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For those that have drooled over the Samsung Galaxy S5, but frowned at its price point, the smaller and cheaper sibling of the S5, the S5 mini, is finally here.
The S5 mini shares a few common features with its bigger brother, and is a good upgrade from its predecessor the S4 mini. Here is a quick run-through of the features.
Barnes & Noble was a grand brand a few decades ago. However, its tablets failed to make people go wow. The retailer of books, digital media and educational products learned its lessons in time and decided not to continue making tablets of its own but instead to outsource to a third-party. And, as would be expected, this third party was none other than Samsung. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is the product of their collaboration.
In many ways, the Nook looks and feels like a repackaged version of the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0. However, there are a few unique features that make it a budgeted tablet for reading.
The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is a 7-inch device with a 1280 x 800 resolution with a 216ppi pixel density. It is quite thin and lightweight at 0.35 inches thick and just 0.6 pounds heavy. This tablet has been specifically designed for reading and its does quite well in this department with its bright screen and decent viewing angles. Despite being a tablet, the Tab 4 nook slips comfortably into your trouser pocket or purse. It has a thin, aluminum trim embellishing the bezel. It has a textured plastic back.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.0 Nook is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. It is good, but not good enough to keep up with the Nook Software. You might notice a lag when you go browse the Nook Store. This is the only place where it fails to match up to its competitors. It has an inbuilt storage of only 8GB – it possibly should have been more given than it is a reading tablet. However, the expandable memory makes up for it.
There are a bevy of ports that increase device connectivity. There is a headphone jack on the top edge, a micro-USB charging socket on the bottom ledge. On the back panel, there is a 3 megapixel camera and the speaker. Topping it up is a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera. The right edge accommodates the power button, volume rocker and IR blaster. There is also a MicroSD slot that supports upto 32 GB cards.
It has a 4,000 mAh Li-Lion powering it. It gives you approximately 7 ½ hours on a single charge.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 has the Android 4.4 version with its very own TouchWiz skin. It has the Multi-Window feature. It allows you to view 2 apps side-by-side. You are also allowed access to the Google Play store.
The tab 4 Nook has the proprietary Barnes & Noble software installed on it. It is identified by its main apps – Nook Library, Nook Search, Nook Store and Nook Today. Each of the apps has a specialized function. The Nook Library holds all your content including eBooks, music and videos in one place. The Nook Search app helps you look up items in the library, the store and on the Web. Nook Today displays recommendations based on your recent activity. The software is comprehensive and easy to use. Downloading is easy to use.
The tablet also includes other free content worth $200.
The Nook Tablet is priced at $170. The price will be raised to $200 after September 13th.
All in all, this is a great and budgeted tablet for voracious readers who would love to read their eBooks on the go.
If you own the Samsung Galaxy S5, there is good news for you. You can expect the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update coming to your device soon, via an over the air software upgrade, although an exact date has not yet been announced.
Only two months ago in June, Google launched two brand new 4.4 KitKat updates. The decision to roll out two consecutive updates was fuelled by the need to fix major glitches in Android 4.4.2. The problems included random reboots, rapid battery drain, poor signal strength and flaky Wi-Fi. In addition to solving these problems, 4.4.3 KitKat also made changes to the people application and the dialler integrated in Android’s OS. Android 4.4.3 KitKat was launched in early June.
The 4.4.4 KitKat version was rolled out later in the same month to resolve a security issue. However, it was launched only in select of parts of the world and for a limited list of devices. Most other manufacturers were delivering updates for their devices, but the tech giant Samsung, one of key players in the Android market, lagged behind in this race. Nonetheless, it needn’t be any longer before Samsung users, especially S5 owners will be able to enjoy the 4.4.4 update.
The Australian carrier Optus asserts that the update has already been approved and will be available for the Galaxy S5. It will also likely be available for the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, the S5 model sold in Europe. The news sent across by Optus cannot be dismissed as a rumour because the Australian carrier has always stayed ahead of the game making crucial Android announcements well in advance, all of which have been spot on. The carrier is expected to push out the update any day now.
According to Samsung, upcoming Galaxy Alpha will officially feature Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box. It is set to be released this September. There is news that Android 4.4.4 might also be on board the Galaxy Note 4. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S4 Mini will get the Android 4.4.3 update from Canadian Carrier, Rogers.
To make sure you get the update, go into settings > about > software update. Ensure you have a stable internet connection (preferably over Wi-Fi) and that the phone battery is more than 50% charged. Praying your carrier is ahead of the game is optional but recommended.
Before the Samsung Galaxy S5 made its debut in the market, there was a lot of speculation on the features that would be included to make it stand out among its competitors. There was a fingerprint scanner for one, a pedometer for another and how can we forget a mention of the waterproof and dust proof features. While these hogged the limelight, the tech giant quietly included other interesting features to enhance functionality. Here, we unravel five hidden features that will help unlock the full potential of your phone.
- The Makeshift Stylus – The contents of the box do not include a stylus, but this shouldn’t be a bother because you can use virtually any pen in its place. This is due to the remarkably sensitive touch sensor on the S5. By simply adjusting sensitivity settings, you can happily use a No.2 pencil to control your device. In addition to a standard pencil, you can use a fingernail, a pen or even a gloved finger. To adjust the sensitivity, touch settings > display > increase touch sensitivity (last option on the list) and you’re good to go.
- Automatic Play-Listing – The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with an array of accessibility features, and automatic play listing is one of them. Doing this is as simple as tilting the device into the landscape mode. It automatically adds follow up songs to your playlist. It does this on the basis of mood, genre and source.
- The Baby Monitor – If you own the Galaxy S5 and have a baby, you can save the money you were going to spend on the baby monitor and buy yourself a fancy pair of shoes instead! The S5 has a simple in-built monitor that will alert you when it senses the sound of a crying baby. To activate the baby monitor on your phone, touch settings > select the device tab > click accessibility > hearing > baby crying detector. Thus, you can be assured that there is someone to keep a watch on your baby while you tackle other jobs around the house.
- Private Mode – Have ever you longed for a secret place where you could hide private things on your phone from prying eyes? The Samsung Galaxy S5 has included private mode for enhanced privacy. Here you can password protect a range of private and personal multi-media files – messages, pictures, videos and voice recordings. It’s really easy to do so. In the settings tab, activate private mode. Then set the password; it could be any combination of strings, alphanumeric characters, a PIN, swipe or a fingerprint. Then in the Gallery, you can move files to the Private Folder by touching the menu icon at the upper right corner of the screen, and select move to private.
- The Hidden Menu Key – The hardware menu button was a characteristic feature at the bottom of all older Samsung Galaxy phones, but this time around Samsung decided to replace it with the recent apps key. However, you can still access the menu button. Here’s how: Simply hold the recent apps button down. Easy as that.
Samsung has thus far play second fiddle to Apple when it comes to the tablet market, but all that may well be a thing of the past with the introduction of Galaxy Tab 8.4 and 10.5. The Korean manufacturer has aimed high with these new devices, and to say that it has met its own target would be no exaggeration. With 8.4 & 10.5 it would not be wrong to say that Samsung has found its sweet spot and delivers quite an impressive product with some great features that will bring a smiles to its users!
First up, one cannot help but admire the high resolution, Super AMOLED screens Both the 8.4 & 10.5 tablets put out an eye-watering 2560×1600 pixels – WQXGA resolution, no less. This is in turn translates into 360 pixels per inch on the 8.4 and 287 pixels per inch on the 10.5. The internals are noteworthy too, with 3GB of RAM, a storage capacity of 16 GB, an 8 MP rear camera and 2.1 MP front facing camera. These specs may be giving the Apple some serious reasons to worry; even the iPad Air has only 1 GB RAM. With the introduction of these tablets, Android loyalists can finally rejoice for Samsung seems to have produced a worthy rival.
And now for Android users to feel really good about the new kids on the block from Samsung, here is a list of six things that the Galaxy Tab S series can do that iPad’s cant:
- Both of Samsung’s tablets come with a fingerprint sensor, which is embedded in the home button. This means that you can use your fingerprint to verify purchases, rather than typing in a password to make a purchase.
- These tabs boast of a multi window mode. You can therefore open two apps together and run them simultaneously on the screen without interruption.
- These tabs come loaded with a side sync feature. If you own a Galaxy S4, S5 or Note 3 you can control it with your tab and transfer files really easily. If you are in one room working on your tab, you need not bother about running to get your phone from the next room! When your phone rings you can answer the call on your tab.
- The Galaxy Tab S can easily adjust things such as sharpness, contrast and colour depending on what you are doing on it. For instance if you are reading an eBook and then decide to watch a movie, your tab will automatically change the display settings!
- There are a whole bunch of quick setting options on these tabs. You can access these by simply swiping down. Apple does have a similar swiping up option too, but the options offered by Samsung offers are much more.
- These tabs come equipped with a kids mode too. Not only is the user interface much more kid friendly as compared to the previous Samsung products, you can rest easy with lots of additional parental controls.
One can easily argue that there are a lot of other Android tabs out there, but if you are a true blue Samsung loyalist you would know that never before has there been a product that has been manufactured to take on the iPad by then horns! Whether it stands the test of time will depend greatly on Apple’s next iPad. We can only wait and watch!
One thing that sets the Samsung Galaxy S5 that sets it apart from its predecessor is its superior display. Following the official launch of the S5, initial reviews seemed to suggest that the newly launched phone basically had the same display as the Samsung Galaxy S4; the only differentiating feature that it was a little bigger. However, following more detailed tests based on parameters set out by Displaymate, it has now been proved that the S5 sports the king of all smartphone displays!
When it comes to the best performing display, the Korean manufacturer has moved beyond mundane things such as screen size, resolution and pixels per inch. Here’s what differentiates the Samsung Galaxy S5 from the rest of the clan—With its 1920×1080 full resolution in HD and 432 ppi, the Galaxy S5’s resolution is higher than what can be resolved with a normal vision. The display is therefore perfectly sharp and there is literally no going better than this when it comes to visual performance.
Also with the Samsung Galaxy S5, the manufacturer has focussed on things such as screen reflection – the S5 deals with light very well when the ambient light is high, power efficiency of the display, viewing angles and the battery running time. This thinking beyond the mere technical aspect to actually make the viewing experience better for the user is what has worked as a key differentiator for the Samsung S5.
The extra mile
It is clear that Samsung have worked hard on creating a superior screen. The S5 boasts the latest OLED screen technology; and it’s a significant improvement from the OLED display used on the Galaxy Note 3 and the S4, both of which were launched in 2013. The fact that OLEDS have become a prime component of the display segment of the mobile market is now evident and with the S5 – Samsung has proved yet again that it remains ahead of the curve.
The “Adapt Display Mode” of the Samsung Galaxy S5 also deserves a special mention. Through this the mode, adaptive processing is used real time to adjust anything from videos to images. Things such as colour gamut, colour saturation, white point and the likes are automatically taken care of. The other clincher is the high ambience light viewing which does not impact the image in high reflected light.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the only smartphone thus far to have earned the distinction of the best display ever – so if you are thinking of a reason to upgrade, here is a very good one!
Barely had the flagship Samsung Galaxy S5 been unveiled that the Korean electronics manufacturer is once again playing its cards close to its chest! This time it’s about the hybrid variant of the S5 (half camera- half smart phone) – the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom. Just like it did with the launch of the S4, Samsung are allegedly preparing to launch this hybrid zoom variant very soon after the S5 comes to market.
Although there has been no official announcement from Samsung, there are still convenient leaks a-plenty. This time, benchmarking site GFXBench.com seems to have the benchmarks for a phone that is very similar to the Galaxy S5, with a device code of SM-C115. There is enough reason to believe that it is the S5 zoom as not only does the phone have similar specs to the S5, the device code bears a striking resemblance to the Galaxy S4 Zoom’s device code – SM-C1010.
According to GFXBench.com, the features of what is being touted as the successor of the S4 Zoom are pretty cool. Firstly, it comes with a 4.8”, 1280 x 720 HD display. The most obvious and attractive feature is the camera which is 20 MP (5184 x 3888 sensor resolution), a front facing shooter of 2MP, that is capable of video recording at 1080p. The other noteworthy specifications are of the processor; this device houses a Samsung Exynos 5 Hexa processor. It also sports an ARM-Mali T624 graphics card, 2gb of RAM and extra storage capacity. This is indicative of the fact that a memory card slot is likely to be present too. The device will run on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system.
For those who are comparing it with the S4 zoom, the S5 zoom certainly seems to be an improvement. Consider some of the comparables to get a perception of what the S5 Zoom might have on offer. The S4 Zoom has a 16 MP camera with a sensor resolution of 540 x 960. The display is 4.3” and it has 1 GB of RAM, 8GB storage and a micro SD slot. What caught the eye with the S4 Zoom was its impressive 10 x optical zoom – a feature that is expected to be at least replicated in the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom.
However, if Samsung are expecting a commercial success of the Samsung S5 zoom, it may want to work towards shaving off some of the bulk that accompanied the S4 Zoom. Shall we say the S4 Zoom was a somewhat hefty as a point and shoot camera.
Although this is a phone that will not likely to cut much ice with those looking for a lightweight and slim smartphone, it will definitely be a big attraction for the amateur photographer who look for photo ops everywhere and are unable to carry big bulky SLRs all the time. So, those with a passion for photography who also want a cool smartphone, the Samsung S5 Zoom may just offer enough reasons to be excited about!
The eagerly awaited smartphone from the house of Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S5, was finally unveiled at the 2014 Mobile World Congress amid great fanfare and excitement. True to what rumours had suggested, the Galaxy S5 very much conveys the “back-to basics” strategy of the manufacturer loud and clear. To put it simply, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a definite improvement over the Galaxy S4, featuring subtle tweaks and fewer frills.
Small but strong Improvements
The improvements over S4 are rather understated, so if you are expecting big bang changes in this smartphone, you will be disappointed. However, if you want to upgrade to a phone that has a better camera, a faster processor, a more vivid screen and a solid design that feels good in your hands, the Samsung Galaxy S5 delivers all of that and much more.
More “death-proof” than its predecessor
The major addition to the improving spec of the S5 is another confirmation of a previously floated rumour – the S5 is indeed dust and waterproof. The phone will remain completely dry (and remain in full working order) even if it is submerged in water at a depth of 1 metre for up to half an hour – although we wouldn’t try this at home!
The other new major feature of the Galaxy S5 is its fingerprint scanner. Rumours suggested that Samsung was to launch its flagship product with said scanner, but experts were sceptical as there were some suggestions that Samsung had not perfected the technology just yet. But the S5 indeed does come with a fingerprint scanner, which has quite nailed it, but unlike Apple, you still have to press the home button to wake the phone.
Accessorise with the S5
Fitness enthusiasts will also be excited to know that the manufacturer has integrated new fitness technology with the S5. This phone comes with a heart rate sensor on its rear. To take your heart rate, simply press your finger on it to get an accurate pulse reading. Apparently this feature will integrate with apps to give you an indication on how your fitness levels are. The S5 also gives you the facility to track your calories.
Analysts concur that though this will be a great marketing point for the makers, in all honesty it may not be as helpful as it is being touted to be, more of a marketing ploy.
The new features notwithstanding, the other improvement that deserves a mention is Samsung Galaxy S5’s camera. It’s got an autofocus that is superfast and can capture any picture in 0.3 seconds. The other great feature is real time HDR. This is meant to give you a representation of what your picture will come out to be in high dynamic range. It also has a feature called the selective auto focus that will let you alter the focus after the shot has been captured. The result is that you get professional quality pictures.
Priced at $650/AUS$700 around the world, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is certainly an improvement over its predecessor. Sure, there are no big bang changes, but that’s exactly the point – it’s a strong and steady incremental upgrade. True to what rumours had suggested, Samsung has gone back to basics for this one and has come out with a solid phone, stripping it of (most) unnecessary gimmicks. That’s more than enough reason for this phone to be yet another successful Galaxy iteration.
Ever dropped your smartphone down the toilet? Those of us that have know it can be a costly experience. Help may be at hand, however. According to the latest rumour, the Samsung Galaxy S5 could not only be waterproof, but dust proof as well. According to “Korean sources” – (who have seldom been proved wrong) – Samsung is certainly on the path of making the Galaxy S5 2014’s rugged smartphone of choice.
If this rumour turns out to be true, the S5 would be closer in design to some of the other high-end Android-based handsets, such as the Sony’s Xperia Z1S. Incidentally, it is Sony who first launched this kind of ruggedized, high-end smartphone, and it is Samsung will be taking a leaf out of its book.
Why Is Samsung making a change?
News reports and rumours suggest that this strategy of Samsung making the S5 rugged stems from two main reasons. Firstly, the outdoor friendly Galaxy S4 Active has received a response that was far more overwhelming than the manufacturers had expected. This has been a compelling enough reason for them to take another look at the design aspect of the S5, which may not have been the original plan. Analysts further suggest that if this rumour were to be true, Samsung will be able to cast off its image as being a “less than premium” phone; the idea that is sometimes floated by its competitors.
The same rumour source also points towards the possibility of Samsung implementing the fingerprint recognition technology in the Galaxy S5. This means, in order to unlock the Galaxy S5, one would have to swipe the Home button. Those who are familiar with the iPhone would know that Samsung is deliberately trying to keep a subtle difference from the iPhone 5S, where one has to press their finger on the home button in order to unlock the screen. Samsung on its part continues to play its cards too close to their chest and have even gone to the extent of making a statement stating there has never been any “official statement” on their part that confirms they may be using this technology in their latest product offering.
Whatever the case may be, Technology and fans of Samsung across the world are waiting with bated breath as the day for the revelation of the Samsung Galaxy S5 inches closer. It is expected that this brand new phone will be officially revealed at the Samsung “Unpacked 5” event that is to be a part of the Mobile World Congress. This event will be held in Barcelona, Spain on the 24th of February. All rumours and speculations about the Samsung S5 are expected to be put to rest on this very day.