The Note 5 comes with a premium feel, with a stylish glass back design.
The specs are awesome, and the camera quality is stunning. The S Pen is very handy, and the screen is huge.
It comes in the same shape as its predecessor, the Note 4, but has a different construction. The glass and metal fusion makes it look anything but cheap. It has dimensions of 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm and weighs a mere 171 grams. The footprint is smaller, and the back is now curved, making it easy to hold.
The display is excellent with a quad HD pixel resolution of 2560 x 1440 and 518 ppi. The Super AMOLED tech used offers brightness and accuracy.
The S Pen returns with more tricks, by sliding out of the frame after you click it in. If you enable the Screen Off, Memo in the settings, you can use the S Pen to jot down thoughts and everything is saved in the S Notes.
The Note 5 comes with Android 5.1.1, so it has the latest OS from Google. You can view the lockscreen notifications along with the Do Not Disturb version of Samsung. TouchWiz has been refined and is quite good though there are many apps that are quite useless.
It is easy to load or offload files onto a tablet, a desktop or a Mac with the SideSync application, which is an improvement on the File Transfer application from Android. It is very important, as there is no microSD card on the device. The phone also comes with some pre-installed apps like S Planner, S Voice, and Email, though you can use Chrome, Calendar, and Google Now and so on.
The Note 5 sports a 16 MP rear camera with a f/1.9 aperture. Colors and accuracy are good, and it is capable of handling low light conditions well. There is a front camera of 5 MP for wider selfies, with f/1.9 aperture, but it is not too good in low light conditions. However, the Beauty mode can add to the photos and make the result better. You can shoot 4K videos at 30 fps and also 1080 pixels videos at 60 fps, with the footage being excellent in both the resolutions.
The phone is quite expensive, and there is no option for expanding the storage with the help of a microSD card. Also, the battery is not removable
You will need to two hands to handle the phone and, of course, a lot of cash as it is pretty expensive. However, it is one of the best Android phones with a large screen and a stylus. The camera is excellent, and the specifications are recorded breaking. The processor is fast, and the design and construction are solid, with the glass and metal combination. It is a big change from the Note 4, which came in textured plastic. However, the high-end specs come at a price. The price is competitive at $250 with a contract and at $696 retail price.