Everything you ever wanted to know about Samsung's new products, from the people who made them

At this point, if you're interested in the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Gear 2 or the Gear Fit, you've read a thousand articles, watched a hundred videos, and pretty much know everything there is to know. But that won't stop you from watching one more video — especially when it's direct from Samsung and has the "official" tag.

Nothing here we don't already know, but it's a bit like seeing the MWC keynote with a lot less ... glam. Give them a look.

The Galaxy S5 is above, and the Gear 2 and Gear Fit are after the break.

 

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Samsung posts 'official' hands-on videos of Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit

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I think that Gear Fit is gonna be the next trendy fitness band and eventually over take the Gear 2. It just seems redundant. The GS5 on the other hand is again, heading in the wrong direction with the perforated back and the gimmicky fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor.

Think that the next thing from LG and HTC is gonna be the better device.

Your gimmick is my feature

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You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

Yes, of course, different customers and people have different perspectives. But it can be better if Samsung really take their UI to another level instead of their usual sluggish feel. It is true that it's amazing to build such a feature packed phone, however, the design of the phone itself leaves much to be desired by the majority. Great to see you liking the phone by the way! It no doubt a great phone which will probably sell millions.

Here here. I have a question... How is the finger print scanner a gimmick? It's a very secure feature in my opinion. If I were to leave my phone somewhere like in a cab or something I atleast know someone won't be going through my stuff.

I second the design feature though. I just wanted better speakers. But hey, if the premium version of this phone comes out with all metal I'll be all over it like cheese on a cheese steak. Big Mac sauce on a big Mac. Ants on a picnic... Uh... You get where I'm going. Lol

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Hey there zero.efx, if you ever try the actual swipe-based fingerprint scanner like the HTC One Max, you know that you would have to try multiple times before you actually get to unlock it (that's why there's always a PIN back up). If you do leave your phone behind somewhere though, existing lock functions like PIN, passwords, pattern and face unlocks are already tough enough to secure your stuffs. By the way, all of the above can be broken by doing a button-combination reset which still keeps your storage intact and exposing security.

Yes, the design of the phone well... I guess all of us wish that it was just better. A better speakers would be definitely a plus point!

You do realize why, don't you? The One Max fingerprint scanner was just a camera. It looks like the S5 scanner uses similar technology to what Apple implemented with TouchID

S5 looked nice, like the blue one. The gears look nice but man s voice is slow and that s voice speak out voice is absolutely terrible. It's not just very robotic wounding but robotic sounding from a century a go lol.. Need natural sounding voice like Google now and siri

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Can I answer telephone calls with the Gear Fit via voice? And I do want the display in the Fit to auto-rotate to Portrait mode. Would love to learn the final pricing - Gear Neo and Fit at $199 and Gear 2 at $299? Will be interesting.

I swear, if they make a premium version of this phone I'm all over it. I might just get this phone when it releases and if the premium version leaks later on down the road I'll give this one to my girlfriend and buy the premium one. Win-Win.

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They should have had a native English speaker do the voiceovers for this video. Poor choice. Everything sounded over-pronounced and cold.

Does anyone know if we will be able to make calls from a locked device ? I.e. not just swipe to unlock but a phone locked by PIN and with the new S5 by fingerprint. This is my only gripe with Android and forces me to use an iPhone with Siri when I'm driving. SVoice just plain sucks and the car mode leaves much to be desired. With Siri on the most part the recognition is very good and I can make calls easily and hands free without the distraction of having to unlock my phone. PS I have also tried nuance Dragon and a few others without any success.

The new design is a step in the wrong direction. Looks like an S2, especially due to the thick bezels on the side of the screen. Also it's time to get rid of capacitve buttons, there annoying because you have to reach too far near the edge of the phone and easy to accidentally press when rotating phone orientation or trying to hold the phone to watch a video. Even the button placement needs to be reviewed. Moto, Nokia, and Sony seem to have the right idea by placing the power and volume keys on the same side. It makes for better ergonomics. Only the camera app seems to have gotten useful upgrades. Samsung needs to upgrade their design team before upgrading their next Galaxy S phone.

Cool story bro.
Those are your opinions, which you are entitled to, but don't talk like Samsung NEEDS to listen to you, me, or anyone.
Numbers don't lie, and they have em. Hate to say it but, you can't expect the 1st place OEM to start mimicking 2nd,3rd,4th n 5th place. Doesn't work that way my friend :-/

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+1000. Everyone had these bright idea of what they should do. But what they do sells. They addressed everything everyone complained about on the s4. The back was to slippery, Not enough color options at launch, water and dust resistance, settings menu, better processor, faster camera, and adaptive screen.

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Your right, everyones got an opinion these days. My opinion on the design and button placement was formed after owning an S1, 2 and 3 before switching over to a Nexus 5 and Moto G. If Nokia and Moto can make more premium feeling plastic phones, and HTC and Apple can use more expensive materials, then why would I expect anything less from the #1 manufacturer?? I'm not going to praise them for using that TV sales money for their advertising and making their devices so widely available. It doesn't work that way for me personally.

Which s2 did you have? I had the international version and maybe that's why I just don't see the s5 look anything like the s2 I had.

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Damn... I didn't think of it like this.

But let's say if you had a chicken and made 5000 dollars off it's eggs. Give or take. Then you had a cow and made 3000 off it's meat and skin and such. What would be your next purchase?

If HTC didn't wildly creep up on Samsung and the Nexus brand is just for those who want stock (minority) why would you spend more money make handsets when you don't have to? There's no threat to Samsung besides Apple. A common iPhone user is going to to keep buying iPhones. I'm using the word "common" here. Now walk into an apple store. Sit there for an hour. Tell me how any cases you see on phones compared to naked phones from customers. Go to Starbucks. That barista with the iPhone has a plastic case on it. Mmhmm... That IT guy. Your baby sitter.

Samsung must have figured that people are going to cover up the phone regardless. So why spend money on premium feel of a naked device when you don't have to? That's why a premium version of this phone makes sense. You want to carry your phone around naked and have a metal casing? Sure. But you're going to pay for it. With the next phone we release. But those that don't? (a majority) won't give a pigeon poop.

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I had a s3 then i sold for a s4 which I sold for a note 3. I think the designs are one ugly mother. The best thing was this faux leather back on the note 3 and squarer corners not rounded. I honestly think the designs are going backwards. I'm paying attention to the HTC M8 with design and supposed power it might have. But the only thing that's worrying me is downsizing the screen from this note 3 to the HTC. The note series is Samsungs best invention in mobile industry.

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Touchwiz actually looks a lot cleaner to me. Huge subtle improvements. Now, whether or not it performs better is a different story. The phone would fly if they left in their usual high end specs but cut off some fat from the software. The fact that it takes up 8gb is ridiculous.

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There are 4 things about the S5 that have me rethinking my recent LG G2 purchase.
Download Booster, Waterproofing, the subtle change in UI, and the Fingerprint scanner.

I might just have to buy both.

Posted via my SPARK enabled Sprint LG G2, that's constantly laughing at my wife's T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 with borked sdcard support on 4.4.2...

Okay maybe I'm behind the times (doubt it) but last I checked people put cases on their phones? Not sure what all the uproar is about with the "design" of the phone. Looks like a smartphone to me. I'm more concerned with the internals of the phone. So far my S3 (that's sits comfortably in an otterbox armor case) has been a trooper.

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Exactly i don't no to many ppl who leave the store without getting a case especially women..unless they usually like me order case from amazon

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Nice to see continuing refinement rather than radical re-design.

However, I don't like the continuing enlargement trend. Just not keen on my smartphones being quite so large. The size of the Nexus 4 is about as large as I like to go with a phone due to adding the extra with a case.