Why Samsung's Galaxy S5 is the best business smartphone

Why Samsung's Galaxy S5 is the best business smartphone

Summary: Samsung didn't need revolutionary features to make its latest flagship a worthy choice for enterprise customers, road warriors -- and anyone who wants a device that will last a few years. Here are 10 reasons to consider the S5.

10 reasons the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the best business smartphone
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Yesterday Samsung introduced the Galaxy S5, which looks a lot like the Galaxy S4 and III with some evolutionary improvements. ZDNet's Jason Perlow thinks it is just another Android device, but I have to say it may just be the best Android device available for the enterprise customer in the first half of 2014.

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I previously wrote five reasons that Galaxy Note 3 was the best smartphone for the road warrior -- and it remains a fantastic choice. However, I think the Galaxy S5 goes even further with more functions and features that are attractive to the business customer. Here are 10 reasons the new Galaxy S5 is the best smartphone for the enterprise.

  1. Advanced sensors: Samsung includes a fingerprint sensor, heart rate monitor, and IR blaster in the Galaxy S5. I like that the fingerprint sensor can be used for device security (I find this very handy on the iPhone 5s) as well as for mobile payments -- with potential for even more functionality in the future. As a fitness fan, I appreciate how the heart rate monitor can help improve my health. I love the IR blaster on my HTC One and won't buy an Android device without one. It is especially useful for hotel room TVs.

  2. Dust and water resistance: After testing the Sony Xperia Z1s, I would have bought one if the screen wasn't so washed out. I decided I want a water-resistant phone to use out in the field. I understand you need the headphone jack cover in place, like the earlier Xperia Z models, but that is fine for most of the time I use a phone outside.

  3. Samsung Knox 2.0: Samsung's Knox technology offers advanced security features that helps make the S5 more attractive to businesses.

  4. Removable battery: I have to admit I was afraid that Samsung was going the route of everyone else with an integrated battery, so I was relieved to see they still offer a removable version. It has a bit more capacity than the S4 and road warriors will love the ability to swap them out when away from a plug.

  5. microSD card slot: Like the battery, I thought we might see this go away on the S5. The microSD slot is not very useful for apps, but allows you to store media and easily show files directly with a PC connection.

  6. Gear 2 and Fit connectivity: Samsung updated its Samsung Galaxy smartwatch offerings and I think these look great for the business user who needs to triage incoming notifications without having to focus on the phone. The Gear 2 and Fit are functional extensions of the Samsung experience and look to be quality pieces of gear.

  7. Latest mobile processor: Samsung includes the Snapdragon 801 processor in the S5 so you won't have to wait for things to happen on your phone. Demo and hands-on videos show people flying around the device and no one wants to be waiting for things to happen on their phones today.

  8. Advanced camera software: When I am out doing work in shipyards and in the field, I notice that most  people use their smartphone cameras to capture photos of projects. Samsung's 16 megapixel camera has an enhanced user interface and new functions such as advanced HDR, Selective Focus, and more.

  9. Large display, yet pocketable form factor: Samsung increased the display just a bit to 5.1 inches with a slight size and weight increase over the S4. It is still more pocketable than the Note 3 and I understand the display is gorgeous, as expected from Samsung. A large display is handy for messaging and viewing documents on the go.

  10. Improved UX: Samsung's TouchWIZ is pretty overwhelming and sometimes frustrating, but their new interface looks to be more efficient and useful. Business users will still have plenty of customization available, but shouldn't feel as frustrated by the experience.

Samsung will sell millions of the S5 devices and I think it is pretty clear that it is a worthy smartphone to consider for road warriors, photographers, media junkies, and those who want a phone that lasts at least a couple years. It may not have any significant revolutionary features or blow away everyone, but there are some unique features and existing functionality has been improved.

I won't judge the Galaxy S5 until I get a chance to test one out. But given that I love my HTC One I am also going to wait to see what HTC announces on 25 March in New York before deciding which of these two smartphones earns my 2014 dollars.

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Topics: Mobility, Android, MWC, Samsung, Smartphones

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  • Yet it runs Android

  • Yet it runs Android

    Wow, what a surprise that an Android phone would actually run Android.
    • It runs Android by choice of Samsung, but the phone is not "Android",

      and could be made to run other OSes, if Samsung deemed it necessary or prudent.
  • Galaxy S5

    "I won't judge the Galaxy S5 until I get a chance to test one out."

    You just called it the best business smartrphone without testing?
    Glad I am not in business with Mathew Miller.
    James Moore
    • I think everyone who reads Matt's blog will understand your point, James.

      I have to admit Matt demonstrated an amazing degree of Chutzpah when he annotated Samsung's talking points for it's new phone and then heralded the Galaxy S5 as "The Smartphone" for enterprise clients. Grin.
    • He called this

      by specs alone based on the specs of the competition.
  • Its NOT a business smartphone...because it runs android.

    Android is not allowed in five mile radius of any enterprise.
    • I gues your company is in the desert...

      You will always find an Android in an enterprise - somewhere.

      With 80% of the phone market, nearly every company will have one in the building.
      • Market share and reach are higher

        Market share and reach are higher but 10% apps in google play are malware as per recent zdnet article. Enterprise should think again before going android.
        • 10% of what?

          10% of games and free apps outside the Google marketplace. Are you somehow mistaken in believing all users download all apps?
          • No I am not talking about apps downloaded from 3rd parties

            No I am not talking about apps downloaded from 3rd parties, I am talking about apps from google play.

            "The end result is that RiskIQ claims that in 2013 no less than 12.7 percent of all Google Play apps were malware. "

            source: http://www.zdnet.com/riskiq-claims-malicious-android-apps-up-by-almost-400-percent-on-google-play-7000026512/

            still can't believe?
          • Did you even read that article?

            Event the author didn't believe RiskIQ's claims. There numbers were all sorts of off in many different and untrustworthy ways. So no, I at least still do not believe!
      • Only in extreme BYOD scenarios

        where more or less unmanaged devices are permitted in the door. Most admins I know will tolerate WinPhone 8 and iOS, and love the heck out of BlackBerry, but will handle Android only with distaste and worry.

        It isn't Android's security model that's the problem - it is just that there isn't tons of MDM support, and Google Play hasn't exactly been sharp with the malware vetting.
        • Enterprise Admin

          Hate iOS, because historically, iOS has hosed Exchange servers numerous times.

          We love BlackBerry, and tolerate Android.

          We use BES10 to manage them all.

          If you're looking at a Galaxy S5, consider the BlackBerry Z30 instead.
        • Only in extreme BYOD scenarios?

          My 10,000 admin acquaintances would disagree as they hate iOS and Winphone and say Android is the best thing since sliced bread.

          Oh and btw, I made that up. You're full of it.
    • Luddite Business Arm?

      Mine been using Android (and iOS and Windows) for a while now .... the whole byod thing.
      Yours appears to be stuck in the rut avoiding change.
      • BYOD has min requirements

        At least locally, BYOD precludes Android devices. Iphone and Blackberry are the only devices currently covered.
        • BYOD

          BES 10 has the best MDM for Android, iOS, and BlackBerry, and protects the integrity of personal and corporate data, by completely segregating them.
    • Owl:Net - you show your ignorance!

      At a 250,000+ employee IT company, we have been issued with Android based phones. Think again!
    • That is not true

      There are some Android phones being used in enterprise environments - but there are many more iPhones being used and I have yet to see any WP devices being used in the enterprise. WHY is that Owlnet?