1. Chris J L's Avatar
    Hi Everyone, I am new to the forums and I have a few questions if anyone could help me out I would greatly appreciate it!

    1- I currently have a Verizon Note 4, however I am being offered a Note 5 through the insurance, I have read and watched many reviews including the ones on Android Central, on the Note 5 and I am wondering if you all think it is worth it to take the Note 5 from Asurion. I know I can purchase a used note 4 on Swappa or CL.

    I will say that I love my Note 4 for the removable battery and the SD card slot, however I know that there are items that I can purchase to use the SD Card and the ZeroLemon Battery Case. So do you think that the pros/cons of the Note 5 are worth the upgrade? Thank you for your opinions.

    2- If I upgrade to the Note 5, I am very afraid that the glass will break easily. I always use a high impact case and a glass screen protector, however since the entire phone is made of glass, I am quite concerned that it will still break in the case. With that being said, I am considering purchasing a skin as well. I looked into D Brands, Skinomi and Slick Wraps.

    My questions are, can I put a case (i.e. clear) over the skins and can I still use a Tempered Glass Screen Protector with any of the listed skins?

    For anyone that has experience with using any of the skins above, do they peel over time and will the case make the peeling worse?

    And which skins tend to come off the best (leaving no residue or damaging the phone) I have never used a skin before so any advise would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you very much for your help!
    01-11-2016 08:45 AM
  2. Chris J L's Avatar
    Also, Sorry I forgot one additional question, I read that the Note 5 heats up after long term use such as watching movies, does anyone know if this will loosen the skins over time? Thank you again for your help.
    01-11-2016 09:30 AM
  3. faith3935's Avatar
    Hi Everyone, I am new to the forums and I have a few questions if anyone could help me out I would greatly appreciate it!

    1- I currently have a Verizon Note 4, however I am being offered a Note 5 through the insurance, I have read and watched many reviews including the ones on Android Central, on the Note 5 and I am wondering if you all think it is worth it to take the Note 5 from Asurion. I know I can purchase a used note 4 on Swappa or CL.

    I will say that I love my Note 4 for the removable battery and the SD card slot, however I know that there are items that I can purchase to use the SD Card and the ZeroLemon Battery Case. So do you think that the pros/cons of the Note 5 are worth the upgrade? Thank you for your opinions.

    2- If I upgrade to the Note 5, I am very afraid that the glass will break easily. I always use a high impact case and a glass screen protector, however since the entire phone is made of glass, I am quite concerned that it will still break in the case. With that being said, I am considering purchasing a skin as well. I looked into D Brands, Skinomi and Slick Wraps.

    My questions are, can I put a case (i.e. clear) over the skins and can I still use a Tempered Glass Screen Protector with any of the listed skins?

    For anyone that has experience with using any of the skins above, do they peel over time and will the case make the peeling worse?

    And which skins tend to come off the best (leaving no residue or damaging the phone) I have never used a skin before so any advise would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you very much for your help!
    I heard from slickwraps themselves that the Note 5 skins come with a front screen protector. I have a Black Carbon Fiber skin on my Pebble Time so I can't really speak on experience when it comes to the Note 5 skin as I been on the fence on buying one for my Note 5.
    01-11-2016 11:47 AM
  4. linkiik121's Avatar
    I have a clear skin wrapped note 5 with a very slim case. The skin I used was Skinomi and in my opinion it's great. The fit was perfect barely see that it's on. The note 5 shouldn't heat up watching movies but when it does get warm, it's nowhere near the temp you need to ruin the skin. I have removed the skin and there is no residue.

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    01-11-2016 11:53 AM
  5. linkiik121's Avatar
    Pic of the Skinomi

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    Attached Thumbnails Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Asurion Upgrade & Dbrand, Skinomi or Slick Wrap Skin Opinions-415.jpg  
    01-11-2016 11:59 AM
  6. linkiik121's Avatar
    Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Asurion Upgrade & Dbrand, Skinomi or Slick Wrap Skin Opinions-416.jpg

    Posted via the Android Central App
    01-11-2016 12:00 PM
  7. Chris J L's Avatar
    thank you for the advice on the slick wraps!

    Thanks, the pics look great for the Skinomi!
    01-11-2016 12:18 PM
  8. Chris J L's Avatar
    It really is a nice looking phone! Did you come from the note 4, and if so, do you miss the expandable memory and the battery?
    01-11-2016 12:20 PM
  9. faith3935's Avatar
    thank you for the advice on the slick wraps!

    Thanks, the pics look great for the Skinomi!
    You're welcome. Here's the warranty information
    Attached Thumbnails Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Asurion Upgrade & Dbrand, Skinomi or Slick Wrap Skin Opinions-1452536636836.jpg   Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Asurion Upgrade & Dbrand, Skinomi or Slick Wrap Skin Opinions-1452536658946.jpg  
    01-11-2016 12:24 PM
  10. Chris J L's Avatar
    Thanks I read that all of them are good, so I might try them all and see how it goes, I just want to get a feeling from here as to whether or not any of the skins leave a residue. And also I need to decide if I should upgrade to the note 5 entirely.
    01-11-2016 12:27 PM
  11. faith3935's Avatar
    It's understandable, I just peeled the skin off off the buttons on my Pebble Time It does leave a residue on the surface. If you're used to a swappable battery and a Micro SD card then I would personally look elsewhere
    01-11-2016 12:31 PM
  12. Chris J L's Avatar
    Again, thank you, I have a few days to decide, so I am going to wait to see what others think as well but I for sure appreciate your opinion. Its hard to decline as they are doing the upgrade since they don't or didn't at the time of the claim have the note 4's in stock.
    01-11-2016 01:30 PM
  13. faith3935's Avatar
    You're welcome.
    01-11-2016 02:31 PM
  14. anon(427874)'s Avatar
    I jumped from a Note 4 to a Note 5 at launch. I have been extremely happy. My N5 is the 64G model. I also purchased a 64G SanDisk jump drive with the micro and normal USB ports, but I have not yet needed it.

    I have the dbrand red carbon fiber skin on the back. Fits beautifully. Started with the white and changed to redo. Easy peel off and no residue. All my cases for fine with the skin and I have had no problem with using my wireless charger.

    I liked my Note 4 just fine but I truly am attached to my Note 5. The build and feel on my hand is just very very cool to me.

    PS I have noticed the back gets warm with long video playing but just lukewarm.
    01-11-2016 04:19 PM
  15. Chris J L's Avatar
    Awesome, that is all good news, and I thank you very much for your feedback!!! I agree, I LOVE the way the phone looks, and I think that with asurion upgrading it for me it sounds like a good investment. And my feeling based off of the feedback that I have been provided thus far is leaning towards the Note 5 and if I hate it, purchasing a second hand Note 4. I appreciate the feedback on the D brand skin, it seems to be my favorite thus far but hearing real world use is definitely helpful! I am leaning closer and closer to the Note 5 but since I have a few days to decide, I am going to wait till the last minute and hear some additional feedback on here.

    One last question, if you or anyone can assist, I am looking for a case the note 5 that is clear, slim but maximum drop protection but has the cutout for the camera and the flash separated. I am not a big fan of the cases that I have seen on amazon that have one big hole for both the camera and the flash and even the Otterbox has one big cutout for both. So again, any advise would be appreciated.

    And lastly, I have read over what feels like hundreds of posts on the tempered glass and it is all over the board, Amazon is difficult because many of the review are "received sample for honest review" and I don't think they are as honest as they could be. Again if you or anyone has any advice on a good Oleophobic, case friendly, and minimal halo or rainbow affect I would for sure appreciate the feedback! I used to purchase Zagg all the time, but now with so many new options with Lifetime Warranties I want to purchase a different brand.

    I try very very hard to take care of my devices as best as possible so I don't have to claim the insurance, however in this case, I lost the phone so there is nothing I can do about that!

    Thank you everyone, I truly appreciate any and all opinions/feedback!
    01-11-2016 05:52 PM
  16. Chris J L's Avatar
    I don't know what happened to my last post.

    Thank you so much for your feedback, I am leaning toward D Brands as they seem to look the nicest however hard to tell on a computer monitor. Now that I know that they do not leave residue, that really pushes me towards them, but I also don't have an issue trying out a few different companies. I am for sure leaning more and more to the Note 5 because like you said, the build seems awesome! And I will also purchase a OTG micro SD card reader if I go that route.

    May I also ask, with regards to cases and tempered glass, I have read so many reviews its hard to find what I am looking for, with the case, do you or anyone know if a good drop protection clear case that has a separate cutout for the camera and the flash rather than one large cutout? And also with regards to the tempered glass, does anyone know which glass may be the best case friendly and the show the least halo/rainbow effect? I just want one that will protect the phone and fits the screen correctly.

    Thanks, I truly appreciate all of the feedback and opinions!
    01-11-2016 06:00 PM
  17. Chris J L's Avatar
    oh, and Oleophobic as well, I have used Zagg for the last 10 years and I have found that their quality has been going downhill and their prices are increasing. Now with increased competition from other companies that have Lifetime Warranties, I can purchase 3 of them for the price of on Zagg Glass. Thanks!
    01-11-2016 06:02 PM
  18. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    Number 1, yes, take the Note 5 for sure. If you don't like it, sell it for a lot and buy another Note 4 outright.

    The other.. I have a thin TPU case on my Note 5. I've had it since release day and no issue with my glass. There are people that have dropped their phones in high impact cases and there hasn't been aby damage.

    I also don't use a screen protector of any kind.
    01-11-2016 06:33 PM
  19. Chris J L's Avatar
    Thank you very much! I ordered it, black (very excited!) and I ordered the Skinomi listed above along with the 3 pack Dbrand skins for the back of the phone and the Caseology Vault Series until I can find another case for it.

    If anyone is or has been successful in finding a case that has the cutout for the camera and the flash separated please let me know, I looked at Otterbox and it is one cutout. Thanks so much everyone! Of course, I welcome any additional opinions.

    And if anyone has experience with the Ghostek Atomic 2.0 for the Note 5 (waterproof case) please let me know, I am leaning towards this one as Lifeproof does not make one for the Note 5.

    Thank you !!!
    01-12-2016 11:38 AM
  20. alphabets's Avatar
    Thank you very much! I ordered it, black (very excited!) and I ordered the Skinomi listed above along with the 3 pack Dbrand skins for the back of the phone and the Caseology Vault Series until I can find another case for it.

    If anyone is or has been successful in finding a case that has the cutout for the camera and the flash separated please let me know, I looked at Otterbox and it is one cutout. Thanks so much everyone! Of course, I welcome any additional opinions.

    And if anyone has experience with the Ghostek Atomic 2.0 for the Note 5 (waterproof case) please let me know, I am leaning towards this one as Lifeproof does not make one for the Note 5.

    Thank you !!!
    i have this case, which has a separated cutout for the camera and flash, but I'm not sure if it's enough protection for what you're looking for. It's very minimal, which I prefer.

    Amazon.com: Galaxy Note 5 Case, OBLIQ [Slim Meta][Titanium/Black] - Thin Slim Fit Bumper Metallic Polycarbonate Finish All Around Protection Hard Case for Note 5: Cell Phones & Accessories
    01-12-2016 01:27 PM
  21. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    Let me ask you this.. Are you one that is bad to drop phonea or work in an area where it could be damaged easily or dropped?

    If you are just trying to be extra careful and none of that applies, you might not need a stronger case. I haven't dropped mine yet and I've had it since launch day. Several people here have dropped their phone while using it and sometimes talking on it while standing up and they only had a scratch on the edge, etc.

    Another thing to think about, is switching the insurance after you get the phone. As long as you bought the phone within 30 days or currently have insurance, you can get your phone covered. It is a lot cheaper, you can take it to a local shop if you want for repair, send it to Samsung and the deductible is only $75.

    The best, for the price coverage they have is 3 years and it is $129.99, two years is $99.99. The only down side to Square Trade is they don't cover losing the phone or theft, just damage. So if you drop the phone and crack all the glass, it will only cost $75 to get it fixed or replaced if you damage it very badly. My sister has square trade on my niece's iPhone and she cracks the screen all the time. Last time she did and it was about her 6th repair for the year, she closed the car door on her bag that had her phone in it. It literally almost broke the phone in half and they just replaced that phone.

    It is worth checking out.

    https://forums.androidcentral.com/e?...token=0OnLLg2e

    They also have family plans which are $90 for two years if you pay them in advance instead of monthly and only one phone has to be new or currently on insurance, not all of them.

    https://forums.androidcentral.com/e?...token=wMhh8GuT
    01-12-2016 05:04 PM
  22. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    The links above are strange, may or may not work but I want to leave them in case I need to forward this to Mobile Nations so they can figure out why this happens sometimes. I'll repost the links here.

    Individual Plan:

    Cell Phone Insurance - Cell Phone Warranty - Cellphone Insurance

    Family Plans:

    SquareTrade Family Plans | SquareTrade
    01-12-2016 05:15 PM
  23. Chris J L's Avatar
    Hi, thanks for the info about the insurance, I am going to take a look.

    With regards to the damage question, I am clumsy for sure and I am very active, I do a lot of outdoor activities. Once I my phone flew off my road bike going 26 mph downhill and somehow not a stretch or dent or crack! (once i finally found it) So, Luckily I have never damaged my phones or mobile devices because they are all in cases with screen protectors. Also, when I throw my phone in my bag with my key, lunch for work and such I do find that when it comes out there are scratches to the tempered glass protector.

    However when it comes time to sell the devices, I would rate them at a 99%. Since I have to purchase my phones outright to keep my data, I also try hard to protect the phone for a better resale value to minimize my cost for a new phone. And I carry the insurance for the loss or theft, I have lost a few phones on the mountain bike trails or when skiing. So the loss theft is important. I have to check out your links to see if there are any other options.

    Thanks!
    01-12-2016 07:23 PM
  24. Chris J L's Avatar
    Hi linkiik121 ,

    I got the phone and the skinomi wrap, however I did a TERRIBLE job with installing the back cover. Luckily Skimomi is very forgiving and as the lifetime warranty and is sending me a new back cover. Is there a special trick to getting it to look that good? I used the solution very sparingly as I am very afraid to use the liquid on a device that is not waterproof, if you have any suggestions that would be great, the biggest challenge was to get it to stay down on the sides of the phone, it kept peeling up and would not adhere. Thank you very much for your time!
    01-19-2016 02:16 AM
  25. Chris J L's Avatar
    And I LOVE the phone, just terrified that I am going to break it! Ended up with the UAG case and a ZAGG glass both waiting to come in the mail. Thank you again everyone.

    Now if I can just figure out how to get my text messages to work on time that would be great. There is a very big delay with the notifications on the phone. When I am on my computer I see them right away however on the phone, I don't see the notification for a few hours. I am using the verizon messaging app as I sync to all of my devices so if anyone has any suggestions with this issue that would be great. Thanks!
    01-19-2016 02:19 AM

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