Posts tagged with: Galaxy S5
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    How do you sell the smartphone buying public on the idea of crazy high-res quad HD displays, putting even 1080p to shame? Ever since the idea of such panels on phones was first rumored, there's been a pretty active debate over the value of quad HD screens, balancing promises of increased clarity with concerns about battery life, performance, and cost. By now, it's clear that the industry has elected to move forwards with quad HD phones, bringing us handsets like the LG G3 and Samsung LTE-A Galaxy S5. But can these OEMs convince shoppers that quad HD phones are ones they need to seek out? ...

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    One of the highest-profile tech companies right now is Samsung, so it's only expected that its finances are heavily scrutinized and analyzed. Today the Samsung Q2 operating profit data has been released to the public, and it's not looking too wonderful for the South Korea-based OEM -- for the third consecutive quarter, operating profit has fallen for the company. Because of investors' concerns with Samsung's near-term growth possibilities, its share price has fallen to 1,292,000 won, the lowest it has been since March 26 of this year. In terms of operating profit, Samsung reports earning ...

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    It's easy to get caught up in all the details when you're reviewing a device – to focus on what the device's target audience is, the flashy stuff, or the minor changes in the hardware. In other words, it's easy to overlook some things, especially when you're dealing with a phone like the Galaxy S5, which comes packed to the brim with dozens of useful (and sometimes not so useful) features. We've now reviewed the Galaxy S5 twice, as well as two variants – the Galaxy S5 Active and the Galaxy S5 Prime. We've had more than enough hands-on time with the hardware and software, and we've had ...

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    There are folks out there who don’t have the time for a ten-minute video or a 3,000-word review, and they certainly don’t have an hour to absorb a meandering podcast (no matter how many awards it’s won). These people might be sneaking a quick YouTube fix on a bathroom break, trying to make a point to a rival smartphone owner at a bar, or even standing in line at a wireless retail store, waiting to make a purchase. They need the facts delivered quickly, with a minimum of window dressing and a firm conclusion in as little time as possible. For them, we’ve created the 60-Second ...

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    We here at Pocketnow, especially yours truly, have voiced our opinions on so-called "mini" smartphones several times now. For the last few years now, Android manufacturers have been creating and releasing smaller versions of their annual flagships. Last year, HTC introduced the HTC One mini following its game-changing One M7. This year, the Taiwanese manufacturer followed-up its One M8 with the One mini 2. LG released the G2 mini last year and is expected to announce the G3 mini later this year. And, of course, Samsung has produced miniature Galaxy S smartphones for the last few years – ...

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    The rage was palpable in comment sections across the internet when Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 LTE-A (a.k.a. "Galaxy S5 Prime") a mere two months after releasing the "stock" Galaxy S5. Despite the fact that the company had pulled a similar move with 2013's Galaxy S 4, folks were incensed: how dare the company release a Quad-HD, Snapdragon 805-powered upgrade so soon, effectively rendering its 2014 flagship outdated just eight weeks after release? The answer to that question is known only to the glam gods at Samsung, so we sought out the answer to a different question with our ...

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    Samsung's got a new member of the Galaxy S5 family to show off today, as the manufacturer got around to announcing the GS5 mini. While we've been eagerly looking forward to that news, this hasn't been the only GS5 model on our radar, and we've been catching signs here and there of other variants, like the GS5 Google Play edition. That one in particular has felt like it's been right on the cusp of release for months now, even popping up in a Play Store thumbnail all the way back in April. Some GPe stock issues last month had us hoping that a refresh with some new models (including the GS5) ...

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    When Samsung launches a new flagship, it generally looks to milk all the money it can out of different models. We saw that with the Galaxy S5 Active. We saw that yet again with the Galaxy S5 LTE-A (or "Prime"), which we recently unboxed. The latest model which could be in the cards -- Tizen Galaxy S5 test models have reportedly made their way over to India. The first Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z, was pretty solid spec-wise. A 4.8-inch display (720p, which disappointed some), 2.3 GHz SoC, 2GB of RAM, and an 8MP rear camera made for a decent package, but y0u can't go wrong with even ...

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    Even though the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been updated to the latest-and-greatest version of Android, its version of TouchWiz is different to the one we see on the Galaxy S5. Samsung obviously updates legacy devices over time, but it seems that the company has decided to follow a different approach with the Galaxy Note 3. A new software update is rolling out today, and it brings some welcome changes. The software update which is now available for Galaxy Note 3 devices in the UK, and also the Snapdragon 800 version brings two key features that already exist on the Galaxy S5. The first ...

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    It seems pretty likely that the Samsung Galaxy F is coming, but that doesn't mean the OEM is done with releasing variants of its current global flagship, the Galaxy S5. Today, we're seeing an image of a blue Galaxy S5. This isn't quite the current Electric Blue hue, though, as it's... different. The first and most profound change is on the front side of the phone. The bezels are blue, which is a departure from Samsung's typical way of releasing new color variants of its products. Apart from that, though, nothing much is different. TouchWiz atop a build of Android 4.4.x is present, as well ...

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    If there's one thing about us geeks, it's our capacity to be super-critical about every little thing you can imagine. Sometimes that's a good thing: it prevents us from being bamboozled by every piece of techno-trash a company tries to shove down our throat, and it prompts the more vocal among us to shout out loud until those firms refine their offerings. Criticism, on the whole, can have a net positive effect. But sometimes it feels like we complain just for the sake of making noise. Publications like ours are as guilty of this as any other, but on the whole, most of us try to keep our ...

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    So far today we've had a couple opportunities to talk about the Galaxy S5's design. First there was that special edition GS5 LTE-A for South Korea with a new back panel featuring a diamond pattern. And then we got to check out the new Galaxy S5 Sport for Sprint, and while that looked a bit more like the original GS5 than the GS5 Active, it turned the phone's dotted back pattern on a 45 degree angle, tweaking its appearance in the process. We pay such attention to these changes in part because the GS5's original spotted pattern found itself attracting a lot of critics. And as we check out ...

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    It hasn't even been a week yet since Samsung announced its first major Galaxy S5 refresh, outfitting the flagship Android with a Snapdragon 805 SoC and bumping up the display to feature a quad HD panel for the phone's release to support high-speed LTE-Advanced networks in South Korea. But all those internal upgrades aside, the phone still looked very much like the GS5 with which we're familiar – same divot-ridden rear panel its predecessor launched with. Now it looks like the LTE-A GS5 is getting yet another update, as we receive word of a special edition of the smartphone, bringing it a ...

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    Sometimes a smartphone comparison is about more than spec-vs-spec slogging. Sometimes it's a question of lifestyle, of values ... and vanity. To some people, how a phone looks can be just as important as how it performs, and when performance is as top-notch as these flagships deliver, significant differences must be sought elsewhere. Fortunately, the Galaxy S5 and LG G3 offer plenty to pick from in this regard. From waterproofing to a fingerprint scanner to a full health suite and 16MP camera, the 2014 Samsung flagship packs a lot of heat. But then, with a Quad-HD display, a laser-focused ...

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    With all the smartphones available, picking your next phone can be a serious challenge. Each month, multiple new phones are added to the mix, all with varying levels of specifications, different software, new features, different degrees of build quality, and designs. To make it worse, a lot of the newer – and sometimes older – phones overlap one another. For instance, some of HTC's newest smartphones (the Desire 610 and One mini 2, for instance), while slightly different, cover the exact same ground and target the same demographics. The other factor to consider is your carrier of ...

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