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5 Reasons to Skip the Galaxy Note 5



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Cheaper Alternatives

Cheaper Alternatives

Last but not least, is the competition. Yes the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will be a great smartphone, arguably the best of the year. That said, it's missing everything we just mentioned yet will still cost well over $699 without a contract, $299 on contract or more, and be an expensive purchase no matter how you get one.

Read: Galaxy Note 5 vs Moto X 2015: What to Expect

The 5.7-inch 2015 Moto X Pure Edition offers the same 5.7-inch Quad-HD display, a powerful 6-core processor, a micro-SD slot, the same 3,000 mAh battery, is water-resistant, and highly customizable all for only $399. Yes the Galaxy Note 5 might be a slightly better phone, but twice as good, and for twice the dollars. We're not so sure.

The LG G4 has a micro-SD slot, a great camera and similar specs for under $600, the OnePlus 2 gives Samsung plenty of competition, and the Galaxy Note 4 will surely see price drops once the Galaxy Note 5 arrives. Making it the perfect time to snag a Galaxy Note 4 with a big battery and add a micro-SD slot and enjoy 150GB of storage while spending less money.

Everyone has different wants and needs, so it all comes down to you. All said and done I'll love the design, the improved fingerprint scanner and better camera. The Note 5 should feature fast wireless charging, but it's still missing a lot. We won't even mention USB Type-C, USB 3.0, and a few of those other things.

The Note 5 will be an amazing smartphone, I just wish there weren't so many sacrifices all for the sake of good looks and an aluminum design.

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  1. Jet

    08/10/2015 at 12:17 pm

    NEXUS DEVICES.. Learn from my experience and DON’T BUY A NEXUS DEVICE. Here is why….

    I bought a Nexus 5 a little more than 1 year ago. I updated my device with the latest update to Android 5.5.1 about 3 months ago. Now my phone crashes/shuts down every 5 minutes and it won’t successfully reboot until it is plugged it into a power source. And then it would go through an “app optimization” phase that would take 15 mins to complete before the phone would reboot. This makes the phone basically unusable and certainly not a mobile device. So one year after I spent $440 on my Nexus phone it is useless to me today. (By the way this is WIDESPREAD problem…More than 1,100 post todate on the Nexus 5 product forum regarding this issue ALONE….not to mention the thousands of other post regarding other issues users are having with the Nexus 5(.

    It was clearly a software problem as this problem started the day that I and many others upgraded to 5.1.1. Also this same problem has been reported on other Nexus devices (e.g., Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9) and even on the Moto X product line.

    So I contacted Google Support. The sad part is that Google Support has ABSOLUTELY no interest in diagnosing the problem or providing any support for this issue. Even though I could consistently reproduce the problem within 5 minutes of use. They just told me to call LG Support. When I asked them how LG Support would be able to fix a software issue…given that this was a vanilla version of Android running on my phone…they would just repeat the same statement (You will need to contact LG support) as if they were a robot. Not getting anywhere with Google support. I contacted LG support. I explained the problem to them. To which LG support said that sounds like a software issue and pointed me back to Google Support. I told them that Google Support had just told me to call LG Support….to which LG support said we are just the hardware manufacturer and we have no capability to fix a software issue”…remember this is “vanilla” Android.

    What I learned is that neither Google Support nor the hardware manufacturer will take ownership of a problem when you have one with a NEXUS device. And believe me if you look through the Google Product Forums for Nexus devices you will see that problems with the Nexus devices is very common. So while you think you might be getting a good deal by buying a Nexus device…believe me you are not. Again I spent $440 slightly more than 1 year ago and today i’m left with a phone that will only work if it is plugged into a power source. Not exactly what I bargained for when I purchased the phone. And believe me Nexus devices are no bargain. As a consumer I’m left holding the bag.

    I hold Google responsible for this situation. After multiple escalations with their Support team, it’s clear that they couldn’t care less….even though the problem is clearly a sofware issue. I offered to help them troublshoot the problem…send them my phone so they could diagnose the problme. They couldn’t be bothered. All I got was the same “robotic” responses. I’ve gotten more compasionate responses from an automated phone system.

    Anyway…. I wanted to take the time to warn all potential Nexus customers what you will be getting into if you purchase a Nexus device. #FingerPointingNightmare, #LeftHoldingTheBag, #NoSupport. I’m shocked that the news media hasn’t picked up on this issue (given how widespread the problem is with Nexus users). I’ve tweeted every major technical publication and so far little responses. Maybe their too busy..but to me this is important news. Google as really f’d up Android with the Lollipop release….like humpty dumpty can they put it back together. Given their indifference to Sev 1 problems…I seriously doubt it. They seem content to put their head back in the sand and ignore their long term customer base.

    If I save one person from experiencing the hell I’ve experienced with my Nexus phone, it will have been worth the time and effort I’ve put into trying to get resolution to the problem and the effort I’ve put in trying to bring this issue to light.

    Here is hoping that the media will pick up on this issue.


    • Cory Gunther

      08/10/2015 at 3:44 pm

      did u ever try a factory data reset?

      • Jet

        08/10/2015 at 6:24 pm

        Cory, thanks for the suggestion. I did…I wiped the cache and did a complete factory reset. This didn’t help my situation or anyone else with this problem. The only thing that has helped others is to downgrade to kitkat. Lollopop has been an unmitigated DISASTER.


  2. GOAT78

    08/10/2015 at 1:14 pm

    Great article. As a Note 4 owner, the only thing that could make me upgrade to a Note 5 is if the price drops substantially. After switching from the iPhone 4 to the Galaxy Note 2, I swore off Apple. I thought the Note series was always going to be my phone. I have upgraded every year and was impatiently awaiting the Note 5. Needless to say, my wait was met with huge disappointment. Yes, folks will argue that you can use cloud storage and having a removable battery is a thing of the past. I figured I could live with that but then the leaks came that there would be a smaller battery and that the same processor in the S6 will be used in the Note 5. Using a similar design as the S6 was a bad decision. That is when i checked out. The Note 5 is a S6 with a stylus and an extra GB of RAM. Yes, I love my Spen but that is not enough for me to give Samsung $800. Samsung, you fell for the Apple fans complaints and thought that making a closed phone would get them to leave Apple. Unfortunately, Samsung, you were wrong. Not only will Apple fans not buy the Note 5, a lot of Note 2, 3 and 4 fans/owners will not buy it either. Your Q3 sales will be awful. Chances are, Q4 will be as well.

  3. uktechguy

    08/10/2015 at 4:32 pm

    I didn’t upgrade from my Note 3 and was waiting for the Note 5 as I didn’t think the Note 4 was worth the expense of what I already had on the Note 3. Sadly, for the reasons mentioned in the article, it looks like the end of the road for me and Samsung. Looks like I will be moving to Motorola or LG. Really can’t understand why Samsung devices had so much going for them that they have now stripped away to make their devices into iPhone “wannabes”. Madness!

    • stacie

      09/04/2015 at 7:51 pm

      I completely agree with everything you’ve just stated. I’ll hold my awesome note 3 til something more – not less, comes along.

  4. formerSamsunUser

    08/11/2015 at 9:47 am

    If I wanted an iPhone, I would have bought an iPhone. But why buy an iPhone wannabe when you can just buy an iPhone for same cost. I bought a Samsung because it was not like an iPhone with flexible microSD slot. Now that that’s changed, time to just get an iPhone.

  5. Dick Hertz

    08/15/2015 at 4:04 am

    Non-removable battery & gutting the removable micro SD card are foolish decisions. I was awaiting my Note 3 to Note 5 upgrade but that is no longer an option. After many years of Samsung phones I will be jumping ship.

  6. John

    08/31/2015 at 11:23 am

    Had a Note 2, 3, 4 and was planning on a 5. Not anymore. removable battery is complete deal breaker. i would want the SD slot as well but the swap-able battery is a must. Looks like the note 4 needs to soldier on till note 6 or someone else takes up the void.

  7. Abu Shaheed Sa'id Abdul-Rahman

    09/01/2015 at 9:41 am

    I’ve had every Note Samsung has made. I’m skipping the Note 5 because they have ditched everything that makes a Note a Note. People will claim that the changes are either moving with the times or not deal breakers, but the fact is that the Note series appealed to Note enthusiasts because of the very features that Samsung has now scrapped. I hope sales reflect our feelings and forces Samsung to rethink this horrible strategy.

  8. Chad H

    09/04/2015 at 6:28 pm

    No removable battery and no MicroSD slot… sounds like iTrash to me. Put it back Samsung or goodbye.

  9. Clarity2016

    09/08/2015 at 10:47 am

    Echoing the same sentiments. Note 3 user who was planning on upgrading to the 5. But with no removable battery or SD slot you can forget it.

  10. Miguel Marques

    09/21/2015 at 3:09 am

    I can live with no removable battery, but not without an SD card slot! I´ll wait for the note 6 and just hope it will be water proof and have an SD card slot

  11. Ximno

    01/19/2016 at 5:35 am

    Any Note 6 rumours yet?? My wife’s phone is dead and I was to pass my Note 3 to her and update. Note 5 would be a waste of time. Removable battery, MicroSD and IR should be left in there.. Phablet users are TechNerds and mobile office solutions. Why would you do very obvious moves away from these markets?

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