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My New Build

And finally I have it – my self-build computer all in one piece. I have now built my lovely, new handmade PC from all my components and parts. My own build. My very own baby. With everything chosen by me and put together with the help of a very capably friend (one brought in who knew what they were doing).

I harvested the optical drive (CD/DVD drive) and the HDD (Hard Disk Drive) from my old computer – there’s no point getting rid of good components. The rest I saved for and bought myself, or received as a gift. After about a year of planning, it’s now finally here.

There’s just one hitch… the HDD (a normal hard drive – the ones with the spinning disc plates – that is somewhat old… OK, pretty old… and is just basic cheap and standard-stock) that I put in was harvested from a (now-broken) pre-built computer. I had many problems with booting (or not booting, as the case may be) when trying to run my old machine… and it turns out that the Windows 7 OS on it is doesn’t work.

It tries to start, gives the option for System Repair or start as Normal. The Normal option just sends you strait back to that same message. System Repair then goes through the motions, tries to repair from Restore Point, fails at that too, and the sends you back to the same old message again.

 

OEM Headaches

At first, I think it’s broken. But then I realise it’s because this was an “OEM” edition of Windows 7 – the one that came with the original computer – and they do not transfer from one machine to another.

In fact, they are locked to the motherboard upon installation, so if you want to continue to use it in a new computer from an old computer you’ve purchased pre-built (the ones you buy from a shop) – or from a new OEM DVD installation – you actually can’t. Not if you want to use it in a different machine with a different motherboard. Windows also has specific policies in regards to self-purchased OEM installation discs, as they were created for system-builders only – and the license for it does not cover people who install it inside a purpose-built machine for themselves (like this one).

These editions are actually for “commercial-use” only, and are “non-transferable”… which is why my harvested HDD won’t boot in my new machine.

The only answer is to get a new OS from Microsoft. Unfortunately.

 

The Build:

 

So… it turns out I have a perfectly good system after all. Apart from the fact that Microsoft makes the most ridiculous operating system ever, one that is locked down and unable to be used without giving them a hefty sum of money.

It’s not too hard to see why OS X and Linux systems are the go-to favourites for people who know better. Or those who don’t want to play games (although Linux systems are starting to catch on to this section of computing too).

But Windows is the king of the OS gang, and to play I’m going to have to get it working again – so I’m off to work out where to get a new “retail” edition, and for the best value. Not an easy task whatsoever, given they’re all really far too expensive.

 

My Very Own Self-Build

Putting the whole thing together was not the straightforward experience I hoped it would be – what it was, was a learning curve and one very fun experience. Some of it required quite a bit of problem-solving, and the motherboard instructions were clearly for those in the know. It took a bit of working out and guesswork, but we got there in the end.

Asus_Z97-A_MoboThe motherboard (colloquially known as a “Mobo”) is a beautiful one, but a little more complicated than I expected it to be – and it didn’t help that the instructions were not entirely clear to a building noob like me. It didn’t help that I didn’t realise at first the chassis (case) was (cleverly) built to hide wires inside it and couldn’t work out how certain things hooked up because of this… but I worked it out eventually and fixed it (the moral of our story is read the chassis instructions). The entire chassis is screw-less, except for installing the motherboard, and getting everything from opening the case’s sides to installing the HDD is all cleverly stuck together with clippy sections or thumbscrews.

i7-4790K_CPUThe processor was a much easier component to install, with the thermal paste already pre-applied (thank you, Intel!) and it was easy to place it inside the socket. The heatsink also went on nice and easy – thanks to the screw-less ideation of all hardware-makers, it had little plastic arms (thick and strong ones that are really robust) that clip firmly into place with the aid of a clever twisting mechanism thing. It was so much easier to manage – and far more effective – than the old way of fighting with screws to get it on… it was a joy and a relief to see how the new ones are made! The box was also so much smaller than I imagined it to be – it had just the processor, heatsink, and instruction booklet, and it was barely bigger than the small heatsink. It was small enough to just sit in my hand and the chip was, of course, even tinier, peeping out of a clear window in the lid of the box. The presentation was simple and beautiful, and once out the entire thing was just stupidly easy to install. Well done, Intel!

To keep up with the ease of installation, the graphics card popped into place nicely (having unclipped 2 of the slots in the back) and required no other work whatsoever. There was, however, plenty of room in there for bigger graphics cards, and plenty of extra power supply cables available for any that would require it. The motherboard also fully supports SLI/Crossfire (using more than one graphics card: SLI for NVIDIA & Crossfire for AMD), and the chassis is roomy, so you can at double-up with ease if you care to do so.

Corsair_Veneance_RAMThe RAM cards also went in without any issues. The pair of red Corsair Vengeance Pro cards looks stunning within this gorgeous motherboard and case, and required no more effort other than just popping them in… all 16GB of them. There’s also room for a further two cards for some serious power, and the mobo takes up to 32GB of it.

The PSU also went in easily (just had to press it in a little as the section given is nice and snug) and the cables were already nicely put together in bundled mesh, all sections quite easily identifiable by the codes on the ends of each segment. It’s sturdy, the cables are pretty, and 500W is plenty of juice for what I have right now. Perfect!

The first thing that was fiddly was installing the harvested hard drive… It took a while to work out the HDD needed to be installed upside down, with the pins pointing into the case, not outwards. Thanks to the (overly) effective cable-management design of the Corsair Carbide chassis, it turned out that the power cable attachment and the SATA cable slipped under the HDD section and beneath the disk drives themselves, so once plugged in the HDD would be inserted with the cables going down and inside the case when sliding it into its little pigeon-hole, all nice and tidy.

The second thing that was difficult to install was the SSD (the Samsung 850 EVO, 120 GB).

Since I had never seen this before, it was a bit of a head-scratcher and then a revelation when I realised it. It also makes life so much easier when it comes to the cable management… once you’ve worked out how it works.

 

Future Proof

I really cannot recommend these components highly enough, particularly for fellow “noobs“.

The Corsair chassis is easy to use, has loads of space in it, has a nice lot of fans, is nice and airy, and has plenty of room for installing a cooling system, and has room for 4 hard drives (HDD or SSD types) and 3 optical (DVD) drives. It’s also almost completely screw-less (and, wow, that makes a huge difference!) and has space beneath the motherboard and around the sides for cable management (slipping the cables in, so it’s all nice and tidy in there). Just read all the instructions about it first…

The Asus Z97-A motherboard has just about everything you would need: It is specifically-designed to withstand high-pressure use, such as gaming, and includes overclocking support. It has SLI & Crossfire multi-graphics card support, USB 3.0 and M.2 SATA (a new type of hard drive that looks more like a tiny card rather than a normal HDD) ports, and SATA Express (also known as SATA III/ SATA 3.2) compatible connectors.

It’s not quite the perfect build (after all, it doesn’t have an over-clocked GTX 980 Ti graphics card in it!), but it’s really pretty good and I’m happy with it. It’s future-proof (unless you count being able to upgrade to the new “next gen” Skylake system, which would require an entirely new mobo and processor… and hefty sum of money!). It has everything I require, and is compatible with upgrading to better equipment.

Ideally, I would have behemoth graphics card NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti, but the one I have is a pretty good compromise right now – but the upgrade ability is there. I would also like to install an M.2 or SSD (SATA III) hard drive for the operating system, using the current HDD that I have for storage-only (it’s what is most commonly used these days, particularly with gaming or other high-power functions like professional video editing or music production).

Future-proofing also means having Windows 10 – Microsoft will no longer offer support for any other previous system, and are going to mimic Apple and their OS X system from now on, updating their platform when required with free upgrades and versions for the Windows 10 platform alone. It’s the best model, as Apple has already proven. Is it ironic, coincidence, or deliberate that Microsoft has decided to do this with their 10 system as well..?

I don’t have a cooling system (…yet. I will see how it goes with the fans that it already has). I also do not have a monitor – but then this tiny place that I live in is rather too small for making desk-space, so the display is the TV right now… Which isn’t too bad, given it means I can play my PC games on a big screen too.

 

Reluctantly Windowed

In the end, I caved and bought a copy of Windows 8.1 to finally get it properly up and running. It’s a future-proof investment… but an investment I would not need to make if my old Windows 7 edition wasn’t locked down as an “OEM” copy, though. It would be a simple free upgrade to Windows 10.

Unfortunately, Microsoft do not offer a Windows 10 DVD or ISO (a download for installing onto a DVD or USB yourself) in exchange for the old system key for a Windows edition that came with your old computer, for a genuine OS you can’t get into because they locked it down. No… In that instance they want you to go out any buy a whole new machine, or at least a proper Windows 10 system installation DVD. Naturally.

Despite billions of dollars of profits per year, they still want your money.

Naturally.

The only way to save even a little money was to get a retail copy of Windows 8.1 (which is cheaper now) and take the free upgrade to Windows 10, instead of spending an extra £20+ to get Windows 10 retail upfront.

Thanks to my lovely new Samsung SSD, the installation went lightening-fast, and booting and rebooting are also just as snappy. It was a good investment, and having it on a separate drive also safeguards the system better: If the system becomes corrupted, you can reinstall without having to worry about your data (safely tucked away on the other HDD), and if you have any corrupted data, it won’t harm your system. It’s the most common way (and sensible) way of using system and storage data now, and I would recommend it without a doubt.

I would also highly recommend installing your system onto an SSD (small ones, like my 120GB EVO are not very expensive now), or even an M.2 (if your mobo has that option). The boot times are unimaginable if you’re used to an old HDD – they’re almost instantaneous, and it makes using a PC (or laptop) an entirely different experience.

 

Let There Be Power…

I have to admit (and have it said like a proud mother) that it looks gorgeous and I definitely made the right choices with all the components.

It took several hours and two giant pizzas, but eventually it all came to life. The motherboard fired up, all the fans started spinning, and you could hear the sweet sound of success – a fab fan-humming computer happily working away. The Z97-A even has a little button at the bottom for testing the mobo without having to turn on and boot the entire computer – and flashes little red lights against any areas with a problem, so you don’t have to randomly guess what’s wrong if it’s not working.

The BIOS (“Basic Input/Output System“) of the motherboard launched without any trouble (it’s DEL or F2 for this particular one) and it had some lovely in-built software to make specifically configuring it nice and easy (only required if you’re going to need some extra-specific settings, though).

Everything works just fine… so I can’t really complain. Well, I can. Just a little. Microsoft did make me have to buy a whole new OS for this thing, which was entirely unfair of them.

(Forcing people into getting a new one when they have a perfectly good one already, by locking them down, is a farcical way of obtaining even more money than they already have for no good reason other than corporate greed.)

 

Overview:

This was quite an illuminating journey and a lovely little tech adventure. Now that my baby is up and running, I’m really impressed with everything that I’ve chosen – the quality of the components and they way they play well together is impressive.

I’m most impressed by the difference the SSD has made to how the system runs, and I’m happy I now have my data and games saved and installed on a different drive altogether (also allowing more space to be used more effectively). I have tested it on older games and newer games (Skyrim, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dragon Age II, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition, The Elder Scrolls Online, and a few other games). I’m slightly impeded in seeing just how good it can be, since I’m playing them on the TV, which is just a basic 1080 HD screen. With the better monitors running at 2560×1440 (just under Apple’s “Retina” standard of 2880×1800, which I am used to when playing on the MacBook), there are much better graphics and better quality of visuals to be had. That is where a lot of the power goes, and where the graphics card(s), processor, and RAM get to work hard and show off a bit.

Now I’ve done it – successfully – I hope I won’t have to do it again for sometime. Just adding or updating specific components as and when should be absolutely no trouble whatsoever, too. My year of preparation, learning, reading, and researching has paid off, and now I’m more knowledgeable and better equipped to understand how these things work.

I may have wanted to do this a long time ago, but it’s better late than never. And I’m very happy I have now done so.

 

Now peace and gaming at last!

 

Spooky Say Relax!

 

Testing Linux distros on old netbooks is a normal process, it seems. It wasn’t just me who hated the god-awful Windows Starter series a headache (you know, the one after you’ve banged your head on the wall so much the wall actually gives up first…), and people have been using Linux to actually try and make use of their pointless little purchases once and for all.

Now, I join them. Accidentally.

 

Long story…

I accidentally wiped the crappy OS from my crappy old netbook. Yes, accidentally. As much as I hated that damn thing. Although, really, I rather possibly think it may have subliminally been a Fraudian “slip” – Windows 7 Starter is an even more appalling than Windows Vista (I never before thought that possible…), and there is nothing good to say about it. At all. I even reinstalled it, in case I put something on there by accident that shouldn’t be there, or something was a little incompatible for it’s pathetic 1GHz processor and it’s hilariously inept 1GB of RAM. It did nothing to help. Sadly.

Then after reinstalling it all, the wifi card wouldn’t work anymore when it restarted afterwards (the only damn thing that was still working on it before…) and it seemed like a newer update broke the driver or something. It’s not like I cared enough to try and look too deeply into the why. I was just ready to throw it out the window. After the first set of installations, it seemed to be working. After the second set of update installations – a bunch of security things – it stopped working altogether. The wifi manager wouldn’t turn on, and when it was forced on it couldn’t find anything (and yes, the wifi was on and everything else on it were working). As far as the computer was concerned it didn’t even have a Wifi modem anywhere near it.

So I was mad at it, and tried a free DVD of Linux distros (Linux operating system distributions) on it from my latest Linux Format Magazine. Only I chose the wrong thing… Fedora (21) has an option to run it live to try it out… 4M Linux did not. I picked the second option and instead of trying the live test, the other distro wiped Windows from my hard drive and (to add insult to injury) failed its installation, so I was left with nothing Now I’m rather mad at that instead now…

And here I am, now trying to install Linux on it instead.

 

Fedora

Not the hat. Fedora 21. It’s a Linux OS based on the GNOME 3 kernel (if you know/ care what that means). It’s on the DVD that was from the latest issue of Linux Format (great magazine). I decided to try and see if it would install/run properly onto, and from, the hard drive of my little (… tiny) machine. It’s apparently the installation is quite a long slog (it took hours) on hardware that is at the absolute minimum of its recommended specs – a minimum of 1GB RAM. That’s the max my little thing has got. It also seems to be made all the more complicated because, to the new system, the hard drive is full. This is because it is formatted in NTFS – a Windows-only format. Apparently Linux is not a big fan… so it doesn’t work on it. The NTFS partitions have to be reallocated. Which takes a long time, it seems. Then it “reclaim[s] the space” and does its configuration thing. Which also takes a long time.

… Just in case it went south with the RAM restrictions (it is tempting to put a 2GB RAM card in instead, but that requires spending money on a machine I’m still not entirely sure about yet… even if it is only about £20) I had Puppy Linux on standby. If anything will work on the little tyke, it’s that.

Installation is straightforward at least (despite being time-consuming). The installation itself takes quite some time, which is normal enough, but this was taking double that. Even after the poor netbook slogged away so hard to manage to even sort out a partition for the system, it took quite some time to get the Fedora onto it. After all that time invested, I’m still not entirely pinning all my hopes on it working properly though – which is why a copy of Puppy is on a USB ready to go! It’s not that I don’t trust Fedora – it’s that I just don’t trust that netbook as far as I can throw it.

Once the system is [finally] installed, quickly setting up an admin account and Root Password is next (and easy enough), then it goes off against and sorts itself out, then eventually asks you to Quit to reboot. Rebooting doesn’t take too long (especially given how little the netbook has to boot it with), and the white-filling kernel is cute to watch anyway. After that, setting things up is easily done following the basic instructions, and then you’re in. Nice and easy.

As an operating system, Fedora so far is pretty nice on it. It’s pretty in general, and even runs much better than I expected on such a machine. It’s also customisable, easy to use, and particularly easier to get used to if you’re more familiar with OS X, I would say. Customisation is definitely a key word the Fedora guys were looking at here, as was user-friendly. The thing is just plain nice, I would say. Despite wasting the better part of a day shoe-horning it into a three-year-old netbook (give or take) with a 1GHz processor and 1GB RAM, I’m left impressed by the way it works. Other than playing with Raspbian on my Pi, I have had no dallying with any Linux-based product… but so far I’m pretty happy with the both of them, actually.

Time and use will tell… but so far so good, anyway.

Good job Fedora guys, I say.

 

HARDWARE:

  • Samsung NC110 Netbook
  • Intel Atom Inside 1GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM DDR3
  • 320GB HDD
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 (GMA 3150) shared graphics card
  • Cyberlink Youcam
  • Wireless Modem (which isn’t working thanks to some inexplicable rubbish Windows/Drivers issue)
  • (shipped with Windows 7 Starter)
The Samsung S5 is about to launch… We are wondering why they’re bothering.

 

11th April 2014 is the launch of the yet another new Samsung baby, the Galaxy S5. And I’m not sure I even care. Yes, me – gadget-obsessed, techaholic, new-shiny-loving me.

I love the latest phones, with their pretty novelty, tech advances, and shiny newness – but that is because I like the innovation that usually goes with them. When something comes out with nothing more than novelty tricks, it saddens me. Or worse… It bores me.

All that money, all the brains, all that effort, all that hype… And then they release something that is almost exactly the same. Except maybe you can sing in the shower with it.

I am cynical enough to believe this is a rather pointless addition to the Galaxy S range. It is hardly an upgrade to the S4 – it offers no technological leap, nor even a tiny extra step. Not in any way. It offers nothing new… except a handful of basic novelties. Seriously, does anyone really care that is dust- and sand-proof? Or that it’s sweat- and water-proof? Or that it has a heart rate monitor?  I can’t imagine it. But you can sing in the shower with it, and it does have a biometric lock on it… but then, that was only something genuinely advanced and interesting back in 1985.

From what I’ve seen so far of their campaign, this seems entirely geared towards appealing to extreme fitness fans, athletes, and marathon runners, health nuts – and ones with too much money at that. There is little extra for anyone else. The main thing points advertised for it are clearly geared towards anyone interested in running, or taking pictures of people running.

This phone may have had people flocking to it for these novelty factors during the 2012 Olympics. But that was rather a long time ago now, and I can’t see these mediocre fitness-focused extras as being particularly interesting to the average Joe who just wants a new phone.

 

So what tech does it have to offer?

It doesn’t offer too much that is new, but what it has is a bunch of practical upgrades that are necessary, but not really game-changers or unit-sellers. Not at the price they’re charging for it, anyway.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a fabulously hard-working battery, enabling up to 21 hours of 4G use, the latest Android Operating System, Kit Kat (yes, it’s really called Kit Kat…), and a super-fast processor – the 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 (this will mean it’s one of the fastest phones available and makes it on-par with new computers), and 2GB of RAM to run it.

Along with these points, it also has the expected staples now polished and made better: It has a  5.1” Super AMOLED HD screen (this means the screen is super clear, crisp and shiny, in 1080p with a nice 432 PPI – that’s Pixels Per Inch) – one that even adjusts to your current lighting, no less, a 16MP camera and 2MP front camera, and 16GB of internal memory – upgradable with Micro SD cards of up to 128GB.

It also has the other expected staples – it comes in different colours, it takes pretty pictures, it has 4G (if you have money to waste on overpriced plans for that too)… And, well, that’s about it, really.

Unfortunately, this not really so much as a cool new phone as it is a little toy for people who just like paying £600 for the latest shiny. It’s not for people who love tech, that’s for sure. Maybe it’s just for people who like running a lot, and they are somehow missing a bespoke phone that encompasses everything they require.

I’m beginning to think Samsung have hit the ceiling on tech advances, though, because we haven’t seen any for a while. So far, the only thing that has impressed me bout the Galaxy S5 is that it has a halfway decent battery that isn’t going to die a horrible death around lunchtime because you’ve been over-zealous in your obsession of constantly scrolling through Twitter. Otherwise, as a gadget-geek who doesn’t even run for the bus, this phone holds absolutely no interest whatsoever – and that disappoints me a lot.

 

Oh, Samsung… I did so expect better from you. 

Announced 14th March 2013 in a spectacular Broadway-style production, the Samsung Galaxy S4 was unveiled in New York to a grand fanfare. Samsung went to a huge amount of trouble to bring in their new toy with a song and dance – but was the device as dramatic as the production… or was the production simply a distraction to big-up an over-puffed new device? 

At first glance you might not even realise it actually is a new phone – it looks almost identical to its predecessor, the Galaxy S3. Some commentators have even dubbed it the “Galaxy S3-Plus”, as it seems to have very little difference between the two products. Most have made comparisons to iPhone 5, especially when referring to it as more of a “tech-upgrade” to the S3 than a revolutionary overhaul – and you can hardly blame anyone for putting it up against something that came out a mere seven months ago, as iPhone 5 was.

 However, seven months is like a lifetime in tech-land. Out in April 2013 – the 26th to be exact, the S4 is racing away in the tech-stakes, ready to out-smart it’s smartest Smartphone rival.

 

A Galaxy Offering The World…

It’s long been said that it’s what on the inside that counts – and the Galaxy S4 has plenty on the inside to make it count. It is actually rather a tech-marvel. This latest edition of the Galaxy series sports an incredibly impressive octo-core processor (count ’em – that’s 8 Samsung-created ‘Exynos 5’ processors) running at 1.6GHz – that’s a lot of power for a little phone – and they are supported by 2GB of RAM… In other words, it’s almost completely surprising that it doesn’t do the washing up, drive the car, sort out the laundry, and all this whilst doing everything for you – as well as make your phone calls on it. It also means this little phone has equal specs – in some cases, better specs – than some average household PCs.

Running on Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.2), this handset makes the most of what this OS platform is capable of. It supports the new “Smart” technology that Samsung has built into this handset, and they certainly sound like very fun and handy extras to have. First there are the “Air Gestures” – you only need to hover your hand over the screen and the phone will react to what you’re doing. Hover your finger over emails to preview them with Air View,  answer calls with Air Call Accept, flip through music and pictures, or skip to the top of a list without ever having to touch your phone – great if you’ve got messy fingers from eating or cooking. Then there’s also Smart Scroll – tilt the device to scroll up and down; Smart Stay – tracking your eyes to tell what you’re looking at; and Smart Pause – will pause video you’re watching if you stop watching it.

The S4 is integrated with the new NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, so Google Wallet can be used to pay in stores, and music and pictures can be shared via Group Play. With just one little bump of the handset onto another NFC device – whether mobile phone or a specially-designed piece of hardware like a payment machine (it’s the same idea as how London’s Oyster Card system, or your “Connect” debit card, works) – the data, or payment, is transmitted easily and instantaneously from one device to the other. It also sports 4G LTE, so it’s ready to go when your chosen network starts using 4G services – and offers a decent data package for using it.

 

Screen Icon

With a 5-inch full-HD Super AMOLED screen (with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels), protected from scrapes by Gorilla Glass 3, the S4 is perfect for watching videos and movies, as well as looking at your pictures  – taken on its 13 MP camera. This is coupled with a  2MP front-facing camera – which is also used together with the main camera in the “Dual Camera” function. This is a clever, new idea that allows the photographer to appear in pictures, videos, video calls along with everyone else, by taking a picture/video recording of them with the front-facing camera at the same time as the main back camera records everyone else. It enables everyone to be in the video call, picture, or video recording at the same time, with no one left out.

With up to 64GB of on-board memory, all the movies, music, pictures and videos you’ll want to keep will be easy to store on the phone without a problem. There will be the usual lineup of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB edition handsets, but they can also be upgraded with micro SD memory cards for even more storage – so you can add up to an extra 64GB on top of the on-board memory (that the handset carries internally).

All this is encased in an almost identical handset to its S3 predecessor, available in “Black Forest” and “White Frost”. It is thinner and lighter, and slightly bigger, than the S3 though – and given what it carries in it, it’s quite impressive that Samsung manage to offer much more tech with less space.

 

Because I’m Worth It…?

This is no doubt why there have been reports of a flurry of trade-ins for the new shiny toy coming to the market. However, and interestingly, it has also been reported these are predominantly from Samsung users who are looking for the next upgrade, rather those who are looking to trade from other manufacturers.

If the specs indeed live up to their promise and the tech really is as amazing as it sounds, there’s no doubt it’ll be flying off the shelves no matter what the price tag on it will be – regardless of the fact it looks like the S3’s almost-twin brother.

It’s quite easy to imagine that all that processing power, the 13MP camera with Dual Camera ability, and all the “Smart” tech integrated into the system (and who wouldn’t be swayed by a phone who knows what you want almost as you think it, even if it is just by tracking your eyes and where you hover your hand?) will convince us that now even touching a device is “so eighteen-months-ago…” and make us even more demanding and lazy when it comes to usability – heaven forbid we have to actually manually scroll through things anymore when the phone should simply do it for you…

Is it worth it? I imagine there will be people out there in a few months time wondering how they ever managed to survive without it!

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 – Here Comes The Science! –  

THE MAIN SPECS

  • Octo-core (8 Exynos 5 processors) running at 1.6GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5″ Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) Super AMOLED screen
  • Gorilla Glass 3 screen protection
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS
  • 13MP camera / 2MP front facing, with Dual Camera function
  • 16GB/ 32GB/ 64GB Handsets (in Black Forest or White Frost)
  • Micro SD slot for extra memory
  • “Smart” tech – Smart Scroll, Smart Stay, Smart Pause, Air Gestures
  • NFC
  • Wifi (802.1)
  • Bluetooth (4.0)
  • 4G LTE (ready)

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S-IV