Samsung needs to focus on build quality and a better battery for the Galaxy S5 if it wants to banish the spectre of lukewarm reviews and lacklustre sales that greeted its predecessor, a poll of tech fans reveals.
In a survey of 1,311 uSwitch Tech site users, a whopping 41.69% named a longer-life battery as the feature they’d most like to see when the Galaxy S5 lands at Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 24th.
The finding underlines the extent to which resource-hungry smartphones’ under-strain batteries remain a major bugbear for many consumers, especially as manufacturers continue to add more and more features and spec-sheet sizzle to their handsets.
Interestingly, in at number-two on our readers’ wishlists was a metal build, with a whopping 31.92% of the vote. That suggests that if rumours are true that the S5 boasts a more premium construction than earlier plastic efforts, it’ll likely be welcomed with open arms by punters.
The third most-popular addition would be a Touch ID-style fingerprint scanner (8.02%), something that most analysts agree is almost certain to feature as Samsung bids to keep up with Apple's iPhone 5S and the HTC One Max.
A better camera was top priority for 7.56%, while 4.84% of our sample would like to see a larger screen that would further blur the lines between Samsung’s Galaxy Note phablets and the Galaxy S range.
Less welcome by some way were more of the novelty user-interface features that featured on the Galaxy S4 and which less charitable reviewers dubbed mere bloatware that’s unlikely to be used more than a few times.
Nowhere was that more evident than the fact that just 3.18% of those quizzed want more eyeball-tracking features (think: SmartScreen), while an even more paltry 1.59% are up for more floating-finger features.
Last and very much least was the all-but-certain-to-happen revamped homescreen. Although leaked photos of the redesign seemed to be well received, the BlinkFeed-esque redesign was named a priority by only 1.2% of respondents.