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  1. Andrew Martonik's Avatar
    I have a Galaxy Note 5 — ask me about it!-note-5.jpg

    We're tight on the heels of the Galaxy Note 5 announcement, and that means we have one in our hands and we're ready to answer your questions!

    A few things to remember:

    • I have only had the phone since Friday (8/15) so won't have many long-term impressions just yet
    • I have an Eastern European model, so I can't comment on carrier features
    • I'm running the phone on T-Mobile currently


    So go on, ask away! I'll try to keep up with the thread best I can.

    Also note that I have a separate thread for the Galaxy S6 edge+. You can find that right here.
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    08-15-2015 11:54 AM
  2. calicocat2010's Avatar
    Are you feeling the heat off the phone when multi-tasking?

    How is the sound from the front-speaker? Is it louder than the Note 3's, or a previous Note? I have the Note 3, but man that volume can be at 100%, and it's still low for me. I have to use my BlackBerry Passport to listen to Spotify when I shower.

    Is it slippery in your hand holding it one handed? This might not be a fair question as I don't know how tall or short you are. I only want a case if the phone feels like it could slip out of my hand.

    I'm getting mine on Monday via mail carrier. After I finish up here at Mazda, I'm going to go to Best Buy to see it,
    08-15-2015 12:00 PM
  3. dpham00's Avatar
    How is the camera, compared to the s6?
    Does the double click home button to open camera from any screen work like in the s6?

    Have you had a chance to try the fast wireless charging? If so, is it as fast as they claim? Does the phone get hot?
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    08-15-2015 12:02 PM
  4. Joe J1's Avatar
    Andrew.. How long have you used it? Full charge to drain? screen on time? Total battery time
    08-15-2015 12:09 PM
  5. bwlmog's Avatar
    Hi, I have two questions. Firstly, how are you using a Eastern European version when its not intended for release in Europe (seems unusual that they developed a phone for a market that they aren't selling to). Secondly, how could I get that model (I'm based in the UK).

    Thanks in advance and I hope you enjoy the phone.
    08-15-2015 12:09 PM
  6. anon8380037's Avatar
    Eastern Europe would include Russia I guess. Different region. Non EU.
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    08-15-2015 12:11 PM
  7. OceanView's Avatar
    What size is the sim? Micro or nano?

    Posted on my Amazing Note 4!
    08-15-2015 12:14 PM
  8. Danpatcook's Avatar
    I am rocking the S6 Edge now after dropping the Note 4 because of the overall size. What is your feeling between the S6 Edge VS. The Note 5? Is it too big? Are the new S Pen features worth the upgrade when comparing to the Note 4? Too early to tell, but, battery life? I have to charge the S6 Edge at least once thru the day to run all day. Weekends are tough... Weekdays, I am at my desk, so charging is easy. Traveling for work is hard when I am in a big city.... No rental car to steal power. Sorry for the ramble. Is the Note 5 worth it? BTW, I am on T-Mobile Jump....

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    08-15-2015 12:14 PM
  9. Almeuit's Avatar
    Stickied .
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    08-15-2015 12:15 PM
  10. anon8380037's Avatar
    Can you compare the screen to a Note 4. Is it the same.
    OK in direct sunlight.

    Does it feel grippy and confident to hold naked (the phone).

    Could the edges hurt smaller fingers.
    (memories of a Spigen Neo Hybrid for Note 3)
    08-15-2015 12:15 PM
  11. Link169's Avatar
    would it best for me to upgrade to the note 5 or the note 4? i understand you just go the phone, but i would really appreciate if i could get some good feedback to help influence my choice!
    08-15-2015 12:16 PM
  12. davidb423's Avatar
    Biggest question--how does it feel in hand? with or without case?
    I had a note 4 but opted to go back to LG G3 because of the size--I could not do anything with the phone with 1 hand--the fingerprint sensor is a total bummer when you need two hands to unlock the screen.

    And if you are in seattle where can I came to look at the phone in person! meeting you someplace on pike street would be convenient!
    08-15-2015 12:25 PM
  13. L0n3N1nja's Avatar
    I got to play with a note 5 early this month before they were announced, something no one has mentioned yet on any website is the camera finally gives full manual controls including shutter speed.

    My primary concern is battery life, is it any better or worse than previous notes? I typically got 2 days usage out of my Note 3 and 4.

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    08-15-2015 12:38 PM
  14. Paradroid01's Avatar
    The Note 4 offers lots of options for one hand operation like shrinking the screen size by sliding in and out, side panel, assistant menu etc. What about the Note 5? Has anything changed for the better? Heard that you have to click the home button "three times" now in order to shrink the window screen size?!
    08-15-2015 12:39 PM
  15. L0n3N1nja's Avatar
    I can tell you the double click is there, and the camera appears to be the same but with more software features including manual shutter speed.

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    08-15-2015 12:40 PM
  16. Andrew Martonik's Avatar
    Are you feeling the heat off the phone when multi-tasking?
    Phone gets a little warm, but so does every other phone. You feel the heat up top near the camera.

    How is the sound from the front-speaker? Is it louder than the Note 3's, or a previous Note? I have the Note 3, but man that volume can be at 100%, and it's still low for me. I have to use my BlackBerry Passport to listen to Spotify when I shower.
    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).

    Is it slippery in your hand holding it one handed? This might not be a fair question as I don't know how tall or short you are. I only want a case if the phone feels like it could slip out of my hand.
    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.

    How is the camera, compared to the s6?
    Exact same sensor as the GS6, so great!

    Does the double click home button to open camera from any screen work like in the s6?
    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 you had a chance to try the fast wireless charging? If so, is it as fast as they claim? Does the phone get hot?
    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.

    Andrew.. How long have you used it? Full charge to drain? screen on time? Total battery time
    Read the OP — only had the phone 24 hours, not even going anywhere near talking about battery until a few more days' use.

    Hi, I have two questions. Firstly, how are you using a Eastern European version when its not intended for release in Europe (seems unusual that they developed a phone for a market that they aren't selling to). Secondly, how could I get that model (I'm based in the UK).
    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.

    What size is the sim? Micro or nano?
    Nano

    I am rocking the S6 Edge now after dropping the Note 4 because of the overall size. What is your feeling between the S6 Edge VS. The Note 5? Is it too big? Are the new S Pen features worth the upgrade when comparing to the Note 4? Too early to tell, but, battery life? I have to charge the S6 Edge at least once thru the day to run all day. Weekends are tough... Weekdays, I am at my desk, so charging is easy. Traveling for work is hard when I am in a big city.... No rental car to steal power. Sorry for the ramble. Is the Note 5 worth it? BTW, I am on T-Mobile Jump....
    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...

    Can you compare the screen to a Note 4. Is it the same.
    OK in direct sunlight.
    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.

    Does it feel grippy and confident to hold naked (the phone).
    Not exactly "grippy" since you're mostly holding onto glass and smooth metal — but it's not too hard to wrap your fingers around.

    Could the edges hurt smaller fingers.
    Don't see how it could, there aren't any sharp edges around.

    would it best for me to upgrade to the note 5 or the note 4? i understand you just go the phone, but i would really appreciate if i could get some good feedback to help influence my choice!
    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.
    08-15-2015 12:40 PM
  17. Andrew Martonik's Avatar
    Biggest question--how does it feel in hand? with or without case?
    I had a note 4 but opted to go back to LG G3 because of the size--I could not do anything with the phone with 1 hand--the fingerprint sensor is a total bummer when you need two hands to unlock the screen.
    Feels pretty good, I'm a big fan of the curved glass on the back. Easier to juggle in one hand, but still a little awkward for some things — remember it's still a 5.7-inch phone.

    The fingerprint sensor no longer requires a swipe, just a press, so that's simple to do with one hand as well.

    And if you are in seattle where can I came to look at the phone in person! meeting you someplace on pike street would be convenient!
    If you see me walking around, say hi!

    The Note 4 offers lots of options for one hand operation like shrinking the screen size by sliding in and out, side panel, assistant menu etc. What about the Note 5? Has anything changed for the better? Heard that you have to click the home button "three times" now in order to shrink the window screen size?!
    You can enable a mode where you click the home button three times, and it shrinks the screen down to the bottom-right corner — you can then chose to move that over to the bottom-left if you want. Honestly I don't find it that useful — it shrinks everything, including the keyboard, so it makes input really tough. I far prefer the iOS method of just pulling down the top of the screen, not shrinking in the sides as well.

    I have a Galaxy Note 5 — ask me about it!-screenshot_2015-08-15-10-44-13.jpgI have a Galaxy Note 5 — ask me about it!-screenshot_2015-08-15-10-44-07.jpg

    You can also enable a "one-handed input" setting that pulls things like the dialer keypad, in-call buttons, samsung's keyboard and unlock pattern down and over to the side — again, a little awkward.
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    08-15-2015 12:46 PM
  18. fee dee cat's Avatar
    Can you go through steps for full screen capture. For example to screen capture an entire article ..if no one has asked this yet. Thank you

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    08-15-2015 12:49 PM
  19. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    How's the battery life?

    Does it match the Note 4?
    08-15-2015 12:51 PM
  20. anon8380037's Avatar
    Thanks.
    Can you post (at your leisure) screenshots of the Galaxy and Samsung apps (*folder icons) , and the Device and Pen Settings pages - as I can only visually gorge from a distance in the UK.
    08-15-2015 12:53 PM
  21. Jorgejacs's Avatar
    Hi, is the themes feature from the Galaxy S6 still available? Have you tried the material theme? I'm coming froma Nexus6 and this is one of the concerns I haven't seen other people talk about.
    08-15-2015 12:55 PM
  22. jackjack1969's Avatar
    Can you tell a difference in scrolling smoothness between the note 4 and 5? And does there seem to be the lag in opening recent apps that the note 4 suffers from? Thanks.

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    08-15-2015 01:12 PM
  23. Andrew Martonik's Avatar
    Can you go through steps for full screen capture. For example to screen capture an entire article ..if no one has asked this yet. Thank you
    You just take out the S Pen, launch Air Command, and select the "Screen write" option — that captures the screen and lets you write on it. You can select a "scroll" option to then scroll and stitch it into one big screenshot. You can then annotate it, or just save it to your Gallery. Pretty simple, once you know where to look for it.

    I have a Galaxy Note 5 — ask me about it!-screenshot_2015-08-15-11-08-54.jpg

    How's the battery life?

    Does it match the Note 4?
    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ only used it for 24 hours.

    Thanks.
    Can you post (at your leisure) screenshots of the Galaxy and Samsung apps (*folder icons) , and the Device and Pen Settings pages - as I can only visually gorge from a distance in the UK.
    The galaxy apps are all the same... just some different icons. Here's your S Pen settings:

    I have a Galaxy Note 5 — ask me about it!-screenshot_2015-08-15-11-11-41.jpg

    Pretty standard stuff.

    Hi, is the themes feature from the Galaxy S6 still available? Have you tried the material theme? I'm coming froma Nexus6 and this is one of the concerns I haven't seen other people talk about.
    Themes are here, work the same as the GS6.

    Can you tell a difference in scrolling smoothness between the note 4 and 5? And does there seem to be the lag in opening recent apps that the note 4 suffers from? Thanks.
    Note 5 seems pretty dang smooth in scrolling.

    And no, there's no lag in opening multitasking or the camera — this was destroyed with the GS6, and the Note 5 is also quick (makes sense, same internals and software).
    08-15-2015 01:13 PM
  24. Paradroid01's Avatar
    You can enable a mode where you click the home button three times, and it shrinks the screen down to the bottom-right corner — you can then chose to move that over to the bottom-left if you want. Honestly I don't find it that useful — it shrinks everything, including the keyboard, so it makes input really tough. I far prefer the iOS method of just pulling down the top of the screen, not shrinking in the sides as well.
    Thanks for your reply. I find shrinking down the window screen size incredibly useful on the Note 4! I use this gesture (slide in and out on the Note 4) all of the time in order to reach every part of the screen with my thumb. But: clicking the home button three times in order to shrink the screen size - like you have to do on the Note 5 - would kill the button in a pretty short period of time, I guess. Don't like it!
    08-15-2015 01:13 PM
  25. Andrew Martonik's Avatar
    Thanks for your reply. I find shrinking down the window screen size incredibly useful on the Note 4! I use this gesture (slide in and out on the Note 4) all of the time in order to reach every part of the screen with my thumb. But: clicking the home button three times in order to shrink the screen size - like you have to do on the Note 5 - would kill the button in a pretty short period of time, I guess. Don't like it!
    There are usability issues here, for sure... but don't worry about the button failing. I can guarantee these buttons are tested to work for several times more presses than you'd ever press it in normal use throughout years of having the phone.
    08-15-2015 01:16 PM
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