Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung's Galaxy Note series has never been for everyone, but the Note 5 just might change some minds. It's the smallest, most comfortable version of the phablet to date, and thoughtful software tweaks make the S Pen feel way less gimmicky. A great screen and first-rate performance are icing on the proverbial cake, but some people will still feel burned by the lack of expandable memory, a bigger 128GB option or a removable battery.
- Amazing screen
- Top-tier performance
- Much-improved S Pen experience
- Grabbing the S Pen takes an extra step
- Some will miss the microSD slot
- Far pricier than similar phones
- Critic Reviews (10)
- User Reviews (7)
- 89AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsWired80Review: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5If money’s no object, though, get the big phones. Yeah, they’re just bigger. That’s the whole point. And big phones are awesome—just don’t call them phablets.Computerworld90Galaxy Note 5 review: A big phone finally grows upIf you don't mind the cost, though, the Galaxy Note 5 is a standout smartphone you're sure to enjoy. It's Samsung's best effort to date and a device that's not quite like anything else out there.Gizmodo90Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review: The Best Android PhoMake no mistake, this is the best Android smartphone out there—just maybe not at the best price.Engadget90Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review: the best big phone jA great screen and first-rate performance are icing on the proverbial cake, but some people will still feel burned by the lack of expandable memory, a bigger 128GB option or a removable battery.CNET90Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review: Top-end specs and stSamsung's Galaxy Note 5 is excellent overall, and the only phone to buy if you want to write by hand. However, you'll pay a huge premium for a modest upgrade from last year's model, and less pricey competitors will satisfy many.SlashGear90Samsung Galaxy Note 5 ReviewThe great camera, solid battery life, and incredible display only gild the Note 5's core talents.IGN90TWO STEPS FORWARD, ONE STEP BACKDespite some missing features, Samsung's fast and well-designed Galaxy Note 5 is still the big phone to beat.Gizmag90Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review: Head of its classThe fifth Galaxy Note is a powerhouse mobile device that builds on the vision Samsung started in 2011. High-end specs and terrific performance, along with best-in-class display and camera. All married to those unique pen-based features.Android Central90Samsung Galaxy Note 5 reviewThe only potential stumbling block is the price — and if you're as smitten with the Note 5 as I am, chances are you may find a way to make it work for your wallet in order to have such a great phone in your hand.The Verge90Samsung Galaxy Note 5 reviewI really love this Note 5, but I can’t shake the feeling that I miss the old, unfettered excessiveness of the old Note. It’s just a little less Note-like than before. The Note used to be something like a computer mainframe in your pocket; now it’s just a really great phone.
- 90AVERAGE USER SCORE7 ReviewsEngadget Reader100February 4, 2016Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 18, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I do not understand everyone's obsession with SD card support? What is the benefit? Please someone help me understand... I mean you need as much space on your device for Apps, Pictures & maybe a Video or 2, but beyond that? 32gb I would think should cover this? Music? Google music does take up any space and if Data is the issue, you can make offline playlists? So... Movies? PLEX! again takes up no space. So why do we need SD cards? Google drive to transfer to a computer, or Comp to phone? 128gb for what? SD card for what? Plus the fact that if your Device were lost, or Stolen whatever is on your "SD card" or ridiculous internal storage "128gb" is gone forever. I mean aren't SD cards a little outdated? I'm not complaining that my Computer doesn't support a Floppy drive. Let's all move on. The GN5 is an amazing phone, definitely Samsung's best to date. I'm assuming the S6 is pretty close to the same. Samsung has really stepped up it's game & finally toned down TouchWhiz. I think it's definitely a huge improvement. I love the Themes, they are different than I expected (in a good way) by not only changing the Desktop & app drawer, but the entire UI of the phone Dialer, Text, system, everything! Great move Samsung. My only complaint is "BLOATWARE" and it does not come in Black? What? Really? Blue, Gold or White? I am a long time Nexus user & it was very hard for me to go back to a non-Nexus experience, but the 5X & 6P were not for me & my LG Nexus 5 (2013) was starting to show it's age. I think I made a good decision. Coming from a Nexus 5 & Moto X I haven't used a SD card, or removed a battery in years, so this wasn't an issue for me, but I guess there are still people that need those things? If you are one of them, this phone probably isn't for you.Engadget Reader90September 30, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It's the best android device you can buy right now, easily. But personally, not my favorite. Why? The TouchWiz UI, as muted as it has become, still rubs me the wrong way. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Dp9azWLaDsZj5RqmCuDPyPlF5gIxjDYcmrFG_34YsdE/edit?usp=sharingEngadget Reader100September 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I definitely prefer the larger device and this one ticks so many boxes. Fantastic build quality, feels great in the hand. Decent battery, amazing screen and one of the best camera's you'll find on an Android.Engadget Reader90August 31, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80August 23, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Phone performs excellent! Very snappy and I can run a lot of apps before it starts showing signs of stutter. Battery performs about the same as my iPhone did (when it was on and being used, in comparison the Galaxy S6 drains twice as fast as either the Note 5 or the iPhone 6).S Pen is a lot of fun and this particular time around I can hold it properly and use it to write. Last I tried on my Note 3 back in the day, it was a nightmare as I wasn't able to balance it properly at all. This iteration is excellent.Anything else worth mentioning I made notes for on the device ratings.While I hoped for longer battery life than the iPhone 6, its a great device and its just enjoyable to use, I'd recommend it to anyone that wanted a larger phone and has any use for the S Pen.Adityan80August 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget