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Note 7 is dead. Switching to Sony Xperia Z5

I'm a solid fan of Samsung's phablet device, the Note. I had one since Note 3 and every year I upgrade to the newer version until Note 7. I got my Note 7 a month ago from my Globe postpaid subscription and for a few weeks, I was happy with it. In my opinion, Note 7 is by far the brightest among all the smartphones out there. It was indeed the android smartphone to beat in 2016.

The design, hardware and software are almost perfect (at least for me) until it started exploding. At first, I thought the exploding incidents were just isolated cases so I hold on to my device. When the recall program in the Philippines started (early October,) I refused to avail it. Then when the OTA update came which forcefully limit the Note 7 charging capability to only 60%, I still ignored it and blocked the update. And days went by and new exploding incidents were reported including the replacement units, it hit me, maybe switching to another phone is inevitable for me.. maybe Samsung is doomed. And viola after a day, Samsung finally stopped the sales and production of Note 7. I told myself thats it! it is time to move on. I factory reset my Note 7, put it back in its almost new box and send it home to his creator.

Note 7 is dead

My first choice for replacement was Samsung S7 or S7 Edge but I felt although these two (2) flagship are great, they are still inferior compare to Note 7 and sticking with Samsung brand will just make me miss my dead phablet even more. So after days of thinking, I jumped from Korea to Japan by getting the Sony Xperia Z5. It is not an upgrade at all. Z5 is not even comparable to Note 7.  In terms of hardware spec and software, Xperia Z5 is a a lot inferior than Note 7 but the flat design, oh, i like it more. It is like trying out a new dish. It would be unusual for your taste at first but after a few bites, eventually you might like it anyway.

Sony Xperia Z5: Replacement to Note 7

Sony Xperia Z5 Back

Sony Xperia Z5 Side

What I got is the non-premium version of Xperia Z5. I wanted to try a smaller phone so I decided to get the normal sized Z5 with the following specs:

Dimensions: 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm (5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 in)
Weight: 154 g (5.43 oz)
Display Size: 5.2 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (~428 ppi pixel density)
OS: Android OS v5.1.1 (Lollipop). Upgraded to v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810
CPU: Octa-core (4x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A57)
Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal Memory: 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
Primary Camera: 23 MP, f/2.0, 24mm, phase detection autofocus
Secondary Camera: 5.1 MP, f/2.4, 1080p, HDR
Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2900 mAh battery

After 5 days of using the Xperia Z5, Here are the things I like and I don't like about it.

What I like about it?

  • The flat design
  • IP68 certified - dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
  • The expandable memory support.

What I don't like about it?

  • The software UI design. I miss the Note 7 interface already.
  • No S Pen
  • It gets too hot. (at least it doesn't explode)

I know it is unfair for Z5 to be compared to the likes of Note 7 however this post is not about comparison. It is about my experience switching from Samsung to Sony. Would I upgrade to the next big thing of Sony - the Xperia XZ? maybe. I'm not sure how Samsung can resurrect the Note brand. I hope they can because Note is a great product if it is not exploding. Until Samsung's future becomes certain, I might stick with my new found love.


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