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4/19/2014
09:06 AM

Samsung Galaxy S5: My First Week

Samsung's latest Android smartphone proves an all-around solid performer -- and can survive a 30-minute dunk in liquid.

Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S5

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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
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.   
jcarlini601
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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.

 

 

 
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  
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
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 :-(
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.
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.
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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.
JayD973
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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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