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Samsung Galaxy S5 camera: out of the box basics

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Similar to what we did with the HTC One (M8), we are going to offer an out-of-the-box look at the Galaxy S5 camera setup. This includes a tour of the camera interface and some of the available options and settings. But while the different modes and settings can be helpful — we feel there are plenty of users that simply take pictures and record video with little thought in regards to the settings.

So with that, we are also including some sample images and videos. These were taken with no setting adjustments, and most important, no editing after the fact. Up first is the tour of the camera interface.

One thing we like on the Galaxy S5 camera is the two button setup. Unlike other camera apps, the Galaxy S5 doesn’t require you to switch modes for still images and video. Instead, as you’ll notice in the screenshot below, you just tap the appropriate button.

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Otherwise, the button in the upper left is where you can switch between the front- and rear-facing camera. When switching to the front you will be taken to Beauty face, which brings the promise of “flawless portrait pictures.”

The button just below (staying on the left side) is for Selective Focus. This will allow you to make objects stand out from the background. Samsung mentions how these must be 1.5 feet from you. They also need to be at least 3 times the distance from the background. Simply put, this will allow you to bring better focus to the object in the front.

Next in line going down is to turn HDR on and off. By default this comes turned off. Last, in the lower left is the main settings page. This brings a wide variety of settings, which can all be seen below.

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There doesn’t seem to be as many camera mode options as we have seen in the past. The basics, and some others are included. Out of the box you get the following options; Auto, Beauty face, Shot & more, Panorama, Virtual tour and Dual camera.

Shot & more is an interesting mode. This allows you to create different effects using burst captures.

The final option here is Download, which brings four additions; Surround shot, Animated Photo, Sports shot and Sound & shot. The image you see below is the ‘store’ where the additional camera modes can be found.

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Images

This is just a random collection of images. Some were inside, some were outside and naturally, some were taken with better lighting. Most important here, these are just random quickly snapped pictures with no editing after the fact.

Some are better than others, and there were a few times when movement with the subject caused terrible blurring, but overall the camera seems to perform well.

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Video

Similar to the images, the video was shot and uploaded with no editing or real thought in terms of quality. The video is just a quick walk through the house and yard in an attempt at seeing how well it handles movement (me holding the phone while walking). You can also see how the Galaxy S5 video handles adjustments to light, and how well the microphone picks up a nearby voice.

The video is as you would expect given a walking tour — with a bit of shake. But the camera does seem to adjust to lighting well, and also focus in quickly when you stop. Another positive is the microphone, which seems to pick up a voice fairly clearly.

Make sure to keep an eye on the Samsung Galaxy S5 tag here on Android Community for future coverage.

Android 4.4 now available for AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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AT&T announced today that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active will be their next device to receive Android 4.4. The device launched last summer at Android 4.2.2, before it received an update to 4.3 in January. The 4.4 KitKat update brings all of the regular UI, system, and app enhancements.

If you haven’t already received a notification to download the update, head to the Settings icon in the apps menu > Select the More Tab > Tap About Device > Select Software Update > Select Check for Updates and follow on screen instructions.

Source: AT&T Blog

 

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Verizon Galaxy S5 first look

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We’ve spent a bit of time with the Samsung Galaxy S5 already. We had some time during Mobile World Congress, and more recently with an AT&T version. Now we have a Verizon unit in for review and we wanted to offer a quick look.

As you’ll see from the images, we have the white model. The bezel on the front has a series of small dots, which sort of match the dotted pattern on the back of the handset. As for branding — you have the Samsung logo on the upper front, with a Verizon 4G LTE and Galaxy S5 logo on the back.

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The above image and below gallery offer a tour around the device. Nothing unexpected here, and as we’ve mentioned before — we like the overall look and feel of the Galaxy S5. The metal trim around the handset does look good, and feel solid, but the back is a bit on the slippery side.

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This next bit isn’t specific to the Verizon model, however it is a point we haven’t mentioned. The charging port (located on the bottom) has a trap door to protect it against water. Remember the Galaxy S5 has an IP67 rating. Samsung offers a popup warning to remind you to close the cover.

“Check Charging Cover. To protect your phone against water damage, firmly seal the charging cover whenever you are not using the USB/charging port.”

Needless to say, the warning does go away within a few seconds, and you also have the option to check the “do not show again” box. Ultimately though — remember the Galaxy S5 is water-resistant — provided that cover is firmly closed.

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As with any carrier branded device you can expect to find some pre-installed apps. The Verizon Galaxy S5 has the usual suspects including some Amazon apps as well as others such as NFL Mobile and Slacker Radio. Naturally there are also the Verizon apps. And while not everyone will find value in each of these apps, some such as the My Verizon Mobile app are especially nice. We like the ability to easily monitor our data use with the included widget.

The image gallery below shows the stock homescreen setup as well as the apps that can be found in the drawer at first boot.

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One piece specific to the Verizon model is the connectivity. This also happens to be one of the reasons we like Verizon — fast speeds. As you you can see, our LTE connection came close to hitting 50Mbps at 4:30 in the afternoon. That bit by itself sounds sounds good, but it looks even better when we see 64.12Mbsp coming from our “up to” 75Mbps FiOS connection. We can only wish all Verizon Wireless users clocked in at around 50Mbps.

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Last up for this quick look are the benchmarks. We realize these aren’t needed by everyone, but on the flip side, there are some that like to see the numbers. In this case we followed our previous pattern and ran tests with AnTuTu, Quadrant and Geekbench 3. The screenshots with scores can be seen below.

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Anyway, you can expect plenty more Galaxy S5 coverage in the coming weeks. Not to mention, more on the HTC One (M8). With that, we will leave you with a few more images of the Verizon Galaxy S5.

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Samsung clarifies 20 devices that are compatible with new Gear devices

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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If you want a Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, or Gear Fit, you might not need to upgrade your smartphone for it. Samsung has clarified 20 devices that are compatible with their new Gear line, and although the list is mostly newer phones and tablets, a few older models made the cut, like the Galaxy S III and Note 2.

There will be 12 compatible smartphones with the Gear line:

  • Galaxy S5
  • Galaxy Note 3 Neo
  • Galaxy Note 3
  • Galaxy Note II
  • Galaxy Grand 2
  • Galaxy S4
  • Galaxy S4 mini
  • Galaxy S4 Active
  • Galaxy S4 Zoom
  • Galaxy S3
  • Galaxy Mega 5.8
  • Galaxy Mega 6.3

If you own any of Samsung’s higher end devices released in the past year or so, you should be fine. Going forward, most high end devices from Samsung will likely sport Gear 2 compatibility, too.

If you don’t want to use a phone with the Gear, you’ve also got a few options when it comes to Samsung tablets.

  • Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
  • Galaxy Tab 4 8.0
  • Galaxy Tab 4 7.0
  • Galaxy TabPRO 12.2
  • Galaxy TabPRO 10.1
  • Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
  • Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

Again, you’re basically going to have to have a brand new or high end tablet for compatibility. The Galaxy Tab 3 didn’t make the cut, and neither did the original Galaxy Note 10.1. Although, I’m not sure how many people buy a smartwatch to pair with their tablet, so this might not be such a big deal.

If you’re planning on buying a Gear 2 or Gear Fit, what device are you pairing it with?

source: Samsung Tomorrow

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Samsung bringing Tizen phones, Android Wear smartwatch in 2014

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Tizen, the proprietary OS from Samsung, is coming to the smartphone realm. After being rumored for release for years, Samsung finally put Tizen on their Gear wearables this year. Now it seems they want to up the ante, and bring it to a flagship device. They’re also going the opposite route, and will be making an Android Wear device to compliment their Tizen offerings.


Samsung tells Reuters the flagship device will launch by the second half of this year, so likely before July. They will also bring a mid-range device to compliment it, but don’t intend to launch that one until the end of 2014. As for where they will launch, Samsung coyly admitted they’d only launch in a place they felt the OS would do well.

Samsung will also be launching an Android Wear smartwatch this year, but have no plans to ditch Tizen. Their new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches both utilize Tizen, with their ho-hum Galaxy Gear from 2013 utilizing Android. Android Wear promises more for wearables than the Galaxy Gear could deliver on with stock Android, but just how OEMs will take advantage remains to be seen.

Samsung also hinted at a “new form factor” for their upcoming Galaxy Note refresh, but didn’t offer details on what that meant. The duopoly of wearable OSs should be interesting — we can now accurately compare the two. For more on the latest from Samsung, be sure to check out our Samsung portal.

Via: Unwired View

Samsung Wants Gear Watches to Work With Other Android Devices

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off
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In a recent article posted on Reuters, a Samsung executive covered many different subjects; including its Gear line of smartwatches, an upcoming Galaxy Note device, and also about how the Galaxy S5 will dominate the Galaxy S4 in regards to sales.

What caught our attention was a mention of the Gear smartwatch lineup, and Samsung’s reported wanting of its compatibility with smartphones from all of the different Android manufacturers, not just its own devices. 

As of right now, Samsung only allows Gear watches to be connected to Samsung smartphones, namely the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, and a handful of others that are Bluetooth 4.0 capable.

In the future, it looks like Samsung wants to open up compatibility, meaning that regardless of who makes your phone (as long as it features the right hardware/software combo for connectivity), then a Gear smartwatch will be connectible. No additional details on which smartwatch or if any of its current offerings will be compatible in the future, but this is actually a huge step for Samsung in breaking down its own walls to other OEMs.

There is no doubt that sales of Samsung’s smartwatches could see an uptick if they were compatible with a larger number of devices. The hardware is sweet, the software is extensive, and the majority of the buying public probably trusts a name like Samsung.

If the Gear 2 or Gear Neo were made available for your current device, would you buy one? As for me, I would certainly consider it.

Via: Reuters

Samsung Wants Gear Watches to Work With Other Android Devices is a post from: Droid Life

Samsung Executive Expects Galaxy S5 to Sell “Much Better” Than S4, Says Tizen Phones Coming Soon


The Samsung Galaxy S5 has only been on sale a single weekend, but Samsung executives are already looking toward the future. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, spoke to Reuters about the GS5′s likely sales performance and the near-future debut of Tizen smartphones.

Yoon expects sales of the Galaxy S5 to be “much better” than the Galaxy S4, predicting Samsung will sell “significantly” more than 10 million units within the first month of availability. The S5 launched in double the number of countries as the S4, and circumstantial evidence from phone retailers Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u is already supporting Yoon’s claim – both businesses reported record sales over the weekend.

Looking ahead, Yoon said Samsung was working to introduce at least two smartphones running Tizen later this year. One, a high-end model, is projected for release sometime during Q2, while a cheaper handset aimed at developing countries would launch after. Yoon reaffirmed that, despite Samsung’s commitment to Tizen, the company considered Google a strong partner and that Android “still needs to be [Samsung's] main business.”

We know a few of you added to these sales numbers, so let us know if you are still content with your purchase below in the comments.

Update: Yoon also said Samsung intends to launch a Galaxy Note with a new “form factor,” but didn’t elaborate. Let the speculation commence!

Via: Reuters

Samsung Executive Expects Galaxy S5 to Sell “Much Better” Than S4, Says Tizen Phones Coming Soon is a post from: Droid Life

Samsung releases new colorful ads for latest devices

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Going in a new direction, Samsung has released a video that combines five spots they have started to run in a few markets around the world for their new Galaxy devices. The ads are a definite departure from some of their previous efforts like their “Next Big Thing” series, relying on animations that pop with color. Two of the ads center on the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit and how they work together to both help users get through their daily activities and stay connected. The other three ads focus on the Galaxy S 5 and some of the new features Samsung brought to market with their latest flagship device, like the fingerprint scanner, water resistance, and the fast focus camera app.

Hit the break to check out the video and let us know what you think about this new marketing direction for Samsung.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

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Evolution, not revolution, has been the order of the day as far as the latest crop of flagships from Samsung, Sony, and HTC are concerned. You do get the obligatory specifications bump and an upgraded software experience. But especially when it comes to the design language, refined is the best way to describe the HTC One (M8), Sony Xperia Z2, and Samsung Galaxy S5. We’ve already taken a look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8), and now it’s time to pit the Samsung flagship against the latest high-end offering from Sony.

Sony has come a long way from just a couple of years ago, continuing to add to and refine what was a fantastic starting point with the Xperia Z. Samsung on the other hand, has been following its tried and tested policy for years now, albeit with enough new and somewhat intriguing elements to keep things interesting and capture the imagination of consumers.

Either way, we have two amazing smartphones on our hands, and I’m sure you’re curious to see how they compare. Here’s the Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy S5!

Design

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When it comes to the design, not much has changed with either smartphone as far as design esthetics are concerned, with many of the elements you may be familiar with from previous iterations making a return. As was the case with the comparison of their predecessors, the debate opposing Samsung’s plastic build and Sony’s tempered glass comes up once again.

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With the Samsung Galaxy S5, you get the slightly rounded corners around what is overall a pretty flat profile, and is a design language that will feel all too familiar, which is either a good thing, or too played out, depending on your point of view. The same button layout appears on the front, with a physical home button flanked by two capacitive keys. There are a couple of major changes when it comes to these buttons though — the menu key of old was replaced by a recent apps capacitive key, and the home button now feature an integrated fingerprint scanner.

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The Sony Xperia Z2 features the same angular design that was found with the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z before it. Once again, a lot of the design language remains the same, including the iconic large silver power button on the side, atop the volume rocker, along with a dedicated camera button further below that, placed perfectly to easily snap pictures if you’re holding the phone in the landscape orientation.

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The aluminium frame and the tempered glass on the front and back, give the Xperia Z2 a classy, elegant look. With the Samsung Galaxy S5 on the other hand, the company has moved on from glossy plastic, in favour of a soft touch finish resembling the finish of the Nexus 7 (2012). This design feature has been received with mixed reactions; some find it a step back from the look and feel of the faux leather back first introduced with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

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Another addition to the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a plastic flap that covers the microUSB port, along with a back cover that snaps in a lot more securely, both necessary requirements for the phone’s resistance to water (IP67), a first for the Galaxy S line. The Xperia Z2 is, of course, dust and water resistant as well, a standard feature of the high-end Xperia line since the Sony Xperia Z. As such, the Z2 comes with protective covers for the microUSB port, SIM slot, and microSD slot.

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The Sony Xperia Z2 is definitely larger than the Galaxy S5 overall, in part due to the fact that it features a display that’s 0.1 inches bigger. Also, while the bezels of the Sony flagship have been shrunk down compared to the Xperia Z1, there is still quite a significant border at the top and bottom of the display. This difference in size does result in a slight difference in the ease of one-handed use. The Xperia Z2 definitely requires more of a stretch when it comes to reaching across the device, while the Samsung Galaxy S5 retains the in-hand experience that was found with the Galaxy S4 for the most part, and is still quite comfortable to use with one hand. Because of the build material, the Sony Xperia Z2 is also comparatively heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Overall, if you liked the design and handling of the previous versions of these two smartphones, you’re definitely going to like what you get this time around. You get the battle of glass versus plastic, with both phones featuring highly distinctive designs and good build quality. Which one is better for you will depend on your tastes.

Display

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When it comes to the display, you do get a slight bump in size for both of these smartphones, with a 0.1-inch increase for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and a 0.2-inch change in the Xperia Z2, but either way, you get two great quality displays.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch display with a 1080p resolution (432 ppi) and gives you everything you’d expect from a high-quality Samsung display. Crispness, colour vibrancy, contrast, and brightness are all there, and as expected, the saturation is so high that colours seem to pop. This display really lets the bright and colourful TouchWiz UI shine through, and the viewing angles are fantastic as well, with practically no loss in clarity even at steep angles.

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The Sony Xperia Z2 also features a 1080p display, at a slightly larger 5.2-inch size, resulting in a pixel density of 424 ppi. There were quite a few issues with the display of the Xperia Z1, and in order to fix that, Sony introduced Live Colour LED technology alongside the Triluminos and X-Reality engine. Basically what this means is that extra colours have been added to the LED matrix, resulting in a display with an even wider colour gamut. Colours that were once slightly washed out are now incredibly vivid, and the viewing angles are much better as well, which was a prominent issue with both the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z.

The Sony Xperia Z2 shows a massive improvement over previous iterations of the flagship device, however Samsung’s faith in the Super AMOLED technology is upheld by another fantastic display in the Galaxy S5. Even if size is your biggest selling point, a difference of 0.1-inch isn’t that much anyway, so it is a bit of a toss up here, as you might get a better saturation of colours on the Galaxy S5, but the display of the Xperia Z2 is no slouch either.

Performance

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When it comes to performance, we get what’s pretty much expected from either of these smartphones, or any current flagship device for that matter. Both devices feature the best processing package currently available. The quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor is clocked at 2.5 GHz in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S5, compared to the 2.3 GHz of the Xperia Z2, with the Adreno 330 GPU ably supporting both. You do get 3 GB of RAM with the Xperia Z2 though, while the Galaxy S5 packs 2 gigs of RAM, but both will handle all your multi-tasking requirements very easily.

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In the case of the Sony Xperia Z2, great performance is helped along by the minimalist Xperia UI, that confirms the principle that, when you keep it simple, you keep it fast. On the other hand, Samsung has received a lot of flak about the TouchWiz UI having a lot of stutter and lag, but that’s almost never to be seen with the Galaxy S5, with the optimized OS playing its part in providing a great user experience.

Performance is smooth and snappy with no real issues, and both smartphones should be able to comfortably handle anything you throw at them.

Hardware

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When it comes to hardware, the Galaxy S5 has to be mentioned first, as Samsung has once again managed to pack its flagship with every piece of hardware you can think of, ranging from the expected, such as a microSD card slot, NFC support, and IR blaster, to a few new additions that include the finger scanner up front, and the heart rate monitor on the back.

Of course, the Sony Xperia Z2 isn’t actually lacking, unless the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor are must-haves for you. Like the S5, Sony’s phone packs a microSD slot and NFC support. Both devices feature support for the recently-released 128 GB microSD cards, so you shouldn’t have any trouble with memory.

You get the full range of connectivity options with both smartphones, but the Sony Xperia Z2 will probably be available only from T-Mobile in the US, if past releases are an indication.

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When it comes to the speakers, Sony has changed things up by introducing front-facing ones in the Xperia Z2. The quality may not be as good as we would’ve hoped, but they are still leaps and bounds better than the rather weak rear speaker of the Galaxy S5. And, because they are front facing, the experience is that much better on the Xperia.

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You get a larger 3,200 mAh battery with the Sony Xperia Z2, compared to the 2,800 mAh unit found in the Galaxy S5. In both cases, battery performance and longevity were on par, allowing me to get a lot of work and play done over the duration of a busy day. Battery life is certainly helped by the robust power saving modes available with both smartphones, and if you do end up using these options, getting more than a full day of battery life is definitely possible. The edge has to be given to the Samsung Galaxy S5 though, as the battery is removable, which gives you the option to carry around a spare in case you’re worried about running out of power.

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The good news with both smartphones is that they are able to take a dunk, which should help improve their lifespan. Galaxy S5 comes with an IP67 rating, which indicates complete protection from dust, and the ability to immerse the phone in up to 1 meter of water for as long as 30 minutes. The Sony Xperia Z2 on the other hand, comes with an IP58 rating, which means limited protection from dust with no harmful deposits, along with the ability to immerse the phone under a depth of over 1 meter and under pressure, without a negative effect on functionality or performance.

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 does offer a little more in terms of hardware with the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner and a heart rate monitor, but the usage of both may be quite limited at the moment for most users out there. So while they may prove useful to some, we wouldn’t call them selling points for the Galaxy S5.

Camera

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Samsung introduced some new technology on its rear camera, while Sony brought back the camera from the Xperia Z1, but with some enhancements and a refined app.

One of the biggest additions to the Galaxy S5 is the new 16MP ISOCELL sensor, which features a new technology that isolates each pixel from neighbouring ones for higher quality photos. Backing up great hardware is a software application that is packed with features, as is a norm with Samsung devices. But this time around, you do get a couple of practical ones such as Live HDR and Selective Focus. Even if the Selective Focus is a little hit and miss at times, it’s still pretty fun to use, and allows you to get some style out of your photos.

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Photos have good detail, and they do retain their sharpness even after zooming in, though this is not true in every case. Nonetheless, the colour reproduction is great, and even in low light, if you have the stabilizer on, you do get some good captures. Of course, you get a higher level of grain in low light conditions, but that is something that’s to be expected from current smartphone cameras.

The Sony Xperia Z2 features the same 20.7 MP camera of the Z1, with some improvements across the board. When it comes to the app, it includes a few more features this time around, with Timeshift video, 4K video, augmented reality apps, and its own selective focus mode, along with Superior Auto, which does a really good job of selecting the right settings for each scene.

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The picture quality has also improved, and is without any of the smudginess and dark areas that you would have got with the Xperia Z1. That being said, the level of grain is still pretty high, especially when you’re using the 20.7 MP size for the photo, but it does capture colours really well. It’s a bit of a downer that there are almost no options when using the camera at its highest 20.7 MP capacity, and ultimately, if you want to get the best pictures possible, you have to limit yourself to the 8 MP modes. Granted, when you do use the 8 MP modes, it opens up a world of possibilities, and the images you get are actually very good, but not being able to use the camera at its highest capacity is still a little disappointing.

These two cameras probably represent the best cameras that are available on the flagships that are available today. With both cameras, you’ll get some great shots, not only for posting on social media, but also if you’d like to take your photography skills a little further by tweaking and playing around with the settings. The 16 MP ISOCELL camera of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a great performer, and Sony has already had one iteration to get the 20.7 MP G Lens camera right, continuing to improve it in the Xperia Z2.

Software

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Finally making it over to software, it’s obvious there are two very different philosophies at work here.

Sony believes in keeping things simple and elegant, as is evident from the user interface, which might be a little brighter than previous versions, but still retains its simplicity. The only noticeable additions being Sony apps such as Walkman or the Gallery Album app, along with the Small Apps, which are accessible from the recent apps screen.

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When it comes to the general esthetic of the Xperia UI, it’s pretty monochromatic, with darker tones overall that suit well the Xperia Z2′s display. You get the general motif of the stock Android experience, without losing the quintessential Sony style.

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Samsung, on the other hand, went in the opposite direction, adding more new elements to the bright, colourful, almost cartoonish TouchWiz. Toggles in the notification drop down and Settings menu now feature a circular motif, and are much easier to use now. The biggest addition is My Magazine, a second screen that works as a news and social media aggregator, but eventually ends up feeling like an extra, unnecessary step between you and Flipboard, and doesn’t even work quite as well as the already powerful Flipboard app.

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Samsung packed the Galaxy S5 with software features galore, with many previous features such as MultiWindow, numerous gestures, and more returning, along with a few useful additions such as Toolbox, the Download Booster that does work really well, and an updated S Health app to take advantage of the Heart Rate Monitor.

Ultimately, we get an optimized version of the TouchWiz UI, which definitely feels like the fastest version of the OS to date. While the small esthetic changes do make the interface feel a little fresh, it’s only a matter of time before that freshness wears off, leaving you with a interface that will probably feel too familiar for its own good.

Specs Comparison
 
Sony Xperia Z2
Samsung Galaxy S5
Display 5.2-inch IPS LCD Full HD (1920 x 1080), 424 ppi 5.1-inch Super AMOLED, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 432 ppi
Processor 2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Adreno 330 2.5 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Adreno 330 or 2.1Ghz Octa-core Exynos (depending on market), unspecified GPU in Exynos SoC
RAM 3 GB 2 GB
Cameras 20.7 MP Exmor RS rear camera, 2.2MP from camera 16 MP ISOCELL rear camera LED flash, 2.1 MP front
Battery 3,200 mAh 2,800 mAh
Storage 16 GB, expandable 16/32 GB, expandable
Networks 3G, 4G LTE 3G, LTE Cat. 3 2X2 MIMO
Connectivity GPS, GLONASS, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC GPS, GLONASS, microUSB 3.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC
Software Android 4.4 Kitkat Android 4.4 Kitkat
Dimensions 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm, 163 grams 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm,
145 grams
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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available from all major carriers under two year contracts, typically for $199. The Sony Xperia Z2 is yet to make its way to the US, but when it does, it will most likely launch with T-Mobile, as has been the case with previous iterations.

And so, there you have it, the Sony Xperia Z2 vs. the Samsung Galaxy S5. Ultimately, they are both fantastic smartphones, and it all comes down to how you prefer to use your smartphone. With the Samsung Galaxy S5, you get the feature-filled TouchWiz, with its functional, though not very elegant way of doing things. On the other hand, the Xperia Z2 has a more minimalistic, stock-like feel to it, but does come with the unique Sony style and features. It’s all about what tools and features will help you better, and choosing between these two devices really comes down to your specific needs.








An Android Wear smartwatch might be in Samsung’s future

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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With Samsung all in with Tizen and their Gear line of watches, I wondered if they would offer a watch based on Android Wear. Well hidden deep in a Reuters article about the success of the Galaxy S 5 was a little tidbit worth noting.

Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team said that Samsung plans to introduce an Android-based smartwatch later this year. Android Wear wasn’t mentioned specifically, but what else could it be other than a forked version of it? Will they drop Tizen? Probably not since they plan on introducing Tizen phones later this year.

Yoon also said that they would like their Gear smartwatches to be compatible with all Android phones, but they keep saying that. Just make it happen already.

source: Reuters

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