Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review, on the Shoulders of Giants!


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If you’re already a phablet user or if you’re thinking about replacing your smartphone in favor of something with a significantly bigger screen, today I’m going to be writing about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which I consider to be one of the best phablets on the market right now. And it certainly wins the popularity contest, as this line of devices is well known for its undisputed success among power users, always offering top notch specs and an excellent user experience. The mother of all Note phablets brings, this year, a 5.7 inches QHD Super AMOLED display, a 14nm 64-bit Exynos 7420 chipset, 4 GB of RAM, a 16 MP camera, a 3,000 mAh battery, a clickable S-Pen and more, everything inside a polished glass body that looks better than ever and suggests that you’re dealing with a premium device. Feeling interested? Check it out in the following review and see exactly what this baby brings.

The retail box which holds the Galaxy Note 5 also brings a charger, a microUSB cable for recharging the device and making data transfers, a pair of headphones, a little tool for ejecting the SIM card and some replacement tips for the S Pen.

Following the design that defines the Galaxy S6, the Note 5 is beautifully engineered from metal and glass, being covered on its sides by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Compared to its predecessor, it’s smaller and lighter, measuring 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm and weighing 171 grams, being quite compact for a device that packs a 5.7” display. The rear-side is arched towards the edges – which isn’t a design feature that you see every day on Samsung devices – and looks very classy due to its glass cover, but beauty has its price, as it also tends to get smudgy and slippery.
All in all, the Note 5 is definitely a looker, having a premium design that will turn a lot of heads and an excellent build quality, as always.

This year, the Galaxy Note 5 brings a 5.7 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, a pixel density of 518 ppi and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, as I previously mentioned. As expected, this baby means serious business and is among the best on the market right now, sporting some beautiful and accurate colors, an exceptional contrast, high brightness levels and very wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is also excellent.

At the software department, the Galaxy Note 5 comes with a refurbished TouchWiz on top of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The user interface has been significantly improved by the Koreans and looks and feels better than ever. The lockscreen displays the time, date, weather info, notifications and two shortcuts for the dialer and camera. After unlocking the handset, which can be done using its very fast and accurate fingerprint scanner, you’ll be greeted by the homescreen, which features support for themes, wallpapers, effects, folders, shortcuts and widgets.
The notification area holds your notifications, a row of quick toggles, a brightness slider and the S Finder and Quick Connect keys. Your apps are neatly gathered in the App drawer.
The S Pen is a pleasure to use and its software has also been upgraded, enabling you to take notes even when the screen is off.

Let’s see what’s under the hood when it comes to hardware. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is powered by an Exynos 7420 chipset, having a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor and a quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU, Mali-T760MP8 GPU and 4 GB of RAM; it comes in two flavors, with 32 or 64GB of internal storage. In terms of performance, the handset is one of the best on the market, delivering a flawless user experience regardless of the task, just like it should.

For taking photos, the Galaxy Note 5 once again follows the series’ tradition and comes packed with an awesome 16 MP camera that captures pictures with a maximum resolution of 5321 x 2988 pixels and features optical image stabilization, among others. The camera application reveals a lot of options and features, settings for controlling the ISO, white balance, exposure compensation, effects, HDR, Panorama and more. As expected, the Note 5 is a capable performer and will produce some gorgeous pictures, with very accurate colors, great contrast and a high amount of resolved detail.
The video camera doesn’t fall behind and will provide you with some wonderful 2160p videos @30 fps.
For taking selfies or making video calls, the handset features a front-facing 5MP camera.

Some other things that might interest you that come aboard the Note 5 are a GPS receiver with A-GPS, GLONASS and Beidou support, Google Maps and Navigation for getting around, Google Chrome and the Android browser (which has been tweaked by Samsung) for surfing the web, S Health for monitoring your activities, Google Now as a personal assistant and S Voice too for voice commands, 100 GB of free cloud storage on OneDrive and much more.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is juiced up by a non-removable 3,000 mAh battery and will endure almost three days if used moderately.



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