As you shop around for your next smartphone, you’ll find that you have a bevy of options available to you from a range of different companies. One of the most notable releases this year is the Samsung Galaxy S5, which takes many of the things that we liked about the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3, and combines them with even more features.
The S Health application has been upgraded, for example, and there’s now an integrated heart rate monitor on the back, but what about the Galaxy S5 features that will actually help you get work done better and more effectively? As a mobile professional, these are some of the key features on the S5 that should catch your eye.
Normally, your phone is connected either to a 3G/4G cellular connection or a Wi-Fi connection for all of your data needs. This encompasses everything from email to cloud storage, social media to online collaboration tools. What if you have a larger file that you would like to download even more quickly? That’s where the Download Booster in the Galaxy S5 comes in, as it’s able to combine the available bandwidth from the 4G LTE (Cat4) network and the 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi connection for even faster download speeds of (theoretically) over 150Mbps! This way, you’re spending less time waiting for those files to arrive and more time actually doing the work that you need to do.
Ultra Power Saving Mode
We have incredibly powerful smartphones with absolutely gorgeous and gigantic displays these days, but we still struggle to get through a standard work day without reaching for the charger. What if you’re running toward the end of your day, but you’re still expecting an important phone call from an important client and you won’t have another opportunity to charge your phone? The Ultra Power Saving Mode is one of the coolest Samsung Galaxy S5 features, because it allows the last 10% of battery life to last up to 24 hours. It does this by switching to a far simpler, black-and-white UI, while simultaneously turning off most background processes, wireless radios and sensors. It’s pretty basic, but it means your phone won’t shut off on you.
IP67 Dust and Water Resistance
Just as a phone with a dead battery doesn’t do you any good, a smartphone that has suffered water damage isn’t all that useful for your mobile productivity either. Samsung recognizes that people will be using their phones outdoors and accidents can happen. That’s why the Galaxy S5 has been sealed up with an IP67 certification for resistance against dust and water. It’ll survive a dunk in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. You won’t go swimming in it, but if you accidentally drop your phone in the sink or you get caught in a rainstorm, you should be good to go. It’s still not as rugged as the truly ruggedized mobile devices, but it’s better than most conventional smartphones.
Working smarter also means working safer, particularly when it comes to your money or anything that should be secured about the work that you do. That’s why there are mobile security apps like Lookout Mobile that can handle some of that stuff for you, but the Galaxy S5 provides added security through its fingerprint scanner. This is similar in some ways to Touch ID on the iPhone 5S, letting you use your fingerprint to unlock the phone. It’s also PayPal certified for verification purposes.
Compatible with Gear Smartwatches
We’ve written before about how smartwatches can improve your productivity and efficiency. You can quickly glance at your wrist for notifications, for example, rather than taking the extra steps to take your smartphone out of your pocket, unlock it, and navigate over to your text messages or e-mails. If you want to use one of the new Gear smartwatches from Samsung, like the Gear 2 or Gear Fit, then you’ll get the most of that experience with the Galaxy S5 too.
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