5 Changes We Want to See in Samsung's Galaxy S5

Samsung's most popular smartphone, the Galaxy S4, is about to get a significant update. CIO.com's Al Sacco shares five things Samsung could do to make the Galaxy S5 a significantly better smartphone than the GS4.

Wed, February 19, 2014

CIO — Korean electronics giant Samsung is expected to unveil the next version of its popular Galaxy S series smartphone, the GS5, next Monday at media events in Barcelona and New York City. The company sent invites two weeks ago to the main Mobile World Congress event in Spain, and the smaller Manhattan simulcast event, and though it did not expressly state that the Galaxy S5 will be announced, the company's use of the number 5 on the invites seems to point to the GS5. Rumors also suggest the "Galaxy Gear 2" smartwatch -- or whatever Samsung decides to call its next-generation watch -- will also make an appearance.

 Invite to Samsung's Unpacked5 Event
Invite to Samsung's Unpacked5 Event

The Internet saw no shortage of speculation around the new Galaxy S5 during the past weeks and months, particularly after Samsung's invites were distributed. (Check out this GS5 rumor roundup for a quick look at the ones that seem most likely.)

Ever since I received my invite to the "Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 1" event, I've been looking closely at my Galaxy S4 smartphone, trying to identify the features and functionality -- or lack thereof -- that bother me the most, that I want to see improved in the GS5. I came up with the following list.

1) Big Improvements Over the Galaxy S4 Camera

My biggest complaint about the Galaxy S4 is that its camera pales in comparison to other high-end devices on the market today. It's not the worst smartphone camera, but it's a far cry from the best.

I carry a minimum of two phones, and I switch devices fairly often. The devices I use most frequently are the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5S. If I have both devices on me and I want to capture an image, I always grab the iPhone. I've had a lot of time to compare the two, and though the Galaxy S4 has many more extraneous camera features and "modes," the iPhone 5s consistently captures better images, due largely to its superior light sensor. The Galaxy S4 camera actually captures more megapixels (13MP) than the iPhone (8MP), which just goes to show that more megapixels do not a better camera make.

The good news is that rumors suggest the GS5 should have a much better camera with a brand new ISOCELL sensor, which Samsung itself reportedly mentioned in the past. There's a ton of room for improvement in the GS4's camera, and I'll be disappointed if the GS5 doesn't significant step up the Galaxy S game.

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