Overall Rating Of Samsung Galaxy Note 5: 8.9/10
- All metal and glass body with beautiful curves.
- QHD AMOLED display
- Faster fingerprint scanner
- Faster wireless charging
- Smoother S-pen performance
- Stunning camera results
- No removable battery
- No options for memory extension
- Battery capacity could have been enhanced
- Metal design is more prone to fingerprint grease
On August 21st 2016, Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 succeeding Note 4. As always it’s an all rounder device; attractive and highly stylish design, awesome screen and amazing outdoor photography. The battery performance is top-notch and with presence of high ended hardware its an excellent handset. While reading the review don’t forget that even better Samsung phones are out there like the resent S8 (Samsung’s S series), Note 5 is a wonder in itself.
Samsung has shed the plastic construction and opted for a more sophisticated design. Note 5 has a metal and glass architecture, the AMOLED display size is 5.7 inches with a screen resolution of 518 pixels per inch. Though the metallic frame and glass make the phone look more stylish its more prone to being a fingerprint magnet then its other note series handsets. It has straight sides and curved edges which makes it easier to hold in the hand besides it being a large phone. Samsung has made it more slimmer by reducing some of its fat, it gives an amazing premium sensation.
The improved and faster fingerprint scanner is now present in the home button at the front which lies just below the beautiful shimmering display, and operates by a simple touch. At the bottom edge lies the headphone jack, micro-USB charger port, along with the S-pen, and a speaker grill. The S-pen is easier to reach all you have to do is press the top of the stylus and the pen pops out. The slightly longer S-pen acts as a pointer, you can use it for writing or drawing, it works as navigational tool and you can also use it to pull down menus. The drawback is in its placement, it would have been better if it was placed at the top edge, its new position is seemingly unnatural and requires getting used to.
The power button lies on the right edge and the volume rocker on the left. The back side is no longer removable, that means the battery is non-removable and there isn’t a microSD card support. There are no options for memory extension., that’s too bad. Considering the QHD display its an amazing viewing experience, showcasing vivid and vibrant colors, its adequately sharp. The brightness, saturation and contrasts are all set to easily view the screen even in daylight.
An improvement in the features department is the redesigned Air Command Wheel. Which is always on by default and works only after the S pen has been pulled and interacting only when you have tapped on the S-pen. You can add whatever apps you want to it. Galaxy Note 5 operates on android 5.1 lollipop allowing you to toggle between Googles services and Samsung’s own software’s. It runs on a Exynos 7420 system chip, this is an octa core chip making it run as smoothly as Samsung’s S6.
Note 5 houses a 3000 mAh battery, which allows for a full day usage without facing any problem. It charges much faster since Note 5 has its own wireless faster charging system, and charges fully within 1 hour. But because Samsung was more focused on a slimmer body and faster charging it left out on a removable battery system, it could have enhanced the battery capacity.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a 16 megapixel rear camera (the rear camera slightly protrudes outwards but its not too noticeable), 4k video shooting potential and a 5 megapixel front camera. The rear camera offers a larger aperture which allows in more light and better pictures, its an advantage when you have to do indoor photography. The camera shots beautiful photos white bright details and rich colors, the optical image stabilizer allows for more clear pictures with minimization of blurring. The front camera also takes accurate selfies. The camera app has two modes the auto mode and pro mode. The overall picture quality is much better than the Note 4 handset. A brand new feature is live broadcasting using YouTube which is similar to twitters live video streaming resource. Definitely most users will be using this service.
Overall Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is an excellent smartphone with all respects, stylish design, top-notch display, new camera feature of live broadcasting and the camera being magnificent itself. There is no particular reason not to fall in love with it. However there might be a slight problem for those who constantly use there device and require more memory for heavy gaming and apps, because there is no removable battery or extended memory system. Other than that its a stunning and attractive device.
Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
Colors: Gold, Silver, White, Black
Screen size : 5.7 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
Processor: 1.5 GHz octa-core
RAM: 4 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB
Front camera: 5 megapixel
Rear camera: 16 megapixel
Flash : available
Operating System: Android 5.1.1
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, headphones
Sim system: nano-sim