Woah there! Put down the torches and pitchforks and hear me out for just one freakin' second! Phew, okay now that we're all calm here, let's discuss the completely lack-luster launch of Samsung's newest flagship, the Galaxy S 5. On Monday in Barcelona, Spain, Samsung took the stage at Mobile World Congress to announce the brand new Galaxy S 5. The rumor mill had been cranking along for months speculating feature after feature to be included in the Galaxy S 5. Sure enough, many of the reported leaks turned out to be true while others turned out to be completely untrue.
For example, some rumors indicated that Samsung would increase the resolution to 2560 x 1440 making it comfortably over what the industry calls a "2K" display. However, Samsung chose the conservative route in only upgrading the screen size from 4.95 inches to 5.1 inches but keeping the resolution at 1920 x 1080, otherwise known as 1080p. Power users and spec hounds sneered at this decision and were simply unimpressed at this incremental spec bump.
Other features that made it to the S5 include a fingerprint sensor, which isn't exactly reliable from the demos released online, a new oddly textured back and a heart rate sensor. Yes, you read that correctly folks a heart rate sensor. Why would Samsung include a heart rate sensor? Your guess is as good as ours as Samsung talked very briefly about the sensor with the tagline "industry first" displayed on the screens at MWC. We have to call Samsung into question with this move and ask if inclusion of features without necessity is wise or not.
If you've read this far you may be under the impression that we at Braehawk Tech are unimpressed with the Galaxy S 5 and think that Samsung's newest flagship sucks. However, you'd be wrong in that assumption. The Galaxy S5 is exactly the upgrade Samsung needed to keep it's Galaxy S line in the mainstream culture. With the smartphone market being fairly mature, there isn't a whole lot left to the imagination that can be incorporated into our phones anymore. Back in 2007 when Apple released it's iPhone, the world was stunned at this new category of device that seemed so alien to us that many shunned it outright. Flash forward 7 years later and it's hard to imagine cell phones as the giant bricks of the past that Zack Morris used to call many of his high school dates (If you get the reference then you get a virtual high five). Smartphones have all they need for us to be in constant communication with others and connection to our various social networks.
The Galaxy S5 may have some useless features and feature gimmicks but, on the whole, the Galaxy S5 is as good of a flagship as any other offering currently on the market. We'd argue that until a new, more useful category of device is introduced to the world these smartphones are good enough on their own merits. Would you agree that the GS5 is a good upgrade from the GS4 or do you think Samsung could have done more in their latest offerings? Let us know in the comments below.