Samsung introduced some shiny new devices recently, namely the Galaxy S5, and three new wearables: Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit (though in an interesting move Samsung announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo over the weekend while keeping the Fit a surprise).This was definitely one of Samsung’s coolest product launches in recent history.
The Galaxy S5 has some pretty awesome features, and definitely offers more than just the expected better camera and longer battery life. The GS5 boasts a heart rate monitor, water resistance, and an ultra power saving mode that turns the display black and white and purportedly can stretch a full 24 hours of standby on 10% battery (mentioned by Samsung during their unpacked 5 launch event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona). Though some may say that these are incremental updates more fitting of an intermediate model (like the iPhone 5S), there’s definitely some pretty cool features on the Galaxy S5 that other phones don’t yet have.
Similarly to the iPhone 5s, the Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint sensor, though Samsung has leveraged it to authorize mobile payments in an attempt to derive greater functionality from the technology than Apple has so far. On top of all that it does offer a better camera, with new features like HDR and advanced auto-focus, and a much bigger battery.
Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit
Another big announcement for Samsung was their new wearables: the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit. Right off the bat one notices that the “Galaxy” name has been dropped, with Samsung choosing their own Tizen OS over Android. This means that interactions on the Gear 2 might be a bit different than the original, but it remains to be seen exactly how different.
Some cool new features of the Gear 2 are a heart rate monitor, and the ability to play music without needing to be connected to a smartphone. The Gear 2 has a camera on the watch body itself (as opposed to on the strap like the original Gear), while the Gear 2 Neo has no camera.
The Gear Fit is a fitness tracker wristband with a curved screen. The Fit has a heart rate monitor and provides personalized coaching during exercise (although it remains to be seen if anyone wants to be coached by their fitness tracker). The Gear Fit displays notifications, and allows you to take simple actions like ignoring calls or dismissing alarms. In terms of customization, the user has the ability to change the background color, clock design, or wallpaper.
A Good Day For Samsung
Altogether, Samsung introduced a strong group of new devices that provides many things consumers desire (large screens, fitness tracking, etc.). Many are predicting that Apple will introduce many of these same features with the iPhone 6 and the iWatch (stay tuned for an upcoming post on these!), and it will be interesting to see how Samsung’s new offerings will stack up.