Samsung Galaxy S5 announced, headed to 150 countries

After months of rumors and anticipation, Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona.

The Galaxy S5 features a 5.1" Super AMOLED screen of 1920x1080 resolution, quad core Snapdragon 801 processor at 2.5 GHz, 2GB of RAM, 150Mbps LTE and a 16MP camera which Samsung claims has the fastest auto-focus among smartphones.

On the software side, the smartphone runs Android 4.4.2 with Samsung's custom TouchWiz UI and improved version of Samsung's own KNOX security system. Samsung has also introduced an Ultra Power Saving Mode which turns the display to black and white, and shuts down all unnecessary features giving 24 hours of standby on low battery.

 

In addition to these, the Galaxy S5 has been IP67 certified which means it is resistant to water and dust, and can be submerged in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. It also features the fingerprint scanning technology which was rumored for a long time. One of the features new to smartphones is the heart-rate monitor which would make its debut on the Galaxy S5 under S Health 3.0.

The Galaxy S5 will be available in a range of colors including charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold, starting April 11 in over 150 countries.

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Everyone is so infactuated by looks or whatever orsaying the GS5 is only a minimal upgrade over the S4. Infact ifyou ahvent noticed, EVERYONES phones is a minimal upgrade over the last model. I hae yet to see ONE post where anyone mentioned all the pluses of the S5.

Everyone is talking about the crap that don't matter. How about al the FIRSTS this phone has:

Its the first phone to use HDR with photos or video
It is the first with a built in heart rate monitor
It is the first with an adaptive display.

The Gear Fit is the first using a flexible Super AMOLED display using Samsung own technology.

The device is rated with IP67 which is the "standard" for Water Resistant and Dust resistant properties. This not waterproofing. Anyone who doesn't know the different needs to go back to school an that is putting it mildly.

The nice camera features like Selective Focus that is usually only in cameras costing $3000.

How about the fact that even though the S5 has a biometric sensor, it already comes with a functional payment system, the iPhone did not. How about the fact you can set files and photos in private location that only shows when you swipe? How about the kids mode which will allow u to choose apps where they cant make purchases an run up $1000 in charges which Apple recently was sued for.

How about the new MIMO technology where the phone combines the LTE connection with your WIFI connection to get up to double the download speed Imagine your phone downloading a 1GB fil in under 2 mins. Even my PC doesn't so that.

How about the nice improvements to the Gear. Have nnicer bands hat are changeable like most watches. How about a camera that can focus in 0.3 second.

How about the updated look to the TouchWiz UI? The icons in the settings? The notification screen shows more info.

How about the fact that te phone can be in standby a full 24 hours with 10% battery-life left? Show me an iPhone that can so this. The phone gets 10hrs of usae on LTE, no other phone had his capability.

All of these improvements are far better than any improvements the iPhone has EVER gotten or any other phone. But here is the difference. Aple has over 160Billionand cash just collecting dust and what innovations have they brought to the iPhone? None. Yet Samsun who sold 319M smartphones last year with 1/3 of them being the flagship models is constantly giving us more things.

Also how about the fact they havetoned down on just adding features just for the sake of saying they are their and concentrating on useful things? Evn with these changes the Galaxy S is still better thanany other phone selling whether they sell 150M of the or not.

All these improvements which make the phone better and all I see s these baseless hateful comments about plastic, about the device being a slight upgrade over he previous model and blah blah blah. As if tis device offer nothing good.
Here is how I look a it. The Galaxy S is 199.99 on a 2 year, so is the iPhone and others. Which one offers you more for the money?

I personally only owned the Galaxy S III an once the Note II came to VZW, I no longer consider the S for my usage as the Note is better. However, if I didnt have a Nt I would certainly have purchased this device. However if I had a GS4 I would not because I like certainly features of the 4 an to lose them would be of no benefit to me.

In comparison, the iPhone 5S simply got a new CPU/GPU and a fingerprint reader over the previous model, compared to the S5 getting a better camera, better screen, better wifi, better LTE, better design and more. While the iPhone simply got a new color.

I mean really? Is everyone here that blind to what's in front of them? What is so great about these improvements is NO NE ESE HAS THEM. Which means SAMSUNG didn't COPY ANYONE. IP67 is a standard Sony did, but is a ISO standard that will be used on all smartphones. This isn't copying. Its a very nice phones. It is the basis of what the next Galaxy Note will be. I probably wont get the Note 4 I love my 3, but at least we can see the direction they are going and it looks vey well done.

Focusing on the minus' or cons when all these devices all have more plus' or pros is just lame and dumb. Technology only goes so fast. The fact Samsung is at least keeping up as oppose to company's like Apple who are behind...

Edited by Hi_XPecTa_Chens, Mar 2 2014, 12:17am :

Horrible plastic. Nothing really new. A bunch of over-the-top numbers that won't be put to good use. A really boring phone, to say the least.

If Apple is smart, it will come out with a bigger screen and some nice tech to really put a hurt on Samsung for fumbling so badly with the S5.

Wonderful, durable, lightweight plastic that has real longevity... Unlike very dentable aluminium.

Aluminium phones are style over substance. Contrary to popular belief plastic survives knocks and tumbles far better.

How much of that 2GB of RAM is actually available once the OS is loaded?
With the S3 and only a few downloaded apps, I can barely scrape above 150 meg and it slows to a crawl until I run a task killer.

It's quite a boring announcement, no real wow factor. Still horrible plastic. Water resistance is good but a flap over the USB port sux.

derekaw said,
It's quite a boring announcement, no real wow factor. Still horrible plastic. Water resistance is good but a flap over the USB port sux.
what better way could u have done the port. Share I with us? And the iPhone has had a wow factor since the very first model. Did you say the same. AT this point what phone actually has had a wow factor? It is a phone. PC's haven't had a wow of factor in 2 decades, hasn't hurt sales al that much...has it? The only wow factor about the new mac pro is it looks like a garbage can and it cost over $8000.

I mean if you can do better show us.

Rubber is the best sea to prevent water from getting inside. Rubber cant be soaked by water. It respells water. Also, phones in the past have always used dust covers. What's the big deal now?

If you don't care about water resistance then flaps suck. I don't want a phone with port flaps. I can't do better but I would rather have a non waterproof phone that has no flaps. Why enforce flaps on everyone if they don't care about water resistance?

derekaw said,
If you don't care about water resistance then flaps suck. I don't want a phone with port flaps. I can't do better but I would rather have a non waterproof phone that has no flaps. Why enforce flaps on everyone if they don't care about water resistance?
Thought so! Well you have 100' of other devices to choose from since something so small is such a big deal. Whatever u do don't drop whatever you decide to buy in water while you're texting over the bathroom single, urinal or in the rain.

cut the freakin flap off if you really have a problem with it! You'll severely reduce the phone's resale value but hey, at least you that's one less FWP for you.

james.faction said,
cut the freakin flap off if you really have a problem with it! You'll severely reduce the phone's resale value but hey, at least you that's one less FWP for you.

I think that flaps are awkward and clumsy and fiddly. Flaps break off. If your flap is not sealed correctly then you are still in trouble when your phone falls in the water. How about managing the flaps in the dark? How easy will that be? Its one more thing to fuss about and I think its backward.

200 million Galaxy Phones sold since they first came out. Quite a feat for Samsung. Apple sold over 400 million iPhones in the same time frame.

With competition from other Android distros, so that is quite the feat really.. and might be better without others competing.

stevan said,
200 million Galaxy Phones sold since they first came out. Quite a feat for Samsung. Apple sold over 400 million iPhones in the same time frame.
Show me another phone that runs iOS. That's right NONE.

Oh lets try it this way. In 25 years over 1.4Billion people have a Windows PC. How come in 30 years There are only 150M Macs sold in the same amount of time? See how that works?

Also you aren't consider that Apple had 3 full years to build a brand base before the first Galaxy S.

Again, I don't really understand how you think. The comparison is not even close because Apple simply as had more time to build a base. Also Samsung has at least 5 other Android OEM's to battle. If Samsung was the only OEM with Android, they easily would have sold double the amount of phones apple did already.

You like Apple love to dish out numbers in lame context, but when put in proper perspective, they show how lame the numbers are.

We aren't all mineless zombies like many Apple fans are, man. Geez.
Looking at facts, Samsung sold way more models of the first Galaxy S, than Apple did of their first iPhone. This coming from a Single OEMwith iOS. Samsung sold more Galaxy Note's of the first model, than Apple did of its first iPhone.

In the first year Microsoft release Windows 3.x, there were more PC;s running it vs those running Mac OS which had a 5 year head start. In fact there were more PC's running just DOS, vs Mac OS. Again, see how that works?

Here lets try this number. Sony has sold more PlayStation 4's since its release day, then Apple will sell of Macs in 6 months. That is exactly how you sound.

Here how about this number. Last year for all of 2013, Apple sold 150M iPhones, which were at least 4 selling modes. 2 of which are avail for as low as 0 with a 2 year agreement. Samsung on the other hand sold 319M smartphones last year. We know for a fact that 50+ were the Galaxy S 4, 20M+ were the Galaxy Note 3.

We also know the iPhone 5C isn't selling as APple halved production in less than 3 months. So we know its mostly now the 5S and 4S that are selling. Apple also resurrected the iPhone 4, a 4 year old device in India to try to combat android sales. Who in their right mind would buy a 4 year old phone with a 3.5" display, when they can get a brand new Galaxy or some other phone like a Lumia with a more updated OS, more features, a better camera, better GPU, better CPU, nice style and more for the same price?

I mean, put the numbers in perspective rattling off a bunch of cheerleads is pretty lame these days.

Samsung has 3 times the advertising budget of Apple. And they managed to sell half the phones. That's called FAILURE.

I think the announcement today proves that we are over hyping phones now. We all crave the latest innovations, but at the same time do any of you all think we are just at a point where phones are doing enough? Samsung I just don't think has what it takes to be a huge game changer in the industry at least not yet

Melfster said,
Samsung has no innovation they just copy other peoples features and/or designs. I wish they had more originality.
what other smartphone has a heart rate monitor? OH NONE! So who did they copy? Fingerprint readers? Have been on phones long before Apple did it. So who did they copy? No one even had 5" phones until Samsung made the first Note. So who did they copy?

Repeating something that is a lie, doesn't make it the truth. You are aware of that...right?

james.faction said,
Looks pretty same same same... not exciting... but waterproof! Sweet!

"ultra battery saver" sounds handy too.

"Water Resistant" Not the same as Water Proof.

Stop complaining so much, this is a way better upgrade than S4 ever was. I prefer water resistance and finger print reading over gimmicky non-touch gestures or pause while I'm not watching.

How come nobody says the internal storage capacity, or will it be carrier specific as it has in the past?

With Cameras in double digit megapixels, 16/32GB just won't cut it anymore.

Any news on what revolutionary new locks they've put onto this device?
Perhaps you can only remove the back cover lock if you're in a samsung approved store? Or maybe you can only remove the lock on the front panel if you haven't moved cities? I can't wait to hear of all the additional software locks added since the introduction of the outrageus sim card location locking scandal.

WAR-DOG said,
Dear Samsung, it's not about hardware, but crap/bloat ware... Nexus 5 all the way baby!

Just because the Samsung Galaxy phones have more features and applications for many of their features, it doesn't mean they are bloat just because they have a bit more applications than a stock Android version have.

Going from a Galaxy S / Note phone to a Nexus device is a downgrade even though you get a cleaner Android version on a Nexus phone.

I have an SIII. I can confirm all of the Samsung apps included with the phone (with the exception of picture-in-picture), are bloatware, and going to a clean version of Android (CM11) solved the performance issues I was experiencing.

Edit: Also, my gf has a stock Nexus 5, runs much smoother than any stock SIII, SIV, etc. No lag, no freeze, just pure, unadulterated Android.

I do hate to point that out, as I've been with Samsung since my m500, but really, it is getting ridiculous. Clean OS or go home. It's just like a laptop. I don't need bonzibuddy. I need to be able to get #### done.

Exynos said,

Going from a Galaxy S / Note phone to a Nexus device is a downgrade even though you get a cleaner Android version on a Nexus phone.

I don't get it, everyone you look reviews are saying that Nexus phones are running smoother. I even have a Nexypus as a backup to my iPhone. And Nexus phones get the updates much sooner than other android phones.

So how exactly is it a downgrade?

stevan said,

I don't get it, everyone you look reviews are saying that Nexus phones are running smoother. I even have a Nexypus as a backup to my iPhone. And Nexus phones get the updates much sooner than other android phones.

So how exactly is it a downgrade?


I have installed around 140 applications on my Galaxy S4, and it's running buttery and silky smooth. Any problems?

Yeah, you get the updates faster for the Nexus devices, but that doesn't really help when the Galaxy S / Note phones gets the update a little later while still having tons more features that we can use.

Exynos said,

I have installed around 140 applications on my Galaxy S4, and it's running buttery and silky smooth. Any problems?

Yeah, you get the updates faster for the Nexus devices, but that doesn't really help when the Galaxy S / Note phones gets the update a little later while still having tons more features that we can use.

I understand it may work for you but the vast majority of reviews show that the Nexus devices are slightly faster due to them not having ANY bloat ware. They also have a bit of a longer battery life.

stevan said,

I understand it may work for you but the vast majority of reviews show that the Nexus devices are slightly faster due to them not having ANY bloat ware. They also have a bit of a longer battery life.


When GSMArena tested the GPE version of the Galaxy S4, it had worser battery life than the TouchWiz version of Galaxy S4.

However, i wont be getting the Galaxy S5. I'm gonna wait for the Galaxy Note 4.

stevan said,

I understand it may work for you but the vast majority of reviews show that the Nexus devices are slightly faster due to them not having ANY bloat ware. They also have a bit of a longer battery life.

While I agree with you that Nexus runs smoother without any bloat ware, but I have to disagree with you on the longer battery life. Well, for one, I think Nexus 5 battery life is below average. I can't do much video Skype/Tango without constantly plugging for additional juice

Still, for as long as Samsung does not use stock Android image, I would rather stick with Nexus.

WAR-DOG said,
It is bloat ware if you don't need it and especially if you CAN'T UNINSTALL it...

So that means every mobile OS'es have bloatwares. Even iOS is full of bloatwares then, lol. Specially when you can't even remove any of the junk you don't use on iOS. On Android you can at least remove everything you don't use with root.

Exynos said,

So that means every mobile OS'es have bloatwares. Even iOS is full of bloatwares then, lol. Specially when you can't even remove any of the junk you don't use on iOS. On Android you can at least remove everything you don't use with root.

Not even close with iOS. Basically no bloatware. And you can remove anything g you want with a jailbreak.

stevan said,

Not even close with iOS. Basically no bloatware. And you can remove anything g you want with a jailbreak.

You should not have to jump through hoops (jailbreaking) to uninstall apps. I for one think the NewsStand is a waste of screen space.

stevan said,

Not even close with iOS. Basically no bloatware. And you can remove anything g you want with a jailbreak.


So Game Center, Newsstand, Stocks and Passbook to name a few isn't bloat?

I would never use those apps and they would be taken as bloatware and useless crap to me if i have had an iPhone with iOS 7. And the worst thing is that i can't even remove those apps from the app app screens without jailbreaking. However, what jailbreak app lets you remove different apps from iOS?

Ofc, if those Samsung apps on the Galaxy phones are bloatware to you because you don't use it, then all OS'es have bloatwares. It's that simple. You are completely blocked for reality if you think iOS is bloat free.

Exynos said,

So Game Center, Newsstand, Stocks and Passbook to name a few isn't bloat?

I would never use those apps and they would be taken as bloatware and useless crap to me if i have had an iPhone with iOS 7. And the worst thing is that i can't even remove those apps from the app app screens without jailbreaking. However, what jailbreak app lets you remove different apps from iOS?

Ofc, if those Samsung apps on the Galaxy phones are bloatware to you because you don't use it, then all OS'es have bloatwares. It's that simple. You are completely blocked for reality if you think iOS is bloat free.

I sort of agree with you there, but I also would like to add that even in stock android, there is a lot of bloat there too... like you can't remove Google+, and you certainly can't remove Hangout now that SMS is integrated into it. The new Photo app is slow as heck, but Gallery is sadly being phased out (I now use QuickPics)

Exynos said,

So Game Center, Newsstand, Stocks and Passbook to name a few isn't bloat?

I would never use those apps and they would be taken as bloatware and useless crap to me if i have had an iPhone with iOS 7. And the worst thing is that i can't even remove those apps from the app app screens without jailbreaking. However, what jailbreak app lets you remove different apps from iOS?

Ofc, if those Samsung apps on the Galaxy phones are bloatware to you because you don't use it, then all OS'es have bloatwares. It's that simple. You are completely blocked for reality if you think iOS is bloat free.

I don't think you know what bloatware is. It's software that's added on top of the original system that make it slow down. All the Apple apps you listed are built into the system, thus they don't slow anything down.

In Samsungs case, they load their own software on top of the original system, which in turn can slow it down.

So just to recap, bloatware are the programs that are added to the original system, not software that you just don't like.

I agree about stocks and newsstand, I wish I could remove them from my iPhone without jail breaking.

stevan said,

I don't get it, everyone you look reviews are saying that Nexus phones are running smoother. I even have a Nexypus as a backup to my iPhone. And Nexus phones get the updates much sooner than other android phones.

So how exactly is it a downgrade?

Because its like buying a PC with fancy hardware, and only installing a new copy of Windows using only Microsoft drivers. With MS drivers you simply get basic support for the hardwar, not its extended features.

A Samsung phone with Vanilla Android yes runs better because it doesn't have touchwiz, but it also has lame basic capabilities. That makes it boring.Also since applications don't have drivers, extended capabilities are left out.

I'm half impressed half not on the device. I'd say the most impressive would be the heart rate features and the new Gear Fit. I'd say everything else is ok. The biggest gripe I have is the UI, while it looks nice, it is Android still and the fact remains that only Samsung's bundled apps will follow their UI. All other Android apps will follow stock UI guidelines and look very different on the device. Everything else on the device was adding in features from other phones / os's like the finger print scanner, the kids profile etc. Gear 2 is nice, but again with typical Samsung style, crammed with too many features. FIT is what it should have been all along. The design of the phone still looks cheap and feels cheap, I have already seen it up close its very similar to the note

I would agree - the GS4 was meh, and so is this. Samsung needs to switch it up - make some design changes, and please stop implementing all these useless features.

tsupersonic said,
I would agree - the GS4 was meh, and so is this. Samsung needs to switch it up - make some design changes, and please stop implementing all these useless features.
Which is exactly what they did. But you're too blind to see it. And this device is better than the Galaxy S 4. Obviously you didn't see the release video explain the difference. You can SEE all of them, unlike with some other so-called flagship phones.

This doesn't really want to make me go out and upgrade from my S4. As I didn't catch the video, did they mention anything about the S4 getting KitKat?

Seems like a very good phone with very good specs, I don't know why the bad comments. This is the moment when Android fans should talk good about their own hardware!

mjedi7 said,
Seems like a very good phone with very good specs, I don't know why the bad comments. This is the moment when Android fans should talk good about their own hardware!

Yeah, I don't get it. People blindly bitch without following up with what they think it should have had.

Maybe because it looks more like a slightly improved S4 than a whole new phone. Pretty much same everything except for the finger-print reader, and people blamed apple for staying still.

P.S. not a fan of apple, nor samsung.

mjedi7 said,
Seems like a very good phone with very good specs, I don't know why the bad comments. This is the moment when Android fans should talk good about their own hardware!

Frankly I think tech folk are so used to new products coming out all the time, and the near continual pace of development that I think they've become numb to it. I guess (and I apologise for the somewhat crude analogy) it's like getting desensitised to porn or violence on the internet - it takes something genuinely shocking to raise the bar for you, and I guess it's the same with hardware. These evolutionary updates aren't even to even make you take notice. You need genuinely left field ideas or total redesigns to capture peoples attention.

mjedi7 said,
Seems like a very good phone with very good specs, I don't know why the bad comments. This is the moment when Android fans should talk good about their own hardware!
Because of the haters as the iFans call people who say bad things about the iPhone or something.

Yes there is nothing wrong with this phone. If I had an S III I would upgrade. If I had an S 4 I would not. Its offers no benefit over the S4 unless you want the fitness apps which seems to be a nice added functions.

The FIRST phone with a heart rate monitor. So I guess when Apple releases a new iPhone with it, Stevan will honest say Apple copied Samsung,..right?

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
Because of the haters as the iFans call people who say bad things about the iPhone or something.

Yes there is nothing wrong with this phone. If I had an S III I would upgrade. If I had an S 4 I would not. Its offers no benefit over the S4 unless you want the fitness apps which seems to be a nice added functions.

The FIRST phone with a heart rate monitor. So I guess when Apple releases a new iPhone with it, Stevan will honest say Apple copied Samsung,..right?

Samsung has 3 times the advertising budget of Apple. And they managed to sell half the phones. That's called FAILURE.

stevan said,

Samsung has 3 times the advertising budget of Apple. And they managed to sell half the phones. That's called FAILURE.

False. Ads only do so much. But how would u know. Samsung wasn't as popular of a brand back in 2007, as it snow 7 years later. Notice on release day, Sony had more sells of the PS4 in Japan than it did hee. Why? COUNTRY LOYALTY. Samsung is not US product.

Again, you dot consider other factors. Again you just ratled off a number you alluded to number and it doesnt matter. A company can spend billions on ads and still only increase sales only so much.

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
False. Ads only do so much. But how would u know. Samsung wasn't as popular of a brand back in 2007, as it snow 7 years later. Notice on release day, Sony had more sells of the PS4 in Japan than it did hee. Why? COUNTRY LOYALTY. Samsung is not US product.

Again, you dot consider other factors. Again you just ratled off a number you alluded to number and it doesnt matter. A company can spend billions on ads and still only increase sales only so much.

Which just means they're failing in every category. After 3 times the advertising budget and copying Apple in everywhere way and Samsung can only sell half the phones?

Haha utter failure.

stevan said,

Which just means they're failing in every category. After 3 times the advertising budget and copying Apple in everywhere way and Samsung can only sell half the phones?
/ You really think they have failed?

Lets see. In the foirst year of the Galaxy S Samsung solf over 10M. The Galaxy S II sold over 20M. The Galaxy S 3 sold over 50M. The Galaxy S 4 has sold over 70M. Each year the sales increased and in many cases double. Something Apple did hot do its first 3 years. So the ads aren't working?

Samsung doesn't do stupid ads like APple.
Oh so then based on YOUR logic, Apple's PC vs Mac ads were a failure. Microsoft sold over 400M licenses to Windows Vista. HAs Apple even sold 400M Macs yet Iits lifetime? NO. So that is a failure. Right? BY your own words.

Again you are so quick to dis someone else, what Apple your favorite.

Pplease comment on this. 25 years 1.4Billion people own a PC running Windows. Apple has a measely 150M. Why si Apple still selling ths lame prouct which is less than 20% of its income? HOBBY?

Androi is only 1 year older than iOS. Apple has roughly 600M devices running iOS, while Android already has over 1.2Billion people using Android devices.

Oh and don't try to come back with that free vs license BS. Linux is free, Why hasn't it over-taken Windows. Again you are all fluff wih no substance.

Tell me, have you ever sold 1M of something? Have you ever hell$1M dollars in your hand? Because I have done both and I can say it is certainly not easy to do and since you haven't done it you cant peak on what is a failure.

319M phones sold last year by Samsung. That is more phones than Apple and all the OEM Android phone sellers ad even Windows Phone combined. That is a failure? HA!

I am don't with it. I cant deal with someone who lacks even the mind to even be even remotely reasonable. You should; really stick with your kind.

Haha utter failure.

I have a question

stevan said,

Which just means they're failing in every category. After 3 times the advertising budget and copying Apple in everywhere way and Samsung can only sell half the phones?

Haha utter failure.

319M isn't half the phones, Don't you even now how to count? Samsung makes more than one smartphone. Apple makes one. Apple is the only OEM with iOS. IS Samsung had iOS and all the freedom they have with Android, Apple wouldn't be able to sell a phone. Again your feeble brain fails to comprehend the difference, Until you understand that, stop rattling off numbers.

Samsung sales product in over 150 countries, Apple does not. Samsung sells phones on over 150 carriers, Apple does not.

Samsung has over 300,000 employees, Apple does not. Samsung actually makes stuff, Apple does not. You are comparing Apple to a company that makes money from lots of products not just one. After all Samsung is 3 times the size of Apple.

All that money Apple had the the iPhone is the same relic it was in 2007. I personally don't care how many phones they sell. What I do care about is how they use that money to make better products, not the same crap 7 times in a row.

Ever used a Galaxy Tablet? It is noting like their phones. But if you ever own an iPhone, you never have to buy a tablet. The only difference is size.

Again I fail to understand how you think. But then again, I know why. I just cant say it here.

stevan said,

Which just means they're failing in every category. After 3 times the advertising budget and copying Apple in everywhere way and Samsung can only sell half the phones?

Haha utter failure.

I just learned something new today. The biggest thing Apple ever designed was the Mac, but it is built my Foxconn like most of Apple products.

The biggest thing ever made by Samsung? - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burj_Khalifa
SO you keep on cheerleading for the PC maker who now makes money from making phones.

Apple with 160B in cash, makes the same iPad they made in 2010. All they did was change the outside to a more refined look. Samsung took 1.5B of its money and made that building. Which product is n the guiness book of world records?

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
319M isn't half the phones, Don't you even now how to count? Samsung makes more than one smartphone. Apple makes one. Apple is the only OEM with iOS. IS Samsung had iOS and all the freedom they have with Android, Apple wouldn't be able to sell a phone. Again your feeble brain fails to comprehend the difference, Until you understand that, stop rattling off numbers.

Samsung sales product in over 150 countries, Apple does not. Samsung sells phones on over 150 carriers, Apple does not.

Samsung has over 300,000 employees, Apple does not. Samsung actually makes stuff, Apple does not. You are comparing Apple to a company that makes money from lots of products not just one. After all Samsung is 3 times the size of Apple.

All that money Apple had the the iPhone is the same relic it was in 2007. I personally don't care how many phones they sell. What I do care about is how they use that money to make better products, not the same crap 7 times in a row.

Ever used a Galaxy Tablet? It is noting like their phones. But if you ever own an iPhone, you never have to buy a tablet. The only difference is size.

Again I fail to understand how you think. But then again, I know why. I just cant say it here.

Samsung just announced they sold 200M galaxies. Apple sold 412 iPhones in the same time period. So more than twice. With a third of a advertising budget.

That is just laughable. Utter failure. And Samsung only did it by copying....

When the article mentioned the phone is water proof, what exactly does the "for up to 30 minutes" part mean? Does it mean after 30 minutes it's no longer water proof? If so, if you leave it submerged for 29 minutes, then let it dry, can be it submerged again for another 30 minutes or just 1? If it's water proof, why is there a time limit?

So much ambiguity in that sentence. Drives me nuts.

It isn't waterproof, it is resistant to water and can survive the pressure of being 3 feet under for 30 mins.

spacer said,
So much ambiguity in that sentence. Drives me nuts.

Maybe you need to grasp the IPxx rating system and you will see.

That is a standard definition by the rating system. Any abiguity comes from lack of comprehension with regard to the rating.

patseguin said,
AKA dropping it in the toilet? lol

I dropped my s4 down the loo once and still works perfectly, though it scared the crap outta me lol

mrlcutleruk83 said,

I dropped my s4 down the loo once and still works perfectly, though it scared the crap outta me lol

If it scared the crap out of you, good thing you were already there.

spacer said,
When the article mentioned the phone is water proof, what exactly does the "for up to 30 minutes" part mean? Does it mean after 30 minutes it's no longer water proof? If so, if you leave it submerged for 29 minutes, then let it dry, can be it submerged again for another 30 minutes or just 1? If it's water proof, why is there a time limit?

So much ambiguity in that sentence. Drives me nuts.

NOTHING in the article says waterproof. Its water resistant. Learn what they mean. After all if you don't know the different between water proof or water resistant, than you shouldn't be using a "smart" phone. Stick with an iPhone or something.

Samsung should have taken some of that enormous advertising budget and put it towards their new phones and keynotes.

But not bad all around, they're pretty much confirming what other manufacturers are doing. No one can be expected to innovate with every product release, for now it's going to be specs bumps and small incremental upgrades.

stevan said,
Samsung should have taken some of that enormous advertising budget and put it towards their new phones and keynotes.

But not bad all around, they're pretty much confirming what other manufacturers are doing. No one can be expected to innovate with every product release, for now it's going to be specs bumps and small incremental upgrades.

You don't need some spectacular event to announce a phone. I thought this one was perfect. No stupid people on stage. No humor, no lame attacks on other OEM's like we know your favorites does. No stupid numbers given in improper or lame contexts. JUst simple straight to the point.

This is our new phone, this is why we changed this, this is how it works and here is how it benefits you. That's all you need.

No need for some smooth talking British guy, no false claims. Even though all the Galaxy devices show a family resemblance, at least they don't look 100% identical for the 7th model.

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,

You don't need some spectacular event to announce a phone. I thought this one was perfect. No stupid people on stage. No humor, no lame attacks on other OEM's like we know your favorites does. No stupid numbers given in improper or lame contexts. JUst simple straight to the point.

This is our new phone, this is why we changed this, this is how it works and here is how it benefits you. That's all you need.

No need for some smooth talking British guy, no false claims. Even though all the Galaxy devices show a family resemblance, at least they don't look 100% identical for the 7th model.

No, you need the biggest advertising budget in the world to sell a phone. And fail at it. It's why Apple sold twice as many iPhones than Samsung did Galaxy S phones in the same time.

I am loving my Note 3 and have only owned one Galaxy S device, the 3. I gave my wife the III and updated her to the IV. I wont be getting het the V and since the S is basically the foundation for the Note, looks like I wont be leaving my Note 3.

The specs on this things are identical to the Note 3. Same GPU, same ram amount, same screen and resolution tho smaller in size which should raise the PPI a little.

There is basically no change to the design which I expected. however, I did expect a little better look and style. This just looks like a smaller Note, when the Note use to be more of a larger S.

Oh well Samsung. I Was looking to keep my Note 3 anyways because I felt you wasn't going to top it. I am still planning the Note 12.2 and that will likely be my last device purchase for at least 24 months

But unlike some smartphone brands, at least the Galaxy S line are very distinguishable without holding them. You can easily tell them apart even from afar.

I still think T-Mobile's/Sprint's Galaxy S II was the best looking phone Samsung made in this line and that is likely why I love my Note 3, it resembles it quite a bit.

einsteinbqat said,
And people complain about Apple not innovating...
Well when you sell more phones than "almost" anyone else and you have $160B in cash reserves, yeah I 'd say you have a darn good reason to complain.

Actually, if the speculation is true, Samsung may have innovated the most with its critical battery saver they implemented. And being dust and water proof may sound like gimmicks but it videoing with no fear of water damage would be a nice plus as well =).

The phone specs arent great but the features the implemented are interesting to say the least, imo =)

Yea, NTY. Pretty boring event and really nothing exciting about the device. The FIT device looks cool and is the best looking FIT band IMO...but that is about it.

Not impressed either! The specs are high more for marketing than real need, looks like 1/3" sensor in the camera, and the build is uuugly!

As sort of a Nokia fanboy, I'm happy to see that these guys have not progressed on the design side of the equation.