The Samsung Galaxy S5 is coming to Manila soon

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It’s been quite awhile since I last own and Android smartphone. It was the Samsung Galaxy S3. I totally skipped the Samsung Galaxy S4 since, I felt that my iPhone 5 was enoug to cover for my smartphone need.

Then, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was announced recently and both Globe and Smart have started accepting pre-orders for the the Galaxy S5 with their respective postpaid plan offerings. Now, I’m seriously considering whether to get one.

According to Pinoytechblog, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be released on April 11, 2014. It’s SRP is expected to reach around Php34,000+. PTB also published an initial hands-on review of the Galaxy S5 and it made the device even more tempting to own.

Are you keen on getting the Samsung Galaxy S5? Or will you wait for the iPhone 6 instead?

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Line up for the Samsung Galaxy S4, now!

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 as you may have known by now is upon us. The frenzy has started not only in the U.S. but also here in our beloved country. So, how do you get yourself first dibs on this upcoming smartphone? Well, I’m pretty sure both Smart and Globe will becoming up with their own shindigs to promote possibly the best Android smartphone ever released (yes, it’s not the HTC ONE). But at this early, Samsung Philippines has already launched their own promotional gig.

Samsung Philippines wants you to line up 4 the Galaxy S4. To do this, simple register using your Facebook or Twitter account by entering some credentials and you’ll pretty much assured of a unit come launch date. But wait, that’s not the only purpose of this gig. By lining up for the Galaxy S4, you are actually assuring yourself a ticket for the raffle draw accompanying the launch of the Galaxy S4.The prize, either a Php 5,000 or Php 3,000 discount on your purchase of the Galaxy S4. That’s a huge saving actually, especially since rumor has it that the unlocked unit will be something around Php 30K.

So, what are you waiting for? Line up now for the Galaxy S4. I know you want the S4, who doesn’t?

 

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Smart now accepting pre-orders of Samsung Galaxy S4!

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I just learned via Smart’s Twitter account that pre-orders for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 is now live on the Smart website. I hit the link provided by Smart and immediately got into the pre-order page for the Samsung Galaxy S4. Unfortunately, there’s n information yet as to which plan the said smartphone will be available. There’s no words yet as to when it will become available.

Still, if you’re planning to grab this smartphone, and you want to get it from Smart, you’ll be better off registering on the pre-order page as early as now.

And for those of you who are not aware of the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S4, well here it goes:

  • Dimensions: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 in)
  • Weight: 130 g (4.59 oz)
  • Display: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Camera Features: Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR
  • OS: Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

So, who’s getting the Samsung Galaxy S4 from Smart Telecoms?

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Samsung Galaxy S4, possibly the best Android and best smartphone…ever!

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Lo and behold! The Samsung Galaxy S4 is now official. It’s packed with advanced specs and hardwares inside and boasts of highly advanced features that will make it your companion for a richer, simpler and fuller life. What more can you ask for from a small piece of metal loaded with intelligent mobile features?

Alright, here are the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S4:

  •  5-inch full HD Super AMOLED (1920×1080) display
  • 1.9 GHz Quad-core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS
  • 13MP auto-focus rear camera with Flash and Zero Shutter Lag and BIS
  • 2MP front-facing camera, full HD recording at 30fps with Zero Shutter Lag and BIS
  • 16GB, 32GB or 64GB memory
  • microSD card slot
  • 2600 mAh battery
  • 130g
  • 69.8mm x 136.6mm x 7.9mm

Yummy!

via [Samsumg Mobile]

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Smart now accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Free at Unli Plan 2000!

There you go, folks! Smart just announced its deal for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Free at Unli Plan 2000. You can reserve your unit now by simply following this link. As to when Smart is planning to release it, we will know for sure in the coming days. So, who’s getting one?

I’ve been reading so many raves about the Galaxy Note 2 especially the dual-window when multi-tasking. Looks like Samsung has a winner again this time. Can’t wait to get my hands on this so-called “phablet.”

Key specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2:

  • 1.6GHz quad-core processor
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 5.55 HD Super AMOLED display
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • 1.9MP front-facing
  • S-Pen

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 announced, specs and features are impressive enough

We’ve been hearing about Samsung’s follow-up to the ultra-cool (back then) Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid introduced not so long ago. And so the Galaxy Note 2 was officially introduced last night at IFA 2012 in Berlin.

People who’ve been waiting for the official announcement immediately went crazy about what Samsung just unveiled. And looking at the specs of the Galaxy Note 2, it seems like a pretty powerful device indeed.

  • 5.5? HD Super AMOLED display (1280×720) pixels
  • 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8MP rear camera, 1080p video recording
  • 1.9MP front-facing camera
  • 16GB, 32GB, 64GB internal storage
  • up to 64GB via microSD card
  • HSPA+ 21Mbps or 4G LTE 42Mbps
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual band 2.4GHz & 5.0GHz
  • WiFi Direct, NFC, MHL, Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS with aGPS support
  • 3100mAh Li-Ion battery

Honestly, the Galaxy Note 2 is not really a pretty exciting device after all. Well, if you own the Galaxy S3 and the original Galaxy Note – you’ll do fine with those two gadgets rather than get the Galaxy Note 2. I mean, it’s just a bigger Galaxy S3 with a stylus and faster processor. If you’re after Jelly Bean, well wait a couple of days more and you’ll have it running on your Galaxy S3.

So, who’s getting the Galaxy Note 2? Words on the streets say that it will be released in the Philippines by November.

Via [Samsung]

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Spigen Leather Case Argos Series for Galaxy S3 Review

Still looking for that perfect case for your beloved Samsung Galaxy S3? You might want to consider this case from Spigen, well known for mobile phone leather cases. The one I have is called the SPIGEN Leather Case Argos Series for Galaxy S3. It retails for around $39.99 from Spigen.com but you can buy it locally from AppleWerkz in Katipunan. (They have another branch in ATC if I’m not mistaken).

The case is made of premium leather and it has a cover for the screen which flips vertically (unlike most cases  which has the cover flipping horizontally). It’s very sturdy, sleek-looking and a pleasure to hold.

You can ready my full review here.

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Android Case for your Smart Galaxy S3

For the past couple of days now, I’ve been looking at nearby malls for a nice case that I can use for my Smart Galaxy S3. I was unlucky to find anything yet. A Samsung Mobile store in SM Megamall told me that they recently sold 20 pieces of the official Samsung Flip cover, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note Flip Cover that came free when I got it.

So my search for the best Samsung Galaxy S3 case continues. Luckily, I just found this one unique case for the Smart Galaxy S3 which is currently on pre-order from MobileFun UK. In terms of features, there’s really nothing to rave about from this Samsung Galaxy S3 case. It’s your usual smartphone case that attaches to the back of your device. Although not indicated on the site, it’s pretty obvious that the case is made of soft, rubber materials.

The case will protect your Samsung Galaxy S3 from the usual bumps and scratches and it seems that it doesn’t make the Galaxy S3 thicker either. This is good and precisely what I’ve been looking for.

But wait, there’s one more special thing about this Samsung Galaxy S3 Case – it has the Android creature embedded on the case. This is perfect for the Galaxy S3 and it comes in cheap as well – at £19.95.

Hopefully, the case becomes available soon not only in the UK but in other countries as well. I’m very much interested in getting this Galaxy S3 case.

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SGP Crumena Leather Case for Your Samsung Galaxy S3

Enjoying your Samsung Galaxy S3  (be it the Smart Galaxy S3 or the Globe Galaxy S3) so far? No matter how durable our beloved device is, it still deserves some protection and love. And just like a tradition, you’re probably scouting for a Samsung Galaxy S3 Protector and Samsung Galaxy S3 case right now.

Unfortunately, there is no official Samsung Galaxy S3 accessories available yet. Unlike when the Samsung Galaxy Note was released, Samsung was kind enough to also came up with an official case and cover.

It’s a going thing there are third-party manufacturers around. But since the Samsung Galaxy S3 is fairly new and is not yet available worldwide, it would be a bit harder to find a Samsung Galaxy S3 case. Well, at least in our local mobile phone stores. You can probably find cheap ones in Greenhills but then the Samsung Galaxy S3 is such a premium device that it needs the best protection possible.

To cut a long story short, I scoured the web looking for a Samsung Galaxy S3 case online. There are quite a few of them from Amazon.com but I decided to look around on the SGP store. Luckily I found one – the SGP Crumena leather case for Samsung Galaxy S3.

There’s nothing fancy about the leather case. No special features or whatsoever. But still, the fact that it was made from genuine leather makes this case a must buy. It’s available in black white and brown, so you have three option and any color of  the case looks elegant and classy. The inner layer of the case is made from soft material that protects your device from scratches.

The SGP Crumena leather case for Samsung Galaxy S3 retails for $29.99 and it’s available now online from the SGP store.

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First Impression, Samsung Galaxy S3 now running on Smart network

So finally, after 72 hours of waiting since I got hold of the Samsung Galaxy S3, and after several follow-up tweets with Smart Philippines Twitter account, the new plan that I’ve signed up for was activated. My device is now truly a Smart Galaxy S3 smartphone. So, how is it so far? Well, this is not really the first time that I have a Smart mobile plan. Prior to subscribing with Globe, I use to have a Smart account. But that was decades ago.

Now, I’m back with Smart and enjoying its high-speed connectivity  together with the high-processing power of the Smart Galaxy S3. To make an initial assessment of the Smart’s network speed, I check it up using the Speedtest.net Android app. There result below.

As of 5:46 am, Marikina, Antipolo area.

As of 9:35 am, Ortigas, Mandaluyong Area

 

So far I’m loving the speed that Smart is giving my Smart Galaxy S3. It renders web pages faster than my Globe  iPhone 4S. But then of course, the iPhone 4S is on 3G network only. What’s good to note here is that so far, the phone’s signal rarely change to “3G” and remains to be on HSPA+ (H on the phone’s status bar).  This means that Smart’s 4G network is getting pretty stable lately.

Right  decision to get the Smart Galaxy S3 with Smart unlimited data plan indeed!

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