Every year Samsung rolls out a new Galaxy smartphone. It’s no surprise that their latest mode, the Samsung Galaxy S5, has a screaming processor, a 16 megapixel camera and an awesome 5.1″ screen. On top of these “latest and greatest” specs Samsung is focusing on fitness with a few features that you may not know about.
S Health is Samsung's built-in app designed as a fitness and health tracker. It includes a daily food log that tracks your calorie intake. You add each meal to the log and it keeps track of how much calories you're eating every single day. It'll also track your jog, bike or hike using GPS, replacing to apps like RunKeeper.
S Health goes even further using the S5's sensors to act as a pedometer. It'll track your activity throughout the day so you can gauge how many steps you're taking and how many calories you're burning. This makes perfect sense since most of us carry our smartphones with us anyhow. You can set goals and the S5 will track your progress toward that daily goal.
The killer health tracking feature is the heart rate detector on the back of the phone. It's just underneath the camera. Place your finger on the sensor and a red light will shine into your index finger. Hold still for a few seconds and the S5 will detect your current heart rate. This information is also stored into S Health so you can track your heart rate throughout the day, week or month. It's a great tool to see if you're getting your heart rate to proper levels when exercising to help you burn those calories.
If the focus is on fitness then the S5 needs to be able to go where you go. This is the first Samsung Galaxy to be water resistant. "Resistant" is the wording that Samsung uses but technically it has a rating that makes the S5 waterproof up to 3 feet underwater. You won't have to worry about sweat shorting out your smartphone when using an armband or a splash by the pool sending your S5 to the repair shop. I ran the S5 under the faucet, even dunked it into a glass of water and it didn't flinch. After a quick dry with a towel, the Galaxy S5 was back in action.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a top of the line smartphone. In fact, it's easily among the top 3 smartphones on the market right now (June 2014.) The new focus on health is an added bonus that may convince many to opt for the S5 instead of other smartphones. The pedometer is nice but the heart rate monitor and waterproofing make it downright impressive.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available on all of the major cell phone carriers and sells for about $200 with a 2 year contract.