Posts Tagged ‘Galaxy S5’

Top 10 Samsung Galaxy S5 accessories – July 2014

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Here are ten awesome Samsung Galaxy S5 accessories that you should check out!

10. Official Samsung Galaxy S5 Back Cover

Official Samsung Galaxy S5 Back Cover    Official Samsung Galaxy S5 Back Cover

Want a different coloured S5? No problem. Just pick up a replacement back cover and you can have any colour you like. There are four options – electric blue, charcoal black, shimmery white and copper gold. This is an official Samsung product as well, so you’re assured of a perfect fit and finish.

9. Olixar BoomBrick Bluetooth Speaker

BoomBrick Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black    BoomBrick Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black

The Galaxy S5′s internal speaker isn’t brilliant, so if you want to play music at any reasonable volume then you’ll need a better speaker. The BoomBrick from Olixar is a great choice, with a rich and powerful room-filling sound. You can connect over Bluetooth, where a built-in microphone and buttons will allow you to take calls too. An amazing piece of kit for the money that’ll transform your standards for audio quality.

8. Official Samsung Wireless Charging Cover

Official Samsung Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging Cover - Black    Official Samsung Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging Cover - Black

The Samsung Galaxy S5 doesn’t come with Qi Wireless Charging out of the box, but that’s easy enough to fix. You can buy this wireless charging cover, which replaces your original battery cover with one that has the necessary Qi charging circuits integrated within. From there, you just need to select a Qi wireless charger and you’ll be golden.

7. Spigen Glas.tr Nano Slim Tempered Glass Screen Protector

ASUS Premium Cover for Nexus 7 2 - White    ASUS Premium Cover for Nexus 7 2 - White

Protecting the screen of any smartphone is an essential, and one of the most interesting developments as of late has been that of tempered glass screen protectors. These provide more and longer-lasting protection compared to plastic screen protectors. Spigen’s example is one of our best sellers, with strong reviews as well.

6. enCharge Power Jacket Flip Case 4800mAh

Anymode Samsung Galaxy S5 Power Cover - Black    Anymode Samsung Galaxy S5 Power Cover - Black

The idea behind this case is very simple: marry a massive battery with a solid protective case. The result is the enCharge Power Jacket Flip, a surprisingly elegant case that can more than double your battery life. The charging system is well designed too, with an on-off switch and LED indicators to make it easy to choose when you’re charging your phone. A flip cover protects the screen and an integrated kickstand will make it easy to watch videos or play games. A brilliant functional case.

5. ElementCase Recon Pro Black Ops

ElementCase Recon Pro Black Ops Galaxy S5 Case - Stealth Black    ElementCase Recon Pro Black Ops Galaxy S5 Case - Stealth Black

This is perhaps the finest Galaxy S5 case available, with a dual-density ultra-rugged chassis made from premium materials. That includes a CNC machined aluminium back plate with a type 3 hard anodised finish, which feels incredible and can stand up to insane amounts of punishment. Other extras include a acoustic chamber that boosts volume levels, a combined belt clip and desk stand, plus a stealth privacy screen protector. This premium case costs more than its peers, but you really do so a significant increase in quality.

4. Official Samsung Power Sharing Cable

Official Samsung Galaxy S5 Power Sharing Cable - Black

This inexpensive cable is brilliant, allowing you to share power between smartphones, tablets and accessories. The idea is that you can charge one smartphone from another, so you can give your friend a boost to get through the end of the day… or you can use your tablet’s larger battery to top up your phone. It also works brilliantly for smartwatches, where you can easily charge their tiny internal reserves without reducing your phone’s charge significantly.

3. Samsung 12x Zoom Telescope and Tripod

Samsung Galaxy S5 12x Zoom Telescope and Tripod    Samsung Galaxy S5 12x Zoom Telescope and Tripod

The Galaxy S5 has a surprisingly good camera, but you can make it even better with a few accessories. This zoom telescope and tripod allow you to take telephoto shots; ideal for portrait photography or distant wildlife without the bulk of a traditional zoom lens camera. The whole package is quite compact too; you can keep your Galaxy S5 in one pocket and the telescope/tripod in the other.

2. Draco Supernova Aluminium Bumper

Draco Galaxy S5 Supernova S5 Aluminium Bumper - Electric Blue    Draco Galaxy S5 Supernova S5 Aluminium Bumper - Electric Blue

This bumper is one of the most stylish available for the S5, with a distinct curved shape that instantly stands out. The bumper is made from CNC-milled aircraft-grade aluminium, providing impact protection and rigidity in equal measure. The case is available in many colours too, including blue, black, gold, red and silver.

1. Samsung Gear Live

Samsung Gear Live Smartwatch - Black    Samsung Gear Live Smartwatch - Black

The Gear Live is one of two Android Wear smartwatches to be released so far, and offers a convenient way of checking notifications on your wrist. The Gear Live’s hardware is nice, with a sculpted metal band and a crisp 320×320 AMOLED display. The 22mm band is replaceable and there are plenty of watch faces on offer too, so it’s easy to find a look that suits you. Smartwatches are the next big thing, and the Gear Live is one of the very best to be released so far.

Conclusion

I hope you’ve found these recommendations handy! You can find more of our favourite S5 accessories here. For more information or to ask a question, please visit the comments below or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun.

Moshi SenseCover coming soon for Samsung Galaxy S5

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Moshi SenseCover Samsung Galaxy S5 Smart Case - Black    Moshi SenseCover Samsung Galaxy S5 Smart Case - Black

Today we’re unveiling a new case for the Samsung Galaxy S5. It’s from Moshi and it’s called the SenseCover. Like Samsung’s own brand of S View cases, the SenseCover has a transparent-windowed flip cover, allowing you to see incoming notifications while keeping your screen fully protected from scratches. Let’s take a closer look.

Notification central

The cut-out window on the flip cover is a large square, allowing you to easily see the time, date and incoming calls – all at a glance. The plastic is touch-sensitive too, so you’re still able to swipe to accept or reject calls (and dismiss alarms) without opening the cover. The Galaxy S5′s AMOLED display remains turned off beyond the window, so less power is used than when the entire screen is on.

Full screen protection without adding bulk

The SenseCover provides protection for the front, back and sides of the Galaxy S5. The cover clips to the back of the phone, minimising the case’s footprint and ensuring excellent pocketability is retained. A magnetic clasp keeps the cover in position, ensuring that your screen remains protected at all times.

Moshi SenseCover Samsung Galaxy S5 Smart Case - Pink    Moshi SenseCover Samsung Galaxy S5 Smart Case - Pink

Durable construction

The Moshi SenseCover is made from high quality synthetic materials, allowing to stand up to day-to-day use without issues. The Galaxy S5 cover is available in two colours as well; black and pink. Both options are coming soon to Mobile Fun.

Signing off

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Samsung Galaxy S5 review: hands-on

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Pros:

  • Bright and beautiful AMOLED screen
  • Less plastic, more premium than previous Galaxy devices

Cons:

  • Gimmicky hardware additions
  • TouchWiz modifications may not be to everyone’s taste

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the latest in Samsung’s line of flagship Android phones, refining rather than redefining the series.

Running Android Kitkat (4.4.2) out of the box and with the requisite TouchWiz additions (now loved and hated by Samsung fans in equal measure), alongside a 2.5ghz Quad Core Processor, interaction with the S5 feels silky smooth.

Its 5.1” 1080P AMOLED Screen gives a striking first impression and the relatively thin bezels prevent it from edging too close to ‘phablet’ territory also keeping it fractionally smaller than the Sony Xperia Z and HTC One (M8), its two closest competitors. The fantastic screen also perfectly showcases the new 16MP Camera which is capable of filming at 4K.

The review model is ‘Pearl White’ but the S5 is also available in Black, Blue and Gold (not quite the champagne gold which seems to be ‘in’ now, but close) and has a ‘dimpled’ finish making it feel much less plasticy than previous Galaxy models.

One of the more interesting additions to this year’s model is a heart-rate monitor located on the back of the device, just below the camera lens. It’s closely integrated with Samsung’s S Health App but its necessity is questionable.

Further, and in a clear attempt to ape the iPhone 5 and HTC One Max whilst adding another USP, the S5 includes a fingerprint scanner – ideal for upping security on the device although its reliability is something that requires a longer term test. So far the consensus is that this is not as accurate and useful as the one featured on the iPhone 5S.

Following the trend set by the Sony Xperia Z, The S5 is both water and dust resistant. Although not to quite the same extent, it will easily survive a drop in the sink or on the beach.

In conclusion, the Galaxy S5 is a worthy successor to the S4, improving significantly enough to make the upgrade worthwhile whilst also performing favourably when compared to close competitors (the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One (M8)). Price-wise it does tend to be the cheaper of the 3 flagships so certainly a strong contender for your hard-earned cash.

What kind of Samsung Galaxy S5 case do you want?

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

It can be hard to find the Samsung Galaxy S5 case that you’re looking for, so we’ve broken down all the choices into a bunch of different categories. That should make it easier to find just the kind of case that you want. Here are each of the categories, with some brief descriptions to help you understand what you’ll find within!

Galaxy S5 cases with credit card holder include both vertical and horizontal flip cases, as long as they include at least one credit card pocket. If you’re looking to combine wallet and case into one easy-to-handle entity, then have a look in here!

Adarga Leather Style Galaxy S5 Wallet Flip Case - Purple    Snugg Samsung Galaxy S5 Faux Leather Pouch Case - Tan

Galaxy S5 carbon cases sport that familiar carbon fibre material motif, with a satisfying in-hand feel and a cool modern look.

ElementCase Recon CF Samsung Galaxy S5 Case - Stealth Black    ElementCase Recon CF Samsung Galaxy S5 Case - Stealth Black

Galaxy S5 flip cases are designed to flip open, with a cover protecting the screen from damage and providing a classically stylish look. Some include windows in the flip cover, to allow you to check the time, notifications and incoming calls at a glance.

Case-Mate Slim Folio Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 - Black    ROCK Elegant Samsung Galaxy S5 Smart View Flip Case - Black

Galaxy S5 leather cases are made from leather or faux-leather, granting you that soft in-hand feel and long-lasting protection.

Piel Frama iMagnum for Samsung Galaxy S5    Nillkin Rain Samsung Galaxy S5 Leather-Style Wallet Case - Gold

Galaxy S5 hard cases provide excellent rigidity, preventing damage to your Galaxy S5 inside. These cases are often quite protective.

OtterBox Defender Series for Samsung Galaxy S5 - Black    UAG Scout Samsung Galaxy S5 Protective Case - Black

Galaxy S5 metal cases are made from metal, again providing good rigidity and strong protection. Metal cases also look fantastic, and remain an unusual choice that’ll get you noticed.

ElementCase Recon Pro Samsung Galaxy S5 Case - Black / Gun Metal    Draco Galaxy S5 Supernova S5 Aluminium Bumper - Copper Gold

Galaxy S5 designer cases are made by some of the biggest names of the industry, with custom designs that offer something a little different from the majority of cases on the market.

Bling My Thing Milky Way Collection Galaxy S5 Case - Angel MixWorld Cup Flag Samsung Galaxy S5 Case - Brazil

Galaxy S5 waterproof cases are designed to operating near or under the water, with a waterproof design that often exceeds the IP67 international rating. Some of these cases are ideal for underwater photography too.

LifeProof Fre Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 - Black    DiCAPac Universal Waterproof Case for Smartphones up to 5.7 inch - Blue

Galaxy S5 sport cases are designed for those with active lifestyles. If you’re running, playing sports or exercising, then you’ll want a case like this that is sweat-resistant, protects your phone and is comfortable to wear.

Universal Armband for Large-Sized Smartphones - Black    Universal Armband for Large-Sized Smartphones - Black

Galaxy S5 official cases are made by Samsung themselves, and offer a precise fit and unique features. Includes the line of popular S View cases.

Official Samsung Galaxy S5 Back Cover    Official Samsung Galaxy S5 S View Wireless Charging Cover - White

Galaxy S5 wallet cases provide credit card pockets and other wallet-like features, allowing you to forgo a separate wallet or have some additional room to grow.

Krusell Karmar Samsung Galaxy S5 FlipWallet Case - Black    Zenus Liberty of London Galaxy S5 Diary Case - Navy Ivy

Galaxy S5 battery cases are a combination of battery and case, providing extra power to your Galaxy S5 at all times. That increases your battery life and allows you to go longer between charging.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Power Bank Flip Case - Black    Anymode Samsung Galaxy S5 Power Cover - Black

Galaxy S5 bling cases are some of the most eye-catching available, with Swarovski Elements and other over-the-top motifs providing a bold and distinct look.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Glitter Case - Gold    Bling My Thing Milky Way Collection Galaxy S5 Case - Cotton Candy

So there we have it – the many kinds of Samsung Galaxy S5 cases available at Mobile Fun! We hope that this was a useful breakdown, and be sure to let us know in the comments below if you have any questions, suggestions or comments!

The ultimate windowed flip case for the Galaxy S5: the Spigen Slim Armor View

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Spigen Samsung Galaxy S5 Slim Armor View Case - Smooth BlackSpigen Samsung Galaxy S5 Slim Armor View Case - Smooth White

When the Galaxy S4 was released, Samsung released a case to go with it: the S View, a windowed folio case that let you have the safety of a flip cover and easy access to the time and notifications through the window. Similar versions have been released for the Note 3 and Galaxy S5, and they’ve all maintained the original’s high price point. Thankfully, case makers Spigen have produced a best-selling alternative that includes improved protection and better looks at a lower price point. Let’s have a look at their latest example, the Spigen Slim Armor View Case for the Galaxy S5.

The most important feature of the Slim Armor View is its clear plastic view window. When the case is installed, your Galaxy S5 will show notifications and other information within that window automatically. Incoming calls, notifications and the time will all appear as necessary, without the need to open the flip cover to check what’s going on. You can even use the touchscreen through the window, allowing you to accept or reject calls, act on notifications or launch the camera.

Spigen Samsung Galaxy S5 Slim Armor View Case    Spigen Samsung Galaxy S5 Slim Armor View Case

The Slim Armour View is also a great protective case, with its dual layer TPU and polycarbonate construction. The flip cover provides great screen protection too, preventing costly scratches. The polycarbonate mid section also comes with a grippy coating to prevent drops in the first place.

The Slim Armor View Case is a brilliant premium case for the Galaxy S5, offering comprehensive protection, the convenience of a windowed flip cover and a beautiful look in smooth black or white. For more information and to place your pre-order, check out the product pages linked below:

Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let me know your first impressions of the case in the comments below!