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Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

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91 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
91

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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Pros
  • Amazing screen
  • Top-tier performance
  • Much-improved S Pen experience
  • Greatcamera
Cons
  • Grabbing the S Pen takes an extra step
  • Some will miss the microSD slot
  • Far pricier than similar phones
91 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
91

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

91
 

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Score Breakdown

 
89
Average Critic Score
 
90
Engadget
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.
 
90
Gizmodo
Make no mistake, this is the best Android smartphone out there—just maybe not at the best price.
 
90
CNET
Samsung'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.
 
90
IGN
Despite some missing features, Samsung's fast and well-designed Galaxy Note 5 is still the big phone to beat.
 
90
Computerworld
If 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.
 
90
Android Central
The 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.
 
90
The Verge
I 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.
 
80
Wired
If 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.
 
90
SlashGear
The great camera, solid battery life, and incredible display only gild the Note 5's core talents.
 
90
Gizmag
The 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.

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