So how has another 24 hours faired with the S5. Rather well actually. Above is a screenshot of my current setup using the default Touchwiz launcher.
I know many of you will rush when getting a new phone to put your favourite third party launcher eg Nova, Google Launcher and even replace the default keyboard with your favourite. We all do this to quickly get back to a comfort level and create a familiar arrangement on our phone. If you get the S5, one word, don’t change anything. Allocated a week, and breakdown over each day some time to play and learn each part of the phone. I tried to tackle everything in one day and it overwhelmed me with me cursing the bloatware and even cursing the camera. Nothing felt as easy as the HTC One M8, and it isn’t. And that is because it has the kitchen sink, which is not a bad thing if you take some time to explore what is available. My opinion of the S5 has changed enormously. I am beginning to like it a lot.
So lets talk about Touchwiz. It really has moved on since its last version. Now the icons are flatter, the settings have round icons and much more. If you look at the screenshot, you will see you can now colour the folders. This makes it faster to recognise the different folders. Also looks good too. Swiping from the main home screen on the left side edge to the right will reveal the My Magazine page. If you don’t like this you can switch it off in settings. The settings are HUGE. You will need a few hours to plough through them to start to appreciate what this S5 can do. I tried installing a different launcher but I removed it as I lost some of the Samsung widgets which are excellent like the monthly S Calendar widget. Also Touchwizz supports the hot word “ok google” to launch the Google Voice search hands free. The diversity of what the S5 can achieve is enough to give you a heart attack, but it is also incredible on the flip side.
Anyway, it was a hot sunny day last night. So I took a few more photos. Shot and More mode was used on the last two. Click on photos to enlarge.