Samsung Galaxy Note 5

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    When it comes to large-format phones, Samsung is the leader of the pack for good reason, as it’s the company which forsaw that the evolution of the smartphone wasn’t just smarter, it was bigger, as well. Though other companies have seen the light, Samsung continues to set the pace when it comes to Android phablets. The Note 5, with its 5.3 inch screen, is no exception. It doesn’t just lead the pack in raw specs, which we will get to in a moment, but it also leads in features. Samsung ditched Google Wallet in favor of its own payment solution, Samsung Pay. While Google Waller, and Apple Pay, utilize NFC chips for payment, Samsung Pay also uses secure magnetic transmission, making it compatible with card readers that aren’t equipped for NFC payments.

    The Note 5 features a fingerprint scanner to lock down the phone from unwanted access as well as convenient wireless charging to keep its battery replenished. The phone’s camera comes with a 16 megapixel sensor, which can also shoot 4K. Strangely, despite the increasing demands on bits of 4K video and 16 megapixel stills, the Note 5 only offers a 32 and 64GB storage option. Samsung’s eliminated the microSD slot that was standard on the Note’s older models in favor of an enclosed, glass and metal design like Apple’s iPhones, a real point of controversy with users.Take note that the S6 Edge+ is virtually the same model as the Note 5; only difference is the Note 5 lacks the Edge+’s curved display and the Edge+ lacks the Note 5’s S Pen. the S Pen is more useful than the curved displays, so our vote for the better device goes to the Note 5.Rating: 5/5

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