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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review


Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review
Boy what a ride it’s been for Samsung so far for the first half of the year! In one fell swoop, they generated enviable amounts of interest in the Android arena when they introduced the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge earlier this year. And why is that? Well, they’ve completely reconstructed their reputation when it comes down to phone designs, seeing that prior to those phones, their designs have been unflattering in contrast to what the competition produced.

Riding high on that momentum, Samsung is one of the first major players out of the gate to announce and deliver its phones for the second half of the year. Last year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 managed to receive universal acclaim for its superb specs sheet, all-around performance, and most importantly, its utility for being the Swiss Army knife of smartphones with its rich features set. In the world of Android phablets, Samsung’s Note line has yet to see any sort of threat – so there’s always reason to be excited about a successor.

And that, folks, is where we find ourselves with the Samsung Galaxy Note5. Even before its official announcement, we all knew that another major redesign was coming – not surprising, considering that the S6’s premium design has been widely received by consumers. While it’s almost certain that the Note5 (are we the only ones who like 'Note 5' better?) is going to be yet another solid offering, we’ve seen a shift in the space of late that points us to the direction of these value-conscious phones that pack impressive qualities without the hefty pricing attached to them. As more and more carriers phase out contract pricing, it’s only going to be more crucial for high-end phones to justify their worth, as devices in general are being bought full-priced or financed.

Perhaps, the Note5 can muscle the competition to prove that it’s one of the undisputed pound-by-pound champions?

The package contains:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Stereo headphones
  • SIM removal tool
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty card


While there are compromises to its arsenal, the Note5 is the best-designed phone in the series to date.

Straight to the point, this is the best-designed phone in the series to date! The design is undoubtedly revolutionary for Samsung, as prior phones in the series were primarily constructed out of plastic. Last year’s Note 4 was notable for its stark redesign as well, shedding the all-plastic construction with a slightly more sophisticated one that involves a metal frame surrounding the sides of the phone. With the Galaxy Note5, however, Samsung followed in form by employing the same design language they’ve raised eyebrows already with its S6 line.

We won’t deny the attractiveness of the Note5’s premium aesthetics – one that combines metal with glass once again for that ultimate fusion, though in the process, they’ve shed the utilitarian look of the Note series for one that’s more fashionably stylish. Our eyes are once again mesmerized by the dazzling show produced when light bounces off its glass surface for a shimmering effect – allowing the phone’s color to be more profound at certain angles. What's more, the metal trim bezel adds integrity to the phone’s construction. However, while we applaud its solid construction and eye-catching looks, the glass makes the phone a little fragile, prone to fingerprints, and slippery. Trust us, you’ll want to be extremely careful handling it, since minor drops can probably do a number to it.

Beyond the aesthetics, we’re astounded by how they’re able to trim out the fat even more from its body. For a phone with a ginormous 5.7-inch display, the Note5 bears a smaller footprint than its predecessor (6.03 x 3.00 x 0.30 inches versus 6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches) – while also weighing less as well (171 g versus 176 g). All of this points to obvious improvements in making the handset slimmer, lighter, and somewhat easier to handle. Sure, two-handed operation is still preferred, but the curved edges around its rear help to give it a more ergonomic feel.

Although the design isn’t necessary original per se, it’s something that meshes well in giving the phone its premium qualities. The overall package is undeniably beautiful.

The Note series has always been known to be the Swiss Army knife of smartphones. That claim is still reasonable because it’s fashioned with several amenities you don’t get with most phones. In particular, it features rapid charging via its microUSB 2.0 port, built-in wireless charging, heart rate sensor, and a finger-print sensor.

The latter is worth noting because it employs the same, hassle-free operation brought on by the S6 – one that only requires us to gently rest our finger over the sensor, as opposed to the swipe down method offered by the Note 4. Without question, it’s significantly easier to operate than before, and in our experience, it seems faster too with its recognition than the S6. In addition, it’s going to come in handy when Samsung Pay officially launches.

At the same time, there’s a drastic change to the Note5’s arsenal – one that’s generating a lot of concern for some folks who are used to seeing it on previous iterations. Gone are classic staples in the series such as a removable battery, microSD card slot for storage expansion, and an IR blaster. We’re told from the Samsung folks that the latter has been omitted because they found out that customers rarely use it. To an extent, we can agree with that argument, but the other two items are just tough to overlook. Whatever the reasoning behind it, the Note5 forgoes having them in favor of a design that’s more premium, slimmer, and lighter. That’s the obvious tradeoff!

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review
S Pen

Fortunately, the S-Pen continues to be one of the Note5’s integral features, so its availability continues to make it unique in the space. With this year’s offering, Sammy changes things up a bit in the way the S Pen is accessed. It’s still tucked away in the lower right corner of the phone, but it employs an auto-eject mechanism – one that’s spring assisted to give it a clicky pen-like feel. For us, this new way of accessing the S Pen feels unnatural, and the process adds just an extra step over last year’s implementation. And why’s that? It’s because we have to eject it with our finger, then proceed to pull it out – whereas before, it was a single step process.

We also feel that its placement would’ve been better suited in the upper right corner, since the ejection process would feel a bit more natural there. Whatever the case, it just means that we’ll need to adjust to this new particular method, which should feel a bit more natural over time. Technically speaking, this S Pen is slightly longer when its spring-assisted end is extended and it’s skinnier, but gone are the groove marks that gave the previous S Pen a grippy feel. It’s smooth all throughout the pen, which thankfully enough, doesn’t hinder its operation.

Just like before, too, the tip is sensitive to recognize varying degrees of applied pressure. Therefore, it’s able to distinguish light presses from firm ones – it’s a useful thing that truly gives this particular stylus an accurate feel. While it can be used for jotting things down quickly and drawing something, it also acts as a useful navigational tool by hovering it over the display. No one does the stylus like Samsung, that’s just the undeniable reality! We’ll talk more about its new features later on.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5
6.03 x 3 x 0.3 inches
153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm
6.03 oz (171 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches
153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm
6.21 oz (176 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches
158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches
148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm
5.47 oz (155 g)


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review


Everything points to the obvious that it’s a display not too dissimilar to that of the Note 4, but that’s not a bad thing because of its great qualities.

Samsung didn’t change the specs of the display with the Note5, it’s still a 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 Super AMOLED display, and it still delivers a number crunching 518 ppi pixel density count. Not surprisingly, it continues to be exceptionally sharp and highly detailed! Yeah, it’s tough to notice any noteworthy differences at normal viewing distances against 1080p screens, but its superiority is recognized the moment it’s viewed up close and personal.

Looking into the other aspects of the display, it becomes increasingly evident that we’re dealing with nearly the same panel used by its predecessor. For starters, the Note5’s Super AMOLED display produces just a smidgen better 470 nit luminance, thanks in part to its high-contrast mode kicking in when it’s in direct sunlight. Secondly, its color temperature remains similar as well at ~6700k, making it close to that perfect reference value of 6500k. In this regard, the display exhibits a mostly neutral tone when it’s in ‘basic’ screen mode – so it’s not overly warm or cold in tone.

And finally, we have to point out how it’s perfectly calibrated to hit all the target values in the sRGB color spectrum chart. Comparing the charts of the Note 4 and Note5 side-by-side, they’re pretty much the same to one another, which makes us conclude that we’re dealing with the same display here. Therefore, it means colors are realistic and true to life! All of these qualities point to the undeniable truth that Samsung has fashioned on the same display. That’s not a bad thing per se, as the Note 4 proved to the critics that AMOLED technology has seen considerable improvements to make it just as superior to LCD technology in several areas.

All told, it’s a beautiful display that’s useful in several scenarios and we can’t forget about how exquisitely sharp it is. There might not be any notable improvements over what we’ve seen with the Note 4’s display, but it just reaffirms Samsung’s expertise in producing displays with near perfect qualities.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 574
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 470
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 468
LG G4 454
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posted on 18 Aug 2015, 08:33 30

1. Freedom (Posts: 10; Member since: 24 Nov 2014)

One of the best (if not the best) phones of 2015.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 08:44 38

8. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

Actually, the base s6 edge is better. It's much cheaper, offers the same performance, looks cooler, has similar battery life, same camera, and sports an IR blaster. For the price of the note, you'll probably get a 128GB version of the edge. Let's face it, note 5 is galaxy s6 with a stylus. Note 4 was miles ahead of the s5.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 09:08 25

18. saffant (Posts: 274; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)

5.1" vs 5.7". I'll take 5.7" any day. It's worth more to most than a relatively unimportant IR blaster.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 09:13 6

24. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1214; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

think he means the edge+

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 10:08 4

42. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

Nope, s6 edge without plus. I'm not going to pay 140eur more for 0.6" screen and. For the price of the 32GB s6 ege + I can get a 128GB s6 edge. It's a no-brainer to me.

posted on 20 Aug 2015, 07:59 2

125. KRONeage (Posts: 142; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)

You are missing out on S-Pen and the fact this is the genuine King of Phablets. The fact is that Samsung's exclusive deal with Wacom and it Professional Quality Dual Touch and Stylus Digitizer are what have always set Note Series apart from the competition. While S6 might be right for you...... it's simply not even close to being equal to a Note Series phone in any way.... shape or form for these reasons!

Take away the many S-Pen features and it's latest software and hardware features, you would lose all the Creative and Artistic Production qualities it brought to smartphones first. It's still the King of Phablets because of these features. Features YOU may not need or want. Then that's fine for YOU...... sticking to cheaper, but just as high quality Galaxy S6. But..... for us who are die hard Note users, no phone or phablet on the market today even comes close!

I'm looking forward to trading in my Note 3 for a Note 5. The new features look to be outstanding additions. Using S-Pen with screen screen off for Notes, PDF Direct Write, Capturing full pages for inserting are just a few of the many new S-Pen features I'll be using most every day.

It's all in the utility and even more precise S-Pen input, that makes Note so irreplaceable for us Professionals and Artists, as well those into even greater Productivity with the absolute best Digital Stylus and Multitasking features available on any device available today! It's our Dreams coming to LIFE..... and even S6 can't beat it at that!!!

posted on 20 Aug 2015, 08:54

129. BKlip (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)

That's one enthusiastic reply! Note 4 user here but I rarely use the S-Pen. So S6 Edge+ has been pre-ordered. More expensive, but much sexier (IMO).

posted on 20 Aug 2015, 22:09

135. TSMan2 (banned) (Posts: 363; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

"I rarely use the S-Pen"???
S-Pen has indispensable features. Even if you don't use S-Pen often
Just like the airbags of the cars

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 10:50 1

147. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Wrong. Galaxy Note 5 & Galaxy 6 Edge 6+ now share 99% of the same DNA:

- same 5.7-inch Quad HD display (518 ppi)
- same Android 5.1.1
- same 32GB and 64GB of internal storage
- same 4GB of RAM
- same Exynos 7420 processor
- same 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization
- same 5-megapixel front-facing camera
- same Fingerprint sensor
- same Wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
- same 3000mAh battery

posted on 25 Aug 2015, 17:07

161. KarlB (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Aug 2015)

Ditto! Well said. I use my note 4 for my business and simply love it!

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 16:07

184. Nnyan (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)

I agree with you in that if you use the S-Pen features the Note line is very very hard to beat. But for someone like myself (I ended up selling my Note 4) there are far better choices. I myself would rather have a slightly slower Note 4 with the sdcard/battery then a faster version without.

posted on 26 Aug 2015, 09:42

162. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Why do any users need a removing battery Samsung offers a wireless charger cash to protect your phone and also keep your phone charged as neededq for the power users

posted on 27 Aug 2015, 15:20 1

164. LiveFaith (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Jul 2015)

It's really simple, so bear with me ...

Wireless charging ...
#1 Wireless charging is not "wireless". It just means you don't have to snap in the usual microUSB cord.
#2 Wireless charging usually charges at a slower pace than a cord.
#3 Wireless charging takes an hour or more to charge from 0%-100%. Still minutes if topping off.
#4 WC requires an extra cost chargig "mat" or "pad"

Replaceable battery ...
#1 Xtra battery + charger costs $10-15 on eBAY or buy at a premium from Sammy or carrier.
#2 To charge your phone from 0% to 100% LITERALLY takes less than 15 seconds. If you just have to use it right now it takes 45 seconds to boot up.
#3 Placing dead cell on charger means its ready 100% later
#4 You can have as many batteries or chargers as you want

For me, I travel on business, in a motorcoach @ 6 mos out of the year. I keep a battery + charger at home, and in the coach. When working from home office, my Note 3 warns me somewhere between 2pm-6pm. I walk over to the charger when I get a break. Shut the phone down, swap the batteries, then restart and stick the phone back in my pocket. I am at 100%.

When I'm on the road, I throw my phone on the charger at night. This is the only time I ever put my phone a charger. In the AM, I have a 100% phone and a 100% battery in the charger. I drop my slim battery in my case, go in to my site. By 2pm-4pm, I'll maybe get a battery warning. When I get a break, I take 15 seconds and swap batteries. Throw the near dead one in my bag. I'm back at 100% and ready for work til midnight if need be.

Never. I mean NEVER do I have to use the phone with one eye on the battery level. I don't care. Having a swappable battery means I'm almost totally liberated from charging issues. No "power saving" modes. No radios turned off. No brightness reduced. No check e-mails at 2 hour intervals so as not to deplete the battery.

Just use everything wide open and full power all the time and literally NEVER worry about it. Even though about 1/2 my life if heavy usage and heavy mobility, a replaceable battery keeps me fully charged.

Wanna take a 5 hour x-country flight? No problem. Watch a movie. Work on a doc. No fear. Just throw a replacement cell (or cells) in your pocket or carry on. You will LYAO at all the iSl@ves and the sealed battery crowd huddled along the airport corridor walls by the outlets. You will walk by you'll SYH and grin because you just swapped out to 100% when the plane landed.

Can wireless charging, or fast charging do this?

Samsung collected a crowd of replaceable battery users over the years with their S & Note lines. They just gave all of us the middle finger this year.

Replaceable batteries are BY FAR the best charging solution available today for a host of common usage patterns. Were it not for the S-pen, I would have already swapped (no pun intended) to the LG G4. But Samsung still offers it and I love it. So it's Note 4 for me.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 10:04 4

40. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

Thank you very much, but I'll take better support of the s6. S6 will sell in a much higher volume thus it'll be first to get the update. Look at the note 4 slow update processes. It was the worst supported note thus far. You think the situation will improve with note 5? Since it's not available globally, we can assume the sales will be lower. Samsung have shifted the focus from the note to the s6.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 13:36

75. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

The slow update was linked to the normal spen software adds due to the new ver of Google OS and also ver problems, nothing more and nothing less, they will support the + and the normal edge both way more than the note 5

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 12:19 2

65. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 551; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

Going from an LG G2 5.1" screen to a Note 4 seemed like going to a mini tablet. Everything is easier to see, operate, and enjoy.

I'm glad the Note 5 brought new features, like wireless charging (I used this exclusively for charging my G2), louder headphone output (Note 4 was way too quiet), manual mode and RAW support, and a new, better S Pen. Better battery life, though? That's like an EPA MPG rating, every user will experience this differently. This is certainly an upgrade to the Note 4, especially in performance. Note 4 was nuked by the Lollipop update, so hopefully the Note 5 won't be killed by Marshmallow.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 10:16 1

141. cybertec69 (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)

My Note 4 has wireless charging, with the same backplate, I use it all the time, also the Note 4 has a nice sized battery "that can be swapped out for a fresh battery in one minute, which gives you a 100% fully charged phone", the Note 4 is also more durable and professional looking, it does not look like a cheap all glass Chinese toy, one drop off that all glass design, let us know how that nice $800 device looks with a shattered back.

posted on 31 Aug 2015, 23:29

170. fraz45 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Aug 2015)

wow cybertec69 how many sites are you trolling samsung on?
You would think samsung raped your mom with this phone.
do you think if you talk negatively enough about it, on enough sites, that you will sway people to hate it, and samsung as much as you?

what is your end goal? talk 5 people out of buying it?
you have a note 4 that you DONT USE.
you use a NEXUS 6. you have already said that in several rants about this phone.

get over it dude. really. samsung does NOT CARE WHAT YOU THINK.
and honestly no one else does either.

but after seeing you here, on the 3rd site, trolling the same phone with the same material, (waaahhh, battery, waaaaaah sd card etc etc)
you seriously have issues. I have never let a PHONE get me so upset that I have to troll multiple forums over and over and over.
get a grip and shut up already. seriously dude.

use your nexus 6 and leave the note 5 alone. wow...

posted on 01 Sep 2015, 06:15

171. bumblebeetuna (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

Well he's right. It need to be trolled. The should not have removed sd, ir, and rem. Bat., but they did. For no reason. Nobody asked for a less capable note. Nobody. If you like it, you are a casual user that wants large screen, not a power user that wants the maximum utility the note line USED TO offer. Now its an iphone with a stylus.

posted on 25 Aug 2015, 06:23

159. dazed1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)

LG G2 is 5.2', not 5.1.... And the best screen-size ratio ever. Such a nice phone, the best from LG ever, they ruin the line with G3/G4....much bigger bezels.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 13:34 4

74. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Why does phome arena keep making out they just removing the sd card reader just because they think it not needed, they a tech site

Crap stop saying this crap

Samsung as removed the sd card reader because they do no work with UFS and that all there is to it, nothing more and nothing less

I.e. If they added sd card support the phone will have been slower than the s6 100% and will have lagged bad after 2 months as they will have had to used emmc

They also removed the removable battery to get the size of the phone down big time and to make it smaller than the iPhone 6 plus and easy to hold

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 16:34 1

91. Trex95 (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)

Agree with you caus it's true.

posted on 20 Aug 2015, 08:25

126. KRONeage (Posts: 142; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)

A Tech site........ maybe, but really knowledgeable Tech Writers are simply hard to come by. So many writers just follow the FUD and Misinformation Shills lead online, without any real knowledge of the technology behind so many features.

But part of the blame is also Samsung's for not explaining the fact you mention. Because yes indeed, SD cards can be read by eMMC memory controllers only, as UFS Memory can only be read by UFS 2.0 Memory Controllers. Which is like putting a Sata Hard Drive inside a smartphone, with dual channel, super fast simultaneous read and write features.

It's like putting a bicycle in a race against a Bugatti Veyron and the average writer and reader online just don't get that!!! ;-P

However..... Samsung is coming out with a cheaper Dual Sim version in some markets, without the Fast UFS 2.0 Memory and an MicroSD card Slot, for those who just want a fancy looking new Note without speed, still capable of using antiquated SD cards. That get lost easy, are hard to keep track of, easily corrupted, take 20 minutes to transfer a 4K video to and are still using M$'s 30yr old FAT/exFAT file system. Like PCI going to PCIe Note 5 is the first to bring us the FUTURE.... NOW!!!

posted on 20 Aug 2015, 08:54

128. bumblebeetuna (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

you just go around reposting this bs everywhere. it's not true. there's no sd because samsung didn't want to include it. it's not impossible to add and you would not have seen any degradation of speed if you opt to not use a card...you can just pay $10 a month for storage for the rest of your life..... 120 a year.... for what you could set up yourself with an old hard drive and the net or an sd card. good job, killer.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 08:21

142. KRONeage (Posts: 142; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)

First off..... I don't go around posting this same truth, any more than you go around posting the same FUD and Misinformation! haha......

Secondly...... the fact is Samsung would have to include both an eMMC memory controller going onto the PCIE bus just for your lame antiquated old retardedly slow SD card slot and a separate circuit memory controller onto the PCIE for UFS 2.0!

On older phones without UFS memory, you only need to have the old eMMC Memory Controller chip for both it's main eMMC memory and the Secure Digital memory slot. Because neither are dual channel and can't do simultaneous Read/Writes like UFS 2.0 memory. But you fools just don't get how you're attempting to force us smarter people to pay more for something we don't even want. If you want to stick with eMMC memory and SD cards slot, then simply buy another phone!

Or you could wait until the first UFS 2.0 memory is offered in an SD card. Which hell will freeze over before that happens. Because like PCI going to faster PCIE bus, there is no combining the two on such a device we all demand be made smaller, lighter, cheaper and thinner for evermore! ......are you still stuck using PCI bus on your 10 yr old computer??? lol.....

In just a few years eMMC SD card slots on smartphones will be dead across the entire industry and faster UFS 2.0 memory will be taking it's place. That whether you keeping crying about it or not. Then when it does the only people sporting SD slots on phones will be cheap Chinese Rip Off Clones with dual sims and dual SD slots with little or no onboard memory! ;-P ePoP is coming and then there is absolutely no turning back to a separate memory controller from the SoC's own stacked "All in One" Memory, LPDDR4, LTE Modem, GPU, CPU all in and on the SoC! Wise Up Fool!!! ....SD memory is already a Dead Format Walking!!!

posted on 24 Aug 2015, 07:57

155. bumblebeetuna (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

dude you are wrong. the only reason sd is not there is that samsung didn't want it there. end of story. all the rest of what you typed is meaningless. you can yell all the futurist stuff you want. changes nothing.

posted on 01 Sep 2015, 11:21

172. KRONeage (Posts: 142; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)

YOU think Samsung didn't want to sell YOU their own Best and Fastest SD Cards available? haha..... Get real!

It's because SD cards are not compatible with their latest UFS Memory and it's onboard controller. If you simply can't get that fact through your fat head, then I really feel sorry for you!

And dude.... just watch what happens when Sony, HTC and LG come out with UFS 2.0 memory on their devices for the confirmation, that your SD Card Slots are about to die across the board!!! lol.... Never mind.... I think we all know you're an iShill Employee!!! :D

posted on 02 Sep 2015, 07:36

175. bumblebeetuna (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

you are STILL wrong. the only reason sd is not there is that samsung didn't want it there. end of story. all the rest of what you typed is STILL meaningless. you can yell all the futurist stuff you want. changes nothing.

go ahead and be stupid. no one is stopping you.

posted on 05 Sep 2015, 10:51

179. dazed1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)

You have no clue, clueless as one can be. UFS is godsend and the single HIGHEST improvement of any phone EVER (regarding) performance)

posted on 06 Sep 2015, 09:57

181. bumblebeetuna (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

how does that affect anything i said?

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 12:34

152. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Okay, phone nazi. Stop being a biatch and let people choose whatever phone they want.

Some people still want HDD (for data) and SDD (for OS & apps) in their laptops, so what?

Some people just wanna use SSD. Who gives a shyte.

Don't get your panties in a bunch. Unless you're a troll working for Samsung trying to convince everyone what you think they should want.

posted on 01 Sep 2015, 11:33

173. KRONeage (Posts: 142; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)

You fools are the iDiots being Phone Nazis on here..... biatch!!! lol.... You want us all to live in the dark ages with YOU Dumbkkkunts!

WTF is an SDD? lol.... Never heard of it.... unless you're talking about "Software Design Description (SDD)"! haha..... No wonder you fools can't understand why Samsung removed the SD Card slot, like every other phone maker will eventually be doing. Want a Swiss Army Knife Phone??? Go with some Chinese Fake "Avengers of Ultron" wantabee all to end all contraption maker!!! :D Get Real and Get Educated about Technology YOU Obviously know nothing about!

posted on 02 Sep 2015, 07:34

174. bumblebeetuna (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

are you like full on trolling now.

"Want a Swiss Army Knife Phone??? Go with some Chinese Fake "Avengers of Ultron""

are you saying we should pay more for less capable phones? looks like it.

posted on 08 Sep 2015, 13:40

182. Dinged (Posts: 32; Member since: 12 Jan 2012)

As 240fps and 4K shooting become more prevalent. It will most certainly be a requirement for a flagship to have removable storage.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 08:35 1

145. bumblebeetuna (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

its not true. stop saying it. if they wanted sd there, it'd be there. sd does NOT slow down the phone, especially if it's not in the phone. stop talking stupid. people like you are the reason this stuff is happening.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 10:53

148. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)

That is still stupid for Samsung. Instead of offering different models and let consumers pick which one is right for them, they have all VERY SIMILAR models now, just like Apple.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 09:11 2

23. xdza1979 (Posts: 280; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)

Note 4 was miles ahead of Note 5 ?! Dude

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 09:13 10

25. Cyberthing (Posts: 127; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)

He said S5.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 10:55 2

53. SupermanayrB (limited) (Posts: 571; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

Reading is fundamental.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 13:38

76. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Nope it used emmc that crap slow but offer sd card support, this at the same time lagged out the phone due to the way all sd card readers are linked to the phone, even without the sd card, just to be clear the sd card as nothing to with the speed problems, apart from even fast card go at the same speed in any phone

posted on 21 Aug 2015, 13:08

137. bumblebeetuna (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)

all devices are using emmc. there are just dif versions

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 19:02 1

96. ColinW (Posts: 148; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)

Not really, many users want a larger screen. Battery life is better on the Note 4 and 5 than an S6, not similar. It is good that Samsung have released two sizes of phones that are of similar build and quality to meet customer preferences.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 20:52 1

102. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

I have to disagree. The Note is a different device for a reason. The stylus has additional functionality by software, rather than just being like a mouse to a PC. If you're purely basing off of specs, then you're buying the Note for the wrong reasons.

posted on 02 Nov 2015, 15:47

186. zacsaturday (Posts: 209; Member since: 09 May 2014)

Similar Battery life, have you seen how bad Samsung galaxy Ses are getting. Thought they were getting somewhere with the S5 (big improvement of battery life) and Note 4 (much better than Note 3, a better battery, a metal frame, better performance) (I have a Note 3 currently, got it a month before the Note 4 was released thinking it was going to be bad, bad mistake)

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 10:47 13

51. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)

Let's see

1. Slippery phone (huge issue)
2. Underperforming headphone output performance
3. Smaller battery
4. Basically a big s6

How is this the best phone on the market? Top 5? Yes

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 10:58 8

55. SupermanayrB (limited) (Posts: 571; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

Have you felt it in hand? I have & it's not slippery at all. Have you tested the headphone jack & battery for yourself yet or are you one of those people who base their opinion on someone else?

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 11:06 8

57. Ninetysix (Posts: 2378; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Glass front and back is a no no. Didn't samsung learn anything from the Iphone 4 / N4?

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 22:24 3

110. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2934; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)

Yes they did, they learned not to use cheapo glass like on the iPhone. That's why the glassy S6 Edge is more durable than the tin-can aluminium iBend 6 (bit.ly/1KVu465)...

posted on 20 Aug 2015, 08:56

130. bumblebeetuna (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)


posted on 02 Nov 2015, 15:49

187. zacsaturday (Posts: 209; Member since: 09 May 2014)

N4? Note 4 was plastic.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 12:57 7

70. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)

I have actually held one. It is slippery. I have not tested the headphone quality but multiple sources say the same.

Also, you do realize 90% of these comments are based on what they have read, right? Regardless if they are praising or criticizing the device.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 13:33 2

73. SupermanayrB (limited) (Posts: 571; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

I guess we have different hand textures. I thought the edge+ would've felt better in hand but the Note 5 felt more secure to me. I'm still waiting to see what the Droid Turbo 2 will be like.

You're right about 90% of these comments based on what they've read.I used to work in wireless so I base my comments on personal experience.

posted on 27 Aug 2015, 17:10 1

165. LordDavon (Posts: 135; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)

Here is another comment. ;-)

I had a Note 2, and after going to the Nexus 5, and the iPhone 6 Plus, I wanted another phone with a good stylus. I picked up the Note 5 this past Friday. I can tell you that while the back is smooth, it isn't slippery at all. Comparing it to the faux leather back of Note 4, it's doesn't even come close to same grip and hold though. Yet, I have it in a case, so the back's smoothness doesn't matter.

I held the Note 4 and after reading the comments about how it was "better" and the reviews about what the Note 5 lacked, and I gave it serious consideration. I ended up getting the Note 5 because it felt better in my hand, ran smoother, and I loved the spring loaded S-pen. I ended up getting the 64GB model, since it doesn't have a SD card slot.

When I had a Note 2, I never replaced the battery. I did replace it on my Galaxy S2 all the time though. Since my phone came with just over 20% battery life, we plugged it in while at the store. It was charged to 80% by the time we left; that was amazingly impressive. My wife got the 32GB Note 5, transferred all of her data from her LG G3 to the Note 5. In the time it too to transfer (about 40 minutes), her phone was almost completely charged. We both have several power banks, so for us and our usage, the swappable battery wasn't really an issue.

We are both very happy with our purchases, and we've yet to find issues with the phones (that includes the headphones). The T-mobile store was packed, and almost everyone was getting the Note 5 on Friday. We spoke to several other people trading in all kinds of phones, many trading the Note 4, and everyone seemed to like the Note 5 better. Now, I am not saying it is better or worse. I am saying that to those of us getting the Note 5, the Note 5 is the better phone for us. My wife and I walked away getting phones that we are very happy with. At the end of the day, that is all that really matters.

posted on 19 Aug 2015, 05:27

113. alex3run (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 May 2014)

Still plastic back is better in every aspect.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 13:48

178. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)

I already tried the Note5 at retail and trust me Note 4 is a better option. Same performance with a 'fancy' design and remove the sd/Removable battery.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 21:44 3

107. nodes (Posts: 725; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)

to me the problem is not slippery, but the fingerprint-and-smudge magnet and to top it of it is shiny.
i'm just still not sold with Samsung in term of design, to me it's not unique enough, LG, HTC, SONY have their own unique design language.

to say it's the best phone on the market is kinda hard,
i agree with you, yes, it's in Top 5.

posted on 27 Dec 2015, 15:32

196. stilwelloklahoma (Posts: 34; Member since: 05 Sep 2015)

Sure , it is the best phone , if you are using pure edition

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 08:36 2

2. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 398; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)

there is no doubt that its the best smartphone in market but thats not because its quitly good but its because of failure of other manfacturers to introduce good devices this year 9:10 is more than enough for it and i still believe that note 4 is far better and more functional than note 5 in most of things maybe its only design which note 5 is better than note 4 in.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 10:34 5

48. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)

It is NOT the best smartphone in the market. It is good but many of you are reaching or are paid by Samsung.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 19:17 5

99. ColinW (Posts: 148; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)

I cannot think of one phone that is as good as a Note 5 or the Note 4. iPhones are significantly behind, some Android phones are great but none match the Note 4 let alone the 5. What do you think is the best? It will be interesting to see what the new Windows 10 phones are like.

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Display5.7 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (518 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera16 megapixels
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa , Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size6.03 x 3.00 x 0.30 inches
(153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm)
6.03 oz  (171 g)

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