galaxy s5

Galaxy S5 Unveiled...

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is here, and the press has had their say. After looking at many of the photos and videos of the phone, there are a few takeaways. The Phone is completely uninspired. The changes are very subtle, while still making fair improvements. What is obvious from the release is that Samsung went with basic changes, in an effort to make the phone improved, while not overloading the consumer with a litany of unnecessary software packages to bloat the phone down even more, as was the case with the Galaxy S4. Samsung seems to have added features, enlarged the screen, removed much of the clutter, and packed in some of the best features of the Note 3, S4 Activ & S4. 

Key Features:

  • Quad Core 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM
  • 5.1" 1080p Display
  • Fingerprint Scanning Home Button
  • 2800mAh Battery (Stated 20% Increase in Battery Life over S4)
  • Textured Soft Touch back ala the Note 3, for a firmer, more solid feel, without the Faux leather look. 
  • USB 3.0 Data Transfer (FINALLY!!!) and Charging port

Camera

  • 16MP Camera with LED Flash
  • 4K Video Recording Capability
  • Real Time HDR Processing of Photos
  • Simplified camera interface over the S4
  • "Zoe" style Post Editing of Images

S Health

  • Heart Rate Sensor
  • Workout Manager
  • Improved S Health Features

Waterproofing

  •  IP67-rated for water and dust resistance, waterproof to 3 feet for 30 minutes
  • Removed ugly tactile buttons of the S4 Activ
  • Gasket Sealed Charging Port

Setting Menu

  • Removed Tabbed Categories
  • Simplified, Flat icon based selections

Fingerprint Sensor

  • Phone Unlock Authentication
  • Online Purchase Authentication (PayPal joint venture)
  • Reportedly inaccurate and troublesome, unlike the iPhone Sensor

Launches in April, price undisclosed. See the Verge's excellent preview and hands on below. 

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 Video paints uninspiring picture of new flagship

Samsung released a new teaser video for the Galaxy S5, and I came away with several observations. The clip-motion video is filled with quick glances of 1/2 a second each, flashing a word accompanied by the number 5. While interesting to watch, the video does not paint an image of the sleek new phone we are all hoping for. The video flashes a number of words to describe the phone, including wet, alive, fit, selfie, flip, outdoor, speed, pray, free, family, connect, etc. Where it gets interesting is where they chose to place the pauses. They create dramatic pauses at the words "Wet", "Outdoor" "Alive"(Featuring kids jumping off a pier into WATER again.. The focus on Outdoor, Water, Caves, Cliffs, Jumping, and the like paints the picture of a ruggedized, rubber covered and waterproof phone, and all these things are the opposite of sleek, simple and svelte, which are all the things everyone is hoping the Galaxy S5 to be. Samsung has been talking a back to basics design philosophy for the S5, with a focus on the Display, and the FEEL of the phone. Most have interpreted that to mean a new premium material like aluminum and a new, higher density screen. We will see on Monday, but this new video does not inspire confidence.