What about the Note 5?

I had this question after viewing What makes Samsung Galaxy Note the best !.  I saw it was updated yesterday, but I did not see a mention of the Note 5.  What is your take on it?
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideAsked:
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Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
The article was on Samsung Note 1 and was rather old which was published in the year 2012 and of course, the author did not know that there will be a Note 5 in 2015.

I have bought and subsequently sold a Note 1 last year. Note 1 is good but the screen is not large enough and the response is a little  sluggish when you play games or movies on it.

Note 5 is the SAMSUNG flagship phone for pen-based smartphone in 2015 and it is beautiful, fast and stylish and of course, it is pretty expensive.
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideAuthor Commented:
I asked because I purchased a Note 5 and it was a dud - there were several issues.  First my work wifi wouldn't let it connect - this turned out to be more of an issue with Aruba I think rather than the note.  But the Note is new enough that they haven't figured it out yet.  Next the sim card malfunctioned, requiring a new SIM card from AT&T.  I am also perturbed that the Note 5 is designed in such a way so that one can no longer remove/replace the battery or add an SD card.  What finally happened is that my not e started showing a multicolor screen as if it had been dropped (in perfect condition - never dropped).  Then the screen stopped even showing that and only was either black or green.  I ended up having to trade in the phone for a new one.  I couldn't even turn the thing on and off.  It thought it was taking pictures - and since I had it set up to auto upload to flickr, I could see that they cam out fine (only because I remembered where the controls were).  It also took screenshots that came out fine (I used the swipe of my hand gesture).

The question is, I guess, is this endemic to the Note line?  Should I just get a Galaxy S6?
Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
Actually, I dislike the idea of non removable battery. S6 is just like a smaller note 5 without a pen and also cannot replace battery.

I am an owner of Samsung S5 and will not buy a S6 for sure.

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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideAuthor Commented:
I had an S5, but when I switched from VZW to AT&T (to get a better price) I needed to trade in the phone in order to get the discounts I wanted.I still have some stuff for the S5, like an extra battery, a bunch of plugs, telephoto lens and case, belt clip hard case with stand, and some desktop charging stations.  Maybe if you are nearby (Larchmont, New York or Bronx, New York) you can take them (only if you are interested).
Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
Thanks for your offer.

My home town is Hong Kong, which is far away from New York. I have two sets of battery kits for S5 and it is a rigid and powerful device which I can use it as a remote controller, camera and movie players.

I feel a bit surprise about your comments on Note 5. It is a bit of shame for Samsung to deliver a product which develops problems within one month of using it and it suggests that there are manufacturing and quality control issues for Note 5.

Actually, I think that Samsung will lose its competition to low cost smartphone like ASUS and LENOVO. Unless you like to write more than to type, Note 5 has no real competitive edge given that Samsung has removed the features of removable battery and MicroSD card.
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideAuthor Commented:
Agree with you there.  I was sad to have the choice of a new Samsung only if it had no removable battery and no SD card.  I feel like I have a souped up iPhone.
Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
Yes. SAMSUNG just follow the Apple's guide and principle for making a metal-framed "stylish" smartphone.

Besides,  S Pen disaster and high price may deter buyer's intention to get one.
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your input. Although the question, has not really been answered, it looks like this is all the activity I'll see.
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