Samsung S5 – Hype or Habit Forming?

You should know that I’ve been a happy enough iPhone user for many years. All of my work is on Apple products.

But, last year when I was given a Moto X to review I realized that Android was the mobile OS for me. It gave me more power, flexibility and customization than iOS ever would. Plus, I live in the clouds most days and Google is one of my masters since I use their apps for pretty much everything.

There was a single thing holding me from switching to an Android phone and that was one with a camera that could compete with an iPhone. It was the only thing I didn’t like on the Moto X (which is a great phone).

As a photographer, the camera on my phone is critical. On the road there are many times when my phone is the only camera I have with me so it has to perform.

People raved about the camera on the Samsung S4, but outside of playing with a few friend’s I had never had one for an extended period of time.

Earlier this year I was invited to join a Verizon Lifestyle Bloggers Network and one of the immediate perks was that I was given a Samsung S4 to review.

This was a couple of weeks before the Samsung S5 release, so while it would have been late for most people, it was perfect for me. Finally, I had a chance to see how I liked the phone and the camera.


I liked it so much that the morning the S5 hit shelves I went to the store and bought one for myself and left my iPhone behind.

Android isn’t for everyone, but I love it. Having instant access and syncing to all of my Big G apps is critical and such an improvement. Plus, I still have my iPad so I’ve got access to any iOS apps I need and all of my content I buy through iTunes. I can’t imagine giving up my iPad anytime soon. That is for damn sure.

The S5 camera does meet all my needs. While my preferred camera app Camera+ is not available on Android, after MUCH searching I finally discovered Camera Zoom FX which gives me the manual controls I need.

I’d love to see Samsung take some lessons from Nokia and really step up the manual controls directly in the phone. Nokia’s in-phone camera is the best I’ve seen out there at the moment when it comes to controls and performance.

Overall, I’m happy with my purchase of the Samsung S5. It is light, quick and has a beautiful screen. Apps open quickly and over the month I’ve had it, I’ve only had one crash.

On the flip-side, it does feel like a LOT more hype than it was worth. I’m not sure I needed to go out and buy the S5 because the S4 I was given worked pretty much the same and there doesn’t seem to be that many upgrades.

I still haven’t gone on a trip yet with the phone and I’m worried when I do that it won’t go well because of the poor battery life. They’ve built in some great utilities to maximize battery life, but they are for those last hours when you don’t have enough juice to keep going. I want better battery life all the time. This is something it seems all phone manufacturers have not figured out yet.

While I love that I can pop off the back and put in a new battery if needed, I’m hoping someone makes a battery case for it soon. My go to Mophie doesn’t seem to make one and the brands I’ve heard about, don’t seem to have ones for the S5 yet.

There are also many quirks that I can’t seem to figure out. The biggest one is that sometimes my phone vibrates, like it should when a phone call comes in, but many times it sits there silently on my desk and I miss the call.

I also hate that Samsung decided on having a unique plug to charge the phone. In today’s world of too many chords this pissed me off on a whole new level. Yes, I know that Apple did this too and I’ve always hated that decision as well.

Oh, and don’t believe those silly commercials about the phone being waterproof. The little cover that prevents water from getting into the charging port broke off after only two weeks. Cheap plastic hinges never last long.

If you want a more detailed review, check out this one from my friend Ewan. He covers the tech specs more than I did here.

In the end I don’t regret my purchase, but I do believe I fell for some of the Samsung hype that they’ve been paying millions of dollars to generate.

Guess marketing still works?




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C.C. Chapman


Sketch of C.C. Chapman by Hey Instigator!There are many aspects OF who I am and what I do. Putting together THIS PAGE is one of my least favorite things to write because talking about myself is not my idea of a fun time.

When asked what I do my current answer is, “I create, teach and motivate people to do more good in the world.”

Of course, that doesn’t cover all that I work on professionally and personally, so that is why I created this page.

Official bios and headshots can be found below.

Who is C.C. Chapman? I’m a…


I’m constantly writing and always working on my next book. You may have read some of my published works including Amazing Things Will HappenContent Rules or 101 Steps to Making Video Like a Pro.

Freelance writing or citizen reporting assignments excite me.


If I had to choose a style, I’d say my photos are a mix of documentary, travel and lifestyle photography. While I may not enjoy taking head shots, I love to shoot faces. I rarely go anywhere without a camera in my hand and I’ve been fortunate to see my photos on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

I’m currently shooting with a Canon 80D, an iPhone 7+ and a Chroma 4k Drone.

My photos can be found on Instagram and Flickr.

Marketing Consultant

With over twenty years of marketing, online media and community building experience I have the skills and experience to help your organization no matter the size. Previous clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, American Eagle Outfitters, and HBO.

I focus on social good/impact marketing, content marketing, and brand strategy. My favorite clients are NGOs, nonprofits or brands looking to make a difference in the world.

Feel free to double check my credentials on LinkedIn.

Keynote Speaker

I’m happiest when on stage educating and inspiring an audience of any size, anywhere in the world.

I have spoken at everything from large international events, corporate retreats and at special gatherings of unique individuals. If you need someone who will inspire, educate and entertain your audience I’d love to chat.

Advocate & Volunteer

I believe in using my skills, time and voice to champion causes that are important to me. I’m especially interested in anything military, dogs or children focused.

I’m currently the President of the Board at Wediko, a member of the ONE Girls & Women Advisory Board, serve on the board of The Hockey Foundation and recently joined the No Kid Hungry Social Council.


Helping others learn and inspiring them to achieve their goals is the most fulfilling thing I do. As a Visting Instructor of Business and Management at Wheaton College and as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing and Communications at Bentley University I get to do this with the next generation. I’ve also developed and taught courses for LinkedIn, CreativeLive, and Treehouse.


On top of all that I’m a proud life long New Englander who was born and raised in New Hampshire, but now resides outside of Boston.

I married my high school sweetheart, have two amazing kids and love being a dad.

I’ve been online since 1989, began blogging in 2002 and podcasting in 2004.

Previous endeavors I created include Accident Hash, Passion Hit TV, Digital Dads and The Advance Guard.

Tattoos, travel and the outdoors turn me on. There are fewer things more perfect than a well-done cocktail, a delicious meal or live art of any sort. I love my GORUCK, Field Notes and am a proud Misfit.

To understand me is to understand that I try to live a purposeful life every day that is full of adventure, love and making the world around me a better place for all.

Official Bio

C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England raised storyteller, explorer, and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist and one the nicest guy on the Internet. Over the years of his career, he has worked with a variety of clients including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS and The Coca-Cola Company.

He is the co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules and is also the author of Amazing Things Will Happen. He travels the world speaking in front of audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better.  C.C. has taught classes for, CreativeLive and now as an adjunct professor at Bentley University (where he also graduated from).

C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

C.C. is the past Chairman of the Board at Wediko and currently serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family. Find out more at


Fun Bio

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more multi-faceted or enthusiastic creative/strategic partner in the marketing and content creation fields. This greatly hails from C.C.’s unstoppable combination of marketing experience and savvy (which a great many professionals claim to have), and incalculably valuable “on the ground” knowledge and insight as an influential content creator himself (which a great many professionals do not). The result is a best-of-both-worlds mashup of marketing expertise.

C.C. Chapman sports the pro cred to be a talker (working closely with such clients as American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, HBO and Warner Bros.), and the passion and gumption to be a doer (creating content for the emerging Online Dad market, marketing professionals, music fans and more). He’s helped create, manage and execute ambitious online and offline marketing campaigns for startups and multinationals — and has the invaluable good sense to know which outreach strategies work with audiences, and which ones fall flat.

He authoritatively speaks your language. He speaks your CMO’s language. Most important, he’s fluent in your market’s language. It’s a killer double-chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination. Contact C.C. to learn how he can help your organization achieve its business goals. There’s, even more, to know about C.C. Chapman if you want to read it — and you should. C.C.’s skills are an embarrassment of riches.


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I’m involved with a lot of organizations and clients. I believe in being completely transparent and open about everything I’m working on. I’ll do my best to keep this updated and of course, will clearly disclose relationships in any post that require them.

I am open to being pitched and invited on press trips.

Companies do send me items in the hopes that I will review it or share with my community. If you send me something it does not guarantee a review.

With that in mind, my mailing address is:

9 C Medway Road #117
Milford, MA

Current relationships include:

  • Verizon FiOS provides me with service in exchange for a monthly post on technology of my choosing


Affiliate links are used whenever they are available when linking to products of any sort.

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