Life is not an artistic mystery, but a mathematical equation. Specky, my wife says so. She even quotes Albert Einstein: “If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.” And whenever she does that, I just smile and keep shut.

The other day when I saw the Samsung Galaxy S5 and saw all the wonderful things it was able to do and what it really was, I came back and told Specky, ‘I come with a new equation for your logical pleasure.’

‘Aha!’ said Specky, ‘Is it something similar to Poetry = Anger x Imagination, as Sherman had written years back?’

I said, ‘No. My equation is more down to earth and provable. It is C + 2(S+P+F) = S5.’

Believe me, Specky was absolutely foxed and when I told her it was an equation that any other smartphone today would find difficult to emulate, she was curious. So I told her that in my equation, C was camera functions, one S was scanning abilities and the other stood for an unmatched screen resolution, The two Ps were protection and the power of battery, and the two Fs were the inclusion of fitness app and how fast the phone did everything.

Specky said, ‘I’m impressed, but you need to tell me more.’

And I began by telling her that the Galaxy S5 offers the world’s fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds and the advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR) reproduces natural light and color with striking intensity at any occasion. Also, the new Selective Focus feature allows users to focus on a specific area of an object while simultaneously blurring out the background. With this capability, consumers no longer need a special lens kit to create a shallow depth of field (DOF) effect.

‘Sounds interesting!’ said Specky.

I said, ‘It also offers a Finger Scanner, providing a secure, biometric screen locking feature that lets you lock and unlock your phone. And to top it all, the battery lasts for 24 hours from 10% in Ultra Power Saving Mode on the S5!’

I told her that this phone is dust and water resistant too. One reviewer states that ‘users will need to shut a flap which covers the power port (the flap feels flimsy in hand) but then the S5 will survive for up to 20 minutes in a metre of water. This won’t mean you take the S5 swimming, but it does mean you don’t need to be shy using it in the rain or grabbing it to answer a call in the shower and you can take the occasional photo underwater.’

With the enhanced S Health 3.0, the new Galaxy S5 offers more tools to help people stay fit and well. It’s heart rate monitor just under the rear camera. When you hold your finger gently for 5-10 seconds you’ll get a pulse reading. A pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a new, built-in heart rate sensor are also included. These are features that will only evolve with time… but as things stand now, they enhance the performance matrix of the S5.

This phone comes in a new sleek, contoured shape comes in an array of vivid colors, including charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold, to complement the style of the individual consumer. Supporting fast 3G speeds at 42Mbps with the backing of a powerful Octa-core processor means the S5 is capable of operating all 8 cores at the same time, to deliver a seamless experience.

Specky was, of course, suitably impressed by my description of the Galaxy S5 and her smile said it all. So I added that Samsung is a global phenomenon that employs 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion.

‘Well?’ asked a perplexed Specky.

‘Well, it means Samsung believes in giving the world an evolutionary than a revolutionary handset,’ I said, ‘Now please go and pre-order this one for me at whatever the cost is.’

I know most of you are thinking that Specky, the mathematician would have said, ‘This is the only illogical part in your treatise on the poetry of equations.’ You’re right dammit, for this is precisely what she said. But then women need more than logic to make them open their purse strings! So I decided to take her along to the Samsung Brand Shop to let her see and feel the pulsating beauty that the S5 is.

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Arvind Passey
01 April 2014


This article was published in ‘The Education Post’ dated 31 march 2014

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