In general, the Galaxy S5 looks similar to previous models and is made from polycarbonate plastic. Samsung did try to “glam” it up by adding a perforated pattern to the back cover and offering the phone in electric blue and copper gold, in addition to black and white. Glam isn’t exactly the word I’d use, but it does make the phone feel less plasticky. The texture is similar to the faux leather used on the Galaxy Note 3. Also, the Galaxy S5 is now dust and water resistant.
A phone that visually compares with a band-aid is probably not a phone I'll be purchasing. The S5 is an ugly and utterly uninspired piece of low-class tech that I have no doubt will be perfectly suited for the aesthetically blind consumers that purchased the S4 before it. Meanwhile I can't help but to think that somewhere in Cupertino a team working on a certain iPhone 6 must be absolutely salivating to unveil the product that Samsung doesn't even pretend to aspire to.