Posts tagged with: Galaxy S 5
  • by | April 23, 2014 3:31 PM

    If Samsung's Galaxy S5 has one weak spot, could it be the smartphone's camera? We don't mean its performance when everything is working right, either – while it's not the best camera around, especially when we're dealing with low-light conditions, it's by-and-large passable – we mean that it seems to be a magnet for unexpected problems. While we were waiting for the phone's retail debut, two separate rumors suggested Samsung's manufacturing partners were having a lot of trouble just building the component, and now that the phone has arrived, we're picking up reports of seemingly ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 12:03 PM

    Smartphone screens in the five-inch range and offering 1080p resolutions are pretty much par for the course by now; they've been around for more than a year on any number of flagships, and we're well familiar with what to expect. When it comes to adapting to changing ambient light conditions, that usually means little more than increasing or decreasing screen brightness to compensate. With the new Galaxy S5, Samsung already has a leg up on the competition with the phone's high-contrast, wide-gamut OLED screen, but today we learn a little more about the dynamic changes that keep that ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 1:45 PM

    Yesterday we brought you the latest development in those rumors that just won't die, claiming that Samsung is still cooking-up a smartphone very much like the Galaxy S5 we have now, but with a quad HD 2K display. After Samsung issued a denial that any such hardware was forthcoming, much of our conversation has focused on whether or not this device truly exists, and that's very much what yesterday's news covered. Today we get a treat, and instead of just talking about the model's mere existence, we get to check out some very specific claims about its hardware, as well as the path that led ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 7:21 PM

    In typical Samsung fashion, the South Korea-based company is rumored to continue its "fire hose" method of saturating the market in every way possible. Not only does Samsung manage to cater to every last consumer imaginable through creating dozens of similar-yet-different products, it likes to bend the likes of its staple brands to appeal to different consumers, as well. For instance, last year, we saw the Galaxy S 4 mini, Galaxy S 4 Zoom, and the Galaxy S 4 Active, all of which were actually very little like the original device they each were derived from. Samsung also revealed the Galaxy ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 7:02 AM

    "You know what this is?" "I know what this is." That's a dialogue couplet from the film True Lies, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action-comedy from the mid 1990s that has positively nothing to do with the newest stupendo-smartphone out of Seoul. Nothing, except for those two lines. Because you do know what this is. Even under the AT&T finery, even under the thick veneer of faux wood packaging, even despite the fifteen seconds of playful banter at the top of this video, you know what we're looking at: it's the most hyped smartphone of the year, like always. It's another Samsung flagship ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 4:37 AM

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 will outsell its predecessor from 2013, the GS4, according to optimistic predictions of a Samsung top executive, quoted by Reuters. History teaches us that this has been the case in previous years, so there's really nothing groundbreaking in these expectations. The South Koreans have done everything in their power to create the perfect conditions for this to happen, including price, gifts, as well as dramatically increasing initial roll-out market numbers. The executive continued saying the S5 "is selling faster than the S4 so far, though it's difficult to share ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 3:28 PM

    Last week saw Samsung's Galaxy S5 hit carrier shelves in the US, and while this meant that the long-awaited smartphone was finally making its way into user hands, it wasn't without incident, and we heard about a couple circumstances where the smartphone was showing up without its complete feature set intact. The first issue to come to light concerned the download booster Samsung had put together, intended to let users retrieve a file through the combined efforts of the phone's LTE and WiFi connections, pooling their available bandwidth. First the AT&T GS5 showed up with the download ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 11:56 AM

    With the launch of the iPhone 5S last year, and the brand new Samsung Galaxy S5 hitting stores this month, fingerprint scanners on smartphones have finally hit the big time. Samsung, especially, is pushing taking the technology by extending it beyond its own ecosystem and making it available to third parties, like how PayPal uses the scanner to authenticate transactions through its mobile app. Despite all the potential, there's a possible downside to what Samsung's doing here, as security researchers raise the alarm about a combination of factors threatening to make the GS5's scanner ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 5:35 PM

    Should we even be surprised at this point? Time and time again, smartphones roll off the assembly line with all these cool features baked-in, and then carriers go and get uppity about them for one reason or another, and leverage the largely undeserved power they hold over OEMs to force the deactivation of specific abilities. It's a struggle we've been following for years, seeing casualties like NFC payments or unlockable bootloaders get hit along the way. The latest incidents to come to our attention have affected Samsung's Galaxy S5, and earlier this week we talked about how multiple US ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 4:04 PM

    Swing by your favorite your favorite carrier or electronics retailer today, and you'll likely find the Galaxy S5 up for sale; today marks the start of broad availability for Samsung's flagship Android, so shoppers shouldn't run into any problems trying to get their hands on one. At least, that's the case for the regular-old Galaxy S5 models, but what if you want something a little more flexible? We haven't seen any sign of a Google Play edition GS5 just yet, but a developer model may be the next best thing, and today sees Samsung begin preparations for the release of just such a GS5. Right ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 3:30 PM

    When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it's rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we'll be damned if it'll do so now. So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we're banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 1:02 PM

    Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that today marks the day when Samsung's Galaxy S5 makes it presence felt at smartphone retailers around the globe. The brand new flagship becomes available today at stores in 150-some countries, giving smartphone fans everywhere a chance to get their hands on this hardware. Given Samsung's might, the prominence of the Galaxy S brand, and the fact that the GS5 didn't make any major missteps, and we're expecting the handset's retail reception to go over quite swimmingly. It will be some time before we have some hard sales number to ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 10:54 AM

    The day is here: Samsung's Galaxy S5 has just hit the shelves at retailers around the globe. As HTC simultaneously makes the One M8 available in additional places, as well, we are geared up for a serious showdown of the Android heavyweights. While no one's really sweating Samsung's outlook here, HTC very much could stand to use a win, as the company's been struggling to turn a profit lately. In the aims of driving as many sales towards the One M8 as possible, the manufacturer has apparently been distributing training material to retail employees which highlights the M8's benefits over the ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 4:54 PM

    Yesterday we shared with you some depressingly lame news about the US release of Samsung's Galaxy S5, learning that the handset as being sold for operation on AT&T had one of its more interesting features disabled, the “download booster” that enabled the phone to retrieve a large file over WiFi and LTE connections simultaneously, pushing speeds higher than any one connectivity option could hope to provide alone. It's not the sort of thing we'd see ourselves using every day, but it would be a nice option to have when running up against a massive download, and if Samsung already went ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 1:38 PM

    The Galaxy S5 has debuted without a rumored quad HD, 2K, 1440p display option, but rumors that Samsung has been working on a handset with such a screen are sticking around, nonetheless. While there's been a lot of talk, we haven't had much in the way of evidence to support such claims, but we may be able to start doing something about that now, with a couple pics leaking of what claim to be just such a 2K Samsung smartphone. We've clearly got a Samsung prototype here; the company using bulky cases to obscure a phone's design like this is nothing new. But just which phone might this be? As ...

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