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Sunday, 16 August 2015

How to back up the Samsung Galaxy S5

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is pretty tough, but there’s no phone so tough that it can’t be broken, lost, water damaged, stolen, affected by malware or crushed under the wheels of a bus - and what happens then? If you’ve backed up your stuff, you can pick up where you left off. Here’s how to backup the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Why cloud services mean you don’t have to backup too much

Services such as Google Calendar, Google Photos and Gmail use the cloud - that is, the stuff you save is stored on Google’s servers, and Google is awfully good at making sure nothing happens to that stuff. Nevertheless the golden rule of backup applies here: if something matters to you, you should have more than one copy of it.
If you’ve got valuable memories in Google Photos but nowhere else, it’s a really smart idea to download them and store them separately, or to duplicate them in a free Flickr account. That way if something were to go terribly wrong with Google Photos or something happened to your account, you’d still have your pics.
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Cloud services backup automatically, but don't rely on them: copy anything important. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to back up the Samsung Galaxy S5: your choices

The simplest way to backup your Samsung Galaxy S5 is to use Samsung’s own Kies software, which is the same program you use to update software on your phone and which is available for free for both PC and Mac.
If you just want to back up media files such as music, movies and photos, that’s even easier: connect your Galaxy to your PC with its USB cable and your PC will treat it like a flash drive, so you can navigate its folders and copy their contents to your PC. The main ones are Pictures and Movies, plus any folders you’ve created. This works on Macs too, but Macs can’t see the Galaxy S5 without the aid of additional software such as Android File Transfer. That one’s freeware.
There’s a third option, which is to buy third party backup software such as MobileTrans, which is available for both PC and Mac. It offers one-click backup and restore and really couldn’t be easier to use; it’s available from WonderShare for $39.95. That’s for a lifetime personal licence covering one computer and two to five devices, which is handy as it means you’ll be able to access updates if you buy a newer Galaxy. If you’d rather save money, a one-shot licence for up to two devices is $19.95.

How to back up the Samsung Galaxy S5 with the Samsung Kies app

Kies is free and simple, but doesn't backup everything. / © Samsung
Launch the Kies program and connect your Galaxy S5 to your PC or Mac with a USB cable. In Kies you should see four tabs at the top: Basic Information; Sync; Import/Export and Backup/restore. That last one is the one we want here.
It’s important to note that Kies only backs up content stored on the internal memory, so if you have files on a microSD card you’ll need to back them up separately as we’ve already described.
You’ll see you have four options to back up: contacts, vide, music, photos. Select the ones you want to back up and then click on the Back Up button. As you’d expect, restoring from a backup is just the same process but using the Restore bit of the same screen.

How to back up the Samsung Galaxy S5 with your Google Account

Kids only does so much, but Google does a lot. In your phone, go into Settings > General > Backup and Reset and look for the “back up my data” and “automatic restore” boxes. If checked, these options will automatically back up your bookmarks, Wi-Fi passwords, app data and Google settings to Google’s servers, making it easy to get them back if anything happens to your Google account. You’ll need a Google Account to use that feature, but Android isn’t much fun without one so you’ve probably got that already.
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Your phone can automatically backup key data to Google's servers. / © AndroidPIT

How to back up the Samsung Galaxy S5 with your Samsung Account

Samsung has its own cloud service too, and you can backup key data to that from your phone. Go into Applications > Settings > User and Backup > Accounts and check that you’re signed in with your Samsung account. If you are, your phone will automatically sync your calendar, contacts and internet settings to your Samsung account.

How to back up the Samsung Galaxy S5 by copying contacts to the SIM card

That’s an easy one. Go into Applications > Contacts and tap the three-dot menu icon. Now choose Settings > Contacts > Import/Export > Export to SIM card > Select All. Now tap Done and then OK, and your phone will copy all your contacts to your SIM card.
Do you back up your S5 as often as you should, or do you let your Google and Samsung accounts take the strain? Let us know in the comments.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

This is why the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 won't come to Europe

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Samsung has revealed that the Galaxy Note 5 will not be making its way to Europe. I have long suspected that the Note series is coming to an end, and the decision not to launch the latest model in Europe suggests that might indeed be the case. But with both the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ being released elsewhere, why is the Note 5 being withheld from Europe? 
The answer almost certainly lies within another question: why would Samsung release two almost identical devices at the same time? Either to test an unproven formula, or to initiate the withdrawal of a series while introducing a new one. In the end, either method would probably end with the same result.
Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+: The pen makes the difference. / © Samsung via evleaks

S Pen vs Dual Edge

Though the Galaxy S6 was a commercial disappointment, the S6 Edge was a surprise success. This would indicate to Samsung that its future phablet success could lie with a high-end dual-edge display variant, rather than a more 'typical' smartphone model.
The original Samsung Galaxy Note was probably one of the company's biggest innovations, but the large display became less of a unique selling point with every passing year, and for two years its size stagnated at 5.7 inches, while the competition continued to get larger. With 5.5-inch handsets now fairly commonplace, the extra fifth of an inch on the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 4 no longer seems, if you'll forgive the pun, noteworthy. 
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The Galaxy S6 (left) and Galaxy S6 edge: Samsung created two variations of its flagship. / © ANDROIDPIT
As for Samsung's S Pen, the stylus it introduced for use with its phablets, our sources in Germany tell us that only 20 percent of Note-owners actually use the stylus. It seems the biggest of Samsung's recent innovations have exceeded their expiry dates.
The dual-edge display, however, is currently Samsung's big USP, and to date no one has reproduced it in the same way. Samsung has a real opportunity to capitalize on innovation once again. But maybe people do still prefer the old-style Note phablet and stylus? It could be that Samsung is running a Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ 'test', to see which proves the most popular. 
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The last two Note devices (middle, right) hardly differed from each other at all. / © Samsung, 

Is the fate of the Note sealed?

If the Galaxy Note 5 will be released in the US, but not in Europe, then it might be a sign that the future of the Note series has been decided.
It seems that Samsung has finally realized what I have been saying for years. The success of the iPhone owes a lot to the fact that the brand is so well known and recognizable. 
Samsung's most identifiable smartphone characteristic is currently the dual-edge display, so it makes sense to branch it out to as many products as it can. The S6 Edge+ takes that dual-edge display to a larger, Note-sized device – why would Samsung need a Galaxy Note when it has that?
Are you disappointed to be missing out on the Galaxy Note 5 in Europe? Let us know in the comments below. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison: huge competition

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The new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is pretty nifty, but it’s going up against Apple’s biggest and best iPhone, the iPhone 6 Plus, and a successor to that could be unveiled as soon as next month. How does the Note 5 fare against Apple’s current big beast? Let’s find out in our Galaxy Note 5 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison.
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Galaxy Note 5 vs iPhone 6 Plus: design and build quality

Let’s face it. The new Note really looks like the iPhone 6 Plus, albeit without the attention to detail that Apple lavishes on its hardware. The Note 5 measures in at 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm and weighs 171 g. 
The 172 g Plus is Apple’s biggest phone, at 158.1 mm tall and 77.8 mm wide, but it may be a little too thin - early reports suggested it was a little bendy, something that’s been addressed with the imminent 6S, but it’s still a work of engineering art. Nobody makes phones quite like Apple does. 
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Galaxy Note 5 vs iPhone 6 Plus: display

The Galaxy Note 5 has a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display delivering 2,560 x 1,440 pixels at 518 ppi, and it’s absolutely superb: pin sharp with excellent color reproduction and good viewing angles. As with any AMOLED the display can be a little bright for some tastes, but that’s easy to adjust in each device’s Settings panel. The display is protected with the latest generation of Gorilla Glass, which comes with claims of 80 percent better durability than the glass on some lesser smartphones.
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The QHD Note 5 has a far higher pixel count than the iPhone 6 Plus. / © ANDROIDPIT
Apple’s screen is smaller and less dense: it’s a 5.5-inch backlit IPS LCD with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels at 401 ppi. The viewing angles are superb and color reproduction is excellent, but the Note has the more impressive display.

Galaxy Note 5 vs iPhone 6 Plus: processor and storage

The Note 5 comes packing an eight-core Exynos 7420 processor with 4 GB of RAM, and it’s backed up with either 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage, but no microSD card slot. Samsung hasn’t announced clock speeds yet but the same processor in the Galaxy S6 is clocked with four cores at 2.1 GHz and four at 1.5 GHz.
The iPhone has Apple’s A8 processor, which is a dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM-based system of Apple’s own making. On paper it’s rubbish compared to the octa-core Exynos, but Apple’s total control of hardware and OS means it can optimize its devices really well. The Note is by far the faster device, but iOS is smoother than even Lollipop, which is likely to cancel out the spec advantage here. There’s just 1 GB of on-board RAM and the choice of non-upgradeable storage is 16, 64 or 128 GB.
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Neither the Galaxy Note 5, nor the iPhone 6 Plus, have a removable battery or microSD card support. / © ANDROIDPIT

Galaxy Note 5 vs iPhone 6 Plus: camera

The Note 5 has a 5 MP front-facing selfie snapper and a 16 MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation. It’s the same as the current Galaxy S6 camera and sensor, which we've previously found to be really good.
It’s another on-paper defeat for Apple here: its main camera may have optical stabilization and a dual LED flash, but it’s just 8 MP. However, it’s backed by one of the best sensors in the business, so don’t let that number make you think iPhone 6 Plus photos aren’t good. They are, and rumors suggest the next model will be getting Sony’s latest sensor and a mystery next-gen camera system. How exciting.
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In terms of raw pixel count, the Note 5 has the higher resolution camera. / © ANDROIDPIT

Galaxy Note 5 vs iPhone 6 Plus: software

The Note 5 runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with Samsung’s recently slimmed down TouchWiz, and will get Android M when the operating system is finished.
iPhones, of course, run iOS. The current version is iOS 8 and the Plus will get iOS 9 when it’s launched in the fall. You either like iOS or you don’t; but the similarities between iOS and Android grow with each release.
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Both handsets are slim and smooth. / © ANDROIDPIT

Galaxy Note 5 vs iPhone 6 Plus: battery

The Galaxy Note 5 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery, which is significantly larger than the 2,550 mAh unit you’ll find inside the Galaxy S6. It also gets the same power saving and power management features we saw in the S6, so hopefully that means all-day battery life – something the Galaxy S6 doesn’t always manage. The Note 5 also supports fast charging, which tops the battery up by around a third in 15 minutes. Full charging takes two hours using wireless charging or 90 minutes with a cabled charger.
Apple doesn’t offer wireless charging or fast charging, and its 2,915 mAh battery is slightly smaller than the Note 5’s. However, Apple did a good job with battery optimization in iOS 8 and the iPhone’s difficulties in going all day are largely gone.
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The Galaxy Note 5 lacks a reversible USB Type-C connector, sadly. / © ANDROIDPIT

Galaxy Note 5 vs iPhone 6 Plus: early verdict

The Note 5 is a superb phone, and on paper at least it deals blow after blow to Apple’s biggest iPhone: it’s got a bigger, better screen, much faster processing, more RAM and more megapixels. Apple’s control of hardware and software means it can narrow the gap somewhat by optimizing like crazy, but there’s been a year of tech improvements between last year’s iPhone and this year’s Note.
For now the Note is arguably the better phone, but that’s likely to change in September when Apple is expected to unveil its 2015/2016 models. The Note may have caught up and perhaps zoomed past Apple, but Apple isn’t going to take that lying down.
What do you think? If money were no object, which one would you go for?

Friday, 7 August 2015

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Leaked in New Image; Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Name 'Confirmed'

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After Samsung Philippines' teased the launch of upcoming Galaxy Note 5 via a dedicated countdown page, it was the turn of a telecom operator to tease the same. Taiwan Mobile has teased the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in an image also showing the S Pen stylus. Additionally, Samsung Netherlands has seemingly confirmed the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus name ahead of the launch.
The Taiwan-based operator shared an image purportedly showing the side profile of the Galaxy Note 5, which appears to be slimmer than the Galaxy Note 4. In the image, the S Pen is also seen to house a button, as in the previous versions of the stylus. While the image doesn't give away new details about the handset, it tips that Samsung has kept its Galaxy Note 5 sleek.
Another piece of news, this time from Samsung stables, is that the company has seemingly confirmed the Galaxy Note S6 Edge Plus naming ahead of August 13 launch.
The Samsung Netherlands website listed the handset's name in a contest as "Samsung S6 Edge Plus" for registrations. According to the promotional contest (viaPhone Arena), the duration for registrations for the contest for interested consumers was from August 5 to August 11. Notably, Samsung Netherlands' dedicated page for the Galaxy Unpacked 2015 lists previous flagships, saying, "Evolution of the Galaxy" starting from Samsung Galaxy S1, launched in 2010, to the Samsung Galaxy S6, launched earlier this year. It appears as if the company is teasing the launch the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, which is said to be the company's large-screen variant of the Galaxy S6 Edge.
In another leak, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus was listed by Jarir Store in the Middle East with full specifications. According to the listed details, the handset will feature a 5.7-inch QHD (1440x2560 pixels) Super Amoled display; an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM; 32GB and 64GB of storage options; a 16-megapixel camera; a 5-megapixel front-facing camera; a 3000mAh battery, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The listing purportedly tips that the handset measures 6.9mm thick and weighs 156 grams. Two colour options tipped include Black and Gold.
We may be less than a week away from Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event on August 13, but there is no shortage of details chipping in. A latest leak coming from Taiwan (via GSMArena) tips that Samsung may launch the dual-SIM version of the Galaxy Note 5. The new detail also claims that the microSD card support will be present in dual-SIM support. Notably, a recent report suggested that Galaxy Note 5 may miss out on microSD card support.
The new report claims that Samsung will implement the new hybrid SIM tech that allows consumers to have either 2 SIMs or have 1 SIM and another microSD card to use.
We will have to wait till Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event on August 13 to see what the South Korean giant has up its sleeves.