May 9th, 2014 publishUpdated   Jan 16th, 2015, 1:47 pm

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Have you heard about the Galaxy S5? Perhaps you count yourself among the millions that have picked up the device since it launched last month? Now that the new device smell has worn off and the excitement has died down, we thought it would be appropriate to take a minute to point you toward some of the more useful and informative Galaxy S5 content you might have missed on Phandroid while you were distracted by your shiny new toy. Ooo, shiny things. We like shiny things.

Review our review

First and foremost, if you haven’t taken the plunge yet, it’s worth checking out our full review of the Galaxy S5 — especially helpful if you are on the fence. For a look at the other side, check out the 8 things we hated about the phone. Even if you already own the device, you might pick up on a few tips and tricks scattered throughout.

Tips & Tricks



Speaking of tips and tricks, we’ve got plenty of them. If you just purchased the phone, you need to drop everything and check out our list of the 14 things every new Galaxy S5 owner needs to do when they first power on Samsung’s latest marvel. Once you have taken care of that, head over to our extensive look at 50+ tips and tricks for the GS5. There you will find info on shortcuts that allow you to do things like take a screenshot with simple gestures. We also explore special software features like S Voice. Pro tip: you can (and probably should) easily disable it. You will also find a great guide to caring for and getting the most out of your Galaxy S5’s battery.

Those extra features, though…

Some of the Galaxy S5’s more talked about features include its fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor. We’ve got guides for both. Check out our tips page on how to set up the finger scanner and use it for a variety of security-minded functions. For those looking to get the most out of the GS5 as a fitness companion, we’ll show you how to use the built-in heart rate monitor and tell you why it’s more useful than you might think for keeping your body in top shape.

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Another highly touted feature is the Galaxy S5’s IP67 resistance to dust and water. We really put it to the test during an extended off-grid bicycle tour across the state of Maryland, and it lived up to its name. Our review unit didn’t fare so well in the toilet bowl, however, leading to a deeper exploration of what IP67 certification really means. All are must-reads for anyone planning to use the Galaxy S5 in less than ideal conditions.

If all else fails, check the forums

If that doesn’t cut it for you, might we suggest taking a visit to the Galaxy S5 section of AndroidForums. Here an enthusiastic group of fellow fans have been discussing, debating, and dissecting the phone since it was merely a rumor whispered between Androids. You will find even more tips and tricks and perhaps answers to some lingering questions. If you can’t find the info you are looking for, consider signing up for an account and asking yourself. Chances are high you will get the help you need.

So that’s about it. How you liking that Galaxy S5?

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