PhoneArena Q&A Ep 5: metal Galaxy S5, HTC One Max, fingerprint sensors and more

It's once again time for PhoneArena's Ray S. to dive into the world of mobile and start answering the questions of our readers. This time, we're discussing the possibility of a Galaxy S5 made of metal, whether or not the One Max will be able to save HTC, how sad it is that the Nexus 5 is not going to have a fingerprint sensor, and more!

Be sure to post your questions below for next time!

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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)



1. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Ray S looks like a Russian mob boss in this episode.

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yeah the more & more I watch these Q&A's from Ray S the more & more I like the guy. I am from the U.S. & I like his accent. It's VERY hard for me to try to imitate it but I am trying. My wife looks at me like I have 5 heads when I answer her with the accent. I almost always catch her of guard. Both my 5 & 3 year olds think it's the funniest thing ever. They can't stop laughing. I tell them it's my Ray S accent. +1


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

"draw weird pattern"?! Ray rips every uniquely android and he doesn't even know it probably (or does it at every turn on purpose, you decide) :/... and ray, pattern unlock is superior to anything else out there and probably faster than the just barely released fingerprint scanners.... I can unlock my 4 point pattern as fast as anything, it's secure and not weird AT ALL.. You know what is weird, typing in a pin all these years of iPhone :/ and onscreen buttons allow for a soon to be released bezel-less phone. Who ever does this first, wins, period... and it aint on the fingerprint home key apple products. Android screens are big enough ray that the onscreen buttons are awesome (and totally customize able if rom'd) and ya, iWouldn't want onscreen buttons on my tiny iPhone either. Once you customize you onscreen buttons there is no goin back. Left to right, my persistent buttons are: 'phone app', 'back', 'home', 'recents' & 'text app' with long presses customized too...

24. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

I was spoiled by the customization of the nav buttons on my G-Nexus. I'm just hoping that Google implements customization of the nav buttons and expandable desktop on stock Android. This will give me one reason not to use roms on my device since this was the reason that I rooted and started using AOKP on my G-Nexus. Things got even better when LMT Launcher was made available.

25. kenemu

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

One of the Romanov's....he's improving and making progress as a reviewer

2. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Is nokia really testing android prototypes??? Shall we see android smartphone by nokia in future???

4. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

They'll end up in failure. Windows Phone is their only hope.

13. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

we won't know unless nokia make and sell android phones...I'll like to have 1020 with android and S800.

29. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Yeah me too but if it happened it's cost may be very expensive

21. techaman unregistered

i hope i wont buy nokia with windows dont like the block look.

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Why is Microsoft annoying their Windows Phone customers by considering to scrap the back button, even after having the useless search button on their devices which could have been something more useful, instead?

5. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Ray S. you need to change the Thumbnail pic in PA home page... you look sort of high. Anyway good articles.

6. Yahia.1999

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Ray , Will The iPad Mini 2 Have Same specs as the iPad 5 ?? and Will the nexus 10 be manufactured by Asus or Samsung ?? and which tablet will be better iPad 5 or the 2013 Nexus 10 ??and Will the nexus 5 have a 8 MegaPixels MEMS ??

8. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ray, why did you claim the Note 3 screen maxed out at 300 nits (claiming it loses out to the iPhone 5s in this metric), yet DisplayMate measured it at over 600 nits, calling it the brightest smartphone screen ever.

9. abhijithkumar.nit

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

Ray can't pronounce my username!! hehe :D


Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

hi Ray,what do you think the resolution of high end 10 inch Android tablets in late 2014 will be considering that some phones/phablets is going to have 2560x1600?

11. abhijithkumar.nit

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

Why has the fingerprint technology caught steam lately? Can it become the next big thing for mobile payments, a feature which NFC has failed to take mainstream?

14. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Simple, because Apple put it on their iPhone.

22. techaman unregistered

i just started using my nfc google wallet left wallet at home thank god i had phone payed for food clerk was like holy crap you can do that i showed him how same at american eagle apple phone user asked about the app told her she did not have nfc could not do it lol, they need a better commercial to make this nfc payment and other things better known.

15. ijklmnop

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

do you think sammy will go full metal?coz NOTE3 is in its own league in its has leather back,squared edges,metallic sides,these make me think that this is design 3.0 of sammy.wat u say RAY?

16. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

How would you rank the following companies in terms of quality of Android offerings. 1. Motorola 2. Samsung 3. LG 4. HTC 5. Sony Please give reasons too! Thanks!

17. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Hello Ray, a serious question here. How is the snapdragon 800 processor in the Xperia Z Ultra different from the one on the note 3? I read in a review that the one in the ZU is a high voltage, lower clocked one whereas the Note 3 version is a higher clocked low voltage version. How does these stack up against each other in terms of raw performance?

18. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

Hey Ray, multiple reviews, including yours, of the LG G2 say that its speakers are weaker compared to other flagships. I've been considering buying it for the apparently awesome camera, and the fresh design. Can you tell me if the speakers are really that bad compared to older flagships like say the S3? I'm an audiophile and even though I use Bose headphones for the music, I'd like the G2 to be loud enough for some casual music and especially ring loud enough during incoming calls. Thanks

19. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

In addition to the above question: I like the waterproofing on the Z1. Could you tell me if it is better than the G2? As far as I can see it is only the microSD card slot. Is it too cumbersome for single-handed use?

20. techaman unregistered

this guy is lost on tech and everything else, finger print is not safer codes are used just because they are safer, that happens when you have gloves you will have to take glove off every time, they should have the home button finger print and you say a word to unlock or you can hold home button and the assistant will turn on and record your voice so it can do what you want that way its not hard to make phones better in use but you cant tell any major company that they think we dont know anything.

23. androidfanboy

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

Ray which phone is smoother in gaming and in the ui, the Sony xperia z1 or the Samsung galaxy note 3?

26. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Is the Octa-core processor MediaTek MT6592 is the true rival of Snapdragon 800 and Samsung Exynos 5 Octa???

27. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

y does android need a java runtime (code) instead of linix code

28. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Why most of the phones are using onscreen buttons which eats up a valuable space leaving below bezel area blank? Why?

30. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Ray, what do you think about infrared in smartphones. In terms of information transmission, because of this day and age where getting information is most vital. Do you think big shots like Google and Apple will pick that up?

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