Samsung's pen-toting Galaxy Note series has never been for everyone, and still isn't, but the latest iteration, the Note 5, might just be refined enough to change a few minds. Though the fifth-generation version has a large 5.7-inch, QHD screen, it's actually the smallest Note to date and, not surprisingly, the most comfortable to hold. Under the hood, it brings enough software tweaks that the S Pen feels less like a gimmick than it used to. Even if you never use the pen, though, you'll enjoy the excellent camera, fast performance, brilliant screen and long battery life. Hopefully, you can see why we scored it 91 out of 100, though for some folks, the lack of expandable storage and a 128GB storage option will be dealbreakers. That's the gist of the abridged mini review video we have for you today, but if you have time, head on over to our full review for a much deeper dive.
- Amazing screen
- Top-tier performance
- Much-improved S Pen experience
- Great camera
- Grabbing the S Pen takes an extra step
- Some will miss the microSD slot
- Far pricier than similar phones
Samsung's Galaxy Note series has never been for everyone, but the Note 5 just might change some minds. It's the smallest, most comfortable version of the phablet to date, and thoughtful software tweaks make the S Pen feel way less gimmicky. A great screen and first-rate performance are icing on the proverbial cake, but some people will still feel burned by the lack of expandable memory, a bigger 128GB option or a removable battery.
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