It won’t be a surprise to anyone who follows Samsung and their Galaxy range of smartphones that last years hugely successful S4 is very soon going to be followed up by the imaginatively entitled S5. It is expected to cost around INR 45,500 for the 16Gb version when it is launched April 30th 2014. It is a little more expensive than the initial price for the S4 which launched at around INR 41,500, but then you are getting a lot more for your rupees. So what can we expect from it?
The first thing you’ll notice is its Super AMOLED, 5.1”, full HD display fully utilising all of its 1920 x 1080 pixels; the display is a whole 0.1” larger than the S4. Whilst the screen size hasn’t changed that much, the processor has had a significant improvement. The S5 will now sport a 2.5Ghz Quad core Snapdragon processor and will, as expected, run the latest version of Android namely 4.4.2; also known as KitKat.
The second thing to note is the design. For those of you familiar with the Galaxy range, you won’t be surprised by the design cues Samsung has taken with its new flagship phone. Despite many pre-launch rumours speculating it would be released with a hugely radical different design, the S5 reaches the market looking very much like its predecessors. It also borrows some aspects from the Galaxy Note ‘phablet’, but that can hardly be described as a bad thing. The main change is the back of the phone which is now textured. Whilst it is still plastic, it looks and feels much nicer to hold.
As smartphones get more powerful, the thing you always need is a better battery and the S5 delivers in that aspect too. According to Samsung, the 2800 mAh battery will deliver 12 hours of video playback. Even if you don’t spend all day watching YouTube or the latest movies, it should be more than powerful enough to last you all day. If that sounds impressive, then you’ll love the battery-saving new Ultra Power Saving Mode, but more on that later.
So far, so technical, but what does the S5 have in terms of new features. Thankfully the S5 has a plethora of them. Hot on the heels of the iPhone 5S, the S5 has more in common with Apple’s latest than a letter and a number. The new S5 will include a fingerprint scanner. Not only to secure your mobile payments but also to access what Samsung are calling ‘Private Mode’; an area of your phone that no-one else will be able to access without your fingerprint. It isn’t the only mode the Galaxy S5 has. There is also ‘Kids Mode’ that has dedicated apps to protect your children (or anyone else’s for that matter) from inappropriate content whilst they are using it. While we are in ‘mode’…mode, the potentially most useful one is the aforementioned Ultra Power Saving Mode. In an effort to squeeze every ounce of power from the battery, UPSM will automatically turn your screen to black and white and turn off every feature, other than calls and texts, when your battery is almost dead. Samsung estimate that that last 10% of your battery could last another 24 hours in this mode. We’ll have to wait and see if that’s true.
For the keen photographers amongst you, the S5 will serve you well. If you thought the 13MP (megapixels) camera on the S4 was impressive, Samsung’s latest will pack a rear-facing camera with 16MP. It will also shoot 4K video at 30 fps (frames per second) with options to include video stabilisation, HDR and selective focus. The latter feature allows you to change focus in your photos after they’ve been taken. Fancy.
The other big new feature included in the new S5 is the heart rate monitor, situated just below the rear-facing camera. More and more of our gadgets are increasingly keen to tell us just how fit, or unfit, we are and Samsung is long-jumping on the bandwagon big time. The sensor will work with the pre-installed, much-improved S Health 3.0 app to track your activities. Time will tell just how useful it proves to be, but when paired with one of Samsung’s three new smart watches or even the soon to be released S Band, the trend for fitness monitoring might just have the S5 to thank for kick-starting it.
One key, but often overlooked feature, is especially prevalent for India is that the phone is IP67 (Ingress Protection) certified; a feature shared with the Sony Xperia Z1. This means it is totally protected against dust and also against the effect of water between 15cm and 1m. A feature you’re only happy you’ve got when disaster strikes.
So has the list of new features convinced you to invest your hard-earned rupees on the S5? It’s not long to wait now until the launch and I’m sure you’ll agree the new Galaxy is out of this world.
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As the speed of smartphone sophistication increases year-on-year, 2014 will continue to see the world’s largest electronic companies trying to out-do each other with their phones. The beginning of the year is always a good way to gauge what we’ll be putting to our ears for the coming year. Both the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in January and Mobile World Congress in February will be highlighting which smartphone to get your hands on. Before that lets take a sneak peek of some of the most wanted smartphones of the year 2014:
Apple iPhone 5S
Despite the two big electronic shows attracting the great and the good of the mobile smartphone world, arguably the biggest player doesn’t go to either of them. We’ll have to wait until later in the year to see what the iPhone 6 will look like (if indeed that’s what it’s called… iPhone Air anyone?) but don’t worry. Until then, we’ve got the iPhone 5s to keep us warm. If you listen to the internet or anyone willing to tell you, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s the worst phone in the world. It isn’t. Far from it. It’s amazing. It is certainly an easy target and an argument could be made that it hasn’t innovated enough; it looks almost identical to it’s older brother the iPhone 5, but then it is an update to that phone, not a new iteration. The redesigned, flatter iOS7 makes the phone feel completely reinvigorated. The big new feature this time around was the finger-print sensor. Anyone who has used it will tell you its already a much more natural way to unlock your phone, not to mention authorising purchases from iTunes or the App Store and, with the sheer number of quality Apps available, it’ll soon become as ubiquitous as touching the screen. The screen size isn’t as large as some of its Android-sporting competitors but with the Retina display your eyes won’t be disappointed. Let’s not forget the iPhone 5S also has 64-bit architecture under the hood, thanks to the new A7 chipset. We’re still waiting for those killer apps to take full advantage of this and its M7 co-processor but they’re coming soon for sure. It would be a brave consumer to bet against Apple.
Can a smartphone ever have enough letters or numbers after its name? If the name of the next HTC flagship phone is anything to go by, it’s clearly learned its lesson after the HTC One X+! The name is still a rumour, but the phone is very real. Building on the positive reviews their previous phones have been gathering, HTC are working hard to continue that trend whilst hoping to turn good reviews into fantastic sales. The M8 (or whatever it gets called) will have a fantastic 1920 x 1080 pixel screen, an Ultrapixel camera (HTC proprietary image technology) but no physical buttons at all. Interesting. Also, you might not know it by looking at it but it will be also running the latest version of Android, known as KitKat, albeit hidden behind their own Sense 6.0 user interface. Despite the overwhelmingly positive reviews for its recent phones, they just didn’t sell in the numbers they had hoped for. Can this phone change that? HTC hope so. OK.
Motorola Moto G
Times are tough and we don’t all have the mega-bucks needed to buy the very highest spec smartphone, so that is where the Motorola Moto G fits in nicely. The brainchild of Motorola, now owned by Google let’s not forget, attempts to pack the premium features all smartphones users enjoy into a price-sensitive budget body. The body is a good place to start. It measures only 6mm at its thinnest point, weighs in at only 143g and even has interchangeable backs so you can customise it ’til your heart’s content. The cutbacks come from the camera being ‘only’ 5 mega-pixels and there is no MicroSD expansion slot, so you’re stuck with ‘only’ a 8 or 16GB capacity.
If that doesn’t put you off and you do plan to pick up this phone to save a little cash, then its ‘Migrate’ feature helps you swap your content from your old phone to this one. Another nice little feature is that it’s coated with a water-repellent covering to keep your phone dry. It’s not quite fully waterproof but it could come in handy from all the tears of happiness you’ll be shedding if you pick up this phone.
LG seems to be playing a constant game of catch-up with both Apple and Samsung, as they fight for world smartphone domination. Maybe the Samsung / Apple battle might just have to find a space for a third contender with the LG G2. The first thing you’ll noticed is the beautiful 5.2” full HD screen. Whilst it’s not completely edge-to-edge, it’s not far off. The side bezel is absolutely tiny thanks to the controversial move of placing the volume buttons to the back under the camera lens, rather than the traditional place on the side of the phone. It takes a little getting used to.
The G2 is no slouch technically either. It packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor to push all those pixels around. If you’re wanting your next phone to future-proof the year ahead, the LG G2 is 4G ready and is even compatible with the forthcoming LTE-Advanced protocol. Despite the plastic back, it feels like a quality phone and it has all the standard features you’ll need. If you’re looking for an alternative Android phone, this just might be for you.
In a move that seems to be trying to preempt the ‘next big thing’, 2014 will also see the release of the LG G Flex; LGs first foray into the curved screen phone. Will it prove to the best thing ever or a gimmick? Time will tell, but with Samsung also releasing the Galaxy Round, it’s going to get interesting.
Samsung Galaxy S4
The latest smartphone in the Galaxy range looks very similar to its predecessor; the S3, but as that model shipped around 50 million units, why wouldn’t it! Whilst Apple is derided for their perceived lack of innovation, Samsung seems to escape the same criticism. Still, the Galaxy range remains the only real challenger to the iPhone smartphone crown. Samsung has built on the successes it has learned from the trio that preceded it with gradual improvements. The S4 has got a bigger full HD screen, whilst the handset itself gets smaller! It’s certainly not a phone for those with petite hands, although there is a ‘mini’ version. One man’s innovation is another man’s gimmick and the S4 has plenty of both.
Smart Pause automatically pauses video playback when your eyes stray from the screen; Smart Scroll allows you to continue reading webpages by tilting the phone; its S-Health feature incorporates a pedometer to help keep you fit; Near Field Communication helps you swap files and you can even use it as a TV remote. The list goes on! Incidentally, it makes phone calls too! You might think the combination of large screen and fancy features might have a disastrous effect on the battery but you’d be wrong. It has a large battery befitting its large body to keep you going all day. Whether you’ll use half of the features / gimmicks it has remains to be seen, but it’s a fantastic phone whatever you need it for.
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Everyone knows that the initial purpose of the mobile phones was to create a way of communication. Then by the introduction of SMS, there was an addition to the way to communicate with others, at comparatively a low cost, and now we have more than these two ways of communication on a single device. But now cell phones are not only use as a way to communicate but it has now given various things to perform on this small handy device, like playing games, watching and listening to movies and music, social networking, browsing the world through internet and so on.
One of the leading manufacturers of mobile phones is the Samsung. Samsung offer a huge variety to its customers and offers latest technology in its devices. Recently is has introduced Samsung Galaxy SII to the world. It is a wonderful device with various new specs and features. Here I’m going to write about some of the features of Samsung Galaxy SIII. So let’s have a quick glance at it:
Samsung Galaxy SIII Features
- It operates on Android
- The organic nature of the phone produces ripples, when touched the screen. The GUI of this mobile uses TouchWin “Nature UX’ interface, which is deeply inspired by organic trend.
- In response to Apple’s Siri, SIII provides the services of Samsung’s intelligent personal assistant, S Voice. It understands eight different languages and we can operate twenty functions through this assistant.
- Provides some commonly used applications like YouTube, Google+, Google play, Game Hub, Video Hub and so on.
- From 2012 Samsung has introduced the facility to transfer music, photos, podcasts, and text messages from iPhone, by using the Easy Phone Sync app.
- SIII has this smart feature to share its screen onto a TV.
- Music Hub in this wonderful device contains over 19m songs. It was created in response to Apple’s iTunes service. Another music feature the Music square is a remarkable one that manages the songs according to the user’s mood.
- By using Vlingo and Google’s voice recognition, the user can use speech-to-text feature on Samsung SIII.
- The device weighs 133gm.
- SIII comes with round corners and the edges are curved.
- Color option for the handset is marble white, pebble blue, garnet red, sapphire black and titanium grey.
- The device is 136.3 mm long, 70.7 mm wide, having a thickness of 8.6 mm.
- SIII offer upto 2 GB of RAM. The device comes in 16 GB or 32 GB for internal storage purposes, the memory is extendable upto 64 GB, using a micro SD card. Using the cloud storage facility of Dropbox, the purchaser can avail a storage space of 50 GB for 2 years.
- The display of the cell phone is 120 mm, with HD Super AMOLED display. The pixel resolution is 720p. The display glass is damage resistant.
- The rear camera is 8 megapixels, can take 3,264*2448 resolution photos and can make video upto 1,920*1080 pixel resolution. Photos can be taken while making a video. The front camera is 1.9 MP.
- The device uses li-ion 2,100 mAh battery. The talk time for 2G, 3G and 4G is upto 21 hours, 11 hours and 10 hours respectively, while the stand by time for 2G, 3G and 4G is 900 hours, 790 hours and 500 hours respectively. SIII uses this smart technology of ’Smart Stay’, to save the battery, by turning off the device when the users is not looking at it. The device can also be re-charged wirelessly by using a special charging pad, which uses a magnetic resonance that creates magnetic field, to transfer electricity.
The Samsung Galaxy SIII is a wonderful device and offers a lot more then mentioned here. It is far better than its predecessors and is also comparable with the latest devices presented by the other well known cellular companies. Check more details of Samsung Galaxy SIII at: http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxys3/.
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The long awaited iPhone 4GS finally was released in June 24th. Steve Jobs has claimed that the new iPhone 4GS has more than a 100 new features to it. Nearly all the versions of the iPhone came in with a bang, but this one is surely on the go to be the most hi-tech gadget of all time. The iPhone 4GS has left no room for competitors to take over. Competitors like Nokia, Samsung and Motorola might be surprised and shocked seeing this new iPhone! It has so much to offer that it will turn its owner into Gadget Boy.
To start with, the iPhone 4GS comes with a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor and iOS 4 (based on Mac OS), thus making it one of the best Smartphones of all time. We can keep on talking about the new added features, or we can simply jump to the ones that have caused the iPhone 4GS to start a buzz in town!
A 5 Megapixel Camera and The iMovie
For people who are wondering what iMovie is, it is a software program for editing and tagging videos to make it easier for the user to upload tagged videos on YouTube and similar websites. The iPhone 4GS comes with a 5 megapixel camera. Of course that’s something to ‘wow’ about! No previous version of the iPhone came with a flash, and this one comes with a LED flash. Isn’t that something you have always desired for in an iPhone? Plus, the phone is able to record videos in HD mode at 30 frames per second and at 720p resolution.
The Retina Display
Told you this iPhone has a lot of surprise you with! The Retina Display is not a special feature in the iPhone, but it is a property that definitely makes it superb. It refers to the pixel density of the screen. The iPhone 4GS offers 326 pixels per inch, which is nearly four times the display a standard LCD offers. To sum it up, you get 960 x 640 pixels as the resolution of the phone. Officials of Apple claim it to be a resolution that is more than what the human eye can perceive. So, basically if observed from a distance, the iPhone 4GS would appear like a high quality magazine to the human eye.
Bing on the iPhone 4GS
That’s actually a big surprise! And don’t worry – Google will always be there. The new iPhone 4Gs offers both Bing and Google as default search engines. The surprising part is that despite the rivalry between Microsoft and Apple, Apple has used the search engine. Anyway, what matters is that users are getting two high profile search engines in one phone.
Again a feature that can make you whoop big time! The iPhone 4GS offers a front camera that is to be used for video calling. Another bit of good news is that users can use the 5 megapixel camera at the back of the phone for video calling purposes too.
All in all, the iPhone 4GS is a happening and a trend-setting phone! However, we don’t know yet which will be the next company following this trend. We doubt that’s not going to happen anywhere soon. Till then, users can proudly roam around with their iPhone 4GS.
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This small hand held device that almost half of the world carries with them is our way of communication and more. Our personal and professional level of communication has changed and enhanced drastically due to cell phones and yet many of us are still in dark regarding how to take proper care of cell phone and increasing its performance. Many don’t realize that cell phone radiates harmful radiations and cause health risks. These harmful effects however, can be controlled by taking simple steps in consideration.
Here are top ten tips on how to enhance Cell phone performance, security and reduce health risks:
1.Restrict Bluetooth Usage
Keeping your Bluetooth switch on is not only unwise when it comes to security purpose but also drain battery charge. It’s not advisable to keep Bluetooth on when you’re not using it.
2. Hold your cell phone at Bottom
Hold your cell phone at the bottom because if your cover your cell phone by your hand then it reduces its ability to send or receive the signal. The phone increases its power to transmit stronger radiation.
3. Turn it off when not in use
If your cell phone is no longer in use for a longer period of time then switch it off. And if you don’t expect calls in the middle of the night then switch it off during night time too when you go to sleep and turn it on in the morning.
4. Keep the keypad locked
Keeping the keypad locked saves you from accidental dialing or blank text messages and loss of credit and battery charge. It is advisable to set your cell phone settings to phone security locking to automatically activate after 5 to 10 minutes, this is good for your security purpose as well.
5. Move to a position where signal strength is strong
If you’re in a cluttered and close area, signal reception can be an issue. Move to a place (like near window) where signal reception is good. Signal reception strength is on display on your cell phone.
6. IMEI Number
There is a unique 15-digit IMEI number in your cell phone, keep a note of it. You can see this IMIE number printed on cell phone battery or can access it by keying *#06#. If your cell phone gets stolen then you can always get it blocked by giving this IMEI number to mobile service provider.
7. Don’t Talk too long
It’s wise to use regular phone for longer talks and use cell phone only when in need. This is because radiation you are exposed to is directly proportional to the time you spend talking on your cell phone.
8. Don’t Use Cell Phone around Hazardous Areas
Do not use cell phone while driving. If its urgent to attend the call then park somewhere safe before answering the call. Avoid using cell phones around hospitals, aircrafts and petrol pumps.
9. Get Genuine Battery
Using cheap counterfeit batteries can be dangerous. Always use genuine batteries manufactured by the phone manufacturer. They last longer and are safe.
10. Follow Mobile Phone Ethics
It’s always good to show consideration to those around you when using your cell phone. Do not speak loudly on cell phones and always turn off your cell phone around public places like seminars, movie theaters and cafes. These are mobile phone ethics that everyone should follow.
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