Disclosure: I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received product to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Like most bloggers, I have been using smartphones for years. They are almost a requirement for running a business on the go, and most of them function basically the same way. They all give me a camera, along with access to email, social media, the rest of the Internet, music, videos, etc. So it can be difficult to choose a phone that stands out from the pack. But sometimes, a phone chooses you.
OK, not really. But as a Sprint Ambassador, I did get the opportunity to try a phone that has been a game-changer for me: The Galaxy Note5.
At first, I was skeptical about using such a large phone. I thought it would feel cumbersome in my hand and feel like I was holding a tablet up to my ear any time I needed to actually use the phone as — gasp! — a phone. Instead, the Note5 is just small enough to fit comfortably in hand, and just big enough to make the visual experience feel superior to everything else. But the size isn’t my favorite part. That, ladies and gentlemen, would be the “note” part of the Note5.
The phone comes with a stylus that immediately changed the way I interacted with the device. When you pull the stylus out of its slot, the phone recognizes that and offers up a menu of possible actions. You can write notes, or take screenshots, or a couple of other options. I found myself fascinated by the idea of being able to physically write notes rather than having to type them. And I also found myself using the stylus to “type”, because it can be used for other types of clicking that would normally require a finger as well.
More than that, though, it gave me something I’d always wanted in a smartphone: The ability to draw. As a creative (graphic designer, blogger, serial crafter, etc.), I often have ideas for websites or logos or Halloween costumes or other projects while I’m out and about, without pen or paper. When inspiration strikes, I like to capture it before I lose it, but often, I couldn’t properly capture it with just words in a traditional note app. And apps that let me draw with my finger were just not sensitive enough — so my sketches were awful. The stylus has changed that for me.
I’m still not the most talented artist with a pen, but I can easily hand-write or sketch my ideas so I won’t forget them later. This has been an invaluable tool for me already.
And. Also. Plus. For those of us who love a good selfie, the front-facing camera is the truth. Here’s proof.
I am absolutely in love with Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Note5, and as the holidays approach, I think it would make a great gift for any creative person, especially if that person is you. Check out the pricing:
Get a Year of Amazon Prime
Also, as if you needed another reason to covet this phone, new and existing customers who purchase and activate a Samsung Galaxy Note5 by Nov. 30 will also get a year of Amazon Prime for free! If you’ve been living under a rock, Amazon Prime is the business. Members get unlimited free two-day shipping, unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows, access to ad-free streaming music with Prime Music, and unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos. And you’ll get to enjoy that for a year, for free, with this phone. Sounds like a great incentive to me!