As great as it may be, the Galaxy Note 5 does have one serious design issue that can break one of the most significant new features of the new handset. Sure, it takes a lot of bad luck or ignorance to put the Galaxy Note 5’s S Pen in its slot backwards, but it’s also a design flaw from Samsung, as some accidents are bound to happen. Just imagine children playing with the phablet and the clicky stylus — as soon as they put it back in the wrong way, the auto-detection features of the S Pen are toast. More →
The Galaxy Note 5 is an amazing new Samsung handset. The Korean giant applied the same design recipe it used successfully on the Galaxy S6 to create its best phablet so far. However, the phone does appear to have one unexpected critical flaw that can damage the device: Inserted the wrong way, the device’s S-Pen can permanently ruin the smartphone, as a new video reveals. More →
When it comes to making world-class smartphone cameras, the real battle normally boils down to Apple and Samsung. PhoneArena last week had its readers participate in a blind camera comparison between the Galaxy Note 5, the iPhone 6 Plus, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and last year’s Galaxy Note 4. It turns out that the Galaxy Note 5 doesn’t just take the best pictures of any previous Galaxy Note handset, but it takes the best pictures of any other smartphone on the market today. More →
The final version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be released in the coming months and we expect the newest Nexus devices will be the first ones to receive it. Meanwhile, Android device makers will take their time updating to Google’s latest and best mobile operating system, and a new report indicates that Samsung will deliver Android 6.0 builds for its flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 handsets only early next year. More →
Even before Samsung the Galaxy Note 5 became official, rumors suggested the phone would lack a microSD slot and a removable battery, which are two features many hardcore Android fans consider essential. Samsung confirmed all that during the event a few days ago and then further annoyed some buyers by not even launching 128GB versions of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. However, there’s one gadget currently raising funds on Kickstarter that might fix all of the phone’s major issues. More →
Twice a year each and every year, just like clockwork, smartphone reviewers like myself used to look forward to finding new ways to phrase the same exact complaint. The [INSERT NEW GALAXY S OR NOTE MODEL NAME HERE] is a great phone with a stunning display, but the plasticky case looks bland and feels cheap. Users had the same complaint as well, of course. Can you imagine paying $640 for a phone made out of plastic that’s this thin and cheap feeling?
But Samsung’s sales kept climbing higher and higher… until they didn’t.
Following several consecutive quarters of declining sales, Samsung finally decided to step up its game. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge were the first Samsung phones ever to be constructed out of premium materials to match their premium price tags. But in the new flagship phones’ launch quarter, Samsung’s operating profit in its mobile division plummeted 38%.
The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge simply don’t have what it takes to compete with Apple’s iPhone 6. Now, it’s time to see if the exact same strategy will fare any better against the upcoming new iPhone 6s Plus.
Meet Samsung’s new flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 5. More →
You’d better be sitting down for this, but the Galaxy Note 5 isn’t drop-proof either – no phone is. The glass-and-metal Galaxy Note 5 looks a lot better than any of its predecessors, and the smartphone is supposed to be even more durable than any of them. But if you drop Samsung’s newest flagship from various heights on a hard surface it won’t be able to survive without getting at least some glass damage. More →
Most things are subjective when it comes to comparing smartphones, and people rarely agree when it comes to “the best” this and “the best” that. In a few rare cases, however, the majority of smartphone fans out there actually come to an agreement. Such is the case with the shared title of “best camera phone in the world,” which most people agree was shared by the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy note 4 in 2014.
Now, the guard is changing and it’s time to see if these two companies can make the world’s top camera phones even better. More →
Last week, Samsung took the stage in New York to officially unveil the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ phablets, once again boosting its lineup of flagship devices. As we stated in our hands-on previews for both devices, Samsung has once again built two incredibly functional and stylish phones, but we’re not sure if that’ll be enough to bring consumers out in droves.
Samsung is just as concerned about the sales of its mobile devices as we are, so in order to try and sway potential upgraders, the company has released a series of hands-on videos featuring both of the new phones. More →
Last week, we noted that many Android fans were already complaining about the just-announced Galaxy Note 5. One of their biggest complaints was that the Note 5 had a 3,000mAh battery, which was actually smaller than the 3,220mAh battery that came with the Galaxy Note 4. While we found this criticism reasonable at the time, it’s also the case that specs sheets don’t tell us everything and it turns out the Note 5 might actually deliver stronger battery performance than its predecessors. More →
Samsung has a great new design for its flagship smartphones, one that makes extensive use of metal and glass. The three Galaxy S6 models and the Galaxy Note 5 all feature a similar design, proving that Samsung can make beautiful phones that buyers would appreciate. However, Samsung also had to cut some corners to make its best devices look so good and that includes removing some features some Android users desperately want. More →
For the remainder of 2015, Android fans preparing to upgrade will have plenty of devices to choose from, but two of the latest phones stand out in the crowd: the Galaxy Note 5 and the OnePlus 2. One is a phablet from the most popular Android phone maker in the world and the other comes from an independent company making waves in the industry.
So how do the two phones stack up against one another? More →