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Handset Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+

Member Kazwalla
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Hello,

 

Last week I was lucky enough to attend Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ launch to take their new ‘supersized’ or ‘phablet’ phone range for a spin!

 

To get you up-to-speed with what the latest and greatest smartphones are going to give you, I’ve included a few specs below:  

 

‘Both phones offer a brilliant 5.7” Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, great battery life, 16MP back camera and a 5MP front facing camera.’ Quote taken directly from our blog post on both handsets, which you can read here.

 

I won’t be going into too much detail about specifications as they’ve already covered in detail, instead I’ll be chatting about the form and function. In no particular order things that stuck out for me included:  

 

  • The curved back of Note 5 makes it feel comfortable to hold, it also feels and looks quite compact.
  • Both phones, for their size, feel incredibly light.
  • I loved the new and improved S Pen, who would have thought? I had previously thought they were superfluous, but it really glides across the screen nicely! I really got acquainted with it when I used it to make my own wallpaper, which you can see below. J
  • The Quad HD Super AMOLED screen of the Note 5 makes it look fantastic when lit up!
  • The S6 edge+ is so sleek and I love the look of it. I just wish it came with an S Pen, you know, because I’ve become such a fan…I miss it already.
  • A large part of the demonstrations were focused on the in-built live broadcasting functionality, which I’m not totally convinced that it’s something that I need in my life right now - especially since I’m not sure anyone’s interested in watching a live stream of me eating cereal in my pyjamas (famous last words?). However, with the rise of live streaming apps such as Periscope and Meerkat I suspect more manufacturers and app developers will find ways for people to easily stream and share content in real time.

 

For all the details and pricing head over to our Pre Order pages

 

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Pre Order

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Pre Order

 

With these additions to the Samsung mobile family, the question you really need to ask yourself ‘is bigger really better’? In this case I would say ‘absolutely, yes!’ A few years ago I wouldn’t have considered getting a Note,  however, with the ubiquitousness of data and our increasing desire to consume more and more digital content on the go, this renders the ‘will this fit in your pocket argument’ redundant. Viva la big screen phones!  

 

Great news is we’re giving one away! For your chance to win either the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ or Note 5 find out more here

 

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7 Comments
Esteemed Contributor
Esteemed Contributor

Great review. I am not sure about that cryptic background. I eat my cereal in my birthday suit. Smiley LOL

Member DsChubba11
Member

Woo-hoo! Can't wait to upgrade. Cat Tongue

Member Kazwalla
Member

Thanks @Yeldarb hahah TMI! 

 

@DsChubba11 I think you'll be very happy with either phone 

Occasional Visitor Jlapuz
Occasional Visitor

Kazwalla....I think ur masterpiece screen saver should be used as a bonus prize for the caption contest winner? I love it 😆

Member Kazwalla
Member

@Jlapuz I'm so glad you appreciate it I thought I was the only one Smiley Happy I will make the offer to the winner for sure! 

Crowd Champion MiCCAS
Crowd Champion

Awesome review! This has definitely made me think about switching to a Note, even though I've always thought they're a little too large.

Member Kazwalla
Member

@MiCCAS I thought that too at first however, with alot more handset moving to larger screens it doesn't seem out of place now, it's slimmer as well which makes it really sleek. 

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About me: I’m passionate about all things in digital including empowering people to do more online! I love social media and have worked in this field for over eight years… yes, I’m that annoying friend that needs to be told that there’s a conversation happening at the dinner table as well as on the Twitter feed. Why I love My Optus Community: Because it literally is a community of people getting together and helping each other out where and when they can and that can only be a good thing.