The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is ideal for anyone who wants to own a phone that packs a punch performance-wise, has a decent battery, and a mammoth screen. Let’s get into the details, and you would see why upgrading to the Note 5 from the Note 4 makes a lot of sense.
Decent Battery, But Could Have Been Better
At its high price point, you would think Samsung would have gone with a battery upwards of 3,000 mAh. However, that is not the case with the Galaxy Note 5. The 3,000 mAh battery fares decently, but that’s all we will say. Sure, for someone whose daily phone use is infrequent at best, the Note 5’s battery won’t be a cause for concern. But the same can’t be said for people who need to stay connected at all times. If you are one of them heavy-duty smartphone users, expect your fully charged Note 5 battery to run of steam within a day.
Samsung rarely disappoints with its phone displays, and the Galaxy Note 5 is another example of a successful smartphone screen. At 5.7 inches, you would think that the Note 5 is definitely not a phone to be used one-handed. But quite surprisingly, one-handed use becomes quite easy once you get used to the touch and feel of the device. The offered resolution of 2560×1440 makes for eye-candy stuff.
The S-Pen Fares Well Too
Users more comfortable with styluses would enjoy the S-Pen supplied with the Note 5. Note 4’s S-Pen held a lot of promise, but did not live up to its potential on launch. But this time round, the S-Pen is definitely an improvement from its predecessor. It can be a bit tricky to get it out initially, but once it’s in your hands, get ready for an S-Pen that feels lighter, and writes considerably better. Expect your handwriting to improve with regular use.
Software, Camera, and Overall Performance
The Android 5.1 Lollipop OS provides a stable platform for the high-performance Note 5. In terms of pre-loaded apps, Samsung has turned it down a notch or two, with most of the Note mainstays making their expected returns.
Its 16 MP primary rear camera is quite the clicker. Expect high quality photography, even in low-light scenarios. Video performance is top-notch too.
Playing games and multi-tasking on the Note 5 Is an absolute breeze, and the key contributors on that front are the Exynos 7420 octa-core processor and 4 GB RAM. However, you might feel the device heating up after a while of continuous gaming.
There’s no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has outdone its predecessor, the Note 4. However, perhaps its only major limitation is the storage. No micro SD slot means that you would have to stick with the 32 GB internal memory, which might be a tad too low for many at the phone’s high price point.