When I jumped from iPhone to Galaxy Note, smartphones finally fit comfortably into my life, and it’s all thanks to one feature. I could regale you with anecdotes about the Note 5’s customizability and its breathtaking display (Comixology has never looked better than it does on this thing, and I can’t wait to pop it into a Gear VR) — but the sleeper hit is the screen-off memo.
I despise pulling out phones in social situations. But when someone tells me about something I’d like to look up later, I make a note of it. Now, whenever that happens, I can discreetly pop out the stylus and start scribbling, eye contact intact — rather than looking as though I’m texting someone I’m more interested in. It’s a phone that helps me better engage with the person in front of me for once. I’d sure as hell call that a breakthrough.