Samsung Galaxy S5 – What’s New and Different

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This week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain, Samsung unveiled a slew of new devices as the world watched with baited breath. Among them were the Gear 2, its counterpart the Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit along with the company’s latest flagship device, the new Samsung Galaxy S5. But as soon as the event began it seemed like it was over just as quickly, so let’s take a closer look at these devices and more specifically the S5 and how it compares to some of the other devices on the market, and also learn about what OtterBox cases for Samsung GALAXY S 5 are planned.

Samsung Gear 2

Lighter, thinner and more powerful than its predecessor, the second smartwatch from the mobile giant sports a super AMOLED 1.63-inch touchscreen, 1GHz processor and 4GB of internal storage. It runs on the new Tizen operating system and will get up to an unheard of three days of battery life. There are two versions: the Gear 2, which comes with a 2.0 megapixel autofocus camera; and the sleeker version, the Gear 2 Neo, which comes without a camera. Both, however, are equipped with a heart rate monitor on the back and offer companion features for the user’s phone that allow them to receive notifications on any incoming calls, texts and other alerts. They each also pair up with 16 different devices.

Samsung Gear Fit

The Gear Fit offers the same pedometer, heart and sleep monitoring capabilities as the Gear 2 and is also able to provide two-way interaction with Samsung phones. With this gadget, users are able to send or receive notifications on text, calls, email and apps. However, this particular device weighs less, carries just as much battery life and offers a sleeker design all the while being able to pair with 20 Galaxy devices.

Samsung Galaxy S5 – what sets it apart?

So what’s different about Samsung’s newest smartphone? Well there’s quite a bit really. Aside from the larger battery (2,800mAh) and super-fast Wi-Fi connection at 802.11ac standard, the S5 has a new 16-megapixel camera on the back and 2.1-megapixel camera on the front.

More impressively, it has an extremely fast autofocus and a real-time HDR feature that allows you to apply filters or effects as you take your shot. For those more creatively inclined, the camera also has selective focus that allows you to choose the best focus after taking a shot along with a feature called “shot and more,” that allows you to choose the best photo from several taken in rapid succession.

Not impressed? The new phone also comes with a built-in heart rate monitor for those who like to keep track, and a fingerprint scanner on the device’s home button. This allows you to not only unlock your phone by swiping your finger over it but to also lock documents and photos as well as confirm mobile payments you make via PayPal.

Further, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 is water- and dust- resistant up to IP67 specifications. Which means it can be immersed in water up to 3 feet in depth. To waterPROOF your new, precious device however, and add the most amount of protection possible, be sure to check out our new OtterBox cases for the Samsung Galaxy S 5 coming soon.

Also, there’s good news for parents; the phone has a “Kids Mode” which essentially takes it down to basic functions and parts of the phone that you feel comfortable letting your kids have access to!

Comparing the GALAXY S 5 to other phones


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Jacquelyn Rickard

Jacquelyn Rickard

Wanderer. Animal lover. Foodie. Photographer. Amateur do-it-yourselfer and cook--it’s hard to say what I obsess over the most. I love challenges and learning new things. Born and raised in Colorado, other than the 2 years I spent getting in touch with my Filipino roots. I love good beer, adventures and doing anything outdoors. When I’m not obsessing on something, at work or off getting lost somewhere, you can probably find me barbecuing with friends or family, working in my garden or curled up on the couch with a movie and a glass of wine.

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