Five reasons to buy a Samsung Galaxy S5 over a OnePlus One

Five reasons to buy a Samsung Galaxy S5 over a OnePlus OneFive days ago, I penned Five reasons to buy a OnePlus One over a Samsung Galaxy S5, an admittedly one-sided feature praising the spanking new start-up smartphone, and suggesting that it might be a more sensible purchase over the latest Sammo flagship.

In the interest of fairness, here are Five reasons to buy a Samsung Galaxy S5 over a OnePlus One. Y’know, assuming you have a spare £500+ down the back of your couch.

1. It’s Samsung

Amusingly, Jan chimed in last week with a sixth reason to buy a OnePlus One over a Samsung Galaxy S5: It’s NOT Samsung.

But hey, with Samsung, you know what you’re getting, and that includes a good year-and-a-bit of official software support. Likewise, if the sh*t hits the fan for reasons beyond your control, you know Samsung will be there, obliged to clean up its mess for at least a year.

Conversely, the OnePlus One is the start-up’s first smartphone. We don’t know for sure that they’ll be around next month – never mind next year.

Five reasons to buy a Samsung Galaxy S5 over a OnePlus One2. It has the best smartphone display EVER

Yes, according to DisplayMate’s President, Dr Raymond M. Soneira, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has the best smartphone display he’s come across to date.

Ray yells: “Based on our extensive Lab tests and measurements, the Galaxy S5 is the Best performing Smartphone display that we have ever tested. It has a long list of new records for best Smartphone display performance including: Highest Brightness, Lowest Reflectance, Highest Color Accuracy, Infinite Contrast Ratio, Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light, and smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle.”

Admittedly the OnePlus One wasn’t available when the good doctor penned the above paragraph, but it’s probably safe to say the Samsung Galaxy S5’s record is safe. Er, probably.

3. It has a removable battery

If you’re in it for the long haul, chances are you’re going to want a removable battery, lest you suddenly find yourself struggling to get through the day on a single charge.

Also on the battery note, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has something called Ultra Power Saving Mode, which claims to milk a further 24 hours from your phone by turning the display black and white, and locking down the phone save for a handful of critical functions. Neat.

Five reasons to buy a Samsung Galaxy S5 over a OnePlus One4. It has a microSD slot

The OnePlus One comes with a choice of 16GB or 64GB internal storage, but unfortunately there’s no option to build on that via microSD.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S5 ships with either 16GB or 32GB storage, with the microSD slot welcoming anything up to 128GB of additional storage. That’s a hypothetical maximum of 32 + 128 = 160GB.

5. It comes with a whole bunch of free stuff

Uhm, yeah, maybe I am struggling to come up with a fifth reason, but if you’re forking out in the region of £530 for a Samsung Galaxy S5, it might ease the pain to know you’re getting a significant crateful of free stuff.

The most notable are probably a 12-month subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek, a 6-month subscription to The Wall Street Journal, and 50GB of free Dropbox storage for two years.

It’s worth noting too that the OnePlus One probably won’t be available on contract, which means your only option is to pay for it up front. Meanwhile, a decent Samsung Galaxy S5 contract will effectively let you pay for the phone in instalments.


As I said last week, we’ll have to wait and see what happens with OnePlus. We’d be reluctant to jump on board right now, but if they do make a proper go of it, in future, it’ll be incredibly difficult to justify paying more than £300 for a high-end phone.

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OB1  Apr. 29, 2014 at 16:15

I spotted the 'deliberate' error......

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 29, 2014 at 18:36

Battery and SD card are the 2 only real advantages - though, a few hundred million
users of iPhones and Lumias and and and make that a relative statement...

As to point 3: Samsung's past record of software support has been dreadful.
As has the willingness to react proactively to security concerns.

I have little doubt that the CM scene will take better care of the OnePlus's software
side of things than Samsung.

The free stuff is totally ridiculous imho. There is literally not one thing in that package that
I would spend a penny on. And though I'm a fairly unique kinda guy, I'm not that unique.

Many OEMs could take the bloat on their phones and slap a pricetag on it.
Nothing new. Some high-end phones 5 or 10 years ago came with loadsa really
useful 3rd-party software...

I find that package pretty desperate. Give 'us' a real voucher for x amount of money to be
used in the Play Store... No? Thought so.

Lastly: I'm not SERIOUSLY suggesting not to buy it "because it's Samsung" - I was being sarcastic. But I think they could benefit from some "meh" hissed their way.

However, as Steve Sun Tsu said: it's just a phone...

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 30, 2014 at 11:01

What about the fact that you can actually buy Samsung Galaxy S5?

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 30, 2014 at 11:31

What about the fact that you can actually buy Samsung Galaxy S5?

Hahaha Good point, actually.

Most people buy devices from their network - profiting from some sort of subsidy - and benefiting their short-term thinking :p aka laziness!

In real life terms, that is the main reason.


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