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Living with the Samsung Galaxy S5, week 2: exploring the depths of TouchWiz

0. phoneArena 04 Jun 2014, 10:39 posted on

Last week marked the beginning of a journey for the duration of which the Samsung Galaxy S5 had a front row seat. Actually, scratch that -- a more proper way to put this would be to say that exposing the S5's every nook and cranny is the end goal -- the journey itself is nothing more than a facilitator. Like we have in the past, we felt like Samsung's latest flagship is a many-layered device -- layers that a uniform review process doesn't necessarily uncover...

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posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:50 35

1. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


About the heart rate monitor "Despite its near utter uselessness"

Maybe for you it's useless. I use mine at least 5 times a day, specifically when I am working out and trying to keep a steady breathing pattern and heart rate.

To each their own though.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:28 16

6. chocowii (Posts: 453; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


You use it 5x a day to keep a steady heart rate?
Who are you?
Bruce Banner?

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:39 13

8. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


I will have to google Bruce Banner.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 13:48 3

27. kryme (Posts: 371; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


*cough* hulk

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 16:43 1

34. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Yeah. I'm not a big comic book person so that went over my head.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 20:42 5

38. sgodsell (Posts: 3899; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I have a friend that does physiotherapy for sports and other injuries. She uses her S5 on some of her customers, and she even keeps track of their heart rates. Its not for everyone of course.
BTW I have no problems with the finger print scanner. It might not work the first time, but that happens 1 in 15 times for me.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 02:10 1

41. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 811; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Having it in a mobile device is better than buying a separate device for the same purpose.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 06:50

67. zunaidahmed (Posts: 868; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


Yeah right.....Why don't we put microwave in our phone so we don't need to heat our food with something else. Not everything is meant to be put together. Try downloading a heart rate app, you would see pretty much the same results. So this extra hardware it total gimmick. But I do love all the other features in S5.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 21:14

71. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 811; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Ya right. Who needs a camera in mobile when we have separate devices for that purpose.... ! ! ! Get it?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 06:44

44. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


yes FAT old man.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:44 15

9. maherk (Posts: 4068; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Same here, once you start using it you become addicted to monitoring your heart rate, especially before, during, and after your workouts. Now I don't use the one on the S5 anymore since I had it on my wrist in the Gear Fit.
As for the review, while I loved the one posted last week, and I thought it did hit someone of the weaknesses of the S5 (mainly the fingerprint scanner), I did find this one full of hatred toward touchwiz, amoled, and almost everything that has to do with the phone. What bugs me the most is the constant attack on the color accuracy found on the S5, just because Jobs bragged about the color accuracy on his iPhone, tech sites wanna treat that as a model that all phones should follow, gladly they aren't. LG and Sony for once realized that and went with more saturated screens lately, LG starting with the G2 and Sony with the Z2, people love vivid colors, go check what mode people use on their TV's, most of us go with the dynamic/vivid modes, look at them when they want photo sessions taken by professional photographers, again they always ask for those vivid colors. Nokia use almost the same type of screen, but no one seems to complain about it, maybe because they don't have the Samsung brand on the front.
Again I don't see the S5 as a perfect phone (the fingerprint scanner, overrated selective mode, speakers quality and mostly it's position are a huge let down for me), but still I end finding this article is biased against the S5, which wasn't the case last week.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 12:34 2

22. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


I'm guessing you never placed 2 fingers on the side of your neck...c'mon now that is just sheppness to say you use it 5 times a day and became addicted

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 13:18 5

25. maherk (Posts: 4068; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I am not checking if I am dead or not, I am keeping count of my heart beats average while working out.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 02:22 2

42. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 811; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


LOL.. by your logic clearly no-one needs a heart rate monitor in hospitals, or stethoscope or Blood pressure monitoring gauge, coz we all have 2 fingers...

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 06:52

68. zunaidahmed (Posts: 868; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


S5's heart rate monitor is nowhere near as accurate as the stuff you mentioned in hospitals. But putting two fingers on the side of ur neck is almost as accurate as the S5.....

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 12:04 1

16. piskoltip (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Jun 2014)


You put 3 fingers on your wrist artery (arteria radialis) or your neck (a. carotis) count the beats for 10 sec, multiply by 6 and there you are. No need for any fancy stuff :)
If you still need fancy, than you can get a heart rate monitor for jogging, and you get information all the time on the wrist watch, which also gives you accurate information.
Maybe went a little off-topic.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 00:58 2

40. josh_dent910 (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


Or you could just use your Galaxy S5 and not have to waste time counting...

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 02:23 2

43. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 811; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Isnt it more appropriate to Have it in a mobile device you carry all the time rather than buying a separate device for the same purpose.?

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 12:38 3

23. Pem3108 (Posts: 16; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I think what he is referring to is the fact that there are apps out there that use your cameras LED flash to measure your heart rate. So basically Samsung has not invented anything new, they just like to make a big deal out of it because they couldn't come up with any real new features. My Nexus 5 can measure my hear rate without having the individual heat rate monitor.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 13:59 1

28. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Well I kind of agree with Chris P. here in that it is just a novelty, because there similar apps with results just as precise...

I mean, it is useful for some people... but it is not a require piece of hardware...

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 15:08 4

32. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


smart stay is the best thing ever

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 01:15 3

52. Chris.P (Posts: 560; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


I happen to know a thing or two about exercise, and I still fail to understand how the heart rate monitor figures into your regime. If you want to keep a steady breathing pattern, you need real-time readings, not random ones that require you to stop your work out, flip out the S5, go to S Health, and perform a reading. If anything, that actually goes against the very idea of a steady heart rate -- you're stopping, after all.

Besides, that's why I put the 'near' there -- to obviously account for the few peeps that have found a rare use-case scenario, like you claim you have. In your own opinion, what portion of the entire S5 population even uses it, let alone with actual, real benefit? Certainly low enough for it to be tagged mostly useless.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 07:24

53. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


I use it DAILY and it's a fun thing to have, no one else has it and I have fun monitoring my heart beats after working out. And yes you can pop your S5 out, get into SHealth and measure it in 10 seconds, where's the problem? I get 117 bpm I don't get the usual 65 bpm. I know it's not a wow feature but it can help older people (40+) and it's a fun gadget. and yeah I use it with my girlfriend to see who's heart is beating more. lmao I know it might seem silly, but to many people the heart rate monitor means something. about the S5 menu and the S5 in general, it took me less than 2 hours to know every single thing about it and try everything, in fact I can't understand how a tech guy got lost in the menu as it's very easy and clear to use for a normal person like me, and the fingerprint? it's amazing and accurate.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 10:21 1

56. Chris.P (Posts: 560; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


And precisely how is that a significantly better alternative to an app? In our comparisons thus far, the Instant Heart Rate app delivers very, very comparable results. Oh, and it works on pretty much every smartphone in existence, and doesn't cost a dime, for you or Samsung.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Cool-gimmicks-Galaxy-S5-heart-rate-sensor-vs-a-pulse-measuring-app_id55037

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 21:48

57. true1984 (Posts: 825; Member since: 23 May 2012)


burn...

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 02:58

63. 3rdDegree (Posts: 213; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


He meant its near utter uselessness to him.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:50

2. strikercho (banned) (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Not surprised. Again:) The expectations could not be high from such a brand.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 07:26

54. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


lmao. the BEST brand in the WORLD? please tell me how nothing can be expected from the brand you love.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:55 13

3. chocowii (Posts: 453; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


TouchWiz is so slow, it took PA editors 1 week to explore it.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:14 3

4. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


I had s2 and it wasnt slow. I have no idea about current touchwiz

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