SamSung Galaxy S5 -- by Xylon 2017

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I bought this phone late 2016, choosing it because:

  • CyanogenMod (now LineageOS) supports it, so I can run it mostly Free Software.
  • Easily obtainable here in England, second-hand.
  • It's a high-end phone with a large screen.

Gold samsung s5.jpg

Like Samsung phones I've owned previously, I found it easy to flash the new operating system on it.

In addition to installing LineageOS, I updated the modem firmware, following the instructions here:* -and-why-to-update-the-modem-slash-baseband-firmware-on-a-samsung-phone/. In the heimdall command I had to use --MODEM instead of --MDM.

Good things about this phone include:

  • Nice screen. The pixel density is huge and the colors are very good.
  • Looks awesome in gold.
  • Works well. All hardware is working with LinageOS including GPS and compass etc.

Of course I didn't install the proprietary "Gapps", and instead used options from F-Droid. My favourite apps are:

  • OsmAnd~ - Free software satnav
  • Odyssey - really nice music player
  • Document Viewer - to open PDFs
  • LibreOffice Viewer - open office documents
  • Hacker's Keyboard - so much better than the stock keyboard
  • Termux - get a proper GNU command line!
  • Share via HTTP - shares a file in the local wifi network
  • NoNonsense Notes - a note app, can make multiple pages of notes.


Model: Samsung Galaxy S5, gold
Processor: Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
RAM: 2 GiB
Storage: 12GB internal

SD card expansion possible

Connectivity: top: audio headphone jack, 3.5mm

bottom: microusb port

Camera: Primary: 16 MP, f/2.2, 31mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash

Secondary: 2 MP, f/2.4, 22mm

Screen: 5.1 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • width: 72.5mm
  • height: 142mm
  • depth: 8.1mm
Full specs: Samsung Galaxy S5 - Full phone specifications