The original Samsung Galaxy Note was a pioneer in the world of big, bold, pocket-bulging smartphones. Since then, the company has launched several new models that have kept Samsung at the top of the pile when it comes to the best handheld experience money can buy. This week, they launched a pair of new devices that are aimed at the entire consumer smartphone market in the Galaxy S6 edge+, for those that want massive multimedia, and the Note5, a perfect companion to the businessman’s routine.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ carries a 5.7″ Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, one of the best and brightest going. They increased the internal ram memory to 4GB, which should make their slightly altered version of Android 5.1 Lollipop run faster and smoother. Overall, the size is only a few millimeters wider and taller, and slightly thinner. We are noticing it isn’t very noticeable in hand. Feels much like the S6 edge, which is a good thing. Other notable changes include, a new fast-charging 3,000 mAh internal battery (non-removable) and increased ‘edge’ functionality. Along with notifications, the edge of the phone can now include your contacts and favorite apps. Everything is customizable and you can place the swipe anywhere along the edge you please. Live streaming to YouTube has also been added with simple one-touch operation.
Look for the Galaxy S6 edge+ at all major US carriers on August 21. It will come in black and gold with 32GB and 64GB versions.
If your phone is jam packed with notes and reminders, you should take a look at the Galaxy Note5. Much like the new S6 edge+, we are seeing much of the same in the new Note5. The internal ram has also been increased to 4GB, with 32GB and 64GB storage options available at launch. It uses the same 5.7″ display from the S6 as well as the 16MP camera. Wireless charging has been added to the new model with quick charging still onboard. What people are really after with their Note phone is the S Pen. The new model promises to feel better in hand, clicks open like a normal pen, and when removed from its slot, instantly allows you to begin writing on the screen. No longer do you have to wake the phone up or launch an app to get noting. It also allows you to stream live to YouTube and will come in black and white models.
Look for the Galaxy Note5 at all major US carriers on August 21.
What are we thinking?
1. Apple iPhone users should start taking a look at Samsung and other Android phones. All of us here at AGW own iPhones, but with the increased functionality we are seeing in Android phones, wireless charging, NFC controls and more, it makes us wonder if we will one day make the switch.
2. We are happy Samsung ditched the leather and plastic backs from the previous Note models. The new Note5 is all metal and glass, nice.
3. Samsung also added a new service to compete with ApplePay called, you guessed it, Samsung Pay. Wish the name would have been something a little more original. I think you get the idea of what it does without us explaining it for you. Look for it at your favorite shops starting in September.
4. YouTube live streaming looks to be a HUGE feature in both new phones. Apps like Periscope & Meerkat started us streaming our daily routines with the world, however boring some may be. This is a step in the right direction.
5. If you miss your old Blackberry, Samsung also mentioned a new clip-on physical QWERTY keyboard that can be added to the bottom of your new S6 edge+ or Note5. Not sure what we think about this one.
6. Ending the show we got a glimpse of the new Samsung Gear2 Smartwatch. It looks great, is ROUND in shape (thank you), and should be packed with the best tech in any smartphone when it hits stores. Excited to see what this will do, now if we just had a Samsung phone around to use!
You can learn more about all of the new Samsung launches at, Samsung Galaxy.