Consumer Electronics

Buying a Galaxy Note 5 Instead of Note 7

As Samsung tries to recover from the Galaxy Note 7 battery fire recall, some consumers may want to consider the Galaxy Note 5. Released in mid-2015, it remains a highly advanced smartphone.

The Note 5 received mostly positive reviews. CNET reported:

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 is the smoothest, sleekest stylus-equipped jumbo-screen smartphone that the company has ever made. On the plus side: a slim, shiny, large-screened luster; strong camera; retooled stylus; and killer battery life. But these assets are subverted by two key omissions; the Note 5’s battery is not swappable and there is no expandable storage slot (though there is free cloud storage).

At Engadget, the Note 5 received a score of 91 out of 100:

Samsung’s Galaxy Note series has never been for everyone, but the Note 5 just might change some minds. It’s the smallest, most comfortable version of the phablet to date, and thoughtful software tweaks make the S Pen feel way less gimmicky.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) offers the Note 5 for $29 a month with a 24-month contract. The Note 7 was $36. The Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone 7 Plus is $32.08 a month.

Unfortunately, no matter how good the Note 5 is, some people will simply opt for the iPhone 7 Plus and quit the Samsung brand for years.