Were you one of the thousands to get a Galaxy S5 this weekend? Samsung’s new flagship is out in full force and comes toting a few extra gifts to help separate it from the rest of the competition.
Oh, more bloatware? Not exactly. We all remember that the Galaxy S4 was shipped with 45 percent of the storage used out of the box, so Samsung took a little more conservative approach this time by giving users the ability to choose which of these “gifts” they can download. The value of these apps and services are totaled almost at the value of the phone itself. It rings in at a whopping $596.86 plus whatever additional savings you receive via PayPal (the description says $50 or more).
Here is exactly what is included in the gift package and the perceived value:
Bitcasa: This is an app that lets you store pretty much all the data you want on a secure cloud.
Gift: 1 TB of storage for 3 months
Bloomberg Businessweek +: Business news and market trends with exclusive content and interactive features.
Gift: 12 month subscription
Blurb: Offers creative self-publishing to create a mobile book.
Gift: Your own professional-quality mobile book.
Box: Secure cloud storage.
Gift: 50GB for 6 months
Cut the Rope 2: Cut the rope to feed Om Nom! A fun, gaming app.
Gift: $15 in-game credits
Dropbox: Secure cloud storage app across multiple devices (pre-installed).
Gift: 50GB of storage
EasilyDo Pro: Helps you manage time efficiently on a large, clear screen.
Gift: 6 months subscription
Evernote: Organization and note sharing app.
Gift: 3 months of “Evernote Premium”
Flick Dat: An application to create a digital business card and share with a simple flick gesture.
Gift: The app itself
Lark: A personal wellness assistant providing personalized recommendations on how to be fitter and healthier.
Gift: 12 free months of premium service
LinkedIn: As you probably heard, Samsung and LinkedIn are both pretty happy about their relationship. LinkedIn is now integrated into the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Gift: LinkedIn Premium Account for 3 months
Editor’s Note: While this is listed on the Galaxy Gift’s webpage, I personally have not been able to activate the service as I can’t find the link for it. According to the Samsung Apps Galaxy Gifts section, this must be done on the website. I have reached out to both Samsung and LinkedIn for help.
MapMyRun / MapMyRide: An app for runners or cyclists to track pace, distance, calories, time, and more.
Gift: 6 months MVP access and no ads
PayPal: Mobile payments and mobile shopping. This service is now built into the Galaxy S5 and uses the finger print scanner to authorize payments.
Gift: Special offers/discounts
Value: Varies; Value posted as $50 plus
RunKeeper: Track fitness activities and share them with friends while measuring your performance over time.
Gift: 1 year membership to Runkeeper Elite
Skimble: Workout trainer providing thousands of multimedia workouts led by expert coaches.
Gift: 6 months of Pro+ Premium
The Wall Street Journal: One of the world’s elite newspaper for financial, business, and world news.
Gift: 6 months full access
So how do you take advantage of these great gifts? It is actually quite easy. Your Galaxy S5 should come pre-installed with the Samsung App Store. Simply log in and click on “Categories”. You should see listed near the top where it says: “GALAXY Gifts”. Go in there and start downloading or alternatively you can go to the Samsung Apps website.
What do you think about these free gifts?
Source: Samsung Galaxy Gifts
UPDATE: Samsung has updated their Galaxy Gift page stating that the LinkedIn promo starts on 4/19/2014.