Samsung's Galaxy S5 is a blazing-fast new business phone with unique, productivity-boosting features. Compared to last year's Galaxy S4, Samsung's new flagship smartphone features a bigger display, longer battery life and a more durable build. It's also one of the first Android smartphones to feature a fingerprint scanner for added security. Even one of the phone's unorthodox features, a built-in heart-rate monitor, has the potential to make you a more successful entrepreneur.
The phone debuted this week at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. You can't buy it just yet, but you can plan to pick it up when it's released April 11. Get a full hands-on look at the Galaxy S5 on our sister site Laptop Mag, and then read on for five features that make it a one-of-a-kind business phone.
1. Fingerprint scanner
Apple made headlines last year when it revealed that the new iPhone 5s would feature a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button — just place your finger over the scanner to unlock your smartphone. The functionality let users keep their phone secure when it's not in use, without the need for cumbersome password screens. The Galaxy S5 is now one of the first Android phones to feature the technology. To quickly and easily unlock the device, just slide your fingertip over its home button, located on the phone's face, near the bottom edge. This extra security boost is good for business users who regularly access private business or client data on their mobile device. You can also use the scanner to access Private Mode, a place to store your most sensitive documents and emails — a feature that isn't available on other scanner-equipped smartphones.
2. Bigger, better display
At 5.2 inches, the Galaxy S5's screen is a bit bigger than its 5-inch predecessor. For most business users, that's a benefit; a little extra screen real estate can go a long way toward improving productivity. The S5's big display is more comfortable for basic tasks such as email and Web browsing, and it offers the space you'll need to view or edit documents and spreadsheets right on your smartphone. And like other Galaxy models, the S5 supports Samsung's Multi Window feature, which lets you run two apps at once in a split-screen view, for easier multitasking. The functionality simply works better on phones with larger displays, such as Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 and now the Galaxy S5.
3. Faster hardware
The Galaxy S5 is likely to be the fastest smartphone available when it launches this spring. It packs a speedy quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, so business users can expect seriously snappy performance. The phone also features LTE/Wi-Fi aggregation technology, which lets you download the same file using both networks, resulting in faster downloads. That will benefit business users who need to access and view large files stored in the cloud. Other hardware highlights include up to 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for expandable storage and a high-capacity, 2,800-mAh battery to keep it going throughout the day.
4. Water-resistant design
Losing a smartphone to water damage is not fun for anyone, but for business users who depend on their mobile device to stay connected and productive when they're away from the office, it can be devastating. That's why the S5's new durable design is such a boon for business users. The device is water-resistant; Samsung says the phone can even be dunked underwater and remain functional. Additionally, the new soft-touch back makes the phone easier to grip, so you'll be less likely to drop and damage it. Those features help make the Galaxy S5 a smartphone you can depend on.
5. Heart-rate monitor
A built-in heart-rate monitor, designed to help you boost your fitness level, may not seem like it has much to do with business. But think about it this way: The healthier you are, the more productive you are. Running a business means constantly juggling work and personal responsibilities, and your smartphone already helps you streamline most other aspects of your life. Why not let it help you stay healthy? The S5's heart-rate monitor is located on the back of the phone, next to the LED flash. Just boot up Samsung's S Health fitness app, and place your finger over the sensor to get an accurate reading. The app will use that information, combined with data you provide about your health and lifestyle, to recommend workout routines. Stick with it to boost your fitness, endurance and energy levels.