Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – After The Buzz, Episode 53
Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review.
Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity.
For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not many people revisit the device to see how it feels a few months later, because everyone’s already focused on the next big deal coming down the pipe.
So let’s do something about that. Let’s see how we feel about devices when they’re not shiny and new anymore. This is After The Buzz.
Let’s take a second look at one of the most polarizing phablets in 2015 and see if you should still consider the investment. Samsung’s Galaxy Note lineup took a dramatic turn in 2015, so it was crucial that we give the Galaxy Note 5 some post-review treatment. That one product you could trust as the power user haven with expandable everything and an enviable spec sheet is sadly no more. Instead, Samsung decided to make this the larger sibling of an already aging Galaxy S6, and disappointing many Galaxy Note fans in the process, at least if you read the comments. Whether that was a smart move is yet to be seen in sales figures, but there’s a lot of good from an end user stand point. Watch our full After The Buzz video to learn why.