The South Korean device maker launched their flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S5, last April at the Mobile World Congress 2014 event. It is Samsung?s latest entry into the already crowded world of high-end smartphones. Yes, flagship devices are worth major bucks but that doesn?t exempt them from having flaws and issues.
The Galaxy S5 has its own share of those and you?re probably thinking of just sticking to a feature phone instead. But don?t give up just yet! Hold your horses and check our list of the most common Galaxy S5 problems and their suggested fixes.
Galaxy S5 Problem: Water Damage
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the first in the lineup of S-series models to feature a water resistant body. It utilizes ports with rubber seals to prevent moisture from seeping in. However, there?s a big difference between water resistant and waterproof. The model?s IP67 rating only allows it to be submerged into the water with depths of just 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. It?s not capable of enduring high-pressure water sources like a running faucet. Moreover, the Galaxy S5 is also not certified to withstand being plunged into saltwater. The salt content apparently accelerates the deterioration rate of the rubber seals.
First and foremost, never dunk your Galaxy S5 into the water intentionally (who in the world would do that?!). The water resistant feature is obviously meant to protect it from the occasional toilet drop or a quick and sudden rain. But when you?re faced with that unfortunate situation, DO NOT attempt to turn the phone on right away. Try to place in a container filled with raw rice for at least 24 hours to absorb moisture. Do not try to use a hair blower to dry it up. These are the ?first aid? measures to address the problem. But when these don?t work, go to your phone dealer and request for repair or replacement (provided the phone is still within warranty).
Galaxy S5 Problem: Freezing Camera
This flagship model boasts of a whopping 16-megapixel camera with flash and autofocus. ?However, there may be times when you experience that the camera is slow to capture clear images and takes a relatively long time to focus on subjects. The Galaxy S5 is supposed to have a snappy camera, so this problem probably boils down to the camera settings.
One quick solution is to navigate to the camera Settings menu and disable Picture Stabilization. This feature is helpful in capturing photos in low light, but when you do have enough lighting, keeping it on will only slow down the shooter. This will probably fix the problem most of the time. Otherwise, go to the phone?s Settings > Application Manager and click on the Camera app. Try to clear the ?cache and data? and check back.
Galaxy S5 Problem: TouchWiz-related lags and freezes
Samsung uses their own, proprietary user interface (UI) called TouchWiz in a host of models including the Galaxy S5. However, they have not made some serious updates to TouchWiz for some time now. This issue apparently makes the Galaxy S5 one of 2014?s slowest flagships; the others being Sony?s Xperia Z2 and HTC?s One M8. Furthermore, a number of S5 owners are also reporting frequent lags when using their phones. To elaborate, this issue involves perceived delays when unlocking the phone, exiting and loading up apps and upon tapping the Home button.
If we are to assume that the problem is indeed caused by TouchWiz, then it?s better to just use an alternative launcher. There are lots of good launchers you can download from Google Play. Some of the fastest and well-built apps in this category are the Nova Launcher, GO Launcher Ex, and Apex Launcher. Another workaround is by turning off all animations. Do this by navigating to Settings > Home Screen Settings > Transition effect and disable all animations.
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