2Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch FHD Super AMOLED (1920 by 1080) “adaptive display.” It runs Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) and has a battery that can last through 10 hours of Web browsing on Long Term Evolution (LTE) or 12 hours of video playback. An Ultra Power Saving Mode—for desperate moments—can make a phone on 10 percent battery last another 24 hours.
4New Materials, New Look
From the back, however, there’s no question which is the GS5. Trading in the slippery (sometimes slimy-feeling) plastic of the past, it features a faux-leather perforated design that comes in blue, black, white or gold. While Samsung executives believe “shimmer is at the heart of [the GS5’s] modern, glam look,” the padded design quickly drew detractors. For many, the gold option quickly brought to mind a Band-Aid. One undeniable positive, however, is that it’s much more comfortable in the hand than the plastic housing.
Like previous Galaxy flagships, the GS5 is packed with features. Unlike in previous models, users may find the majority of these useful. Under the camera, what looks like a flash is actually a heart-rate monitor. There’s also a built-in pedometer. While Samsung is focused on the “newest and latest technology developments,” said CEO J.K. Shin, people ultimately want “meaningful and relevant improvements for day-to-day use.”
Samsung has built a fingerprint reader into the GS5’s display. Users can select photos, videos, apps and other content and store them under Privacy Mode—a vault, if you will, that only a finger swipe will unlock. Samsung has also teamed with PayPal to help users make safer online mobile payments, verified through the fingerprint reader.
8Galaxy Gear 2
9Galaxy Gear Now Has Purpose
Samsung has made its smartwatches more useful. They can play music on their own, instead of via a smartphone, and they’re useful workout companions, with fitness apps available for download, a pedometer and a heart-rate monitor. If you’re too tired from your workout to find the remote, you can also use the Gear 2 to control your television. The Gear 2 watches can also accept or reject incoming calls and messages and show alerts.
11Galaxy Gear Fit
For those who might find the Gear 2 too bulky, too pricey or simply too much, there’s the Galaxy Gear Fit, the first fitness band with a curved AMOLED display. The display is 1.84 inches, with a resolution of 432 by 128; the battery lasts two to three days; it weighs an ounce; and it connects with other devices via Bluetooth.
13“Real-Time Fitness Coaching,” Says Samsung
The Gear Fit can alert users to incoming calls, email, Short Message Service (SMS) texts, alerts and content from third-party apps. The Gear Fit is designed to “help those consumers striving to live more fit and active lives without sacrificing their own personal style or their ability to stay connected on the go,” Samsung CEO J.K. Shin said in a statement.
15200 Million Customers
J.K. Shin expressed his appreciation to the “200 million customers around the world who have chosen our Galaxy S devices.” With the GS5, Samsung chose to focus on great design, an excellent camera, fast connectivity and fitness features—features that Samsung believes customers want most. “We know that we only succeed when customers choose us,” said Shin.