The Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 5 Dual is a well-mannered và groomed to perfection, its the downsides being its slippery back và its not so awesome battery life.
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Sheldon PintoMar 24, năm nhâm thìn 10:19:00 IST
After launching the Samsung Galaxy note 5 in September 2015, Samsung eventually gave in & delivered to power users the chú ý 5 Dual SIM in January 2016. While the dual SIM variant did arrive a bit late, there is still plenty of time till the next Samsung Note điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh arrives (around September) so it does make sense lớn consider one if you are a Note tín đồ or are looking for a flagship điện thoại cảm ứng with a stylus and dual SIM.
Even though it sports one of the faster chipsets currently available (yet a year old), the newer Exynos chipset will soon be dethroned by Samsung"s very own Galaxy S7 series. Still then, it is no slouch being the bigger older brother, but as our đánh giá points out, we did have a few problems with its design và to an extent its battery life.
Build and Design: 7.5/10
The Samsung Galaxy note 5 Dual follows the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge with a metal frame sandwiched between two glass panels.
On the front we get a massive glass slab with the display taking up 5.7 inches of real estate. On the vị trí cao nhất is the receiver with the LED notification lamp, proximity & ambient light sensor on the left and the front facing camera on the right. At the bottom end we have the home button that also features the fingerprint reader flanked by the capacitive multi-tasking & back keys.
On the back we have another slab of glass, but this time it is curved at the edges delivering a look that is similar lớn the front face of the S6 edge. Topside we have the camera module flanked by heart-rate monitor and the LED flash.
At the đứng đầu edge we simply have secondary mic and a slot that reveals the dual SIM thẻ tray.
At the bottom we get a 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port and the speaker grille accompanied by the primary microphone. Next lớn the loudspeaker sits the S pen stylus.
The design looked modern with minimal bezels & curved back, it was not all that practical in day-to-day use. While glass surface on the front sports an oleophobic coating (that does its best to lớn repel fingerprints) the back was a greasy mess that also made the smartphone slippery & hard lớn grip. What we also did not like were the fine buttons that have the thickness of a staple pin. We would have preferred if these were thicker as they often ended up feeling a bit too sharp that makes it even more uncomfortable to lớn press them every time.
The Samsung Galaxy chú ý 5 Dual SIM packs in plenty of punch and adds some more with a dual SIM slots, something that many power users may have been waiting for. As for the features, the Galaxy lưu ý 5 Duos packs in everything under the sun. This includes a brilliant 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560x1440 pixels) Super AMOLED display with a screen made of Corning"s Gorilla Glass 4.
Inside we have an Exynos 7420 chipset with an Octa-core processor clocked at 2.1GHz và a Mali-T760MP8 holding the fort for the graphics. There"s 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB of internal storage that sadly cannot be expanded. It runs on android 5.1 with the familiar TouchWiz UI atop it.
On the back we have a 16MP sensor with a bright f/1.9 aperture, OIS, and an LED flash. The front-facing camera is a 5MP unit but again sports an f/1.9 aperture and can also pull off 1440p
Connectivity options include dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, bluetooth v4.2, NFC and microUSB v2.0 port. Also available is wireless charging, with a dock that sells separately. Additional features include a fingerprint reader inside the home button và the all-important S Pen stylus.
Being in the display business, Samsung"s customers have come to expect more from its smartphones and the cảnh báo 5 Dual SIM does not disappoint.
The display performed well both indoors and outdoors. It showcased some really saturated colours, but turns out that the settings looked pretty close when matched up side by side. Colour saturation was not really a problem, but at times the display did try khổng lồ crank up the colours, especially when outdoors to 3d for the colour loss, leading lớn images looking different when viewed outdoors as compared to lớn indoors.
Sharpness was not a problem indeed with display that delivers a pixel density of 515ppi. Viewing angles were great & watching movies was an immersive experience thanks to lớn the high contrast ratio. The oleophobic coating applied khổng lồ the display screen did a great job & kept fingerprints to lớn a bare minimum.
There"s plenty to lượt thích here even if you are a Nexus user. Samsung"s TouchWiz no longer bogs down the UI. It feels smooth and light in day-to-day tasks & can handle all sorts of apps with no stutter. What was surprising is how far Samsung has come and how much its kiến thiết language has evolved. There were apps from Samsung that were a lot better compared lớn what Google currently offers. The S Planner is a fine example of form and function & things only get better when you pull out the stylus with its fancy air gestures.
Still then, the software felt polished and Samsung indeed seems khổng lồ have made good use of the split-screen function letting users run two apps at a time on the same screen. The feature works well, and both apps run smoothly thanks lớn good hardware support.
But lượt thích with every Samsung smartphone in the past you bởi vì get some bloat, but again it is not as bad as with other manufacturers. You get Microsoft"s Office suite which thankfully works well after the recent update. Sadly, if you don"t fancy apps like Microsoft"s Office, Skype và OneNote (and even WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger) there is no way lớn uninstall them to không tính tiền up some space. All you can bởi vì is disable them and miễn phí up some RAM.
Customisations are plenty with access to a rich theme store with some really good themes that not just change the wallpaper but the ringtones & notifications as well. Samsung"s theme engine goes as deep as the dialer and the Settings thực đơn with even the toggle switches changing shape và form.
While many would like to go by the benchmarks, we faced no issues whatsoever with the lưu ý 5"s performance. Apps opened & closed instantly và there was no lag anywhere. The Exynos 7420 Octa kept up with all tasks showing no signs of slowing down even while minimizing games like Real Racing 3, Modern Combat 5 and more.
Talking about games, every game ran smoothly even at highest settings & heating was not an issue. The device managed to lớn stay cool & the only way we managed to lớn heat it up was during extended camera usage in the baking afternoon heat.
Call unique was impressive & the HD Voice feature did a brilliant job making the caller sound loud and clear. At the other kết thúc of the line, things sounded pretty good as well, with the caller being able to lớn hear us clearly.
Audio chất lượng was at par with the rest of the competition and we had no complaints thanks to number of adjustments và the great equalizer that Samsung has packed in.
The device also sports a fingerprint reader on the front, which did a fine job but had a few misses, prompting us lớn use the backup password. Oddly, we did experience times when it refused khổng lồ recognise any of the registered fingerprints. Hopefully this is a software bug that can be fixed with an update. At the same time it was not as fast as the Nexus 5X or the Nexus 6P.
Additionally we also have the S Pen stylus that does a pretty good job. At times we found it lớn be more responsive & more accurate than the one on Microsoft"s Surface tablet as well. It almost showcases zero lag và writing on the display does make you feel that there"s ink flowing out the stylus. Also impressive were its sensitivity levels, that made drawing doodles or even some serious sketching a blast.
Doodling aside, it does pack in plenty of functionality. Sadly they currently only work with some of its apps lượt thích S Planner, Gallery, Mail app và some more. This would again be limited to lớn showing previews of what"s below the writing tip of the S Pen on the display. Hopefully with android N expected to lớn bring native stylus support, we could expect third-party developers to địa chỉ more tư vấn for the same. But for now Air gestures get the tag of just a "cool feature".
Ejecting the S Pen is easier this time & it won"t accidentally fall out of its slot thanks to lớn the clicker at the back of stylus. Oddly, when out of its slot, clicking on the back of the stylus seems khổng lồ activate no function. You vì chưng get a button on the lower part of body, but it is limited lớn bringing up the Air Command menu that gives you shortcuts to lớn both apps and custom cảnh báo taking functions.
Yes, that is a 9 you see in the line above! The 16MP unit does not fail to lớn impress & wows onlookers as well. Part of this is indeed the brilliant display that does a great job of showcasing those images. Still then, it"s the combination of f/1.9 aperture, 16MP sensor và OIS that lets you take some great shots no matter what the lighting conditions are.
The images look sharp & showcase the right level of colour saturation. In fact the camera phối up was so good that we rarely ended up clicking any HDR images. The HDR images however were impressive & in a league of their own with minimal ghosting & exposures that did not look overly dramatic. You can navigate through our sample image gallery below.
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Highlights were rare và the OIS does a brilliant job of delivering blur không lấy phí photos và videos. Clicking low light shots was a breeze & we ended up with some crisp images and even managed khổng lồ shoot some light trails without a tripod thanks khổng lồ the manual or Pro mode.
Talking about videos, this was indeed the icing on the cake. While we mostly tested the đoạn clip recorder at Full HD