Posts tagged with: Galaxy S5 Active
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    An unadulterated, high-end, rugged, flagship smartphone. That's the sort of thing that makes some tech enthusiasts weak in the knees, including our own Michael Fisher. Inherently, smartphones have become more fragile over the years as priorities have changed – both within the walls of the manufacturers and the personal preferences of the average consumer. We want bigger screens, thinner chassis, better cameras, faster CPUs, more memory and storage, larger speakers, longer battery life, and more connectivity options, like LTE-A, NFC, Qi, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi ac, etc. We want all these ...

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    Galaxy S5 Prime. Galaxy S5 LTE-A. Galaxy S5 SUPREME. Whatever you call it, we've spent the week getting to know Samsung's most polarizing Quad-HD flagship, and we know you've got questions. So we've got our review unit all charged up and ready for an on-air "live Galaxy S5 Prime review" of sorts, along with some compelling Samsung topics a few eager readers have already sent in, on today's Pocketnow Weekly podcast! But there's more to life than Samsung, so we're mixing in a whole lot more mobile tech talk for your expectant eardrums. We'll cover HTC's newest financials, Lenovo's obscene ...

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    The Galaxy S5 Active launched for AT&T late last month, and while we've gone hands-on to bring you a review of that model, we've been interested in learning about increased availability for the phone; would it go up for sale internationally? What about on other North American carriers? Well, at a Sprint press event this morning, the company announced that it would start carrying the Galaxy S5 Sport, “a smartphone built for the athletic lifestyle.” But is this the GS5 Active, or something else altogether? The GS5 Sport doesn't look quite like the GS5 Active, nor does it match the ...

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    We've said it before: durable smartphones shouldn't have to be crappy ones. After all, these things are supposed to be “life companions.” You want a device that can keep up with you no matter how muddy, wet, or bumpy your slog through life becomes – and you shouldn't have to sacrifice specs for that level of durability. Samsung gave us a taste of that best-of-both-worlds experience with last year's Galaxy S 4 Active, but in doing so it introduced significant compromise to the spec sheet. When the new Galaxy S5 launched earlier this spring as a waterproof flagship for the ...

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    Last year's Galaxy S 4 Active brought water resistance and an electric blue paint job to Samsung's then-reigning flagship, but it compromised in some pretty notable areas: the display took a sidestep from AMOLED to LCD, and the camera accepted a demotion from 13 megapixels to 8. Despite our positive review, the S 4 Active also earned its share of enemies thanks to the tendency of water to get inside its casing – kind of a big deal when your main claim to fame is water-resistance. Samsung looks to make good on last year's shortcomings with the Galaxy S5 Active, a beast of a smartphone ...

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    iOS 8 is here –in Beta form, at least– and (surprise, surprise) we've got some opinions. For the last Weekly podcast to begin with a "0," we bring in the big guns to discuss Apple's new platform: a four-man team that includes our resident iOS experts, one of whom joins in from the blazing heat of a car baking in the North Carolina sun just to tell us his take on the iPhone 6 and how it will/won't/might end up being a phablet. Of course we don't stop with Apple: a panoply of mobile devices, from the LG G3 to the Galaxy S5 Active to the Motorola X+1, awaits our speculation, adulation, ...

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    With the water-resistance of the Galaxy S5, many were wondering if a Galaxy S5 Active would happen this year. Of course, those doubts were silenced when a series of solid rumors and very convincing leaks made their way around the Web. As of this morning, the Galaxy S5 Active is official and available for purchase from AT&T here in the States. But why does it even exist? Does it need to? We were all a bit confused when rumors of the device surfaced following the Galaxy S5 announcement. Considering the inbuilt ruggedness of Samsung's flagship, the Active seemed somewhat … pointless. ...

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    New York City is a fine place to sneak a peek at some unreleased devices, and that's just what we did this week with the LG G3 event (streamed from London to an airy presentation room in a Chelsea skyscraper) and AT&T's ASUS PadFone X announcement (held on a posh rooftop lounge near the Flatiron). At one of those events, Daniel Bader of MobileSyrup was our seat neighbor, so we thought we'd invite him on this week's podcast to discuss the more globally significant of these high-profile launches. Join us as we share our impressions of the LG G3: how it stands on its own and how well it ...

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    There was little doubt that the Galaxy S5 Active exists, thanks to all the leaks we've seen recently. But, with water resistance already present on the Galaxy S 5, many were wondering about the purpose of an Active phone. As a reminder, last year's Galaxy S4 Active brought IP57 over the standard build of the S4, but in 2014, Samsung wants you to be (more) active. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is now also shock resistant, and has a dustproof casing -- IP67 & MIL-spec 810G -- (in addition to being water resistant like its classic sibling). Underneath the ruggedized body you can find ...

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    There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to how news of pre-release smartphones arrive. Sometimes it's a months-long process, wherein new information arrives little by little, and the whole time we're unsure what's trustworthy and what's not. Sometimes we're left guessing all the way up until the very end. And then there those times when the normal progression all goes awry, and we're seeing leaks all out of order. Such is the case with Samsung's Galaxy S5 Active, as we check out the first render of the phone to leak, as it gets ready for launch on AT&T. While rumors of the GS5 ...

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    They're not just summoned from whole cloth, and not everyone can afford the Vienna Boys Choir, so where do ringtones come from? A great many artists and musicians, actually, and we talk to a particularly talented one on today's podcast. Ali Spagnola joins us in the feature segment to share tales of music making, drinking games, and just how one gets banned from Michigan – and on the way we learn exactly how a pair of ringtones called "Radiation" and "Robots for Everyone" found themselves on millions of smartphones the world over. Before that, Adam Z. Lein stops by to tell us all about ...

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    To our surprise, the Galaxy S5 didn't just turn out to be a marginally improved version of the Galaxy S4; it came with a small bag of unique tricks. From the outside, it looks almost identical to last year's Galaxy S handset, save for the radius of the corners, the texture of the back panel, the physical size, and a few minor details, like the camera or navigation button layouts. But this year's Galaxy S is far more ruggedized than last year's, more like the under appreciated Galaxy S4 Active. It comes with an IP67 certification for protection against dust and water. It's rated to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about HP's new 7 Plus Android tablet, and its incredible $99 price tag. Then we talk about Microsoft, and the reasons why the Surface Mini wasn't launched. Samsung follows as we get the first leaks of the Galaxy S5 Active, and what we should expect. Then Samsung shows us its trademark for the Gear Blink, its stab at Google Glass. We end today's show talking about Facebook's new app, and how it can listen to what you're doing. All this and more after the break. Stories: - HP breaks $100 mark with latest budget tablet  - The Surface Mini was pushed ...

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    Forget fan renders. Forget low-quality blurrycam shots. Last night the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active went from being the stuff of rumors and speculation to being the next best thing to officially confirmed, as a fantastic hands-on interaction with the ruggedized smartphone was published. Things quickly progressed from a few powered-down still shots to videos of the phone in action, and we brought you the first few updates as they arrived. Well, by now a bunch more have surfaced, and we've compiled them together here for you to check out. We start with an extended hands-on, looking not just at ...

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    Sure, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is already water-resistant, but just because the flagship itself is a little more resilient than last year's edition doesn't mean that the manufacturer isn't interested in releasing a beefed-up Active version, as well. Going back as far as February we've been hearing rumors of a GS5 Active, and lately they've really been increasing in activity. Most recently, we've seen Samsung itself allude to the model number expected for the GS5 Active on its own site, and a leak of a possible case for the phone has been floating around. Today we may finally get to check out ...

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