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    Re: News - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone

    Quote Originally Posted by crossy View Post
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    ...and they resisted the impulse to slap in some processor with a ridiculous number of cores in there.
    There is a 8-core Exynos version that will probably be reserved for South Korea like they did with the S4 last year

    Samsung quietly reveals a Galaxy S5 variant with an eight-core processor

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    Re: News - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone

    Jeez.. and people mock Apple for constantly throwing out new handsets.

    Not exactly a looker, either. Although I'm kinda biased I suppose - I have an S3 and absolutely despise it. Can't wait to cast it into the fires of silicone hell and get another iPhone, or maybe a Windows Phone.

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    Re: News - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone

    Saw most of the presentation live last night and was ...thoroughly underwhelmed. To me it's just more of the same, especially in the "design" department. Was hoping for something new and groundbreaking after all the rumors, but alas it was not to be.

    And the "listening to your customers" bit? Well, I'd guess what *most* of us want is longer battery time. On the other hand, I can't quite recall the last time I thought "if only my phone had fitness features built in". Must've been never.

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    Re: News - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone

    Still more than happy with my Samsung Note 2 - I see no reason to change yet.
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    Re: News - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone

    Quote Originally Posted by MrRockliffe View Post
    S4 is pretty cheap. One went on a forum website the other day for 230 GBP in super mint condition!
    Was it a 2nd hand sale? If it was what constitutes "super mint condition"?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexKitch View Post
    Jeez.. and people mock Apple for constantly throwing out new handsets.
    On here people tend to mock apple for constantly throwing out Very Expensive handsets (or tablets or laptops or base units etc etc).
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    Re: News - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone

    They just get uglier and uglier.

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    Re: News - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone

    My S3 is reaching the end of its lifetime and was leaning towards maybe replacing with S5, my disappointments lie with the fact its plastic again and it only has 2gb of ram

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    Re: News - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone

    Nothing really interesting enough for me to warrant upgrading my S4. Hopefully the S6 will bring something new to the table next year.

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    Re: News - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone

    2.5ghz? I never take my note3 off power saving mode...its getting silly. The ram is a tad low, i check my ram usage and it goes to 1.7gig used often. Not much room left in that s5.

    I agree with the posts about specs, give a good screen and a good camera ( not just extra megapixels (old sony k800i had a damn good camera at 3.2Mp that beat other 5Mp cameras at the time)) more memory and please, a battery that lasts(main reason for note3 was its battery and screen for me)

    What customers want? Or what you think we want.....

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    Re: News - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone

    Underwhelming at best for me and annoying how they haven't strayed away from the plastic feel. Like a couple others I'll stick to my very attractive nexus 5! Also the bloatware on the galaxy devices kill's them IMO.

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    Re: News - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone

    As a previous S2 and now S4 user I think it's alright. They've kept the size pretty much the same which is fine, the S4 is big enough. The fingerprint scanner is a blatant dig at Apple for putting it on the iPhone, but by integrating it tightly with PayPal they may be able to to make it useful-ish. The waterproofing is a nice touch and the only feature on the Sony handsets that appealed really.

    Crucially for me you can still use SD cards in it and you can still take the back off and the battery out, I like being able to decide how much storage I need, and I like being able to replace the battery once the cells start to degrade at around 18 months. As for the physical design, there's only so much you can do with something you want to make compact that has a 5in screen on the front, and plastic is fine, they use it because the Asian markets prefer plastic which is why Apple made the 5c, and once you've put a protective case on it you're not going to see the casing anyway.

    Won't be for me though, 2 year contract means it will be the S6 when i'm looking again.
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    Re: News - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone

    No image stabilisation. No front-facing speakers. Nothing of note over the S4 and S3.

    The ROM alone for this is apparently 8GB, presumably leaving you with 8GB to play with of the 16GB on board (as usual it's unlikely we'll see the 32GB version).

    On paper (and off it) the Z2 looks far more attractive. How long it remains attractive may depend on how rapidly and for how long they push out updates. A GPE option wouldn't do them any harm either. The LG G2 looks better too.

    While the Z2 and G2 have all the tricks, this is little more attractive than the Nexus 5 (which will be half the price), and while the Nexus 5 is brilliant, it's simple, and you'd hope companies such as Samsung would polish it up and add useful features, not bloat it with pointless apps. They deserve to lose this round. Badly.

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    Re: News - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone

    It's nice, yes but nothing that would really "wow" me. A bit disappointed.

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    Re: News - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexKitch View Post
    Jeez.. and people mock Apple for constantly throwing out new handsets.
    No, I think you'll find that folks mock Apple for throwing out the same handset with a single tweak, and then proclaim it to be the best thing since they (rolls eyes) invented the smartphone.
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    Not exactly a looker, either. Although I'm kinda biased I suppose - I have an S3 and absolutely despise it. Can't wait to cast it into the fires of silicone hell and get another iPhone, or maybe a Windows Phone.
    Yep, it's not what I'd call "pretty" but is it just me or are all mobiles starting to look pretty much identical - that "black rectangle with slightly rounded corners" look?

    Not sure what your issue is with the S3, most folks seem to be pretty happy with it. And I'll - controversially perhaps - say it's a nicer looking design than the S4 and definitely this S5. I flashed mine to the latest Samsung ROM over the weekend and it seems to have cured a lot of the annoyances I had. Only downside being that they've done something to the screen driver and now the colours look wildly oversaturated - almost like looking at a kids drawing done with those florescent crayons you can get.

    Agree with you on the Windows Phone - trouble is that there's not that much choice, if you want one then it's really going to have to be a Nokia. Yes, I know Samsung etc do them too, but they're not exactly "exciting" models - in fact "deadly dull" is probably closer to the mark. But hey, maybe there'll be something interesting @ MWC?

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    Re: News - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone

    Quote Originally Posted by crossy View Post
    is it just me or are all mobiles starting to look pretty much identical - that "black rectangle with slightly rounded corners" look?
    Well maximizing screen size gets you a boring rectangle, without much scope for anything else.
    Gone are the days of fresh and crazy designs from nokia
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    Re: News - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone

    I'm due an upgrade in just under two months and currently I am at a loss as to what to get. My S3 has been quite reliable, but for all it's merrits I can honestly say that I prefered my original HTC Desire. My issues are:

    S5 is too plasticy (my current S3 is covered in cracks, even using a case), especially around the usb socket from wear and tear and It's too large to be comfortable in my hand.
    HTC one and new desire 816 have glued backs, which means I have no control over hard resetting my phone (major no no) so not interested sadly.
    I am not interested in LG's curved phone or nokia's x range.
    This sort of points me towards the new Sony Xpedia2, or the Nexus 5 (or updated version if there is one).

    Failing that I may just keep my existing handset and buy a decent camera..... Does anyone have any good reviews of the nexus or sony?

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