Samsung has failed us on the Note 5.
I have been a Note user since the Note 2.
Every note has improved it's predecessor, although Note 3 and 4 seem very similar... but it's still an upgrade in hardware and features.
The Note 5 had so much taken out and only a few things added with design flaws. The only advantage I see is slightly better 64bit octo cpu, slightly more memory, wireless charging, and better front and rear cameras.
- 1) This issue with the S-Pen enclosure.
- 2) Sealed non-replaceable battery, I have to use a minimum 8000mah battery to get a about 20 hrs worth of usage the way I like to use my phone and data services. The limited internal battery will not last me too long. If you're going to do a sealed battery, at least make the phone water proof. We can already wireless charge with the right battery cover.
- 3) Limited Non-Expandable Storage, I add a 128gb UHC Class 10 Micro SDXC to my Notes... You left off the option to expand storage... seriously? To add insult to injury you only offer a 32 and 64gb model... wtf. You want me to use cloud storage? I already use 50-85gb/month on my data plan. My carrier doesn't really want me using more. I mean with the quality of videos these things can take, you can fill up your storage fairly quickly. I guess the limited battery tries to counter this. Using more uploads for cloud storage, reduced battery.
- 4) IR Blaster, I travel a lot and use my IR Blaster a lot. In order to use HDMI at hotels, or to present at work or lunch meetings... the ability to have a universal remote in your pocket is a must have. Not only that, I use my phone to control my fans, portable AC, etc. If anything, they could have improved on this technology so we had an IR record and learn function.
Overall the Note 5 is a downgrade to me, and I probably will not upgrade to it. Yes they upgraded some things, but the removal of vital functionality outweighs any benefit.