One of the things I wouldn't change about the Galaxy S5Evan Selleck - Contributing Editor
Having two little kids, one of which is in school, band-aids are sometimes necessary. I don't see them every day, and thankfully I don't need to worry about them very often, but ever since my kids started going through the "clumsy stage" (basically, when they start walking), I've definitely thought about them way more than I ever had before. I actually can't remember the last time I saw a "normal" band-aid, though. You know, the gold/tan ones? My daughters demand Phineas & Ferb.
I should rephrase that last bit. I don't know the last time I saw a regular band-aid in the wild. I remember the last time I saw a lot of pictures of them, though. At the end of February. Right when Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5, and introduced the gold version of the brand new device, a whole tidal wave of band-aid related images started making their way online. Just a quick search of Galaxy S5 gold will net you plenty of interesting images.
And, based on the images of the gold Galaxy S5 that Samsung released, I couldn't help but join in on the fun. The gold Galaxy S5, in the press images, did indeed look similar to a band-aid, so why not run with it? We take the design of our smartphones pretty seriously these days, and while some people may like plastic, you've still got to like the way your phone looks, too.
I've had the Galaxy S5 in-hand for a few days now (30-day Challenge coming soon), and while the dimple-backed case took some getting used to, I can safely say that it's not really a big deal.
Samsung, like a lot of companies out there in the past, have been known to use plastic casings that can get pretty slimy and covered in fingerprints pretty quickly, making the case for non-plastic devices pretty straightforward. However, with the Galaxy Note 3 released last year, and now the Galaxy S5 this year, it's pretty obvious that we can make plastic phones not feel so disgusting in our hands while we use them.
I've grown accustomed to plastic devices. I may not prefer them, but I just don't care that much about it anymore. Why? Because Samsung (and I'm sure others) have shown that just using a plastic phone doesn't have to be a bad thing. It doesn't have to feel terrible. The Galaxy S5, while showcasing a design cue that's similar to a flattened golf ball, continues that trend.
The Galaxy S5 feels great in the hand, even for a device that's boasting a 5.1-inch display. Moreover, the back casing isn't slippery, and the more I use it the more I'm not actively avoiding looking at it, because there are smudges all over the place.
There are other things I wouldn't change about the Galaxy S5, but honestly this is the thing that really took me by surprise. The jokes about the cover were just too easy right out of the gate, and so I was a little worried that it might get easier to laugh about with the final product. I'm glad that that's not the case, though.
I should note that I'm not using a gold Galaxy S5, but that's okay because I wouldn't buy a gold Galaxy S5 (or any device, for that matter) in the first place.
Do I still prefer metal devices? Yes. Absolutely. However, there's no sign that we're going to lose plastic devices altogether anytime soon, so it looks like we should just be forcing a different perspective. If we're going to continue to get plastic phones, fine, but make them worthwhile. This is possible. Now we just have to see it happen more often than not as we move forward.