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  1. Timkreon's Avatar
    How much of the 4gb ram do you have avilable after you boot up? I know on the note 4 after you have several apps installed you average maybe 700 mb so hoping this one would have at least 1.7 gb free on average. Also do you have the 32 or 64gb version and how much storage is available out of the box?
    I have 1.4gb ram free on mine. I have the 64gb AT&T, and it was around 54 or 54.5gb free right out of the box.
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    08-16-2015 10:38 AM
  2. Timkreon's Avatar
    Andrew, how easy and consistent is the S pen writing with the screen off? It it quick (can you take the pen out an write immediately?), does it work reliably every time?
    I'm not Andrew, but the the spen is very easy & consistent with the screen off. Click the spen, take it out and begin writing immediately. Seems to work reliably, though I've only had the phone since Friday morning.
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    08-16-2015 10:40 AM
  3. maximus96's Avatar
    My note 4 screen turns on when I pull out the pen, and action memo starts by itself as default. Does the screen not turn on anymore when you take the pen out?

    thanks

    edit, also, how is the unlock process with the new finger print scanner? the note 4's way is annoying and i stopped using it soon after
    08-16-2015 12:08 PM
  4. Andrew Martonik's Avatar
    Can you pls work the GPS. Very interested how it tracks in various places. Does it locate you ok, does it track your position while moving.
    Seems to work just fine. Every time I open up Maps or another app that needs location, it has me placed properly.

    Is there a guest mode?
    Nope. but you do have "private mode" to hide sensitive data, or can use KNOX as a pseudo-guest mode.

    A bit late to the Q&A but hope you're still seeing this. How are the manual controls in the Pro mode in the camera? I know you mentioned shutter speed, but can you also adjust exposure time like the G4? If so, what's the max capture time? Does the slow motion mode still suck resolutionwise? Or do those look better now?
    In Pro mode you get manual color, white balance, focal point, ISO, shutter speed (1/24000 sec to 10 sec), and EV. I think you're getting your photography terms a little mixed up here — having a "long exposure" is simply the same as saying you have a "long shutter speed". Having manual shutter speed is new for the Note 5 compared to GS6.

    Oh, you also get RAW capture in Pro mode.

    Slo-mo video is 720P.

    Do you miss the faux leather back?
    No.

    Andrew,
    I have S6 Edge now, and I know you've been using it too.
    if you had to pick between the regular S6 Edge and Note 5 , which would you use as a daily driver?

    I'm liking the smaller screen on the S6 Edge, but man the Note 5 looks great. it's only .6" right? ;p

    I went to Best buy today and played with the edge plus and Note 5. walked away, thinking maybe Note 5.
    For the Edge, I think i'd just stay smaller.
    I would say Note 5 mostly because I'm just not a fan of the curve on the S6 edge. The real discussion should be between the GS6 and the Note 5 — they're more comparable in terms of shape and usability, just choose what screen size you want.

    Andrew,

    Any word on an international version of the Note 5? I'm specifically trying to find one that will work both in the US (on either T-Mobile or AT&T) and South Korea.
    I'm using an international model right now (specifically East Europe / UAE), and it works just fine on T-Mobile.

    It's going to be pretty hard to find one model that works in both the US and S Korea though — not a lot of band overlapping there.

    I currently have a 10 month old galaxy s5, it's battery life is subpar to say the least, it's screen is cracked, etc. Will the price cuts on the note 4 make it worth it paying my phone off and upgrading to an unlocked note 4, or should I go for the note 5?
    Well that's a personal choice of how much money you think it's worth. Having a broken phone is no fun, and a Note 4 is already going to be a nice little upgrade from the GS5 — but of course there's always something to be said for when you upgrade, upgrading to the latest device.

    In that case, I would be curious to know between the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ soes the Edge+ have more available ram after booting up compared to the Note 5?
    It's nearly identical in software and internals. Aside from the few S Pen tweaks on the Note and few edge screen tweaks on the S6 edge+, the software and system acts the same.

    Andrew, how easy and consistent is the S pen writing with the screen off? It it quick (can you take the pen out an write immediately?), does it work reliably every time?
    Yup, it's not a very complicated system. The phone knows when the S Pen has been removed from the phone, and turns on the screen write feature. It should be noted that that feature isn't turned on by default, though — gotta hop into the S Pen settings and enable it.
    08-16-2015 12:23 PM
  5. Andrew Martonik's Avatar
    My note 4 screen turns on when I pull out the pen, and action memo starts by itself as default. Does the screen not turn on anymore when you take the pen out?
    The screen turns on when you remove the S Pen. If the screen is already on, Air Command launches when you remove the S Pen. If you close Air Command, you can always call it back up by tapping on the Air Command button (small floating button on-screen), or by pressing the S Pen's side button.

    You can choose to enable the screen-off writing mode instead, which will let you write quick memos on the blank screen when the S Pen is removed instead of turning the screen on to the lock screen.

    edit, also, how is the unlock process with the new finger print scanner? the note 4's way is annoying and i stopped using it soon after
    Same sensor as the Galaxy S6, so it's just one tap of the finger and you're in. No more swiping.
    08-16-2015 12:27 PM
  6. Daaku Singh's Avatar
    Andrew...

    Planning on doing a ' Note 5 impressions' utube video by any chance ;-)?
    08-16-2015 01:18 PM
  7. msndrstood's Avatar
    Once this weekend is over, please, please discuss the battery life. I think that is what many of us are really waiting for. Battery life will be the make it or break it for me. I really need a good reason to 'upgrade' to the Note 5. So far, I haven't seen one yet.
    08-16-2015 04:58 PM
  8. Leandro Brandao's Avatar
    what was your previous phone?
    i have the htc m8 and i am tempted to buy the note 5 but as always i am worried about touchwiz and lag issues.
    also you said that you can't listen to a podcast in shower, i listen a lot to podcasts in my m8 in the bathroom, i don't know if i can give up on the htc speakers.
    i want to know also if you can open like 4 or 5 light apps like twitter, instagram, and multitask between them to see if any will reload or stay in memory.
    thanks in advance.
    08-16-2015 10:39 PM
  9. gbbg's Avatar
    I am using an LG G2 and love the miracast and Wi-Di on it.
    Does Note 5 have screen mirroring capabilities? It's kinda high on my list.
    08-16-2015 11:12 PM
  10. TheMatrix31's Avatar
    I'd like to know about screen mirroring too. I screenmirror from my Samsung tab to my Roku all the time. Would be even easier to do it with my phone.
    08-17-2015 01:49 AM
  11. Robster33's Avatar
    What is the earpiece volume like? Also call quality? Anyone with a Note 5 compared a 6 plus especially with call volume?
    08-17-2015 04:51 AM
  12. Alex_Hong's Avatar
    what was your previous phone?
    i have the htc m8 and i am tempted to buy the note 5 but as always i am worried about touchwiz and lag issues.
    also you said that you can't listen to a podcast in shower, i listen a lot to podcasts in my m8 in the bathroom, i don't know if i can give up on the htc speakers.
    i want to know also if you can open like 4 or 5 light apps like twitter, instagram, and multitask between them to see if any will reload or stay in memory.
    thanks in advance.
    I can probably help answer this as well. Have been using the device since 14th Aug in Singapore.
    The speakers are decently loud, but quality isn't near what the M8 can offer. 4-5 light apps isn't an issue. I have gmail, twitter, instagram google+, and carousell (app for buy/sell stuff in SG), and I can switch between them with no reloading. But if i add chrome to the mix, chrome reloads after switching between like 3-4 apps, which is a little annoying for a phone with 4GB RAM.
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    08-17-2015 05:50 AM
  13. borimol's Avatar
    I can probably help answer this as well. Have been using the device since 14th Aug in Singapore.
    The speakers are decently loud, but quality isn't near what the M8 can offer. 4-5 light apps isn't an issue. I have gmail, twitter, instagram google+, and carousell (app for buy/sell stuff in SG), and I can switch between them with no reloading. But if i add chrome to the mix, chrome reloads after switching between like 3-4 apps, which is a little annoying for a phone with 4GB RAM.
    So the RAM/multitasking bug is still presente. OMG Samsung!
    08-17-2015 07:56 AM
  14. Fnord's Avatar
    . 4-5 light apps isn't an issue. I have gmail, twitter, instagram google+, and carousell (app for buy/sell stuff in SG), and I can switch between them with no reloading. But if i add chrome to the mix, chrome reloads after switching between like 3-4 apps, which is a little annoying for a phone with 4GB RAM.
    My experience is quite different. I regularly have 10-15+ apps open and switching is like butter. No issue with Chrome reloading on my end.
    Frankly shocked how smooth transitioning is between apps with so many open...
    08-17-2015 09:11 AM
  15. Dr Claw's Avatar
    So did we cover the available storage vs the OS
    I recently got a chance to mess around with a US carrier-branded Note 5 and S6 Edge+ (no real detailed analysis, as these were store displays -- think the carrier was AT&T, as it was at a Best Buy Store).

    OS ("system memory") on both these phones (32GB model) was ~12GB, available storage was 15GB.

    In other words, don't get 32GB versions of these phones if you're in the States for whichever reason.

    Other than that, the feeling was very "familiar" if you're used to TouchWiz/Samsung phones. I didn't see anything that jumped out at me as "new and shiny" except the outward looks of these phones.
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    08-17-2015 09:13 AM
  16. feragola's Avatar
    Once this weekend is over, please, please discuss the battery life. I think that is what many of us are really waiting for. Battery life will be the make it or break it for me. I really need a good reason to 'upgrade' to the Note 5. So far, I haven't seen one yet.
    Battery life in a Real-World test conducted by PhoneArena puts the N5 at 9hrs 11mins and the S6 at 9hrs and 29mins. so, it's a good deal longer than most people are claiming that they guess it would last.

    Galaxy S6 edge+ battery life benchmark results show better performance than the Note5
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    08-17-2015 10:29 AM
  17. Wildo6882's Avatar
    My number one issue with the S6 that I had was that notifications wouldn't come in if the phone was in deep sleep - as in, I hadn't touched it in 10 minutes or more. This happened on more than one S6. It wasn't things like SMS or phone calls, but emails, Hangouts, Facebook messages, score updates from theScore, and things of that nature. They wouldn't come in until I unlocked the phone, and sometimes not until I opened that app back up.

    Have you noticed anything similar to this at all? There is no chance for me to buy this phone if this is the case.

    Thanks!
    08-17-2015 10:37 AM
  18. Fnord's Avatar
    I recently got a chance to mess around with a US carrier-branded Note 5 and S6 Edge+ (no real detailed analysis, as these were store displays -- think the carrier was AT&T, as it was at a Best Buy Store).

    OS ("system memory") on both these phones (32GB model) was ~12GB, available storage was 15GB.

    In other words, don't get 32GB versions of these phones if you're in the States for whichever reason.
    Don't think the 'display' version you played with are representative, I'm with a 32GB carrier branded GS6e+ and it has 24.34GB available (system mem: 6.95GB)
    08-17-2015 11:16 AM
  19. Timkreon's Avatar
    My number one issue with the S6 that I had was that notifications wouldn't come in if the phone was in deep sleep - as in, I hadn't touched it in 10 minutes or more. This happened on more than one S6. It wasn't things like SMS or phone calls, but emails, Hangouts, Facebook messages, score updates from theScore, and things of that nature. They wouldn't come in until I unlocked the phone, and sometimes not until I opened that app back up.
    .

    Thanks!

    My emails, Imap, for business and personal use comes instantly. I do have the "do not disturb" mode set up between midnight and 6 am though, so during those times I set it up to receive notifications from my "starred" contacts.
    The other ones, facebook, etc.. I don't use.
    08-17-2015 11:19 AM
  20. Alex_Hong's Avatar
    So the RAM/multitasking bug is still presente. OMG Samsung!
    Not exactly. I'm only seeing it for Chrome. The other apps switches just fine with no reloading.
    08-17-2015 11:41 AM
  21. Alex_Hong's Avatar
    I recently got a chance to mess around with a US carrier-branded Note 5 and S6 Edge+ (no real detailed analysis, as these were store displays -- think the carrier was AT&T, as it was at a Best Buy Store).

    OS ("system memory") on both these phones (32GB model) was ~12GB, available storage was 15GB.

    In other words, don't get 32GB versions of these phones if you're in the States for whichever reason.

    Other than that, the feeling was very "familiar" if you're used to TouchWiz/Samsung phones. I didn't see anything that jumped out at me as "new and shiny" except the outward looks of these phones.
    These display models are not accurate gauge for capacity. They include a ton of retail demos, contents, etc to showcase the phone. They also have a lot more language installed than the retail versions.
    08-17-2015 11:43 AM
  22. recDNA's Avatar
    Phone gets a little warm, but so does every other phone. You feel the heat up top near the camera.



    There's no front speaker... just one loudspeaker at the bottom, just like the GS6. Sound seems the same as the GS6 — not loud enough to listen to a podcast when set on the counter and I'm in the shower (my usual test of loudness).



    I greatly prefer a smaller phone (despite having relatively large hands), but I can already tell the Note 5 is easier to hold and manipulate than the Note 4. Much easier than the Nexus 6 also. The curved glass on the back really helps.

    It's still quite tough to reach up to the top of the phone when only holding in one hand, though. And just like the GS6 the glass can get a little slick if its humid and/or your hands are sweaty. Just not a lot to grip onto.



    Exact same sensor as the GS6, so great!



    Yep, it does. Camera interface is nearly identical also. Just a couple different setting button locations.

    The "Pro" mode also now offers RAW capture and manual shutter speed controls.



    Have not... Samsung didn't send any accessories with these phones. I'm going to give it a shot with a few of my current wireless chargers, hooked up to a quick charge wall plug — will see how that goes.



    Read the OP — only had the phone 24 hours, not even going anywhere near talking about battery until a few more days' use.



    Models can cover and be sold in different regions. This one's intended for Eastern Europe and the Middle East, I believe.

    This one was provided by Samsung as a review unit — I'm sure there are plenty of phone importers that will be selling them soon.



    Nano



    If you weren't happy with the Note 4's overall size, the Note 5 will still be a tough sell. It's smaller, and a bit easier to hold, but it's still a really big phone. The S6 edge, even with its sharp edges, is still easier to hold than the Note 5.

    Not enough time with it to comment on battery life.

    The S Pen is nice, and if that's your thing and you'll use it regularly, yeah the upgrades are probably worth it over the Note 4. The hardware is basically the same, but there's reduced latency and redesigned Air Command, along with some new functionality. Now, we're not sure if those features will come back to the Note 4 either...



    Screen is comparable, but maybe just barely brighter and has a little better viewing angles. But of course those kinds of things can vary phone-by-phone as not every screen is the exact same when it rolls off the line. I'm still very happy with the Note 4's screen quality, even today.

    Direct sunlight is the same story — if you leave the phone in auto brightness, it'll boost the brightness when it's in direct sun.



    Not exactly "grippy" since you're mostly holding onto glass and smooth metal — but it's not too hard to wrap your fingers around.



    Don't see how it could, there aren't any sharp edges around.



    Coming from what phone? The Note 4 is still a solid device, and is obviously going to be much cheaper than buying a brand new Note 5 at this point. All depends on how much you want the new design and S Pen features.
    The only thing I like about note 5 is the wireless charging capability.
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    08-17-2015 11:54 AM
  23. Andrew Martonik's Avatar
    Once this weekend is over, please, please discuss the battery life. I think that is what many of us are really waiting for. Battery life will be the make it or break it for me. I really need a good reason to 'upgrade' to the Note 5. So far, I haven't seen one yet.
    Weekend is over! I can give some kind of battery life impressions. In short, I'm not upset with the battery life.

    I've been ending each day with about 15-20% battery left, that's after roughly 15-16 hours off the charger, and with 2.5-3.5 hours of "screen on" time. That's with ~90% screen brightness (+ auto brightness), and all of my accounts syncing. Nothing hard-hitting really, just usual email, social networks, browsing, reading, camera, podcasts and music, maybe with some occasional youtube videos or streaming.

    That's not bad at all, and nowhere near bad enough for me to be upset with it. FWIW I also get through a day on the Galaxy S6, but not as comfortably.

    what was your previous phone?
    lol... every phone available, I've used. Most recently using Note 4, Galaxy S6, LG G4, Nexus 6 and Moto X 2014.

    i have the htc m8 and i am tempted to buy the note 5 but as always i am worried about touchwiz and lag issues.
    There isn't any lag on the Note 5 that I've noticed.

    also you said that you can't listen to a podcast in shower, i listen a lot to podcasts in my m8 in the bathroom, i don't know if i can give up on the htc speakers.
    Yup, most podcasts aren't loud enough to be heard well when just sitting on the bathroom counter. M8 definitely is, Note 5 not so much. Check out a Bluetooth speaker, perhaps.

    i want to know also if you can open like 4 or 5 light apps like twitter, instagram, and multitask between them to see if any will reload or stay in memory.
    Everything loads just fine. I haven't noticed any apps closing unnecessarily or needing to reload.

    I am using an LG G2 and love the miracast and Wi-Di on it.
    Does Note 5 have screen mirroring capabilities? It's kinda high on my list.
    I'd like to know about screen mirroring too. I screenmirror from my Samsung tab to my Roku all the time. Would be even easier to do it with my phone.
    There's a screen mirroring mode, but it isn't exactly universal — you'll need a Samsung TV.

    There's also "Quick connect" if you just want to send local content to those devices instead of mirroring the screen. This works with _a lot_ of devices, like the Chromecast, Xbox and other smart TVs and dongles.

    What is Samsung Quick connect on the Galaxy S6, and what can it do? | Android Central

    What is the earpiece volume like? Also call quality? Anyone with a Note 5 compared a 6 plus especially with call volume?
    All fine and dandy here. I don't have an iPhone 6 Plus, but seems just fine compared to my iPhone 6 and other modern phones. I also don't make that many calls...

    My number one issue with the S6 that I had was that notifications wouldn't come in if the phone was in deep sleep - as in, I hadn't touched it in 10 minutes or more. This happened on more than one S6. It wasn't things like SMS or phone calls, but emails, Hangouts, Facebook messages, score updates from theScore, and things of that nature. They wouldn't come in until I unlocked the phone, and sometimes not until I opened that app back up.

    Have you noticed anything similar to this at all? There is no chance for me to buy this phone if this is the case.
    Never heard of this issue on any recent Samsung phone, and hasn't happened to me on the GS6 or Note 5. Sounds like you have either a funky setting, or an app changing things. This is definitely not the standard behavior.
    08-17-2015 07:40 PM
  24. Wildo6882's Avatar
    Never heard of this issue on any recent Samsung phone, and hasn't happened to me on the GS6 or Note 5. Sounds like you have either a funky setting, or an app changing things. This is definitely not the standard behavior.
    There's actually a thread on it here and on XDA. I'm not the only crazy one. Happened on two S6s and an Active. But good to see you haven't had that issue here.
    08-17-2015 08:00 PM
  25. Robster33's Avatar
    Big fail for Australia, Samsung only releasing 32Gb. What a joke, looking for a Note 4 now.
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    08-17-2015 08:29 PM
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