NOTE5 Posts on XDA

What You Pay For: A List of What Lets the Note 7 Get Away with its Price

The most anticipated phone of the year is here, and its cost is equal to about 2 months worth of my rent. The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 7 was unveiled on August 2, 2016 and is going for an unlocked price of $850. With the recent surge of “affordable flagships” brought by smaller companies, some consumers...

Samsung: If You Release Multiple Variants, Please Focus on Equal and Parallel Support

New Galaxy S flagships are coming, and as is tradition this time of year, I feel like I must bring up an important issue that Samsung seems hesitant to fix -- their fragmentation. Even on their flagship line-ups, Samsung manages to split up its new phones into many variants, each updated separately, and in most cases,...

In Defense of TouchWiz: How the Kitchen Sink is Getting Cleaner

Samsung’s approach to mobile evolution has largely consisted on a strategy that not many agree with: throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. While this often results in half-baked, quickly-abandoned products, it also allows for a special kind of evolution not many could afford. That last part is particularly important, given that Samsung’s size...

Note5 Perspective: Experiences and Thoughts on MicroSD & Removable Battery

The Note5 is a polarizing device for various reasons, and crucial ones include the lack of microSD support and no removable battery. We recently published a lengthy and in-depth Note5 XDA Review where we laid out many of our findings and test results. However, the objective nature of the review didn’t allow me to go in-depth...

Here’s How to Fix the Note5’s RAM Management

Do you hate the RAM management of your Note5? Well, it turns out that if you have root, you can make it better. Yesterday, and once I was done with my Note5 review, I decided to dig around for the solution and it turns out it was there all along. The same build.prop edit that made...

Failed Potential: The Note5 XDA Review

The Note5 is one of the most highly anticipated devices of the year, and after mountains of hype behind its release, Samsung's Next Big Thing is finally here. Opting for a new design, updated internals and some sacrifices, this new phone is sure to turn some heads.. ... but at the same time, turn away a...

New S Pen Mini-Review: Why is this Stylus Better, and Why Should You Care?

The S Pen is what makes a Note a Note, and now that there are two flagship Samsung phablets competing for your pocket, that differentiator is more important than ever. I’ve been on this train since the Note 3, and with each iteration, I find a new reason to use the S Pen. While this...

Hardware Dyslexia, or How Specification Sheets Are Not Straight-Forward

With each new device leak and spec announcement we see product-cycle hype rise. Those who frequent enthusiast circles typically want the best they can get out of their favorite phones, and in the last few years, the amount of discussions regarding the cameras and processors of flagship devices has seemingly outgrown sensible expectations. When you...