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Samsung Galaxy S5 Fails To Wow
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anon1513471341
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2/28/2014 | 6:25:17 PM
Expectations
I think as our smartphones become more and more important to us, the expectations - particularly with Apple and Samsung - have become unrealistic. This is also fueled by the technoblogs, whose writers IMO become bored easily nowadays because they see and use so many phones. This leads to articles about "lacking innovation", etc. 

Smartphones do have room for some innovation I think, but it seems clear to me that the mobile phone industry is becoming a mature platform, and that it is just is not realistic to expect completely re-designed phones with incredible innovations every year anymore. Also, Apple and Samsung have unbelievably successful phones, so it is logical that they would want to somewhat continue the model that made their phones successful in the first place and not change their flagships TOO much. They have to walk a fine line too between alienating some current users of their wildly successful phones by changing too much and not updating enough so they get chastised for "lacking innovation". It is not an easy thing.

For me, most modern smartphones are very very good. I don't NEED them to do much more then they currently do. I WANT better battery life, I WANT more storage built in sometimes, etc. But with all the choices out there, I think both Apple and Samsung are doing a fine job of providing great phones that their users want. With the GS5, I am looking forward to the better camera, better battery life, better screen, faster processor, better feeling back, and I will see about the other added features.

There is always going to be the hyperbole, the silly "TOTAL FAIL" , "EPIC LETDOWN" even though everyone knows Samsung will sell another 50-70 million GS5's . Most folks who are objective can read past hyperbole and process things as "I wish is did <this better>" , and still thoroughly enjoy these great smartphones. I know I will.
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anon1513471341,
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2/28/2014 | 6:23:35 PM
Re: What did you expect?
Where can I buy aa Tango enabled phone?  Oh, nowhere.    This is silly.   

 

 

 
Thomas Claburn
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2/25/2014 | 7:53:03 PM
Re: What did you expect?
Check out Google's Project Tango. That's pretty revolutionary.
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2/25/2014 | 1:03:34 PM
Re: What did you expect?
Ditto.  You can't engineer ground-breaing new stuff into every new release of every product.


On top of that, though, I don't want a paradigm shift every time I buy a phone.  Maybe for an 18 year-old hipster that's desirable,  but I don't want or need to spend weeks learning a new UI (which of course isn't really all that intuitive and at best could be described as 'ill-documented') every time I buy a new phone.  Sometimes, just making a product better is enough.
Susan Fourtané
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2/25/2014 | 11:23:03 AM
Re: What did you expect?
avovk, 

"The smart phone market has stablized already. what revolutionary features can you possibly expect?" 

As I was reading I was thinking exactly the same. You can even talk with your smartphone! Maybe some people expect their phone to wake them up with a ready cup of coffee, read the news, and get the shower ready while they finish their coffee. 

The only innovation that can possibly occur for some time is in apps. And even there there is an app for almost everything you can possibly imagine. 

People have been complaining about every smartphone that has been launched lately disregarding the manufacturer. For quite some time I have been saying that announcing a new phone twice a year is too much. 

-Susan
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2/25/2014 | 10:54:59 AM
water resistance
I wonder when the water-resistant design will become more common on many phones, eliminating the need for expensive waterproof cases. Others on display at MWC?
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2/25/2014 | 10:41:04 AM
It is an ugly phone
This is an ugly phone.  The back is just awful.  Also the Gold color looks so cheap.  Just take a look at the Sony Z2 or the Nexus 5.  But what got me is how ugly Android is.  I can't believe after all these years and Android icons still look like back in the Windows 3.1 day.

Name brand aside, can you folks see how nice the iOS icons look?  I have seen the Xiaomi phone and their own UI that goes ontop of Android and it looks really nice, though not iOS quality but close.

For me, Apple wins in both design and quality.  I just think no one can come close to Apple design.  Specs means nothing when how things are being used daily suck.  

It is ALL about the "HOW" to me and not the "WHAT".  So far, I am sticking with my iPhone 5S, my first Apple product and I am truly impressed.  Guess who I am going to go to for the next phone?  :)

 

 

 
avovk
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2/25/2014 | 10:31:37 AM
What did you expect?
The smart phone market has stablized already. what revolutionary features can you possibly expect? Do you want the phone to grow legs and walk around on it's own? It's already an insanely powerful computer and a really nice camera. You can watch movies on it and run pretty much any application your heart desires. I'm not sure what people expect to see from a new phone... This goes for the iphone too. Don't expect to see something completely different because these companies already built a great product.
Nathan Gomes
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2/25/2014 | 10:24:11 AM
Nexus
Nexus 5 owner

Will not consider S5 or any other phone unless it's Nexus or Google Play Edition
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2/25/2014 | 10:06:33 AM
THE WOW IS GONE
The WoW is Gone, but not Samsung Ability to Steal (Back Engineer other companies Technology) What's Amazing is the Thieves are allowed to make Billions off of stolen tech and get fined pennies, I would take that trade any day. I'm disappointed I thought by now they would have a 21" display and a battery that lasted more than 45 minutes. Grand Example, the Crap called Galaxy Gear Smart Watch will get a Unbelievable upgrade right after Apple releases it's first Smart Watch.
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