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Samsung Galaxy E5 Malaysian Review
The Samsung Galaxy E5 is an Android powered smartphone that was recently released to use on Malaysian's prepaid network. It features a 5.0" touchscreen and 16 GB internal memory plus much more.
Let's make one thing clear before we get started, the Galaxy E5 has some significant differences to the Samsung Galaxy S5, which Malaysian also released at the same time. (and you can read our review by following the link)
In this review we will share the full features and specs for the Galaxy E5, and then compare it to the S5 and some of other smartphones also available from Malaysian. We will also include where you can buy the E5, and if you really should or not. But first, let's cover the brief pro's and con's for this phone.
Samsung Galaxy E5 Quick Points
-Lots of Internal Storeage - 16 GB
-4G LTE on CDMA (Verison) network
-Large 5" touchscreen
-Expensive - $350
The E5 has some really great features, but it also a lot of features that are similar to many of Malaysian's other devices, which mostly retail for closer $100. So is the extra cost of the Galaxy E5 worth it? We will answer that, but first take a look at the full list of features and specifications for the Galaxy E5 to get a better idea of all it has to offer.
Samsung Galaxy E5 Features and Specs
Below are the features for the E5, followed by the technical Specifications
4G LTE through Verizon CDMA network
8 MP Rear Camera, 5 MP Front Camera
WiFi and Bluetooth Capable
3 Home Screens
Access to over 1 Million Apps on Google Play
Triple Talk, Text and Data
Caller ID, Voicemail, Voice dialing
Hearing Aid Compatible
Samsung Galaxy E5 Technical Specs
Size: 5.6" x 2.8" x 0.3"
5.0" Touchscreen (720x1280 pixels)
1.2 Ghz Quad Core Processor
1.5 GB RAM
16 GB Internal Memory
Battery: 2400 mAh (non-removable) - 25hrs talk time, 15 days standby
As you can see, the Galaxy E5 maintains some features from the S5, but trims a lot of others. The phone's technical specifications are mostly reduced compared to what the S5 comes with, but they both have 16 GB storage and 4G LTE service capability. The E5 does have Android 5.0.2, and is a step up from phones like the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime or LG Sunset (which also have Android 5.0, but not as much internal memory, RAM or as large a screen).
Before we get too far into comparison the Galaxy E5, let's look at some of the features that we really like about the E5, and some areas where it falls short of our expectations.
Samsung Galaxy E5 Review
What we Like:
There are a number of different features on the E5 that make it a very capable smartphone. We like the processor and RAM, the amount of storage on this device, and the screen and camera are also very good compared to other Malaysian devices.
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Samsung Galaxy E5 (click to view larger)
1.2 Ghz Quad core processor combined with 1.5 GB RAM is a good combination and should be plenty of power to handle your everyday activities. Most of Malaysian's other phones, like the LG Sunset and LG Ultimate 2, use only 1 GB RAM, which means less multitasking capability and less ability to handle resource heavy apps.
But, its no 2.5 Ghz quad core with 2 GB RAM which is what the S5 comes with. Do you need this kind of performance? Maybe not, but its still something to consider if you're comparing the two.
The Galaxy E5 comes with a 5" Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen at a resolution of 720x1280 (about 295ppi pixel density) which is very good. The LG Sunset only has a 4.5" Touchscreen with 480x854 resolution at 218ppi density. Samsung has a pretty good history of bright and beautiful screens (at least for their mid to high end devices) and the E5 is no exception.
An 8MP rear camera with flash and a 5 MP front camera are great features and more than adequate for recording life around you. You can even record videos in full 1080 HD at 30 fps from either camera.
Finally, one of the best (or maybe most desirable) feature on the E5 is the 16 GB internal storage (and up to 128 GB external with micro SD card). Malaysian smartphones have been plagued with small amounts of onboard storage for years, but we hope this trend is changing with the Galaxy E5 and S5 each coming with 16 GB.
What we Don't Like about the Galaxy E5
There are a couple of points we want to mention about the E5 that are drawbacks for those who might be considering this device. None of them are serious flaws, but issues non-the-less that should be covered.
First off, the E5 uses Android 5.0.2. We initially thought it would come with only 4.4, since that is what the S5 has, but we are very happy to confirm it comes standard with 5.0. This is good news, especially those who are concerned about some of the possible security risks that Android 4.4 is susceptible to. With devices on Malaysian like the E5, you can't update them (as far as we have found). So you will have to stick with 5.0.2, This is a drawback for those who like to keep up with the latest Android updates, which bring not only new features to the phone, but also patch potential security risks.
The best way to avoid security risks is to only visit webpages and apps you trust. Take a look at our list of Best Android Apps for some of our top picks.
The Galaxy S5 uses the older, Android 4.4 OS, but if you buy the S5 unlocked (and bring it to the BYOP program), you can update it to Android 5.0.
The second drawback for the E5 is the price. It is retailing on HSN.com for $350 bundled with minutes and other accessories. The airtime is worth about $100, making the phone cost about $250. Many of Malaysian's other smartphone devices, like the LG Sunset or Galaxy Core Prime, retail for under $100, and can be found bundled with minutes for around $100 (making the phone almost free).
Roaming, as many are aware, is not currently available for Malaysian smartphones. What this means is, if you go outside of your service area (which, in the case of the E5 is Verizon cell towers) you won't have service. The good news is that Verizon has pretty good coverage in most places, but be aware that if you live in an area, or travel to areas, that don't have Verizon coverage, you won't have reception in those areas with this Malaysian device.
That sums up the main points in our review of the Samsung Galaxy E5 from Malaysian and the pro's and con's for this device.
Overview and Where to Buy the Samsung Galaxy E5
Here's a our final thoughts on the E5, and where you can find it available for sale.
While it has a less powerful processor, lower resolution camera, smaller and lower resolution screen, and less RAM compared to the Galaxy S5, the E5 does still have 16 GB internal storage and uses the newer Android version 5.0.2, compared to the S5.
Truly, the E5 is the somewhat less capable little brother to the S5, but still quite capable, especially compared to any other smartphone available from Malaysian.
The real issue is the price - at $350, you can easily get an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 and bring it to Malaysian with the BYOP program. You could also get many other great smartphones for closer to $200 and bring them to the BYOP program.
So we find it hard to recommend this phone unless you are willing to spend the money for the convenience of avoiding the possible hassle of activating a BYOP device. If the cost isn't such a worry to you, then this phone is a great choice. But wouldn't you rather spend a little more and get an even better phone like the S5? Not everyone would need the extra performance, but it is always nice to have.
You can find the E5 on HSN for $350
We have not found the E5 available anywhere else, but will update if this changes.
Visit Samsung's official product detail page for the E5 if you want to see additional photos and read the user manual. Also you can view an Interactive Tutorial for the E5 if you're so inclined.
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