Every year, Samsung releases their updated Note device in an attempt to take the market by storm. In 2015, this device was the Note 5. I was extremely eager to get one from the day it was announced and finally got my hands on one!
Special thanks to Samsung for providing me with a stunning Gold Note 5.
If you’re going wait a minute, that is not Gold, you are right! A friend of mine bought the Note 5 64GB in Black which I loved and I had received a Gold 32GB which my friend loved. See where this went?
Lets talk specs
Before getting into the review, I wanted to cover the basics and here is the essential spec sheet of the Samsung Note 5:
The device weighs 171 grams and has the dimensions of 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm. The device has a glass front panel and a rear curved glass backing with aluminium sides keeping the device as sturdy as can be.
The display is a 5.7 inch Quad HD AMOLED with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 running at 518 ppi. As for internals powering this device, the Note 5 has an Exynos 64 Bit Octa Core processor which compromises of a 2.1 Ghz Quad-Core and a 1.5 Ghz Quad-Core processors. This processor is surely powerful and coupled with the internal 4 GB of RAM, and 32, 64 or 128 GB of storage, it is a beast!
The device carries over the camera from the S6, which is a brilliant 16 Megapixel camera on the back and a 5 Megapixel camera on the front.
The Note 5 comes with a built-in non-removable 3000 mAh battery, fast charging and wireless charging to get that juice back up.
As for connectivity, it does not stay lacking as it has NFC, MST (For NFC payment), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and LTE ensuring the fastest communication at all times. They have also packed a whole series of sensors on this device: Accelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Fingerprint, Barometer, Hall, HRM
What’s in the box?
With Samsung, this is very typical and very little has changed from the Note 4, which in many ways, is good!
So, in the box you’ll find:
The Note 5 – kinda the point here.
Guides, Warranty information and other documentation
Fast charging power plug
Newly designed Samsung earphones
Replacement tips for the gorgeous new S-Pen
Show me around!
The device is pretty straight forward copying a lot of elements from the Samsung S6.
On the bottom, you will find a 3.5 mm headphone port, a micro-usb port, stereo speakers, a microphone and of course the S-Pen port.
At the top, you’ll find the Sim-Card slot and another microphone.
The back is super clean on the Note 5 with a full glass panel, samsung badge and the 16 Megapixel Camera, heart-rate sensor along with the LED flash.
The front, as you’d expect, looks almost identical to previous Samsung devices with all the relevant sensors and front facing camera up top beside the speaker. On the bottom are two capacitive buttons for back and multitask drawer and the home button which also houses the fingerprint sensor. This time around, no swiping, just tap and it reads your print, like on the iPhone.
Remember when I mentioned it was identical? That is the Note 5 on the right, Note 4 in the center and Note 3 on the left. Pretty much minor facelifts and size reduction.
So what is good about it?
Here’s a video of my top 5 features on the Samsung Note 5
And that is not all! The device has been a truly great device and most satisfying smartphone I have owned in a very long time. The camera is definitely one of my most used features and here are some samples:
These have been taken directly from the device, no edits done or re-sizing.
Is it all perfect?
No, of course not, here is a video of the Note 5 downfalls in my opinion
Should you get it?
This of course is a question I cannot answer for everyone, but if you are looking for a great device to upgrade to, the Note 5 is definitely a device I recommend. You may not feel a huge difference coming from a Note 4, but the difference was definitely worth it for me.
The device is extremely solid, elegant, powerful and reliable, which is something I have been waiting quite a while for. Great job Samsung, I cannot wait to see what you’ll do now!