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Samsung Galaxy S5 Fails To Wow
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Jaden Ckast
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2/25/2014 | 10:03:17 AM
Agree with 95%
So I agree with everything this article states except for a few things. First off I own an iphone 5 and in samsungs defense maybe they are borrowing more than just a page from apple in the fact they they made a minor update to the S5 just like apple does with the "s". Also as far as things plateauing in reference to the iphone 5s not being a giant leap from the 5, this has been standard with what apple does. If you follow their trend you will see that since the 3G they add incremental updates to their devices. From the 3G to 3GS or the 4 to the 4s and finally the 5 to 5s. This is just what apple does so I don't think they are plateauing just because they added an incremental update. Other than that it's a good article.
DonS166
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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.
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
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.
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
Brian.Dean
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3/1/2014 | 6:12:00 PM
Re: What did you expect?
Susan, yes I agree that the phone has already become massively powerful and the Cloud has given it even more capability to perform tasks, with the bar already set so high there is not much that can be done unless someone comes along and reinvents the battery -- device usage time of 100+ hours. But if an S5 is on its way then it should be an S5, not an S4 relabeled with minor touchups.
Susan Fourtané
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3/2/2014 | 2:57:30 AM
Re: What did you expect?
Brian, 

Reinventing the battery is one possibility. What ever happened with Nokia's battery innovation? There is a startup in the UK working on a solar battery. 

-Susan
mak63
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3/3/2014 | 1:59:31 AM
Re: What did you expect?
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.
To be honest, with the Internet Of Things around the corner, those things don't seem far-fetched to me.
I don't know how they're gonna implement the shower thing, but as revolutionary, I was thinking more of a real AI on the phone and holographic images of the person we're talking to or even maps. Well, that would be neat and handy, wouldn't be?

 

 
Susan Fourtané
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3/3/2014 | 2:30:34 AM
Re: What did you expect?
Mak, 

Yes, the Internet of Things is going to make almost everything possible. 

The shower thing can be done with a sensor that you activate through your phone. Your coffee maker can be programmed to make your coffee at a certain time. An AI then brings the coffee to your bed and wakes you up.

The AI reads the news that you are interested in, and ignores the topics that not interest you. When you are ready to go to the shower you start it from your phone, so the bathroom is all nice and steamy when you get there. :D

"I was thinking more of a real AI on the phone and holographic images of the person we're talking to or even maps. Well, that would be neat and handy, wouldn't be?" 

Yes. You can already have Augmented Reality and holographic images on the phone. I saw this some years ago in a conference. Then I saw a commercial. It was being used for marketing. I think it was an app from Qualcomm. 

-Susan 
mak63
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3/5/2014 | 5:25:52 PM
Re: What did you expect?
@ Susan
Yes, the world you're describing seems plausible and hopefully not far in the future.
I found the Qualcomm augmented reality you mentioned. They call it Vuforia. Here is a link to its YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/vuforia. Pretty awesome videos.

I already downloaded one app (iOnRoad) that uses augmented reality. It looks pretty neat.
 
Susan Fourtané
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3/6/2014 | 2:11:48 AM
Re: What did you expect?
Mak, 

You found it! :D When Qualcomm presented some of its AR and biomedical applications in that conference in Helsinki there were AR butterflies all over the stage. :) It was very nice. This was, I think, in 2009, or 2010.

Nice you found a nice AR app. :)

-Susan 
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3/3/2014 | 11:55:02 PM
Re: What did you expect?
It depends on what kind of expectation you set. If you expect something really amazing and fancy, S5 may not be the one. But for a smartphone, S5 should be able to play its role pretty well. Internet of Things is future trend and the smartphone may become a handy control device but there is still sometime for that.
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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.
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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2/28/2014 | 6:23:35 PM
Re: What did you expect?
Where can I buy aa Tango enabled phone?  Oh, nowhere.    This is silly.   

 

 

 
Brian.Dean
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3/1/2014 | 6:27:48 PM
Re: What did you expect?
Tango is an exciting frontier, someday rather than having to pick up a souvenir while on vacation, one could just scan the object using their phone to create a 3D template which could be later printed using a 3D printer. 
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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?  :)

 

 

 
Laurianne
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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?
shakeeb
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2/28/2014 | 9:05:04 PM
Re: water resistance
A recent article showed that many of the Sony phones have incorporated this feature to their phones. At the same time they say it is a unique feature as far as flagship phones are concerned.
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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2/28/2014 | 9:09:05 PM
Secure payment
Galaxy S5's sensor is housed in the home button s you have explained and can use to unlock the device. It also has given the capability to make secure payments via PayPal and other mobile wallets.


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