Best innovative feature of MWC 2014: built-in heart rate monitor on the Galaxy S5
0. phoneArena 28 Feb 2014, 10:08 posted on
We've reached a state where delivering an innovative feature or functionality on a smartphone has become extremely challenging, and manufacturers are investing lots of time and resources into developing the technologies that could make their products stand out. Not all of these innovations, however, go beyond being flashy gimmicks. That heart rate monitor built into the Galaxy S5, on the other hand, is something worth looking forward to...
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5. akki20892 (Posts: 3899; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
sometimes it gives you heart attack when It's showing you 180 heart rates.
21. chunky1x (Posts: 270; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)
I still need to see how accurate this feature is. In CNET, there tester had 96 bpm which abnormally high. If it works good, if not this is a big ripoff.
53. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)
I guess when you wrote this comment your heart rates was OVER 9000..
14. draconic1991 (Posts: 193; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Seriously?? There are small apps that can almost as precisely measure this.
And to phonearena: this is the most innovative at mwc?? You guys shud have looked around a bit when u were there.
16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Don't even mention the flashlight since it's inaccurate against an actual heartbeat sensor itself.
25. draconic1991 (Posts: 193; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
You dont need it to be that accurate...The ones who will care about its accuracy will definitely buy an actual heart rate monitor rather than the s5
27. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
They wouldn't need to if the heartbeat sensor in the S5 is accurate already lol...
36. draconic1991 (Posts: 193; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Anyway, this isnt even innovation...they just combined two products...they didnt make anything new...whats innovation in this.
You dont think Corephotonics deserved this more?
37. draconic1991 (Posts: 193; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
And one more thing. Erica Griffin in her hands on said that the heart rate monitor is inconsistent. That doesnt sound very accurate to me.
40. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
It's not the final product. There's still an entire month to iron out things before release.
45. draconic1991 (Posts: 193; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
My other comment still stands...not innovation and corephotonics deserved much much more
70. techaman (unregistered)
yo smurf its the same thing using the light to see vessels contracting. wow you will say everything is good with samsung no matter what it is. i love all my samsung stuff but this phone was a let down and its going to hurt the galaxy s line.
69. techaman (unregistered)
its not cool its crap should never have been put on cell phones. you can do the same thing with a app on most other phones.
2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Why did you give the award for the S5's heart rate monitor? Much more innovative to put it on a watch or a band, like Samsung did. BTW the technology for this is provided by a Finnish company :)
4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Because it was implemented on one device instead of having to buy another..?
13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Yes but will you really use this on your phone? If you're going out running or cycling, will you really take the phone out of wherever it might be, probably not in your pocket since a smartphone is too big and heavy to be comfortably placed in your pocket while doing sports. It's pretty useless to place it on a smartphone. on a smartwatch or band it is innovative.
17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
But it's not innovative to place it in a phone instead of having to buy another device...? Comment #4 still stands lol.
24. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
So it's innovative to place a 4 liter petrol tank for your car in your smartphone so you don't have to buy a separate spare tank? It's just as impractical like this heart rate monitor
31. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Doesn't matter because no matter how many I tell you you still won't give a fu**.
33. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Ok you're mad. Time to count to 10, take a deep breath, and stop being ignorant.
34. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I'm not mad. It's just annoying how you overlook all the flaws about yourself and throw them to others.
76. joey_sfb (Posts: 5236; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
I am sure the rest of the public that buy this phone will overlook it as well.
Not sure why you need to argue when you have no interest to buy Samsung products.
60. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
heart rate monitor on the phone which does not monitor it constantly is useless. there are apps out there that can do it via phones camera. in cardiogy rhytm and arhymia are way more important than heart rate. i think note 3 is best. but gs5 is like a s4plus. yotaphone is what really caught my eye
38. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 260; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
Did you know that there are companies that makes armbands for smartphone? So for cycling and running it's going to be practical. Check Amazon for them.
39. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Of course I know them. But is it practical to take the phone from the band (which is probably sealed and takes a while to take phone out of there) and hold your phone on your finger for 5 second and then put it back into the band? And all this while you're doing the exercise. It's just not practical at all. If you're such a fitness fanatic that you need to know your heart rate, you probably already have a device for that or then buy a smartband.
42. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 260; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
I never said that you have to take the phone out.. It's a optical hr monitor, so it should measure you heart rate when it's on your arm.
49. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Well those armbands have a layer under the phone too, which makes it impossible to get the HR. And I'm not sure if it could take an accurate measurement from your upper arm where these bands usually are placed. Why else would Samsung only advertise it by using your finger? And even when using finger, you can't talk or move so it's could probably be easy to mess it up when you really are exercising hard.
50. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 260; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
Those monitors are used by my doc. I think you'r right about the thickness of the layer of armbands. And one thing, the Gear Fit is fitness band and has a HR monitor too, so it should measure your HR when you'r active.
51. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Yep the HR monitor makes sense in a fitness band.
52. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 260; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
Yes, but if the sensors are identical on both products why not having one device(S5) for fitness. :)
55. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Because it's big and you can't hold it on your hand constantly when your doing your fitness stuff
59. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 260; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
Again I'm going to say that some armband manufacturers are going to do some research for the S5 HR monitor to work properly with their accessories. We will see after a couple of months..
67. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1114; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
alot of people gym while their phone is in their pocket or on the ground and can check their heart rate.
People can also do their fitness stuff, and check their heart rate when they finish.
71. techaman (unregistered)
that would not work because the fatty tissue up at that height of the arm is to deep to get a reading thats why you have to use the finger so the light can penetrate the whole area to get the visual it needs.
48. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Nice phone, nice feature.
However, if this is the biggest innovation out of MWC, it must have been a sh*t show this year...
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
The S5 racking up these awards. Love it.
7. Bootutu (Posts: 227; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Haters had tunnel vision, failed to see the cool features and improvements on the S5.
22. TechFreak123 (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
They are only looking at numbers.
The irony that the past years they were against the same numbers they are after now lol
63. christophersalse (Posts: 99; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
It must be making the sony fanboys mad.
72. techaman (unregistered)
smurf how old are you, are you the old man that has seen nothing new in the world and thought oh i need that so i dont have to go to the doctors, or are you the its samsung they did it so i must need it or last of all the child that thinks oh i can show people this and they will think am cool.
6. maherk (Posts: 3351; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I don't know if we really need it. It's a huge plus on the gear and fit, but I don't think the majority will use it. The power save mode is a better feature than this imo.
8. Rongocook (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)
Not the best feature, but good to have it.
9. stijnvbrummelen (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)
It takes 10 secondes to measure your hart rate. So when will you use it. So not functional. I think the fast camera of the S5 is more usefull
10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Because 10 seconds of your life is such a hog...
68. stijnvbrummelen (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)
If you are doing sports. It is not handy to meassure it with a 5 inch phone. You must stop for 10 seconds. So it is not possible to do it while you are sporting, and when do you want to meassure your heart beat. It is nice for 10 times, but the >second week you won't use it anymore.
11. RajRicardo (Posts: 372; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)
LOL! How could this even qualify as a best innovative feature? I use my 'Heart Rate Pro' app which can measure heart rate if you place your finger covering the lens and flash. This is just another marketing gimmick. Just install that app from the play store or 'Instant heart rate' app. All you need is a camera and a flash beside it.
15. wargreymon (Posts: 669; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)
Indeed, the heart-rate stuff on S5 is a waste of space, nothing else.
20. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Samsung is focusing on medical and health, I think the Galaxy S6 will be able to scan your blood pressure. lol
32. Bootutu (Posts: 227; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
And chew heavily into your battery too with the flash ON!
74. RajRicardo (Posts: 372; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)
Play Store had accurate heart rate monitoring apps since ages. I use heart rate Pro all the time. No need for extra hardware. All you need is a rear camera and a flash. Sammy must not call this phone S5..but rather S4S.
26. elisha.siegelman (Posts: 20; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)
The 2k screen on the vivo xplay 3s is much much enjoyable and useful than this. If you want a heartbeat senses, get a smartwatch or a fitness band.