Pros: Display, Battery life, Performance, Camera, Speed of fingerprint scanning, S Pen
Cons: Inaccurate fingerprint scanner, Slippery, Fragile, Touchwiz bloat, Price, Lack of expandable storage, Lack of storage choices
Build quality and packaging.
The Note5 comes in a fairly standard box, with mine having my carrier logo on it also. Included are a pair of headphones, a Adaptive Charger, and a SIM ejection tool in addition to some manuals and things like that. Fairly standard in this respect.
The Note5, with it's Gorilla Glass 4 front panel and back panel, held together by an aluminum band, feels extremely premium, and really satisfying in the hand. Unfortunately, the back panel, although Gorilla Glass 4, which is very resilient to scratches, will still not hold up very well if dropped, and as the glass does make the phone very slippery, in spite of how it feels in the hand, you may want to pick up a case, like I have.
Providing the visuals for the Note5 is a 1440p Super AMOLED panel. Frankly, it is an amazing panel. Providing amazing contrast, deep blacks, great viewing angles and amazing outdoor performance (brightness). It is slightly inaccurate in terms of color reproduction, but to be honest it is kind of irrelevant and far outweighed by the strengths of the display,
Quite simply, the performance of this phone is second to none. I have only personally experienced a slowdown once or twice in the two weeks I've had the device. I have suffered some slowdowns unlocking the phone using the fingerprint scanner, but that is a known bug due to some form of conflict while connected to a 5GHZ wifi network. Switching to 2.4GHZ resolves the problem.
The fingerprint scanner is very fast, but in my experience it is a little unreliable, I'm often finding myself being forced to slightly re-position my finger to get the scanner to recognise my finger.
Honestly, this is an absolutely fantastic camera. It takes extremely clear photos and great quality videos. I'm not going to delve too much into it, other reviews cover it quite nicely, and I'm not too experienced with cameras to really know what I'm talking about.
Battery life on the Note5 is good. I have not received the update that supposedly improves battery life, so your mileage may vary. In my use case, I get about 4-5hrs Screen on Time over a day period with moderate use. Simply watching videos you can get up to 10hrs SOT by conserving the battery in other areas. Never has the Note5 in my use case ran out of battery before the end of the day.
The Samsung Galaxy Note5 is an amazing phone, but the lack of expandable storage, which confuses me as it shouldn't be too hard to implement, is quite a shame. There are a few other minor issues with the phone, but they are far outweighed by the pros of this phone. The price is quite hefty, especially in Australia, with the RRP of my phone being 1100 Australian Dollars, but it is cheaper to purchase on a plan like I have done.