Is hating on the new Galaxy the new hating on the new iPhone?
The vicious cycle of rumors, upgrades and lofty expectations.
We have a problem. By we, I mean all of us. The media, the carriers, the manufacturers, and the customers. That problem is expectations, how we pump them up, and how we react when they aren't met.
The rumor cycle leading up to recent device launches has been particularly vicious. I can't tell you how many times I saw "bigger" thrown out there in anticipation of the iPhone 5s launch — and again now that the iPhone 6 is on the horizon — or how insane the rumors were of a 2K display for the Samsung Galaxy S5 (I had a 1500-word editorial in the waiting just for the occasion).
We were spoiled by the first few generations of the modern smartphone. After years of iterative developments at the hands of Nokia, Palm, and BlackBerry, Apple shocked us all with a great leap forward in the iPhone. Google soon followed with Android and partners like HTC, LG, and Samsung.
Those first few years were exciting. Smartphone technology was rapidly advancing. Processors got faster and more efficient than most of us could appreciate. Our screens went from 3.5-inches at 320x480 to 4- to 5-inches with pixels so small our eyes couldn't perceive them. We got new sensors before we knew what to do with them, radios that leapt from EDGE to HSPA to LTE, and devices that got thinner and stronger while getting more and more life out of their batteries.
And then things kind of slowed down. We went from radical reinvention of the smartphone back to iterative generations. The Samsung Galaxy S3, for example, was appreciably better than any of the variants of the Galaxy S2 that had preceded it. But when the Galaxy S4 came out, it was met with a chorus of "that's it?" — as if we were entitled to more.
It's happened again with the Galaxy S5. We got so used to such rapid advancement that we're having trouble accepting that our minds aren't going to be blown with every iteration of a device. Just check out the conversation in our Galaxy S5 forums to see how people feel.
The Galaxy S5 is a better smartphone than the Galaxy S4. It's not wildly better, but it's still a marked improvement. The screen is better, slightly larger yes, and still 1080p, but with improved color and brightness response. The camera is faster. The phone is resistant to water and dust. It's a better phone.
In fact, as Samsung pointed out in their remarkably calm announcement of the Galaxy S5, the areas that they focused on were the areas that their customers had expressed as pain points. Those customers aren't the kind of people that are likely to read this editorial.
No, they're the other tens of millions of people who've bought a smartphone and wished it took better and faster photos. Or that they could make the battery last longer when they really needed it to. Or that an errant splash when doing the dishes didn't mean the end of their phone.
They're normal people, such as they are, with normal people problems. They just want the phone to work. They're the people that Samsung focused on when developing the Galaxy S5.
It's odd to see the kind of reaction that some have had to the Galaxy S5. It's as if they expected some sort of miracle. Truth is, the miraculous rise of technology that we've witness over the past few years isn't really that miraculous. It's economies of scale. Throw enough resources at something and it will happen.
This kind of reaction used to be reserved exclusively for whatever the latest iPhone was, and it was just as perplexing then. The new iPhone would come out, and half the time it looked almost identical to the old one. Apple is the master of iteration — just look at the MacBook Pro line, which has retained the same basic lines and styling for the past six years. But because it didn't appear to be a radically new phone, it was panned, and that reaction has grown more fierce with each generation. The unwarranted angst and disappointment heaped upon the iPhone 5s was boggling and absurd.
The power and capabilities of each generation of iPhone have outstripped its predecessors. The iOS software typically gained a new feature that was either leaps and bounds beyond what the competition had dreamed up — say, Siri — or took an idea from the competition and implemented it in a way that better fit iOS and was more user-friendly.
That might be enraging to the tech elite to see advanced features dumbed down like that, but it's good for the general public. Most of us are not coders. Most of us don't know the difference between a Gigahertz and a Gigabyte. They know that LTE is faster than whatever they had before, but that's just because they've been bombarded with advertising. They think that a 20-megapixel camera must be better than a 13-megapixel camera, because that's a bigger number.
The general public is tech dumb. Just like the general public is typically car dumb. They know how to operate one in the most basic sense and use it to do the most basic things, never pushing it to the limit of what it's actually capable of. And so the car is designed around that idea. It's easy to drive with clearly designed controls that aren't tiring to use. Today's cars are taking more and more of the load off of the user, making us more comfortable and asking us to do less to accomplish the same goal.
That's what Apple's been doing all these years, and that's what Samsung's been doing with the past few generations of the Galaxy S. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is and will continue to be one of the best smartphones out there. And Samsung is going to continue to refine and update their devices to make them more consumer friendly.
In the end it's not the number of cores or how fast they're clocked, it's not the type of RAM used or what kind of fingerprint sensor is installed. It's how it all works and how easy it is for the user to pick up on that.
We forget that smartphones are tools. We get wrapped up in the specifications and speculation. We want faster processors and sharper screens and slimmer designs, and we want it all now. And then we bitch and moan when our lofty expectations aren't met by a company with no obligation to meet them.
Samsung isn't designing a smartphone for you, nor is Apple. They're designing and building and selling smartphones that are designed for the masses, smartphones that are meant to be sold by the millions.
These are Toyota Camrys, not Ferraris. Maybe there's space in the smartphone world for somebody to make a true performance device with high end specs, features, design, and price (sorry, Vertu, all you've got is the price and half of the design equation), but we can't be mad at Samsung for making a Galaxy S5 that's meant to fix the woes of the average user.
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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm (the old one), and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.
The S4 and S5 are in themselves just iterations of one of the best Android devices every assembled.
The fact that people that know me, know that I'm a phone geek and don't understand why I'm content with my GS3, is very amusing and gratifying. In the tech community, the GS3 is also known as the SuperNexus. Its what the Galaxy Nexus should've been and the tech in it has withstood the test of time. There is a reason why GS3's are still being sold in masses. Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!
(ZeroLemon 7000mA battery and ZeroShock Case)
This style is old and outdated.. If 20 million SUCKERS want to shell out $650.00+ Tax.. Let'em.
But this is what the S5 should have been https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEyjGyLN9p0
The biggest insult to the public's intelligence is keeping the Res & Ram the same.. I don't care if KK is more efficient than JB.. Sammy is just being El' Cheapo with the S5 no matter how you slice it.. And that is what's so sad about this release.
OUT OF THE BOX TOUCHWIZ LAGS DUMMY.. Even with 3 Gigs of Ram on the Note 3 the system LAGS... Are there ways around it yes.. but Wanna-Be Geeks like YOU don't have a clue how to do it.. for the average consumer this is a S4 with a Heart Monitor with no tangible improvement for 2014.. but they will still get 20 Million SHEEP LIKE YOUR KISS ASS to pay $650.00 for it.
if you look closely on the images that are shown on the articles, you could see that the extra space (called "miscellaneous files", "used space" and "cached data") is used by apps, some/all were probably installed for demonstrations of the device.
uninstall/disable &reset the data of those apps, and you can claim a lot of space. the OS takes ~5.28GB. still a lot, but not 8GB... here's the article:
- The s5 did gain an mm and there WAS an increase in battery.
- the ROM takes up 8gb because there is another copy of touchwiz on- board in case of system catastrophe; touchwiz itself isn't 8gb...
- the heart rate sensor is more accurate than using a camera with flash.
I loved my note 2 for a long time, I'm not a Samsung hater, wouldn't have anything that isn't stock android now though for personal preference reasons. Posted via Android Central App
Samsung on the other hand includes features and functions on their phones so that they can have a nice list of bullet points on the back of the box. They are hardly useful most of the time and when they are, they don't work properly. But of course, the "tech dumb general public" would just look at the back of the box and the countless ads and base their decisions on that.
Really hoping the Sony Z2 and also the Tablet gets a better public reception this time. They thoroughly deserve it IMO.
Secondly, going by your completely faulty fanboy logic in your 3rd section, I guess we should all be "hating on" Comcast, Verizon/AT&T, GE, and the various other companies that have "global market share worldwide". Get a life.
Thirdly, most "hate" because they have reason to do so, and can freely do so. Just because it's not in line with what you think, doesn't make it "wrong", it's a fucking opinion, something you have had a hell of a lot of trouble understanding. For god's sake, you tell others what they think of a device is "wrong" or "useless", especially if they say Samsung is bad and some other manufacturer is good. You're a delusional, arrogant Samsung fanboy, and you can't even see past your own obnoxious bullshit.
You should read a book or two about the truth behind Apple and Steve Jobs.
You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you
What he said...... Nexus 5
Also when you're spoiled for choice, this is what happens.
I felt underwhelmed by the s4,but I feel that note 3 is an awesome device.
Samsung should stop making all devices look the same (nothing pisses a user more than someone mistaking the Note2 for galaxy grand)
at least Sony does a better job at making devices look visually different despite the same design language. Posted via Android Central App
Anyone who believes rumors deserves to be let down. Sent from my Galaxy S4 running SlimKat 4.4.2
OK, if you don't want to/don't have time to do it yourself but why not get someone else to check it before it goes live? Regarding the article itself, the impression I get from this and similar sites on the net right now is that it amounts to damage limitation spin on the negative reaction to the S5. Distasteful but understandable if it was someone from Samsung's marketing department writing it but a reportedly independent site? I don't know Derek and maybe the points he raised in his article are his genuine feelings on the matter but when I see a bunch of similar ones on other tech sites...well, if it walks and talks like a duck...
i don't like samsung devices, so i don't buy them.
I like Sony devices, so i buy them.
don't see the issue really.
Imagine we're still in the beginning of 2013 and you are reading this article. And one more thing. Just because you think you don't have enough resources, you will stop innovating. Sorry for my English.
They sell millions and millions of devices and we are a minority! Posted via Android Central App
I did go with Samsung after my HTC Dinc2(and palm pre) and it was the cool new phone. I wasnt blown away until I got the note 2. However, my note3 did actually blow me away with the new spen features. So incremental features can be a good thing. But, because everyone had the s3/s4, this one is still too close to be cool? I think not.
You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you
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(1) Wireless Charging ( I mean come on, the device is water resistant, I hate removing stinking flaps.)
(2) 32GB Internal storage minimum. Storage is cheap now, and with 8GB Samsung Roms, you need it. Yes I know about the microSD card slot, however this is not good for apps and I don't like to root anymore, and even then, it didn't always work.
(3) Larger battery, minimum 3000mah.
(4) Onscreen buttons, I know some don't like it, I do, and the button just seems so 90's.
(5) 3GB RAM, 2 is OK, but let's be honest, Touchwhiz is a resource hog.
(6) Would have loved to see a slightly higher resolution screen.
Yet.. They built this Abomination and called it the S5.
8Gb of storage..2 Gb of Ram.. 1920x1080 Res. and a heart monitor.. how 2013 of them.. :-)
1- That cheap looking metal bezel around the phone. It has never done the phone justice. Can't they switch it to a hard rubber or match it to the backcover/faceplate. 2- Back covers don't match the face place (except for the obvious black and white). When is this ever going to become a thing... I know some variants of the HTC and Galaxy phones do it but it never seems to be during launch. It is months after the phone is has bee out. For example, like the all black/white Moto X but bring me some colors that match front and back. 3- Buttons - I really thought it would have been done away with it by now, but then they wouldn't have been able to do the gimmicky finger scanner. I really hope that this trend doesn't take off it just adds bezel. Eye scanners need to happen... One thing that I thought was slick was making the phone water proof. I don't think they can do this if the phone was metal. So if it needs to be plastic bring some better plastic.
Hope everyone here also thinks like how the author of this article thinks. Posted via Android Central App
The device has the same storage as the S3. SD storage does not replace the utility of internal storage.
The device has new features and many are of limited appeal. Translation dollars not spent on something as critical and useful to everyone as is internal storage.
The device has a higher megapixel camera that the S4. Nice, but the storage did not increase, and more pixels fixed what? I can go on pointing out where they chose to spend money/efforts on features, but did not spend those efforts on something that does increase the utility of the device for every user. Ask yourself, what was done which solved real problems with the S4?
They achieved something I didn't think was possible. They've made the new handset look even more "Fisher Price/tacky" than the S3/S4. I just didn't think that could be done. Roll on March, when HTC unveil their new flagship device. I'm guessing that might be my next phone now.
I don't need a new phone but the manufacturers would like me to buy one and, since I plan on staying on contract, I might just as well get one. But someone has to give me a reason to pick theirs. So far, Samsung hasn't.
Motives are world apart.
When Samsung makes a device that delivers exactly what's promised and perform without issues , only then you can put it together in a sentence of any kind with Apple.
¡¡¡ PERIOD !!!!
(Just filed for a patent on this one). :))) Posted via Android Central App
VZW Moto X
Sadly for 2 consecutive years from samsung were seeing more of the same look and feel which is why there are comments like this. Posted using HTC ONE via Android Central App
currently I use a Nexus 5. I would personally choose an iphone over the S5, but I would choose my Nexus 5 over either of them (and probably would choose a Moto X over the iphone or S5 as well).
ugly and hate would still be there because of laziness of samsung. Touchwiz is ugly and adds sense of being a toy, not a serious piece of tech. Previous gen of phones had awesome specs and that is why even now htc one can win awards...specs are good and phone is quality. samsung hate is justified...
-JL Posted via Android Central App
Reality is,that samsung wants to squeeze as much out've these phones as possible without spending to much money. The S line isnt that consumer friendly. Considering its popularity you'd be hard pressed to not find plenty of "dumb" people with this phone. Most of them have absolutely no idea what they're doing with it other than the obvious messaging icon and Facebook,but its become the "it" product. Its not popular because its so easy to use,its popular strictly because people are under the impression its popular. In my opinion Samsung didnt do bad with the s4,upgrading from dualcore to quad core and octa core variants. That was exciting to me,especially hearing of an octacore phone,whether it was a real improvement over the regular. The s5 though,its lazy.. Yeah,there's no denying its a quality phone,but for the majority of us a phone is somewhat of a commitment. I just think of it this way..I'm in a circle of people later this year,the four of them have the Z2,htc m8,lg optimus pro 2 and..Well we'll just call it the moto x2 for now. They all mention fun features on their phones,and bring up that my new s5 looks like a kids phone. Now knowing they're right I mention the fingerprint scanner,which is already old news thanks to apple. So from there I add in its got a heart rate monitor..Now obviously these are first world problems,and your not gonna die from having an s5,but then why buy it in the first place? LG is trying,PLEASE give them your money.
Frankly, if you want to buy a plastic phone from Korea that is full of innovation, then you should look at The LG G2 & not Samsung because they are the ones pushing that sector forward.
If you want to buy a premium handset with a better user experience, that even gets iPhone users to swap eco-systems, then buy an HTC One 2014 or Xperia Z2.
There's simply no logical reason to buy a Samsung phone anymore, there were compelling ones once upon a time. I mean, who actually decides to buy an inferior handset for equal or more money because a company's budget goes on blanket marketing rather than R&D, design & genuine innovation?
You would have to be pretty stupid if that was the main selling point you look for right? The only way to get a company to change, whose whole ethos is to make & sell as many cheap plastic handsets as possible at a high a profit as possible, is by voting with your wallet & boycotting them until the go back to driving technology forward rather than holding it back. People who blindly but a companie's products because "Fanboyism" just perpetuate this inertia...Competition is great for us the consumer, not for these tech cartels that hold us all to ransom.
I never liked LG but they're really starting to impress me lately. They said kitkat would enhance ram usage on the s4,and ever since I've seen a 10 percent increase. Anyone at all inclined in the mobile world would be a fool to buy this phone. Its not even a matter of opinion,its just logic at this point and it really bothers me that this site is giving the s5 the VIP treatment. It really shows the credibility of these people.
Happy with my rooted Nexus 4 and my HTC One M7 (still the best looking phone IMHO, tough enough too and still fast enough one year later). Posted via Android Central App
This fingerprint thing is the prime example. Before iPhone5S fingerprint was clumsy and unreliable.
The way Apple did (one-hand capable, finger in any orientation, no swipe, behind an existing button) really set things up.
Now the dog-eaters at Scamsung just copied it the way they could so now they can say they have "fingerprint". Pathetic. The iPhone hate comes from low-income ppl who are envious at those who can afford Apple.
All tech sites suddenly writes same sh***y editorials. It seems marketing budget for S5 will be way bigger than it was on previous phone. :)