When it comes to smartphones and gambling the one thing that people are most concerned with is the matter of how much security a phone can offer. It’s one of the reasons why so many people were excited about the prospect of Samsung taking its security features beyond fingerprint recognition and into the ultra high-tech realm of iris recognition.
“Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology,” Samsung’s executive vice president, Lee Young Hee, told Bloomberg just months before the new Samsung Galaxy S5 made its way to consumers. “We are studying the possibility but can’t really say whether we will have it or not on the S5.” While it was a great teaser, it was somewhat of a misleading statement. He obviously knew that the S5 would only come equipped with fingerprint sensor like its competitor, the iPhone 5s. This didn’t mean that the S5 was any less safe that its competitors, just that it couldn’t get the jump on the millions of online gamblers who would have flocked to the added security of iris recognition on their smartphones.
So, while no one has the advantage in the security category just yet, there are other pros and cons between owning specific smartphones for online gambling. For starters, even though the Galaxy S5 has a quad-core processor, the iPhone 5s’ dual-core A7 chip outperforms it by a long shot, making it a much better phone for online gaming and gambling needs. For the online poker playing types who absolutely must engage in ’round-the-clock marathon games, the Galaxy S5’s Ultra Power Saving Mode makes sure you can obey the number one reason to be playing online poker: “You Never Have to Leave Your Bed.” Never might be a bit of a stretch, but as Gizmag explains, once the UPSM feature is turned on, “the phone’s screen will shift to black & white, and you’ll be greeted by a new home screen with just the basics (phone, text messages, browser, etc). In this mode, Samsung says 10 percent of battery can last up to 24 hours.”
On a humorous note, another thing that the Galaxy S5 has going for it that the iPhone doesn’t is its built-in heart rate monitor. This feature can really come in handy for times when you’re playing online poker and faced with a crucial decision that could either make or break you. At that second, all you have to do is use the heart rate monitor. If it shows that your heart rate is above your “safe” number, then you probably don’t want to make any risky moves. Trust your phone more than you trust yourself.
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