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  # 993889 25-Feb-2014 09:47
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Geez that is one boring looking oversized phone. It looks like the original S1, but with the addition of a tacky looking faux leather back. Samsung, you've well and truly lost your mojo.

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  # 993896 25-Feb-2014 09:54
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Thats one galaxy s that I will most likely skip


 
 
 
 


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  # 993902 25-Feb-2014 10:06
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The press release in all its glory:


Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 to focus on what matters most to consumers

 

Samsung Electronics today announced the fifth generation of the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S5, designed for what matters most to consumersThe new Galaxy S5 offers consumers a refined experience with innovation of essential features for day-to-day use.

“With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering
 the capabilities that matter most to our consumers,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. “Consumers are looking for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives. The Galaxy S5 represents an iconic design with essential and useful features to focus on delivering the ultimate smartphone on the market today through people inspired innovation.”

 

 

 

The Galaxy S5 combines an advanced camera, fast network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools and enhanced device protection features as consumers stay fit and connected in style.

 

 

 

Capture the moments that matter

 

Capturing and saving precious memories is one of the most important smartphone features today. The new Galaxy S5 offers superior camera functionality,featuring a 16 megapixel camera with an enhanced menu and user interface that allow consumers to effortlessly take, edit and share photos.

 

 

 

The Galaxy S5 offers the world’s fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds and the advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR), reproduces natural light and colourwith striking intensity at any circumstances. Also the new Selective Focus feature allows users to focus on a specific area of an object while simultaneously blurring out the background. With this capability, consumers no longer need a special lens kit to create a shallow depth of field (DOF) effect.

 

 

 

Tap into the fastest connections

 

The Galaxy S5 offers the most advanced LTE experience and Wi-Fi performance available today, ensuring blazingly fast data speeds for unrivalled media consumption and productivity.

 

 

 

The Galaxy S5 supports the fifth generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO, and supports the large number of LTE frequencies with LTE Category 4 standardFor consumers seeking an even faster connection, the Galaxy S5 now features Download Booster, an innovative Wi-Fi technology for boosting data speed bybonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously. No matter where a consumer is, the Galaxy S5 will help ensure they have the fastest available connection.

 

 

 

Be more fit and active

 

With the enhanced S Health 3.0, the new Galaxy S5 offers more tools to help people stay fit and well.  It provides a comprehensive personal fitness tracker to help users monitor and manage their behaviour, along with additional tools including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a new, built-in heart rate monitor.  Galaxy S5 users can further customise their experience with an enriched third party app ecosystem and the ability to pair with next generation Gear products for real-time fitness coaching.

 

 

 

Express modern, glam look

 

The Galaxy S5 blends iconic Samsung design with modern trends to appeal to a range of consumer tastes and interests. The Galaxy S5 features a perforated pattern on the back cover creating a modern glam look. Its new sleek, contoured shape comes in an array of vivid colours, including charcoal black, shimmery white, electric blue and copper gold, to complement the style of the individual consumer.

 

 

 

Essential device protection

 

The Galaxy S5 is IP67 dust and water resistant. It also offers a Finger Scanner, providing a secure, biometric screen locking feature and a seamless and safe mobile payment experience to consumers. The Ultra Power Saving Mode turns the display to black and white, and shuts down all unnecessary features to minimise the battery consumption.

 

 

 

The device will be available globally through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers in April.

 





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  # 993948 25-Feb-2014 10:34
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That first line in the press release. Clear and obvious bullsh5t

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  # 993962 25-Feb-2014 11:00
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I expected a bit more, expectations go figure, liked the rumour of a part metal body or at least a breakaway from the S3, S4 look. Looks like the rumour of a premium is either untrue or to be released at a later stage more in line with recent releases in May.

Pretty sure this one isn't on my shopping list, will wait and see the other offerings but my needs are a replaceable battery and Ext SD card and there are few of those avaiable.




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jeffnz: I expected a bit more, expectations go figure, liked the rumour of a part metal body or at least a breakaway from the S3, S4 look. Looks like the rumour of a premium is either untrue or to be released at a later stage more in line with recent releases in May.

Pretty sure this one isn't on my shopping list, will wait and see the other offerings but my needs are a replaceable battery and Ext SD card and there are few of those avaiable.


Those were my two main gripes with the HTC One and if early rumors are to be believed, they address that issue. Now to hope the apparently dual 4MP camera improves on the rubbish performance of the 4UP one and you could have a phone hard to turn down.

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  # 993999 25-Feb-2014 11:31
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I am not a fan of the new GS5.
Woo, Better camera, Woo temperature sensor and other sensor and other sensor. Woo, 5.1 inches with a lower PPI.

 
 
 
 


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  # 994005 25-Feb-2014 11:40
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And I thought the 5S was boring.
Sorry Apple, you got out-boring'd.

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  # 994009 25-Feb-2014 11:46
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muppet: And I thought the 5S was boring.
Sorry Apple, you got out-boring'd.


They did.

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  # 994019 25-Feb-2014 12:06
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Just remember the S4 has gone through 4 reiterations over the course of the year, the final one giving it a pretty big hardware boost, I would expect the S5 to go the same way.




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  # 994050 25-Feb-2014 12:29

For consumers seeking an even faster connection, the Galaxy S5 now features Download Booster, an innovative Wi-Fi technology for boosting data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously. No matter where a consumer is, the Galaxy S5 will help ensure they have the fastest available connection.


I find this rather interesting.




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  # 994058 25-Feb-2014 12:38
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Well if nothing else it should cause the S4 to start dropping in price.
I am looking at replacing my old phone and the S4 is still a bit pricey to my mind.

This comment from DrDee is interesting:
"Just remember the S4 has gone through 4 reiterations over the course of the year, the final one giving it a pretty big hardware boost, I would expect the S5 to go the same way."

Kinda ticks me off that its really hard to find out just what Samsung phone you are looking at sometimes.
They have a habit of changing stuff in a model and even then they seem to have variations on the model in different markets. Drop in the fact we have lots of parallel marketers makes it hellish hard to find out exactly what it is you think you may be trying to buy.

Ideally I would like an international model s4 that has LTE that works on all NZ telcos. Updates to come straight from Samsung rather than a telco. I know they exist but dont know how you find out who has them. I dont really want to buy via an overseas website.

Difficult arent I?





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  # 994059 25-Feb-2014 12:38
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I think as far as hardware goes in the next few years your not going to see much improvement just window dressing as Apple has done..




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NikT:
For consumers seeking an even faster connection, the Galaxy S5 now features Download Booster, an innovative Wi-Fi technology for boosting data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously. No matter where a consumer is, the Galaxy S5 will help ensure they have the fastest available connection.


I find this rather interesting.


So does that mean that you would be paying for LTE and WiFi (or covered as part of your BB plan) for Download Booster?




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old3eyes: I think as far as hardware goes in the next few years your not going to see much improvement just window dressing as Apple has done..


For me I think the 3 key areas that companies can really improve on and stand out are:

Battery performance. I don't need a stupidly thin phone if it means sacrificing a bigger battery. I would quite happily have a phone that's a good bit thicker if it means they can double my battery life
Camera quality. It only really seems to be small improvements here and there. 1-2MP increases per gen. Give us something spectacular. Take something out of Nokias book. Again if you give us a thicker phone to allow for the battery, this equates to more room for better optics
Storage space. Enough of these stupid 8/16gb sizes. Make 32GB the minimum and give us 128GB capacity. Storage has become cheap enough over the years that I'm surprised we are still waiting.

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