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The latest Samsung Galaxy S5 insights

The latest Samsung Galaxy S5 insights

3/28/2014

The unveiling of Samsung's latest flagship smartphone model, the Galaxy S5, at the 2014 Mobile World Congress provided answers to many tech-lovers' burning questions, and new details are still continuing to surface. The phone will be released globally on April 11, so interested buyers may want to take a closer look at the device's specs before it hits stores.

S5 emphasizes services over tech
Forbes' Haydn Shaughnessy noted that Samsung seems to have shifted its emphasis from tech features to software and services. This seems to be the trend among most smartphone providers. Rather than focusing on flashy technology, Samsung has dedicated its efforts to offering user-friendly programs, such as the S Health app and heart rate sensor.

According to Samsung's website, S Health gives S5 owners a system for tracking their fitness routines. Users can set benchmarks and monitor the S Health's pedometer while exercising. The heart rate sensor lets individuals measure their heart rates by simply placing a finger on the back of the phone.

While the S5's fingerprint scanner has been hyped up to be one of the more innovative privacy features, Forbes cited research from Media Measurement that suggested the scanner might be made available to developers. Researchers noted that this could lead to new privacy concerns, so S5 owners may want to consider other identity protection options - ProtectCELL might be able to help. 

Android Community recently noted that the S5 will be equipped with "Galaxy Perks," offerings from 16 content and service providers that add up to more than $600. Participating companies include PayPal, The Wall Street Journal, MapMyFitness and LinkedIn. The Wall Street Journal, for example, is giving S5 users a six-month free subscription.

"The Galaxy S5 was designed to offer consumers the most advanced tool to help improve their everyday lives," said JK Shin, CEO of Samsung Electronics, according to his company's global blog. "These new partnerships perfectly compliment this mission with a comprehensive offering of some of the world's best mobile resources to suit people's active lives."

Interested in the S5? Consider phone buy back
According to TechCrunch, T-Mobile CMO Mike Sievert announced that more than 100,000 pre-registrations were placed for the S5 within 48 hours of its announcement, a record-breaking statistic for the carrier. Clearly, Samsung has generated significant consumer interest in its latest model.

If you plan on being one of the first in line to pick up the Galaxy S5, perhaps you'd like to sell back your S4 or whatever your current device might be. ProtectCELL's cell phone buyback program can help you out. The plan offers up to 50 percent buyback on devices bought within the past 12 months and as much as 25 percent back on second-year devices.

ProtectCELL can also help phone-owners planning to make the switch to T-Mobile services upon purchasing the S5. While T Mobile phone insurance might not provide coverage for incidents like data or identity theft, ProtectCELL does. Look into ProtectCELL's data protection program to help you back up your important data and prevent phone thieves from gaining access to your personal information.

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