Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is the latest device from the popular Samsung Note series. Samsung used to present its Note devices in September, in Berlin, at the Unpacked conference. This year, things are changing. The South Korean giant decided to move Unpacked to New York and present two new big phones, the Note 5 and S6 Edge +. We will present the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to you today.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is available in the US and Asian markets from August 21, and should not arrive in Europe until next year. As Samsung says, the reason for this decision is that ” Samsung Galaxy S6 edge + meets the needs of European audiences much better.” However, the “audience” is not at all satisfied with this development, so it remains to be seen whether the leaders of this company will stick to their decision.

Until the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is on our site, we will take the time to see what Samsung has prepared for us. Is this just a Samsung Galaxy S6 with a bigger screen and pen, or is it something more?

Flawless design

Samsung continues to make beautiful phones, so the Galaxy Note 5 is very beautiful and elegant. It is made of metal and glass and comes in four colors: gold, silver, white and black. It is completely flat and has no curves like its cousin Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge +. Despite its dimensions (after all, this is a phablet), the phone lies perfectly in the hand and is very pleasant to use. It weighs only 171 grams.

The biggest novelty in the design is the new look of the S Pen, which is now oval for two reasons: to prevent it from rolling around and to make it ergonomically more comfortable. The S Pen has buttons on the end that allow it to be easily removed and put back in its place in the corner of the phone.

Samsung claims that the new version is much better than the previous ones, that it is much easier to write and with less delay. And there is a whole set of new options where the pen is inevitable.

Hardware and technical details

Although the hardware is almost copied from the Samsung Galaxy S6 model, it is still significantly more powerful than the previous Samsung Galaxy Note 4 . Here’s what comes with these devices:

  • Samsung Exynos 7 processor with 8 cores and 4GB of RAM,
  • 32GB (or 64GB) of internal memory, without the possibility of expanding the storage with a micro SD card,
  • Quad HD Super AMOLED display of 5.7 inches diagonally, with a resolution of 2560 × 1440 pixels and a density of 518 pixels per inch,
  • 5MP front camera and 16MP rear camera
  • 3000 mAh battery, which is optimized to provide more power and better performance than previous batteries,
  • two charging modes, with and without cable.

Software support

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 runs Android Lollipop 5.1 which is enriched with Samsung’s TouchWiz software package. This practically means that you get Google services bundled with Samsung programs that work great on such powerful hardware.

Since this is a Note device, you will also find a bunch of applications that you can use in combination with a pen. Particular attention should be paid to the S Note application.

What’s new, does the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 actually bring us?

When you release so many top models in one year, it’s hard to be really innovative and offer something we haven’t seen before. But Samsung managed to prepare a few surprises for us, which is kept only for Note devices. All the newspapers he brings us have to do with the S Pen:

  1. a wheel with shortcuts that is moved only with a pencil has been redesigned. Here you can select the application you want to use, and you can update the list yourself.
  1. You can now write a message on your phone even when the screen is off. This option really justifies the name NOTE!
  2. Do you want to make notes on PDF documents? No problem. Just take out your pen and start scribbling.
  3. With a pen, you can write notes and scroll screenshots from your screen.

One of the biggest pieces of news that Samsung brings is the ability to upload your footage to YouTube in real-time. As live streaming became a real hit on the internet after the launch of Twitter’s Periscope, Samsung and Google joined forces and decided to compete with the popular service with YouTube and Note Arsenal. It will be very interesting to see which service will be more popular in the future.

Disadvantages: battery and memory

The professional public is slightly disappointed by the absence of some revolutionary novelties in terms of hardware. For the rest of us, the biggest drawbacks of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 model are the options that have been reduced compared to the Note 4 model.

The 3200 mAh battery has been replaced by a 3000 mAh battery. While this move is justified by optimizations made to make better use of the battery and started to provide the same performance as the previous one, the battery was still expected to improve significantly.

In addition, there is no more possibility of removing the battery, so the users of the new model are doomed to choose the manufacturer.

The memory is also reduced and there is no chance to expand. The Note 4 gave the option to expand up to 128GB, and now you can choose between 32GB and 64GB without a microSD card slot. It is thought that users will now turn more to Cloud storage, but the public still disagrees.


It is very exciting that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has come out and that it offers several very interesting options. However, we think that Samsung was very hasty. The company has launched two phones (Note 5 and Edge 6+) that are practically in competition with each other. Why so much haste, is not very clear.

Yes, Apple has entered the phablet market with the iPhone 6+ model, but we can’t justify the fact that everything is really being done due to the announcement of the new iPhone that will arrive this fall. Maybe they know something in Samsung that we don’t know, so they have reason to hurry like that.

In any case, if you are a fan of phablets and Note models, you will certainly not be disappointed with the new model from this series. is an affiliate. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
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