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  1. TennisAddiction

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    So, admittedly I'm a gadget geek. I'm wondering if anyone else was following the reveal of the Galaxy S5. Have to say I'm a bit underwhelmed by it. Anyone either super stoked about it or disappointed in it?
     
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    their new gear fit band looks pretty damn cool..
     
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  3. TennisAddiction

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    I'm still torn on that... I love the look of the original galaxy gear. Not sure how I feel about the long rectangular look of it.
     
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    seriously.......its insane how much waste is being created with upgrading to the latest phone. its not that much different. just use what you have man
     
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    Seems great. They seem to have stripped away the crap and improved everything else. The waterproofing up to 1m is a nice addition. The problem is not the S5, its that smartphone technology is plateauing. TR's take on the S5: http://www.techradar.com/reviews/phones/mobile-phones/samsung-galaxy-s5-1226990/review

    I still suspect the HTC One2 will be the best smartphone out there though.
     
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    Looks good to me, the speed, the size and the battery life.

    My contract on my S3 is coming up so i'll probably go for it.
     
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    Probably not worth it if you already have a phone launched within the past year or two, but beyond that, it may be worthwhile to use a subsidized upgrade depending on how you use your phone. It's not the next big thing and it's missing several of the features it was rumored to boast.
     
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    Trying to get pumped for an i6 and I am still loving the i5. So unless they add the flex screen or something mindblowing I dont see the need to upgrade yet.
     
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    I'm hoping the camera on the new HTC Onewill be improved. The original HTC One was such a smooth phone. Would love to see improved battery life and a better camera and I think it'll be awesome.
     
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    I left the iPhone primarily due to screen size (widgets are a nice bonus too). If the i6 has a larger screen option (5" +/-.25"), I may jump back to iOS in a year or two. I couldn't care less if the screen was flexible - at least as of current technology, which is little more than a gimmick.
     
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    I would disagree as shattered screens are a common cell phone issue. I believe you will see this addressed with the newer glass and curved phone shapes.

    They are making a bigger iPhone too. I love the small size and hope they keep that as well. I think they are extending the viewing window on the smaller phones, but that is just a rumor.
     
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    I think it would be wise of Apple to offer a larger screen, but keep the current screen size/form factor as well as to not alienate those entrenched and unwilling to adapt to the change.

    Good point about the flexibility of the screen helping protect it from drops. As long as they can keep resolution quality at current levels or better, it can't hurt. I was thinking more about the gimmickry of the LG Flex.
     
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    K, thanks bye troll!
     
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    I think the curved display thing is a passing fad much like the 3D screens were a few years back.
     
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    Seems to affect Apple more than most as their design has the glass on the edges of the device as opposed to there being a thin frame/bezel of some sort. I've dropped my S2 a million times for example, and the only thing that happens (apart from small dents), is that the removable back cover flies off and sometimes along with the battery. Its almost as if the removable cover allows the phone to 'give' slightly during impact rather the phone staying too rigid and cracking the screen. Doesn't like being dropped in water though....

    Not a bad thing though if you want to protect the screen as the glass (and phone) is supposed to be slightly bendy. Personally, I wouldn't mind a slight curvature as long as it doesn't affect screen quality etc
     
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    I think a curved phone would feel odd in the pocket and as of now it seems like it you like a curved device, you have to be willing to rock a 6inch screen, that's just a touch to big for me ;)
     
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    I agree a 6" phone is a bit too big and unwieldy but a curved phone supposedly fits the line of leg better than a purely straight/rigid phone.

    And if you don't like the curve, you can always do this..... ;-)

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMziBORUGy8&feature=youtu.be&t=3m7s
     
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    I'm glad I went ahead and got a Note 3 a few weeks ago instead of holding out for the S5
     
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    Have to be honest, the build quality of my i5 is unreal. I use no case or anything..never have. It has survived a few drops. My old HTC Evo screen cracked on a really lame drop so I could not resell it since replacing the screen on that model was a huge PITA.

    That being said I could use some curve or the rumored glass Apple bought up that is supposed to be 10x more durable than the gorilla glass.

    Also, the resolution is going up higher as well. I read that. I mean, at this point the tech has all stagnated, so it's tougher to get really excited about things. I think the S3 and i5's debuts were the last phones I got really fired up about.
     
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    I'm tempted to give the Note 3 a try... It used to seem huge until I saw the HTC One Max and the LG Flex now it's not so bad :)
     
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    I have the S4 currently and there's not enough processing power for apps like Remote Desktop Connection and not enough screen real estate. So, I'm diving in for the S5 but now there's mention of a secret version with octa-core processor to be released in April.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s5-octa-core-cpu,26134.html

    Decisions, decisions, decisions...
     
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    Never understood why Samsung don't release 2 or 3 different models of the same phone. For example, a metal bodied 'S5 Aluminium', an 'S5 Pro' with higher specs, an 'S5' standard, 'S5 Curve' etc. All the bases covered that way and the market dominated.

    I think I'm going to upgrade this year. The S2 has served me well but I'm starting to feel the small memory, screen size, and lack of features compared to the 2014 phones. Waterproofing and 720p slo-motion would be nice. S5 or HTC One2 (provided it has expandable memory and decent or removable battery). Still disappointed that no one seems to be bringing out standard recharging pads and doing away with the wires. It's like 1985 plugging the phone in to recharge!
     
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    I'm going to take an uneducated guess and say because too much money for all those, and won't get enough sales from different models
     
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    this S5 is so good it is smarter than most people
     
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    A different version of the S5 is rumored to be announced this year.. I'm assuming that this model of the S5 is only an experiment to test the waters in the market. Since the iPhone 6 should be coming out later in the year, the new S5 should come along side. Samsung definitely has enough money to throw things around. Wouldn't be surprised to see an aluminum version come out.
     
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    Samsung has the money right now as they did with the Galaxy Mega. Barely advertised it and just threw it out there. Samsung should be matching release dates with the iPhone to make it a better competition.
     
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    Uh, don't the charging pads still need to be plugged in somewhere?

    Looks like the GS5 isn't creating the buzz that was expected. From what I'm reading, people seem much more excited about the Sony Z2 announcement and what will be the HTC One2 and LG G3. Will any of these devices outsell the GS5? Of course not. Probably not even combined - but there appears to room for at least one manufacturer to make inroads.
     
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    Damning with faint praise. :neutral:
     
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    I'm in the same boat as you are though I would consider an upgrade to change carriers (to Verizon) if I could find an inexpensive overall plan (I don't need unlimited minutes and text messages). There are times when I would like something bigger and then there are times when I like something smaller. I think that my ideal iPhone would be no larger than the Nexus 5. If I had to get an Android phone, the Nexus 5 would be it.

    I prefer the iOS ecosystem on my phone as there are some Apps I use that don't have a comparable counterpart on Android. The i6 really only has to be bigger and Apple will sell a ton of them.

    The Nexus 6 looks like it won't come out until late 2014. There's been nothing leaked about it that I'm aware of - I think that some minor improvements on the Nexus 5 (speakers, camera) would be enough.

    On fitness watches: I'll stick with my Forerunner 610.
     
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    I don't use a case either and mine is fine.

    Apple has a contract with GT Advanced Technology in New Hampshire for Sapphire production. Sapphire screens on a phone would cost about $15. Gorilla Glass costs about $3. So there's a big issue of cost in going with Sapphire - perhaps Apple will just go with a 1 mm laminate of Sapphire or it might be used in a watch product which would need better protection. BTW, GTAT stock really took off after the deal with Apple was announced.

    I use Reminders and Notes a lot (they are iCloud Apps) and Google really doesn't offer anything comparable. They offer Google Tasks on the desktop but they don't have an App for mobile devices. You can use third-party Apps but you have to give the third-party your Google credentials and I don't really like to give out my credentials to third-parties. They have Google Drive and a document editor but this is more of a word processing App - I just need something to take notes with that syncs really well with the desktop. iCloud Notes does this really well - no-frills note-taking. The closest thing out there is Evernote but I've had some reliability issues with their cloud and they did get hacked a while back. I think that a Google Tasks App has been on their request lists for several years - no idea as to why they haven't released one.
     
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    I'm currently using the Motorola Moto G - a decent phone in most respects, except for the camera. I never thought a smartphone camera would be an issue in regular use but I find the Moto G's camera to be very poor quality. It doesn't instil any confidence in whipping it out for spontaneous indoor pics and low-light settings.

    The Moto G only cost me a $100 after giftcard credit so I would definitely consider the S5 later this year.
     
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    What about Google Now and Google Keep? There are also many reputable, tried and trusted 3rd party apps. Data is only really shared if you need to sync with your desktop.
     
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    I discovered Keep yesterday and am using it now on my N7. only headache is that there isn't an iOS version. so I'll use Notes on iOS and Keep on Android. I wish that there was something that was cross-platform.

    lots of other people want this too.
     
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    I think real killer app is going to turn out to be Google Now if they continue to develop it.
     
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    I found a problem with Keep in that it is fairly limited in how much you can put in one note. Basically about two pages. Notes seems to be unlimited.


    Now would be more interesting if more processing could be done locally. sending the wav can take a while on slow internet.
     
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    But if you're generating more than 2 pages aren't you really into the realms of a wordprocessing app? No way would I want to be doing wordprocessing on a phone.
     
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    I was hoping to use it for news clippings. I scan the news for articles on the PC and currently put them in iCloud Notes to be read later when I have some personal time. I wanted to see if I could do this with Google Keep. That's a secondary use. My main use works with Google Keep and that's what I used yesterday and today in the gym.
     
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    What's with this flex screen craze? I don't get it. Back in the 80s when Sony came up with their Sony flat screen Trinitron CRT TVs it was a craze. Curved screens are an aberration and don't make any sense technologically. Now, if you mean just flex resistant, that's a different story.
     
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    Not something I'm hugely familiar with but aren't there news apps and news readers that do automatically and pull stories / articles from several sources?

    For example, on the newspaper app that I use, I can browse the paper, and press a small icon at the top of the screen and it will save the story for offline reading. I use it all the time as the first half of my train journey to work is overground (where I browse and select the stories) and the other half underground (no signal but I can read the saved stories). Equally, I can share the link via multiple means eg. FB page, Twitter feed etc, just by a press of a button in the app.

    Just having a quick Google search, there seems to be quite a lot of offline browsers, news readers/feeders and world newspaper apps. Copy and pasting stories or URLs into a notes app seems so last year! ;-)
     
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    I just want the most durable screen possible.
     
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    I want that too! And user-replaceable battery, and internal memory (usually micro SD expansion). Oh, and the ability to root and install a third party rom.
     
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    Get a droid..it has all that stuff. I personally hated it. The roots were a PITA to keep up with..the battery sucked so I didnt care that i could pull it out, and I dont really ever see the need for micro sd at all in my day to day since I just use dropbox or plug the phone into my laptop.
     
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    That's reasonable, simply get what works for you. I still use my Nokia N900 (almost 5 years old, but nothing else touches its Operating System or hardware for sheer flexibility). I do have a Samsung Android tablet though, and I am running Cyanogenmod, which I like a lot.

    I am thinking of getting a Galaxy S3 because it supports the same build of Cyanogenmod I use, and because I hate being a first adopter with technology.
     
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    Yeah I had that Root too. Its nice, but you nailed it - that just does not work for me. I went apple because the OS is suited for how I use my phone.Once you get comfortable with a phone OS, it is hard to leave, as you have illustrated.
     
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    Perfect philosophy. I f the OS doesn't feel natural after a couple weeks it's time to change. The fact is the OS is almost everything. I really wish Nokia hadn't killed Maemo and gone with Windows Phone. Oh well. :)
     
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    S3 was a great phone to me
     
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    How do you get articles that are behind a paywall? Say Investors Business Daily or The Wall St Journal? IEEE? I also don't want to see any ads or images when I'm reading.

    I'm quite old-school. The development tools that I use are over 30 years old.
     
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    I want the sapphire screen going into the iPhone 6.

    My son calls it transparent aluminum.
     
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    Thank you. I might get it within the next few months.
     
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