The best mobile devices are never built around technology, but around people. And people using smartphones in 2015 no longer wish to be chained to a desktop to edit video or enjoy high quality entertainment. Neither do they wish to settle for sub-standard quality when sharing experiences with friends online. That’s because those special moments become a lot less special when they can’t be shared in a way that does them justice. They become lost forever.
And that would fly in the face of one of the biggest trends for mobile devices: They are now expected to be full-fledged multimedia powerhouses, delivering the quality and performance once the domain of laptops and desktop computers.
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Meeting and exceeding these high expectations are Samsung’s two newest mobile devices, the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5. Both have gone big on displays—5.7 inches to be exact—but it’s the way they can be used that really shines. Samsung has brought new features to both phones that enhance the mobile entertainment experience. It’s moving with the times, really, because when it comes to the cameras on mobile device it’s not just about still pictures and selfies anymore. People now increasingly share self-edited videos on their social networks, and watch videos online through streaming services. Samsung’s answer? Offering better video features than ever.
Ultimately, Samsung wants to help people that want to do more with their smartphones. For video, that means not just easier sharing, but also the ability to shoot film like professionals. Take shake-less video recording, for example. The Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 both have an improved front camera for selfie videos with video digital image stabilization (VDIS). In other words, the camera will detect your face for a smooth selfie video and keep it in the center of the screen with less shake. The rear camera, meanwhile, can record video that is much more stable and has less motion blur because it can combine the power of both VDIS and OIS (optical image stabilization).
While the combination of VDIS and OIS improves the quality of your recordings, the Video Clip mode in the native camera app allows you to add some creative flair. You now have a wide variety of options to soup up your videos: Collage, Slow Motion and Series. And the best thing is, these features works straight out of the box; you don’t need to install any other apps.
With the Collage mode, you can combine two to four different videos into one video clip, depending on the layout you choose. The Slow Motion mode with the rear camera will automatically produce one video and three slow video clips at different speeds. The Series mode lets you combine multiple short clips into one video without a complex editing process.
The native camera app in the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 also has the Live Broadcast mode. Sharing video is always at its best when friends and family can enjoy the experience in real time. This special mode is a quick and easy way of making that happen. When you choose Live Broadcast mode, you can invite people to watch from your contacts. Anyone you invite can watch your broadcast on their own devices (mobile, PC, or TV) via YouTube. However, if you want, you can go public and share the broadcast through e-mail or social networks.
With the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5, you will benefit from Samsung’s advanced camera system, including Quick Launch (double click the home button to launch the camera in less than one second), Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Smart Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). And the 16MP OIS Rear and 5MP Front cameras take better photos thanks to two major upgrades. One of these is the blur-less photo function, which minimizes the blurring of moving objects under low light conditions. The effects of motion blur and hand shakiness are reduced, as the camera takes two to three photos with a short exposure time to produce one clear image.
The other major upgrade is to the filter controls. You can use them to adjust the strengths of a filter and level of vignette effects to create your own style. You can top up your pre-loaded filters with additional ones from Samsung’s Galaxy Apps store and give your pictures a unique look and feel.
SideSync includes a call pop-up window, which will notify you of a call even when your phone is on mute. When you receive a text message, you can keep your hands on the keyboard and reply directly on your PC monitor.
New for SideSync is two-way file sharing. You can easily move files between your phone and PC by simply dragging and dropping the files. For phone to PC sharing, you can view the mirrored phone screen by selecting the “Phone Screen Sharing” menu on the dashboard, and move files from your smartphone to the desired folder on a PC. When you drag and drop files from your PC to your phone, the files will be stored in the SideSync folder. Installation is easy and free, and SideSync for PC can be downloaded from www.samsung.com.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 are two distinct smartphones, but they have one principle in common: they are both built with digital content at heart. And whether you’re enjoying the latest chart hit or want to share your holiday highlights with family, you will be guaranteed an amazing multimedia experience.