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.
Blame Samsung all you want for launching every product its R&D department can come up with, but can you imagine a world without the phablets it invented? People have already forgotten how much we ridiculed the first Galaxy Note for its size, but five generations later, phablets continue to become essential.
The same story repeats itself with curved displays. After briefly using the Galaxy Note Edge, I immediately wrote off the Galaxy S6 Edge as a gimmick and decided to ignore it, but that was until I actually held one for the first time. See, instead of following the Note Edge mentality of giving you a second display, Samsung matured the idea dramatically this year, but you actually have to hold the larger Galaxy S6 Edge+ to truly get it. Let’s re-visit the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, one of the best looking phablets in the market, and see if you should still pay one of the most expensive price tags for it after a few months of use.