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Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit – all announced – views

So Samsung just finished their launch of the next big hit the Samsung Galaxy S5, their new Smartwatch the Gear 2 and the fitness band the Gear Fit.

S5 – well it now has a marginally larger screen at 5.1 inches, and improved camera, heart rate sensor, finger print scanner, health and fitness software and ultra fast connectivity. It comes in 4 colours – black, white, copper gold and glam blue. The back cover is perforated and changeable as is the 2,800mah battery. It also has micro sd card expansion. Other specs include a1080p Super AMOLED panel as in the GS4; it’s just slightly larger, at 5.1 inches. It’s also IP67-certified, which adds a water and dust resistance. The micro-USB 3.0 port at the bottom is protected by a tab that keeps water from getting inside. The processor is a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM, an IR remote, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE/ANT+, Cat 4 LTE (up to 150Mbps down/50Mbps up) and your choice of 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. Only 2gb of ram though. The Note 3 has 3gb as does the Sony Xperia Z2. The Z2 also has a better snapdragon 801 processor.

So being honest it doesn’t look that much of a change from the outgoing S4, but it does have a number of improvements. The Health suite with heart rate monitor, finger print scanner, dust and water resistance, an upgraded Samsung software experience, ultra power saving mode, and a massively enhanced camera. The problem is justifying these improvements is very difficult. The proof will be in how well all these new tweaks actually function in every day life. Is the camera really amazing now. That could make a huge difference. Is it as quick and easy as the iPhone 5S? If you had the Gear Fit or Gear 2 with the built in heart rate monitor coupled with the S5 well that might be a better combination. Samsung also mentioned loads of accessories for the phone including changeable backs, wireless charging back covers, headphones and more. Another unknown is the prices. Also, will the 32gb model be available globally as well as the 16gb. Will the 16gb have half the memory eaten by the operating system? So many unanswered questions. I thought the S5 would outshine the Note 3 but it hasn’t. The Note 3 rear back cover looks much better than the S5!

The tech media and a number of my tech friends were mocking the phone as it’s features got announced. But it is likely to still sell by the bucket load. My wife was doing her own commentary which was hilarious. At one point the President of Samsung, called the S5 “shit”. He meant chic.

Gear 2 smartwatch – I’ve already covered the specs on this on Sunday. But it seems Samsung has learnt from the first generation and now the strap is replaceable as it’s a standard size. It also doesn’t have the dreadful screws on the front fascia. It now includes more software customisations, IR controller and a heart rate monitor.

Gear Fit Band – for me this was the highlight. A curved piece of glass in a changeable band. Also featuring a heart rate monitor too. Plus some additional functionality for working with the Galaxy phones.

HTC has yet to reveal its cards for its new HTC One, but I would say the door is wide opened for HTC to steal Samsung’s thunder. And of course, Apple has yet to reveal it hand this year!