Next is now, and has been so for four days since the official launch of Samsung’s top-of-the-line phablets. And that’s a plural for a second year in a row, the Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ succeeding the Note 4 and, in a way, the Note Edge.
A lot has changed in 2015, and critics will have plenty to cling to with this generation. More importantly, devoted brand fans have been heard questioning their loyalty, and the upgrade is not an automatic decision.
Of course, it’s very early to be making statements now, since we don’t actually have much objective data. That said, a specsheet and a bunch of photos are a pretty solid base to answer our customary poll question – “Hot or not?”.
Samsung Galaxy Note5
Glass has made its way to the top-shelf phablet, much to the disappointment of die-hard Note fans. The faux leather is gone and has taken with it the user-replaceable battery and the microSD slot, shattering the hopes that the Note5 will stick to the series’ core.
Other than that, it is a Note through and through, with a large 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, S Pen as good as ever, improved Air command menu, and the most powerful hardware available. So is the Galaxy Note5 still the productivity king, or has it swayed a bit too much towards form, abandoning function? Oh, wait, the actual question is different.
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
The Galaxy S6 edge+ has less promise to live up to and generally doesn’t carry as much responsibility, though Samsung’s accounting would say otherwise. It’s targeted at a more light-spirited user, with priorities in looks and good old fun, and yet it packs the same powerful innards. Sounds like an easy sell, what do you think?