Samsung’s newest smartphone the Galaxy S5 has hit the store shelves at a price of around $650 with no contract, or on most major carriers for $199 with a 2 year service agreement. The new phone is an upgrade from the previous versions of the Galaxy S3, and the S4 models. It is on par and a direct competitor to Apple’s iPhone 5s, and the HTC One M8.
The new S5 features a multitude of new additions and improved hardware and software options. It now boasts a whopping 5.1” FHD Super AMOLED display, also with an upgraded camera which now has 16MP and a new HDR Rich Tone feature that lets you brighten and clear shaded pictures as you take them, while the selective focus feature allows you to focus on an object and blur the rest of the picture, giving a clear and crisp view of the exact item you are snapping.
The new phone runs on Androids new 4.4.2 Kitkat OS, with either a 16GB or 32GB memory option. What is truly unique about this new phone are the extras, first time features. It has an Ultra Power Saving Mode where according to Samsung “this innovative feature changes your screen to black and white and shuts down all unnecessary features to dramatically minimize battery consumption.” Also that it is dust and water resistant and has an IP67 certification. “With an IP67 certification, Galaxy S5 is resistant to sweat, rain, liquids, sand and dust, so your phone is protected for any activity and situation.” But you shouldn’t be going swimming with it any time soon just to be safe. The new Fingerprint scanner can help you unlock your phone instead of the old pattern and pin options, so it’s another cool gadget feature that you might use. However the coolest thing about the phone and an industry first is the Heart Rate Sensor. “Galaxy S5 is the first smart phone with a built-in Heart Rate Sensor which enables you to measure your heart rate directly on your phone.” You just place your finger on the back of the Galaxy S5 and measure your heart rate.
The Galaxy S5 not only uses the newest technology available at its disposal, but also created a new category and trend of smartphones, or in this case ultra-phones. This could be your new one piece of mobile gear that has everything you’d want and need. Not only in a phone but with any piece of technology. Sooner or later the phone will most likely be able to operate and replace most of our readily used items. Most likely sooner though.