Lauched alongside the Samsung Gear 2smartwatch and the Samsung Gear Fit, the new Galaxy phone from Samsung is set to go head to head with the likes of the HTC One(and the rumoured HTC M8) as well as the Sony Xperia Z2and Google Nexus 5.
Samsung Galaxy S5: Size & build
The Samsung Galaxy S5 design is exceedingly iterative, bordering on the conservative. It feels solid in the hand, more so than –say- the S3, and there’s no creaking when flexed.
Weighing in at 145g it’s no featherweight, but won’t ruin the cut of your suit trousers. Vital statistics are 142mm, 72.5mm and 8.1mm thick. A silver ribbed ribbon surround is plastic, not aluminium, and the textured back is almost leatherette without being that crass. There will be four colour variants, charcoal, blue, gold and white.
Samsung Galaxy S5: Features
The new Samsung S5 featureset is where things get interesting – like the S4 with its eye tracking, Samsung has worked hard to get some standout features into the S5. We’re talking an inbuilt Heart Rate monitor (more on that later), a fingerprint sensor linked up to a global PayPal deal, IP 67 water and dust resistance as well as a slew of other improvements covered in detail below.
The fingerprint scanner in particular has been widely rumoured, especially in the wake of Apple’s TouchID commitment on the iPhone 5s, and here is something similar for Android users.
The scanner is located under the home key, which Samsung have done an excellent job of making look completely standard. To set up, swipe 8 times to register each print, up to three prints can be registered. In our initial tests the angle was critical, so bear in mind which hand you’ll be using.
Samsung has struck a ‘global partnership’ deal with PayPal to provide payments via fingerprint reader verification in 26 markets. It’ll be interesting to see the details on the ground in terms of who and where this will be accepted, but at least eBay shopping is likely to be slightly more secure.
Samsung Galaxy S5: Battery
The Samsung S5 comes fitted with a 2800mAH battery, which should be good for a day’s data and talkage – obviously that’s something we’ll be testing out in full as soon as we can get our hands on a full review sample.
Samsung Galaxy S5: Camera
Samsung made a beeline for the high ground in their Unpacked event, stating that the Samsung Galaxy S5 16MP rear camera has the ‘strongest smartphone camera on the market’. This is based on a variety of new functions, such as 4K video recording, autofocus in up to 0.3 seconds, delivering ‘SLR levels of response’ according to Samsung. Next there’s real time HDR that delivers ‘striking image intensity’ and realtime response, as well as the ability to view a ‘live’ preview image.
Finally, there’s selective focus, where you can capture images and change focus later in three ways – near, far and pan. During our brief hands-on, the HDR functioned well, as did the selective focus, but we’ll need to test the S5 in a variety of situations to be definitive. The front camera is a respectable 2MP for your video calling and accurate selfie requirements.
Samsung Galaxy S5: S-Health 3.0
Samsung made a big noise over one of the standout elements of the S5, the Heart Rate monitor built into the back of the handset, next to the camera flash. Hold your finger on the camera and get a readout of your HR. Our test unit made us pretty chuffed, with a resting HR of 51, we’ll have to conduct some real world tests to make sure that’s accurate.
Samsung Galaxy S5: Performance
The usual caveats apply to our hands on time, being both short, sweet and under controlled conditions. However, with a Quad core Krait 2.5GHz chip and 2GB RAM under the hood this was never going to be slow.
Samsung promises that connectivity is first-class, offering 802.11ac with MIMO support, and booster tech using LTE + Wifi in parallel to speed downloads where possible. The S5 also offers Ultra power saving mode at the other end of the spectrum, which dips down to very low power (black and white display, etc) to spin out more battery life when activated.
I owe it to my supporters, sponsors, family and friends to give you the facts on what happened on the press release below.
My initial disqualification that was much later over turned was based on 2 points.
1. I blocked the road
2. I told the controller at the end of the section that stage had been cancelled.
The section in question was a track and in many places there was no way 2 cars could pass. After going past 1 spectator car in the section I came acoss another at high speed and narrowly missed. This was on a stretch of road that neither of us could pass for about 100 meters. After eventually getting the spectator into a safe place, as we were on a corner, I pulled over to where other rally cars could pass. This is not to say that it was safe for the second rally car to pass as the spectator car was still blocking the road. I told Tim to get out and slow baldev down and to get the spectator car off the road as they were clearly in a state of shock by the closeness we came to hitting them and I turned my phone on and called C.o.C Roy Mcenzie and informed him of the events and asked him what we should do next. He thanked us and said he could not make the decision alone and would call back. This whole process took about 3 mins as baldy then arrived. We told him what had happened and that we were waiting for a call from CoC. He pulled up beside us. After another 5-7mins we had not been called so I called the CoC back. He told us that he had spoken to the Kmsf marshal john kamau and he instructed us to get back in the cars and drive out the section and that they would deal with the times. At this point rajbir rai arrived and we also informed him of the incident. I also suggested to Roy that he should call the controller at the beginning of the section to warn drivers of the incident and he said the section would still run and they were not going to close it. Incidentally another spectator car came against rally traffic at this point. We then as per instructions drove out the section non-competitively in convoy and took our time at the control and continued with the rally assuming those that were affected would receive a bogey time. At this time baldy led followed by rajbir and then me. I assumed that the rest of the competitors were warned that the section was unsafe but I now realise non of them were.
We then finished 5 more sections and one service and realised we had not received a bogey time and I had dropped to 13th. I then went to speak to the CoC and Kmsf marshal about what was happening to which they told me our times stood for that section. I appealed to them that this decision was unfair but they said that it was our decision to stop and that was the position of the organisers. I continued to the end of the rally and then waited for 2-3 hours before the CoC, and Kmsf marshal arrived.
I wrote a complaint to which 21 of the 23 finishers signed and agreed to explaining the events and requesting them to review the decisions made and to give those affected (about 8) a bogey time. The response to this was ‘over my dead body are we going to cancel the section and the times stand’ by the CoC and to add to it all they told me I was disqualified for my actions as pointed out above . I never blocked the road or never told the controller at the end of the section the stage had been cancelled. I have witnesses on this too. The Kmsf steward was present and agreed to the CoC decision. This is where things became heated and I genuinely apologise for this but I felt they were being unreasonable.
A few of us then appealed to other officials and a stewards meeting took place. Later Tim and I were called into HQ and told the DQ had been reversed and a sensible solution to the affected section had been agreed on. Also because of our heated confrontation we would serve a suspended 2 rally ban which would be sent to us in writing in due course.
Then results were posted and immediately before anyone had time for the 30min protest time prize giving started. I and a few other noticed we had been given road penalties and now we were in 5th and not in our correct positions. Tim and I ran back to HQ to query this along with many other drivers who thought they had incorrect results. While we were doing this prize giving took place and we could not receive our prize whether correct or not. Our times were audited again and the correct ones now appeared at a much later stage proving we had actually won the event but at that stage the damage of the actions of the CoC had been done. The kcb sponsors, stakeholders and competitors were extremely upset as the event ceremonies turn into a fiasco.
I would like to now explain the reason for decisions I made during the rally.
1. During the safari rally 2013, exactly the same incident occurred where there was a wedding procession coming towards rally cars. The same CoC told us to drive through the section and we all received a bogey time although later cars were made to race through an already proven dangerous section. A Rwandan crew actually had an accident trying to avoid a public vehicle and damaged his car to where he had to retire. It was the same CoC who made this decision now not to give us a bogey time and to allow other cars race through a section knowing it was dangerous.
2. In nyeri last year being first on the road I ignored an oncoming ambulance and carried on only to hear a fellow competitor had had a very serious head on crash with the same vehicle. You can imagine how I felt with that and I promised not to let it happen again. It is my moral obligation to make sure all other competitors and public are safe in our sport.
3. The reason it took so long for me to get moving again was due to the CoC incompetence to make a decision on the spot as they should do and had to call me back. It was actually me who called him after I felt he had taken too long to make one.
4. If I was genuinely there to disrupt the rally I could have stopped the whole rally causing hours of delays but I followed the CoC instructions exactly once I received them.
I have been rallying for 14 years and never once has my code of conduct or reputation been bought into disrepute. I also believe that the CoC carelessly disregarded my professional opinion on safety especially for other competitors behind me and this is the second time he has allowed cars to race on sections that have already had incidents on. I have no intention of travelling all the way to malindi to do what I love and with sponsors behind me to disrupt a rally that I was winning out of malice. If organisers are not willing to take safety matters seriously then it is our moral obligation as drivers to do so. After all we are the ones that will be effected the most. Surely competitive and public safety is paramount and if 2 experienced drivers who are at the site of an incident like this deem the section dangerous, does that not count for something?
A look at the Super Bowl on Sunday night between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. ———
HALFTIME SHOW: Not long after Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers finished at rocking Super Bowl halftime show, Seattle struck again. Percy Harvin, the oft-injured receiver, returned the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for a touchdown and a 29-0 lead. Harvin missed much of the season with a hip injury and missed the NFC championship game with a concussion.
SUPER BLOWOUT: Seattle led 22-0 at halftime of the Super Bowl. It was the third-largest halftime lead in Super Bowl history. Denver was on the short end of the other two as well. The Redskins led 35-10 against the Broncos in the 1988 Super Bowl. The 49ers had a 27-3 lead at the half against Denver in the 1990 Super Bowl. The current Broncos have the highest scoring offense in NFL history, but Peyton Manning and Co. are the first team to be shut out in the first half of a Super Bowl since the New York Giants against Baltimore in 2001. ——— PICK-6: Peyton Manning threw another interception and this one was returned 69-yards for a touchdown by Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith to make the score 22-0 in the second quarter. In recent years, the Super Bowl has delivered a string of close games. The last time a team led by at least 20 points in the first half of a Super Bowl was 1995, when the 49ers jumped out to a 28-7 lead in San Diego. ——— ALL SEATTLE: Camera-shy running back Marshawn Lynch scored the first touchdown, a 1-yard plunge in the second quarter, to give the Seahawks a 15-0 lead. The TD came after Kam Chancellor intercepted Peyton Manning’s pass in Denver territory. Manning’s third Super Bowl could not have started much worse. He threw for 11 yards in the first quarter, the fewest for the NFL MVP since a regular-season game 2002. ——— 5-0: After scoring a safety on the first play from scrimmage, the Seahawks added a short field goal in the first quarter to become the first team in Super Bowl history to lead 5-0. It was the third straight year a safety was scored in the Super Bowl. ——— THAT WAS FAST: The Seahawks needed just 12 seconds to put points on the board, the fastest score in Super Bowl history. Appropriately, it came with the Seattle defense on the field. On the very first snap of the game, Peyton Manning was going through his typical complex calls, looking away from center Manny Ramirez, when the ball suddenly went sailing past him and into the end zone. Knowshon Moreno fell on it to prevent a Seahawks touchdown, but the safety gave Seattle a 2-0 lead. ——— NO COLD: The game-time temperature was chilly — by Miami standards. The 49 degrees felt nothing like February in the Northeast. So much for all the concerns leading up to the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city. ——— TAILS NEVER FAILS: Broadway Joe was looking the part: Joe Namath, New York football royalty as MVP of the third Super Bowl for the Jets, wore a gaudy fur coat for the coin toss. After a false start on the first attempt, the Seahawks called tails, and they were right. Seattle deferred to the second half. ——— OPERATIC ANTHEM: Soprano Renee Fleming hit some high notes on “land of the free” likely never heard before at a Super Bowl when she sang the national anthem. Regal in a long white cape over a black dress, Fleming finished in 2 minutes, 3 seconds, easily the under the 2:25 for the proposition bet. ——— GRAND ENTRANCES: Seattle ran onto the field first, led by a soaring hawk and with linebacker Heath Farwell carrying the 12th Man flag. Denver followed a galloping horse.
Rajbir Rai, son of the legendary two times Kenya Champion Sarbi Rai, registered his maiden career Kenya National Rally Championship victory following brilliant displays in the Coast yesterday. Rajbir, who was voted the most improved rally driver at last weekend’s Kenya Motosports Federation Annual Awards, drove his Mitsubishi EVOX machine to victory in KCB Malindi Rally brimming with confidence. Navigated by Tim Challen, Rajbir drove aggressively in the second half of the event. Rajbir clocked 2:02.22 hours followed by Jassi Chatthe on 2:07.58 while Manvir Baryan sealed the podium dash in 2:09.54 hours. Rajbir had his campaign effectively sewn up when Tundo and Chager lost time in CS5 after stopping for safety reasons. The biggest casualty of the day was Ian Duncan who retired on the 37km CS4 Dida stage with a broken front left suspension arm. Carl Tundo opened a 10 seconds lead from Chager after the first four stages but not until the CS5 incident which saw them dip further below the leader-board. Tundo was later disqualified for stopping his car on CS5. According to KMSF steward John Kamau, Tundo stopped his Mitsubsihsi EVO9 at CS5 citing safety traffic concerns. Kamau said Tundo subsequently waved down Chager who stopped at the same location but only for the rest of the crews to proceed with the stage. The leading drivers thereafter appealed to organisers to cancel CS5 which stewards declined thus disqualifying Tundo for what they termed “unsportsman behaviour”. Kamau, in reference to the national competition rules said: “Competitors are not allowed to stop the running of an event by blocking the route or rescheduling the event without the express permission of the clerk of the course via the Control officials. Penalty for this clause is exclusion.” The rally saw some drivers fail to master the 395km course. Issa Amwari and his partner job Njiru retired with turbo problems and had their 2014 KNRC campaign stymied at an early stage There was quite a bit of excitement for the crowds at the spectator stage in Mlaindi town. Don Smith and Bob Kaugi got well from the time control but was stuck in the dust. Eventually, they had to be pulled out by the course car. Other casualties were Dennis Mwenda, Leo Varese, Sudesh Hirani and Imran Mogul. The Malindi based father and son crew of Kantilal and Milan Kukadia were ythe early casualties after rolling at CS1. Khalid Yusuf (Toyota Levin) also developed fever in the cockpit and had to kiss the event goodbye at CS4. Official KCB Malindi Rally Results 1. Carl Tundo 1:56.55 2. Boldy Chager 1:57.52 3. Jassi Chatthe 1:49.22 4. Manvir Baryan 2:00.32 5. Onkar Rai 2:02.19 6. Rajbir Rai 2:02.29 7. Alex Horsey 2:13.43 8. Jasmeet 2:16.09 9. Naushad 2:18.59 10. Quentin Mitchell 2:24.40 11. Alasdair Keith 2:2712 12. Hussein Malik 2:28.48 13. Nadeem Kana 2:40.44 14. Asad Anwar 2:46.29 15. Gurmit Thethy 2:48.03 16. Tejvir Rai 2:56.13 17. Mahesh Halai 2:57.37 18. Anwar Pandya 3:02.51 19. Nzioka Waita 3:28.40 20. Don Smith 3:35.12 21. Eric Njogu 4:05.14 22 aslam Khan 4.14.01 23. Yusuf Pasta 4:14.24