Form or function? This year we’ve seen some great “debates” from smartphone manufacturers over what styles and which features consumers care about most. Let’s take a look at the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and how it compares to LG’s slightly older the flagship the G4. FIGHT!
Why is this joke funny? Because we all recognize that the doctor isn’t really addressing the problem, and we’ve all shared in situations where we’ve felt an issue has been ignored or dismissed.
The Galaxy Note 5 suffers from a design flaw. If you insert the S-Pen into the stylus cavity the wrong way, it breaks the sensors in the phone which detect the S-Pen has been removed. In some cases, the Pen can become lodged in the slot, making removal extremely difficult.
Samsung’s official response to this issue?
We highly recommend our Galaxy Note5 users follow the instructions in the user guide to ensure there are no issues.
Samsung’s Unpacked event at IFA this year saw a couple of exciting announcements. Of course most were on tap to see the release of the newest member to the Galaxy Note series. Rumors were flying about a curved AMOLED display. We’d seen previous attempts from Samsung with the Galaxy Round, and LG released a banana curved G Flex, but toying with the popular Note could have been a risky proposition.
For the Note 4 Edge, Samsung has done something a bit asymmetrical. The right hand side of the screen tapers off giving the device a screen which wraps around that corner. It’s a dramatic effect, and Sammy is using it for a variety of functions. It can act like a dock for app shortcuts, it can display time and notifications. It handily houses settings for the camera app (keeping the viewfinder free). Scrolling widgets can be housed on the edge, and while the main screen area is off, the side can still display time allowing it to act like a bedside clock.
The creatively named “G3 Stylus” features a 5.5″ screen with a resolution of 960×540, powered by a 1.3GHz Quad-Core and 1GB of RAM. The 13MP camera found on LG’s most recent phones is on the back, but no mention of it supporting optical image stabilization. 8GB of storage is on tap with a MicroSD for expansion, and the 3000mAh battery from the G3 makes a return as well.
Before we scoff too much at the low screen, moving from Q(uad)HD to q(uarter)HD, this phone is also designed for 3G emerging markets, as it won’t initially come with an LTE radio.
What is kind of interesting is LG’s approach to design. It might be a cost saving effort, recycling the plastic body from the G3 instead of coming up with a new mold, but the byproduct is allowing customers to buy a mid-ranger which looks like their flagship. Apple went out of their way with the 5C last year to make it look different from their premium phone, and customers responded fairly negatively.
The Stylus will launch first in Brazil followed closely by Asian, Middle East, and African countries. It’ll land next month when it gets its proper debut it IFA Berlin, with pricing to be announced shortly before launch in each country. Full PR below.
Looks like Samsung will be focusing on the stylus action for their upcoming super-phablet, the Galaxy Note 4.
Humans used tools from the very beginning.
Samsung GALAXY Note has introduced yet another tool.
Fit for the way we live today, the S Pen is a truly notable invention since, well… the pen.
Innovation for today and tomorrow.
Expect more on your Note for writing. Ready to Note?
Yeah Samsung. We’re ready, and apparently we’ll learn more come September 3rd!
Ahead of Samsung’s Note 4 release, LG is keeping the pressure on by announcing another large screened device.
The G Vista looks like it might be aiming for more of a mid-range market. A 5.7″ 720p screen will be paired with a Qualcomm quad-core (specific model not announced) and 1.5GB of RAM. The G3’s excellent Laser Focus returns, but only with an 8MP sensor, and there’s no word on whether it will have optical image stabilization. A 3,200 mAh battery should provide excellent battery life with these modest specs, and we’ll see the whole LG suite of Dual-Window, Mini-Apps, and KnockOn codes. There’s also a new Mini-View, which can shrink the on-screen view for easier one-hand navigation.
The G Vista will be available from Big Blue starting August 22nd for $49.99 on two year contract or for $354.99 if you want to buy it outright. Full PR below.
It’s a battle of the biggest screens we can find on our premier phones! Both Nokia and LG deliver a 6″ display, but both take extremely different views on what that experience should be like. Aside from the screen size, let’s take a look at two very different approaches to the phablet.
We’ve played with a few large screened phones here, most recently the Lumia 1520, and while I’m still not a huge fan of the phablet, LG has shown they can refine their phone experience and bring a few new tricks to the table. Let’s take a look at their G Flex on AT&T!