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  # 1024945 14-Apr-2014 15:14
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richms: Wireless charging is a pain. It's slower than cabled and you can't pick up the phone and use it when charging. Not that the wireless charge can keep up with using the phone anyway.


My Nexus 5 came with wireless charging and it worked a treat. Granted, it is not quite as quick as cable, but was a dream to use (I had one pad on my desk at work, and one on my bedside cabinet). Not sure about your comment about not picking up the phone, the N5 could be picked up from pad and used immediately - was no different than pulling the cable out from a wired charge.

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  # 1025054 14-Apr-2014 18:01
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It's not easy to pick the pad up as well as the phone to keep it charging while using the phone. Charge speed on the real samsung fat back and dock on my note 3 is about twice that of being plugged in which is already too slow. With the eBay special back insert it's barely enough to keep up with the use of screen on not doing anything.




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  # 1025089 14-Apr-2014 20:03
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dafman:
richms: Wireless charging is a pain. It's slower than cabled and you can't pick up the phone and use it when charging. Not that the wireless charge can keep up with using the phone anyway.


My Nexus 5 came with wireless charging and it worked a treat. Granted, it is not quite as quick as cable, but was a dream to use (I had one pad on my desk at work, and one on my bedside cabinet). Not sure about your comment about not picking up the phone, the N5 could be picked up from pad and used immediately - was no different than pulling the cable out from a wired charge.


Nice! I like the idea of wireless charging. Which retailer sold the Nexus 5 with wireless charger?

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  # 1025357 15-Apr-2014 08:48
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Und3f:
dafman:
richms: Wireless charging is a pain. It's slower than cabled and you can't pick up the phone and use it when charging. Not that the wireless charge can keep up with using the phone anyway.


My Nexus 5 came with wireless charging and it worked a treat. Granted, it is not quite as quick as cable, but was a dream to use (I had one pad on my desk at work, and one on my bedside cabinet). Not sure about your comment about not picking up the phone, the N5 could be picked up from pad and used immediately - was no different than pulling the cable out from a wired charge.


Nice! I like the idea of wireless charging. Which retailer sold the Nexus 5 with wireless charger?


I had to purchase the wireless charging pads from Amazon.com. I purchased two LG WCP-300 units, from memory around $140 landed in NZ for both. I decided to get the LG product for the LG Nexus. I was very happy with the unit.

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  # 1025359 15-Apr-2014 08:50
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Just to check. I read earlier that you can easily remove the charging flap by taking out a screw with the cover off. Has anyone actually done this? If yes, do you keep getting a reminder on the phone that the flap is open? I ask because I may finish up getting this phone, but the inconvenience of the charging flap is a big issue for me.

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  # 1025379 15-Apr-2014 08:59
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dafman: Just to check. I read earlier that you can easily remove the charging flap by taking out a screw with the cover off. Has anyone actually done this? If yes, do you keep getting a reminder on the phone that the flap is open? I ask because I may finish up getting this phone, but the inconvenience of the charging flap is a big issue for me.


Invest in a QI charging pad?

edit: whoops, I see that was suggested above.




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  # 1025433 15-Apr-2014 10:17
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Ran some benchmarks, to get an idea of what I've got stock, before I start fiddling.

LHS: power saving off.
RHS: power saving on.

SGS5 - still better than the SGS4 even with limited CPU and GPU.



 
 
 
 


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  # 1025524 15-Apr-2014 12:40
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Battery is pretty decent I think. I am now 1.5 days in with moderate use, a little gaming and I have a little over 12% remaining. I expect to reach 5pm before charging. 


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  # 1025534 15-Apr-2014 12:55
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I'm thinking of getting an S5, I have a first gen galaxy S that's pretty slow these days and the s5 would be a pretty good upgrade I think.

Any recommendations on the best place to buy one from? I currently use prepay 2degrees so contract is not an issue, I would like to keep my phone number though.

Are there any considerations regarding whether to buy 2deg, Voda, Telecom etc? Does each carrier use a different customized OS? My current phone was a parallel import so I haven't dealt with a carrier purchased phone before.

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pooky: I'm thinking of getting an S5, I have a first gen galaxy S that's pretty slow these days and the s5 would be a pretty good upgrade I think.

Any recommendations on the best place to buy one from? I currently use prepay 2degrees so contract is not an issue, I would like to keep my phone number though.

Are there any considerations regarding whether to buy 2deg, Voda, Telecom etc? Does each carrier use a different customized OS? My current phone was a parallel import so I haven't dealt with a carrier purchased phone before.


So long as it's a NZ model and not parallel imported, it won't matter what vendors phone (2d or vf or tnz). I recommend JB HiFi personally, warranty there is probably the best I've come across. 


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  # 1025545 15-Apr-2014 13:16
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Agree with networkn, I'm well impressed by the stock config battery life.

Battery stats yesterday:
25+ hours off charge
3.5+ hours screen on time
34% battery remaining

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pooky: I'm thinking of getting an S5, I have a first gen galaxy S that's pretty slow these days and the s5 would be a pretty good upgrade I think.

Any recommendations on the best place to buy one from? I currently use prepay 2degrees so contract is not an issue, I would like to keep my phone number though.

Are there any considerations regarding whether to buy 2deg, Voda, Telecom etc? Does each carrier use a different customized OS? My current phone was a parallel import so I haven't dealt with a carrier purchased phone before.


If you plan to use it on 2degrees, I would recommend you buy the S5 from 2degrees or a 2degrees S5 model from another shop. Its optimized best for their network

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Yeah I had a look at mobiles while I was in The Warehouse the other day and asked if they had any stock, the girl there said that you have to buy it for a particular network even if you are buying it outright. So they must come preloaded with different stuff depending on the network I assume.

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Yabanize:
pooky: I'm thinking of getting an S5, I have a first gen galaxy S that's pretty slow these days and the s5 would be a pretty good upgrade I think.



If you plan to use it on 2degrees, I would recommend you buy the S5 from 2degrees or a 2degrees S5 model from another shop. Its optimized best for their network


I bought my Galaxy S5 from 2Degrees (special pre-release bundle with the Galaxy Gear 2 Neo). 

I was quite surprised to find it only includes what appears to be a standard micro usb cable rather than the new usb 3.0 micro usb cable that takes the full width of the slot S5 slot. 

Wondering if everyone is getting the same? 

Very happy with my S5 so far (upgraded from S3).

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OMGpjay: Ran some benchmarks, to get an idea of what I've got stock, before I start fiddling.

LHS: power saving off.
RHS: power saving on.

SGS5 - still better than the SGS4 even with limited CPU and GPU.




The current model S4 (the i9506) scores about the same as the Note3 FYI
Power saving off, stock 4.3. If the price drops down now with the release of the S5, the i9506 is a VERY nice alternative.







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