But for most people seeking a standout smartphone from Samsung, the Note 5 is the more advisable way to go. It gives you all the same positives in a far more sensible (and still quite attractive) body — and even if you never touch its stylus, it's going to provide a superior overall experience without the added annoyances.
At a Glance
Price: $300 (32GB) or $400 (64GB) as part of a two-year contract from AT&T; $350 (32GB) or $450 (64GB) as part of a two-year contract from Sprint; otherwise, available from all major carriers for $768 to $815 upfront or via a multiyear payment plan
Pros (relative to Note 5): Curved screen creates especially striking and distinctive appearance
Cons (relative to Note 5): Curved front and flat back make phone harder to hold; sloped screen makes text, images and videos harder to view; tapping and typing can be awkward; Edge-specific features not particularly useful; more expensive
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