Right then, there’s been little snippets of info leaking out, for months and months, about the possibility that Amazon might be working on their own smartphone. There’s been a whole ton of different rumours about what the phone might be like, how big a screen it will have, and so on.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 is, without a doubt, one of the most hotly-anticipated smartphones ever made. However, while it’s packed with cutting edge features, there’s one feature that we think is a real game-changer…
To put it simply, the most important feature of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the fact that it’s water-resistant.
That may seem like a sweeping claim to make, especially when you look at all the other technology packed into the Samsung Galaxy S5. And in fact, it is indeed true that the Galaxy S5 is perhaps the most advanced smartphone ever made. It comes with all the top-end brilliance you would expect from a flagship device (including a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2Gb of RAM, a 5.1-inch 1080p screen and a fantastic 16MP camera), but on top of that, it also includes a grab bag of features that have never been seen in previous phones, or if they have, only in a handful of phones.
The most obvious new addition to the Galaxy S5 is the fingerprint scanner, similar to the one found in the iPhone 5s. This scanner is also PayPal-certified, so you’ll be able to make purchases, using PayPal, just by placing your thumb on the fingerprint scanner (there are definite shades of every “future sci-fi” movie ever, there, from Blade Runner to Demolition Man).
The other headline-grabbing feature is the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S5 features 4G data access, but that it doesn’t just feature 4G data access; in an example of a feature that has not been seen on any previous phones, the Samsung Galaxy S5 can actually combine its 4G signal and a WiFi signal, splitting the data being downloaded between the two. The end result is truly next-gen data speeds, that will quite possibly leave other smartphones in the dust.
The Galaxy S5 also has the same features that made the Samsung Galaxy S4 so exciting, namely Smart Scroll and Smart Pause, as well as Air Gestures, something that originally came from phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and which has found its way into the Galaxy S-series.
In short, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is an incredibly advanced phone. It is truly cutting edge.
And yet, in spite of all that obviously amazing technology and innovation, we find ourselves coming back to the fact that the phone is water-resistant. The reason behind that is simple: water-resistance is one of the things that seems destined to eventually feature in every future smartphone made, by every manufacturer (well, Android manufacturers, at least; Apple tend to forge their own path in these instances).
A lot of people firmly believe that day cannot come soon enough! All this innovation is good (and we would never suggest that manufacturers should stop innovating), and it makes using our smartphones fun, but you’ll find that each of these new features might only benefit smaller groups of people.
On the other hand, the idea of water-resistant smartphones is one that benefits absolutely everyone. With the Galaxy S5 joining the gorgeous Sony Xperia Z2 in the pantheon of water-resistant phones, we can only hope that this trend continues, and then one day, maybe all phones will be like this…
Modern smartphones are brilliant, aren’t they? They’re uber-powerful, they look gorgeous, and with 4G data, they’re now ridiculously fast online as well. Of course, none of that matters when it comes to charging them up, because that part still takes ages. However, what if I told you there was a way to charge your smartphone in just 30 seconds?
Like clockwork, the year after the release of their best flagship phone ever, Samsung goes ahead and releases another flagship that’s even better than last year’s flagship (which is thus toppled from its flagship-perch), and that has a name one number higher. We should be used to it by now, ‘cos it happens every year, and the end results are always brilliant. And now it’s the turn of the new Samsung Galaxy S5, so it’s time to see how good this phone really is… Continue reading
Well folks, here we go. This beastie has been rumoured for months, and after seeing just about every detail of the phone in a leaked stylee, the HTC One M8 has finally gone official, so at long last, we can take a look at what this new superphone is really like. Not that I’m excited or anything, obviously. It’s just that there’s one bit of this phone that goes beyond mere tech specs, ‘cos it’s made of magic and pixie dust. More on that in a sec, but let’s start with… Continue reading
I tell ye, you can’t move for news about 4G, these days. Well, alright, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s something that’s slipping more and more into the public consciousness, which is kinda cool except that not everyone actually knows what it is. But then, it took ages for anyone to explain in simple terms what 3G was, when it first arrived (3G was fast data access, simples), so it’s hardly surprising that the exact same thing has happened this time, too.
And so, I reckon it’s about time I did a a nice, handy-dandy guide to 4G, to explain what it is, what you can use it for, and how you actually get hold of it to use. Let’s do this, shall we…? Continue reading
Right then, you all know how I love Android, ‘cos I’ve mentioned that very fact around, ooh, eleven thousand times. It’s brilliant, it really is, but what it’s not been brilliant at, up till now, is powering wearable devices. There’s a good reason for that; Android is designed to power big screens like you’ll find on the upcoming Sony Xperia Z2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Stick it on a watch, with a diddy screen that’s too small for you to poke accurately, and it’s just not a good experience at all.
But what if there was a version of Android designed to run on smartwatches and other wearable devices? Well now there is, its name is Android Wear, and it may in fact be the thing that takes smartwatches into the mainstream. Allow me to explain… Continue reading
Y’know, I rather like Angry Birds, and at the same time, I like big epic RPGs (that’s roleplaying games, not rocket-propelled grenades, obviously) like Skyrim, but what would happen if the two were combined? Well, as it happens, we’re soon going to find out, because Angry Birds Epic is on the way…
Hmm, a new game starring everyone’s favourite stroppy avians, and it doesn’t involve flinging them at things? How very intriguing! So, what’s the crack? Continue reading
Well, there we go, folks; another year, another Mobile World Congress, although I’m rather pleased to say that this year’s MWC has been a lot more exciting than last year’s complete and total anti-climax of a wash-out! After all the big manufacturers stayed away last year, they’ve come crawling back again (other than Apple, who never show up, and HTC, who’ve decided not to show off their new flagship phone yet), so that we actually saw some big name phones getting announced!
Oh, and there were also a couple of surprises. Quite big surprises, really, as you’ll see throughout the rest of this post. You’ll be able to tell the surprised bits, ‘cos my text will look surprised. So, what new stuff did we get to see this year? Continue reading
Given how excited I get when certain phones are talked about (the Sony Xperia Z1 is a classic example), you can take it as read that I love smartphones. However, there’s something else I love, and that I have in fact loved for thirty solid years. That something else, as I’m sure you can tell from my avatar (‘cos it’s Ultra Magnus), is Transformers, and I’ve been a fan of the franchise since the very first moment it was unveiled to the world, back in 1984. Well, other than the bits made by Michael Bay, obviously.
And now, in the franchise’s 30th year, it’s beginning to look like the two worlds may come together, ‘cos we may very well be about to see an Angry Birds Transformers game… Continue reading