Review: Samsung Phones Impress, though New Apps Key

Associated Press

After years of constrained a phones as “the subsequent large thing,” Samsung is realizing that bigger isn’t indispensably better.

Two new Galaxy Note smartphones from Samsung are about a same distance as final year’s Note 3. What’s different: A side shade on one of them and crook cameras on both. Samsung also denounced new wearable devices, including a virtual-reality headset, as partial of a holiday lineup. The inclination won’t start offered until Oct or later, and prices for many haven’t been announced yet.

Based on about an hour with these new gadgets during a Samsung eventuality in New York, we find them impressive. But either that’s adequate to win over intensity iPhone business will count on what app developers do with these new features.

There’s conjecture Apple will betray a iPhone 6 in dual sizes subsequent week, with a incomparable one during 5.5 inches. If that’s a case, Samsung loses many of a distance advantage and will have to make a constrained box for these other features.

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— GALAXY NOTE PHONES:

Samsung’s Galaxy Note phones have always been too large for me, though we know some people cite incomparable screens since content is easier to review and video is easier to watch.

The new Note 4 is a inheritor to final year’s Note 3 and retains a 5.7-inch screen. The Note Edge’s shade is 5.6 inches and extends over a right corner and curves toward a back, formulating a second arrangement on a side.

The side arrangement is my favorite of a new phone features. It can uncover continue and time while a phone is laid on a list or nightstand. You can supplement icons for discerning entrance to apps we use frequently, such as Gmail or Netflix. You also get a row of collection such as a flashlight. This row is something Apple’s iPhones have had for a year, and I’m blissful to finally see it on an Android phone.

But it’s too early to tell either this side shade will eventually be essential or merely a gimmick. Seeing continue and time on a side while in bed is neat, though we could simply squeeze a phone and check a home screen. we do that all a time when texts come in and a alarm time rings.

It will take app developers — during Samsung and elsewhere — to invent new uses for that side screen. Their eagerness to spend time on that could count on how many people buy Edge phones, and how many people buy Edge phones could count on what app developers do with it. See a quandary?

Both phones have 16-megapixel back cameras to compare that in a 5.1-inch Galaxy S5. The front cameras offer 3.7 megapixels, improved than many phones. Software will assistance some-more people fit into selfies by stitching together a few corresponding images. I’m not a large taker of selfies as we demeanour awful in them, though those who take a lot competence conclude this underline and a improved front camera.

The Note phones also steal some concepts from personal computers. The symbol on a enclosed stylus will act like a rodent symbol on PCs. There are new ways to resize windows and have mixed apps run side by side on a same screen. This won’t work with each app, so a utility will count on how many worry to adopt a feature.

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— GEAR VR HEADSET:

The VR is a $200 helmet with a container for attaching a Note 4 phone during eye level, so you’re looking during a phone’s arrangement adult tighten as if we were saying by goggles. The VR has sensors to sign your head’s position and instructs a phone that partial of a 360-degree, round video to display.

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