4K video, selective focus and super-fast auto focus, download booster and new UI features, you can see the new TouchWiz in pictures or in the following video walkthrough of the S5 software.
Galaxy S5 power saving mode
We put both the Galaxy S5's and HTC One M8's power saving modes head to head in a quick comparison. We haven't had enough time to fully compare the actual battery life extension they provide yet, but I've pegged the S5's power saving mode as an early winner.
Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S3
This is, for me, the real upgrade question. Many Samsung fans skipped the Galaxy S4 due to its similarity to the Galaxy S3. So making the jump to the S5 is the real choice for many. The S4 may be much like the S3 and the S5 may be much like the S4, but the S5 is a huge improvement on the S3.
Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5
If you upgraded to the Galaxy S4 and are now stuck with the same riddle about whether or not it's worth it to go for the Galaxy S5, here's a quick comparison between the S4 and S5 to help lay your questions to rest. Sure, the improvement may not be huge, but there are enough differences to make it worth serious consideration.
Galaxy S5 vs everything else.
As soon as the specs were known we put up a comparison between the Galaxy S5 and its major competitors. Then recently we posted another specs comparison between some new devices on the horizon and the best from Samsung. Don't forget the ''perfect smartphone'' OnePlus one is coming later this month and there's still no word on the final specs of the LG G3, but it's good to know your options.
There's a pretty good chance you'll be able to pick up the Galaxy S5 with an included Gear 2 or Gear Fit when you sign up for a two-year contract, and there's plenty of trade-in offers for the S5 too. But US carriers are also bundling a ton of premium app subscriptions with the Galaxy S5 to further sweeten the deal. There's also a few cool things about the S5 you may not have know before.
Get the Galaxy S5 look on your S4
If you're just not sold on the S5, don't forget that we also showed you some clever ways to unlock the Galaxy S5 look on your S4. From quick settings and new icons to wallpapers, settings menus and apps, it's all there and it won't cost you a thing!
Are you thinking about making the upgrade? Or will you try another manufacturer or just stick with your current handset?