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Fitness Bracelet for the Samsung Galaxy S IV: the official way to track your progress

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Genuine Samsung Galaxy S4 S Band Fitness Bracelet

It’s fair to say that Samsung placed an awful lot of attention on the built-in apps and features on the Samsung Galaxy S IV; showcasing new additions like Smart Scroll, Smart Pause and Air View. Another of the additions to the S4 is the improved S Health app: a health-tracking app which was launched last year but has been revamped for the new flagship handset.

S Health is great for those who like to keep on top of their fitness – it uses the built-in pedometer on the phone to calculate how many steps you take or far you run. It can also measure the temperature and humidity of the room you’re in to help calculate fitness levels and works with diet tracking as it can pull calorie details of common foods – everything you need to see how your fitness is can be found on the app.

To work in conjunction with S Health, Samsung have announced the Genuine Samsung Galaxy S IV S Band Fitness bracelet – a pretty clever wrist band which is available in a range of colours. The band measures your exercise details, including recording the amount of steps taken, as well as calories burned and distance covered. The band can then be synced with the S Health app to show your daily activity and give suggestions of how you can improve.  The S Band shows real-time information on the S IV and is really simple to pair; once the band has been set up it doesn’t need to b set-up again: all data and information is saved.

Not only great for tracking exercise, the S Band also tracks your sleep efficiency, highlighting how much you move during sleep, so that you can make informed decisions about your sleep pattern and ensuring you get the best sleep possible.

One of the best fitness Galaxy S IV accessories available, the S Band is even waterproof up to 10m meaning that it can be worn at all times and you don’t need to worry about it getting damaged by the weather or in the shower. Not matter where you are you can track your progress.

An easy way to game with the Genuine Samsung Galaxy S4 Game Pad

Monday, March 18th, 2013

With the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S4 last week came a plethora of Genuine Samsung accessories including cases, covers, batteries and docks; plus some more obscure accessories including the Fitness Bracelets and the Game Pad.

The Genuine Samsung Galaxy S4 Game Pad is an excellent addition to the Galaxy S4 accessories line up; honing in on the entertainment aspect of the S4 and giving game playing on mobiles a new lease of life.

Really easy to use, the S4 simply sits snugly in the adjustable clamp section of the Game Pad. The clamp can reach up to 6.3″ in width too, so it will work with slim Galaxy S4 covers on the phone. This keeps the phone protected even when using it with the Game Pad and saves having to remove the cover every time you wish to play games on the phone.

The controller of the Game Pad looks like a standard pad; having two analog sticks, a d-pad, four action buttons, shoulder keys and the usual start, back, home and select buttons. All the buttons you need to get the best gaming experience are included on the pad.

Connecting to the S4 wirelessly using bluetooth, there’s no need for fiddly wires and connections when using the Game Pad; simply attach it to the phone and you’re ready to play. To make things even quicker you could set up an NFC TecTile to pair the phone and Game Pad together with a touch.

The Galaxy S4 charger port remains free when using the Game Pad, so that you can continue playing for as long as you like without the fear of running out of juice on the S4.

Use the Game Pad in the car, on the go or at home; play against your friends, play on your own – just keep the fun of the Galaxy S4 going!

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S4: What was announced

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Samsung Unpacked 2013 has just concluded, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been announced ahead of its launch this spring. The phone looks great, with powerful hardware, a crazy amount of software additions and a wide range of accessories. Here are the key points to know.

Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy S4 resembles the earlier Galaxy S3, but is slimmer, lighter and more solid. It has a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display which works even if you have gloves on.

It’s powered by a eight-core big.LITTLE processor (in certain countries), backed with 2 GB of RAM and 16, 32 or 64 GB of internal storage plus microSD. There’s a 13 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel camera on the front. The battery has a capacity of 2,600 mAh.

In terms of cellular connectivity, we’ve got the usual 3G and 4G LTE options. The phone also comes with Wi-Fi ac, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and an IR blaster. The sensor suite includes the standard GPS, accelerometer and digital compass, but also includes temperature, humidity and IR gestures.

The Galaxy S4 comes in a polycarbonate chassis in Black Mist or White Frost colours (aka Black and White). It measures 136.6 mm tall, 69.8 mm wide and 7.9 mm thick. The phone weighs 130 grams. Overall, very light and thin given its strong specifications and large screen.

Software

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has an upgraded Nature UX, running TouchWiz on Android 4.2.2.

Samsung have built a number of new and existing features into its Galaxy S4 smartphone, that formed the bulk of their Samsung Unpacked presentation. I’ll run through them now.

The camera software is pretty cool. You can record video or take photos from both front and rear cameras, as well as use Sound and Shot to record five seconds of audio before or after you take a photo. Drama Shot allows you to take 100+ shots in four seconds, then select some of these to appear in a composite photo. The compositing can also remove people from photos.

Gesture control is also a big thing. You can swipe through photos that you’ve taken by swiping above the screen (similar to how the Note II worked with a stylus) with something called Air Gesture. You can also accept calls using air gestures. Finally, you can scroll through text automatically and have videos pause when you look away.

S Translator is a kind of universal translator app, which allows you to do text to speech or speech to text between ten languages. The app includes useful phrases that work offline. The S Translator app also includes an optical reader, so you can translate written text. The translation also works in the Samsung email and text clients.

Samsung also have thought about driving. They’ve got an app called S Voice Drive, which has voice controls as well as larger fonts and such. You can have it read out messages to you, or dictate messages to it. Pretty similar functionality to Siri, it looks like.

If you upgrade to the Galaxy S4, you can use Samsung’s Smart Switch program to transfer your data to your PC, and then onto the S4.

Business users can rely on Samsung Knox, which is reportedly a high security version of Android. It includes the same work / play division as the BlackBerry Z10.

Samsung Group Play reportedly allows each phone to act as a separate speaker, so if you somehow know someone else with a Galaxy S4 you can all hang out and play music. You can also play games and share photographs.

Chat On allows you to do a dual video call, letting your chat partners see video from both of your cameras.

All in all, one of the most comprehensive software packages we’ve ever seen on an Android phone.

Accessories

There are the usual wide range of cases and covers available, as well as some new cloud and health related accessories.

The S View Cover has a hole cut into it so you can see the time, incoming calls and other important information. The Pouch is pretty much a nice looking pouch. The Flip Cover is available in a wide range of colours and is similar to the one we saw for the Galaxy S III, replacing the rear cover and adding screen protection. The Protective Case is a harder case designed for resisting scratches and impacts.

Home Sync is a personal cloud device that sits at your house, which has 1 TB of storage shared among eight users. An easy home server. The Home Sync also plays video to a connected HDTV or mirror content from the Galaxy S4.

The Galaxy S4 has a suite of health applications called S Health, which allow you record a variety of statistics about your body. There are also a host of health-related accessories available.

You can view all of our Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories here.

Conclusion

Phew – looks like that’s just about it! Thanks for reading through all that – while it may have taken a while, it probably was a lot quicker than Samsung’s hour-long presentation!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.

Reactions

So far the most common reaction I’ve heard is that the Galaxy S4 is too close to the Galaxy S3! It’s true, they do share a very similar design, but I think Samsung has reached that Apple-like critical mass where it can play conservatively in some areas and still succeed. The Galaxy S3 was a popular phone, so why change it in every aspect? Instead, they’ve focused on upgrading the internals to be as good or better as any other phone on the market and added a host of software features the like of which we haven’t seen before. So I don’t think the Galaxy S4 is too close to the Galaxy S3!

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Samsung Unpacked 2013 coverage: Samsung Galaxy S4

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Good afternoon folks! Today is the day that we expect to see the Samsung Galaxy S4 finally announced, after months of rumours, leaks and speculation.

Samsung have scheduled their Unpacked event in New York for a rather awkward time for those of us in the UK: 11 PM. I’ll be staying up to provide a wrap-up of the event, so you’ll be able to see what was announced tomorrow if you don’t fancy hanging around a computer that long.

Here’s the event stream, which should have an up-to-date countdown timer for you:

It should be quite exciting, despite the late arrival. I’m expecting a suitably powerful phone, the first to launch with an eight-core processor (with four A15 cores for power and four A7 cores for efficiency). The phone will also compete with the HTC One and the Xperia Z, offering a five-inch 1080p display, 2 GB of RAM and a strong PowerVR GPU.

In terms of software, we’re expecting Samsung to debut a number of improvements to their TouchWiz add-on to Jelly Bean, including “Smart Scroll” which automatically scrolls through text as you reach the end of a paragraph and “Smart Pause” which pauses video when you look away.

We’ll be adding Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories immediately after the event, on top of the few Samsung Galaxy S4 cases that we have already added to our virtual shelves.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to share them below!

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More Samsung Galaxy S4 cases

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Wow, what a day. We’ve got a second set of Samsung Galaxy S4 case images from another supplier, and this time they’ve got the actual cases instead of just press renderings.

They are consistent with the leaked Samsung Galaxy S4 that we saw earlier this week, as well as the other cases that we posted earlier today. That means we’ve got an LED flash below the centralised camera, with the speaker offset at the bottom. There are the standard button arrangements, with volume on the left and lock on the right. There’s also a headphone jack at the top and a microUSB port on the bottom.

Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!

A polycarbonate Galaxy S4 case

Another shot of the polycarbonate case

A TPU case for the Galaxy S4

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