Globe Offers Samsung Galaxy Forever Plan

Are you a loyal Samsung Galaxy user? Do replace your Galaxy device every year? We have some good news for you! Globe Telecom has  recently launched a unique postpaid plan for Samsung Galaxy users called the Galaxy Forever Plan. It is quite similar to Globe’s iPhone Forever Plan in which a subscriber can own a new Samsung Galaxy flagship every year without waiting for its 24-month contract to finish.

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The Samsung Galaxy S5

A subscriber will get a Samsung Galaxy device after 12 months by renewing their contract and trading in their old Galaxy device and pay for a smaller cash out of the new device or pay the full one time fee if the subscriber wants to retain the old device.

Here are the available Galaxy Forever Plans:

Galaxy Forever Plan 1599

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 with P16,800 cash out
  • 1.5GB GoSurf consumable data
  • Free 6 months Spotify premium
  • Unlimited calls and text to Globe/TM or unlimited texts to all networks

Galaxy Forever Plan 1999

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 with P14,800 cash out
  • 3GB GoSurf consumable data
  • Free 6 months Spotify premium
  • Unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM or unlimited texts to all networks

Galaxy Forever Plan 2499

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 with 12,800 cash out
  • 5GB GoSurf consumable data
  • Free 6 months Spotify premium
  • Unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM or unlimited texts to all networks

Subscribers can sign up for the new Galaxy Forever Plan until July 31, 2014. Check out more about the Samsung Galaxy S5 here.

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 Unboxing and Initial Impressions

Samsung Galaxy S5 is officially out today and we are lucky to be one of the first to own one. Unveiled in February earlier this year, one notable feature  is bein water and dust resistant, a feature present in Sony Xperia Z2. Another additional features are the heart rate monitor and the fingerprint scanner. Before we get excited, let’s unbox it first.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 specs:

  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB – WOW!!!
  • 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 1920 pixels) 432 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • IP67 – water and dust resistant
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, image stabilization and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel rear facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, DLNA, WIFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared Port
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Nano SIM
  • 2,800 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat

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So what’s inside the box? We have here some manuals, USB, headset, extra earbuds, and adapter. Now let’s get focused with the unit itself.

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We have the white variant here and we do like it. The S5 has less curves, a bit taller and thinner than its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S5.  Samsung has opted to let go of the shiny back cover for a matte dotted design and finish which we really do like.

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S5 (right)

A bigger screen is a big welcome to from 4.95-inches of the S4, the S5 now has a 5.1-inches. It is still the same beautiful screen we’ve seen from the Galaxy S4 only bigger.

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Overall, it is a big improvement when it comes to design alone. Its a good move that Samsung ditched the S4’s shiny back cover in favor for matte finish. We will reserve the Antutu Benchmarks, speed tests, camera and software performance on our full review.

 

Globe Bares Pricing For The Samsung Galaxy S5

Globe has announced its postpaid pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S5. Check it out below:

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Globe has not released any pricing for its prepaid subscribers. We are lucky enough to place a pre-order of the Samsung Galaxy S5. Our unit will be delivered probably on April 11, 2014 which is also the Philippine launch of the new Samsung flagship. Expect our unboxing and first impressions ASAP.

Do you want to place your pre-order for the Samsung Galaxy S5? Click here.

Smart To Offer Samsung Galaxy S5 at P1,799 A Month

Smart Communications Inc. has finally unveiled their postpaid pricing for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5.  Just like its rival Globe, Smart will begin offering the Samsung Galaxy S5 on April 11, 2014.

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You can get the Samsung Galaxy S5 at Smart’s Unlisurf Plan 999 with additional P800 cash out for 24 months. But if you want it free, you can get the new Samsung flagship at Unlidata Plan 2000. That comes with unlimited LTE surfing, 150 minutes  of calls and 200 texts to all networks. The downside though is you have to be tied up for 30 months in order for you to get it free.

Here’s a quick refresher of the specs.

Samsung Galaxy S5 specs:

  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB – WOW!!!
  • 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 1920 pixels) 432 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • IP67 – water and dust resistant
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, image stabilization and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel rear facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, DLNA, WIFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared Port
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Nano SIM
  • 2,800 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat

Smart has no details yet for its prepaid pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S5.

 

Globe’s Samsung Galaxy S5 Pre-order Page Now Up!

Excited to get a hold on the new Samsung Galaxy S5? Globe has set up a pre-order page for interested subscribers on the new Samsung flagship.

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Unveiled in New York and on the recently concluded Mobile World Congress (MWC), the Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the most anticipated smartphone to be announed. Samsung has also announced during the said event that the new flagship will be available on April 11, 2014 on 150 countries including the Philippines. Globe will be officially bringing the S5 locally on April 11.

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Before getting one, we suggest that you watch some of the international blogger’s first impressions with the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Specs Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2

Mobile World Congress is one of the biggest annual events for techies like us. Two of the biggest smartphone brands have announced their new flagship smartphones at the said tech event – the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 We haven’t able to get a hands on with them but based on the specs, features and hands on videos we’ve watched, we have laid down our initial impressions with them and picked the better phone among the two.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 specs:

  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB – WOW!!!
  • 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 1920 pixels) 432 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • IP67 – water and dust resistant
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, image stabilization and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel rear facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, DLNA, WIFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared Port
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Nano SIM
  • 2,800 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat

Sony Xperia Z2 specs:

  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 graphics
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
  • 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1080 x 1920 pixels) 434 ppi
  • Scratch resistant and shatter proof glass
  • IP58 Water and dust proof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes
  • 20.7 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 2.2 megapixel front facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, WiFi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB OTG (On-The-Go)
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,200 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat

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HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

Both phones have retained much of the predecessor’s design and both have significant improvements as well. One improvement on Samsung’s flagship is the  faux leather back cover with tiny dimples with it. Sony, on the other hand, retains the glass front and back with metal trim on the side. Another level up improvement from the S5 is the IP58 certification which makes the phone water and dust resistant. Remember, its water RESISTANT not water PROOF. The Z2 is water proof only when submerged up to 1 meter deep of water and up to 30 minutes only. These are the Z2’s best advantage over the S5 – better design, better build quality and water proof.

Winner: Sony Xperia Z2

DISPLAY:

One noticeable improvement of the Z2’s display. Sony has finally decided to use an IPS display and ditched the TFT display found on the Z1. The result is better viewing angles and better color reproduction. Sadly, the S5’s Super AMOLED display is unmatched.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5

SOFTWARE AND FEATURES:

Samsung has been known for adding gimmicky features on their Galaxy line. This time they added a feature found on the Apple iPhone 5s – fingerprint scanner. But they’ve also added another unique feature – a heart rate sensor found beside the camera flash at the back. Sony did minor improvements on the software side. Both phones are running the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5

CAMERA:

Sony retains much of the Z1’s camera. We all know that Sony remains to have the best camera sensors for smartphones. Sony is even the supplier of camera sensors for Apple’s iPhone line. Samsung has also improved its camera by putting a 16 megapixel sensor on the S5. We cannot judge based on pictures taken from the phone so we will give our verdict based on the specs.

Winner: Sony Xperia Z2

BATTERY:

On major complaint of Galaxy S4 users is the battery. We have friends who owns one and they have been consistently complaining about how fast the battery drains especially if LTE or WiFi is turned on. Samsung addressed the problem by bumping up the battery from 2,600 mAh to 2,800 mAh battery on the S5. The company even added an Ultra Power Saving mode which turns off most of your apps and turns the screen black and white. Samsung even claims that the 10% remaining battery juice can last up to 24 hours when the Ultra Power Saving Mode is turned on. Sony, on the other hand has bumped up the a little bit from 3,000 mAh to 3,200 mAh on the Z2. We’ve used the Sony Xperia Z1 a few months back and we are amazed on the battery’s endurance especially when the Stamina Mode (Sony’s power saving mode) is turned off.

Winner: Sony Xperia Z2

VERDICT:

We firmly believe that the Sony Xperia Z2 is the better choice over the Samsung Galaxy S5. We really do find these new S5 features too gimmicky and we think these are not needed. User do want better battery, simpler UI, and better design. We can’t wait to get a grip on both devices and give you guys a much comprehensive review.

 

The Next Big Thing Has Arrived – Samsung Galaxy S5 Announced!

Its finally official! After all the buzz, the rumors, the leaked photos, the next big thing has been made official. Folks, the SAMSUNG GALAXY S5!

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has the same design from its predecessor, the Galaxy S4 with a few differences. It has a bigger screen at 5.1 inches, bigger body but thinner and lighter, water resistant and has a finger scanner. For those who complains about the S4’s below average battery life, the Galaxy S5 now has a bigger 2,800 mAh battery. Most of its specs – processor, screen resolution, and RAM are the same.

Samsung Galaxy S5 specs:

  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB – WOW!!!
  • 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 1920 pixels) 432 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • IP67 – water and dust resistant
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, image stabilization and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel rear facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, DLNA, WIFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared Port
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Nano SIM
  • 2,800 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat

Here is a hands on video from Samsung itself:

Here is a short comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S5 from Pocketnow.com