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Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Smartphone for Seniors

Overall Rating

Senior Friendly Features

Cool Factor

9.5

Wireless Interface :

Bluetooth

Speakerphone :

Yes

Accessability Features :

Vibrating alert

Accessability Features :

Voice control capability

Quick Specs

OS Provided: 
Android
Service Provider: 
Virgin Mobile
Style: 
Candy bar phone
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is one of the best phones on the market today. And here’s why: the performance is the best of the Android phones, the battery life is fantastic, and then there’s the screen. It is simply the biggest phone screen in the market today. At 5.7″ diagonally, it’s larger than it’s Apple competitor, the iPhone 6s Plus (which has a 5.5″ screen).

The screen is beautiful, and a densely packed 2560×1440 pixels. It’s so crisp and clear. And with that much screen real estate, web browsing is very tablet-like. It virtually eliminates the need for a tablet. And a lot of other things. The 16 megapixel, image-stabilized camera is incredibly clear and creates detail-rich images and can shoot up to 4k video. If you love selfies, the front-facing camera is 5 megapixels, f/1.9 wide-angle lens for easy use in low light, and has a range of filters to help you look your best.

The battery will last virtually all day for even power users, and it offers fast charging and an optional wireless charging solution. It has a stylus called the S Pen that is stored in the body of the phone. It’s easy to remove and you can even pop it out and write notes on the screen for yourself with the screen off.

With their SideSync technology, you can seamlessly go from your computer to your phone to share notes, files and even handle texts. It can share content with your television, as well. It has NFC (Near-Field Communications) to talk to your printer, some cameras, and even pay for things using Samsung Pay (where accepted).

When the first Note debuted in 2011, some people mocked it. 4″ screens were considered large at the time, and this was cartoonishly huge by comparison. In fact, they coined the portmanteau “Phablet” (combining phone and tablet) to very astutely describe it. But follow the trends of the next four years, and the industry discovered that we want bigger screens, since our smartphones have all but supplanted our computers.

The Note 5 has built everything they’ve learned into the phone, and all the latest technology. It has a fingerprint reader which is very fast and secure. It has 4 GB of RAM and either 32 or 64 GB of storage for apps, photos, videos, music, etc. Yes, it’s big. But with all the converged technology in here, you don’t need a tablet, a digital camera, a video camera or even a flashlight, because this has them all integrated in. Even a pen to use to write or draw!

If you’re an Android fan, or you know a senior who is, we recommend that you check out the Galaxy Note 5 in person. It’s available at Best Buy, your local wireless provider’s store or on Amazon.com.

 

Also, check out our tips on what you should be looking for in a smartphone with our Senior-Friendly Smartphone Buying Guide.

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