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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review

by Kavita MevadaAugust 17, 2017
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Here I will explain about Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is that it feels like we’ve been here before, and that starts with the design. Here I will also explain about Samsung Galaxy Note 5 specs. Though much of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 design language remains as familiar as ever, the just released Samsung Galaxy Note 5 now take its build quality cue from the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 5 series flagship, offering a metal and glass construction.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is here, and alongside the nice new external hardware Samsung has made some big changes to the internals of the phone compared to the Note 4. The screen size and resolution has stayed the same, but a new Exynos processor is running the show, backed up by a healthy bit of RAM and two internal storage options.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review

Display > Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a 2560*1440 resolution, which is, on paper, identical to the display of its predecessor.

However, the display has been incrementally enhanced to improve on an already fantastic viewing experience. Quad HD makes a lot of sense on a larger display, resulting in an excellent pixel density of 518 ppi, despite the large size.

The high saturation Super AMOLED construction proves to be as great as ever, allowing for vibrant, vivid colors, and plenty of brightness for comfortable viewing in broad daylight. You do have the option to tone down the saturation though, if that better suits your tastes.

Performance > Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Performance is a high-point for the Galaxy Note 5, thanks to Samsung’s use of its in-house processing package, which has been optimized for the toned-down TouchWiz.

The octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, clocked at 2.1 GHz, returns from the Galaxy S6, where it really shined, bringing with it an additional gigabyte of RAM, for 4 GB in total.

That combination allows for some strong multi-tasking, and that’s great, given the availability of the S-Pen and all of its features.

 Hardware > Samsung Galaxy Note 5

In hardware, some familiar additions return with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. On the back of the phone, right next to the camera package is where the heart rate monitor can be found.

It works about as well as ever, thanks to a streamlined S-Health app, but this is not a feature you will probably use very often.

The device packs a standard suite of connectivity options, including NFC, which will be a part of the upcoming Samsung Pay ecosystem.

Phone calls come in loud and clear, and I had no dropped calls during my usage with the T-Mobile network. Speaking of audio, the single speaker unit on the bottom benefits from a better placement from before, but provides the expected quality. It gets pretty loud, but without much body in the sound, but we’re glad it doesn’t overdo the high ends though.

Camera > Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 retains the quality in the camera department, quite literally in this case: the camera on the device is basically the same with the Galaxy S6′, with its 16 MP rear shooter with a f/1.9 aperture and 4K video recording capabilities, along with a 5 MP wide angle lens front-facing camera.

By far, the best part about the camera experience is the ability to bring it up by simply hitting the home button twice, which will quickly and easily launch the camera app.

The manual controls of the mostly familiar app have been given a few more options, such as being able to change the Kelvin reading in the white balance slider, which isn’t available with the Galaxy S6 camera.

Software > Samsung Galaxy Note 5

On the software side of things, the main story is in how streamlined this version of Android has become, as much of what bogged down Samsung’s operating system has been stripped away.

What remains is actually quite useful: namely, certain gestures and a theme engine that does well to change the look of the interface.

Plenty of features can be found with just a little bit of digging, like easy access to Multi-window from the Recent Apps screen, as well as the one-handed features, easily triggered by hitting the home button three times.

Just like with the Galaxy S6, there are far less tutorials and annoying reminders of what the phone can do, which is probably one of the highlights of this version of TouchWiz.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Specs

Display 5.7-inch Super AMOLED

2560 x 1440 resolution

Processor Exynos 7420
RAM 4GB (LPDDR4)
Storage 32/64 GB
Camera 16 MP rear camera with OIS

5 MP front-facing camera

Connectivity WiFi a/b/g/n/ac

Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS + GLONASS

Networks LTE cat 6 300/50
Battery 3,000 mAh

Fast charging

WPC and PMA-compatible wireless charging

Software Android 5.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz
Dimensions 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6mm, 171g
Colors black sapphire, white pearl, gold platinum

 

Pricing and final thoughts > Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was made available just days after its launch across all major carriers in the US, and as expected, it comes at a steep price point. In total, about $700 is what you will shell out to get Samsung’s latest addition to the Galaxy Note line, whether or not you use payment plans on AT&T, T-Mobile, or elsewhere.

So, there you have it for this in-depth look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 5! It’s hard not to look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in comparison to what Samsung has offered in the past, because of the company’s decision to take quite a departure in design and hardware choices.

This phone may not feel like a power user’s device anymore, and people who feel that way are completely validated in doing so. For those who expected more, this new iteration feels too much like the Galaxy S6 in terms of what features it leaves out.

 

That’s It! Above I will describe all about the Samsung Galaxy note 5. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Specs are also available.

 

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