I had Iphone-itis until the Samsung Galaxy S3. Now the Galaxy S5 has 5 key features that made the upgrade a no brainer.
1. Google Voice Searches Rock
There are two voice search options. Google Cards and voice search works perfectly over wifi and pretty good over data. 15% of the time the voice file fails to go thru and you get nothing. The rest of the time time it picks up my contacts, my applications, and dictation text messages really, really well. So well I actually prefer to dictate over typing because it is so reliable. The faster processor makes the voice a real time interaction without any more annoying delay in processing the requests.
The S Voice on the phone itself has also improved. It is not as good as Google's, but it is a great fall back when the data plan is not connecting to Google Servers.
2. Ultra Power Saving Mode
The overall battery life is great at full power. But what about those times when you are on the go, need the phone to be just a phone and you don’t want to worry about updates and background data killing your phone at the end of the day when you want to reached by phone or text?
I always left power saving mode on, but the new Ultra mode is great. It turns everything OFF except for phone and text. It turns your phone screen gray too. Internet is available, but only “on” when you open the app, and it turns off the moment the phone screen turns off or you close the app.
I took the family to Legoland this weekend and tried the Ultra power mode as my additional batteries hadn't arrived yet. The phone only used 5% of the battery over the 7 hours I was at the park. The Ultra mode gives 12 days of standby time for phone and text.
It is not sexy but is a very powerful, functional new capability. There are times I use my phone and drain the battery to 30%, and now I can turn on the Ultra mode to still get phone calls without worrying about my phone being dead in the next 60 minutes.
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