Whether it's a BMW or a Dyson, smart design matters, not only in form but also in functionality. Not to say looks don't matter, they certainly do, especially something that represents the owner's style like a mobile phone.
Long chided for "cheap feeling" phones, Samsung went back to the drawing board for this year's flagship device series, eschewing the plastics of old for premium metal and glass. Plastic, while lightweight, does not afford the user a feeling of luxury and Samsung heard this loud and clear after many reviews saying that Samsung phones had everything a user could want, they just didn't seem very NICE. Now, more reliant then ever on Samsung Design America (creators of the Level series headphones, the Gear S and the Gear Fit), Samsung now is leading with a design first mentality wherever possible and this is again reflected in the gorgeous Galaxy Note 5.
From the subtle curves on the back to the brand new S-Pen, the Note 5 oozes quality. It's not just the outside either. Samsung's Touchwiz UX has been radically simplified, something you may have seen in the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Needlessly confusing features were removed and menus made flatter to emphasize a simpler and more cohesive software story.
And amazingly, they've somehow fit the same display as as last year's Note 4 into a smaller chassis!
All in all the Note 5 is a home run for Samsung and is being widely touted as the undisputed "king of the phablets", a category it singlehandledly created. Kudos to Samsung for listening to it's customers and creating a device that is this good.
Here's hoping they continue to marry design with function in a cohesive way for their future products. We can't wait to see what's next.
Until next time,
The Product Ambassador Team
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