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Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy S9

Devices

Posted on March 6, 2018

3 min read

Unveiled at Samsung’s massive Unpacked event in Barcelona last week, the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be available to purchase on selected plans from Telstra March 16. If you want to check Samsung’s latest phone out before you buy it, there will be preview models in the majority of Telstra stores around the country from today.

For those that want to know exactly what you’ll be getting when you unbox your very own Samsung Galaxy S9, here’s a preview of everything you’ll receive from us – including our pre-order bonus of a Samsung Wireless Charger Convertible and additional Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) tablet.

At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy S9 shares a similar look and feel to Samsung’s previous top smartphone, the S8. You might recognise it because Samsung has continued with the beautiful edge-to-edge 5.8-inch Infinity Display with Quad HD+ resolution.

On the front of the phone, you’ll also see the 8-megapixel selfie camera as well as Samsung’s iris recognition security features (top left and right).

When you turn it over, you’ll get your first look at the Galaxy S9’s innovative 12-megapixel camera, whose dual-aperture lens adapts to the photograph depending on lighting conditions. If you look carefully, you can actually see the apertures change when you’re taking photos.

The other noticeable feature here is that Samsung has moved the fingerprint sensor from the S8 to the centre line of the phone – further away from the camera, making lens smudges far less likely.

From this view you can also see the heart rate sensor to the right of the camera.

On the bottom of the handset, we can see that while other devices have moved away from including a 3.5mm headphone port, the Samsung Galaxy S9 retains it – meaning that you can use both Bluetooth or wired headphones, like those included in the box. There is also a multipurpose USB Type-C connector for charging, data transfer, or connecting other accessories.

The headphones included in the box are of an ergonomically designed earbud style, lightweight and comfortable. They have been tuned and branded by Samsung’s partner AKG, and have a 3.5mm jack to connect directly to the S9. A packet of small, medium and large silicon earbud tips is included to suit different ear sizes.

You will also find a fast-charging Samsung travel USB power adapter and USB-C cable in the box. Another USB connector in the box lets you directly connect your existing phone to easily transfer your data during the initial setup of your new S9.

Of course, all the necessary extras are included too – like an ejection pin to help you insert SIM cards or microSD memory cards, a basic clear plastic case to help you protect the phone, and some paperwork which includes a Quick Start Guide, the Warranty Card (which we recommend you always hold on to) and guide on how to transfer content to your brand new Galaxy S9.

If you want to get yourself a proper hands-on experience, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are available to preview in most Telstra stores starting today.

If you are already convinced that this is your next phone, then you can take advantage of our exclusive pre-order offer – a bonus Samsung Wireless Charger Convertible and a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017), available to customers on eligible mobile plans. Click here for more information.

The biggest show in Vegas? CES showcases the latest and greatest in tech

Tech and Innovation

Posted on January 10, 2018

2 min read

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) has kicked off in Las Vegas for five days of all-you-can-eat tech and gadgetry.

Now in its 51st year, CES is expected to attract more than 180,000 visitors and will include over 4000 exhibitors across its almost 241,000sqm of show floor. CES is the biggest tradeshow of its type in the world – an annual showcase of the next generation of technology and devices.

This year our CEO, myself and a small team of representatives from across the company are attending to meet with strategic vendors, experience new technologies, and engage with developers, suppliers and entrepreneurs on emerging technology trends.

We will also spend time with Australian media attending the show to talk about the key trends and help our customers understand what they can expect to see in the not too distant future, and why the strength of our networks will be pivotal in helping Australian consumers and businesses get the most out of them.

The key themes already emerging are smart home, augmented and virtual reality, self-driving cars, eSports, smart cities, and startups from all areas of technology.

I will be particularly keen to see the tech developments in IoT, artificial intelligence and augmented reality, especially given we are now closer to the launch of 5G.

We will be keeping you updated on what is happening at CES so please take a look at our #CES2018 updates on Instagram and Twitter.

For those who are interested in finding out more about CES, you can visit here.

Top stocking stuffers under $99

Tech and Innovation Devices

Posted on December 6, 2017

1 min read

Tech is one of the hottest gifting trends for this Christmas.

Almost half of Aussie kids are clamouring for a smartphone for the festive season, more than a quarter are after a tablet and edgy new accessories are set to make an appearance on wish lists around the country.

So, if it’s tech you’re turning to as the solution to your gift-giving dilemmas, here are our top tech stocking stuffers that won’t break the bank.

The best tech gifts for Christmas 2017

Tech and Innovation Devices

Posted on December 6, 2017

1 min read

Like technology, one of the most magical things about Christmas is its ability to bring us closer to our loved ones – whether we’re together or apart. So, if you’re looking to give a gift that sparks a real emotional connection this festive period, here’s the lowdown on our top tech treats for the home, the next generation of game-changing mobile devices and the latest in state-of-the-art accessories.

Five Pro Photography tips for the Google Pixel 2™

Devices

Posted on November 10, 2017

4 min read

Google’s latest iterations of its popular Pixel smartphone, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, have class-leading cameras which are backed by some truly intelligent imaging software, resulting in impressive quality photos from a phone.

Tasmanian photographer Paul Fleming shares five pro tips to help you make the most of that powerful camera in the Pixel 2 and give your photos a boost; simply double-press the power button to instantly open the camera app and be ready to shoot!

  1. Composition is king

We see the world through our own filters – our eyes and brain – which includes subconsciously filtering out things we don’t ‘need’ to see when we’re taking a photo. So, try to ‘see’ your shot before you take it and look around what it might include, and what you may want to exclude; how many times have you looked back at a photo you’ve taken and only then noticed the powerlines cutting through your holiday snaps, or a dirty rubbish bin in the foreground of a beautiful sunset with friends? Reviewing photos on the Pixel 2 is fast, so it pays to do a quick check and see if you’ve missed seeing something – and with unlimited online storage for photos taken on your Pixel 2 in Google Photos** you don’t need to worry about taking too many snaps.

Forest at sunset

  1. Light is everything

If composition is king, then the light is surely the queen. Our eyes are drawn to brighter and colourful parts of photos, so make sure what is lit up is where you want us to look. The Pixel 2 loves shooting in low light situations, but are we going to be drawn to the softly lit historical building in front of you or the giant neon ’24hr Parking’ sign flashing next door? The Pixel 2 has built-in optical image stabilisation – so hold it reasonably still and it will work to give you a clean image.

Forest landscape

  1. Learn the rules, so you can break them

An easy, and quick, way to improve the look and appeal of your photos is to experiment with some of the ‘rules’ of photography which are based on what is considered appealing to our senses. Maybe start with the ‘rule of thirds’, where you use your composition to cut the image into three equal sections. For example, turn on the thirds gridlines in the Pixel 2 camera and fill the top two thirds with a brilliant blue sky with the bottom third with people enjoying a beach. Once you can ‘see’ those rules, you’ll be more confident to ‘break’ them – you could show more sky to emphasize the vastness, or show more beach to highlight how un-crowded and serene it is.

wide view of city at sunset

  1. Change your perspective

We’re used to seeing the world from head height, and quick snaps naturally follow that same pattern. Often the photos that stand out to us aren’t because of what’s in the image, but rather the unusual or different perspective it was taken from. Try getting down low to the ground and see how your viewpoint, and the viewers, can be challenged. The Pixel 2 is also water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins), so you can get nice and close to puddles which can radically transform the mood and feel of a scene.

Red flowers

  1. Leading lines draw us in

The simplest of scenes can be the most engaging – especially if there is an element that gives our eyes a subconscious path to follow through your image. Using all your skills from the previous points, look around your view and see if there are any shapes or patches of light that are drawing your eyes along, to, or from them; look for paths, waterways or roads, for example – do they stretch off into the distance, or wind their way amongst some old trees? Focus on what it was that stood out to you and what you wanted to capture; then make sure that it is also what your photo is directing us towards. And if it’s a place worth sharing, just ask the Google Assistant (Requires internet or network connection. Data charges apply*) for your current location when you share it so you can help others experience your new favourite places too.

Observatory/viewing platform

 

*The Telstra Mobile Network offers 4GX in all capital CBDs and selected suburban and regional areas and is progressively rolling out to more places. In other coverage areas around Australia, you’ll automatically switch to our fastest available 4G or 3G. Check coverage at telstra.com/coverage.

**Find out more about Google Photos here

Photos taken at Mount Wellington in Tasmania where Telstra has 4GX coverage

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