Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review & User Ratings

According to CNET, “Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is the smoothest, sleekest, stylus-equipped jumbo-screen smartphone that the company has ever made.”

It is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which is one of the best phones of 2014.

With its 5.7-inch screen & 16 megapixels rear camera, the Note 5 is arguably one of the best phablets in the market.

So, Why should you Get The Note 5?


The Note 5, though beautiful, cannot escape being compared with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. They share nearly identical specs and looks, and can mainly be distinctively separated by the latter’s double curved-edge screen.

In comparison with the Note 4, a glass sheet infused into the metal frame has replaced faux leather back that was made of plastic (A premium Metal & glass construction). Unfortunately, the back is no longer removable.

With a weight of 171 grams, it’s 5g lighter than the Note 4. The phone’s metal body is also 153.20 mm high, 76.10 mm wide, and has a depth of 7.60 mm.

The headphone jack has also moved to the bottom of the phone alongside the micro USB charging port and single-speaker.

We also noticed that you no longer have to dig your finger to remove the S-pen, you simply press the top of the stylus in and it’ll pop out thanks to the spring-loaded mechanism.

On the flipside, you’ll find the 16-megapixel-camera lens, flash and heart rate sensor just like in the Note 4.


The screen has a resolution of 2,560 pixels by 1,440 pixels, with a pixel density of 518 PPI. In essence, the Note 5’s display is about twice as sharp as most other smartphones you can buy in the market.

We also found the screen size useful while watching videos & playing games.


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New S Pen stylus

There can’t be a note without a stylus and the Note 5 proves that over and over again. The stylus acts as your writing implement, pointer, and navigational tool. Samsung argues that the pen is more sensitive and fluid, but that’s left for users to review. There are also some less obvious changes that help make the S Pen feel smoother in practice. e.g. The S Note automatically saves your progress from time to time, so your latest work of art won’t accidentally disappear.

Battery Life

The Note 5’s battery cannot be swapped like in the iPhone, but there isn’t much to fear about battery life. It has an advertised talk time of 21 hrs. However, battery life is dependent on usage & some customers have reported 18hrs of average daily usage with a 10-15% reserve.


With 4 GB of RAM, an octa-core Samsung Exynos Octa 7420 and a 2.1 GHZ processor, Samsung has got you covered. When it comes to games, and graphically rich apps, you can trust the Note 5 to run smoothly for hours. Samsung’s 14nm Exynos processors are delivering on their promises of greater horsepower, but we’ll see how this package fares over time.

Below is a summary of the phones features:

LAUNCHAnnounced2015, August
StatusAvailable. Released 2015, August
BODYDimensions153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm (6.03 x 3.00 x 0.30 in)
Weight171 g (6.03 oz)
 – S Pen stylus
DISPLAYTypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size5.7 inches (~75.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1440 x 2560 pixels (~518 PPI pixel density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4
PLATFORMOSAndroid OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
ChipsetExynos 7420
CPUQuad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57
MEMORYCard slotNo
Internal32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERAPrimary16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash
Features1/2.6′ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR
Video2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, optical stabilization, dual-video rec.
Secondary5 MP
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackYes
COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetoothv4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
USBmicroUSB v2.0, USB Host
FEATURESSensorsFingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
 – Wireless charging (Qi/PMA) – market dependent
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– Active noise cancelation with dedicated mic
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
Talk time21 hrs
MISCColorsBlack Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titan, White Pearl
SAR US1.53 W/kg (head)     1.28 W/kg (body)
SAR EU0.45 W/kg (head)     0.58 W/kg (body)
Price group8.5/10
TESTSPerformanceBasemark OS II: 1852 / Basemark X: 26281
DisplayContrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.090 (sunlight)
CameraPhoto / Video
LoudspeakerVoice 65dB / Noise 64dB / Ring 73dB
Audio qualityNoise -93.6dB / Crosstalk -94.7dB
Battery lifeEndurance rating 85h


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Should You Trust Or Run?

The note 4 was arguably one of the best phones of its era and it has been succeeded by the premium build Note 5. Compared to other Samsung flagships, the Note 5 is a powerhouse and a utility engine for everyone who needs take quick notes. The Note still can’t completely mimic the feel of pen and paper, but it’s getting closer than you might expect.

Let’s not forget about the absence of a replaceable battery and memory card slot, which has invariably pissed some users. As long as you can live without those two features, the Note 5 is still worth your upgrade.

And this smartphone is probably the best phone Samsung has ever made.

Verdict: Trust!

So, what is your opinion?