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    Samsung Galaxy S5

    And it's that time of the year again. Another year, another Mobile World Congress event, another Galaxy S# flagship.

    Livestream @ http://www.youtube.com/user/SamsungMobile/UNPACKED
    so you don't miss out on the epicness. All 40 mins standby + 15 mins actual revealings of it, if last year's livestream is any thing to go by.

    Starts Monday, February 24 at 2pm ET/11am PT/8pm CET/somecrazytimeinthemiddleofthenightonTuesday HKT. ¬_¬
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    Re: Samsung Galaxy S5

    http://reviews.cnet.com/samsung-galaxy-s5/?ttag=fbwp

    Yeah, this looks pretty disappointing, honestly

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    Re: Samsung Galaxy S5

    Yeah, it does not have all the stuff people expected. I never really got the complains regarding the plastic feel and whatnot though. I have never thought being metal or plastic really adds or takes anything from the phone. Yet the internet seems to make a pretty big deal about it. As far as screens go I am not sure if there is actually a point to the expected resolution. Would that much resolution make sense? It would make sense to fix other stuff first, you can always improve contrast and maybe do something about how the screen looks like when in broad daylight (I understand the iphone looks better in that condition). It doesn't seem like there are any new features and the fingerprint scanner is not really that big a deal.

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    Re: Samsung Galaxy S5

    I was someone who never really cared about aesthetics, as long as it doesn't get in the way of daily operation. My brother just upgraded to an HTC One over an S4. Back when those two were the cream of the crop, it was implied that HTC One had more going for it visually.

    I guess it'll be a good set, it's just disappoint due to the hype.

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    Re: Samsung Galaxy S5

    Is it worth it to upgrade my S4 into this? I was excited for new features but it looks pretty underwhelming.

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    Re: Samsung Galaxy S5

    To be honest I rarely see the need to actually upgrade from a model to the immediate next one. Even between the S3 and S4 I didn't actually see a need to upgrade. At least in theory I think the ideal way to go about this is to skip one....

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    Re: Samsung Galaxy S5

    Quote Originally Posted by kkck View Post
    As far as screens go I am not sure if there is actually a point to the expected resolution. Would that much resolution make sense? It would make sense to fix other stuff first, you can always improve contrast and maybe do something about how the screen looks like when in broad daylight (I understand the iphone looks better in that condition).
    I was afraid they would go for a higher resolution as some rumors were saying. It would need extra-extra-extra high density images (I just adapted the images used in my company apps to full hd devices like the S4, since support only came with the more recent releases of android) and a lot of apps out there don't even have full hd resources :T

    I was expecting more of the redesign of touch wiz interface, so that part was really disappointing to me... they basically flattened it a little and that's it...

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    Re: Samsung Galaxy S5

    I don't understand the point of having their own frontend UI...just give us regular Android

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    Re: Samsung Galaxy S5

    Well, seeing the phone it kinda seems like it is aimed for people who would not trade up from their S3 to the S4.... The heart senson is interesting, that should make for some interesting fitness uses with the phone or at least I would hope it does. Even then, I don't see any particular reason for someone having an S4 to trade up. I really thought they would go for a 64 bit processor with the phone. I also thought the phone would actually have 4 Gs of ram... Its unusual for samsung to not increase this. On the other hand the ram is perhaps not that big a deal yet and 2 is still a lot. Maybe not increasing the ram had something to do with them not using a 64 bit processor? I guess their next phone should have at least 3 or 4 gs of ram and the 64 bit processor...

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    Re: Samsung Galaxy S5

    Quote Quote:
    http://reviews.cnet.com/samsung-galaxy-s5/?ttag=fbwp

    Yeah, this looks pretty disappointing, honestly
    That has to be the crappiest article I've read all week. The entire thing reads like the writer had these huge expectations and she's whining because it wasn't what she expected.

    I'm personally unimpressed with the S5 too, but I can more or less understand the reasoning underneath it. The smartphone market has kind of plateau now. We're getting to the point where it's similar to the PC market; where even low-end specs are good enough for the majority of the users. Just look at the budget Android market in China. And we're at the point where the market is so saturated, it's hard to really deviate from the norm. Because there's not much else you can tweak. The display? It'll be in the region of 5-inches with 1080p res. The SoC? It'll be a Qualcomm chip. The only thing left to differentiate yourself from the competition are software features and camera, really.

    Couple with the fact Google hasn't really advanced Android since the move from ICS to Jelly Bean, and it's not hard to understand why we're not getting blown away with phone announcements.

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    I don't understand the point of having their own frontend UI...just give us regular Android
    To distinguish yourself from your competition. If your home screen looks the same as everybody else, what the heck are you going to write on the box to get people to buy your product.

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    I also thought the phone would actually have 4 Gs of ram... Its unusual for samsung to not increase this. On the other hand the ram is perhaps not that big a deal yet and 2 is still a lot. Maybe not increasing the ram had something to do with them not using a 64 bit processor?
    Samsung doesn't push the increase in RAM in their Galaxy S line, they do it with their Galaxy Note line. (Note 2 pushed it to 2 when S3 had 1GB, Note 3 pushed it to 3 when S4 had 2GB)

    Though it is surprising to not see the S5 with 3GB RAM. But sort of understandable because it runs KitKat out of the box, and KitKat uses less resources now.


    But I do agree it's for the people who are still holding on to the S3. For the S3 users on the fence, if the battery life is improved on the S5, it's a worthy upgrade. If the battery life is more or the less the same as the S4, it's best to grab an S4 on the cheap (when S5 comes out).
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    Re: Samsung Galaxy S5

    Quote Originally Posted by Knifeshade View Post
    To distinguish yourself from your competition. If your home screen looks the same as everybody else, what the heck are you going to write on the box to get people to buy your product.
    The hardware and performance of the phone, but as you said...plateau. It didn't prevent me from buying one, but I'd prefer it naked. And I see plenty of people who think the same.

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    Re: Samsung Galaxy S5

    Yeah, that's true. But the people who follow this stuff like us are informed consumers. We're the minority. The majority of the buyers out there are actually your average household mom.

    Plus, I don't know about you, man, but if I saw "NEW UI SHOOTS OUT LASER BEAMS" on the box, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
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    Re: Samsung Galaxy S5

    Quote Originally Posted by Knifeshade View Post
    Yeah, that's true. But the people who follow this stuff like us are informed consumers. We're the minority. The majority of the buyers out there are actually your average household mom.

    Plus, I don't know about you, man, but if I saw "NEW UI SHOOTS OUT LASER BEAMS" on the box, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
    Well, an uninformed consumer probably wouldn't know the difference in the first place. They might know Android, but they aren't going to know anything about TouchWiz, etc.

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    Re: Samsung Galaxy S5

    The S5 doesn't look like it's worth buying. iPhone 6 and HTC One 2 might be better, but S5... I dunno.

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    Re: Samsung Galaxy S5

    I think it's important to note that my reaction to it is as someone who owns an S4. If I was upgrading from an S3 or something older, I'd definitely get it.

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