• If you’re looking for a high-end phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note5 with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 should definitely be in consideration. With a sleek design, high-end hardware, luminous screen and amazing camera, the Galaxy Note5 has a ton to offer.

Design of Galaxy Note5

The Galaxy Note5 looks chic, slim and sophisticated. Its aluminum frame design, and glass used on the front and back, make it look and feel like a luxury device. Another striking aesthetic feature of the device is its rounded rear edges. The bezels surrounding the display are extremely narrow and graceful. The design is stunning.

BODY Dimensions 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm (6.03 x 3.00 x 0.30 in)
Weight 171 g (6.03 oz)


The Galaxy Note5 has an adaptive 5.7″ Quad HD Super AMOLED 2560×1440 resolution display that adjusts to any light, making images really come to life. With the face of the screen made of Gorilla Glass 4, the focus is on improving damage resistance against sharp contact, such as a drop on asphalt, concrete, and other rough surfaces. I really like that the Galaxy Note5 is small and light enough to fit in my pocket but has a large display screen making it easier to read.

DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.7 inches (~75.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (~518 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4




As a ski instructor, I have found photo and video analysis is a fun and powerful tool for evaluating and improving ski technique. For both the camera and video functions, the Galaxy Note5 has professional and automatic settings as well as a simple to use light adjuster whose purpose is similar to increasing or decreasing the aperture in a professional camera. This makes it possible to take great pictures and video in pretty much any lighting conditions. Perfect for me on those low-light days or days with light snowfall. The Note5 also has optical image stabilization (OIS), which keeps my cold shaking hands from blurring shots. Check out my daughter in a full tuck at the end of her U10 race.

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There’s also auto-HDR right on the screen (this helps keep photos looking true to life) and panorama and selective focus as separate modes within. This phone lets you record in 4k/UHD for ultra sharp footage. The rear-facing camera works at 16MP/F1.9, Smart OIS/VDIS with auto real-time HDR ability. The front-facing camera works at 5MP/F1.9, VDIS120 degree Wide Angle with the same auto real-time HDR ability. It really takes beautiful shots. Check out my perfect shot of my daughter’s and their medals!

Lastly, the Galaxy Note 5’s built-in picture editor is super robust. It is basically like Photoshop-light, with the ability to very easily enlarge eyes, brighten face, slim face, correct red eye along with dozens of other lighting and mood filters. Very Cool.

CAMERA Primary 16 MP, f/1.9, 28mm, OIS, autofocus, LED flash
Features 1/2.6″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR
Video [email protected], [email protected], dual-video rec.
Secondary 5 MP, f/1.9, 22mm, [email protected], dual video call, Auto HDR



Gorilla Glass 4 is the toughest cover glass yet. This is a key feature for a professional ski instructor. Of note, Gorilla Glass 4 performs up to 2x better than competitive glass designs in devices in drop tests from 3 feet high and was up to 2x tougher than competitive glass designs.

Know what else is tough? Extreme temperatures! Here is a video of me throwing boiling water into the air during the Polar Vortex! It just evaporated! The temperature felt like -34 F! I think it’s awesome that the Galaxy Note5 phone worked in such extreme temps.

Key Features that I love:

  • The Galaxy Note5’s HDR mode does a great job of brightening pictures without going overboard, I normally leave “auto HDR” on in most situations.
  • The camera can also handle 4K video recording, but it’s turned off by default due to the fact that it also disables many of Samsung’s more advanced camera features.
  • There is a slow motion feature (I found this to be a great way to analyze turns and pole plants)
  • Fun “wide selfie” mode for big group shots or great panoramic scenes with the front-facing camera.
  • Using the stylus is super easy, and the battery life is outstanding.
  • Scratch resistance

Set up

Samsung has a pretty self-explanatory setup process right out of the box with the Galaxy Note5. During setup you’ll be able to do usual things like get connected to Wifi, add your Google Account and restore your apps. I transferred my contacts, photos, videos over with ease from my IOS device and I don’t consider myself all that tech savvy.

Hacks and Tricks

Music organizing software such as Apple’s iTunes allows music lovers to sync their music with their various mobile devices. iTunes, in particular, makes it very easy for you to sync your media files to your other Apple devices. But the problem here is that transferring your songs from this service to Android devices isn’t always straightforward, while possible. I found doubleTwist to be relatively easy to use.

Most importantly you can transfer your contacts in a couple of simple easy steps. Samsung Smart Switch™ seamlessly transfers contacts, photos, music, videos, messages, notes, calendars and more to virtually any Samsung Galaxy device. It was super easy to use and alleviated a ton of my fears when I was making the switch over from my other device.

The Skinny

I can say that I recommend the Galaxy Note5 with Gorilla Glass 4 without reservation. I really love my new phone and I am thrilled to have tried and found a new phone that has so many wonderful features and is so easy to use. Great job Samsung! Great Job Corning Gorilla Glass!

Given how much I love the Galaxy Note 5 with Gorilla Glass 4, I’m thrilled to announce that our partners at Corning Gorilla Glass are offering our members a chance to win one of their own.

To enter:

  • Follow @corninggorilla on Twitter
  • Retweet a posted tweet that announces the Sweepstakes. Must contain #GorillaGlass4 and #sweeps. There will be a new post to retweet each week.
  • Earn one entry for each retweet posted provided you have already followed @corninggorilla on Twitter

Read full sweepstakes rules here.

One last gratuitous shot of our dog Matilda utilizing that fantastic s-pen!


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