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Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 during the 2014 Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona earlier this year, and just a few months later it’s available all around the globe, and from major carriers in the United States for $199 with a new two-year contract.

The device offers brand new hardware components, including a faster processor, and is also equipped with unique parts like a heart rate sensor. Last year’s Galaxy S4 was extremely popular, and Samsung sold millions of units within months of its release.

Is the Galaxy S5 the best smartphone you can pick up right now? Is its camera going to rock your world? Can you really dunk it in the sink? Is the heart rate monitor all it’s cracked up to be?




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Google hosted its first Project Ara developers conference last week, where it finally revealed more detailed information on its modular smartphone project. Ara is currently in the hands of the firm’s Advanced Technologies and Products (ATAP) team, who have been tasked with turning an idea into a real, physical product that Google hopes to sell to the entire world at various price points as early as January 2015.



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Depth of field is important in photography because it adds drama to photos and draws attention to a subject. Typically this effect is achieved with good old fashion SLR cameras, but manufacturers have found a way to bring it over to mobile as well. You have your Nokia Refocus app, the HTC One (M8) Duo camera, and most recently Google’s standalone Camera app, which came equipped with a feature known as Lens Blur. They all promise the same thing, but which one is the best? We performed a few simple tests to find out.






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Google is hosting a developer conference this week focused on its Project Ara modular smartphone. We’ve covered a few of the news stories, like when the phone is expected to hit the market, but then we realized that, perhaps, some people aren’t familiar with what exactly Project Ara is. But you should be familiar with it, because Project Ara could potentially be one of the biggest things to happen in mobile since… well, forever.