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Samsung Galaxy S5: My First Week
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JeffT543
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4/19/2014 | 10:37:55 AM
I love my S5
Love my Galaxy S5 I received my 5 about a week ago after using an HTC One for several years. I think the best thing I can say is there isn't one thing that bugs me about the phone. It's screen and UI are fantastic. The battery life is great. The UX / Flow of how things work on the phone are just so much nicer. Many of the reasons I love it are very subtle, but I guess the bottom line for me is that it's just "right". I basically couldn't ask for anything more (at least for now).
mrbofus
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mrbofus,
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4/19/2014 | 10:57:34 AM
Re: I love my S5
How could you have been using an HTC One for several years?!?  It came out in March 2013, 13 months ago.  Even if you're talking about the HTC One series (HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC One V, etc...) those first came out in 2012.  
Brian.Dean
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4/20/2014 | 5:53:47 PM
Re: I love my S5
Seems like a good solid phone all-around with a massive camera. I wonder why the phone can only remain waterproof for 30-minutes. Either way, even a 1 minute window of water resistances can save many beloved phones and users from problems. 
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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4/21/2014 | 1:47:51 AM
Waterproof: Why only 30 minutes?
Brian, 

"I wonder why the phone can only remain waterproof for 30-minutes."

I would like to know more details about this, too. Although as you said, even a one minute window to let you rescue your phone is enough. 

-Susan
Eric Zeman
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Eric Zeman,
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4/21/2014 | 8:44:01 AM
Re: Waterproof: Why only 30 minutes?
It has to do with how the "IP" system works. The Galaxy S5 has an IP (ingress protection) rating of 67. The first number applies to protection from solid objects, including dust and dirt. The second number applies to protection from liquid or water. The higher the number, the better the protection. The "6" in the GS5's IP rating means it is totally protected from invasion by solid objects. The "7" in the GS5's IP rating is the second highest, and means it can withstand up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water. The variables are based on the pressure of the water at that depth. The longer and deeper the device is submerged, the more likely water is to seep in. An IP rating of 68 (the highest possible) would mean the device could withstand much longer submersion times at much greater depths. in order to earn that rating, however, Samsung would need to build a more ruggedized housing that can be entirely sealed. 
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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4/21/2014 | 6:58:00 PM
Re: Waterproof: Why only 30 minutes?
@Eric, thank you for sharing this information. I guess, since seepage is a concern at number "7", if the phone is set on vibration and happens to vibrate underwater then it might lower the 30 minutes resistance window.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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4/23/2014 | 2:37:18 AM
Re: Waterproof: Why only 30 minutes?
Thanks for the information, Eric. It's very clear. 

-Susan
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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4/21/2014 | 7:27:59 PM
Re: Waterproof: Why only 30 minutes?
@Susan, agreed and equally interesting is the wonderful technology behind waterproofing. On the one hand, water has to be kept out and on the other hand, sound waves needs to travel both in and out from the speaker and microphone, materials that do not rust would be needed at the USB connectivity/charger ports.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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4/23/2014 | 2:58:07 AM
Re: Waterproof: Why only 30 minutes?
Brian,

"equally interesting is the wonderful technology behind waterproofing." 

Yes, very interesting.  

"sound waves needs to travel both in and out from the speaker and microphone, materials that do not rust would be needed at the USB connectivity/charger ports."

I suppose Samsung has thought about that. Are people taking their phones for a swim, anyway? :D

-Susan  
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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4/24/2014 | 6:43:09 PM
Re: Waterproof: Why only 30 minutes?
Susan, I guess most users will be waiting for some empirical data before they take their phone for a dip, since a new phone is cared for like a baby initially and after a few months it is protected like a family member because of the data it has accumulated.   
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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5/1/2014 | 4:25:36 AM
Re: Waterproof: Why only 30 minutes?
Brian, 

" ... since a new phone is cared for like a baby initially and after a few months it is protected like a family member ... "

LOL :D Yes. Well, not many people probably want to make phone calls, or text anyone while diving, or swimming. Maybe someone wants to take a picture of that baby shark they spotted, though. 

-Susan
sirdevan
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sirdevan,
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4/19/2014 | 5:31:05 PM
Great phone but battery still not enough.
I went from the S3 to the S5 and was so tired of the battery dying 4 hours before bed. I thought with the s4 being 20% better battery and the S5 being 30% I would be very happy. Nope still dies about the same time with my usage. Granted yes I know I can turn off bluetooth and WiFi and GPS but I want all of those features on. Why would I buy a phone with tons of features just to disable them? So I am happy. Even typing I'm happier. It's easier to type, I think the battery is the only thing I'm disappointed in?
MarkO329
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4/20/2014 | 6:11:06 AM
Re: Great phone but battery still not enough.
My S5 went 1 day 4 hours the other day before i put it on charge and even then it had 12% battery to go, i don't know what you're doing wrong.
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anon9114714640,
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4/21/2014 | 5:27:36 PM
Re: Great phone but battery still not enough.
44% of my battery usage appears to be Android itself. The screen was actually only doing 11%. I am not sure why the Android OS (3 different apps together) are using up so much. I will say, the past 2 days it has been lasting longer, but then again I wasnt getting up at 6am every morning either.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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4/20/2014 | 6:13:16 PM
Re: Great phone but battery still not enough.
Data (from Settings>More>Battery) might prove valuable and could help determine which app or function is not allowing the phone to last a complete day's work. At the end of the day, a battery cannot exceed its mAh and I guess we all are waiting for better battery technology that makes our mobile devices a bit more mobile.
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4/21/2014 | 4:05:58 PM
Re: Great phone but battery still not enough.
I would venture to guess that 90% of people do not leave GPS running all day. If you turn just this feature off when you are not navigating, you will be very happy with the battery. Google and apps can still get your location using wifi or verizon location. 
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GAProgrammer,
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4/22/2014 | 11:55:50 AM
"..a step behind competitors Apple.."?
Really? Based on this article, how would anyone say that the S5 is lagging behind Apple?? These kinds of comments make articles on IW(and from the tech press in general) hard to deal with sometimes :-(
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4/23/2014 | 2:53:40 PM
HOW LONG ARE YOU KEEPING YOUR SMARTPHONE??
I have read so many articles about Samsung and its plastic case.  So what? 

Do you want it made out of Titanium?  Samsung has the right idea.  No one is keeping a Smartphone for 20 years.  No one is keeping one for 4-5 years.

People are always "upgrading" to the next phone.  So the case comparison on the "perceived quality" of the iPhone versus the Samsung G3/4/5 is bogus.  I have a G3 and I am thinking about upgrading to the G5 - It's about time. (not even 3 years).  I could care less that it is not made out of metal.  I just want the apps, the Camera capabilities and everything else it provides.

IF we are going to have comparison articles in the future, let's tone down the rhetoric on plastic vs. metal, and talk more about the features and capabilities that matter and are important.

 

 

 


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