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BARCELONA---Unless you were
dead-set on a metal design and
futuristic features, then Samsung s
Galaxy S5 is a worthy successor in
the evolving Galaxy S line.
When and where does it go on
Samsung will sell the Galaxy S5
on April 11 in over 150 countries.
Samsung s US PR outfit said it will
come to these carriers: AT&T, Sprint,
T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless,
MetroPCS, and US Cellular. You ll
also be able to pick it up at these
retail stores: Best Buy, Amazon, Cost-
co, RadioShack, Sam s Club, Target,
How much will it cost?
Individual carriers and stores will
announce pricing on their own, but
look for the handset to cost the same
amount as the Galaxy S4 did last
year. In the US, this should be about
US$200 with a carrier contract and
around US$600 to US$700 unlocked.
Why isn t it made of metal?
Rumours that the Galaxy S5 would
be made of metal, or that there would
be a metal variant, picked up steam
in the run-up to the big unveiling.
So you may be a bit disappointed to
learn that the GS5 s body is all plastic.
In the past, Samsung has used rea-
sons of durability, weight, and price
to defend its decision.
What's up with the fingerprint
The Galaxy S5 s fingerprint scanner
is an optional biometric measure you
can use to unlock your phone, and
also to pay for services through Pay-
Pal. You can log up to three finger-
The swipe zone sits above the
phone s home button, and you pull
straight down to unlock the phone,
which I found easiest to do with my
index finger. For even more, check
out the photos, video, and extra
Why did Samsung add a
We ve seen Samsung update its S
Health app, release various fitness
bands, and integrate a heart-rate
monitor in to the Samsung Gear 2
smartwatch and Gear Fit band.
They re clearly banking on the grow-
ing convergence of personal health
and personal technology.
A clever little sensor on the back
of the phone is what logs your vitals,
which you can track over time. Sam-
sung isn t trying to replace medical
equipment, so the feature is more of
a niche one. It doesn t get in the way,
and it may give the company a slight
competitive advantage over fitness
buffs, though I d think the market
for fitness bands and other small
wearables is where they ll make the
most impact there. (Read more about
the heart-rate monitor here.)
Why did Samsung make it
water- and dust-resistant?
Waterproofing the Galaxy S5 was
a bit of a no-brainer, really. The
Galaxy S4 Active variant proved that
Samsung could make a phone like
this, which only raised the question:
why not just implement this in the
first place? And so Samsung did.
So what does water-resistant
Military spec IP67 means that the
phone is rated to stay underwater
for up to 30 minutes at a depth of
one metre, or about three feet. You d
better make sure your important
ports are sealed, too. Some phones
can spend more time under the sur-
face without damage, but the stan-
dards are there as legal protections
and guidelines. (Here s a cool little
tidbit on the future of device water-
proofing, by the way, with a neat
little demo to go with it.)
Does it have wireless charging
There s no wireless charging inte-
grated into the phone, but you can
buy an accessory.
Is there anything new
to the interface?
Yes! Some details are more subtle
than others, but Samsung has sprin-
kled refreshed bits of its TouchWiz
interface throughout. You ll notice
this most in the camera app, the
notifications tray, and the Settings
The virtual keyboard also gets a
tweak, and there s some good-looking
new wallpaper. You ll also notice that
Samsung renamed an app or two,
and pulled the Samsung Hub com-
pletely. I m largely a fan of these
Is the Samsung Hub
gone for good?
Yes and no. It won t come pre-
loaded on the phone, but you can
still download plenty of Samsung
apps yourself. The company said it s
making a concerted effort to reduce
bloatware right out of the gate, so
removing the Hub as a preinstallation
is a small concession to balance out
all of the other space-hungry features
that Samsung includes as part of the
S5 s ouvre.
Samsung Galaxy S5 (Credit: Sarah
Is the camera really as
fast as Samsung claims?
Samsung claims that the Galaxy
S5 performs feats of autofocus in
0.3-second. I didn t notice much lag
with autofocus, but I can t say that
I was cognisant of lightning-fast per-
formance when I tested the camera.
It just didn t stand out for me. This
is a feature I ll definitely revisit when
my review unit comes in.
What does the Ultra
Power Saving Mode do?
Samsung claims that its new Ultra
Power Saving Mode can keep the
phone running 24 hours on ten per
cent battery. That s a huge claim,
and one I ll have to test over the
course of a couple days when the
device comes in.
A software feature, this works by
changing the display color to
grayscale, limiting the processor, cut-
ting off GPS, turning off Wi-Fi when
the screen goes dark, and putting
the kibosh on most of your extra-
neous apps. (cnet.com)
Samsung Galaxy S5 a worthy successor
A German court has thrown out a legal
claim that sought to extract 1.57 billion
euros (£1.3 billion) in damages from
The case was filed by German company
IPCom which claimed Apple used its tech-
nology without permission.
IPCom said Apple was using a system
for which it owned a patent to let phones
make emergency calls when mobile net-
works were overloaded.
The same court has also dismissed a
similar case brought by IPCom against
Patent lawyer Florian Mueller said the
decision by the court in Mannheim, Ger-
many was "without a doubt, a setback for
IPCom s enforcement efforts".
IPCom is a patent licensing firm that
has acquired the rights to about 1,200
patents that are linked with mobile phones
It has sought to get payments for its
patents from many tech firms but so far
only Deutsche Telekom is believed to have
licensed some of its technologies.
Most other firms have preferred to con-
test IPCom s claims in court or by asking
the European Patent Office to review the
technologies detailed in IPCom s patents.
IPCom is expected to appeal against the
German court dismisses IPCom patent claim against Apple
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