Here’s why I can’t put down the Galaxy Note 5

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Help – I can't put down the Galaxy Note 5. Samsung's phablet ticks a lot of boxes for what I want in a smartphone. To be more specific, I've got a page full of boxes and they're all ticked. This is mostly thanks to great hardware, plus some clever software tricks, too. Read on to find out why I can’t put the Galaxy Note 5 down.

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That camera

Samsung makes some of the best cameras you’ll find in any Android phone. I’m almost unable to find fault with the Note 5 camera and, compared with other flagships, it’s seriously hard to beat.  

Forget the 16 MP resolution and f/1.9 aperture for a second. Just forget it. The way the Note 5 shoots, the quality of its images and the ability it gives you to make a shot look great are – in the end – most important.

Its shallow depth of field allows for good separation of your subject and background. Hey, you can even use it for decent macro shots. Color reproduction is also rich and looks vibrant on different displays. Tracking autofocus is great and, coupled with optical image stabilization, shooting professional video is a real possibility with the Note 5.

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This is a serious bit of camera. / © ANDROIDPIT

That design

I’ve written about how good the design improvements from Samsung were in 2015. Better materials and an overall more premium look have raised the bar for the Galaxy series. The Note 5 is, in my opinion, in a close race with the Galaxy S6 Edge+ for best-looking Android phone.

It has curved edges on the back, which let you cradle it in your palm. The machined aluminum edges don’t dig into your fingers. The display has very thin bezels on each side and the content it shows is more pronounced. Overall, it’s just a glossy, glassy piece of hardware. Sort of jewel-like. This might not be to your liking, but I’d take that over plastic any day.

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Watching YouTube in QHD

If there is YouTube video content in 1,440p, one must watch it. And with the Note 5’s QHD display, this is something I’ve found particularly addictive. Not every YouTuber loads videos in 1,440p resolution or higher, but a lot do.

I normally watch videos in 1,080p resolution and love it. There is a lot of detail there. But watching the same videos on the Note 5, then switching over the QHD, shows how different the experience can be.

The detail and richness are on a different level with QHD videos. The textures of clothing, the wrinkles in skin, even the small details shown on displays in smartphone reviews – they’re all completely different in QHD. This is something the big, gorgeous Note 5 display does better than practically any other phone.

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Split-screen mode

The Note 5’s split screen mode isn’t useful in every situation, but when it is, it’s awesome. Whether it’s taking notes while reading an article in Chrome, or browsing for best prices while checking tech reviews, it’s a feature that works well on that 5.7-inch display.

This is even more apparent in a productivity context. If you use the Note 5 for work, like I do, you’ll find split-screen mode a treat. And the S-Pen is much better that what you might think, so long as you don’t use it like an extension of your finger.

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The Note 5 can be a productivity machine. / © ANDROIDPIT

Hard to put down

Overall, the Note 5 is a very fast phablet with the best of everything thrown at it. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s fast, looks good and has a ridiculously nice display. The only problem is that I just can’t put it down.

I’m still searching for a solution to this problem. If you have any advice for me, write in the comments or send a tweet. Or perhaps this is something only the Galaxy Note 6 can fix?

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  • Jaskulski Feb 7, 2017 Link to comment

    Finally a great article for the ones putting their vote for the Note 4. I know I didn't do that with the comparisons between the Note 5 and Note 7 :P
    All the cons of the Note 5 are fixable with a power case and an SD extender. The design-oriented customers have their influence too. I was thinking of going with a cheap case but instead, I ordered the I-blades modular case, adding battery life and 64 GB at the same time. In the spirit of Yawar, worth the money spend, I went with a quality choice, for which I don't fear will have the possibility of not working

  • Yawar Raja Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    Worth the money spent.

  • Yawar Raja Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    The best phone one can hav3.

  • Scott Foster Jan 27, 2016 Link to comment

    I do wish that this forum would take up the problem of the defective Note 5 Pen.

    No, I'm not talking about putting it in backwards.

    I'm talking about the blunt end with the spring-loaded end coming apart. Unfortunately, these two problems have become enter-twined in the many, many online comments (Try Google "defective samsung stylus s pen)."

    The shameful manner in which my carrier (T-Mobil) and Samsung are treating we consumers who want our defective pens replaced has caused me to begin to look around at something other than a Samsung phone (which I love save this problem) and another carrier than T-Mobil.

    Knowing the problem, T-Mobil is not stocking replacement pens even to purchase ($36) and Samsung is out of stock for the next 30 days. What does that tell you.

    No, this is a very quiet situation thus far. Samsung should remember what happened with one of the earlier defective Iphones which later became know as "Iphone gate." Once enough of we consumers become aware and are angered by a company's ignoring an obvious problem, it can (and should) cost them big bucks in the end. It's already being called "Galaxy Note 5 'Pengate" online.

    Please comment if you're also having this issue.

  • Theboss Wise-Gringo Jan 25, 2016 Link to comment

    I really love my Note 4, but honestly I don't see much reason to upgrade to to the Note 5, other than the upgraded fingerprint scanner. I do agree that the Note's are the best phones out there. I had a Note 2 before and I found it was still superior to the iPhone 6...

  • Hariyanto Sahabuddin Jan 24, 2016 Link to comment

    This is one of the best android phone, and I do agree with you. I wish I could have one

  • Tonia maitland Jan 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Sorry I can't help you on this one...I'm an Note 5 addict too 😊 love everything about this device!

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    Deactivated Account Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

    I agree with you & I also want to have one. For sure Samsung has worked so hard to be no.1. Without any doubt they have the best innovation and technology in the industry.

  • Parvind Chahal Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

    how mad u r just write down the article to tell u cant put down note 5.....

  • storm Jan 22, 2016 Link to comment

    The Note line are some of the best phones available. But the design on what should be a power user device went for lame style cues that limited the device rather than empowering the device. Not the right direction for the Note series of phones.

  • Eric Aiyidu Jan 22, 2016 Link to comment

    I am with you in this...great device!

  • Francesco V. Jan 22, 2016 Link to comment

    Well, if you can't put it down, then I assume you can't move too much, because that beast sucks its juice from a 3A battery ... Or is the power cable long enough? :-)

    • Heather Harris Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

      Lmbo how ironic, I'm laying in my bed after just plugging my charger into my 14% battery 😂 I have my note 4 power cord which is longer than the note 5...I guess,they knew they were building a cellular drunk!

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