As expected during MWC 2014 Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear Neo. Due to my relationship with G Style Magazine I was able to attend the livestream event held in NYC where they also announced the Gear Fit which out of everything is what REALLY caught my attention. I won’t bore you with tech speak I’ll try and highlight the top features:
Samsung Galaxy S5:
Upon first glance the Samsung Galaxy S5 looks like a mini Note 3 and only a smudge bigger (5.1″) then the S4 – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but not the full metal unibody upgrade I was hoping for. I’m not against plastic just a bit over it for now. Then again if it isn’t broke, right? One place you’ll notice great improvements is the camera. At 16 MP it’s chock full o’ features like:
Phase Detection Auto Focus – usually found only in DSLR it’s basically an advanced auto focus feature that helps you focus quicker for quicker shots.
Real-Time HDR – Hight Dynamic Range (HDR) preview mode helps you decide when you should use HDR especially those of you that love taking nature shots. It also enables the user to use HDR minus shutter lag or post-processing.
Selective Focus Mode – Blur out near or far images for a more creative photo.
Shot and More Mode – The camera makes recommendations like Drama Shot, Best Photo, Best Face etc to help you get the best pic possible.
Studio – Add effects and edit movies using tools readily available in the
If you’re like me and often forget to grab your camera the S5 won’t let you down. Another difference if the phone is now water-resistant not to be confused with waterproof. It can get wet but I don’t suggest you submerge it in water of any depth. There’s also a finger print scanner within the home button and a heart rate monitor. Yes I said heart rate monitor which leads me to my favorite the Gear Fit…
Samsung Gear Fit
The Gear Fit has a 1.84″ Super AMOLED curved display to fit perfectly on your wrist tracks your steps, heart rate, and of course notifies you of incoming calls, texts and emails. The Gear Fit also has an interchangeable band and is hypoallergenic so people like me that can’t usually wear watches can now join in on the wearable tech fun and be fashionable while doing so.
The Gear Fit is perfect for those looking to keep up the momentum of their New Year’s resolution or the health conscious. The S Health feature on the Galaxy S5 works with the Gear Fit to help you keep track of progress, there is also a Coach app that works like a personal trainer would giving you recommendations on health, exercise, food, sleep and weight.
Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo
Both also come with interchangeable straps and is compatible with standard 22mm pin watch bands perfect to customize to your style. The Gear 2 will have a 2 MP camera which is now located on the watch face for a slimmer design and complementing the brush metal finish. The Gear 2 Neo does not have a camera and has a polycarbonate finish. Both have a home button positioned on the front for convenient access.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have 1.63″ Super AMOLED displays and allow voice calls and texting on top of the incoming call, text, email and app notifications. There will also be new shortcuts making it easier to navigate.
Music on the go with the music app on the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo – you can transfer, store and shuffle through songs. You can pair the Gears with a Bluetooth headset to listen on the go.
I must say I got on to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear late in the game, but what I saw at the Samsung Event was very impressive. The Gears felt noticeably lighter and slimmer with a nice selection of color ways to enjoy. With all the fitness activity trackers and smart watches on the market it’s great to get full 2-in-1 so I only have to deal with one device. I can get my stats and see my missed calls. A full entertainment center.
One thing I forgot to mention is that the Gears will also be compatible with over 20 Galaxy devices so you don’t actually need to upgrade your phone to benefit. All devices will be available on April 11th with most major carriers.