The latest Samsung unpacked event was all about phablets, as the Korean announced two new 5.7-inch devices: Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. The S6 Edge + is Samsung’s third try to produce devices with the edge screen after the Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge, and the Galaxy Note 5 is the latest iteration of Samsung’s phablet series.

In this article we discuss 5 reasons to buy Galaxy Note 5 and 5 reasons not to buy this gorgeous device. Before getting to the Galaxy S5 Pros and Cons, let’s have a quick look at its specifications:

Galaxy Note 5 General Specifications:

  • 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm. 171 g
  • 5.7 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels, Super AMOLED
  • Exynos 7420 Chipset, 4GB of Ram, 32/64GB of internal storage
  • 16MP / 5MP Main and Front cameras, 2160p@30fps and 1080p@60fps video recording
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 3000 mAh battery (Non-removable)
  • Colors: Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titan, White Pearl

Now, let’s see what are the features which make Galaxy Note 5 worth the price tag (about 800 USD for the 32GB version)? And what are the lacking features which gets the Note 5 off the buying list? Note that if you think the screen size is just too big for you, then it’s better to skip this article.


5 Reasons to buy Galaxy Note 5 (Galaxy Note 5 Pros)

  1. The Design and Build Quality: Samsung finally realized how unpopular their design language is and announced the Galaxy S6 (and S6 edge) with a new design with high build quality. The Galaxy Note 5 is also following this new design and you finally fell a premium device when holding it.
  2. Improved S-Pen: Samsung believes that they are the only phablet producer who get the most of the phablet’s giant screens by packing them with different tools and features. S-Pen is the most distinguished feature of the Note series and no wonder Samsung put their best in to their handy stylus. The new release mechanism as well as the option to write notes on the screen while it is off, and a few more tweaks can be found on the new Galaxy Note 5.
  1. Fast Charging and Wireless Charging: Samsung claims that the Note 5’s 3000 mAh battery can be fully charged in 120 minutes if it’s being charged wirelessly. In other words, the Galaxy Note 5 is packed with fast wireless charging method.
  1. Powerful Camera: nowadays, the camera is a deciding feature on the smartphones specially the front camera to take selfies. The Galaxy Note 5 comes with the same camera module you find on the Galaxy S6, which is fast, high quality and honestly the best among other smartphones. Since we are talking about the camera, don’t forget abou t Live YouTube Streaming option on your Note 5.
  1. High Performance and Screen Quality: The last but not the least is about Galaxy Note 5 hardware features. The 64-bit octa-core chipset along with the 4GB of RAM and Android 5.1.1 lollipop guaranties a smooth user experience and a powerful gaming experience. On the other side, the QHD Super AMOLED display leaves no complaint about the screen quality and you’ll just love using your 5.7-inch phablet. In overall, Galaxy Note 5 is the best option you can think of, hardware specs wise.


5 Reasons Not to buy Galaxy Note 5 (Galaxy Note 5 Cons)


  1. No MicroSD Card Support: The Galaxy Note 5 lacks the feature to expand the memory by inserting a MircoSD card in to it. While the only 2 options are the 32GB and 64GB storage, if you are a music or movie lover and prefer to have your archive with yourself, you may have a serious storage problem if going for the Note 5.
  1. No Infra-Red Blaster: Samsung was the manufacturer who brought again the IR blaster to the phones and made us remember how useful this connectivity option can be, especially when you are looking for a universal remote control for your home digital appliances. Surprisingly the Galaxy Note 5 has ditched this IR feature, and there is nothing you can do about it.
  1. Non-Removable Battery: Samsung had to sacrifice for the new Galaxy Note 5’s new design and the battery was one of them, as you no longer are able to remove the battery and change it by yourself.
  1. The Battery Life is not Great: Battery life is always one of the main reasons to decide whether to buy a phone or not. The Galaxy Note 5 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery and many users believe it won’t last a whole day, under a heavy use. Since you don’t have the option to replace battery in case of emergency, it’s recommended to carry a power bank.
  2. No 128GB Storage Option: Since Galaxy Note 5 lack the microSD card support, it was nice to have a 128GB option. We can assume the 64GB version won’t be just enough for many users.


So, the decision is yours. Are the reasons to buy the Galaxy Note 5 overcome the reasons not to buy, or you are thinking of other options as your new smartphone?