Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – Bigger Just Got Better

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – Bigger Just Got Better

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has showed up as a game breaker for Samsung and the fans of Android phablets. Being the fourth successor of Note family, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 defines what a phablet should be like. The most radical release to the family marks a notable difference to its all predecessor in terms of both design and features.

Samsung has released some of the great flagships to phablet for half decade and releasing Galaxy Note 5, it has again gained the interest of phablet users, giving all the top specs as what is expected from Samsung. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, it has more then just looks. It is a great phone but needs a pile of cash to be owned.

Samsung Galaxy Note series has never been a first choice for everyone but this time Galaxy Note 5 must change some minds with its impressive and elegant design. Even though with some losses like removable battery and SD card slot it is a phablet with a cleaner software, improved hardware design and more productive S-Pen which turns out to be a great device. Note 5 has one of the best screen available in phablet and is easier to hold with its new hardware design. If you are looking for a large screen it can be a great choice.

New Curvy Glass and Metal Design

New Curvy Glass and Metal Design

This is the most attractive and most comfortable Samsung Galaxy Note that has ever been build. Rather than having a flat back alike its predecessor, the Note 5’s rear feels more like the front of the Galaxy S6. Its like seeing the Samsung Galaxy S6 other way round with its curved sides.

In this era of curvy phones, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 feels more like Galaxy S6 as the handset is crafted entirely with metal and Corning Gorilla Glass. That’s right just like the other Galaxy phones, front and back of the Note 5 are Gorilla Glass 4 and the trimmed down metal bezels surrounding the phone makes it easier to hold as compared to the previous-generation Notes. It seems Samsung is quite happy with the combination of metal and glass as it carries over to Note 5 from Galaxy S6.

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The only drawback of having a smartphone made of glass is, it can turn into cracked piece of glass in an accidental drop. So using a protective case is advisable.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

On the front, the only breaks in the glass are the home button and earpiece and highlighting the bezel around the screen is remarkably small. There is just enough space to hold the sensors and front camera where to the down we have the Samsung’s typical home button (which now integrates one touch fingerprint sensor) along with the pair of capacitive touch buttons. The volume control buttons of the phablet sit on the left side and it’s power/lock key is placed on the right. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is now sealed and no longer expandable with new battery or Micro SD card making it feel more like a notepad with a pen.

Even with physical measures of 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, Note 5 doesn’t feel that big. The trimmed side bezels and sleek design of the phone makes the new Note 5 feel considerably more compact than it’s predecessors despite packing the screen with same size.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will be available in four colors: Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum and the newly introduced Silver Titanium.

Redefined Display and Sound

Redefined Display and Sound

There’s one thing Samsung really gets, which is, how to make a seriously good-looking screen. The Note 5 sports a 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display with Quad HD 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution which results in a pixel density of 518ppi(pixel per inch).

Samsung Galaxy note has always boasted some of the best displays in business and the tradition continues with the new release.

In quality terms the display is terrific, colors look fantastic with that typical AMOLED way, enough dense and the brightness levels available makes sure that you can always see whats on the screen.

The viewing angles are great though you may see a blue-green tint at some angles which is not common with OLED’s. If you boost the brightness you can reach the brightness level of a LCD and the amazing low reflectivity of the screen gives you a privilege to keep the brightness down even in bright sunlight conditions and enjoy the legible screen content.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

“The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is yet another member to the Note family that delivers seriously impressive audio output”A statement, I would have loved to mention here but, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 beautiful screen is paired with a weak single speaker placed on the bottom edge. The speaker of the phone really doesn’t meet the expectations. This single speaker is grilled on the bottom between the USB port and S Pen slot and is hardly enjoyable.

Though plugging in the earphones gives a good sound quality with no distortion as Samsung introduced new audio technology to get the best possible output in speakers and headphone, with support 24 bit/192 kHz audio.

Enhanced Performance with Exynos Chip Set and Increased RAM

Enhanced Performance with Exynos Chip Set and Increased RAM

Under the hood, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is packed with the Samsung Exynos 7420 CPU, an octa-core processor with four 2.1GHz Cortex-A57 power cores. It’s the best processor you can get. Pair that with 4GB of RAM and you have got a great powerhouse. The hardware setup is same as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

Be it the extra gigabyte of RAM or software improvements, user will be able to do effective multitasking and experience a faster interface. Opening apps, navigating heavy websites, swapping between apps and graphically-intensive games are all up to speed. It’s what we expect from such powerful internals, and everything is considerably faster than the Galaxy Note 4. It seems Samsung has really sorted out to get maximum performance with the combination of hardware and software, out of this phone.

More Productive S Pen

More Productive S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Note5 features a brand new S Pen that’s once again an improvement over last year’s S pen. The stylus utilizes a new release mechanism which requires the user to click its top to get it in hand, thus eliminating the possibility of accidentally removing it. Most of the Note 5’s software changes try to make the S Pen more functional, and in general Samsung did a fine job making it feel less like a gimmick and more like a tool.

Note 5’s stylus software and hardware have been redesigned since the Note 4, but it’s largely business as usual. There’s a button on the side of the pen, and when pressed, it brings up an Air Command menu featuring up to six shortcuts, some of which can be customized to launch any app you like.

You can pretty much use the Note 5 pen to operate the phone completely

If you like the feel, though, you can pretty much use the Note 5 pen to operate the phone completely. It even works on the Capacitive keys, something Samsung introduced in the Note 3. This is still the phone if you want to get a stylus.

Faster Wireless Battery Charging

Faster Wireless Battery Charging

Samsung equipped the Galaxy Note5 with a non-removable 3,000mAh Li-Po battery, smaller than the swap-able 3,220mAh Li-Ion battery found in last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which doesn’t sound like a lot for a phone with a 5.7in QHD screen.The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 lasts for a solid 15 hours of looped 720p MP4 video and it can easily get through a day even if you use the phone a lot.

Of course Samsung is still pushing its battery management techniques to pacify the missing removable battery, including its Adaptive Fast Charging, wireless charging, as well as its Power Saving and Ultra Power Saving modes will help you keep your Note 5 charged up. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 also includes the faster charging technology under its rear glass which fully charges your phone in just 120 minutes. So now you don’t have to worry about carrying the wires along with you every time.

Camera

Camera

There is not much to talk about the Galaxy Note 5’s camera because all the specs here are the same that we have heard in the latest Samsung Galaxy 6S – the same 16MP camera, lenses and OIS. Well Samsung has really done well with the camera and now its available in Galaxy Note 5 too. Samsung has used the superb 16MP Sony IMX240 sensor covered with f/1.9 lens and the sophisticated optical image stabilization work together to produce some of the great images.

One of the most favorite feature can be Quick Launch – its the direct camera access with double tap of the home button. You can double tap the home button any where in the UI and camera pops up in less than a second. The camera UI is pretty simple and most of the settings are available in the viewfinder. There’s a standard pro mode also available in case you want to tweak around with shutter speed and ISO. Speaking of the software Samsung has given the camera app with some new features. In case you are bored shooting panoramas and slow motion videos, this new feature lets you collage your videos well and where four to six second clips you shoot, appear in a grid and play on a loop. The newbies doesn’t end here, you can directly share your live feed with the world via YouTube as Samsung gives a new mode as Live Broadcast, a hot new feature that debuted alongside Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Coming up to the front, we have a 5MP front facing camera, which has the same F/1.9 aperture and offers Live HDR and color filters as well. It has 120% wide angle selfie mode, so it can easily take group selfies and to make it more easier Samsung has given the option to take selfie by just tapping on the heart rate sensor on the back of the phone.

Verdict: Elegant design and great display but lacks at non-expendable storage and battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is a great sequel to Note 4 and is a great looking phablet. The new Note does not completely look like a paper and a pen, but takes it to level higher than the predecessor. Its a phone we can imagine people favoring, as a touch sensitive pen is much better then a curved screen?

Note 5 is a great phone with 5.7 inch AMOLED HD display supporting the high refined 16MP rear camera. Despite of the great display its quite easy to hold on and Samsung new upgrades to the phone make it among the best phones around for now with a newly designed S Pen. So if you were looking for a Pen to tweak around your phone with, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 could be a great choice.

Key specs

  • Processor: 64-bit, octa-core Exynos 7420 chip
  • Display: 5.7- inch Super AMOLED QHD display, 2560 x 1440px resolution
  • Memory: 4GB LP-DDR4 RAM
  • Storage: 32 / 64 GB
  • Camera: Primary (16MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, OIS, 4K video), Secondary (OIS enabled 5 MP camera)
  • Connectivity: USB-C Port, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, NFC, and Infrared
  • OS: Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop) upgradable to Android M
  • Battery: 3000mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm (6.03 x 3.00 x 0.30 in)
  • Weight: 171 g
  • SIM: Nano – SIM
  • Colour Variants: Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titan, White Pearl

About Naman

Naman Khandelwal is an expert author for the iNewTechnology. He writes about Smartphones, New tech Gadgets, Apps and how to use them.