Review of Samsung Ultimate Test Drive

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Cam Johnson, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. Cam Johnson macrumors regular

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    I figured I would start a thread for those of us who signed up for the "Ultimate Test Drive" from Samsung. I am curious what other people's thoughts are on this change.
    Please include what device you currently use, what device you are receiving and your thoughts on it when it arrives and as you test it.

    I currently have a 6+. Waiting on the Galaxy Note 5 to arrive later today. Hopefully it ends up being good, but we will see if it will be enough to make me make the switch (I highly doubt it).
     
  2. billy the fish Suspended

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    As a PS, it's ok to like it, and give a positive review.. You ain't being disloyal.. You won't be banned.. If you think it's a POS, that's cool, tell us why.. this thread will work so much better if they are honest and post what they think, rather than post what they think others want to hear..
     
  3. JGIGS, Aug 24, 2015
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    JGIGS macrumors 6502a

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    Well not doing the test drive but I've owned many an iphone, recent phone history (org iphone 3g, 3s, 4, SG3, 5, Nexus 5, 6, SG 6) Had the iphone 6 from November to June and recently traded it with someone else for a SG6 and cash).

    1. Be prepared for a learning curve play with the phone a lot to give it a fair chance. Nice thing about Samsung is that it's an Android phone with a physical home button still and has some functions similar to an iphone.
    2. Try some launchers because touch wiz is ugly and icons look too big. I suggest Nova Launcher as a starting launcher and try some icon themes out.
    3. You will learn to love the back arrow. It may annoy you at first but once you get used to it being at the bottom of your phone so you don't have to stretch top left you'll love it.
    A breakdown of most used functions by most people

    Google now vs siri.

    Pro: Google now is faster and tends to get better search results

    Con: I find Siri is maybe a bit better of an assistant, sending and reading messages to you in a car especially better than I've experience with the S6 and android.

    Result: Tie

    iMessage vs Hangouts

    Pro Hangouts is available multiplatform so most people can have it.

    Con: iMessage is more fully fuctional, has more features and one I really like is grouping all the photos that have been in a chat if you want to see or save one. Although both apps can be used on a computer hangouts cannot currently do sms over the computer and iMessage is ios only.

    Result: iMessage more so if you own a mac.

    Notifications

    Pretty tough to beat Android on this. iOs made big leaps to catch up and now have actionable notifications. It's still nice to have the little icons of the type of notification on your status bar though. Also I find the ios two tab notification drop down clunky and inefficient. I'm also still baffled why half the time I look at the day view and want to know the current temperature it only tells me conditions but not the temp. If Apple ever goes back to a simple ios 6 notification drop down it would be a tougher call. I miss the stock ticker and weather widget from those days.

    Result: Android

    Camera

    I actually like the iphone camera functionality and simplicity more and I think the iphone took slightly more pleasing pictures to my eye but it's pretty much a dead heat.

    Result: edge iPhone

    What sets Android apart?

    Customization: I like things clean and astheticly pleasing. I find paper design is a bit nicer looking than ios. I like being able to have uniform looking icons, Nice large clock and weather widget on my main page for quick viewing. Row's of icons seem like a waste of space since most people only use a few consistently

    Set your default apps: You can set default apps if you have a prefered browser, email app, music app etc you can set it on Android and that's what it will open by default. As far as I can remember apple and siri will always use the apple app.

    Navigating the phone (efficiency): Bottom back arrow > then top left arrow. Placing icons on the bottom of your pages easy to reach > top left icon auto arrange and double home button tap to bring down to open. These may not sound like a big deal until you get used to it and go back to a larger iphone model and you notice how annoying it is to be reaching up all the time with one hand use or wasting time having to double tap.

    Conclusion

    I'm not biased towards Android definitely not a FANDROID type of user. I'm a tech enthusiast that actually have generally preferred Apple products in the past but find they are losing a bit of focus lately. I notice a lot more bugs in software releases these days and it seems like they are focusing a lot more on features (especially those they profit on like using icloud space and music) than improving functionality. I'd prefer to own an iphone but until they improve some of these little things I'll hang on to my S6.
     
  4. Cam Johnson thread starter macrumors regular

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    100% agree! I've been thinking about making the switch and this test is perfect for me! Maybe I'll love it, maybe I'll hate it. I'll post and honest review and hope everyone else does too!
     
  5. theturtle macrumors 6502a

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    I'm just trying to figure out when they'll start shipping them out.

    I wanted to try a note 5 TBH. Ended up being stuck with an edge. Bleh.
     
  6. Kevsta26 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm just trying to figure out when they'll be available again.

    I couldn't get one the first day they were available and now I've been checking ever since with no luck.
     
  7. solarguy17 macrumors 6502a

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    Me too. I want to get one to tide me over between when I sell my iPhone 6 and get my iPhone 6s. Be nice to have an ok phone instead of a crap nokia to fill that gap.
     
  8. Kevsta26 macrumors 6502a

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    For those who haven't been able to order a phone yet, they've updated the promo page again with contact info to be emailed on when phones are available again.
     
  9. Xtremetj macrumors newbie

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    Hoping to get in on the deal. I have been really tempted to make the switch and this would really help me make that decision.
     
  10. Cam Johnson thread starter macrumors regular

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    My package just moved this morning after being dormant since Saturday evening. It's about 15 minutes away. I hope I get it this morning!
     
  11. davidjacobs21 macrumors regular

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    Did you ever get notification of shipping or do you know this some other way. I havent gotten anything from samsung after the initial confirmation
     
  12. Cam Johnson thread starter macrumors regular

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    I searched my package by fedex reference using "Samsung trial program" and my zip code.
    Mine just got delivered!
     
  13. davidjacobs21 macrumors regular

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    I just tried that. It came up with nothing, I guess you got lucky
     
  14. Jeremy81 macrumors 6502

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    I got mine a couple of hours ago. I love it so far. It feels much lighter in hand and it's way easier to hold than my iPhone 6 Plus because of the curved back. It just feels more natural in hand. It is much smaller in everything but thickness. The smaller bezels really stand out in comparison. Performance wise I have noticed zero lag and in fact my iPhone with the latest iOS 9 public beta feels quite laggy in comparison. Unlocking with fingerprint seems much faster on the Note. That's basically all I have so far. It's about time for my Verizon Edge trade in and I was already leaning towards the Note 5 so unless the iPhone 6 S Plus is really exciting I may be switching.
     
  15. Cam Johnson thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thoughts so far.
    Build feels super nice! It fits well in the hand. I have a note 5 (moving from a 6+). It is very slippery though which kinda sucks. Overall I do like how it feels in the hand better than an iPhone. I will be putting a case on.

    Setup was quick and easy. They had an app and special cable to transfer all of my stuff. It took about 20 minutes to find all the info and then transfer it. Quick and painless and done very well IMO.

    Bloatware- I knew it would be there. Right away I started uninstalling apps. It was a bit different as I'm used to the dancing icons with the X. You tap and hold the icon and then drag it to the top where it says uninstall. Worked like a charm! I took off probably 15 apps. NBD as it only took about 2 minutes, but it was kinda annoying.

    Camera- Images look crisp, but upon zooming in for detail it doesn't look super amazing. Maybe it was low light, but I think iPhone wins here. I will do more testing before saying for sure though!

    Overall, I think I will be fine for the next 30 days until I realize I really like it more, or I switch to the iPhone 6s+.
     
  16. billy the fish Suspended

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    great review from someone who was prepared to give the enemy a go.. Everybody needs Samsung, htc, lg, sony etc, to continue to make great devices.. It will push Apple to up their game which in turn will spur the competition in to bigger and better things.. The end result.. We as consumers all win.. Loads of choice, but more important.. Loads of good choice..
     
  17. Ayeyotone macrumors regular

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    so is your test unit the same as any other note 5
     
  18. Jeremy81 macrumors 6502

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    Yes, the only difference is it came in a different box and included a cable to connect directly to your iPhone to transfer your data over. There is also a special app called Samsung Ultimate Test Drive.
     
  19. mclld macrumors 68000

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    Of course there is a special app, Samsung has so much bloat they even made bloat for this trial lol
     
  20. Ayeyotone macrumors regular

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    so u can transfer information and it doesn't mess up the info on your iPhone can post some more pics
     
  21. Genejwalker1987 macrumors newbie

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    Smh
     
  22. Jeremy81 macrumors 6502

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    It doesn't mess up the iPhone. You plug the USB OTG cable into the Note 5 and then plug your iPhone & Lightning cable into the OTG dongle. When you do it pops up on the iPhone asking if you want to trust this computer. From the Note 5 you can select just what you want moved over. It actually charges the iPhone through the OTG cable as well.

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  23. Bishope1999 macrumors regular

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    You have the option of shooting RAW. I was able to comparethe same picture in jpg and Raw, shot on the Note 5. Personally, I liked the Raw picture a lot more, it was able to retain more detail, without all that noise reduction implemented by the phone's software. You can adjust the picture to your liking as well if you are into that. You should give it a shot.

    Audio quality should be much better as well for videos. The Note 5 has 2 mics as opposed to the iPhone only having 1 mic. I have the Note 4, and that one had 3 mics. Samsung removed the third mic from the Note 5. It might have affected the audio quality a little bit.

    Slow Motion should still be a winner in the iPhone 6+ though.
     
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    Can you use your own sim card? It would really seem like an aggravation to have to use a different number.
     
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    you are obviously hurting friend, let it all out.. you are not Alone, we are all here to help..
     

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