Monday, 14 April 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 review

Samsung Galaxy S5 review

There's a lot to love about Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone - among them, its relative lack of features.
Don't get me wrong. The company's new flagship smartphone has many innovations, together with water resistance, a heart rate sensor and a fingerprint reader to bypass security passcodes. The screen measures 5.1 inches diagonally, which is slightly larger than its predecessor's 5 inches and far bigger than the iPhone's four inches. The S5's camera is capable of taking 16 megapixel images, an improvement from 13 megapixels in last year's Galaxy S4.

What's most notable, though, is Samsung's call to focus on features folks might really need.
Some of the S4's options - like automatic scrolling of content once you tilt your phone or head - discovered as clutter or gimmicks that always did not work as publicised.

Samsung also simplified the phone's interface.
Like different android phones, the S5 is still more complex to use than Apple's iPhone, however the flip side is you get many more ways in which to customise it, including the ability to unlock a phone by drawing a pattern on the screen rather than using a passcode. In the S5, Samsung plays down or removes many of the S4's less helpful features, while rearranging the settings and layouts to make things easier to find.
The phone went on sale on friday round the world, tho' some carriers in korea have discharged it early. it's out there on plans and may even be purchased outright for $929.

Samsung is emphasising fitness activities in its latest phone.
The heart rate sensing element, situated on the rear slightly below the lense, does not live your pulse unendingly. Rather, you have got to carry your finger on the sensing element for regarding 5 seconds before and when your activity. the data gets keep in Samsung's S Health app. different app developers will build use of the sensing element, too.

If you wish continuous trailing, Samsung has 3 fitness-focused articulatio radiocarpea devices. They set with the S5 and different Samsung phones to present you a broader shot of your activities. i will be reviewing those options individually when I've had an opportunity to use the phone for quite a day.
In keeping with the fitness focus, Samsung additionally offers water resistance, which means you'll be able to submerge it the maximum amount as three feet deep for up to half-hour. you'll be able to splash away by the pool, or sweat on that throughout a run.

Sony goes further in letting you dunk its latest Xperia phones up to 4.5 feet deep, but multiple plastic covers should be intact to get the protection. With the S5, there is just one cowl to stress regarding, and the phone's removable plastic back. The S5 is not meant for underwater use, however i used to be still ready to take photos and hear audio.

The camera's 16 megapixel resolution brings the S5 closer to what stand-alone cameras offer, though the megapixel count is just one factor. In my limited tests, many indoor shots came out blurrier compared with the 8-megapixel iPhone 5S. I'll be reviewing the camera features more extensively.
For now, I'll point out that the camera interface is simplified. With the S4, I would often turn on special modes and features by mistake and miss the shot trying to turn them off. The S5 reduces your choices or at least hides many of them. For instance, one button combines many of the previous choices and offers you the relevant ones based on circumstances. The S5 also promises a faster auto-focus, though it'll take time to test that promise.

The fingerprint reader is what excites me most about the S5. When it arrived on the iPhone 5S last year, I had a lot of fun using the fingerprint reader to unlock the phone without needing to punch in a four-digit code.

To set it up on the S5, you simply swipe your finger over the home button eight times. You can do it with up to three fingers. The device recognises my print when I swipe it sideways or upside down. It even works after handling oily Indian bread, though the phone drew a line after I dipped my finger in grease. It chided me to clean the surface and my finger.
The S5 goes further than the iPhone in letting you use your fingerprint to buy things at retail stores that accept PayPal's mobile app. You swipe the sensor instead of entering your passcode.

Your fingerprint can also be used to unlock a new, private mode on the phone. When you exit that mode, photos and other documents you designate as sensitive are hidden as if they never existed.

Some people may be concerned about losing their fingerprint identity to hackers. Unlike passcodes, fingerprints can't be changed. I'll just note that it's optional, and you can still use passcodes the way you always have. Like Apple, Samsung keeps the fingerprint ID in a secured part of the phone, so it never goes to any servers. When PayPal needs to verify an identity, the phone simply tells PayPal's app about the match, without needing to send the print ID.
Parents will also appreciate a kids mode filled with age-specific apps for each child. But to leave kids mode, all you have to do is enter a birth year that's 2001 or before. The app is even helpful enough to tell the kid to pick an age older than 13. You'll need to pay for a premium service that includes a real passcode, not just your birth year.

One area where Samsung phones still fall short is in their construction. Although the removable plastic back makes it possible to replace the battery, it comes across as cheap next to the iPhone's glass back and the HTC One's metal body.

And Samsung hasn't completely removed all the clutter. There are still two separate apps to listen to music, watch video and buy apps. The S5 comes with the standard Google apps for Android, but Samsung loads its own, too.

These aren't huge shortcomings. There's more to like than not.
The S5 isn't the only good smartphone out there, but there's enough in it to give Samsung another hit. 

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