I've always found the Samsung Galaxy S5 slow. Then in December something magical happened. Some update was being pushed to my phone and it started working like I imagine a phone should work. When I pressed an app icon... the app opened! Then 3 days later my world came crashing down. Another update was pushed to my phone. Now I go through this barbaric process of restarting my phone in order to do anything. It starts. It works for a bit. Not too fast, but functional. Then it slowly bogs down until my choice is between throwing it against the wall or restarting if I want anything to happen. Typing becomes impossible since it takes about 30 seconds for my keyboard to open up, then about 5 seconds per letter for the phone to notice I am pressing buttons. Since I'm still paying it off, I usually decide to pull the battery (it would take forever for the menu to appear if I tried restarting using the power button) instead of destroying the phone.
Unfortunately, I am not sure exactly what update made it work great and what update made it crappy again. I am pretty sure the 5.1.1 update is what made it slow down; however, for all I know the first update was 5.1.1. and the second update was something else. I wish (and maybe there is) a way to look up when I updated my phone and what exactly was updated when that happened.
I have tried clearing the cache. I have tried doing a factory reset. I have tried clearing the cache then doing a factory reset. Then I tried clearing the cache again. No combination of cache clearing and factory resetting has changed anything. I don't even get a short reprieve like I have seen other people mention. I have noticed that it seems to be worse when I have recently used an app, but since "using apps" is the phone's only function, I assume the phone is supposed to be able to handle it. Frequent culprits include Boom Beach, Facebook, the SwiftKey keyboard, Chrome, and virtually any other app. When I force stop apps, the phone speeds up a bit, until I open one of those apps for more than 5 minutes again. Unfortunately, sometimes the phone is so slow that I can't get to the force stop menu and I again have to decide between destruction or disassembling my Otterbox case and pulling the battery.
Thanks for reading. I kind of assume no one will be able to help since this problem seems to have existed for ages and no one has done anything about it. Are iPhone's like this? Is there any phone that you use and are like, "Man, isn't it great that something you bought brand new f---ing works?!"