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Samsung Galaxy S7 Rumors Point To Magnesium Alloy Frame
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melgross
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1/5/2016 | 8:44:47 PM
Re: Ho hum, another Samsung phone.
In case you're not aware of it, the UI is part of the OS, And it isn't that simple.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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1/2/2016 | 2:12:23 AM
Re: Ho hum, another Samsung phone.
I am willing to see some killer stuff invented by Samsung to beat Apple - it would be exciting to see more competition in the market. More competition means more benefit to consumers.
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12/30/2015 | 10:06:22 PM
Re: Ho hum, another Samsung phone.
@SachinEE. I loved the dotted back cover of the Galaxy S5. I wonder why they did away with that. Maybe because with all the other phones becoming so pretty to behold, Samsung was feeling insecure. And Samsung went all glass. Make a phone beautiful and luxurious. But also makes it slippery.
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12/30/2015 | 10:04:03 PM
Re: Ho hum, another Samsung phone.
@SachinEE: I have to side with Melgross on this one. The Iris has had varying reviews. For some it has worked 100 percent of the time and for some (I saw in some reviews) it had worked 3/4 times. I think that is acceptable since iris scanners have just been launched and will grow better in the coming months.
SunitaT0
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SunitaT0,
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12/30/2015 | 10:01:23 PM
Re: Ho hum, another Samsung phone.
@Melgross: Every phone is becoming better with developing tech. And it takes only an API upgrade for 3D touch to be supported on any Android device. Moreover it is not an OS element rather an UI element. And for Samsung making this change in their TouchWiz UI (which I think is the worst possible UI, even though I am a Samsung user for ever) wouldn't be difficult.
melgross
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melgross,
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12/29/2015 | 11:22:12 AM
Re: Ho hum, another Samsung phone.
sachinEE, that's a pretty big assumption. When Samsung first rushed to copy Apple with a fingerprint scanner, they screwed it up badly. It was worthless. Even now, without Google supporting encrypted fingerprint information, Samsung, and others, keep this private information in an easily broken into place, in an easily read form. I have little confidence that Samsung will get this right either. But the Win Phone reader does NOT work well. Just read the reviews and articles about it. I'm sorry, but 80%, or worse, does not make a useful device. It must work 99.9% correctly. For consumer devices, iris scanners are not ready for prime time. I understand that with a rapidly disappearing smartphone footprint, Microsoft came out with this, and with Samsung's dropping Galaxy S sales, they may feel as though they need to have something like this too, because it's the latest thing, you know? Just like they're going to give us a copy of Apple's 3D Touch this year. We'll see how well that works out without support for it in the OS itself.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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12/28/2015 | 9:53:27 PM
Re: Ho hum, another Samsung phone.
The year must have gone around extremely fast because people are still getting adjusted to the S6 and S6 Edge. To include magnesium, I agree with Melgross. Magnesium is a soft metal at thin slices and is prone to breaking on falls. Samsung should do away with its smooth metal body because that provides so little grip!
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12/28/2015 | 9:50:35 PM
Re: Ho hum, another Samsung phone.
@Melgross: The lumia 950 Iris scanner is pretty good. It is fairly accurate as well. Remember when we used to complain to Samsung for making an inaccurate fingerprint scanner in the S5? Times have changed since then. Maybe Samsung knows what it is doing.
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melgross,
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12/28/2015 | 11:28:38 AM
Ho hum, another Samsung phone.
While magnesium can have some advantages in thicker parts, and in larger ones, in thin devices such as a phone, where the metal needs to be very thin, it becomes more brittle than aluminum. While aluminum can bend a certain amount, and spring back into shape, magnesium is stiff, and then just breaks. With Samsung's new glass on both sides designs, magnesium would be an odd choice. As far as an irsis scanner goes, well, that's just a bad idea. We see how well a small, cheap one works with Win Phone. Not very well. All the reports have them at best, with an 80% accuracy rate, and some say that it's been much worse, depending on conditions. Why bother, except for the ability to announce yet another "feature"?


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