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 [Ed. we don't count South Korean embargo breakers ;)]. 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 it, she decided to[Read More...]
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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[Read More...]
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,[Read More...]
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 it’s[Read More...]
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 Phil Nickinson, Editor[Read More...]
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. Is this type of advertising clever, amusing or just plain juvenile? Share your thoughts with us.
Samsung has released their first commercial for the Galaxy S5 in the US, and it’s actually pretty good. As you can see you get a nice, close pan of the back of the phone, which shows of the dimpled rear of the phone. The ad uses the tagline ‘Real innovation begins when inspired by what matters to you’ which is probably inspired by the features they point out in the video, which they feel are important to customers. such as the Heart Rate Sensor -although the improved camera would perhaps have been more meaningful -, IP67 Water/Dust resistant certification and[Read More...]
The Samsung Gear Fit was arguably the most interesting wearable device that Samsung recently announced at Mobile World Congress but there was one thing that bugged a few people about the display. Everything was displayed across your wrist which made reading the display just that little bit more difficult. It looks like Samsung have figured this out and fill have a software update ready in time for the launch of the device. While the original orientation does look nice of the Gear Fit, the new vertical display will make things easier to read – possibly with the exception of longer[Read More...]
Many Samsung Galaxy S4 users of the Commonwealth’s CommBank app are facing a problem of the app’s Tap & Pay feature, which utilises NFC for touch payments, no longer working after updating their devices to Android 4.4.x. Having personally come in contact (haha, puns) with the issue, I can confirm that regardless of the firmware’s region, if you update to Android 4.4.x and have to re-install the app, you are likely to face errors each and every time you try to set up Tap & Pay once again. There are many posts on the Commonwealth Bank’s community support forum raising[Read More...]
The Galaxy S5 goes on-sale on Friday at retailers and carriers Australia wide, Dick Smith has released their latest catalogue which lists their pricing for the phone at $896. There’s a range of accessories for the phone available, DSE is offering covers, as well as the Gear 2 and Gear Fit. To protect your new phone, there’s three covers on offer with all three listed as ‘Water & Dust Resistant’. You can choose from either the Galaxy S5 Wallet Flip cover for $49.98, the Galaxy S5 S-View Cover for $59.98 or the GS5 S-View Charge Cover for $89.98 which will[Read More...]
With Friday’s launch of the Galaxy S5 almost upon us, we’re starting to see a few launch day activities crop up. Telstra has announced that it’ll be demoing the phone along with Samsung‘s newest wearables – the Gear Fit and Gear 2 Neo in Sydney on Friday morning at Hickson Road Reserve in The Rocks between 6am and 10am. Attendees will be able to put the new devices to the test, and see how they stack up alongside some real athletes. Wendell Sailor (ex-NRL champion), Alex “Chumpy” Pullin (Winter Olympian) and Liz Cambage (Australian Women’s Basketball Olympian) will all be[Read More...]
The Galaxy Ace line of phones has been fairly popular here in Australia where they are one of the dominant handsets in the pre-paid market. Samsung has just announced a new version of the Galaxy Ace, and instead of upping the number on the end, they’ve added a word – Style. There’s not really anything to adding the word ‘Style’ as an affectation, Samsung has described the phone as a ‘Fun, expressive and easy-to-use smartphone designed for the social user’. It will have some style choices though, with colour at least. Samsung will make the Galaxy Ace Style available in[Read More...]
Optus has announced this morning that the Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 is now available on Optus’ nationwide 4G network, and can be purchase from today via telephone sales, online and in selected retail stores. The Galaxy NotePro, announced earlier this year at CES,is a 12.2″ giant of a tablet, with 4 million pixels to display things on, multi-window multitasking for those who want to do more, and handwriting recognition courtesy of Samsung’s now-ubiquitous S-Pen. Those wanting to get their hands on such a tablet can find them on the Optus $20 Mobile Broadband plan, albeit with a whopping $43-a-month tablet[Read More...]