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Samsung Galaxy S5 review

Samsung's jack-of-all-trades returns with an improved display, waterproof case & biometric scanners

Interface & Security

The S5 ships with Android KitKat (4.4.2). Samsung has redesigned the app icons and the infamous TouchWiz interface has been scaled back. However, it's still possible to get drowned in the menus. Dig deep enough and you'll stumble across a Baby monitoring mode in the Accessibility section, we kid you not. 

Samsung has also included a Secured Enhanced (SE) container on-top of Android. Known as Knox, this supports two-factor authentication, VPN+, certification management. IT admins can purchase and deploy business apps to employees via single-sign on too.

Knox scans and validates applications from the Google Play store. Once an app is deemed secure, it is granted enterprise privileges within the container, which means users don't have to switch between personal and business workspaces.

Samsung has also launched a dedicated Knox marketplace, as a business focused app store. on the admin side, Knox is compatible with management tools from CA Technologies and Good Technology.

Another useful feature is Private Mode. This feature allows users to transfer files such as documents and photos into a secure space on the device. Users need to enter a password or swipe their finger to gain access to restricted area. This is an excellent security feature for those who want who want the device to house sensitive business or personal content.

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