True bargain: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 for $180

True bargain: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 for $180

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Samsung's Note line is insanely feature-packed and has recently become incredibly expensive, too, with a starting price of $950. When we reviewed the Galaxy S9+ vs the Note 8, we noted (he-he) that you should only get the phablet if you care about the S Pen stylus, since the S9 has the newer hardware and lower price tag.

And, really, the stylus experience with Samsung's S Pen is exceptional. Anyone who enjoys writing by hand or sketching on a digital canvas will have a blast with it. But you can't go by our word alone — if you haven't tried it, it's a good idea to test a Note phone for a prolonged time before splurging out $950. Well, what if you've never had the chance to touch one?

Well, while out deal-hunting today, we noticed this gem here — a refurbished Galaxy Note 5 with visible scuffs and marks, in gold, with 32 GB of memory, for $180.

Sure, it's not the latest and greatest in hardware, but it's still decent, especially compared to today's midrangers, and the Note 5 still does hold a special place in our collective heart. It's the last Galaxy Note phone to have a flat display, before Samsung decided to go all-out with its Edge screens. Yet, it's the first Note to rock the Project Zero design philosophy — the all-metal frame, the glass back, the shiny finishes... And it also has wireless charging.

It's a great deal — whether you want a backup device, but don't want it to be a run-of-the-mill low-tier phone, or if you want to get acquainted with the S Pen or even just want to play with Samsung's interface (the Note 5 was updated all the way up to Android 7 Nougat) — give it a consideration.

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Galaxy Note 5
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(22h 3G talk time)

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22 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I'd rather buy and use a potato phone than an old, refurbished smartphones with no possibility for future updates, an AMOLED Display that's probably on its death bed and scuffs and marks on the body for nearly $200. Why not just get a Huawei Honor 7X or better yet, The Xiaomi Redmi 5 with a Snapdragon 625? Or perhaps spend a tad bit more and get a Redmi 5 Pro with Snapdragon 636 or Mi A1 (AndroidOne)? I don't know about you, but $200 is a lot of cash for this man. G'Day!

3. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

My refurbished Note 5 is still running like a champ. It's also very likely at this point that it will receive Oreo. I agree with you that there's better buys out there, but the theory that Samsung phones are useless after 2 years is false from my point of view.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

My previous comment wasn't a blow at Samsung, dear fellow. I'm a Samsung user myself (Galaxy S6). It's just that refurbished and/or used phones don't make much sense (to me, at least) when there are plenty of great options around with newer hardware, better software support and of course, a 1 year warranty for the same amount or less!

6. libra89

Posts: 2296; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Or you can get phones with those. Having a warranty and having a refurbished phone are not two things that are impossible to have together. Options exist. Apple does it and if I'm not mistaken, so does Samsung.

10. srgonu

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Not many options if you need and spen.

15. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Absolute bs comment

2. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Pretty good deal if you need a backup phone or something to get you by. Better deal than the KeyONE that costs like $500.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! I know what you did there, Monsieur Venom. There's nothing better than some troll baiting on a slow, lazy, boring and downright awful day, eh?! G'Day!

9. skips

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

but where is he wrong

12. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

In all honesty, I don't really care about the phone because I already have a capable smartphone as my daily driver. I'm a purist. I like to keep it simple and clean. That's my style. But for some people who need a backup phone or something to get them by, this isn't a bad deal. A lot of people are misinformed by refurbished devices even though they often times are very close to being new devices. G'Day!

20. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Mxy is back y'all.

22. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

And who is this guy supposed to be?

7. TheOneSilveriusXZP

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

Although Note5 was a one of great phone back then and even now with that bargain price , it's recommended for who wants Galaxy Note phone or old flagship phone , one quite-major drawbacks for some people are lack of MicroSD slot for expansion storage though , as it can count as dealbreaker .

14. Cyberchum

Posts: 1093; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

It's a huge deal-breaker!

13. JayBEE

Posts: 181; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Give me a Note 4 any day over a Note 5. I wonder if Note 4's are worth more in the marketplace versus a Note 5.

16. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It's a good phone and if you are wanting a good phone with the Spen and you are on a budget that is a good price even if you got a couple little scratches and they are not on the screen. Slap a case on it and they won't show.

18. sunnyfpy

Posts: 288; Member since: May 12, 2013

Dumb idea,old hardware useless Even with latest OS updated

21. LiveFaith

Posts: 487; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Loved my 5 until I splashed vinegar on her. (Don't ask) Happened in the interim waiting on the Note8 to ship and before I could trade it in. $300 down the tubes. :-(

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