It’s the most wonderful time of the year again. Yup, Christmas is upon us and golfers and golf fans are both the easiest and hardest to gift. Some want nothing more than a sleeve of golf balls and a putter.
Some want full sets of golf clubs with a whole outfit for when they hit the course. But I think there’s one item that golfers may really come to appreciate.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the hottest smartphone on the market right now and features the latest in technology. You’d be surprised how awesome this phone is for golfers and golf fans.
Virgin Mobile, who in my opinion is one of, if not the best service in wireless, carries these phones and has the best service for them. I had the opportunity of checking out this beast of a device.
One of the first things I noticed right away is the battery life, and this is one of the most important things for any smartphone owner. It took very little time to charge and this was something that shocked me as most smartphones usually take a little while to charge.
Then, not just that, the phone is a horse. It lasts for LONG time. It may take several hours before it even needs charging.
The reason why this phone is terrific for golfers, is because the way it handles golf apps on it. They run very smoothly. I downloaded some of the top golf apps according to Google Play.
One of those apps I downloaded was the Golf Channel app and let me tell you, the phone ran that app like a charm and it was gorgeous. The beautiful screen made the videos and stories look great and the navigation is simple and superb.
I then decided to test the phone’s gaming skills by downloading EA Sports’ new mobile golf game, King of the Course. On my old smartphone, I couldn’t even download it. With the Samsung Galaxy S5 from Virgin Mobile, I was able to download it relatively quick however I did need to use my internet connection to speed up the download a bit but once I did, the phone downloaded this huge file of a game with lightning speed.
There’s no need for an internet connection with any other apps as the phone comes with an incredible 4G connection and downloads extremely fast. When I played King of the Course, I was stunned at how smooth it played and how the graphics looked. It was like playing a game on a video game console, but is on a phone!
The game was very fun to play and with that gorgeous screen, I was feeling immersed into the experience of the game. I’ll tell you how powerful this phone is.
King of the Course is a game that’s mostly meant for tablets. This phone ran the game like it was nothing! Like a full size computer in the palm of your hand! This stunned me big time.
I know you always love to get your golf news fix from different golf magazines, etc. So I went ahead and downloaded the digital version of Golf Magazine on the Gallaxy S5.
I was blown away by the clearness and color of the pages, and this was because of the Galaxy S5’s amazing screen and navigation. There were features in the magazine that I likely couldn’t access with any of my older phones.
The magazine was quite interactive with videos, fact buttons (Press them, and they’ll give you info on the picture you’re looking at, I was looking at a picture of the legendary St. Andrews) and even interactive videos, where you can control the player’s swing (Swipe your finger on the screen to make the golfer swing, this give you a slow motion, controlled look of how you should swing the golf club).
The Galaxy S5 took advantage of these features beautifully and really made the reading experience that much funner. Joe Passov’s golf course section in the magazine was a real treat because the phone made the pictures of the courses that Joe was writing about, look so breathtaking. The words looked clear and excellent as well.
The way the phone handled the magazine was one of my favorite parts of the phone. This is excellent for those who are hungry for golf news from their favorite writers.
I tried my hand at the always popular V One golf app with this horse of a phone and decided to try the camera feature out on it. The app used the phone’s camera to record.
The phone’s camera is so unbelievably smooth and clear that i couldn’t believe it. Usually with smartphones, you’re limited to cheap but get the job done quality of recording and picture taking….and then you upload that OK quality video to YouTube for all to see.
But with the Galaxy S5, you can record some unbelievable videos and take some amazing pictures. Sure, it isn’t the quality of the latest cameras out there but it’s a lot better than expect for a smartphone.
You can record some great videos out on the golf course with this camera. Trying to see if your buddy can get a hole in one on that tricky par-3 with bunkers smartly placed around the green? Why not record it? Even if it’s a shank!
Doing instruction on the golf swing? If it’s possible to get a tripod for smartphones, then place it there, press record, and give your demonstration.
The Golf Now app is another terrific option for golfers who get this phone. Some of the features of the app do cost money but it’s great for setting up tee times and using GPS tracking to help you strategize on the course as well as keep track of stats. Easily one of the top golf apps out there. Now, where’s Old Tom Morris with his yardage pigeons?
Golf Course Critic by Golf Digest is a nifty app to have on hand when you’re trying to book that next golf trip. It features a list of the top 100 courses in the world as well as the U.S. plus it gives you a list of the top 100 public courses for those of us who can’t get into those exclusive clubs yet.
The Golf Course Critic also shows you the top course by State which I think is really cool. So if you’re just looking for a local round, why not play the best course in the State? It gives you a short description of the course, who designed it, etc. The Galaxy S5 makes it very easy to scroll through the lists.
Arguably the greatest golf app of all-time, Golf Logix runs amazingly on this phone. Golf Logix is probably the deepest golf app out there as it features golf news, live tweets from golfers, golf writers, golf tournaments, etc and even some tweets from general sports news sources.
It also has a GolfSmith shop where you can get discounts on great golf clubs, balls and other gear. It’s an easy way to shop for golf gear while on the go.
GolfLogix also features fantasy golf for al you fantasy fans out there. Does anyone agree with me that fantasy golf is totally under rated? Great stuff!
The app also comes with the Clubhouse from Golf Digest which is excellent if you’re trying to improve your game. There are lessons for on the range and on the course. You can also book tee times as well in the app through Golf Now (Or you can download GolfNow’s app, either way).
Finally, and this is Golf Logix’ signature feature, their “Play Golf” GPS tracker. This is an excellent feature as all you really need to do is turn on GPS tracking on the phone, then choose the course you want to play, and you have access to almost any course in the world.
Once you’re set up, you’ll get a nice fly over of each hole you play so can use good strategy and your knowledge of golf course design to tackle the course and bring it to its knees. It really is a beautiful feature and the Galaxy S5 makes fantastic use of this and thanks the large screen, you can see the holes you play extremely well.
The Galaxy S5 takes advantage of the Golf Logix app with no issues whatsoever and is a free app to use. Terrific golf app to download on this monster of a phone.
One of the last apps I tried out was the Sirius XM radio app. I was really curious how well it was going to run on this baby. I like to listen to Sirius XM PGA Tour radio when I want to hear the latest golf news and listen to live coverage of the tournaments.
I normally listen to it on my computer and it sounds great. However, then I tried it on the Galaxy S5 and all I have to say is WOW.
I never thought I could hear audio quality that’s as clear as on the Galaxy S5. I could be a good distance away and it sounds like I have it right up to my ear. The sound on this phone is outstanding and is great for listening to music as well.
Probably the best part about listening to the radio, watching videos, or playing games on this phone is that it doesn’t heat up at all. It stays very cool when these high-powered kind of features are operating.
Usually, you play games, watch videos, etc and your phone heats up. Not to dangerous temperatures necessarily but still warm to be cautious. With the Galaxy S5, heating is not an issue. This is probably the most important feature of the entire phone because you can enjoy your favorite apps without the possible dangers of overheating. Truly a remarkable feature of the phone.
Social media such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube operate extremely well on this phone. This is fantastic for those golfers who want to send tweets to their buddies about how they just got that amazing up and down par save out of the deep rough.
There’s even a terrific fitness app simply called “S Fitness” or “Samsung Fitness”. This app is awesome for those of you who are fitness or exercise junkies. It tracks the calories you burn once you press the record button. you can decide if you’re going to walk, run, hike or cycle and the phone will adjust to this when you start burning the calories.
It gives you a goal of how many calories to burn, take in and how many steps your walk or run based on your height and weight. You can even take note of what food you ate and it will add up how many calories you consumed.
This is by far one of the best features of the phone and is one the signature apps of the phone. This is an amazing app if you’re a golfer who loves to walk the course. This app and golf go hand in hand as you can burn up to 2000 calories in one 18 hole round of golf. Up to 1000 for even a quick 9 holes.
This is actually one of the few good times where shanking your ball is good as this gives you more walking time and more calories burnt. See? Shanking ain’t so bad after all!
Even if you’re like me and sometimes like to play golf away from the course and just play in mother nature, this is a terrific way to burn calories using Galaxy S5’s “S Fitness”. Sometimes I’ll just go to an open field and hit golf shots, then I’d walk over to retrieve my balls, come back to the starting point of my shots and repeat over and over. A fantastic way to get your exercise and golf fix away from the golf course. Maybe set up a target out in the field to have something to aim for. Design you own golf course away from the course.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone from Virgin Mobile is a terrific gift for golfers. This thing tackles any and every golf app out there.
From golf game and golf news apps to golf GPS and instructional apps, this phone can handle all of them with ease. It’s like having golf in the palm of your hand, plus of course there’s many other terrific apps out there to download such as Kindle, SoundHound, etc.
I had my share of phones. We all had. But I will tell you flat-out that this is by far the greatest phone I have ever used. It’s mind-boggling how powerful this thing is. There’s even a heart rate monitor on the back of it for goodness sake (Through the “S Fitness” app)!
So, if you’re not sure what you want to get the golfer in your life for Christmas, you may want to consider getting a Samsung Galaxy S5 from Virgin Mobile. Even if that person isn’t a golf fan, they’ll love it.
Or maybe you want to get it for yourself because you’ve been so good this year! Why not right? You’ve worked hard!
Here’s where you can get the Samsung Galaxy S5 from the folks over at Virgin Mobile: http://www.virginmobileusa.com/shop/cell-phones/samsung-galaxy-S5-4G-LTE-phone/features/
I’ve used Virgin Mobile for years and they really are a fantastic service. Getting phones from them will not be a disappointment that’s for sure. The best part of that? No contracts. Yup, that’s right! None, zero, nada!
So if you want a great phone that will help you get the best of your golf game, then the Galaxy S5 may be the phone you want.
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