It's been a few years since the Samsung Galaxy S5 has debuted, but it remains viable in the current market, especially with the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, so if you're on the hunt for an older, refurbished phone, then you should pay attention to the S5. However, if you're pining for major OS upgrades like Android 8.0 Oreo, then you may want to pass on the device.
Before moving onto the review, it is important to note that if you plan on purchasing a used Galaxy S5, then you should be aware that it will likely be unlocked, meaning that you will be able to, with an official SIM card anyway, use the unlocked phone with wireless providers that support the Samsung Galaxy S5.
However, if you're unsure as to what cell phone plan you should adopt, then you should refer to our cell phone plan comparison tool. Furthermore, if you're seeking more information on unlocking your smartphone, then please refer to our guide to "How to Unlock Your Phone & Use it With a New Carrier."
The design of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a little outdated with its plastic chassis, but it still features a variety of nifty touches, including the greatly improved AMOLED screen, expandable storage for up to 128GB, a better camera (when compared to the Galaxy S4, anyway), and fingerprint scanner. Unfortunately, while the Lollipop 5.0 update has improved the scanner noticeably, it still doesn't compare to the smartphone fingerprint scanners of today.
However, what makes the Galaxy stand out - at least before it became a standard feature - is its IP67 water resistance. Additionally, if you care about a removable battery, the Galaxy S5 sports a removable back panel, which grants you access to the battery.
As for the display, it stands 5.1 inches and is equipped with 1920x1080 full HD resolution, which does not compare well to more modern phones, but it gets the job done.
Furthermore, when it comes to the camera, the Galaxy S5 is the first smartphone to utilize the ISOCELL image sensor, which helps the camera produce clearer and more detailed images. Unfortunately, you may have to tangle with blurry shots from time to time. However, the S5 allows recording of 3840x2160 4K resolution video.
As for performance, the phone bears the Snapdragon 801 chipset, which runs at 2.5GHz. Additionally, the S5 is equipped with 2GB of RAM, which leads to a snappy and responsive Android phone.
Finally, we have the battery, which stands at 2800mAh. With continuous video running, the phone can last up to 17 hours and 30 minutes.
Overall, the S5 is still a solid phone, especially at its incredibly low price. However, if you buy a cheap, used Samsung Galaxy S5, your best bet is to buy one SIM-free.
For the best price of the Samsung Galaxy S5, it's best to check for prices online. You'll find Samsung Galaxy S5s that will likely be for sale at a cheaper price online compared to physical retail. However, it's important to compare prices of refurbished and unlocked S5 models from the top resellers to ensure you'll receive the best price.
However, if you're not interested in buying a used Samsung Galaxy S5 and instead are looking to sell your Galaxy phone, then you may want to turn your attention to our article, "Where Can You Sell Your Old Phone?" You can also refer to our in-depth guide to selling your Samsung Galaxy S5.