Differentiation is key in any competitive selling environment and no market is more demanding than wireless phones. Small add-ons can steer sales worldwide, if they work well and especially if they are hard to find on models put out by other brands.
The S5 offers a new health package that includes a pedometer and heart rate sensor. Both are based on proven technologies, but both have inherent limitations that come with the phone’s form factor. That is, the S5 is so large that it is less likely to be always on your person which the pedometer requires for accuracy. The more active you are, the more likely you’ll be better served by a FitBit, Gear Fit or other more wearable device than the gigantic S5 which tends to reside in purses or on desks.
The limitation with the heart rate sensor is also related to the S5’s size. It can be hard to position your finger in the sweet spot of the pulse-reading window while holding the phone safely with your other hand. It’s the downside of the Galaxy’s giant, gorgeous screen. You have to float that mini-HDTV over your finger precisely.
The crossed-accelerometer tech used in the pedometer is the same one used in other fitness devices, but because of the way the phone may be carried, its mileage counts may be less accurate, yet still good enough to egg on the sedentary. Athletes will favor a lightweight, more robust and dedicated device.
The optical pulse reading is also valid science, but it is more subject to interference than electrical sensors such as those used in Polar brand fitness watches. It’s also hard to imagine a training tri-athlete, covered with perspiration, pulling out the S5 during a run, so there will remain a place for always-on, wearable pulse readers.
Still, like a Swiss Army knife, it can’t hurt to have options and these two fitness-related ones will fit well into a world that is tending more and more toward overweight. And they won’t have a noticeable impact on the handset’s battery life.
The other novelty will likely prove more popular. The home button below the screen on the S5 now serves as a fingerprint reader. It works well and provides an added measure of security to the platform. The only caveat is that it can be hard to use unless the phone is on a desk or other horizontal surface. Sideways finger slides are valid, but the sheer size can make the swiping your digits without unbalancing the phone a bit of a challenge, but the scanner can be turned off in favor of other, more standard Android log-on options.
Next: A look at the S5’s benchmarks in standard tests. How does its quad-core actually perform?
The handset market is crowded with new phones coming out almost every week. Flagship phones, though are rarer, with major models from Samsung, HTC and Apple coming closer to annually. At the rarefied end where these three compete over every millimeter, pixel and novelty, the new Samsung Galaxy S5’s HD screen stands out.
Not to gush, but the just-launched S5 feels like a palm-filling HDTV. Holding it up in a store at arm’s length against a wall filled with 50-inch televisions, it fits right in with colors as saturated, bright and clear as the TVs with the same level of contrast and true blacks.
The S5’s display will feel large in anyone’s hands. It measures 5.1-inch (diagonally, of course) with 1920×1080 pixels and 432 pixels per inch. It’s stunning and Samsung knows it is. They have models in most stores set to a self-demo that even newbies can tap through. It includes some Blu-Ray quality movie footage that will impress even fans of the famous “Retina Display,” which, of course, comes only on smaller screens with a substantially lower pixel per inch count on handsets made by another company.
The cost, of course, will be borne in battery life, so Samsung beefed up its power supply with a 2,800 mAH removable. The company claims double-digit run times when web-surfing and movie watching (officially, Samsung says 10 hours of web browsing or up to 12 hours of HD movie watching, but other testers are finding 8 hours to be a more realistic real-life estimate).
So if you’re not looking to upgrade, you might not want to play with the S5 demo models at Radio Shack, Target or Best Buy. That’s because holding your current phone’s beside their demo unit will almost certainly create a brief and unnecessary bit of screen-envy.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has recently arrived at most U.S. carriers and the web buzz is that its expanded feature set will draw more users than the ho-hum response the S4 received last year. It’s large, bright display represents a definite improvement that is expected to attract a number of S3 owners and others to upgrade, especially given the surprisingly generous trade-in allowances several carriers are offering.
As one pundit noted, “The S5 has the S4 feature set with the hardware that the S4 sadly lacked.” Representatives at both Sprint and Best Buy said that demand was building for the S5 and the new Gear and Gear Fit lines which it supports.
The S5 fulfills the basic requirements for a world-class flagship phone, to wit:
1) Best of breed front and rear-facing cameras with HD video, conferencing and retouching.
2) Color, 3D perspective, GPS with turn by turn mapping and places of interest, traffic, and other linked data.
3) Social media integration in all relevant apps, plus sharing links in an app that generates or uncovers content.
4) A complete spectrum of sensors: compass, barometer, cross accelerometers, auto screen orienting, gesture and voice control, and more.
So the best and brightest of the current Android line, the Samsung Galaxy S5 begins with these basics and adds KitKat, Android’s latest. The full specs for a representative U.S. model can be found here.
In the following posts, we’ll look at the history of the Galaxy line and review the S5’s feature set including:
2) New heart rate sensor
3) New fingerprint unlocking
4) Processor performance benchmarks
5) New option to combining WiFi with LTE for faster downloads
6) Camera features and functions
Samsung Galaxy S5 a top of the line Android phone needs to have – large brilliant screen, a quad-core 2.5gHz Snapdragon 801 processor to run apps without lag, a 16 Megapixel camera with lightning-fast auto-focus.
The S5 is an incremental upgrade from the S4, not a redesign, and Samsung had good reasons for this. The Galaxy line is already the most popular line of smartphones in the world, so there is no need to rock the boat. The S5 is slightly bigger than the S4 and has somewhat more square-off edges than S4. The new phone feels sturdier in the hand then its predecessor and the finish on the back panel provides a better grip than on the S4.
Galaxy S5 is fast. Very fast. The CPU specs are boring and do not tell the story. Instead, try scrolling through your camera roll to see how fast this phone is.
With the S5, we feel no need to carry a separate point and shoot camera. It is super fast, which often matters much more than the megapixels. The video can be shot in the 4K resolution. 4K is a new standard expected to replace the 180p high-definition standard. Although there are not many devices for 4K video playback, once they become common, you will have plenty of home video footage to play.
Galaxy S5 does come with some new features, which we will be looking at in the coming days.
Galaxy S5 goes on sale in the US on April 11. The S5 is available through the wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular.
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 sells for $199 with a two year contract ($649 without a contract)
The Verizon Wireless Galaxy S5 matches AT&T’s $199 price after a $50 rebate, also with a two-year agreement. Without a contract, the Verizon version costs $599.
Sprint Galaxy S5 is $199 with a contract, like AT&T and Verizon, but if you go with the no-contract option, Sprint throws in a free Galaxy Tab 3.
Electronics and retail stores like Best But, Target, Costco, Radio Shack are also offering the new flagship phone from Samsung.
The most popular line of smartphones on the planet has a new flagship – the Samsung Galaxy S5. There are not many radical changes (why mess with something that is already popular). But we think the new waterproff ability is quite interesting.
Why waterproof smartphones? While you may not put your smartphone under a faucet, you would naturally want to keep your new expensive device safe. Here is where dust and water resistance play their role. The feature will also come very handy when we take our phones to the beach this summer.
AkrutoSync is the Perfect Syncing Solution for Lawyers and You
Lawyers have to do a lot of work on the go. You work on your phone or tablet when you’re in court, on the road, or just out to lunch. When you get back to your office, though, you’ll need to sync any contacts or calendar events you made on your phone with your computer. AkrutoSync for lawyers is the best solution available.
Lawyers have to address a lot of privacy issues. They cannot afford to let their clients’ contact information or case information get out. They’re constantly dealing with moving confidential material from their phones to their computers. If you’re a lawyer, and you need to sync your information, you definitely don’t want to use the cloud.
Cloud storage is incredibly vulnerable to hackers, and it honestly doesn’t matter whether the people attacking your information are involved with your case or not, you cannot afford to let that information get out. You need to make sure that all of your legal information stays in-house.
More and more lawyers are trusting AkrutoSync for direct syncing, and so can you. While a lot of customers in the United States tend to just trust whatever Google and other cloud-heavy services are offered them, European clients tend to be warier, as Europe has stricter privacy laws than the United States. One Swiss lawyer said, “Cloud storage is a very bad idea for me and my clients. It is simply illegal.”
With AkrutoSync, your information never leaves your own devices. It stays completely in-house. This is the securest form of data transfer available, and it’s incredibly easy and fast. Lawyers have a lot more to pay attention to than setting up and syncing their phones with their computers. That’s another thing that makes Akruto great. Once you’ve set up the application on your computer, whenever your phone is within range of your computer, it will wirelessly update all of your information. You’ll have all of your messages, contact information, appointments, and other information synced automatically.
Whether you’re a lawyer, or you’re just concerned with the security of your personal and professional information, you should consider direct syncing. The cloud is not secured the way it should be, so much so that it’s actually illegal to store some legal and confidential data on the cloud if you practice law in Europe. If it’s that vulnerable, why would you trust your information to it?
Are you concerned about your privacy? A lot of apps out there allow you to store and sync your data via the cloud, but when you do this, you never know where your information ends up and what happens to it. AkrutoSync provides you with the ability to sync without storing data in the cloud.
The main feature of AkrutoSync is the ability to direct sync via your wireless network. You don’t need to create an online account, and you don’t have to save your information to the Cloud, where you have no idea who can see it. You also don’t have to create an account and upload your personal information online anywhere.
If you use an Android phone and sync your information using Google, they save that information in the Cloud. Microsoft does the same thing on Windows phones. However, if you use AkrutoSync, you can directly update and sync your information with your phone and PC without saving it anywhere but on your own devices.
Your data is your own. You shouldn’t have to have someone else (like Microsoft or Google) “host” your personal information, email and phone contacts, and sent and received messages. These are yours and yours alone. You should be able to keep them synced and updated without a middleman service compromising your security.
A local sync for Outlook on PC and phone will allow you to bypass issues that Google’s had with their Gmail service. According to ZDNet, Gmail – at nearly ten years old – has had building problems with security and privacy. The platform, formerly cool and clean, has become cluttered and messy. It’s undocumented and grows clumsier by the day. Why trust your information to such a mess?
Though he wasn’t speaking directly about AkrutoSync when he said this, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has voiced issues with cloud-based storage, saying, “I really worry about everything going to the cloud. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years […] With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away […] A lot of people feel, ‘Oh, everything is really on my computer,’ but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we’re going to have control over it.”
Akruto agrees with Mr. Wozniak and has found a great way to sync your data without the cloud.
Today Microsoft released a version of its Surface 2 tablet with 4G wireless capability. In the US the tablet will work on the AT&T LTE network.
The tablet runs the Windows RT operating system and comes with Outlook 2013 and other office apps preinstalled.
The hardware specs include a quad-core Tegra chip from Nvidia, 2 GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The screen is 10.6 inch with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 5-point touch input.
Surface 2 LTE is available through Microsoft stores and Best Buy for USD $679. Oddly, AT&T wireless website does not mention the new tablet. When we asked about the tablet in our local AT&T Wireless store they did not have any, but said that they could activate one if we bought one in.
All phones sold in the EU are to use a single type of charger by 2017. Members of the European Parliament have voted in favor of a law to make all mobile phones sold in the EU use the same type of charger. The draft law is aimed at reducing waste, costs and hassle for users.
“This serves the interests both of consumers and the environment,” said MEP Barbara Weiler in a statement. “It will put an end to charger clutter and 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste annually.”
Admittedly, such law would have a bigger impact a few years ago. Most manufacturers have already moved to the micro USB standard anyway. The only notable exception is Apple.
The picture above shows part of a collection of charges some of us have accumulated over the years. In case you are wondering what that thing on the left is, it is from HP iPAQ H1930 PDA.
If you’ve just gotten a Nokia Lumia 1520, and you use Outlook, you may think that you have to sync your information on your phone with your computer via Microsoft’s cloud service through Outlook.com. If that makes you feel a bit insecure, you’re not alone, and this is a very common and well-founded concern. The cloud just isn’t a very secure means to store your sensitive information. You can sync without storing data on the cloud with AkrutoSync, and here’s how.
Nokia’s been rolling out their newest model all over the world. Nokia customers everywhere are excited about this powerful new phone, but if you’re getting the latest and greatest, you still need to know how to sync your Nokia Lumia 1520 phone with Outlook. Okay, let’s get started.
First, go to the “Get AkrutoSync” page (http://www.akruto.com/get-akruto-sync/). There, you can download a seven-day free trial. If you don’t like the program, which is highly unlikely, you don’t have to buy it.
Next, install AkrutoSync on your computer. Akruto is a computer-based application, not a phone app, so you won’t have to download anything on your phone. When AkrutoSync opens, you’ll click “Configure AkrutoSync”. Instructions will pop up on your screen. Just follow them, and then you’ll be able to enjoy direct, automatic, and reliable syncing between your computer and your phone.
AkrutoSync will work perfectly with your Lumia 1520 or any other Windows Phone or Android device, and it’s totally secure. You won’t have to sign up for an account online or store any information in the cloud. You also won’t have to plug your phone into your computer to sync your information.
When you get home from a long day of work, it’s often difficult enough to remember to plug your phone in to charge it for the night, let alone to remember to plug it in to sync your contacts, calendar events, and other information. You also don’t want to have to trust your information to the cloud, which opens you up to a lot of vulnerabilities, like getting hacked and having your identity stolen.
With AkrutoSync, you can rest easy, knowing that your information will be safely and reliably backed up and synced between your computer and any and all of your Windows Phone and Android devices. Whether you have a phone that’s been around for a while or one that’s just being rolled out, like the Lumia 1520, Akruto is available and easily accessible to you.
If you’re looking for direct, safe, and reliable syncing between your phone and your PC, look no further than AkrutoSync. It’s the most reliable and secure way to sync any Android phone to your PC. With no cloud storage and a direct sync, your data never leaves your possession. You don’t have to trust it to a service that opens you up to vulnerabilities. AkrutoSync is a computer program for your own computer, not a cloud service. Read on for how to sync your Outlook Contacts with your Motorola Droid Maxx direct.
Syncing your Outlook contacts is as simple as downloading and setting up AkrutoSync. First, you’ll go to the “Get AkrutoSync” page (http://www.akruto.com/get-akruto-sync/) for your free seven-day trial installation. Akruto gives you a full week to decide that you love the easiest, most secure syncing solution on the market before they charge you a dime. If you like AkrutoSync, you need to buy an unlock code to continue using the program after the 7-day trial period.
Next, you’ll click the button to install AkrutoSync on your computer. AkrutoSync is not a phone app, so you’ll only be installing it on your computer, not on your Droid. You actually won’t be installing anything on your phone at all. Akruto will use your phone’s native apps to sync everything you need with your computer. Now follow the on-screen instructions for setting up AkrutoSync. And the final step? It’s the best one of all of them: enjoy automatic, direct, secure, and complete syncing between your PC and your phone.
In the set-up process, you can decide whether you want Akruto to automatically sync your phone and your PC through your Wi-Fi network whenever you get home, or whether you want to set up a direct sync over the Internet from wherever you happen to be.
Akruto works perfectly with any Android device, whether you use a Droid Maxx, Galaxy S4 or any other Android phone. To use it, you don’t have to sign up for any accounts online or put any information in the cloud, and you’ll never have to plug your phone into your computer to get it to sync up. Whichever syncing method you choose – Internet or wireless network sync – you can be sure that your information will sync automatically and securely with no effort at all from you.
That’s how to sync all your Outlook contacts with your Motorola Droid Maxx directly. Using AkrutoSync, it’s as easy as 1-2-3, and then you never have to worry about it again.
AkrutoSync is the most reliable, secure form of syncing any Android device to your computer. There’s no cloud storage, so your information never leaves your devices, and it keeps everything up to date with no work on your part (after the initial set up). Read on for how to sync your Outlook calendar directly with your Samsung Galaxy S4 using AkrutoSync.
All you have to do is install and set up Akruto – which is totally up to date and has latest Android 4.4 compatibility – on your computer, and the rest is simple. First, go to the Get AkrutoSync page (http://www.akruto.com/get-akruto-sync/) for a free seven-day trial installation. You’ll have a full week to decide if Akruto is the right solution for your syncing issues with no charge at all.
Next, install AkrutoSync on your computer. Note that AkrutoSync is not a phone app. You actually don’t have to install anything on your phone at all, as Akruto uses your phone’s native applications to sync everything you need with Outlook. Once you’ve started the installation, you’ll just follow the easy on-screen set up instructions. Then you can enjoy direct, efficient, complete syncing between your computer and your phone.
So, how do you sync your Outlook calendar directly to your Galaxy S4? There’s the beauty of Akruto. Once you’ve installed and set it up, you won’t have to do anything else. Whenever your phone is within range of your wireless network, it will automatically sync your Outlook calendar, all of your contacts, and all of the information you have in Outlook automatically.
You don’t have to worry about a single thing when you have AkrutoSync set up. You’ll be saving and syncing all of your information on your devices (your PC and your phone or tablet) and your devices, alone. You won’t have to worry about security issues that arise from syncing with cloud-based services, and you won’t have to plug your phone into your computer to get it to sync.
Once you’ve set up AkrutoSync, there’s literally no work that you have to do to keep all of your information up to date on all of your Android devices and your home or office computer. You’ll have safe and reliable access to all of your information wherever you are, so long as you have your phone or computer with you.
If you’ve used Kies to sync your contacts, calendar and tasks with your Samsung devices, you’ve probably run into some issues. Kies just doesn’t seem to work for a lot of customers. AkrutoSync is a powerful and convenient alternative to Kies. Here are some of the issues that have arisen and why AkrutoSync is your best bet for a Kies alternative.
Kies has a problem with dropping or duplicating contacts. It won’t recognize when a name has been updated on the phone and will often just add it as a second contact under a different name. Users report that Kies does not recognize their Samsung Galaxy device when it is plugged into the USB port, or that sync does not complete.
With AkrutoSync, you won’t have any problems with dropped or duplicated entries. AkrutoSync synchronizes all data within your entries completely and accurately. This includes recurring appointments, reminders, contact photos, and all other data.
After initial configuration AkrutoSync works completely automatically. If you choose to synchronize using your home wireless network, when you get within range of your network, your phone automatically connects with AkrutoSync on your computer. If you choose to synchronize over the Internet, your device and Outlook are always in sync with each other (provided your computer is turned on). Whichever option you choose, your phone connects directly to your computer, so that your data is stored only on your own phone and your own computer.
AkrutoSync is also a great alternative to Kies because it doesn’t require you to change the way you work with your contacts, calendar and tasks. You can continue to use Samsung’s built-in contact app and the dialer, or your preferred app. For your calendar and tasks, you can continue to use your phone’s built in calendar or the apps and widgets that you already use. AkrutoSync
AkrutoSync is a fully automatic, wireless, non-cloud sync program. You don’t have to keep track of any cables or remember to plug it in to sync. This amazing Kies alternative does it all for you without any work at all on your end. AkrutoSync works with all Android phones and tablets, including Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Google Nexus 5, Google Nexus 4, Motorola Droid RAZR and other Android devices.
Just got a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Thinking about how to sync your Outlook contacts with your new android smartphone? Then AkrutoSync is the tool for you. AkrutoSync is the only automatic, direct, cloud-free and reliable two-way synchronization software for your Galaxy Note 3. The program will seamlessly and accurately synchronize your Outlook data.
AkrutoSync allows you to easily sync your Outlook contacts with your Samsung Galaxy Note 3. You won’t need a special app to access your contacts on your phone. On your Galaxy Note 3, contacts appear in the built-in phone dialer and all the other places you would expect them to appear.
AkrutoSync provides a complete synchronization solution for your contacts. AkrutoSync can synchronize multiple telephone numbers per contact, multiple mailing addresses and email addresses, contact birthdays, as well as all other information. Even contact photos will get synchronized.
How you can try AkrutoSync:
To try AkrutoSync yourself, go to http://www.akruto.com/get-akruto-sync/ and download a 7-day free trial. Open the downloaded file and when the installation completes, click on the shortcut created on the desktop and follow the installation steps. Make sure that your system and your Galaxy Note 3 are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
For detailed step-by-step installation guide, please refer to our User Guide on documentation page.
Note: – Please note that the set-up is a one-time process.