Samsung’s Note line of phones has always been about three things: A huge screen, outsized performance and a stylus. But now, with the Galaxy Note 5, two of those three things aren’t so special anymore. Every Android phone is big now, and almost all of those big phones are fast and powerful. And more than any of them, Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus has been eroding Samsung’s claim to phablet dominance. The rest of the world caught up with the Galaxy Note.
Fighting all of that was always going to be an uphill struggle, so something had to change. To its credit, Samsung did just that. The new Note is different: it’s a beautifully designed object that feels like it belongs to the same family as the other Galaxy phones. If you can’t beat ’em with power and size, try to beat ’em with design.
Oh, and don’t forget that stylus.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.