10/21/16

LG has shamelessly copied this Galaxy Note 5 debut feature – and kept the name, too

LG doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to being in Samsung’s shadow. The company claims that its phones are terrific, but if you’ve seen the latest G5, which takes Google’s Project Ara and tries to consumerize it (though unsuccessfully), you understand that when LG copies a company or “borrows” an idea, it doesn’t implement it very well.

The LG V20 has “MultiWindow Mode” (see, LG didn’t rename this feature), but there’s one other feature Samsung brought to market all on its own that has been shamelessly copied by LG – with the feature’s name remaining. Yes, I’m afraid so, but LG decided to borrow the concept but steal the name.

What is this Galaxy Note 5 debut feature I’m speaking of? The feature is called Screen-Off Memo, and it debuted on the Galaxy Note 5. Screen-Off Memo allows users to turn off the display, pull out the S Pen, and start taking notes on a “black” digital notepad. It’s a great feature that has a lot of support (even among those who usually deem Samsung features “gimmicks”), and it’s an attractive feature to have, no doubt.

LG took the Galaxy Note 5 Screen-Off Memo and decided to place the feature (with the same name, mind you) in an obscure phone called the LG Stylus 2 Plus. The Stylus 2 Plus is LG’s follow-up successor to the LG Stylus 2, featuring specs that many Samsung fans would recognize as being specific to the Galaxy Note 5: a 5.7-inch display with an LCD screen (the Note 5 has a 5.7-inch display, though using AMOLED instead of LCD), 1.4Ghz, octa-core processor (unnamed at the LG Stylus 2 Plus announcement; Samsung used an Exynos 7420 SoC for its Note 5, but it too, was an octa-core chip), 3GB of RAM and 32GB ROM (the Note 5 had these, too), 5MP front camera and 16MP back camera (the Note 5′s camera precisely), with a 3,000mAh battery (which matches the exact battery capacity of the Note 5). Some of these specs, such as the 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM, are dependent upon region; those in unfortunate regions may only see 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM, according to LG.

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