Samsung’s Galaxy S5 tries to one-up iPhone

Posted in iPhone News by admin. Published April 10th, 2014

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 tries to one-up iPhone

As far as Samsung is concerned, screen size matters.

The superior 5.1-inch screen is the most exciting thing about Samsung’s new Galaxy S5, and is even bigger than last year’s model, the S4. Apple’s iPhone 5S looks downright small by comparison.

The sexy display makes it easier and more enjoyable to surf the Web and play games and is bound to be the biggest attraction when the new Galaxy goes on sale Friday in the US.

It is expected to cost $200 with a two-year contract and $700 for a 16 GB version without a contract.

Beyond the screen, the Android-powered Galaxy is clean and simple to use, especially for people already hooked on Google products like Maps and Gmail.

Indeed, Samsung made a point of going “back to basics” after complaints that some S4 features, such as non-touch gesture controls, were overly complicated.

The iPhone’s elegant interface is part of what makes it so popular, and Samsung’s Galaxy is one of the few smartphones on the market that competes in this arena.

Still, the Galaxy sports some fun — critics might say gimmicky — new features to keep things interesting.

Most notable is the S Health app, which lets users track their heart rate and steps like a pedometer or a sports watch. The heart rate monitor on the back of the phone works by placing your finger on it.

The Galaxy S5 also supports mobile payment systems, such as Isis Mobile Wallet. One drawback is that users will need to get an “enhanced” NFC SIM card to activate the service, although it is free, according to the Verizon staffer who demonstrated the phone to The Post on Tuesday.

The SIM card is also required to transfer files from one Galaxy phone to another by simply by touching the phones together. The file sharing feature, S Beam, has won the Galaxy applause over the iPhone.

Like the iPhone 5S, it comes with a fingerprint sensor to allow for entry without a password or make quick mobile payments, although early tests suggest the sensor is prone to glitches.

The Galaxy also promises an improved camera, including a 16-megapixel rear camera. By contrast, the front camera, ideal for taking selfies, is 2 megapixels.

While the device isn’t better overall than the iconic iPhone, consumers who opt for the Galaxy won’t be sorry either.

As such, it’s sure to produce fireworks in an already heated smartphone battle between Samsung and Apple.



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