03 Oct Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Hands On
The latest Samsung Galaxy Note is out and it is a beauty. It is a great design, no more plastics, no more cheap look. It looks divine in that metal and glass encasing and finally spells debonair and class, as it should have done a while ago already. The new Samsung top smartphone is again featuring the cool S Pen stylus and this time that pen is greatly improved. One advice immediately, do not put it back the wrong way up, it will get stuck and you may ruin your device. Other than this little snag, the Note 5 is everything you might have hoped for.
The 5.7 inches Super AMOLED touchscreen is featuring a nice 76.8% screen-to-body ratio, which means that more than three fourths of the front is pure colourful screen joy, with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels at a 515 ppi pixel density. The display screen is crisp, very bright and contrast is bright enough to use this device by mid-day full sunlight head on. In direct comparison, there is almost nothing out there that can be compared to the display quality of the Note 5, except for the upcoming Sony Xperia Z5 with the 4K display.
As already announced, Samsung decided not to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 for any of their flagship devices, but the proprietary Exynos chipsets, in this case the Exynos 7420 octa-core with the Mali-T960MP8 GPU. Internal memory is unfortunately available only in 32GB and 64GB variants, no 128GB and no microSD card slot, but there is 4GB of RAM. The primary camera is the 16 MP model, similar to the one in Samsung Galaxy S6, if not exactly the same. The encased design does not allow for an easy opening of the device, therefore the integrated 3000 mAh Li-Ion battery is non-removable.
As you may think, the device is lightning fast. You can do anything you want with this device and it simply soars. It is perhaps one of the fastest smartphones out there, the touchscreen is instantly responsive and the input per S-Pen is much, much faster, almost instant. If you had a Note 2 or even the original Note, the difference is staggering. There is no other device that transfers S-Pen input this fast, at least not yet. This is actually still the main selling point of the whole Samsung Galaxy Note series – the S-Pen. Although the display is uncannily great and the smartphone is as fast as it goes nowadays, there are other phones out there that can provide approximately the same quality.
Other than that, Samsung has really toned down the bloatware, the TouchWiz is much more compact, usable and features S-Pen related gadgets and widgets that truly improve the experience. Other than that, it seems that Samsung is right now at a turning point, where they really need to come up with something new and different. If you already own a Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, or even Galaxy Note 4, there is no real reason for you to purchase this device. The differences are incremental and do not warrant a switch, particularly as the Note Edge is concerned. Additionally, the Edge has a microSD card slot and the battery is replaceable, a feature that is sadly missing in the Note 5.