Updated: Hands-on with Samsung Galaxy Note 5

We saw all the pictures and lusted after all the specs and colours and then went and had our hopes dashed when Samsung announced that the Note 5 will not be coming to the UK.

But it was today at IFA in Berlin that we finally came across the mythical beast and managed to spend some time with it. 

Look and feel

Samsung have really gotten all aboard the curved form factor for their latest phones. Even though the screen doesnt slope down the edges of the phone, the back curves up to hug the screen on both sides.

The metallic gold on the back is the best we have seen in class and it obviously is very pricey but you can tell by just picking it up and turning it around.

Super slim with a 5.7-inch display, the all metal and glass superphone measures 153 by 76 by 7.6mmand weighs a feathery 171 grams. The layout of buttons is identical to that on the Galaxy S6 range and in our humble opinion, the Note 5 triumphs over Apple's iPhone 6 range.

As I had earlier reported in my review of the Samsung Galaxy S6, the power button is very easily pressed and again during my time with the Note 5, I realised it is too soft and will switch the screen on in my bag unless I take super extra care for it not to happen.

Screen, display and resolution:

Super AMOLED screen on the Samsung Note 5 is a joy to behold. It packs 2,560x1,440 pixels which translate to 518 pixels per inch, easily the best in business at the moment. We watched as many YouTube videos as we possibly could without the ushers thinking we were taking the mick and it was all delivered in sharp and crisp detail.

S Pen

Still gorgeous and making easy work of manouevring a phone this size, the pen is exactly like the previous iterations. Samsung have said that the polycarbonate plastic number is more intuitive and easier to use than the ones earlier.

Just remember to insert the pen carefully back into the slot otherwise there have been reports of pens getting stuck irreversably deep inside the phone.

The S Note app auto saves your scribbles and doodles and the pen measures 111 by 5.3 by 3.6mm.


Added apps and specs but the rear camera still clocks 16-MP and the front-facing one is 8-MP one.

Early Verdict

The Note 4 was the best phablet when it launched and Samsung's Note 5 is on track to be the best device for work and play for those who dont mind spending extra for the extra va-va-vroom their device comes with. 

Consumers need bigger screens for work, streaming and taking selfies and Samsung has managed to tick all the boxes on the wishlist for most of them at first sight.

In terms of pricing, the Black Sapphire and While Pearl models of the Galaxy Note 5 are retailing in the United States for £459 for the 32GB variants and for £525 for the 64GB variants.

Now, can we please have the Note 5 come to the UK?

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