Posts tagged with: Galaxy S5
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    The debate over build quality, design, and materials in the smartphone realm will never end. The matter is largely, if not entirely, subjective and typically boils down to preference and personal experiences. No one material is wholly better than another. Plastic bends, scratches, cracks, and it often feels incredibly cheap. Metal typically feels nicer and gives phones some much-needed heft, but scratches and dings even worse than plastic. Unlike easily replaceable plastic battery doors, metal usually is not easily or affordably replaced. And glass is also weighty, but it shatters, ...

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    Samsung has long been the king of Android. Its Galaxy S smartphone has far outsold any of its competitors' Android handsets by the millions, quarter after quarter, year after year. It's aided in pushing mobile hardware and Android as a platform forward, and has even attempted to fork the Android ecosystem by instilling its own ecosystem within Android, selling movies, music, and other digital content through its own store. Samsung has, for the better part of its smartphone career, largely steered the direction of smartphones and led the industry. That is, until recently. Over the last two ...

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    For those of you that thought that Push to talk was dead, well it is, and it isn't. At times when users are sticking to services like Voxer, or even Whatsapp's voice messaging, it's hard for these decade-old services to survive. Still, we know that Verizon is reluctant to let it die, and the company is now pushing it to more handsets, in its own way. Verizon's Push to Talk Plus is still "a thing" on Verizon, and the company has decided to make this service available to flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5, in addition to other legacy devices like the Motorola Droid MAXX. There are ...

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    Updated with high-quality audio and links to download and stream below! Enjoy! Round smartwatches, roundly terrifying TOS agreements, and roundtable smartphone discussion: 'round here, it doesn't take much more than that to get a mobile podcast together, and –assuming the Hangouts gods will it– we'll be proving it to you in less than four hours. On today's episode, we're returning to a new favorite in the segments list, plumbing the depths of the podcast inbox to let you know what phone you should buy. We'll also tell you who won last week's smartphone giveaway and surprise you with ...

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    We're pretty much done with the Galaxy S5 by this point, right? We got the GS5 proper, we got the GS5 Active, we got the GS5 mini, and those lucky folks in South Korea even got the tricked-out GS5 LTE-A “Prime” edition. But surely, that must be it, right? Anything from here on out's going to be something new like a Galaxy Alpha or Galaxy F, and in just a couple weeks, it's going to be Note 4 this and Note 4 that... isn't it? Apparently the proverbial fat lady has yet to take the stage for her encore performance, as word comes in this evening that we could have one more Galaxy S5 ...

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    You'd think that the world's biggest smartphone maker is having a blast with the launch of devices like the Galaxy S5, but that's actually far from the truth. Samsung's quarter results are in, and instead of making its investors happy, it turns out that the company is actually doing as bad as it had forecasted. Samsung warned its investors that the "weak demand" for smartphones and its increase in marketing expenses could hit the company hard, and so it did. Samsung announced profits of $6.1 billion (6.25 trillion won) compared to its $6.96 billion (7.7 trillion won) of last year, and ...

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    Despite the insane amount of similarity between the exiting Galaxy S 4 and the new Galaxy S5, that doesn't change the fact that Samsung has once again take the world by storm. Samsung's new Galaxy has proven to be just as popular as before, and it has also gained some praise for its performance. Still, that doesn't change the fact that there's also room for improvement with any product made by man, and as such, the company has just pushed out a software update with performance improvements. This software update is currently applicable to the International Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F), and ...

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    Two years ago, Apple did the nearly unthinkable, and made a big change to the iPhone's design. After years and years of releasing handsets with 3.5-inch displays, the iPhone 5 ushered-in the era of the four-inch screen. Last year Apple returned with more of the same, but if we're to believe the abundance of rumors, this year's going to mark the next major shift. Instead of another four-incher, sources would have us believe that Apple is making the push up to 4.7 inches for the iPhone 6, and we could even see that one joined by a still-larger 5.5-inch phablet. As we continue to bring you ...

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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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