It wasn’t long ago when Samsung unveiled the gorgeous yet powerful Galaxy Note5 at the IFA 2015 event in Berlin. The smartphone quickly became increasingly popular among Android and non-Android users across the globe. And thanks to Samsung UAE, we now have the opportunity to try out the Galaxy Note 5.
If you haven’t noticed, Samsung has given the metal treatment for almost all its 2015 based smartphones. However, the Galaxy Note 5 holds a smooth metal frame carefully cut. You will find the rear glass surface with its own dual-edge like the design. The smartphone is noticeably thinner and lighter than the previous Galaxy Note 4.
Samsung has placed the power button on the right side of the device, and the volume buttons on the upper left side. Meanwhile, the speaker, 3.5mm jack, Micro USB port, and S-Pen holder is found on the bottom of the device.
The new S-Pen now features an eject-like button that allows you to “Push and Pop” the pen, in and out of the dock easily. So no more do you need to struggle pulling out the pen. The smartphone also includes a fingerprint scanner, which is decent with respect to the time taken for recognizing your finger.
Samsung has implemented a beautiful 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, with images and text appearing very sharp thanks to the 2650 x 1440 resolution. I simply love the viewing angles of the Super AMOLED display. And watching movies on this thing is great on the go. However, the Note 5 does suffer a bit when it comes to outdoor visibility.
Inside the metal-glass clad lies the powerful 8-core Exynos 7420 processor (yes, the same processor that powers the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge), but joined by a bigger 4GB RAM. On the contrary, the Galaxy S6 only sports 3GB RAM. This easily allows users to multitask better with ease. Keep in mind that the Galaxy Note 5 doesn’t offer a MicroSD expansion slot to join the 32GB/64GB internal storage.
While the past Galaxy smartphones that had a bad reputation for its sluggish TouchWiz UI, the Galaxy Note 5’s TouchWiz joined with Android 5.1.1 OS is simply the smoothest TouchWiz version I’ve experienced in a Samsung device. There was very less bloatware included. Samsung has also included several S-Pen related features such as the capability to instantly start writing with no requirement to unlock the device.
Samsung flagship smartphones have been rated as the best mobile cameras on the market today. The Galaxy Note 5 features the same Sony 16MP sensor found in the Galaxy S6. And since the aperture is F/1.9 lens on both the front and rear, users can shoot great sharp images, even in low light. The front camera includes a 5MP image sensor.
The metal phablet holds a non-removable and massive 3000 mAh battery. The device was able to go on for almost a day, depending on the usage. I used to watch some YouTube, surf the internet, chat, and take some snaps with the camera- all with 50 to 70% brightness. The battery life can be extended with the help of low-power mode, while still maintaining a good performance. Low-power mode basically shuts down all unnecessary applications and features, with reducing the speed of the processor.
So, to conclude, the Galaxy Note 5 has already become my favorite phablet because of its premium build, the gorgeous display, snappy performance, and great front/rear cameras. However, the battery could have been improved, and the fingerprint scanner could be a bit faster. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 now costs at a starting price of AED 1890.