Samsung is considered as one of the elite group of producers of new technological gadgets and devices. It’s nothing new to find out that they are coming up with new and improved products each year. So, it is no surprise to see the numerous models of Smartphone they create. One of their marquee model series is the Samsung Galaxy Note series. But the question here is ” Is Samsung Galaxy Note 5 worth buying? ” Is it worth your hard-earned cash? Let’s find out!
The Samsung Galaxy Note series introduced a unique hybrid of a phone and a tablet. It allowed users to use pen computing and made it easier to take notes and multitask. This series of smartphone proved to be a marketing success for Samsung and thus led to more sequels of the first model. This brings us to the latest and current model in the market i.e the Galaxy Note 5. The Galaxy Note 5 was announced on 13 August 2015. The primary features of this phone are:
- Processor: Samsung Exynos 7420 octa-core 64-bit
- Display: 5.7 inch Super AMOLED at 2560×1440 pixels resolution
- Operating system: Android 5.1.1
- RAM: 4GB
- Wireless connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, ANT+, NFC, GPS, MST
- Storage: 64GB UFS 2.0 internal
- Cameras: Rear 16 megapixel with f/1.9 aperture and 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Battery: 3000 mAh non-removable with fast charging and fast wireless charging technology
- Dimensions: 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm and 171 grams
The display seems to be stunning and the processor a very fast and efficient one. Wireless charging is a very handy feature for any phone and Note 5 consists of it. Note 5 has an undeterred storage of 32 or 64 GB. There is a new feature for the S-pen, in order to remove it you simply press down on the top of the pen and then pull it out.
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The phone comes with a handful of the firm’s own applications, including S Note and S Health, and also sees a bundle of Microsoft apps in the handset, including PowerPoint, Word and Skype.
There’s a 16MP sensor with optical image stabilization on the rear of the handset, and a 5MP sensor on the front. In a bid to attract broad users, the Galaxy Note 5 also comes with a live broadcast feature, which lets you film video using the Smartphone’s camera and have it live-streamed straight to YouTube
The specifications seem quite attractive with fast wireless charging, a fast processor and a stunning display but there have been rumors of bugs and glitches in the new model. Note 5 seems to have a non-removable battery but that wouldn’t prove to be much of a problem unless the battery has some issues. The flaw seems to be that the S Pen in the Galaxy Note 5 suffers from a design flaw that could be encountered by some end users of the device, a flaw which could permanently break a feature of the phone.
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In the past models, when you attempt to insert the S pen into the slot in the wrong direction, there would be some resistance and the pen wouldn’t go in and you could insert it the right way.
But in the Note 5, if you mistakenly insert the pen in a wrong way, it seems to go all the way in and while attempting to get it out, there is a possibility of breaking the mechanism the device uses to find out whether the pen is attached to the phone or not.
Another issue users may have is the unavailability of usage of Sd-card. Samsung introduced a similar feature of their rivals (Apple) in the storage department; there is no more freedom of expanding the storage capacity of the phone. The Note 5 has a fixed storage of either 32 GB or 64 GB but I think that is rarely going to be a problem as 64 GB would prove to be more than enough storage for a person.
Talking about the price and availability of the phone, it has been available since august 21st 2015 but it isn’t currently available in most regions of the work. It seems fairly expensive but prices are predicted to drop with time. Samsung phones are known to drop prices quickly so it shouldn’t be a surprise if you can grab the Note 5 for as low as $500 in just 3 months from now!
In my opinion, looking at the features and specifications, if you already own a Galaxy Note 4 you are good where you are and it is not worth investing in the new one as it seems the Note 5 has some boosted features but most specifications are similar to the previous model. But if you really want to experience the new features and stunning visuals, and have the financial backing, Note 5 could prove to be a finely tuned device.
You can read more about the Galaxy Note here in GSMArena review of the Note 5.