The Galaxy Note 5 is Samsung's large high-end phone from 2015. Like the Galaxy S6 before it, it uses Samsung's new glass and metal build. Unfortunately, this means that it doesn't have a SD card slot or removable battery. The S-pen paired with multi-window mode makes this the most productive phone around.
Note: this is a device from last generation. However, as Samsung canceled this year's Note phone, it could still be considered a top option - and is by far the best stylus-enabled phone available to this day
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Pro Excellent display
The 5.7" Amoled display with its 1440p resolution looks stunning. Blacks are truly black, colors are extremely vivid, and viewing angles are great as always.
Pro Great build
Samsung has updated the build materials to look and feel very premium. The rear glass is curved so it's more comfortable to hold (which is important for a big phone), and the metal band on the sides help give the phone feel like it costs as much as it does.
Pro Good performance
The Exynos 7420 is a powerful processor, as dhown by the following benchmarks; AnTuTu scored 56852, AndroBench 3 scored 385.39 MB/s for sequential read, and in Epic Citadel it averaged 48.2 fps on ultra high quality. These scores place it at the very top of the processing charts, and very high (but not leading) the gaming scores.
Pro TouchWizz features
Samsung offer an incredible degree of customisability within TouchWizz (which has a far lighter "touch" to it compared to previous iterations.
Pro S-Pen Support
The usual Note feature of an S-Pen is included in it's best form to date (excluding the Note 7.. of course).
Pro Solid battery life
The Note 5 has really good battery life, and will last even heavy users a full day. In the odd scenario where you do need to charge it quickly, you can as it supports QuickCharge.
The Note 5 only drops 14% battery when playing a 90 minute looped video, and GSMArena rates the battery at 85h which is a solid score (for reference, 60h is considered around average).
Pro Great camera
The camera launches extremely quickly, and takes very good pictures as well. The focus time is low, and it has OIS which really helps with low-light photography.
You can also manually change settings such as ISO, white balance, and aperture.
Pro Multi-window support
Tap and hold the recent apps button to enter multi-window mode. This allows you to have two apps running on the phone at once (similar to Windows' snap-to-the-edges feature). Only specific apps are supported, but Samsung has a decent variety.
You can also minimize apps into a little bubble. Again, only certain apps are supported but Chrome and the calculator are two examples.
Con No external memory support
Note 5 does not support external memory like Note 4, more over , battery is also not removable.
Con Painfully slow Android updates
Samsung take way to (unacceptably) long to pass on Android updates.
Con Design is not that great
The phone is quite slippery to hold, the back glass cover is not dust-proof, and the audio jack is located at the bottom.
Con Missing connectivity
No IR Blaster (used to control TVs, air conditioners, or other appliences that use a remote control) or FM Radio