Galaxy S4 has 9 Sensors

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    "This goes beyond simple functions like making phone calls and running applications; users can focus on themselves and loved ones, with the GALAXY S4 working with them to strip away the complications of life."

    Lol.....
     
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    A humidity sensor? ... For an object that many people will keep in their pocket most of the time...

    Genius!
     
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    I'm always finding technology an impediment to my narcissism.

    What sort of half arsed shill thread is this? Do you actually have a point OP, other than some free advertising for Samsung?

    That said, I could really use temperature barometric and humid sensors on my iOS device.
     
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    Wow, Samsung Marketing worked overtime.... from the same link.

    "The S Health function of the GALAXY S4 enables the smartphone to work with the user, providing an all-in-one companion that offers nothing but positive support. Below are just some of the features that aid users."

    User: clicks health after lunch - how did I do today
    SHealth: "You know, that double bacon cheeseburger you ate was actually good for you since you didn't get extra bacon today. Lookin' good"!!
     
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    I will use the baro and humidity sensor all the time and awalys hate going on weather.com to find that info when I'm tracking my car and need to know the pressure in the air to adjust my tuning.

    But I guess its just a gimmick to you :)
     
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    Well, I'm not surprised at this sort of response, especially on an Apple forum.

    Here are a few thoughts to ponder.

    1. The 9 sensors do not work independently. You do realize that the proximty sensor is used for all sorts of things with the Galaxy, to include increasing ringtones, ensuring the screen stays off when its in your pocket and in the case of humidity, it would just shut that sensor off. Very simple.

    2. The use of all the sensors, especially weather related sensors, are likely to be used in a crowdsourcing feature. Currently, we depend on just a few weather receivers throughout the world to give us accurate weather. Imagine hundreds of millions of weather stations sending out constant updates to the weather in your local area! Talk about very accurate weather information. And I imagine Google will be getting in on this as well, so that when you look at Google maps, you will now not only have traffic information, but also weather info for anywhere you are going.

    3. Thanks to the size of the Galaxy S series, HTC One, and the other Android phones with screen above 4.5", the space for more sensors is available. This benefits all of us using Android.
     
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    As far as the weather goes, I have a few reservations....

    (1) How accurate will this sensor ACTUALLY be - even in optimal conditions?

    (2) With the phone in one's pocket or purse most of the time, how often will the phone actually COLLECT temperature data (for example)? Obviously, taking a reading from inside a purse or, worse in a pocket in close proximity with your body, would not be very accurate.

    As I've always said about all these Samsung features - for the few who use each one, great for you. In general, however, Samsung's goal is to have the longest "list" so they can tout having more "features" than anyone else. That is their marketing strategy, which by all accounts, is working like a charm.

    I personally don't buy it, and even am not a fan of it (especially when, even with the long list, you have to purposefully leave out features on your competitors in a comparison), but I recognize there are people who like the phone even with some of those features being worthless to him/her. There are also people who will use most/all of those features.

    More power to him/her.
     
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    At least the iPhone 5S will come in a variety of colours.

    That will be exciting.
     
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    This was just a rumor.
     
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    Umm, OK? Who cares! I'd take a Blackberry Z10 or an iPhone 5 over a S4 any day.

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    So you think it will take "weather" readings from peoples pockets/purses? That will be accurate :rolleyes:
    Plus not to mention the privacy concerns millions of people will have.
     
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    TBF, I would have poked fun at this feature if they put it into an iPhone or any other device. I don't need to know the temperature, much less the humidity, of my thigh or backside!

    Having said that, I'm very happy that there's an option out there for people who do have a use for these sensors.

    Nice idea. But, this only works for weather if the information is being sourced at the appropriate locations (i.e. outdoors and out of pockets/bags). Also can the relevant sensors adjust quickly enough to provide reliable info and ignore (or compensate for) temperature variations arising from the phone's operation?

    Good point - hadn't thought of that. I prefer smaller sized phones for the pocketability of them. But if you like the larger sizes, there are benefits beyond screen real estate.
     
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    I have compared the barometer reading from my Note 2 to nearby stations on wunderground.com and it didn't vary more than the other stations did. Which is to say, very little.

    They won't be used like that. I only use the barometer when I use an app that can use it--or the GPS for a faster lock. I don't have much use for the barometer, outside of the GPS lock thing, but would use the temperature/humidify sensor for sure.

    Samsung is also saying these sensors use very little power.

    I don't see the crowd-sourcing thing happening. Too many people would be indoors so you would really only have barometric pressure as humidity and temperature would be climate-controlled.



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    I'm a bit of meteorology nut and the sensors are a welcomed addition for the likes of me. :)

    The problem is, wish I could afford an S4.
     
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    Privacy concerns? OMG .... I don't want anyone sharing my dew point info. :rolleyes:
     
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    Which phone can't you put in your pocket and what are you wearing? I wear slim jeans and can still put my Note 2 in my pockets no problem
     
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    " Warning... You have sweaty balls!!!! ". The humidity notifications are going to bring nightmares :D
     
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    For me, it is still more comfortable and less visible with a smaller phone. Just my preference and it has nothing to do with the manufacturer or os (I have tried and liked many).
     
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    Good for you...

    As said that is not confirmed, so don't treat that as a fact. Although I think it's likely as the iPhone seems to be following a similar direction that the iPod did. iPod got a cheaper version and it came in colors.

    I have a feeling if it were the other way around, S4 getting colors and the iPhone with the sensor, you'd be saying, "Who cares about colors, the sensor is more useful." :rolleyes:
     
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    I think you missed the sarcasm in his post. :)




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    The current areal temperature is private!
     
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    Samsung's marketing for this thing really is ridiculous. I watched this video where they literally claimed this phone would improve the quality of your relationships :rolleyes:
     
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    Thats because one of the 9 sensors finds the G-Spot :D Soon to be re-branded by samsung as the S-Spot :)
     
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    And sued because it functions similar to the iSpot. Hopefully it will be in settings where I can, at last, find it. :D
     
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    bazzinga!!! :D :D
     

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