Samsung Galaxy S 5 — Review

Samsung's Galaxy S5. Announced only recently at Mobile World Congress 2014 and released in Australia last week, the Galaxy S5 is already taking the world by storm. We've had the opportunity, and we expect you have too, to read reviews of the 2014 flagship from Samsung (and that's the last time we'll use that overworked cliché). It's safe to say that most tech news outlets that have reviewed the S5 have given it overwhelmingly positive reviews. This is what makes me a curious choice to... Continue reading

Samsung and Amazon launch a custom Kindle e-book store for Samsung’s Galaxy range

Late last week, Samsung announced that it is collaborating with Amazon to bring a customised Kindle e-book store exclusively to Samsung's Galaxy range. This new collaboration service is launching alongside the recently launched Galaxy S5 device and will available worldwide to all Galaxy devices that run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or greater. Amazon are boasting that Samsung Galaxy device owners will now have access to over 500,000 titles in its catalogue that include best-selling books and magazines from around the world. To entice owners to the new joint service, Samsung and Amazon have announced a Samsung Book Deals initiative.... Continue reading

Qantas Frequent Flyers can now use points to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 is now here in stores, and even subsidised on a plan it costs a pretty penny. But Qantas has now added the Galaxy S5 to their Qantas store to let you swap those accrued Qantas Frequent Flyer(QFF) Points for Samsung's latest flagship. The phone can be exchanged for 173,500 QFF points with no money changing hands, or on a sliding scale in a mix of cash and QFF points down to a minimum of 104,100 QFF points + $534.38 in cash. There's a 21 day wait for orders to be despatched, so this isn't an order that... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podast 109 – The fifth galaxy

Welcome to episode 109 of the Ausdroid podcast! This week we talked with Geoff about his shiny (shimmery) new Galaxy S5, and his first impressions of his new phone. Scott also talked about his recent car mount charger review, and Jason talked about recent developments with Sonos. We ended with a bit of a discussion about use of password managers in the wake of the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability. Hosted by Jason Murray, with Geoff Fieldew and Scott Plowman. Topics: Galaxy S5 First Impressions Not just another car dock charger Sonos Continue reading

St George puts banking on your wrist with the Sony Smartwatch 2; Glassware and Android Wear still to come

St George bank has today announced that they're addressing the growing wearables market, announcing that they've updated their St.George Banking App, to work with the Sony Smartwatch 2. The App will now supply account balances and directions to the watch. The new features require three apps installed on your phone for it to work, the Sony Smart Connect app, SmartWatch 2 extension and of course the St.George Mobile Banking App. This will then allow customers to access their account balance at a glance, St George also says that the app will also direct customers to ATMs... Continue reading

Samsung to announce a new Galaxy S5 Zoom in Singapore on April 29th

Samsung has announced that they will be holding a media day at the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore, where it's expected we're going to see something photography related - most likely the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom. It's obviously something photography related, with the tag line 'Kapture the moment' but what is with the spelling? It's possible instead of going with the Galaxy S5 Zoom branding, Samsung could be going somewhere else with this line. Perhaps a response to the sense of over-use of their Galaxy Sx brand last year on models that didn't quite live up to... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S5 — First Impressions

So, I bought a Samsung Galaxy S5. I didn’t intend to buy it, but I saw it in the store yesterday and a couple of things lured me in. I’m also becoming a bit bored with my Nexus 5, which didn’t help. I’m not sure whether I’ll keep the S5 or if it will become eBay fodder, but I’m giving it a go at any rate. Update (Sunday, 6.45pm): Added some sample photos and videos. Click here to scroll down! Screen That screen. I think the Galaxy S5’s Super AMOLED screen is one of the most gorgeous mobile displays I’ve... Continue reading

Meet Brittany, Australia’s first official Samsung Galaxy S5 owner

The Samsung Galaxy S5 launched worldwide today, and due to the timezones, Australia was the first country to kick off sales. Vodafone were aiming for the early adopter crowd and opened selected stores from 6am, a ploy that seems to have worked, with Vodafone Australia managing to sell the what they are claiming is the worlds first Samsung Galaxy S5 . With such a popular phone, Brittany said she was aware that the stock would sell out fast and knowing that the Vodafone stores were opening early for... Continue reading

Galaxy S5 torn down in time for Australian launch

With the Samsung Galaxy S5 arriving in-store in Australia today, the team at iFixit has torn the phone apart to see what makes it tick. The good news is, getting the back of is easy, but from there it apparently gets a lot harder, with iFixit advising that the Display will need to be removed from the phone to replace any of the components inside. Overall, the Galaxy S5 received a 5 out of 10 for repairability. This is a good result compared to its competition the HTC One (M8) which received a 2 out of 10 , but worse than... Continue reading

Vodafone is ready for the Galaxy S5 – selected stores open from 6am

The launch of the Galaxy S5 is of course going to be a major event in the mobile phone sales calendar and tomorrow is the day Samsung fans have been waiting for. Retailers and carriers will begin selling the Galaxy S5 from tomorrow morning, but Vodafone is trying to get the jump on sales by opening selected stores early, with some open from 6am. There's limited stock available of the Galaxy S5, so if you're keen on getting one of these handsets on launch day then you'll need to be ready to go. The list of stores opening early is,... Continue reading

Samsung anti-theft, exclusive to US Cellular and Verizon

Samsung have introduced two new anti-theft features for the US Cellular and Verizon versions of their latest flagship the Galaxy S5. The features follow in a long line of security apps including Cerberus Anti-Theft and Google's own Android Device Manager. Find my mobile touts the ability to locate a lost or stolen device or remotely lock it, rendering the device useless to potential profiteering thieves. The other new feature is known as reactivation lock which; as the name suggests, prevents anyone but the owner from resetting the device. Of course, someone will find a way around these features but... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 108 – An Abundance of Phils

Welcome to episode 108 of the Ausdroid podcast! With special guest Phil Nickinson joining us this week, we had to work out the best way to address both Phils. I'm not sure we succeeded on that front. We took a look at this week's Android TV rumours and picked Phil's brain with a quick snog/marry/avoid roundtable on the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. Spoiler: They're both pretty good phones! There's also some local news and a bit of rumour-mongering to round out the show. Hosted by Jason Murray, with Dan Tyson, Phil Tann and special guest Continue reading

Samsung continues mocking iPad in their latest ad

In late March Samsung began an advertising campaign for their new Galaxy Tab Pro series of tablets that, while amusing, took a very obvious swipe at all of their competitors. The latest in this series is another swipe directly at the Apple iPad. This time around, Samsung shows off the simple yet extremely useful function of separate logins and profiles for multiple users on a single device. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0bwRRxfuIk Is this type of advertising clever, amusing or just plain juvenile? Share your thoughts with us. Continue reading