Open Thread: New Galaxy S5 Owners, Share Your First Impressions

Did you pick up the Samsung Galaxy S5 today? If so, we want to hear all about your initial thoughts.

How does the 5.1-inch FHD Super AMOLED display look? How does that plastic body feel in hand (those dimples tho)? How is the performance from the Snapdragon 801? Have you used the fingerprint scanner? What carrier did you go with? Taken any good pictures yet with the 16MP sensor? What is your favorite feature so far?  (more…)

Verizon Disabled Paypal Fingerprint Payment Support on the Galaxy S5, Google Wallet Works Though

What’s that? You thought Download Booster was the only feature that a U.S. carrier would remove from the brand new Samsung Galaxy S5? Silly, you. I’d imagine Download Booster is only the first of many. After spending only a few minutes with the Verizon variant of the GS5, we have already discovered that Big Red has pulled Paypal payments authorized with your fingerprint, another of the major features promoted by Samsung for their 2014 flagship. It was also announced this morning by Paypal. (more…)

How to: Quickly Disable Bloatware on the Galaxy S5

If you picked up a Samsung Galaxy S5 today from a carrier partner in the U.S., then you are more than likely already overwhelmed by the amount of bloatware installed on your device. For example, on the Verizon variant alone, we’re pushing 20 pre-installed apps that I will never use. From Big Red’s ever-growing list of VZW apps to the pre-loaded suite of Amazon products, it’s a bit much.

Thankfully, Samsung keeps making it easier and easier to disable these bloatware apps, since many can’t be fully uninstalled. Below, we’ll talk about the two ways you can quickly disable/hide those unattractive carrier-branded apps.  (more…)

Deal: Grab Samsung’s Gear Fit on eBay for Just $184.99

Have you just picked up a new Samsung Galaxy S5, and are now looking to purchase a fitness band companion for it? You are in luck. Currently listed on eBay are Samsung Gear Fit bands for $184.99 ($15 off the regular price), with free shipping in the United States.

The seller is rated with 99.4% positive feedback, so you likely won’t be dealing with a knockoff or scam here. Returns are 14 days with money back, but the buyer has to pay return shipping.  (more…)

PayPal Shows Off Benefits of Using Biometric Authentication on Samsung Galaxy S5

Thanks to the fingerprint scanner found in the Galaxy S5, users can now work with PayPal to purchase goods online and in person, without the need of lengthy usernames and passwords or pulling out that credit card. According to a recent survey taken by PayPal and the National Cyber Security Alliance, 53% of Americans are ready to ditch passwords in exchange for something a bit more futuristic.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition Coming Soon to Verizon

Tinkerers, a developer edition of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is on the way and it’ll work on Verizon’s network. Like past Galaxy devices that fall under the “developer edition” tag, it’s only marked as coming soon and without a price tag, even though today is the global launch day. Most carriers are selling the device at full retail (which is how you’ll have to buy this) for either $599 or $649, so set at least that much cash aside if this is the phone for you. As far as a potential availability date, I’d give it at least a couple of weeks, maybe even a month.  (more…)

Where to Buy the Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available across the nation, with all major carriers participating in the April 11 global launch. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile should all have the device in store, but if not, are guaranteed to have it available online. Some are running special deals, like Verizon’s BOGO (buy one, get one free) special or AT&T’s $50 discount off of Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo devices should you pick up the GS5.

We’ve linked directly to all of the major carrier stores below, along with the current offers from Best Buy and Amazon. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding a spot to pick up Samsung’s 2014 flagship phone.  (more…)

How to: Setup the Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint scanner, yep, it does. It’s not as slick as Apple’s on the iPhone 5s, but it’s there in case you want to give it a spin. You can use it to authenticate in your Samsung account, potentially pay for things with Paypal, and even set it up to be used for unlocking your phone. In my brief time with it, I’ve found that it works for the most part, but is indeed a bit particular in where it wants you to swipe, much like other fingerprint scanners that require a swipe. (more…)