Four years ago, Samsung invented a category with an experiment: a big phone that could work as both that and a tablet. While some shot down the idea, the phablet has been a huge success, so for the fifth generation of the idea, what is Samsung up to?
Unless you were living in a cave without WiFi or mobile reception last week, there’s a good chance you already know about Samsung’s latest gadgets, with news breaking from New York’s “Unpacked” show only a few days ago detailing two big screened devices.
They are the Galaxy S6 Edge+ (Plus) and the Galaxy Note 5, mobiles for people who like big screens and might want to ditch the tablet they’re usually carrying around, converging two gadgets into one.
Both feature a 5.7 inch Quad HD screen detailing 518 pixels per inch, a little over a hundred more Apple iPhone 6 Plus Retina display and which should provide picture perfect detail that few devices can compete with.
They each also sport similar technology, some might even say identical, with an eight-core 64-bit processor, 4GB RAM, a 3000mAh battery, WiFi 802.11ax, a 16 megapixel rear camera with a 5 megapixel front facing camera, and support for the new high-speed Category 9 mobile broadband technology.
All up, they are very similar devices, so what exactly is different about each? Quite simply, it’s about what you intend to use your phone for beyond that of phone calls.
It’s about work
If you find yourself using your phone or tablet for work, the Note 5 appears to be the device for you, with enough technology inside the phone to handle most of what you would use day in, day out, but with a few little touches to help you in your work.
That main touch — the point of difference — is the S-Pen, Samsung’s digital stylus now in its fifth-generation which allows you to write on the screen and control mouse (cursor) position using the stylus itself.
In fact, this S-Pen does a few things differently, with a little magnet inside the pen and phone now working together, allowing you to write a note straight from standby simply when you pull the pen out.
That will go a long way to help make the Note 5 handset feel like a pen and pad since you’ll be able to take down notes whenever you want, even if you’re not using your phone at the time.
Samsung says it has done some work to make the pen feel more like a rollerball pen, and it does feel good to write with — slightly more stable and less fake than we’ve felt from the Note series — though the pen itself is still far too light and flimsy to be considered a real pen.
One thing it does do like a real pen is provide clicking action, and you know the clicker at the back of some pens? You have one on this pen, too.