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5 reasons to buy the Galaxy Note 5

With the Galaxy Note 5 announcement mere hours away, we're feeling pretty confident we've already seen most of what there is to see. We're sure Samsung will have a few surprises up its sleeve, but we can already tell, based on the countless leaks, that the Galaxy Note 5 will be the phone to have in the last half of 2015. Here are the top five reasons to buy the Galaxy Note 5.

1. Android M release

The Galaxy Note 5 won't launch with the Android M release, which is scheduled sometime around October, but it will be one of the first devices to get the update.

With Google's new yearly strategy for major Android updates, the Galaxy Note 5 will be first in line to get Android M from Samsung and at the front of the pack for the Android N release late next year.

Samsung Galaxy S6 rear camera
The Galaxy Note 5 will undoubtedly have a class-leading camera. / © ANDROIDPIT

2. Best camera on Android

Samsung has proven itself time and again when it comes to packing its hardware with the best camera technology around. The Galaxy S6 surpassed the iPhone at the start of the year and we have no doubt the Galaxy Note 5 will up the ante once again.

We don't yet know if there will be any new camera features on board, but we're sure the Galaxy Note 5 camera will come with Optical Image Stabilization and some rock solid preset modes and video capabilities. Smartphone imaging is about to enter the next level and, based on past experience, the Note 5 is sure to be the device to take us there.

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Knowing that security updates are coming monthly is good news. / © ANDROIDPIT

3. Samsung's new approach to updates

In the wake of the Stagefright security scare, Samsung really stepped up to the plate and rapidly issued the fix for its flagship devices along with an assurance that older models would be patched in due course.

Samsung was also the first to announce monthly security updates for its devices, to ensure this kind of security breakdown is patched as quickly as possible in future. We're not saying that this means Samsung will look to provide more timely software updates for Android versions generally, but it's definitely a step in the right direction.

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The Galaxy Note 5 (left) and S6 edge+ (right) will use the tried and true Exynos 7420 CPU. / © Samsung, @evleaks

4. Rock solid specs

The Galaxy Note 5, as far as we know from the countless leaks, will be rocking Samsung's own Exynos 7420 CPU – the same processor used in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Many fans were no doubt hoping for the Exynos 7422 but at least we know what the Exynos 7420 can do.

Considering the numerous issues the Snapdragon 810 has caused this year, we're happy to know Samsung would prefer to stick with a solid chip than to release one that may not be ready for prime time just yet. Back that powerful chip up with 4 GB of RAM and you're looking at a serious powerhouse that we know will be reliable.

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We expect the Note 5 S Pen to be even better than the Note 4 (left) and Note 3 (right). / © ANDROIDPIT

5. The mighty S Pen

Who could forget the mighty S Pen? There's no denying that Samsung knows its way around a stylus, having invented the over-sized phone market with the original Note and having steadily improved its excellent S Pen features ever since.

The S Pen and Air Command menu are intuitive, increasingly responsive and Samsung is consistently adding new features and refining existing ones. There is no Note without the S Pen and we're sure the S Pen on the Note 5 will be the best it has ever been.

What are your thoughts on the Galaxy Note 5? Will you be buying one?

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  • CarlosP Aug 12, 2015

    How about this:

    5 Reasons NOT To Buy the Note 5 (especially if you have the Note 4):

    1. No MicroSD Support: for years we have had this, something that sets us apart from Iphone, taking it away will hurt you...
    2. No Battery Swap: another thing we have had for years, something we have always liked, being able to swap batteries will always be faster than the fastest charging technologies known to man, if we wanted phones with no microsd and battery swap, we'd buy Iphones...
    3. Same Screen as the Note 4: if you have the note 4 there will no improvement to the 5 screen, same ppi, virtually same screen size, same amazing 1440p sAMOLED...
    4. No IR Blaster: believe it or not, a lot of note users actually use this, and like the battery and microsd, we have had it for years, at least since the Note 2...getting us used to these features to then take it away is very illogical.
    5. Camera: this one is a bit iffy, but the Note 4 camera already has OIS, is already 16MP, and was rated as one of the best cameras on a handset when it came out...only beaten by the S6

    If the camera was not a good #5 reason, how about this:
    5 #2 Smaller battery: hello Samsung, the idea behind fusing the back of the phone is so you can put a LARGER battery in there, not a smaller one, why we going backwards? Note 4 is 3220mah, Note 3 is 3200mh, Note 2 is 3100mah, Note 1 is 2500mah...all the rumours about a 4100mah and you come out with a size slightly larger than the original Note THREE AND A HALF YEARS AGO....fml

  • kaye albe Aug 12, 2015

    No micro SD. No changeable battery. No Samsung Note 5.
    REALLY disappointing to get less than we're already using with our Note 4's. I'd give up a stylus before I'd give up changeable battery and memory & once I make that adjustment I can switch to a manufacturer without all the bloat as well. Why does Samsung think we all moved to their devices in the first place? Pretty sure I'd even go back to my Note 3 if something happened to my Note4. It had some features, important to me, that were dropped in the 4.

  • Tony Steg Aug 12, 2015

    What happened Samsung? From the devices you were putting out for a while there, it seemed you really took into account what your customers wanted.

    I started off with a galaxy s2, then went to s3 and then s4. When the note came out with the s-pen, I was very impressed with the level of functionality each succeeding year brought to the new notes that came out.

    From the open-source platform, to the SD card option in the removable battery, Samsung products in general seemed built around a community that wanted to customize them any way they wanted. This aspect at least was a good enough reason to justify the ever increasing prices every year a new one came out. In fact, Samsung products are the reason I became addicted to upgrading every year, because no doubt there was something even better just around the corner.

    Ever since KitKat was introduced, it seems things have been going downhill. On JellyBean with my note 3, I would get three days of normal usage before I had to recharge. Now on Lollipop, I can no longer use juice defender or any other battery saving app that is even remotely effective on my unrooted Note 4 . Excess bloatware, higher battery usage, glitchy OS upgrades, and very slow if any response from Samsung has given me cause to question whether or not Samsung products are worth their price tag anymore.

    So, (if in fact the rumors are true) here are my five reasons NOT to buy a note 5:
    1) No sd card support
    2) No removable battery
    3) 7420 over a 7422 processor
    4) 3000 mah battery? REALLY Samsung?! All this BS about SoC being the next generation, and so space saving in design? You couldn't fill in that extra space with more battery?
    5) Higher price. I don't care how cutting edge all this new technology is, if you take away the most important features (to many of us) I'm not paying top dollar for a device that is far less ergonomic than the previous four generations.

    Also, another point for those of you who are interested. Unlike Google, Apple, Motorola, and some other well known name brands out there, Samsung builds its future by conducting research into new technology, new materials, and new manufacturing techniques. To illustrate this point, Google the word GRAPHENE. This is truly next generation stuff. Discovered in 2004, this substance is only one atom thick. It is truly considered a two-dimensional construct, something that only existed theoretically up until 2004. Of all the companies out there, Samsung is the one conducting the most research and patenting the most uses for this new material. This is the building blocks for the technology that will truly be responsible for Ultra capacity fast charging batteries, flexible displays, nanotechnology the likes of which we have only seen in movies, and many other uses we have yet to find for it.

    When I read the article on this material over a year ago, most companies like Google, Apple, and others I have mentioned only held 20 or 30 patents on this material.

    Samsung held over 450 at the time, which means that when this new technology becomes available in the consumer market, all companies offering the benefits of this will have to go to Samsung since they hold a majority of the patents and have done a majority of the research on manufacturing and application.

    What have they been doing with all this technology in the meantime?

    xBr

  • Neil Lauinger Aug 12, 2015

    Carlos..you nailed it...those are the reason I am sticking with my Note 4 and will not be upgrading.

  • Rene Jagers Aug 12, 2015

    5 reasons not to buy the Note 5. I could add a few more, but for me the absence of a memory card is enough. Owned all the previous Notes, but will skip the Note 5. Goodbye Samsung..

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  • S Pen is the way of the future.
    Any phablet without S Pen is a dinosaur.
    I use it 99.9% ot the time.
    Wait and see instead of speculating.
    Give a chance to the runner instead of judging him before he made his first step.

    • OTACORB Aug 16, 2015 Link to comment

      I know so many people that have Note Phones that NEVER use the S-Pen, so I disagree. While I do think some use it, I would bet the bulk of Note users don't. If the S-Pen was so big, I think you'd see Apple, Microsoft, LG, HTC and all these folks adopting it. NOPE!

    • _Rel1c Aug 28, 2015 Link to comment

      I truly hate comments like yours. It's arrogant to think that the way you use a device should be suitable for everyone else and mock anything different. And you can't possibly be using the stylus "99.9%" of the time. That would mean the stylus would never leave the silo and that you hold in in your hand when making phone calls.

  • Jon Minay Aug 12, 2015 Link to comment

    Don't like.

  • BruinGuy Aug 12, 2015 Link to comment

    What makes the author think that Android M will be installed early. Last year was the same scenario but Lollipop wasn't installed until much later than other devices.

  • Just to be a maverick, here's my view.

    Back in the day I had large-screen Windows Mobile phones with removable batteries and SD slots. I wasted money on spare batteries that sat in a drawer gathering dust - do you guys carry your spare battery everywhere with you? I use this wonderful gadget called a charger every night.

    I sometimes carry an external battery that I can use to recharge any of my many devices if I'm going to be away from power for too long or doing very battery-intensive work. This is much more useful than a battery that I have to scrap when I change my phone or that is no use if my other devices start to die..

    Back in the day, onboard storage was essential, I used to fill my SD. Now there's been this wonderful invention - the cloud! I guess a card would be useful if you carry a lot of movies around with you, but I suspect I'm not the only one that doesn't do that. I don't need lots of onboard storage when there is a near infinite cloud out there - I've never once felt constrained by my Nexus 4. I've had it for too long not to want a change, but it works fine and never missed a spare battery or a memory card.

    What I have missed from my WIndows Mobile days is a pen (even the passive ones from those days). I've looked enviously at a Note for ages and lack of battery and SD won't be an issue for me! The latest most refined version of a highly productive device with smart pen support and side-by-side apps will do me fine. That sounds like the Note 5.

    Are you all sure that you are not just stuck in your old ways of thinking and unwilling to see that there are different ways to have a rich and successful mobile experience without swappable batteries and SD cards?

    • BruinGuy Aug 12, 2015 Link to comment

      My spare battery for my Note 4 is always in my pocket. I've only used it about a dozen times in the last 10 months but I'm grateful I had it. The spare battery gives me peace of mind. I don't ever think about battery usage. Never. It just eliminates any worry. If a spare battery isn't available then I have to keep battery usage on my mind. Think of the spare battery in the same scenario as unlimited data. I never think about data either.

    • Lol I can point out every argument you have and dismiss them but I'm exhausted, charge every night? Cloud? Lol try streaming a 1080p br rip

  • Love my note 3. Will have to wait and see the note 5 if its no more than the note 4 minus removable and sd ill get the note 4

    • Get the 4 bro you will not regret it, it's fast as shit, OiS 16mp, all the stuff they took out of the 5 like micro sd, and it has the same amazing screen as the 5, 1440p sAMOLED 515 ppi, im keeping mine

  • My five reasons to NOT to buy a note 5:
    1) No sd card support
    2) No removable battery
    3) 7420 over a 7422 processor
    4) 3000 mah battery
    5) Screen size same as note 4

    Had been waiting for note 5 all year. Very disappointed.

  • I keep seeing the argument that I'm a minority with the need for removable batteries and sd storage. Ok well then I have to adapt to a new dev, in the future ,fortunately for now I have a great device with a Montblanc cover and starwalker e pen ,expansion of storage and battery interchange in my note 4. No big s6 with a s-pen for me .

  • 5 reasons not to buy the Note 5. I could add a few more, but for me the absence of a memory card is enough. Owned all the previous Notes, but will skip the Note 5. Goodbye Samsung..

  • RobertH Aug 12, 2015 Link to comment

    On a daily basis, I value front facing speakers, upgradable battery, an SD card and water resistance far more than an s-pen. I can't wait to dump my Note 3 for the Moto X Pure (or perhaps the LG Pro?). Call me Samesung if you ever stop copying crApple and do a Note 5 Classic version.

  • Tony Steg Aug 12, 2015 Link to comment

    What happened Samsung? From the devices you were putting out for a while there, it seemed you really took into account what your customers wanted.

    I started off with a galaxy s2, then went to s3 and then s4. When the note came out with the s-pen, I was very impressed with the level of functionality each succeeding year brought to the new notes that came out.

    From the open-source platform, to the SD card option in the removable battery, Samsung products in general seemed built around a community that wanted to customize them any way they wanted. This aspect at least was a good enough reason to justify the ever increasing prices every year a new one came out. In fact, Samsung products are the reason I became addicted to upgrading every year, because no doubt there was something even better just around the corner.

    Ever since KitKat was introduced, it seems things have been going downhill. On JellyBean with my note 3, I would get three days of normal usage before I had to recharge. Now on Lollipop, I can no longer use juice defender or any other battery saving app that is even remotely effective on my unrooted Note 4 . Excess bloatware, higher battery usage, glitchy OS upgrades, and very slow if any response from Samsung has given me cause to question whether or not Samsung products are worth their price tag anymore.

    So, (if in fact the rumors are true) here are my five reasons NOT to buy a note 5:
    1) No sd card support
    2) No removable battery
    3) 7420 over a 7422 processor
    4) 3000 mah battery? REALLY Samsung?! All this BS about SoC being the next generation, and so space saving in design? You couldn't fill in that extra space with more battery?
    5) Higher price. I don't care how cutting edge all this new technology is, if you take away the most important features (to many of us) I'm not paying top dollar for a device that is far less ergonomic than the previous four generations.

    Also, another point for those of you who are interested. Unlike Google, Apple, Motorola, and some other well known name brands out there, Samsung builds its future by conducting research into new technology, new materials, and new manufacturing techniques. To illustrate this point, Google the word GRAPHENE. This is truly next generation stuff. Discovered in 2004, this substance is only one atom thick. It is truly considered a two-dimensional construct, something that only existed theoretically up until 2004. Of all the companies out there, Samsung is the one conducting the most research and patenting the most uses for this new material. This is the building blocks for the technology that will truly be responsible for Ultra capacity fast charging batteries, flexible displays, nanotechnology the likes of which we have only seen in movies, and many other uses we have yet to find for it.

    When I read the article on this material over a year ago, most companies like Google, Apple, and others I have mentioned only held 20 or 30 patents on this material.

    Samsung held over 450 at the time, which means that when this new technology becomes available in the consumer market, all companies offering the benefits of this will have to go to Samsung since they hold a majority of the patents and have done a majority of the research on manufacturing and application.

    What have they been doing with all this technology in the meantime?

    xBr

  • I will be ready to purchase both the Galaxy Note 5 and S6Edge+ adding it to my Galaxy Note4,NoteEdge, and S6 as well as my GearS. At the end of the day nothing beats Samsung or the Galaxy Note products they are android and technology nothing else matters.

  • Soldier46 Aug 12, 2015 Link to comment

    They lost me at No Sd card. Will upgrade to the LG G4 Pro when it comes out in October, with better specs than this and a micro sd card.

  • Not for the price which is sure to be $1000.00 or close...too much for a device that will be outdated in a couple years

  • Tyler Aug 12, 2015 Link to comment

    I have the Note 4 right now and I feel like I was one of the last 2014 devices to get android L. The s5 got it before I did and so did most of the phones from other manufacturers so I dont really see what you are basing point one on. Why would the Note 5 be one of the first to get M when the Note 4 was one of the last to get L?

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