samsung galaxy note 5 review

Samsung Galaxy Note 5: A Fantastic Offering for Phablet Lovers

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has finally been launched and it boasts some remarkable features that will put it on the wish-list of a large number of people. It works quite smoothly due to its enhanced specifications, and everything you see on the screen pops up due to the high resolution display. Although there are some awesome features on offer, there are some shortcomings as well, and we will be discussing all of them in our detailed Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review.

Design

The design may seem familiar to the users of Galaxy S6 as Note 5 also boasts straight sides and a flat front. However, to give it a slightly different feel, Samsung has added curves to the back of the phone. These changes make the top and bottom of Note 5 really stand out, while the middle portion of the phone has been kept quite slim. This is a neat design as it lets you hold on to your smartphone rather easily. The volume buttons are on the left side, whereas power/lock button can be found on the right side. At the bottom, you will find headset jacks, S Pen holster and a standard micro-USB charger.

Software

Being the latest entry in the market, Note 5 supports Android 5.1 Lollipop with some TouchWiz customizations. Lollipop makes things a bit faster and you will notice it when you are using the phone. All the features brought with the latest Android are present in Note 5 and they all work extremely well.

Performance

With 2.1GHz and 1.5GHz quad-core processors and 4GB of RAM, Note 5 works quite smoothly. All the functions are performed at a faster pace, and almost all the mobile games released thus far work fine. Everything is silky, smooth, and incredibly fast. The device is made for users who find themselves multitasking frequently, whereas avid gamers will feel pretty satisfied as well.

Display

Note 5 comes with a 5.7-inch display that supports resolution up to 2560×1440 pixels (518 pixels per inch). The screen is powered by AMOLED display which makes everything running on your phone look good. The icons pop out and the videos you play look incredible. Right below the screen, you will find two buttons, one of which is to open up menu for recent apps while the other button is to go back.

Camera

The Note 5 comes with the exact same camera found in Galaxy S6, i.e. 16 MP. It does not mean that it’s bad by any means. It is one of the best cameras available as of today. Almost every single shot taken with this camera is near perfect. You can take panorama pictures, and make videos in full HD. Secondary camera is of 5 MP and is quite decent for selfies. The detail present in each image is remarkable and if you love taking photos on the go, then you cannot go wrong with Note 5.

Battery

There is no removable battery in Note 5, so you can forget about having multiple batteries. The battery that is present in the phone is quite decent and does a good job of lasting longer than its predecessor. With all basic features turned on, Note 5 lasted easily for 15, 16 hours. This means that the users who stick to mundane tasks like calling, texting, and using Wi-Fi will be able to go without charging for a day.

Storage

Note 5 is available in two storage sizes – 32GB and 64GB. If you were planning to get the cheapest version and increase your storage via microSD card, then you are out of luck. There is no SD card slot in Note 5, so you will have to make do with the storage space given to you at purchase.

Connectivity

All the connectivity features that need to be present in the current day smartphone can be found in Note 5, including USB support, 3G, and 4G LTE.

Verdict

Samsung has brought their A game with Galaxy Note 5 as it improves on almost all the features that were present in its predecessor. It comes with a great design, awesome display, remarkable camera, and a pretty decent battery. However, Samsung might lose some sales due to exclusion of removable battery and microSD card from their latest offering.