Best innovative feature of MWC 2014: built-in heart rate monitor on the Galaxy S5

Best innovative feature of MWC 2014: built-in heart rate monitor on the Galaxy S5

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.

With its ability to check one's pulse, the Samsung Galaxy S5 could be more than just a great smartphone. It becomes your personal health monitoring tool, thus helping people stay fit and well. Furthermore, the handset is able to act as your fitness assistant, working hand in hand with the pre-loaded S Health 3.0 application. And now that the S Health SDK is available to Samsung's software developer partners, who knows what else the innovative sensor would be used for in the near future. 

What do you, guys, think? Was there an innovation demonstrated at MWC 2014 that you liked better? Let us know in the comments!

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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77 Comments

1. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I admit that this feature is cool.

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

sometimes it gives you heart attack when It's showing you 180 heart rates.

21. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 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: Jan 16, 2013

I guess when you wrote this comment your heart rates was OVER 9000..

62. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Wrong, it was 1 heart rate.

14. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Don't even mention the flashlight since it's inaccurate against an actual heartbeat sensor itself.

25. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

They wouldn't need to if the heartbeat sensor in the S5 is accurate already lol...

36. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 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: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's not the final product. There's still an entire month to iron out things before release.

45. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 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: Dec 21, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Because it was implemented on one device instead of having to buy another..?

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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: Dec 21, 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

28. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Bad analogy. Got another one?

31. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Doesn't matter because no matter how many I tell you you still won't give a fu**.

33. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Ok you're mad. Time to count to 10, take a deep breath, and stop being ignorant.

34. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I'm not mad. It's just annoying how you overlook all the flaws about yourself and throw them to others.

41. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

How is it a flaw? Lol.

76. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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: Oct 09, 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: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 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: Dec 21, 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: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 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.

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