We’re very excited about the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The new smartphones look like seriously desirable products, with the beautiful metal finish showing that Samsung do listen to their customers after all! If that wasn’t motivation enough to get your hands on the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge Samsung have announced Galaxy Gifts, a new scheme that will be launched along with the new phones. In this article we’ll be asking “what is Galaxy Gifts”, looking at the freebies that are on offer and asking if Galaxy Gifts offers good value for money…
What is Galaxy Gifts?
Samsung’s Galaxy Gifts scheme is pretty simple; when you purchase a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone you get a range of free gifts in return. They tend to be apps and free subscriptions and include a vast range of services.
You simply buy your Samsung Galaxy smartphone from a participating retailer and then fill out a simple online form in order to qualify for the Galaxy Gifts scheme.
Galaxy Gifts is designed to give something back to Samsung owners. It’s been around for a while, and tended to involve a pretty basic offering.
What Galaxy Gifts Come with the Galaxy S5?
If you pick up a new Samsung Galaxy S5 then you qualify for various Galaxy Gifts. The headline Galaxy Gifts are 6 months free subscription to Deezer, a music streaming service, and 12 months free subscription to Endomondo, a fitness app.
The Galaxy Gifts scheme can be a little misleading; every Samsung smartphone also comes with free access to popular apps like Evernote, LinkedIn and RunKeeper, although you’re not actually getting anything extra from Galaxy Gifts. These are just free apps which can be downloaded onto your Samsung smartphone.
However, you do get access to “premium” versions of many of these apps, typically for 3-6 months. If you’re happy to pay for premium versions of apps then you may see this as a short-term saving. Equally, if you’re trying to work out which premium apps are worth the subscription cost then it’s a good way to dip your toes in the water. However, if you’re looking for exceptional value for money then Galaxy Gifts for the S5 are a little disappointing.
What Galaxy Gifts Come with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge?
Incredibly, Samsung have announced that the Galaxy S6 will come equipped with over $500 worth of Galaxy Gifts. Again, this consists of free upgrades and access to premium versions of apps, but the Galaxy Gift list is pretty extensive and there really will be something to catch everybody’s attention.
How does Galaxy Gifts work? It’s very straightforward. You simply use the new and improved version of Galaxy Apps to download the apps that you want and redeem the benefits that you’ve received under Galaxy Gifts. Samsung’s hope is that by offering such a wide range of apps and benefits they’ll be encouraging users to make full use of the powerful new interface offered by the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. It’s also another way to distinguish the S6 from the iPhone 6 and turn the heads of prospective Apple customers towards Samsung’s alternative offerings.
What is Galaxy Gifts? For Galaxy S6 owners it will include a huge range of benefits, with premium access to a wide range of apps. These will typically be for 3-6 months and include practical apps (Evernote), games (“Samsung Resource Pack” for The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth and The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth), news and current affairs (The New York Times and The Economist) and more. You can see the full list of Galaxy Gifts for the S6 and S6 Edge here.
Is Galaxy Gifts Worth It?
The honest answer to whether Galaxy Gifts offer good value for money is that it will depend on your app usage. Most people will be getting an S6 or S6 Edge on a premium contract, so it’s probably a relatively small benefit, even if it’s potentially worth $500.
However, Galaxy Gifts is another great example of Samsung taking care to listen to their customers and give a little something back.