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Here’s why you should buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 5

This year, Samsung’s been in a mood for experimentation, something that has given us brilliant devices like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge that fixed a lot of Samsung’s traditional weaknesses, but also went against a few things Samsung fans have gotten used to taking for granted. The Galaxy Note 5 follows the same tradition – it’s the best-looking iteration of the Note series yet, with a mix of top-notch hardware elements that leave out a few features that some users can’t live without.

The Galaxy Note 5 won’t be making a worldwide appearance like its predecessors, but for those that live in the regions where the phablet will go on sale, the Note 5 has a lot to offer. Here’s a list of the top reasons for why you should be making the jump to the latest and greatest from Samsung’s stable.

S Pen Stylus

Four years after the S Pen was introduced with the original Galaxy Note, it remains the primary factor that differentiates the lineup from the huge crowd of phablets in the smartphone market. With the Note 5, the S Pen has learned quite a few new tricks, and the most notable one includes the ability to start jotting notes without the need to even turn on the screen. You still have access to existing features, such as the ability to manually select text from most apps, taking custom screenshots of the screen, and more. The S Pen also looks more like a pen now, and it’s an amazing tool that might not be usable every day but is really handy when the need arises.

4GB RAM

The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ are the first Samsung devices to have 4GB of RAM, and it’s a feature that will only add to the experience on a device that was made to multitask (nope, there is no insane memory management like the S6 lineup this time around.) We will need to spend some time with the Note 5 to see how much the added RAM, but theoretically it should help you do more at the same time, more than was possible on any of the previous Galaxy Note flagships.

Display

Samsung’s displays are amazing, and the Galaxy Note 5’s display is as good as it can get. It’s 5.7 inches of beauty that you can’t take your eyes off, with impeccable blacks, high contrast and vivid colors. If you’re an LCD fan, Samsung continues to provide an option to customize the display mode and set it to one that dials down on the vividness and makes things seem more life-like. Thanks to that S Pen, the screen is a beautiful canvas that you can subject to your whims and fancies to take productivity to the next level.

Camera

The 16-megapixel camera on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge was second to none and stood in first place in many camera shootouts, and the same camera has carried over to the Galaxy Note 5. Plus, this time you have more manual control in the stock camera app, including the ability to change the shutter speed, which can really help add that extra light to dim situations. Saving in RAW is supported as well, and overall the rear camera will continue to be an example of the best the industry has to offer at the moment.

Quick wired and wireless charging

90 minutes is what it will take to charge the 3,000 mAh battery on the Note 5 from 0 to 100 percent, when you’re using a USB cable. What about wireless charging? Well, that’s fast as well, with the Note 5 needing only 120 minutes to get to full charge with Samsung’s new wireless charging pad. That’s faster than any other device on the market and impressive for a 3,000 mAh battery.

Samsung Pay

This might not be a feature that everyone will use, but the Galaxy Note 5 is set to make payments easier thanks to support for Samsung Pay. The service will go live in South Korea this month and in the US in September, and will allow users to make payments at NFC terminals and existing swipe-based card payment systems in retail stores. Unlike the competition, Samsung Pay can work with virtually any card reader and allow users to pay quickly by authenticating the process with their fingerprint.


Is there any other feature that you think makes the Galaxy Note 5 a must buy? Share your opinion in the comments section, and see what we think of the device in our hands-on!

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MrDannyD
MrDannyD

This sentence “We will need to spend some time with the Note 5 to see how much the added RAM, but theoretically it should help you do more at the same time, more than was possible on any of the previous Galaxy Note flagships” is so bad I don’t even know where to start.

robertbr
robertbr

without usb-c and android m the device will be obsolete as soon as the nexus devices will come up which is very soon

will6316
will6316

this should be called the galaxy s6+

everinm
everinm

This will be the first year I will pass on the new Note.
I was expecting at lease a bigger battery than my current Note 4,128 GB storage, and keep the IR blaster.

NINJA1200
NINJA1200

Samsung was always known for releasing phones after phones in such a speed that they leave consumers with an almost obsolete handset after just a few months and because of these since 2009 I stopped buying new phones. I only buy second hand handsets as new sometimes by a third of its price about only an year after it was released. My last deal was last November when I bought a Note 3 for 210 pounds. It was just a good deal. I love it and I only think about replacing it for a note 4, which in my opinion… Read more »

bonerp
bonerp

Why are people saying they will wait for the note 6? You may as well say “well the note 7 will be better”! Samsung have lost my business. I’m not waiting to see if they will shaft Europe AGAIN and deliver something I just don’t want.

vido1
vido1

I like the S-pen, which is very convenient. If at some point another maker offers something equivalent (do not mention those ugly fat-headed stubs used as an excuse for styluses), as well as essential features removed from the Note 5 (namely, swappable battery, external storage slot etc), I won’t hesitate to upgrade to that other brand.
For now, I will keep a Note 4.

bonerp
bonerp

Here’s a reason why I shouldn’t…. It’s crap and Samsung no longer offers features I need. Get a grip sammobile you know it’s a disappointment.

elfstones65
elfstones65

Err sorry I can’t and won’t because Samsung decided people in the UK don’t get the Note 5 and secondly why would I want it. Its crap. 1, No 128Gb option 2. same CPU as S6! 3. No SD card ( I could live with if 1 was not present) 4. no Removal battery 5. No IR blaster (I love the smart remote app I have on my note 3) and Finally 6 Getting sick and tired about Samsung’s update support. Its crap, Note 3 is still on 5.0, My S3 and S2 were left in the lurch. Well Done… Read more »

gayboy20
gayboy20

Iphone 4s is the equivalent of the S2 and the Note 1

wallyg8tor
wallyg8tor

Samsung why would you imitate damned iphone by taking away the replaceable battery and no sd card even tho you have all the bells and whistles on the new note 5 ! I am incensed and totally damned annoyed @ Samsung for this ! I absolutely hate Apple and thought you would have more sense than imitating a company that has tried to sue you for 1 Billion Dollars. Even though this might be a Gr8 phone you have lost me for these 2 very misgivings that you have left out on the Note 5 ! I dont want it… Read more »

anthonyrock
anthonyrock

#1 I live in London UK. #2 my upgrade is ready. #3 I have a 32 gig Note 4 with 64 gig memory card on top of that. I don’t have good net connection or power outlets in the places my work has me travelling to. I was thinking that a128 gig note would solve at least the removed msd card slot issue. Then I heard that there was an upper limit of available storage options. Then I read about the lack of availability of the Note series in Europe. I’m hoping that the cost will at least reflect the… Read more »

siriom
siriom

Stop coming here and posting crap , its not gonna help . Samsung wont read this . The only person you-re helping is the guy who got paid to write a “lets all buy samdung phones” puff piece.

Darkwing3
Darkwing3

I’m not sure if it helps the author, if we tell him with our comments, that his article is nonsense.

elfstones65
elfstones65

We have to post our misgivings somewhere. MM I guess twitter/facebook might be better.

vido1
vido1

Oh, Samsung reads all this. They have to, because they want to understand why their sales are going down.

Channel42x
Channel42x

1. S Pen Stylus : The pen is far good enough on the Note 4, and personally I even do not use it all that much. Plus it has all the same software enhancements the Note 4 has (like screen writing, making notes, smart select, …) 2. 4GB RAM : Even my father’s computer has 4GB of RAM. And I frequently close all my open apps in the background. So I have no need of 1 extra gig. 3. Display : IT’S THE SAME ****** DISPLAY AS THE NOTE 4, same size as well. It’s as simple as that. So… Read more »

Martin R.
Martin R.

So you really think they are using the same screen? It is the same size that is all….
Amoled improves year over year and the camera is better than on the Note 4 just do some research.

Channel42x
Channel42x

The screens don’t improve that much in a year that you’ll notice in any way. Okay that the displays got better since the Note 2 and 3, then you’re gonna notice. But with a phone that’s not even a year old yet, you’re not gonna see improvements on it with the naked eye until we’re maybe 1 or 2 years further (so until Note 6 or 7 comes out). And the ‘improvements’ on the camera are mostly in the software. Once again, you won’t notice it when taking pictures in normal lighting conditions or when only taking pictures for social… Read more »

dnsp
dnsp

I’m sure if there was some kind of improvement they would have brag about it at the presentation.

jorjake
jorjake

… stupid comment !

YANTING LEE
YANTING LEE

A stress-free reaction and data loading speed is important for me so the memory improvements on Note 5 should contribute to that which I am looking forward to.
Note 4 to 5 improvements include storage spec from eMMC 5.0 to UFS 2.0 and memory RAM spec from LPDDR3 3GB to LPDDR4 4GB.
Personnally I would like to have the 128GB model if it is available though for the everyday usage to store pics, video, data files, etc. 64GB is probably not enough without the SD card storage space.

celtichazard
celtichazard

Unfortunately my note 4 months ago exactly 6.. was screen broken and motherboard dead because water….. I’m waiting for the new note for buy my next note series……. After announcement I’m so dissapoiment of the new flagship……today I grab a new note 4 this is my phablet until note 6 apears…. Samsung us make wrong….

joels1988
joels1988

I bloody can’t cos they did it again, released an even better phone 3 months after I blew all my money on the S6 Edge, which now I feel like I bought a Beta test version of the plus and note. Pissed doesn’t even start to describe it. And to top it off, the edge on my screen shattered after 2 months. I’m buying a $300 Octacore from Vodafone next time. Lol think it’s time people looked at those gems, same as a 15 hundred dollars flagship.

apurva.giri
apurva.giri

That is bound to happen with Samsung. That is one true statement. I just ordered one Edge+, however, I’m sure I’ll regret it once they come out with some Active version of it with IP67 and bigger powering source. But we do not really have any way out. Even LG didn’t do much different, they release G4 at Q2 and probably releasing the pro by end of year. I guess they need to replenish their quarterly goals. Besides, if they tell you that there’s gonna be a better version very soon, nobody would buy the currently released product, isn’t that… Read more »

mohd20152015
mohd20152015

Now I bought lg g4 I’m relieved of his performance i can add sd card and remove battery i can listen radio i can use remote control tv bye bye samsung

apurva.giri
apurva.giri

Let us know about the battery lifetime. I’m interested to know.

Shadysalma
Shadysalma

This has nothing to do with lg . Lg good in making refrigerators only

Sugit Pupillam
Sugit Pupillam

I have to note 3 & I have waited long enough for them to pull their human centipede heads out of each others rears over at Samsung for two generations now. I will be getting the Moto X pure which will be an upgrade in virtually every category of my note 3 and it will be about $400 less and I will get my sd card and front facing speakers. Please excuse any errors as this was voice dictated.

Leedsnyc
Leedsnyc

Samsung will never listen. Unless you do something big, all our comments, complaints and upsets won’t be heard. There’s a lot that people don’t like about the Note 5 and some things people do like. In my opinion, it’s nothing innovative and all it is is a blown up S6 with a stylus pen (minus the IR blaster). There’s a very high likelihood that the Note 5 will have a similar launch scope as the the Note Edge (very limited markets) and unless you import from America/Canada/Asia, you’ll have to settle for the more expensive S6 Edge Plus which is… Read more »

ThaiM
ThaiM

LG G4 Pro will have the Note 5 bent over and violated sans lube. That’s my next device and Samsunk won’t even be on my radar for good 2-3 years. Bye Samsunk.

apurva.giri
apurva.giri

And then will come S7 with even higher config… This vicious cycle will never end!

Nuges
Nuges

Samsung, listen to your customers, they made the Note series a success. Alienating them and choosing not to offer your product to them when and where they need it or removing/omitting features they yearn for will impact their decision to buy or recommend your product(s). You want to sell/introduce Samsung Pay but won’t offer it on desirable devices or make it available (everywhere). I really hope you have understood the “why” in your decision. Like the Pison, Palm devices or Nokia E series phones you could be making the turn they all made at some point when they started to… Read more »

sociologist
sociologist

Samsung is trying to make more money by selling phones with no expandable storage. Trying to save money by not putting an IR blaster in the phone. This phone can look good but it has no appeal. If you have to reset your phone having thing stored on the SD card is convenient. I carry an extra battery to change out. If I wanted to plug my phone in to the wall when I ran out of power I would buy an IPhone. This phone wont sell.. Sorry Samsung you struck out again

apurva.giri
apurva.giri

I’m sure its not the cost which made them remove the IR blaster. I don’t think an IR sensor really costs much compared to the retail price of the product itself. And I wouldn’t even compare an android device with an iOS device (SD Card or no SD Card). Both serve the way they are supposed to, however, to different needs of the customers. Just telling.

ShangTsungg
ShangTsungg

Funny how a lot of major sites advertise the note 5 as being the best note in the series despite it being a long way from anything but, and dismissing all the removed features that made the note line fantastic in the first place. All to do with money and doing business of course, it needs to sell and as long as the customer is ill-informed and pays it’s all good in the end. Everything else is an afterthought. Fortunately many of the loyal note fanbase are intelligent enough to not be fooled and are letting their dismay be heard.… Read more »

Bigticket
Bigticket

You pay a flagship and get a flagshit support.

Is so important hardware and SOFTWARE

siriom
siriom

Know exactly how you feel , had a note edge for a while… sold it to get note 5 , now im lookin at lg. Love the comment during unpacking where he says we dont have to wait long to get the phones…

jackto
jackto

note 5 > note 4 *soc *ram *new touchwiz(themes) *rear camera improvement + front facing camera (5mp vs 3.7mp) *ufs memory *cooler design (for me anyway) *s pen improvement (click out + metalic s pen+ new spen functions) *bezel *better sound *better fingerprint scanner *fast wireless charging *samsung pay (useless for me i use cash) note4 > note5 *removable battery *bigger battery *sdcard *ir blaster *glass isn t durable *cheaper *available everywhere disappointed in the note 5 not because i care about the sd card or the removable battery, but because the battery is only 3000 mah and the base… Read more »

adolf88
adolf88

My dream phone:
1. removable battery (option to swap stock battery for 3rd party 6000-10000mAh)
2. expendable storage slot
3. 1080p screen from 5.5” to 5.xx” without using PWM technology (becouse QHD and beyond is overkill regarding to battery life).
4. good camera with OIS
5. internal free user storage – at least 64GB
6. usb 3 port
7. 3GB ram or more.
8. stylus
9. waterproof design !!!
10. stereo speakers !!!
11. powerful GPS (with Beidou and Glonass)
12. LTE/4G support.
13. Android OS.
14. FM radio

I would buy such phone for 1000euro without eye blink.
Sadly, there is no such device out on market yet.

ThaiM
ThaiM

The closest to that list will be the LG G4 Pro, my next device. Ef Samsunk.

macpock
macpock

True but it also should have Pen Support…

ankitkumarnag
ankitkumarnag

dear abhijeet please tell me…..how many public places do u find charging pad…..???

apurva.giri
apurva.giri

Since its an international blog, I would say I find it at loads of places here in USA. Also, when people buy flagships, they expect it to hold on to future techs too (up to some extent) and as per the contract between QI and many coffee and retails stores, they would be introducing tables with inbuilt QI charging pads.
The way I see it, wireless charging would become the standard charging way very soon everywhere. Atleast I hope it does.

ThaiM
ThaiM

Wireless charging outside of the home will only be embraced WHEN and IF Apple goes mainstream with it.

Sugit Pupillam
Sugit Pupillam

Wireless charging will never be as fast or good as swapping out a battery or having a large capacity battery. It is also pretty widely thought that wireless charging and fast charging might degrade the battery more quickly, so get ready to pay your $125 deductible if you are keeping a phone for more than a year. Please excuse any errors as this was voice dictated.

apurva.giri
apurva.giri

Tell that to the 800 million iPhone users.
Although I preferred the removable battery, however, a brand needs to study the market. Their product isn’t really limited to the readers for this blog or a few more. I don’t have any other complaints except the missing IR blaster and the cost (which I believe is too high).

We’re bound to criticize the changes, but eventually that is how we evolve.. 🙂

ThaiM
ThaiM

When you go backwards in features and technology, it’s not “evolving” but “regressing”.

apurva.giri
apurva.giri

Remind me again, how is it going backward ?

ankitkumarnag
ankitkumarnag

no matter how good looking a phone is…..you have to sport a Cover to protect it…….and device with glass build….you will definetly need a cover……so if you say loks ….no sorry not worth it…….