Samsung Galaxy S5 could be designated as "medical equipment" in Korea

South Korean authorities are reviewing the Galaxy S5 to see if its Heart Rate Sensor is enough to make the smartphone "medical equipment"...
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117 Comments

55. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

According to every Samsung hater, everything they do is a gimmick and touch wiz is a plague to humanity. That said I agree with you. Most of the things really aren't needed these days. I just wanted the biggest and nicest screen in the most compact form factor possible and some good specs. I don't need waterproofing, boom sound(I don't blast music in public, I use headphones), heart rate monitors, ois( not a pro photographer and if I was I would use a nice camera), fingerprint scanners etc. Samsung use to get it but unfortunately they are following in Sony and HTC in trying to differentiate rather than make the most powerful phone they can in a the most compact size they can. That looks like it ended with the GS4.

72. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Taters = Samsung employee paid student. if you want people to respect you be honest when you see a fail admit it.

76. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

He's paid by Samsung because you don't agree with what he says? So by your logic, you're a Sony employee paid student then, right?

117. christophersalse

Posts: 99; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Why don't you just go away? We get it, you hate the S5. Why do you have to repeat it over and over and over again? Go and frolic in the enchanted Sony land.

85. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

for all i know, any smartphone with a flash can be used as a heart rate device, just download the apps from the store for free... though im not sure the accuracy for that

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Wonder if people suddenly being able to check their rates, will start to mellow more? This could be a really good thing.

80. redmd

Posts: 1937; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Or they will start to panic more if they see their heart rate went up to 150.

18. gnppw

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

the blue band-aid looks nice. I'll get one if they bring the snapdragon version to my country. :)

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What country do you live in? If they haven't released a Qualcomm model of a Galaxy S in your country before, they won't his time around.

78. redmd

Posts: 1937; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

i like the black band-aid more. It reminds me of nexus 7.

81. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Which I gave my mother and she's still in love with it.

28. noteseries

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

they should equip s5 with pulseoxymetri, thats would be very useful for medical practice

33. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

so the S5 is made also for nurses and Docks too cool,..luv the blu and blk band aid too,an it should've come with first aid kit too,.

47. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's what the dollar store is for lol.

41. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

What I don't get is the big deal on the heart rate monitor. There are apps in the play store that do the same thing using the phones led flash. You put the tip of your finger over the camera lens, the led lights the area, and the camera records the pulsing of the blood. And it's available for any phone with a camera & flash. So why engineer something that's functionality can be added with an app?

49. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Because it can be added to the phone already instead of having to download it yourself maybe...?

52. maherk

Posts: 6880; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

True, but they aren't as accurate or as fast as the one on the S5.

99. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

First, no one knows that they are any more accurate at this time. Second, adding that to the phone increases the cost of the phone does it not? So why pay for something extra on the phone, when it can be downloaded for free? I can see checking the heart rate with the fitness band that will be available separately, that will be the most accurate this side of actual medical equipment. But IMHO, it just feels like I'd be paying for something that I can get for free. And before you go and dismiss this as the whining of a Samsung hater, I had a GS3. I switched because after a year the performance was markedly down. Even after the 4.3 update and a factory reset, it would bog down quite a bit. Add to that a screen burn in problem, GPS issues, and a battery that couldn't get me more than 7 hours when it initially got around 15, and I decided to try something else. I won't rule out another Sammy device, but I expect a little better quality before I'll consider it again. Just my $.02.

62. martix

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 16, 2014

thanks..

86. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

Well this is a bold idea that samsung is pushing specially about the S health and heart rate sensor. No wonder its design look like a band aid specially the gold color.

91. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

New name of samsung is samesuck

93. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Like your comment? Same as all others?

108. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

By the hate comments about s5 it seems like ppls dont want a phone but a time machine.... My openion is that without using the phone we should not say any thing wrong about phones.samsung is the worlds largest phone selles and it knows what their customers want...

109. jraza

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Its true from the day Galaxy s 5 announce i red many comments against the s5 at PA and GSM arena, at first the die hard fan of samsung ( including me ) were speechless or somehow quite but now they are pushing things around, i see many phones " new phones' ( except sony ) those are somehow identical ( front side of phones ) to s5 are praised as good design, but s5 was really disregarded and called with bad design. It is also a fact that the Samsung fans were expecting something REALLY new but its not the case with s5 but i think the s5 will do good business ( coz considering those who have s3 or s2 it will be a good upgrade for them ), on the other hand other companies like HTC who were suffering the financial lose have good chance to put up good fight and make some money , i certainly believe in good competition and good competition is coming ahead for sure, i really wanted companies like HTC, SONY, OPPO, Apple to come up with good ideas, design and hardwares. For Samsung this should be a warning so they really should work hard to come up with new ideas in terms of design and hardware, it will be also good if they work on their touch wiz ( though i like it ). peace!!!!

110. jackson_kaeluen

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

The Galaxy S5 its on the list of HOT PHONES! :/

111. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

PapaSmurf... chill bro. Let people express their hate if they want... last year every iPhone article PA put out had over 100 hate comments. We know you love this phone man but looking back at the S5 articles 25 of the 100 comments are from you man...lol just like this artictle. you guys went on and on arguing about a band aid joke. smh Really??

112. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

PapaSmurf vs. XPERIAdroid. haha
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