Cool gimmicks: Galaxy S5 heart rate sensor vs a pulse measuring app
posted by Daniel P. / Apr 11, 2014, 8:43 AM
Play Store, which use your camera to optically read your pulse. Long story short, as you can see in the video below, the margin of error between the two methods is rather insignificant to warrant the inclusion of a dedicated heart rate sensor on the phone. Granted, it looks and sounds cool, and has that "wow" factor for bragging in front of friends or relatives, but in reality you can do a similar job with a free app on any Android device.The S Health app widget on the home screen of the S5 has a dedicated circular launch key for the heart rate sensor now, and taking your pulse usually requires less than 10 seconds after you've placed your finger over the sensor. We decided to pit the contraption against those random heart rate sensing apps in the
Samsung Galaxy S5 OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2 View Full specs
- 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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lol. Super useless thing. Sure with the S5 you don't have to smudge the camera lens, but I'm 100 percent sure that nobody will actually use that regularly. And I'm kinda surprised that the camera measured it as accurately.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 8:44 AM 15
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they needed something for people who uses phone for everything, gaming, movies, professional photography,4k video experts, music, so now healthcare :D they should better invest that heart rate sensor money in new design team. but thats just my personal opinion.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 8:55 AM 5
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My dad, a computer science professor, wrote an app that can detect your heart rate accurately from over 10 feet away. Too bad its only available for medical purposes.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 7:19 PM 0
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They should put blood test instead..lol
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 9:01 AM 3
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Ya more like poop test.Character is a difficult thing to change.I mean why samsung has to do something like that.makes no sense .I don't know may be people still prefer gimmicks over real world performance.sad.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 10:22 AM 2
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looks like a paid article to me....bcoz in review phonearena mentioned that the heart rate monitor is not good enough and heart rate measuring app from play store that uses camera gives similar result....
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 9:05 AM 2
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This one is a certainly better gimmick than ultragimmickpixel. Atleast you can ignore the gimmick. How can you neglect camera lol.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 9:09 AM 8
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We expected you Mr. Ultragimmickpixel boy, The ultrapixel is at least better for night photos so it is at least more useful that the heart rate useless gimmick. Deal with it
posted on Apr 12, 2014, 2:41 PM 0
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I said this when I first saw it, I have had the Instant Heart Rate app on my phone for a few years now. I was told that it wouldn't be as fast or as accurate, or that it wouldn't be close to actual pulse reading (fingers on the wrist method). Long story short, after ten passes it was at most 7 beats off and in some cases dead even. What I cant understand is why spend r&d and waste phone real estate when you can use an app and your camera and get the same results. That's like having a phone with a dedicated button to launch Candy Crush Saga, and just as bad as the Facebook phone from a few years back with the physical button to launch FB. Why not spend some time focusing on something important like better reception or battery life than a gimmick that can be replaced by a readily available app. Now if they had an onboard EKG or heart paddles, then.....
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 9:16 AM 4
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A pregnancy test would have been 100% better.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 12:36 PM 3
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I like how the S5 feels compared to the previous generations, and the screen is nice, but there are so many marginal or just awful "features" on it. Ars Technical had like a 50% failure rate testing the S5 against a medical-grade heart rate sensor. Almost no review has liked TW (Too many different faces and still bloated, and I haven't seen one that liked the fingerprint scanner. Couple that with the extra size, Knox, region locking, minimal upgrades, and USB hi jinks, and the phone seems like a sure-fire flop. It's a shame, because there are some things to like about it.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 12:46 PM 1
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Once the 4.7 inch iPhone comes out, no one will even look at the S5. Forget the reasoning behind it or the comparison factor, I'm just stating a simple fact.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 3:41 PM 0
why its a little bigger iphone with still a crappy screen res, apples got no wow they have no idea what to do people keep saying o steve is the best was the best no people he did not work on the ideas just told people make it work and do it faster, i can do that at work apple has people that now nothing about phones or tech and think everything on iphone is new, thats why they have people if all the other phone makers made commercials like they do believing that the normal american has no idea what a phone can do on wp or android or any other apple would be non-existent now. oooo and i forgot didnt apple say you dont need a bigger screen, now they will redac that.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 6:20 PM 2
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This is why I said comparisons aside. Forget logic, the iPhone is simply going to sell, as it always does. Believe me. I do understand what you're saying. I've used Android myself. I CHOOSE to use an iPhone as my personal preference. Their marketing doesn't affect me. But I'm just stating a simple fact. The phone will sell to the masses.
posted on Apr 15, 2014, 4:16 PM 0
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