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Samsung Galaxy S5 heart rate sensor demo

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Samsung Galaxy S5 heart rate sensor demo
Besides the usual pedometer, diet, and exercise recordings, that come with its S Health app, Samsung has now paired it with something really interesting - a built-in heart rate monitor, located next to the LED flash. This sensor works on the same principle that the optical one on the Gear 2 smartwatch does, and you can further customize the experience with an abundance of third party apps, that take advantage of the combined health and fitness trackers on the phone.

We found the heart rate monitor to do its job fine most of the times, quickly taking our pulse, though it was sometimes finicky and seems a bit cumbersome to use on a regular basis. Not that it's that hard to just press your finger against the area next to the LED flash, but taking out your phone while running, or when in a crowded place to do this seems more of a stretch than doing it with a wrist wearable like the Gear 2, for instance.

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 21:55 12

1. akki20892 (Posts: 3244; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Samsungarena coming soon guys.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 23:09 2

5. alterecho (Posts: 1053; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Its already here.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 23:12 7

7. Johnnokia (Posts: 463; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Epic fail feature with ultra crappy design

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 23:47 1

8. HansGoneInsane (Posts: 353; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


I totally agree. Samsung is a feature troll that adds as much stuff into its phones without putting too much thought into the question whether this is really usefull and practically implemented. I assume most S5 users are young and healthy and do not need to worry about their heart rate. When do you want to use it? You can't use it while you are jogging or doing any exerise because you aren't allowed to move while it is scanning and you would need to take the phone out of your sport-case first and of course you need to put it back again. If you own a Samsung Galaxy Fit smartwatch (as Samsung would like you to), the heart rate feature in the S5 becomes obsolete. Why didn't Samsung just go with a cool flash for the camera?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 00:27

9. Ashoaib (Posts: 1212; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Dont be jealous... same samsungarena is called iphonearea by me... I think they are just covering the most famous brands....

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 03:49 1

15. LiyanaBG (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


what is next for samsung thermometer?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 21:56 6

2. ankiipankii (Posts: 35; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


STOP ,.just STOP PA no more S5 posts

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 22:32 3

3. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 885; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


92bpm you should see a doctor. Lol

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 00:50

10. fireblade (Posts: 629; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


fail sensor

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 23:08 4

4. nexusdude (Posts: 139; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


Every smartphone with a flashlight can act as a cardiograph/heart rate monitor. Look up Cardiograph on the Play Store. *not a sponsor

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:43

17. sgogeta4 (Posts: 391; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


They don't work very well though.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 23:11 1

6. sudhiir.reddy (Posts: 30; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


It's time for HTC to come up with the bang, and it has every chance to become no.1 phone in the industry seeing s5 and z2...

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 01:00

11. techaman (unregistered)


It's a pointless feature no one will really use it if you have a third party band or anything else it takes Heart rate monitor and other things that you need for workout stuff, you got to stop for 10 seconds to use it and no talking while doing it the fit gear does the heart rate why would the phone so it, it's a gimmick

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 01:44 1

12. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Now Google has my finger prints and heart rates. They had my face (front cam), my voice (eavesdropping thru mic), my penmanship (note taking), my wake-sleep pattern (S Life app) and many more. Every biometrics I have Samsung and Google can have it.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 02:59

13. meloth1991 (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


oh boy an heart rate sensor!! love it !! sammy plz bring an MRI scan or an x-ray machine in the next galaxy s6 :)

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 03:17

14. ffaarrooqq (Posts: 64; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Useless feature.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 04:09

16. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


...that you have to buy forcefully

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:44

18. sgogeta4 (Posts: 391; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


To you maybe, but not for others. It can be really handy to have. If you don't use it, then don't use it.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 03:12

19. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Why buy when you can palpate the pulse in your wrist and count how many beats in one minute. Its free!

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:29

20. galanoth07 (Posts: 44; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


+1 Choco

GS6 will have thermometer, stethoscope, etc.

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